Moist von Lipwig - love him or hate him

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Moist von Lipwig - what do you think of him?

Love Moist
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49%
Like Moist
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34%
He's So-So
5
9%
Don't Like Moist
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8%
Hate Moist
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:59 pm

Welcome to the site Taliesin! :D

If you didn't like him in Going Postal, I doubt you'll like him in Making Money. :?
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Postby chris.ph » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:47 pm

welcome to the site taliesin :)
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Postby Taliesin » Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:05 pm

Thanks for the welcomes.

Does he develop much in MM? I'll get around to reading it eventually, isn't there a hint that the third MVL book will be Raising Taxes?
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:03 pm

Taliesin wrote:Thanks for the welcomes.

Does he develop much in MM? I'll get around to reading it eventually, isn't there a hint that the third MVL book will be Raising Taxes?
I think that's the plan regarding a third book. I wouldn't say he develops at all in MM. If anything he was considerably more interesting in GP. :(
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:12 pm

Welcome Taliesen, it is nice to meet you. You may like Making Money. It shows Moist in a different light and there are other parts which have good comedic value.
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Postby Catch-up » Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:53 pm

I voted "love him". But I only loved him in GP and just thought he was ok in MM.

And welcome Taliesen! :D
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Postby ghostsecurity28 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:53 pm

Think hes great !!!! :lol: so love him !!!!
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Postby One Man Bucket » Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:19 am

Am I the only one who thinks Vetinari is grooming Lipwig to be the next Patrician
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:45 am

No you're not the only one, but not me OMB :roll: (do you mind the contraction? - you can call me JVQ :wink: )

Vetinari is making the most of Moist's skills like he does everyone else. If Veninari's 'grooming' him for anything it's merely to step into his shoes when he dies - Moist could never 'take over' he's not objective enough for starters and it's always about him and never about the city or even Ms. D.

I think Vetinari's not that fond of him personally - he's possibly the best 'tool' in the box for the intellectual manipulation and manoeuvring but he's too much of a showman (and a show-off) for Vetinari in a way. What I think Vetinari is doing is assembling a presidential 'team' with Vime as 'heart', Carrot as 'spirit', de Worde as 'conscience' and Moist as 'brain' (I'd say 'mastermind' but I dislike Moist too much to give him that excuse - maybe I'd go as far as to say 'ego' which is possibly more suitable since he essentially amoral and 'does good' for the look of it more than anything :twisted: )
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Postby One Man Bucket » Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:12 am

One Man Bucket is already a shortened version of One Man Throwing a Bucket Over Two Dogs so feel free to further shorten it if you like.

So far as I can see, Lipwig may be about putting on a show but he certainly puts the good of the city above personal glory or making loads of money. As Patrician, Moist would always be on the news and he'd be making sweeping and constant reforms that'd give him the popular vote making him too popular for the Guild's to shift him without causing riots.
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:31 am

:lol:

OMB wrote:So far as I can see, Lipwig may be about putting on a show but he certainly puts the good of the city above personal glory or making loads of money.

It's more like Hannibal in the A Team - he does it for 'the jazz' (like the fly on the wall climbing). We're going to have to agree to disagree. Moist lacks objectivity or perhaps 'sang froid' - and that's why Vetinari always wins :wink:

Also 'populist' leaders in a place like AM would eventually need to pull bigger and bigger stunts to maintain it - even JFK didn't have the charisma to pull that off :? The mob has a very short attention span so this is why Vetinari keep it all balanced - they simply can't understand him at all so he's fascinating without needing to be a visible 'crowd-pleaser' that much.
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Postby One Man Bucket » Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:37 am

That's exactly how Moist has been working so far. In GP he pulled of some stunts and in MM he pulled of even bigger stunts. In Raising Taxes, he's probably going to pull of even bigger stunts than he did in the first two books.

Look at the mob in Making Money. They seemed to remember Moist from his escapades with the stamps and Moist was able to build from that basis to do the stuff he did in MM. The mobs attention span isn't as short as you think it is.
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:38 pm

But it's also not as long or 'discerning' as you seem to think - :lol: This is a city that had a dragon for King and was starting to find that a little less than novel so long as all they had to do was turn out to watch someone else's daughter being turned into a canape... :roll:

Plus there's the bloody-minded lot who'd get fed up with flash and think he was getting too big for his boots (look what happened to that nice Mr. Blair once he tried to smile his way out of some poor bastard committing suicide because he knew there were no WoMD to find :evil: ) Mere mortals can only charm for so long - now if Moist was an elf... :twisted:
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Postby One Man Bucket » Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:59 pm

Well, Vetinari isn't going anywhere quickly so Moist still has time to become Patrician material. I just happen to think he's further along that path than you do.

I had thought he was grooming Vimes but with them being the same age I'd say Vimes would've retired for real when Vetinari decides he's no longer competant enough to rule the city
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Postby raisindot » Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:57 pm

One Man Bucket wrote:Am I the only one who thinks Vetinari is grooming Lipwig to be the next Patrician


Yes, I actually suggested this awhile ago and was generally disagreed upon but I do think that's his goal.

Vetinari understands that the "old ways" are going by the wayside. The Ankh Morpork of the future is going to have to abandon its reliance on guidds, which tend to stifle creativity and innovation, and embrance entrepreneurs with new ideas as the wave of the future. And future Patricians are going to have to rely less on keeping the guilds and aristocracy in line and more on keeping the economy of AM growing.

Vetinari understands that the "sword with the blood of a thousand men" style of leadership is out of date in this new world, and that while he can't fully escape from the traditional model, he can pave the way toward future models that make sure that AM doesn't return to the bloody Lord Snapcase models.

Moist represents the kind of future Patrician that Vetinari has in mind. The trials he subjects Moist to are tests to see how Moist handles opposition. That Moist does it through slight of hand doesn't bother Vetinari all that much--to him, the end that he wants to see justifies whatever means Moist does to achieve it.

Moist doesn't need to cowtow to the aristocracy--the dying old money of the city who are rapidly becoming obselete--because he can win the hearts of the growing middle class in AM--the craftsmen, businessmen, technologies, and Dibblers of the world who will move the city forward. Vetinari wants to create economic competition to free the city from the old ways, or at least to provide competition with monopolies (a la the post office competing with the clacks) and try to provide modern economic methods (using paper money) and shedding outdated mythologies (the importance of relying on gold).

Moist can accomplish these things. What he lacks--and what Vetinari still sees he lacks--is that violent nature that a Patrician needs to have. This is why he will continue to put Moist in challenging and potentially lethal situations--such as becoming the new tax collector. Like a master guiding the future of an apprentice, he is constantly testing Moist, with the ultimate goal being 'anointing' Moist as his successor.

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Moist represents these ideals and represents a different style of leadership.
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