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The Truth

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld: Industrial (2), Discworld (25)

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A beautiful hardback edition of the classic Discworld novel William de Worde is the accidental editor of the Discworld's first newspaper. New printing technology means that words just won't obediently stay nailed down like usual. There's a very real threat of news getting out there. Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist's life - people who want him dead, a recovering vampire with a suicidal fascination for flash photography, some more people who want him dead in a different way and, worst of all, the man who keeps begging him to publish pictures of his humorously shaped potatoes. William just wants to get at THE TRUTH. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it's only the third edition...… (more)

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An aristocrat invents the newspaper in the midst of an attempted political coup.

2.5/4 (Okay).

The humor is good, and there are some fun secondary characters, so it goes by quickly and pleasantly. But the protagonist is awful (his defining trait is arrogance), and there are some serious story problems (I guess it's technically a mystery, but for most of the book no one actively tries to solve it, and the reader knows the solution from the beginning anyway). ( )
  comfypants | Apr 2, 2020 |
The history of newspapers condensed into about 3 months or so, plus a mystery, and a romance.
Pratchett's barbs are directed mainly toward uncritical acceptance of whatever is printed in a paper, no matter how nonsensical, and why that's a bad idea.
He seems even more than usually disdainful of the lower-middle-class, but balances that with his usual disdain for the upper-class pseudo-elites.
Vetinari, of course, is exempt from all calssifications.
The Watch is peripheral. ( )
  librisissimo | Feb 14, 2020 |
William de Worde invents the newspaper and exposes dastardly political shenanigans to replace Lord Vetinari as Patrician.

Not perhaps Pratchett's funniest but plenty of wordplay and wry observations about the world. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Oct 9, 2019 |
Honestly, what can one say about Discworld #25 that one hasn't already said 24 other times? It's —ing Discworld. Of course, it's —ing clever and funny. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jun 27, 2019 |
Journalism comes to Ankh-Morpork just in time to cover the mysterious switch-o-change-o the Bad Guys do to The Patrician. One of my least favorites in the series so far. It was okay, but not as engaging as some of the others have been, and there weren't any chuckle-out-loud moments here. My biggest issue with this one is that Vetinari seems to act out of character - he's more goofy than intimidatingly sharp, and it's jarring. ( )
  electrascaife | Mar 25, 2019 |
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Much as I enjoyed The Truth, honesty nonetheless compels me to admit that the novel didn't seem quite as zippy or fresh as most of the Discworld books (though still offering more entertainment per page than anything this side of Wodehouse). But Pratchett doesn't just spew out jokes and puns (photographs as "prints of darkness"): He implicitly defends a liberal humanism, one that loathes bigotry, jingoism, easy answers and any kind of zealotry.
added by Shortride | editThe Washington Post, Michael Dirda (pay site) (Nov 19, 2000)
 

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Kidd, ChipCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sometimes a fantasy author has to point out the strangeness of reality. The way Ankh-Morpork dealt with its flood problems (see p.232 and onwards) is curiously similar to that adopted by the city of Seattle, Washington, towards the end of the nineteenth century. Really. Go and see. Try the clam chowder while you're there.
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The rumor spread through the city like wildfire (which had quite often spread through Ankh-Morpork since its citizens had learned the words "fire insurance").
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William de Worde is the accidental editor of the Discworld’s first newspaper. Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist’s life — people who want him dead, a recovering vampire with a suicidal fascination for flash photography, some more people who want him dead in a different way and, worst of all, the man who keeps begging him to publish pictures of his humorously shaped potatoes.

William just wants to get at THE TRUTH. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it’s only the third edition…
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