|Audio read by||Tony Robinson (Corgi)|
Stephen Briggs (Isis)
Richard Coyle (Penguin)
|Cover artist||Paul Kidby|
|Sub-series||Moist von Lipwig|
|Followed by||The Shepherd's Crown|
Raising Steam is the fortieth Discworld novel. It is the third and final book to star reformed con man Moist von Lipwig, and the last of the novels to be set in Ankh-Morpork. It continues the trend of modernising the city by introducing steam trains to the Discworld. Published alongside the novel was the in-universe Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook, a guide to the railways and locations they connect.
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...
These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.
|2021-04-22||Radio Morpork||“There Ain’t No Gettin’ Offa This Train We On!”||radiomorpork.wordpress.com|
|2021-11-14||Desert Island Discworld||“John Rogers and Raising Steam”||desertislanddiscworld.com|
|2021-12-15||The Death of Podcasts||“Raising Steam”||aalgar.com|
|2022-06-29||Wyrd Sisters||“Raising Steam”||wyrdsisters.podbean.com|
|2023-05-30||The Compleat Discography||“Raising Steam”||compleatdiscography.page|
These are episodes that feature significant discussion of the book, but where it’s not the main topic.
|2023-06-20||The Turtle Reads||“Raising Steam on 9/11”||captivate.fm|
- As well as the abridged Corgi audiobook read by Tony Robinson, there are two unabridged audiobooks as well: one from Isis Books, read by Stephen Briggs, and the newest Penguin Audiobook, read by Richard Coyle (reprising his role as Moist from the television adaptation of Going Postal), with Bill Nighy reading the footnotes and Peter Serafinowicz as the voice of Death.