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The Truth by Terry Pratchett
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The Truth (edition 2001)

by Terry Pratchett

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William de Worde plunges into the world of investigative journalism after a high official is impeached following a botched murder attempt.
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Title:The Truth
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi Books (2001), Edition: First THUS, Paperback, 443 pages
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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 |
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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Previous: 'The Fifth Elephant' ( )
  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 |
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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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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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