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The Truth (Discworld Series #25)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2003

    The Truth

    This is a masterpiece that is easily overlooked in the mass of sci-fi/fantasy parodies out there. The characters are all perfectly laid out, and even if you have never read a Discworld book before, you will have little-to-no problem at all catching up with the setting. Comedy here ranges from slapstick and wordplay to intelligent in-jokes and lampoons. Everywhere you look there is something to laugh at. This is a must read for any comedy or fantasy fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2000

    The Truth shall make you laugh

    ...and maybe think a bit. Or maybe not. But the 25th Discworld book is surprisingly fresh and funnier than most of its predecessors (not an easy task!). The adventures (and misadventures) of the Disc's first investigative journalist, as he battles to save his newspaper from ruin and Ankh-Morpork's Patrician from a dastardly plot, are at once a fine film noir newspaper story, a fairly average thriller, and the setting for a comic masterpiece. Although featuring many characters from earlier books set in Ankh-Morpork, this novel can be read as a stand-alone by those new to the series. Hopefully, the as-usual awful cover won't put too many people off (I haven't seen what the artwork on the UK edition is like - almost certainly good, like all the others Josh Kirby has done - but even a plain brown wrapper would be better than this). In short: Buy it, re-cover it, and read it.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    My favorite of Terry's Discworld, except about 4 others.

    No time spent here is wasted. Also go to L-space for more depth.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Wonderful book!

    Okay, how can you not like this book? Again we are featured in Ankh-Morpork, in the dawning of a new revolution in print technology. Movable type. Now, can William de Word, the editor of the Ankh-Morpork Times live to sell their paper when they find out about the dastardly plot to incriminate the city's Patrician?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2003

    FUN-NEE!

    I've read everything this author has published so far and the only question I have is this - CAN THIS GUY WRITE OR WHAT!?!?! Pratchett never fails to capture my heart, head and gizzard! LOVE THE GUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent SF

    When William de Worde of Ankh-Morpork learns that the dwarfs have invented a movable type printing press, he sees a business opportunity. William establishes a daily newspaper, The Ankh-Morpork Times. To even his surprise, his paper succeeds as the city's unwashed sell the daily and some of the undead serve as night reporters and photographers. However, a competitor The Ankh-Morpork Inquirer, provides sleazier innuendoes, half-truths, and outright fabrications that are more popular than William¿s honest journalism. <P>When the city's ruler Lord Vetinari is found fleeing with $70,000 after stabbing his clerk, William investigates the crime. He remains naive of the danger that he will soon confront because investigative journalism is a new and unexplored but perilous field since most people want the truth buried along side the reporter. <P>The twenty-fifth entry in Terry Pratchett¿s long running satire, Discworld, THE TRUTH, is one of the fresher entries in several years. The author disses journalism for excesses, abuses, and ignoring THE TRUTH that is out there in the quest for revenue. The tale is often humorous as the idealistic William learns that tabloid reporting is more lucrative and safer than honest hard working investigative journalism. As is his want, Mr. Pratchett exposes the power of the media in an amusing novel. <P>Harriet Klausner

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