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Feet of Clay (original 1996; edition 1997)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Feet of Clay
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperTorch (1997), Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:Fiction, Humor, Pratchett, Discworld, The Watch

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It is lovely to go back and reread these Discworld books. This the 19th in the series is another enjoyable tale of the City Watch and Commander Sam Vimes (third of the City Watch books).
This has some "awful" puns in it, such as the following regarding Angua (and you need to know the character to appreciate):
"What was it those dwarfs said the other day? One said something like, ‘She feels the need,’ and the other one said, ‘Yeah, the need to feed.’"
and much humour, often satirical:
"Whoever had created humanity had left in a major design flaw. It was its tendency to bend at the knees."
and
"while it was regarded as pretty good evidence of criminality to be living in a slum, for some reason owning a whole street of them merely got you invited to the very best social occasions."
and
"I don’t want a killer working in my slaughterhouse!"
or just good old humour:
"A lot of people and the smell of sausages meant a performance of the street theatre that was life in Ankh-Morpork."

Really fun. ( )
  CarltonC | Apr 2, 2016 |
Pratchett is always great fun and I try and read one of these each year at some point. Not my favorite of his books but still very good. I think I'll read a non-night's watch book next to get back to some of the other characters I haven't seen in a while like Rincewind, etc. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Feb 15, 2016 |
One of the most enjoyable Discworld books I've read (although they're all pretty good!) In this one, Pratchett takes on the murder-mystery genre. Although it's still quite funny, it goes beyond just humor, presenting the reader with a well-plotted tale...

It's later in the series, so Discworld is in a sort-of-Industrial-Revolution state, and the undead feature prominently as well (I think they were introduced in 'Carpe Jugulum'?)

Someone in Ankh-Morpork has been killing harmless old men, and the various and eccentric characters of the Watch are on the case in search of Clues. At the same time, it seems someone has been slowly poisoning Lord Veternari, and the golems of the city (like the golems of Jewish lore, clay figures imbued with the semblance of life, in Discworld used as 24-hr labor) have been acting in a suspicious manner....

Subplots abound... Will Angua the werewolf and Captain Carrot work out their interracial relationship? Will Cheery Littlebottom the dwarf realize her inner femininity? Will the low-brow Corporal Nobbs truly be accepted as one of the peers of the realm?

All this, and there's also a few plugs for civil rights, animal rights, and a reasonable work day!" ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Once again events in Ankh-Morpork necessitate that the City Watch buckle down to save the day, so how will the city survive after “Feet of Clay”? Terry Pratchett’s third book of the Guards sequence, sees the very integrated (sans vampires) tackle a rampaging golem and the sickening of the Patrician in yet another monarchist coup attempt but is just slightly lower in quality than the previous two books.

As stated above, the plot revolves around monarchists wanting to return to the “good ol’ days” before Sam Vimes ancestor decapitated the last King of Ankh-Morpork. However, unlike previous times the main instigator has gone for a slow approach so make others accept the candidate he proposes. However, everything is undone by an insane golem roaming the streets that forces the Watch to not only find him while figuring out who is slowly poisoning the Patrician. It turns out that both situations are interconnected, but on the way Vimes, Carrot, Angua, Fred Colon, and Nobby all have to deal with serious issues amongst themselves as well as some new watch members of the integrated force. All told it’s an interesting few days in Ankh-Morpork for everyone involved.

While Pratchett mixes situational humor and wordplay with a very good story, this particular “Guards” book did not feel as up to the previous two. My main problem was that one little subplot felt forced, and that was the citizen impulse to smash golems when they were offing themselves. I guess one could mark it down as public hysteria, but still it felt forced as a way to make the Watch’s common sense approach stop the proposed violence.

However, even though I have one little problem with the book doesn’t mean I don’t recommend it to everyone else that is a fan of the Discworld books. But if you’re a new reader to the series, read either “Guards! Guards!” or “Men at Arms” before this one as both are slightly superior. ( )
  mattries37315 | Feb 1, 2016 |
This is something of a murder mystery, alongside a philosophical discussion of inanimate but active creations (the Discworld equivalent of robots - ie golems), with plenty of humour about coats of arms, and some interesting asides on male/female expectations and racism. Or rather, speciesism. All in all, a thought-provoking book. Mostly about the Watch, and I'm not a huge fan of those books, but this is still well worth reading. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Feet of Clay is another in the sub-series of books about the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. It involves golems, and murder, and an assassination plot, and the Watch's new forensic alchemist, and the rightful king, and the problems of being a vegetarian werewolf. It manages to be both a fine fantasy and a unique police procedural, with some cogent things to say about the human urge for kings. And it is almost continuously hilarious. It is difficult to say anything else about this book without sounding like a jacket blurb. Let us simply note that Pratchett performs to his usual standard.
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You never ever volunteered. Not even if a sergant stood there and said, "We need someone to drink alcohol, bottles of, and make love, passionate, to women, for the use of." There was always a snag. If a choir of angels asked for volunteers for Paradise to step forward, Nobby knew enough to take one smart pace to the rear.
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There's a werewolf with pre-lunar tension in Ankh-Morpork. And a dwarf with attitude and a golem who’s begun to think for itself.

But for Commander Vimes, Head of Ankh-Morpork City Watch, that’s only the start…

There’s treason in the air.
A crime has happened.

He’s not only got to find out whodunit, but howdunit too. He’s not even sure what they dun. But as soon as he knows what the questions are, he’s going to want some answers.
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In Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett continues the fantasy adventures on Discworld--where anything goes. Anything but murder, that is. Commander Vimes of the Watch must investigate a puzzling series of deaths, with help from various trolls and dwarfs. Pratchett's humor and excellent writing skills draw the reader effortlessly into his zany world. Feet of Clay is 19th in the series. --Blaise Selby

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In Ankh-Morpork, the greatest of Discworld's cities, Commander Vimes is determined to stop an unlicensed murderer, and his investigation leads to a vampire dragon, a vegetarian werewolf, and other strange discoveries.

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