'Whoever said you can't fool an honest man wasn't one'
The banks are facing a crisis, and this time it's too serious even for the old boys' club to sort it out - this time, they've sunk to government intervention. But opening the vaults to public scrutiny brings a whole host of problems for those at the top: people want to know where the money's gone, they want loans, reasonable interest rates and much much worse - accountability. The fortress of high finance is crumbling, and it may be time for a change of management - before it's too late....Continua
An economy's transition from gold-standard to golem-standard should become a fundamental exercise for economists, so that they re able to forecast and model an equally unlikely event like a housing bust + stock market crash + widespread banking bankrupcies + whatever is awaiting us and we could forecast if only had we imaginative economists trained to explore the world of possibilities :-)...Continua
Once again, we have a complex idea with fascinating social implications: here it's "where does financial reputation come from?", just as in Thud! was the clash of different cultures proud of themselves - plus one that cares little about any.
The story plays with familiar characters, wit, and Diskworld themes around this idea. So it is quite good.
With some more sentiment, and a more thorough development of the driving idea, it could have been another Feet of Clay, or a Monstruous Regiment.
Thanks all the same....Continua
Not at the same height of "Going Postal", but it is funny and gets better at the end.
Vetinari, this time, absolutely does not charge Moist Von Lipwig with running the biggest bank in Ankh-Morpork.
The Man in the Golden Suit will face an ugly and funny dog with a rather... unappropriate toy, an army of golems, an accountant who can't do a mistake, several tons of gold and this new invention that does not need metals to run an economy: "banknotes".
Add an Igor, Adora Belle Dearheart, an outstanding Lord Vetinari and a fool who'd like to be him, shake well and go laugh and think at once and the same time ^_______^
PS: oh, it is good also for another reason. If you want an inside look on what makes the world go round, if you want to understand on what our economy is based, read it. Simple and unaccurate, but really revealing and thought-provoking :)...Continua