Fantasy, Humour

The Truth by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #25)

This is the last of my rereads of Terry Pratchett for a while. Not because I do not want to read any more of them, but because I have no more to pick up in hand. I may run into a book I have not read or reviewed on the blog, and then things may change.
I would have given this book a full five stars if not for the almost swearing goon. In this visit to Ankh Mopork, we have two visiting mercenaries who do not understand or want to follow the written rules for misbehaving in the city. The Guilds are unaware of their presence, and they want to keep it that way. One of them swears every second sentence without actually doing it. The dashes in his dialogue got annoying really fast. I would not have appreciated it if actually swearing occurred either, but it was so frequent that I think it coloured my otherwise excellent reaction to the story.
This story is that of the rise of the written word with political intrigue in the background. The manner in which information is spread and how it is treated by everyone who gets a chance to look at it was quite entertaining. It is, as always, fascinating to see how accurately the civilization matches our current behaviour when it comes to ‘news’ and trusting the facts. William de Worde was only sending out personal missives when dwarves came to town with the ability to manipulate a printing machine to print things out in larger quantities. He is an honourable man who wants to use words to spread actual information, but the can of worms he opens with the ‘technology’ is not to be controlled that easily.
We have a vampire who loves the light that burns him into ash, a topic that can be dissected in many ways. There is the City Watch who wants to participate effectively in the chaos that is starting to unfold. Then there’s the dog that can talk (or can it?). There are so many moving pieces that blend together by the end to produce a very cohesive tale.
I love the random conversations that take place amidst the more serious machinations. I am quite sad that I will not be plunging back into this world any time soon, but someday I might want to own a choice selection of the ones I have enjoyed, to peruse at leisure and maybe debate a point or two with anyone interested.
I actually think this is a good point to jump into the series – one would only miss out on a few of the inside jokes about the members of the City Watch, but sharp eyes and focus can actually find the answers at some point before the end of the book.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.


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