Raising Steam: (Discworld Novel 40) by Terry Pratchett
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 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. 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..
Still late in reading previously published Terry Pratchett books, but he is still one of the few authors I will buy in hardback. Ordered via the Waterstones website, who have an option to pick up a book from one of their local stores. Because I tend to order hardbacks, these rarely get through my letterbox, which means I have to go to a local post office delivery office. This is not too onerous with simply an additional bus journey (and the girls in there are a hoot), but this store is on my way home and is simply easier to get to. Plus it allows me to support my local bookstores!
And finally a trip down to my local comic book store that resulted in me picking up Slaine: Demon Killer.