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...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. They get ...more
He also gives ample stage time here to two of my favorite Discworld characters: Lord Vetinari and Commander Vimes. And of course, ...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 spre ...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 ma ...more
Welcome to the investigative journalism a la Discworld!
“In short, what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is olds.”
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
This book includes some of my favorite characters — "people" I first met in Guards! Guards! —Lord Vetinari, Samuel Vimes, and several ...more
Not one of my favourites, and the jaded reader may identify the flaws that w ...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 with politics, and getting the girl despite a certain ...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, eve ...more
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
"A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on."
The previous stand-alone Discworld installment was a dozen books ago, and The Truth, second in the Industrial Revolution sub-series, was apparently the break from routine Pratchett needed, because I have absolutely no notes: it's —ing excellent.
A rumour spreads that dwarfs have figured out how to turn lead into gold... in truth, they've invented movable type, and such a printing press makes its way to Ankh-Morpork, which g ...more
You create a printing press.
When they accidentally collide with William de Worde and break the engraving plate he used to send copies of his news to various foreign powers, they set it and produce more letters. And one things leads to another, with "Ankh-Morpork tImes" being a typo for "Items." And they start to sell the paper.
This involves the granddaughter of the original engraver getting hired by William, a dog, the other lodgers at Will ...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.” ...more
This is also one I can recommend reading if you have never read a Discworld novel before.
William de Worde, scion of one of Ankh-Morpork’s oldest families, is a scribe maki ...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 v ...more
The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret.
Reading Terry Pratchett always gives me this warm feeling but also a feeling where I want to go out and be a better person and do better, and this book was no exception. My favorite thing about Terry Pratchett is that he has so much social and political commentary and is brimming with anger about so many things that society does, but he is also fair and understanding about it. It’s a gentle kind of mockery that feels like he’s poking fun at himself, the type where ...more
William de Worde doesn't mean to start a newspaper he just happens to be at the right place and time for things to fall into sync. Now how can he share his passion for the truth with the Ankh-Morpork public and still keep alive?
The Truth tackles some heavy, d ...more
In this book Ankh-Morpork gets its first newspaper.
This book was about William de Word, the creator of Ankh-Morpak Times. It had a great story line, with people trying to get rid of Lord Vetinari again (who has small roles in the Discworld books but very vital to the story line). This book also had the best villain “- -ing” Mr. Tulip.
Enjoyable and frequent LOL moments
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
This sentence did stay for me for the larger part of my life and coming back to it always is a personal bitter sweet memory.
Most of "The Truth" is more on the light, funny side of Pratchett's Discworld novels. The first newspaper is introduced with all the benefits and problems of journalism and the realization that what people ought to know is not the same as what people want to know and would pay for.
A good commentary on the free press, and it was kinda fun to watch Vimes try to come to grips with the changing Times. :>
Oh - one of my favorite parts was when Otto recognizes that William "wasn't raised nice", but he tries to be a better person. He doesn't always succeed, but he tries, and that counts for a lot. ...more
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, i ...more