HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

Feet of Clay (1996)

by Terry Pratchett

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Discworld: City Watch (3), Discworld (19)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
8,810105662 (4.12)193
It's murder in Discworld! -- which ordinarily is no big deal. But what bothers Watch Commander Sir Sam Vimes is that the unusual deaths of three elderly Ankh-Morporkians do not bear the clean, efficient marks of the Assassins' Guild. An apparent lack of any motive is also quitetroubling. All Vimes has are some tracks of white clay and more of those bothersome "clue" things that only serve to muck up an investigation. The anger of a fearful populace is already being dangerously channeled toward the city's small community of golems -- the mindless, absurdlyindustrious creatures of baked clay who can occasionally be found toiling in the city's factories. And certain highly placed personages are using the unrest as an excuse to resurrect a monarchy -- which would be bad enough even if the "king" they were grooming wasn't as empty-headed as your typical animated pottery.… (more)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 193 mentions

English (98)  Spanish (2)  Polish (1)  Dutch (1)  Hungarian (1)  Norwegian (1)  Swedish (1)  All languages (105)
Showing 1-5 of 98 (next | show all)
This is one of my favorites, tied with Small Gods. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
This might be my favorite Discworld book so far after Guards! Guards! and I think that might mean more given that I mostly love that first book for the character build up. This has so much--the Vetinari/Vimes stuff was. So much I had to lie down (when ur gay and you make ur bf solve the mystery of what is killing you even though you figured it out before him.......) and the whole golem plot around freedom was really interesting and powerful (though I would love to talk to a Jewish person about it, especially because there was this throwaway line about receipts that made me go "oh yikes.") And then like the Nobby plot was of COURSE so good; Pratchett has hit a kind of stride in this third book of new characters and keeping old characters and it's good to watch them interact.

Also all dwarfs are trans and I love to see it! ( )
  aijmiller | Dec 23, 2020 |
Finished this today. I love reading all the characters and figuring out their voices. Pratchett's satirical humor always points the way to truth. ( )
  Angel.Tatum.Craddock | Dec 17, 2020 |
In Feet of Clay Vimes has satisfactorily resolved his questions about career and home, Carrot has risen to the post of Captain himself, and most of his fellow guards seem to have settled in. Then the head of the Dwarf Bread Museum (one of Carrot's favorite places in the city) is found beaten to death by one of his own loaves and that's just the first in a series of mysterious murders. Even the Patrician finds himself poisoned ( )
  Ravenwood1984 | Oct 13, 2020 |
Another attempt to install a king in Ankh-Morpork coincides with a disturbance among the golems of the city. ( )
  ritaer | Jun 29, 2020 |
Showing 1-5 of 98 (next | show all)
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.
added by Shortride | editThe Washington Post, Janice M. Eisen (pay site) (Sep 29, 1996)
 

» Add other authors (18 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionscalculated
Blomqvist, MatsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Briggs, StephenCoats of armssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ittekot, VenugopalanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, RonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matthews, RobinPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McLaren, JoeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pieretti AntonellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sabanosh, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
It was a warm spring night when a fist knocked at the door so hard that the hinges bent.
Quotations
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.
'Atheism Is Also A Religious Position,' Dorfl rumbled.

'No, it's not!' said Constable Visit. 'Atheism is a denial of a god.'

'Therefore It Is A Religious Position,' said Dorfl. 'Indeed, A True Atheist Thinks Of The Gods Constantly, Albeit In Terms Of Denial. Therefore, Atheism Is A Form of Belief. If The Atheist Truly Did Not Believe, He Or She Would Not Bother To Deny.' (p. 241 of the Book Club Edition)
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

It's murder in Discworld! -- which ordinarily is no big deal. But what bothers Watch Commander Sir Sam Vimes is that the unusual deaths of three elderly Ankh-Morporkians do not bear the clean, efficient marks of the Assassins' Guild. An apparent lack of any motive is also quitetroubling. All Vimes has are some tracks of white clay and more of those bothersome "clue" things that only serve to muck up an investigation. The anger of a fearful populace is already being dangerously channeled toward the city's small community of golems -- the mindless, absurdlyindustrious creatures of baked clay who can occasionally be found toiling in the city's factories. And certain highly placed personages are using the unrest as an excuse to resurrect a monarchy -- which would be bad enough even if the "king" they were grooming wasn't as empty-headed as your typical animated pottery.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
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.
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4.12)
0.5
1 6
1.5 3
2 38
2.5 10
3 316
3.5 84
4 877
4.5 104
5 687

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 158,888,292 books! | Top bar: Always visible