The Truth

Terry Pratchett, Author HarperCollins Publishers $24 (324p) ISBN 978-0-380-97895-3
The 25th book (after The Fifth Elephant) in the Discworld series returns to the thriving city of Ankh-Morpork, where humans, dwarfs and trolls share the streets with zombies, vampires, werewolves and the occasional talking dog. Young William de Worde makes a modest living running a scribing business, including a newsletter of current events for a select subscription list. Then he meets dwarf wordsmith Gunilla Goodmountain, inventor of the printing press, who helps transform de Worde's newsletter into a daily called The Ankh-Morpork Times (subhead: The Truth Shall Make Ye Free). While the city's civil, religious and business leaders are up in arms over The Times, Lord Vetinari, the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, encourages the advance--as long as it remains a ""simple entertainment that is not going to end up causing tentacled monsters and dread apparitions to talk the streets eating people."" In the meantime, as de Worde's staff grows and a type turns the subhead to ""The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret"", two shadowy characters are hired to remove the Patrician--permanently. Pratchett's witty reach is even longer than usual here, from Pulp Fiction to His Girl Friday. Readers who've never visited Discworld before may find themselves laughing out loud, even as they cheer on the good guys, while longtime fans are sure to call this Pratchett's best one yet. (Nov. 7)
Reviewed on: 10/30/2000
Release date: 11/01/2000
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