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The Truth (original 2000; edition 2001)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:The Truth
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperTorch (2001), Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:fantasy, fiction, fun

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The Truth by Terry Pratchett (2000)

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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 |
Another good addition to the Discworld, but I wish there had been more copies of the newspaper itself printed in the book:

"Mr. Josia Wintler (45) of 12b Martlebury Street has a Humerous Vegetable that he will exhibit to all comers upon payment of a small sum. It is most droll."

That was among the funniest things I've ever read in the whole series. I liked getting to know Wuffles, the Patrician's dog, a little more, too.

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  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Another strong Discworld novel, centring on Ankh-Morpork’s first newspaper and a plot against Lord Vetinari. We have Gaspode the Wonder Dog disguised as a French (sorry, would that be Genuan?) poodle hiding Wuffles who was the only witness to the crime, a teetotalling vampire photographer who doesn’t respond well to flash photography, and someone who looks so much like Vetinari he can pass for him in a good light - until he opens his mouth. Vimes and the Night Watch play secondary roles. ( )
  Griffin22 | Dec 12, 2018 |
The Truth - Pratchett
Audio performance by Steven Briggs
4 stars

“Ankh-Morpork people considered that spelling was a sort of optional extra. They believed in it in the same way they believed in punctuation; it didn’t matter where you put it so long as it was there.”

Another visit to Discworld. Movable type, the printing press, and journalism come to Ankh- Morpork. William de Worde prints the first daily newspaper in the city and finds his life’s calling. This was Terry Pratchett at his best. I enjoyed many of my favorite characters; Gaspode, the talking dog; Otto Chriek, the vampire iconographer; Foul Ole Ron and The Crew. There’s plenty of fun and games with a hefty dose of satire to push a philosophical look at truth and the ethics of free speech.

“Character assassination. What a wonderful idea. Ordinary assassination only works once, but this one works every day.”

The dissatisfied old boys of the aristocracy have decided that the city needs a change in it’s leadership. They don’t reckon with the power of investigative journalism (and a canine witness), as they stage their plans to remove Lord Vetinari from office. William is determined to get at the truth, but “He was appalled at the ease with which the truth so easily turned into something that was almost a lie, just by being positioned correctly.” It’s a learning experience.

But in the end, all’s well on the turtle’s back.

“I’m sure we can pull together, sir.”
Lord Vetinari raised his eyebrows. “Oh, I do hope not, I really do hope not. Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions.” He smiled. “It’s the only way to make progress. That, and, of course, moving with the times. Good day to you.”
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1 vote msjudy | Jun 23, 2018 |
You want The Truth? Can you handle de Worde?

Great fun with a whole new host of concepts. ( )
  expatscot | Apr 3, 2018 |
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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.
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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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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0380818191, Mass Market Paperback)

The Truth, Pratchett's 25th Discworld novel, skewers the newspaper business. When printing comes to Ankh-Morpork, it "drag(s) the city kicking and screaming into the Century of the Fruitbat." Well, actually, out of the Century of the Fruitbat. As the Bursar remarks, if the era's almost over, it's high time they embraced its challenges.

William de Worde, well-meaning younger son of reactionary nobility, has been providing a monthly newsletter to the elite using engraving. Then he is struck (and seriously bruised) by the power of the press. The dwarves responsible convince William to expand his letter and the Ankh-Morpork Times is born. Soon William has a staff, including Sacharissa Cripslock, a genteel young lady with a knack for headline writing, and photographer Otto Chriek. Otto's vampirism causes difficulties: flash pictures cause him to crumble to dust and need reconstitution, and he must battle his desire for blood, particularly Sacharissa's. When Lord Vetinari is accused of attempted murder, the City Watch investigates the peculiar circumstances, but William wants to know what really happened. The odds for his survival drop as his questions multiply.

The Truth is satirical, British, and full of sly jokes. Although this cake doesn't rise quite as high as it did in previous volumes, even ordinary Pratchett is pretty darn good, and those who haven't read a Discworld novel before can start here and go on to that incredible backlist. --Nona Vero

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William de Worde, a struggling scribe in the city of Ankh-Morpork, comes up with the idea of publishing an upper-crust newsletter with a newfangled printing press, but his success attracts the attention nefarious factions who take steps to put him out of business.… (more)

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