The Truth (Discworld, #25)
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The Truth (Discworld #25)

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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...more
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Published December 4th 2008 by Corgi Audio (first published 2000)
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"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...more

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,...more
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...more
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
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...more
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,...more
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
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,...more
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? =)
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
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...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,...more
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...more
"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...more
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
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
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
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...more
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...more
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
This book was a total blast. Pratchett's genius for characters was again in full display, with Messrs Tulip & Pin and Otto Chriek being among the best characters I've come across in Discworld books so far. It was also quite interesting to see Vimes and the rest of the Watch from a different perspective, and in a slightly antagonistic role for once. The stuff about werewolf Nobby was hilarious.

Overall this book was —ing great.
La Espada en la Tinta
"La verdad os hará libres", suele decir el dicho en Ankh-Morpork, pero nada más lejos de la realidad, si no que se lo digan a William de Worde, un prometedor joven que se dedica al noble arte de la escritura (cartas, envíos de información, nada demasiado relevante), hasta que un grupo de enanos llega a la ciudad arrastrando una imponente imprenta que es capaz de producir impresiones en masa en menos de lo que canta un gallo. Es entonces cuando William adquiere la plena libertad de escribir lo qu...more
I am becoming a huge fan of this writer. And as is usually the case when that happens the whole list will soon be read. The Truth is about the birth of the free press in the central city of "Discworld", a medieval, magic flat planet. Pick up anything by this guy. It is all excellent, funny, and strangely relevant.
Cheryl in CC NV
Read other people's reviews if you want. If you've read any other Discworld book, you know whether you want to read this. I thought it was one of the more interesting entries in the series, maybe 3.5 stars. That's all I have to say.
I read this years ago and enjoyed the humor. I reread it and, this time, the characters came alive. William de Worde is the son of an (abusive, arrogant, etc. ) autocratic nobleman (view spoiler) who believes he was born to lead. William rebels and wanders aimlessly until his fate finds him--he discovers (with the help of a Dwarf printer) newspapers, and that he is meant to be a newspaper man.

He is such a rich character--and not just becau...more
Miguel Ángel Vilela
Aug 05, 2012 Miguel Ángel Vilela rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miguel Ángel by: Stohelit
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This book didn't make me feel as thrilled as others (e.g. Fifth Elephant or even Feet Clay) but I loved how Real it feels when it touches certain aspects of journalism.
Laura Birks
The first Pratchett I've ever read, it was recommended by a friend and it didn't disappoint.
I loved all the characters and can't wait to read more about them and the city of Anhk Morpork.
The story is laced with humour and wit - that had me giggling quietly whilst reading on a break at work. Especially Otto and his struggles as a reformed vampire turned photographer. The writing has a playful edge that sucked me in and wouldn't let me go - by far one of the quickest reads I've had this year but...more
Jovana Vesper
I'm simply delighted by this book! 'The Truth' is one of those Pratchett's works that are in humor, in message, in conversations and nice storytelling. For me this was a test of love I feel for him because after so many years of devotion for his work and reading his books my taste has changed and evolved and so his writings, and it was okay until I read 'The Last Continent' which was a first serious disappointment that 'Fifth Elephant' barely managed to restore but, 'The Truth' i...more
Just very good - not my favourite of the series, but introduces great characters!
Pratchett has a way of writing about occupations that makes me actually think certain jobs might actually be more fun than I would otherwise think. While I'm not as eager to go out and be a journalist after this book (like I was seriously considering being a mailman after reading Going Postal), this has more to do with the crap of mainstream news that this book actually kinda sorta rails against.

This was written in November of 2000 - before 9/11 and well before Occupy Wall Street. Nevertheless,...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,...more
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