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Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett

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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Tags:Fiction, Humor, Pratchett, Discworld, The Watch

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Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett (1996)



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This novel is just chock full of ideas, and the scenes overflow with such a range of commentary on the real world I won't even try to enumerate them all. As with previous Watch books it deals with modern urban politics but here it's allied to a real mystery plot. There's lots of funny stuff (finding out WHY Nobby jumps through the window is a favourite of mine) but this is essentially a novel serious in it's intent - and no worse for being so. ( )
  Lukerik | Nov 24, 2015 |
Solid, never fails to sweep the reader along with his imagination. Magic and mayhem all through the book, yet serious ideas are offered. A golom who is only alive as long as someone puts words in his head-can he become his own person? Lots of scheming to become more powerful by most of the citizens of this town. Pratchett makes politics amusing. ( )
  florabundi | Aug 6, 2015 |
While I enjoyed this 3rd book of the City Watch, it wasn't as humorous as the first two. I am glad Captain Carrot still has his trademark simplicity though. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 19, 2015 |
Feet of Clay is the nineteenth novel in the Discworld series. While you certainly don’t need to have read all nineteen first, you’d be better off if you picked up the two prior books following these characters, Guards! Guards! and Men at Arms.

In Feet of Clay, the City Watch discovers to murders while the Patrician is being mysteriously poisoned. The result is a well plotted fantasy mystery where all the plot threads tie together well.

Honestly, my biggest problem with Feet of Clay is that it feels like it retreads a lot of familiar ground from Men at Arms. Let’s see, someone trying to depose Vetinari and reinstate the monarchy? I’ve seen that twice already.

The best thing about Feet of Clay is the introduction of Cheri, a dwarf who’s the forensic analyst and who wants to be openly female. For a while in the series now, Pratchett has had the idea of all dwarfs looking and presenting as male, but this is the first time he starts exploring that idea.

“You can be any sex you like provided you act male. There’s no men and women in the Watch, just a bunch of lads.”

I also really enjoy Cheri’s friendship with Angua. While I love Angua, she was pretty much the only female character in Men at Arms, but in Feet of Clay her friendship with Cheri is an important subplot.

Feet of Clay also touches on class issues – Vimes has to deal with his class identity and being married to the richest noblewoman in the city.

“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.”

I continue to love Vimes. His strange mixture of cynicism and idealism is very compelling.

"The common people?” said Vimes. “They’re nothing special. They’re no different from the rich and powerful except they’ve got no money or power. But the law should be there to balance things up a bit. So I suppose I’ve got to be on their side.”

Anyway, I would recommend Feet of Clay to people who are a fan of the Ankh-Morpork city watch books.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
1 vote pwaites | May 24, 2015 |
I do wish I liked this series more. Some are great fun, some just don't work for me. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
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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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It was a warm spring night when a fist knocked at the door so hard that the hinges bent.
Just because someone's a member of an ethnic minority doesn't mean they're not a nasty small-minded little jerk.
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.
It wasn't by eliminating the impossible that you got at the truth, however improbable; it was by the much harder process of eliminating the possibilities.
When you've made up your mind to shout out who you are to the world, it's a relief to know you can do it in a whisper.

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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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