"Former con-man"? Did he ever stop? Surely Moist is still using the same practical skills partly for the joy of it and partly because Vetinari has found a way to harness them to a greater good? --AgProv 10:45, 11 July 2007 (CEST)
I noticed the other day that there's a difference between the audiobook version of Making Money and the American hardback-- near the end when Moist suggests distributing the control secret for the golem army, Vetinari's response differs: In the audiobook he explains that the secret was distributed all the way to King Diamond, using top-secret diplomatic codes, while in the American hardcover, King Diamond isn't mentioned and instead they discuss not using giant killer golems. Anybody know anything about this difference or find it interesting? (unsigned comment by Chrysoula, 16 Jul 2008)
Life Imitates Art
A real-life Reacher Gilt ran into trouble in Britain this week... stateless free-market advocate Rupert Murdoch, a man who has significant media holdings in Britain and the USA, and who hammered down his own employees to force them to accept inferior pay and working conditions, was in the firing line after the rather squalid Sunday paper the News of the World was discovered to have hacked into the mobile phones of missing girls who later became confirmed murder victims, purely to steal the messages left by concerned relatives. The NOTW is also thought to have bribed and compromised policemen to look the other way at its frequent breaches of the law while in search of stories. A reader boycott has been backed by an avalanche of withdrawn advertising, and Murdoch has been forced to close the paper.
All this because of "voices from beyond the grave".... Shades of Making Money?--AgProv 20:30, 7 July 2011 (CEST)
- I just noticed, in all the publicity, that HarperCollins is another tentacle of the same monster. It may explain their classy covers...--Old Dickens 22:51, 8 July 2011 (CEST)
And the irony is that Going Postal, a novel which if anything stands for all the things a Rupert Murdoch opposes, was eventually dramatised for TV by SKY and 20th Century Fox - both businesses which are owned by Murdoch. Then again, Reacher Gilt would have considered this a huge joke and used it to say he is all in favour of free speech, even free speech critical of his econoomic philosophy - while glossing over the fact it still earns him money...--AgProv 01:10, 9 July 2011 (CEST)