The Truth (Discworld #25)
By: Terry Pratchett
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase
William de Worde is the accidental editor of the Discworld’s first newspaper. Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist’s life – people who want him dead, a recovering vampire with a suicidal fascination for flash photography, some more people who want him dead in a different way and, worst of all, the man who keeps begging him to publish pictures of his humorously shaped potatoes.
William just wants to get at THE TRUTH. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it’s only the third edition…
To be honest I wasn’t initially planning on reviewing this book as I never had with any of the other Discworld novels but then I learned through the Revive Old Post plugin that I actually post something of a review for Guards! Guards! (review) a few years ago so I decided to go ahead and do one for this book. Because why not?
So yeah, again this isn’t really a formal review of sorts, but suffice to say it was another wonderful Discworld novel complete with a cast of colourful characters both new and old, wacky situations, and of course Terry Pratchett’s signature wit and humour. He’s once again very spot on with the social commentary, how society operates, and turning familiar historical events on its head; in this novel he focuses on the birth of the press–its uses, what it reveals (and conceals), what it can devolve to, and so forth. It’s not laugh-out-loud funny for me–his books aren’t like that for me usually–but it did leave me terribly amused and snickering at its cleverness.
William de Worde was an interesting new character, embodying the search for the Truth and always putting it forward regardless of the situation. I thought it was as interesting how he developed the role of the reporter of the course of pursuing a strange case surrounding the Patrician, and runs into a variety of opposition from the Night Watch, assassins, the governing body, disgruntled members of the public, and rivaling newspapers. But it was also a lot of fun to reacquaint with familiar characters from the series. Vimes seemed a lot grimmer and wary than I remember, but remembering that this is a later Discworld novel coupled with this book coming from the flip side of the scenario, the side of the press, it was rather interesting, not to mention it made total sense. I could’ve used more of the Patrician! It’s always interesting when Ventari is around. And hehe for Death popping in for a bit (quite literally?).
The Truth was another wonderful addition to the Discworld series. Granted I tend to stick to only two series–that of Death’s, and more recently of Sam Vimes’–but the press in Anhk-Morpork was really cool and quite amusing 🙂