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Re: Raising Steam

Postby raisindot » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:22 pm

One wild guess is that the scared guy is Mr. Pony. He seems to have become the token "engineer-wonk" of the more recent DW books.
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Re: Raising Steam

Postby JAK » Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:25 pm

I see Waterstones are to get a different book cover – looks like the outside of a compartment of a non-corridor railway carriage with the same goblin hanging out of the window.

Still hoping the steam engine and carriages in the book will be a little more primitive than the examples Paul has used to base his paintings on.
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Re: Raising Steam

Postby raisindot » Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:37 pm

Really? The cover on the listing on the Waterstones web site is exactly the same one every other edition is using. Do you have a link to this alternate version?
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Re: Raising Steam

Postby JAK » Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:57 pm

Its on a poster in the shop for pre-orders, I think there's a free bookmark as well.
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Re: Raising Steam

Postby DreadfulKata » Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:40 am

I assume everyone's seen this but since it wasn't menioned and there's been debate about the content of the book, the synopsis on Amazon reads as follows:

"To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it's soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

Moist von Lipwig is not a man who enjoys hard work - as master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank his input is, of course, vital . . . but largely dependent on words, which are fortunately not very heavy and don't always need greasing. However, he does enjoy being alive, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse . . .

Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man wi' t'flat cap and sliding rule who has an interesting arrangement with the sine and cosine. Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs and some very angry dwarfs if he's going to stop it all going off the rails . . ."

SO it's Moist book (sorry if I'm late to the party with this!). I await with some trepidation. Discworld plus steam trains is the kind of combination almost guaranteed to make me melt with the sheer force of my glee. But though I love Going Postal with a fiery passion, I didn't like Making Money much so I've yet to be convinced Moist can carry another book...
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Re: Raising Steam

Postby =Tamar » Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:08 am

DreadfulKata wrote:I assume everyone's seen this but since it wasn't menioned and there's been debate about the content of the book, the synopsis on Amazon reads as follows:[snip]


Thanks! I hadn't seen that.

DreadfulKata wrote:"...Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs and some very angry dwarfs if he's going to stop it all going off the rails ..."

SO it's Moist book (sorry if I'm late to the party with this!). I await with some trepidation. Discworld plus steam trains is the kind of combination almost guaranteed to make me melt with the sheer force of my glee. But though I love Going Postal with a fiery passion, I didn't like Making Money much so I've yet to be convinced Moist can carry another book...


It isn't just Moist, though, it's Moist versus Vetinari, plus whatever other opposition shows up. This being book 3, I have modestly high hopes. I speculate idly that the "fat controller" with the history of violence may be the tax collector whose standard technique is to hold people upside down over a bucket to collect what falls out of their pockets. That is, "Controller" might be equivalent to "Comptroller". Whatever it turns out to be, I'll be going along for the ride.
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Re: Raising Steam

Postby DreadfulKata » Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:17 pm

Now Moist VERSUS Vetinari - that's something I'd pay to see. I've no doubt that Vetinari would ultimately win (and in any case would have engineered the whole thing for his own purposes, but Moist would come so close...

If the fan theory of Moist as next patrician is correct, it would be Vetinari's way of letting Moist know he's still got a lot to learn before inhabiting the Oblong Office...

I've no idea if RS's blurb hints at any of that but fingers crossed!
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Re: Raising Steam

Postby Penfold » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:19 pm

=Tamar wrote:I speculate idly that the "fat controller" with the history of violence may be the tax collector whose standard technique is to hold people upside down over a bucket to collect what falls out of their pockets. That is, "Controller" might be equivalent to "Comptroller". Whatever it turns out to be, I'll be going along for the ride.

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Rob did reveal this afternoon that Harry King is in Raising Steam and looking for a new business venture after his wife accused him of being "The King of Shit". I'm guessing that this might become his role.
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Re: Raising Steam

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:50 pm

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Maybe Harry is going to fastrack this and become the King of diarrhea :whistle: :whistle: :twisted:
He willnae tak' a drink! I think he's deid! , on the other hand though A Midgie in yir hand is worth twa up yir kilt.
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Re: Raising Steam

Postby Ziriath » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:40 pm

I've a sun-powered steam engine with a core of many (small and thin) stygium bars or plates in my head. Sun light is distributed into the core by lens, starting the thermic reaction in stygium and bringing the water to boil. It would also have a backup source of sunlight for the night- cages with many salamanders, which systematically beaten with small whips on an arbor, release the accumulated sunlight and makes the engine work even in the night. Such an engine would be, of course, very expensive and maybe not very safe- but let's presume that new deposits of stygium can be found.
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Re: Raising Steam

Postby JAK » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:26 am

Just read the extract from Raising Steam and while I’m still doubtful about the cover’s modern looking loco my concerns about the timescale of the development of this Teck-ology have started to diminish.
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Re: Raising Steam

Postby zero998 » Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:03 pm

All of the news items about Raising Steam are password protected. Anyone know why this is? Doesn't make sense why they would do that?
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Re: Raising Steam

Postby pip » Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:17 pm

You have to go to the Facebook page for Terry and click the Raising Steam Tab and get the tickets with the codes from the ticket machine. They've gradually released them over the last few weeks.
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Re: Raising Steam

Postby Sister Jennifer » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:19 pm

DreadfulKata wrote:Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man wi' t'flat cap and sliding rule who has an interesting arrangement with the sine and cosine.


Would that be Ned Simnel?? Groovy.

I hadn't read any official type of synopsis for Raising Steam. I don't usually bother with DW novels seeing as though I'll be buying it no matter what it's about.
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Re: Raising Steam

Postby JAK » Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:36 pm

Would that be Ned Simnel?? Groovy.


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