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Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett

Feet of Clay (original 1996; edition 1997)

by Terry Pratchett

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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)
Title:Feet of Clay
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperTorch (1997), Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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Tags:Fantasy, Humor

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All is not well in Ankh-Morpork. In itself, of course, there’s nothing unusual about that. Indeed, if things were all well in Ankh-Morpork, that’d be a sign that something’s definitely wrong. But things seem to be less well than usual. An elderly priest and a harmless museum curator have been brutally murdered; someone has poisoned the Patrician; the city’s workforce of golems are behaving in a suspicious way; and a group of plotters are scheming to return Ankh-Morpork to a monarchy. And, worst of all, Sam Vimes discovers to his horror that Nobby Nobbs might just be the long-lost heir to the Earldom of Ankh. Something must clearly be done; but what?

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https://theidlewoman.net/2019/05/13/feet-of-clay-terry-pratchett/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | May 14, 2019 |
Together with Aaron-Dembski Bowden's 'Soul Hunter', Terry Pratchetts The Watch series, in particular 'Feet of Clay', are the books that got me into writing. Sir Pratchett's unique brand of humour but also his talent for writing crime in a fantasy world, are what got me started on my own humble endeavour's.

Feet of Clay was the first Watch series book I ever read and I keep going back to it. It's funny, but is also a proper crime novel as the story takes the various characters through twists and turns of a criminal investigation taken to it's climatic and unexpected conclusion. An exceptional example of fantasy and crime fiction expertly woven together. ( )
  spooks101 | Dec 4, 2018 |
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Werewolves and golems and dwarves, oh my! I’m still reading the discworld series backward. Now I know how golems came to be free, how Cheery Littlebottom joined the Watch, and how she was outed by the werewolf, Angua. It was funny, much too funny. There was plenty of the usual wordplay and a surprisingly good mystery. It’s easy reading, but not worthless. The pointed sword of Pratchett’s satire drives deeps with social commentary.

“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.”

“Vimes took the view that life was so full of things happening erratically in all directions, that the chance of any of them making some kind of relevant sense were remote in the extreme.”

“What a mess the world was in, Vimes reflected. Constable Visit had told him the meek would inherit it, and what had the poor devils done to deserve that?”

That’s actually, Constable Visit-The-Infidel-With Explanatory-Pamphlets. Gotta love it. ( )
  msjudy | Nov 21, 2018 |
Pratchett takes on golems, the myth of nobility, and werewolf/human relationships. A fun entry into the series. Like many of the other characters, the Patrician is really growing on me, and the Watch are by this point old friends. ( )
  electrascaife | Sep 20, 2018 |
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  simonspacecadet | Jul 29, 2018 |
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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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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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