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The Truth: (Discworld Novel 25) (Discworld Novels) Hardcover – 2 Nov 2000

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  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (2 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385601026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385601023
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Truth is Terry Pratchett's 25th novel about Discworld in general and the dirt-encrusted metropolis of Ankh-Morpork in particular--home of the sinister Patrician, the Unseen University of magicians and guilds for everything from Assassins to Thieves, taking in Clowns (but not mimes) along the way. Ankh-Morpork has weathered several influxes of technology in its time--a demon-inspired invention of the movies, the brief fad for Music with Rocks in it--and now it has acquired a free press, dedicated newshounds, dwarf printers with not especially nasty tempers (for dwarves), and people who want to see their amusing vegetables in the "On a Lighter Note" section. The business of politics (attempts by the old aristocracy to unseat the Patrician) is ratcheted up a notch and Vimes, of the City Watch, is in a worse temper than usual. William de Worde, editor, reporter and investigator, is another attractive Pratchett hero, captured for us in the middle of wonderfully parodied routines from old movies and fiction that he, in his world, is doing for the first time. This is inventive farce with touches of high seriousness and ethical good sense, and two of the nastiest doomed hitmen outside Tarantino. --Roz Kaveney


"The 25th Discworld novel"

"'Other writers are mining the rich seam of comic fantasy that Pratchett first unearthed, but what keeps Pratchett on top is - quite literally - the way he tells them.'" (The Times)

"'One of the funniest English authors alive'" (Independent)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Before I read The Truth I had read the book, listened to the tape, seen the play or watched the video of every other discworld. Yes I am a fan. The Truth is my favourite to date, just snipping ahead of Men At Arms and Soul Music. The Truth has all the elements which makes Terry a brilliant author: great humour, good plot twists and clever parallells with the 'real' world.
William de Worde is the wealth rejecting son of an Ankh-Morpork noble. To earn a living he sends a news letter to various foreign dignitaries for $5 each. However an encounter with the discworld's first engraving press launches him into editing The Ankh-Morpork Times, which anyone can afford to buy. Along the way he is helped by an engraver's daughter, a vampire iconographer, who has a tendancy to crumble to dust whenever he takes a picture, and a man who wants William to print pictures of his humourous shaped vegetables. Things seem to be going well, untill William falls into trouble with the Engraver's Guild and the Patrician attacks his clerk. A plot's afoot. There's a new firm in town.
This is a must read for anyone who has even a minor interest in Terry Pratchett.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Hallett on 10 July 2003
Format: Paperback
25 novels in, it would be truly remarkable were Pterry to consistently produce surprises and laughs in the same measure of the heady early days of the Discworld. It becomes almost impossible to view each new addition to the canon objectively, but it is a measure of the series' success in that I still pounce upon each new paperback, and feel reunited with an old, safe friend. The Truth is no exception to the rule, but here, the once familiar streets and characters of Ankh Morpork are viewed through a different pair of eyes. The Watch, when taking centre stage in their own stories are seen as stoic upholders of the law, but here, under the pen of the Disc's first journalist, they appear more sinister, and not necessarily wholly on the side of justice. It's an interesting twist, and Pratchett's previous life with the press has helped inform a clever plot - never high on the belly laughs, but pleasantly distracting, nevertheless. Also mercifully absent was the rushed and confusing conclusion present in so many previous Discworld episodes. Here, the story unfolds with pace, and yet with a clarity of purpose that confirms Pratchett's grasp of the form. Others may bemoan the relative lack of clever puns and in-jokes, but the joy of The Truth lies in the realisation the scope that The Disc gives the author to explore themes and genres. Not classic Disc then, but a pleasant read, and yet another corner of fertile ground explored.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "blood_cocoa" on 8 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Well, actually, I almost choked when reading this one. Kill or cure I guess! I read this one in about a day- I loved it that much!
Well, I must say this is -ing fantastic (whatever it was that -ing meant)! Pratchett has truly returned to form.
The Truth sees a number of new characters popping up out of the woodwork. William de Worde is the editor of the ankh morpork times , he didn't particularly want the job, he didn't even ask for it, but he got it anyway. He's also in a lot of trouble. The Engravers guild are after him, He's got people wanting pictures of their amusingly shaped vegetables in the paper and the watch are having him Watched. This is not turning out to be a very good day. What is more, Lord Vetinari seems to have attempted to murder his head clerk, and the only witness is a dog named Wuffles (16) who is nowhere to be found.
I really enjoyed this book. we get to see a lot of the characters who we have grown to love from a different point of view (ie. the watch) and they don't seem quite so nice.
a must read for all Discworld fans! I wouldn't reccomend it to anyone who has only just started reading them though as you have to know about some of the characters involved and there's a fair few 'in jokes', refering to previous books.
And remember: The truth shall make ye fred!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar. 2001
Format: Hardcover
So, we are up to number twenty five for the prolific Pratchett. I know that it is not very fashionable to like Terry Pratchett these days, but I love him. I have been reading him since book six, the excellent Macbeth, Hamlet hybrid Weird Sisters. I have read all of the Discworld novels, and apart from the rather dull small gods, I have found them all to be inventive and hilarious. Over the course of the years Terry really seems to have found his stride and the books get better and better.
I am pleased to relate that The Truth is on par with the best of them, using the background of his former profession, journalism. Pratchett has weaved a story of political intrigue with the musings of the role of the press.
The story concerns William de Worde, who makes a meagre living sending reports on the goings on in Ankh-Morpork to interested parties. This all changes when some dwarves turn up in the city, with the Discworld's first printing press. Next thing he knows, de Worde is the editor of the Ankh-Morpork times, and has a great story of the Patrician of the city, Vetinari.
The story reintroduces, my personal favourite, Sir Samuel Vimes, commander of the city watch, along with regular characters like Gaspode the talking dog. He also brings in new characters like a vampire, who keeps turning himself to dust via flash photography and two very familiar villains with a love of big Macs.
There are a number of diverse elements in the Truth, but is never seems contrived or forced. Which is the major strength of Terry's best novels. If you like Pratchett then you will love this. Terry's 25th is destined to become one of his most favoured books, and that's the Truth...
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