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The Truth (Discworld) Mass Market Paperback – September 4, 2001
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About the Author
Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Pratchett a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.
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I get home from a hard day at work, I cook dinner, I eat dinner, I wash up, and then sit down to some TV. In a short time, I'm so sick of commercials I turn off the TV and begin reading.
The problem is that I start reading and then the next thing I know it's 5am, and I've got to get up in an hour, so I think, "might as well keep reading for another hour." Then I look up again and it's 10:30, I haven't slept and I'm 4 hours late for work, so I call in sick and finish the book.
The absolute worst part, even when I'm finished with the book, I'm so anxious to read more Pratchett that I am compelled to run to the bookstore and get the next one.
So, basically, Pratchett sucks because I'm out of sick days.
William de Worde, scion of the de Worde family and general lay-about, has a good thing going. He writes up an informational letter which he sends to the nobles of the Disc. They pay him in money, or, occasionally, figs.
One day he gets the brilliant notion of publishing this sheet for the consumption of the general population. And so we have the birth of "The Ankh-Morpork Items", or rather, due to a printer's error, the "Times". The "New York Inquirer" it's not. Before long our hero is embroiled in a massive scandal involving the Patrician and a lot of money.
The book, like all the Discworld novels, is set on the Disc, but takes place in our world. Pratchett makes his usual wry observations on the state of humanity (especially when the Patrician comments that what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is olds), and throws in some amusing slapstick ("Spit or swallow? The eternal question").
Really, this is quite a well-rounded novel. It works both as a crime novel and a slight history of the early days of the newspaper industry. You'll also, as is often the case with a Discworld book, learn quite a bit. Where else will you find out what a tosheroon is?
Though newcomers to the series might find some of the references to other characters (the Patrician, Vimes, etc), a little confusing at first, don't worry. You'll figure them out soon enough.
And remember: the truth shall make ye fret!
"The Truth" is a strongly plotted fantasy with serious messages about freedom of the press and ethical journalism. Of course, you're going to have to chuck your sanity out the window when reading one of Pratchett's Discworld books, most especially this one. It might be a good idea to chuck your theology, too. Who knows? If the Universe is infinite, maybe there is a Disc-shaped world somewhere, supported by four elephants on top of a turtle. Maybe their lawyers really are zombies (some excellent characterization here), and the "Ankh-Morpork Times" really has a teetotalling vampire as its press photographer---a vampire who turns to dust every time his flash goes off, and has to be revived with a piece of blutwürst, a bit of dog meat, a drop of blood---whatever is at hand. Hopefully not blood since our Vampire, Otto has given up the b-word.
There is also a pair of very nasty villains named Mr. Pin and Mr. Tulip, who assume the disguises of Brother Upon-Which-the-Angels-Dance Pin and Sister Jennifer of The Little Flowers of Perpetual Annoyance in order to pursue a dog who might blab out what really happened on the morning when Ankh-Morpork's First Patrician was kidnapped by said villains.
(Apology to readers: Pratchett really does induce long, complicated sentences from reviewers trying to describe his plots).
So, forget the plot. Read this book because it's hysterically funny and because you can be the first to entertain your friends with songs from the Vampires' Temperance Union.
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Best read I'll ever have.
Great for a weekend read. Better if you have a few friends that enjoy Terry Pratchett.