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The Truth (Discworld #25)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  30,771 ratings  ·  640 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published November 7th 2001 by Corgi (first published 2000)
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Melki
"The truth shall make ye free fret"

Despite their fear of that newfangled movable type, Ankh-Morpork has FINALLY gotten a newspaper!

Young William de Worde is quite surprised when his page full of "things written down" is suddenly incredibly popular with the citizenry, and publishing a newspaper becomes a rather terrifying, learn-as-you-go experience. Should he listen to the advice of others or go with his gut?

"Be careful. People like to be told what they already know. Remember that. They get un
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Patrick

I think I've only read this Pratchett novel once before, and on the re-read, I enjoyed it more than I expected to.

Don't get me wrong. The worst Terry Pratchett novel is still wonderfully enjoyable. And while I don't think this one is *the* best, it's *among* the best. Definitely on his A list.

As a bonus, I think this book would be more accessible to new readers, as most of the main characters are new, and the older characters are mostly there for support.

As I re-read all the Discworld novels,
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Deborah Markus
I have a favorable bias toward the story of someone stumbling into the business of printed news. This story isn't exactly analogous to my own. I decided to start a magazine when the concept of magazines already existed. William de Worde managed to invent the newspaper without even trying. Terry Pratchett does a wonderful job of showing the form evolve in fast-motion.

He also gives ample stage time here to two of my favorite Discworld characters: Lord Vetinari and Commander Vimes. And of course,
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Michael
A lot of your enjoyment of Terry Pratchett's DiscWorld series comes down to your awareness of the object of Pratchett's satire. In the case of "The Truth," it's the world of newspapers and journalism in general. Having a background in this, I found a lot of Pratchett's zingers and satire to be dead-on accurate in their humor and observation.

What I didn't find quite as spot-on was some of the twists and turns of the novel. For one thing, the identity of who is behind the elaborate conspiracy is s
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TL
Nov 10, 2014 TL rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to TL by: Deborah Markus
Shelves: favorites
I went into this excited but a little nervous too... most satires either don't look interesting to me or I don't like it when alot of others love it. My sense of humor is a bit different sometimes haha.

Well, *points at my rating* happy to see this isn't the case :). Even though I didn't start at the beginning of Discworld, I wasn't confused and fell in love right away. A vibrant world that doesn't take itself seriously and plenty of laughs to go with the peril/drama when it happened.

Two of the v
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Kristen
Reviewing Pratchett is always hard, I absolutely adore most of his books, and his literary cannon is huge. I have been reading all of the Discworld books in chronological order and have finally arrived at “The Truth,” the twenty-fifth book in the series. “The Truth” introduces the character of William de Worde, a young son of a noble who chooses not to follow in his father’s footsteps, rather attempting to make his own way in the world. Late one night the local rumor that Dwarves have found a wa ...more
Kurtbg
If you print it people will believe it. Terry Pratchett has fun with media by giving Ankh-Morpork it's first newspaper. If it's in the paper it must be true, otherwise 'they' wouldn't print it, would they? Just who are "they" and what drives them? The power of the press grows as the city Patrician (ruler) is accused of attacking and bludgeoning his assistant.

If you're still a reader of newspapers in the age of internet there's nothing more telling about the power of the press then the automotive
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Kaethe
April 3 2004
Jan 1 2012

Having read it twice, I feel like I should remember it better.

***

December 16, 2014

The Industrial Revolution series-within-a-series are all devoted to bringing the Discworld out of medieval European fantasy and into the modern world. This is the development of the printing press and newspapers. It is a romp on the theme of great newspaper romantic comedies, with the clever aristocratic publisher solving a mystery, dealing with politics, and getting the girl despite a certain
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Nathan
Complete Discworld Reread

“An’ then…then I’m gonna get medieval on his arse.”

There were more pressing problems but this one intrigued Mr. Pin.

“How, exactly?” he said.


“I thought maybe a maypole,” said Mr. Tulip reflectively. “An’ then a display of country dancing, land tillage under the three-field system, several plagues, and if my –ing hand ain’t too tired the invention of the –ing horse collar”

You can always tell when my favorite author is on his ‘A’ Game and when he is off. When the plot
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Lionel
I wish I knew what gets Sir Terry started on particular themes! Over the years Discworld has given opportunity to closely examine all sorts of themes important to the modern world:- In no particular order, Equal Rites examined women's rights, Maskerade examined the world of the performing arts, Pyramids totally parodied the traditional fantasy stereotype assassin, Moving Pictures took the p*** out of Hollywood until there was no joke left uncracked, Soul Music made an affectionate mockery of a c ...more
Knjigoholičarka
Prvobitno sam dala knjizi 3 zvezdice, jer jednostavno nije na humorističkom nivou starijih Pračetovih knjiga. Pogrešila sam, jer Pračet, kao i svaki pisac, ima pravo da evoluira; u ovom slučaju krećemo se od specifičnog teripračetovskog humora ka satiri. Ka kritikama modernog društva, sa osvrtima na politička, sociološka i ina događanja.

Nakon što sam malko porazmislila, shvatila sam da mi se zapravo najviše dopalo to što je u ovoj knjizi Pračet uporedio žutu štampu sa JMPDŽ Diblerovim kobasicama
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Subhalakshmi Roy
Terry Pratchett takes us through the murky politics of Ankh-Morpork with his particular brand of humor and witticism. Trolls, vampires, dwarfs, humans, imps, golems, gargoyles, werewolves come together in a story about politics, justice, society and the truth. The old Ankh-Morporkian favorites are back, Mister Vimes, Lord Vetinari, Captain Carrot, Corporal Nobbs...along with some new endearing characters...most notably Otto the recovering vampire, a photographer by trade, who vapourises every ti ...more
Claudiu
I believe this has been one of the most incisive Terry Pratchett books to date for me. Great social commentary, great echoes of our own world translated into Ankh Morpork and, now, more than ever, Terry Pratchett creating a loudspeaker for himself in the character of William de Worde.

I can't help but notice that most of Terry Pratchett's books from this period of his writing are quite excellent and it's been a while since I ran into a stinker. Not much to say that I haven't said in other review
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Jude Morrissey
I loved this book! Well, I love all the Discworld novels. To be honest, I just love Terry Pratchett's work entirely. He is a consistently awesome writer; I've never met a book he's written that I didn't at least like a heck of a whole lot - and he writes a ton.

But this one, in particular, hit me over the head with awesome.

I have always been shocked and annoyed by people who are more interested in the gender of a celebrity's often imaginary baby, or the latest alien abduction, than in legislati
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Michael Clemens
At a certain point in The Truth, the characters go subterranean, as we're reminded (again) that owing to the general muck nature of the River Ankh, the entire city of Ankh-Morpork is literally built upon the bones of its predecessors. A whole underground city exists, propping up the current incarnation, which may eventually get subsumed in the muck and mire of the oozing, sucking river and form the bones of a city built anew.

This book is that image -- built almost entirely upon the books before,
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Nigel Temple
I admit it! I am a Terry Pratchett fan. I have bought all of his books. They make me laugh out loud and I find myself re-reading them. What more can I say? =)
Lea
I've been rereading Terry Pratchett lately and attempting to collect them all in printed format (I've listened to the majority of them). Rereading these early books has been a blast. The Truth, where we witness the beginning of The Ankh Morpork Times and meet William de Worde. These early books set in Ankh Morphork are where Pratchett's satire really shine. It is an absolute pleasure to read them-- and in The Turth we are introduced to so many street and character names that positively sing with ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in November 2001.

In about twenty years, Terry Pratchett has produced twenty five Discworld novels, of a fluctuating standard; The Truth, which is the twenty fifth, is one of the best of them. Several others share the plot device where an idea from our world leaks through to the Discworld to cause havoc - Hollywood in Moving Pictures, rock'n'roll in Soul Music, and now newspaper journalism in The Truth. It succeeds better than the earlier novels in this vein,
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Tz
I have one problem with Pratchett's stand alone discworld novels: the fact that they are stand alone. In a few hundred pages Pratchett is able to make his readers become attached to and invested in the characters...and then we never see them again. I really enjoyed William and his antics, and above all his threatening manner of taking down notes. This book tackled the press and all the nonsense that can be spewed in response to the news.
An important thing to note about this book is that it is tr
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Christina
"If it was in the paper, it was news. If it was news it went in the paper, and if it was in the paper it was news. And it was the truth." (p. 134).
When Terry Pratchett is at his best, he takes something from the real world and puts it in the Discworld universe and watches what happens. In this book, it's journalism, free press and the news that are the subject of his scrutiny - and also how people in charge cope with these. This is a very succesful installment in the Discworld series since the
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Pauli
Dec 02, 2007 Pauli rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good laugh
This book is about a person called William de Worde, who starts a newspaper in a city called Ankh-Morpok, with the help of a group of dwarfs who have invented a fast printing press. The trouble is that the guild of engravers doesn't like the dwarfs making multiple copies of writing and selling it cheap. The engravers before had been using a slow method of carving the letters on a piece of wood the with ink, pasted it on multiple pieces of paper. William also gets involved with a murder when Lord ...more
Ubiquitousbastard
Okay, I liked the idea behind the story, I liked the plot, I just really don't like Terry Pratchett's writing style. I never got drawn in; I kind of felt like an outsider observing things from a distance, which isn't how I like to feel when I'm reading. The parts I liked most were probably when Mr. Tulip was trying to get high (not the other parts with him and Mr. Pin, though, because those were some of the parts where I most felt like a distant observer), a few of de Worde's parts (briefly. The ...more
Natalie
Wow, how do you describe one of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books?? I think trained reviewers writing for newspapers, magazines, etc have had a hard time summing the books up properly (THEY wouldn't let someone unqualified write for them would THEY?? How can I compete? ;-). Anyway let me simply state that it's this was a true 5 star book. It was well written, hilarious, full of puns and subtle commentary about our crazy world. I just love how there are things you learn about the world, and about ...more
Tim Hicks
I've reviewed this book before. On re-reading it, I think it's Sir Terry at his peak. Especially in the first quarter of the book, the jokes are sharp and subtle, the groaners are broad and unexpected, and the style is just effortless.

I'd forgotten how much this book tells us about Foul Ole Ron, one of my favourite characters.

And I hadn't noticed before what a good, carefully-developed character William is.

I wonder, too, if this is the first book in which it's clear that Vimes and Vetinari do
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Jeff
This was a gift and was my first Discworld novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is of course not the first Discworld book and I worried initially that I would miss something getting dropped into the middle of this world, but I was wrong. There was a bit of a primer at the end of the book that caught me up on some bigger things, but the story was well self contained.

This is a story about how journalism comes to Discworld. Pratchett's words and witticisms made this a great read. I had only ever r
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Skip
I found this book slow at times, but Prachett's humor always wins in the end. In this farce, he pokes fun at the press and the legal business. William De Worde, a son of wealth, parts ways with his father and starts a newsletter, which grows into a daily paper. Striving to provide "The Truth", he finds himself caught up in findout out that really happened to the Patrician, who is being framed for theft and assault, in order to find a new ruler for Ankh-Morpork. Working in parallel and sometimes ...more
Laura
One of my favorite types of Terry Pratchett books! Right up there with Going Postal and Making Money, The Truth describes the bumbling way the world discovered the concept of the newspaper.

The rapidly paced "make-it-up-as-you-go-along" invention of the field of journalism is hilarious.

Example (vaguely paraphrased):
A: Suddenly we are getting all this mail.
B: Let's print them. We need more material. We can call it the "Letters" section.
A: We can't print this one; it's too offensive! People will co
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Uyulála
Nov 12, 2014 Uyulála rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy, people who like irony
Shelves: discworld


This is Pratchett at his best.
His take on the print media, how it influences people, is amazing as it is funny.

I mean, he writes things like this:

“And these are your reasons, my lord?"
"Do you think I have others?" said Lord Vetinari. "My motives, as ever, are entirely transparent."
Hughnon reflected that 'entirely transparent' meant either that you could see right through them or that you couldn't see them at all.”

and then this

“They were small, brightly coloured, happy little creatures who secr
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Gewitterziege
This is my first Terry Pratchett in twenty years, for the simple reasons that twenty years ago I read a German translation and it sucked. I don't even know what swayed me to give it another try, but I am so happy that I did. I love this book. I love Pratchett's range of imagination.

William de Worde, the hero, finds himself drawn into an accidentally emerging newspaper business which coincides with a sinister plot to overethrow the Patrician Lord Vetinari. Happy for William - the Patrician - and
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writegeist
I really do want to visit Ankh-Morpork... Not live, of course; just visit. Life does tend to be rather brutish there, but the array of denizens would more than make up for it. Again, Pratchett has provided another enchanting volume in his monstrous Discworld series. I'm starting to sense a trend in his books: the reluctant hero. Whether it's Vimes or Moist or Rincewind, or in this case, William de Worde, Pratchett places his characters in a predicament in which they have no choice, due to their ...more
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,
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