The denizens of Ankh-Morpork fancy they've seen just about everything. But then comes the Ankh-Morpork Times, struggling scribe William de Worde's upper-crust, newsletter turned Discworld's first paper of record.
An ethical joulnalist, de Worde has a proclivity for investigating stories -- a nasty habit that soon creates powerful enemies eager to stop his presses. And what better way thanrecord.An ...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
So it says on the cover of the Ankh-Morpork Times. Printer’s error? Maybe. Maybe Terry Pratchett is up to his old tricks and this is a monster truck rally of Have-At-You!! intended to satirize journalism, government, free speech, and whatever else might get in the way.
In 1980 Sting, lead singer, songwriter and bass player for The Police sang this:
“Poets priests and politicians
Have words to thank for their positions
Words that scream for your submission
And no-one's jamming their transmission
'Cos when their eloquence escapes you
Their logic ties you up and ra ...more
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./>"Be ...more
Ask him about these struggles and the braggadocio fades to fatalism. “All I can do is tell the truth,” he says. “If that does it, that’s great. And if that doesn’t do it, that’s fine too.”Mr. Trump, please call me as soon as possible. I have an idea. And I think you'll like it.
This was a fun book and a great introduction to William de Word, the creator of the newspaper of Ankh Morpork. He's a fun character and goes through excellent development.
Death makes a hilarious appearance and the Watch is scattered throughout. The Patrician also developed after approximately 26 books.
So, as always, I'd recommend this to fans of the Discworld series.
He also gives ample stage time here to two of my favorite Discworld characters: Lord Vetinari and Commander Vimes. And of course, ...more
Ahhh, the start of the industrial revolution, as seen through the eyes of The News, Discworld style, and it's Ing fun. Ing right, I say! Ing stuff keeps bleeding through from our universe to Discworld and some might say the folk there JUST AREN'T READY for change and crap like this, but ING THAT.
Dibbler has his finger on the pulse of the time all right... even if it's bleeding cause he cut it. And Word? He's all right. The truth is, he's just getting caught up in t ...more
In this book, newspapers are introduced to Ankh-Morpork. Meanwhile, there’s a plot against Lord Vetinari (yes, another one!) to frame him for a crime. The story was funny and interesting, with some deeper commentary sandwiched within the silliness. I really liked the main character, William de Worde. Since th ...more
The 25th Discworld novel is one about the industrial revolution on the Disc.
William de Word doesn't want to live the way his family has for generations. Instead, he lives in Ankh-Morpork and got a job. While he pays his bills by writing letters to different people from different other places he comes across a few industrious (see what I did there? ;P) dwarves who have invented a rather advanced printing press. Thus the Ankh-Morpork Times is born. The problem is not that paper is now used to spread stories; the problem is ...more
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 con ...more
William de Worde, a ne'er do well noble who is ashamed of his noble heritage, has until now made his living by painstakingly collecting news and sending off a sort of newsletter to foreign peoples of import who are willing to pay him for it. Then some dwarfs roll into Ankh-Morpork with something called a printing press, and suddenly, what if they printed a bunch of them and sold them for like, fifty cents? And maybe hired some people to ...more
Not one of my favourites, and the jaded reader may identify the ...more
This book includes some of my favorite characters — "people" I first met in Guards! Guards! —Lord Vetinari, Samuel Vimes, and several ot ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
13 July 2017 - Perth
Okay, I'll admit that this story was better that some of the last few Discworld novels that I have read, but I'm still not hugely keen on continuing the series beyond the next one, which I believe is called The Thief of Time. While I'm sure there are people that absolutely adore everything that Pratchett has written, I'm one of those that sort of starts to get a little board with a series that seems to drag on for a little too long. Honestly, ev ...more
Our throw away main hero, William de Worde, does feel a bit interchangable with his fellow disposable protagonists like Pyramids' Pteppic, 'that actor from Moving Pictures or 'that other bloke from Soul Music' (i.e tired of a stable life, want to express themselves, which somehow endangers the world and they have to become a ...more
If your familiar with Discworld this wont be anything new, its just another great Discworld book. If your not familiar with the Discworld, you really want to be.
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 th ...more
The printing press has come to Ankh-Morpork and William de Worde is there from the beginning. He's been making a living writing a newsletter for a small group of nobles, but when he stumbles across the dwarfs who have brought movable type (and the wrath of the Guild of Scribes) to the city, they all quickly realize that the newsletter can go to many more people and be produced much more often. Thus the Ankh-Morpork Ti ...more
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 villains were a mixture ...more
“When people say "clearly" something that means there's a huge crack in their argument and they know things aren't clear at all.”
For the first time I became depressed while reading one of the Discworld books.
I don't mean a misty eyed "Terry Pratchett is dead, and there will never be another new Discworld book to surprise and delight me" sort of sadness. I'm talking about soul crushing d ...more
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, includin ...more
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The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass! Who's been pinching my beer?
And at the other end of the bar the world is full of the other type of person, who has a broken glass, or a glass that has been carelessly knocked over (usually by one of the people calling for a larger glass) or who had no glass at all, because he was at the back of the crowd and had failed to catch the barman's eye. ”