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Cą by zginął choć w inny sposób oraz co najgorsze człowiekiem który błaga go by publikował zdjęcia jego ziemniaków o zabawnych kształta I have a favorable bias toward the story of someone stu

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William de Worde jest przypadkowym wydawcą pierwszej gazety na Dysku Musi sobie radzić z tradycyjnymi problemami dziennikarskiego życia ludźmi The truth shall make ye free fret Despite their fear o

About the Author: Terry Pratchett

Born Terence David John Pratchett Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels i

10 thoughts on “The Truth

  1. says:

    I think I've only read this Pratchett novel once before and on the re read I enjoyed it 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 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 one of the things that I appreciate and is their optimism After reading one of his books I get the feeling that the world is a good place There may be good people and bad people but if you're one of the good folks things will work out okay if you do your best and catch a little good luck I need to feel that way sometimes

  2. says:

    The Truth Shall Make Ye FretSo 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 wayIn 1980 Sting lead singer songwriter and bass player for The Police sang this“Poets priests and politiciansHave words to thank for their positionsWords that scream for your submissionAnd no one's jamming their transmission'Cos when their elouence escapes youTheir logic ties you up and rapes youDe do do do de da da daIs all I want to say to you”In 2000 Terry Pratchett first published his 25th Discworld novel – The Truth It’s about words It’s about a free press the first of it’s kind in Ankh Morpork and about the social cultural and economic forces that weigh upon us and all of our decisions It’s also about relationships and family and internal elements of our nature that keep us moving forwardLike most of Pratchett’s work there are ubiuitous and entertaining references and allusions to pop culture history art and whatever else strikes the fancy of this extraordinary writer – my favorite here being numerous Watergate referencesJust as in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere two criminals make an attempt to steal the show and damn near do Mr Pin and Mr Tulip are the Vincent and Jules of the Discworld dangerous loose cannons with good linesAnother excellent entry into the Discworld universe“Because nothing has to be true forever Just for long enough to tell you the truth”

  3. says:

    The truth shall make ye free fret Despite their fear of that newfangled movable type Ankh Morpork has FINALLY gotten a newspaperYoung William de Worde is uite 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 uncomfortable when you tell them new things New thingswell new things aren't what they expect They like to know that say a dog will bite a man That is what dogs do They don't want to know that a man bites a dog because the world is not supposed to happen like that In short what people think they want is news but what they really crave is oldsOne thing William discovers early on is that people LIKE seeing their names and ages for some reason in the paper and soon he is overwhelmed with potential news items like which was the coldest winter ever and vegetables that resemble body parts Before long he's got some competition in the form of THE INUIRER a tabloid that features headlines like Elves Stole My Husband This inexplicably popular lying fish wrapper may even put HIS little paper out of businessAnd then there's that matter of William and his staff helping the Watch solve a mystery involving Lord VetinariWe meet some great new characters in this book including Harry King a combination night soil manrecycling czar and Otto a vampire who's trying REALLY HARD NOT to be such a bloodsuckerThis is a terrifically funny outing One of my favorite moments was when the search for a missing dog leads to a parking garage horse stable encounter with an informant named Deep Bone And this priceless story from The Ankh Morpork Times A miscreant stole 200 worth of silver from H Hogland and Son Jewllrs of Nonesuch Street yesterday pm Mr Hogland 32 who was threatened at knifepoint told the Times I shall recognize the man if I should see him again because not many people have a stocking on their head Remember A lie can run around the world before the truth has got it's boots on

  4. says:

    35 starsThis 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

  5. says:

    I was astonished just now to read the following passage from a recent Time article about Donald TrumpAsk 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

  6. says:

    Re ReadAhhh 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 THATDibbler 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 the spirit of the Ing timesMaybe not my favorite Industrial novel in Ing Discworld but it serves its journalistic bleeding satirical Ing edge

  7. says:

    I have a favorable bias toward the story of someone stumbling into the business of printed news This story isn't exactly analogous to my own I decided to start a magazine when the concept of magazines already existed William de Worde managed to invent the newspaper without even trying Terry Pratchett does a wonderful job of showing the form evolve in fast motion He also gives ample stage time here to two of my favorite Discworld characters Lord Vetinari and Commander Vimes And of course as always he manages to make every page humorous without making light of serious issues which he grapples with on well pretty much every page This was also terrific read aloud fare thanks to the character of Mr Tulip who swears a lot Sort of Specifically he says ing all the time Pratchett makes it clear that he isn't doing the old fashioned removal of profanity with a dash left behind to show where the bad word was; his character's dialogue is self cleaning which leaves a lot of the other characters mystified It's a lot of fun to read Tulip's dialogue aloud with a solid working class British accent and lean on that dash before pronouncing the ing part Seriously Try it It sounds fantastic In fact I might just use this as a replacement habit to give up swearing since my son's been begging me to Kind of a nicotine patch for potty mouths Anyway Pratchett is such a skilled writer that you can jump into the Discworld books anywhere and enjoy them just fine but I think this one is even better than usual in that regard If you haven't read him before this novel is a great place to start If you have read him and haven't read The Truth yet what on earth are you ing waiting for?

  8. says:

    The 25th Discworld novel is one about the industrial revolution on the DiscWilliam 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 that de Word believes in the truth and only reports about actual eventsAt the same time there is a plot against Lord Vetinari again And the conspirators are bringing in outside help their first mistakeSoon there is a feud between Ankh Morpork's first newspaper and the one the opposition has started while The Watch has to solve the almost murder Veterinari is accused of Maybe the truth can help?Generally I don't like industrial revolutions or stories about them Yes yes I know we owe an industrial revolution a lot but that goes for the bad stuff as well Similarly I prefer Death the witches or Vimes with a loaded dragon as a rifle Like a cat I don't like change much Hence you can imagine my hesitationNevertheless this is Terry Pratchett His craftmanship is undeniable I dare you to say differently and the way he slips in acute observations and hits certain readers over the head with a baseball bat regarding profound topics such as gender identity gender fluidity and in a sub clause too while we're seeing the printing press not only being invented but also challenged and used; while we're following a man determined to serve the truth; while we learn about all the ways the truth can be twisted and corrupted it's uite wondrous to behold One moment you're simply happy to see Vimes in a small role the next that same Vimes throws a seemingly innocent line at you about accountability how police officers are accountable to people and rulers something uantifiable while journalists say they are accountable to something so obscure as the truth that hits you and hits you hard because the line of course isn't innocent at allAnd then Otto comes around the corner keeping his vampire fangs in check by singing the most funny songs and revolutionizing photography Oh and the „click oomph“ of Otto's photography device has got to be one of the best sound effects in an audiobook EVER DIf anyone asked me to describe this series exactly I couldn't It's humorous often darkly so but it's also deep in a beautiful and yet modest way and the characters are not just uniue but like family It's absurd and yet makes perfect sense I honestly believe that it takes a special kind of author to pull this sort of thing off and I have yet to meet anyone who could even only hope to hold a candle to Sir Terry

  9. says:

    One of the best Pratchett I've ever read A bonus star for the Watch's appearances

  10. says:

    Reviewing Pratchett is always hard I absolutely adore most of his books and his literary cannon is huge I have been reading all of the Discworld books in chronological order and have finally arrived at “The Truth” the twenty fifth book in the series “The Truth” introduces the character of William de Worde a young son of a noble who chooses not to follow in his father’s footsteps rather attempting to make his own way in the world Late one night the local rumor that Dwarves have found a way to turn lead into gold comes to light right in front of de Worde Lead can be turned into gold if you use the lead to make a printing press and manage to find an excellent writer like de Worde to start Ankh Morpork’s first newspaper As with all of Pratchett’s books we have the evolution of the newspaper over a matter of a week rather than the hundred or so years that it took in our world Soon there is competition across the street with headlines like “Woman gives birth to snakes” and “Man abducted by Demons” William de Worde however is obsessed with truth stories come flooding in and soon he has hired Sacharissa as a story writer and Otto the vampire as a photographer I have to admit that the first time Otto takes a picture for the paper literally cause me to snort my drink out through my nose and tears to come to my eyes from laughing so hard I think that scene is one of the funniest moments I have ever read in a book Sacharissa is the daughter of an engraver who becomes uite the excellent reporter and ends up being key to the discovery of the truth at the end of the book Otto a vampire from Uberwald has joined the temperance group and given up the red stuff not that he doesn’t have his moments but he tries so hard to keep himself under controlWilliam’s struggle as the head of the newspaper suddenly is flung into high gear when the Patrician is accused of murder At this point the book begins satirizing the Watergate scandal complete with the anonymous tipster who is never seen though readers of other discworld books will figure out who the tipster is fairly uickly The guards specifically Vimes figure heavily into this book as they go about trying to discern what actually occurred with the Patrician This book has one of the stronger plots in a Discworld book rather than the humor coming from the plot the plot is rather serious and the characters involved are the source of the humor I personally find this to be a much better book than some of his earlier works because it feels as though it has control over itself and doesn’t sacrifice for a joke except in some minor areas involving the bad guysSpeaking of the bad guys we have Mr Pin and Mr Tulip the bad guys from the Looney Toons you know the ones the big dumb guy and the little wise a They have been hired by a group of “concerned citizens” to set up the Patrician these concerned citizens are of course from the upper crust of society with a very defined idea of who should actually be in charge preferably someone very dumb who will do what they tell him I personally did not enjoy the bits with Mr Pin and Mr Tulip who has a cursing problem and an obsession with trying to get high even though it’s never stated outright I found them to be rather tedious though I know others would find them to be the most humorous part of the book For those of you who either read these with your children or let your little ones read discworld books we listen to many of them on audio CD while on road trips our children think they are hysterical I don’t know that I would hand this to a child under 12 possibly under 14 The main reason being that Mr Tulip snorts anything he can get his hands on though most of the time he’s completely unsuccessful having snorted mothballs flour flea powder etc I’m not sure that I’d want my kids hearing that my kids are 7 and 10As a whole this book is brilliantly funny and the satire is genius This will be funnier to people who are familiar with the press particularly writing for papers and those with a pretty good idea of how Watergate played out Although I considered making this a four star book because of my dislike for Mr Pin and Mr Tulip the fact that the scene with Otto made my drink exit my nose bumped it back up to a five star book I highly recommend it to Discworld fans and those who are considering becoming Discworld fans

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