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Crescent Blues Book ViewsImage:three and a half moon gifHarper Collins (Paperback), ISBN 0380818191
Terry Pratchett roars back to his usual form with The Truth. Based in that favorite city of all Discworlders, Ankh-Morpork, The Truth wheedles its way under the media's most revered sacred cows and tips the printing presses upside down.

Book: Terry Pratchett, The TruthAfter all, can the Truth really be news?

William de Worde believes wholeheartedly in the Truth. Worde's private newsletters combine with the ingenuity of a small dwarven press, to give birth to the wonderful, if often mis-typed, Ankh-Morpork Times. Now William tries to always tell the truth and backs up his reports with photographs taken by Vlad, a vampire photographer who disintegrates with every flash of the camera. The beautiful, and somewhat helpful Sacharissa Cripslock provides additional if occasional assistance.

Newsflash: Readers discover the Patrician accused of the murder of his servant now resides in the local jail. This has nothing at all to do with the notorious Mr. Pin and Mr. Tulip. Oh, not at all, honestly!

Book: Terry Pratchett, The Discworld MapWilliam de Worde goes on the hunt. The Truth lives out there -- in the form of an aged terrier and a talking dog -- and William determines to find IT. And find it he will, despite the competition of the most horrendous tabloid to ever surface on the discworld. Direct rivals to William's Times, the Ankh-Morpork Inquirer's founders gleefully conspire to bring the rival paper down.

Pratchett brings together a whole slew of differing plot lines and gives them his peculiar discworld slant to produce a novel that amuses and grips readers' attention. The introduction of a whole new range of characters -- with the occasional favorite thrown in -- gives The Truth a freshness that some of his recent novels lacked.

Definitely a book to buy and to keep on the bookshelf -- safely chained down to prevent any major dimensional fractures.

Stephen Smith

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