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Feet of Clay (Discworld #19)

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A murderer is stalking Discworld--a grim reaper who belongs to neither the Assassins' Guild nor the Thieves' Guild. Commander Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Guard is determined to stop this unauthorized assassin--and to prov it, he has hired a Dwarf to help him.
Hardcover, 249 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by HarperPrism (first published 1996)
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Patrick
Oct 22, 2015 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, this is the book where Pratchett *really* hits his stride in terms of the city watch books. The characters are established, the setting is solid, and Pratchett is solidly in control of his craft here.

As I said before (or at least meant to say) the second book about the city watch was twice as good as the first. Similarly, this book is twice as good as the second one. Putting it solidly in the familiar A+ quality book that comprises easily half of Pratchett's work.

Of personal inter
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Joan Opyr
Jul 07, 2010 Joan Opyr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Joan by: Melynda Huskey
What interests me most about Terry Pratchett is that he explores (with great subtlety and wit) issues that other fantasy and speculative writers only pay lip service to -- racism, sexism, identity politics. Pratchett's hero, Sam Vimes, dislikes everyone: Dwarves, trolls, werewolves, gnomes, and, most especially, vampires. He is an equal opportunity curmudgeon, but his dislikes (with the exception of vampires) are not based on the identity of "the other" as much as they are on the identity of Sam ...more
Richard
May 21, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, fantasy
8.5/10

Another great entry into the Discworld series overall and makes it hard for me not to think I made an error not starting the Watch sub-series as my first foray into Discworld. The 3 novels I’ve read in this sub-series have probably all been better than the other Discworld books I’ve read previously (maybe exclude “Going Postal” in that). It may be that I have a better affinity with crime driven stories so I can get on board with the plot quicker but I just think it might have something to
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David Sarkies
Mar 23, 2015 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love satire
Recommended to David by: A number of friends
Shelves: comedy
The butcher, the baker ...
23 March 2015

A part of me, upon learning of Sir Terry's death, thought that it was only fitting to make the next book that I read a Discworld novel; which turned out to be this one. I won't say anything about Sir Terry here as I have already written a blog post on his passing and instead will just speak about this book. In fact, it turned out that so far this was one of the best discworld novels that I have read (and that is saying something since there are quite a few
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José
Mar 02, 2016 José rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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English review soon. This is the Spanish edition of Feet of Clay

Kaethe
2008 January 1

It probably shouldn't be allowed for a writer to have this much fun with a mystery story.

***

2014 August 20

More mysteries: who is poisoning Vetinari, and, more importantly, how? Who killed the two old men? Why are the golems suddenly acting odd?

Vimes is hard at work on the first question, Carrot is looking into the second and third. Vital assistance is provided by Angua, Detritus, Colon, and Nobbs. Also, there's a new member of the watch, formerly of the alchemists, Cheery Littlebot
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Cynthia Egbert
Jul 25, 2016 Cynthia Egbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-and-read
As a parent and a mentor to youth, the end of this book totally grabbed me as it had not done before. The idea that someone could go as wrong as the king golem because of too many words put in his head...and then the heart wrenching words from Dorfl as he died "WORDS IN THE HEART CANNOT BE TAKEN". I am posting this on my mirror to remind me that I need to put words in the hearts of those I teach, from my children on down and not just in their heads. As always, I love this book...after all, it sh ...more
Ashley
Awwwwww. I didn't expect to feel so heartwarmed over a Discworld book, but damn if this book didn't me feel all fuzzy inside. I'm just such a sucker for stories about, well, what this book is about. SPOILERSSS.

So this is a City Watch book, and that means several things: Captain Samuel Vimes doing good deeds and being very grouchy about it, Carrot being overly literal and good at his job while everyone likes him with no effort on his part whatsoever, and the other members of the Watch being also
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Olga Godim
Jun 08, 2013 Olga Godim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
This is a mystery: several murders have been committed, and the Watch of Ankh-Morpork is investigating. The Watch commander, Sam Vimes, has an additional problem: someone is poisoning Lord Vetinary, the Patrician. As both investigations proceed, the author parades in front of the readers a score of characters, each one faultier that the others.
In the lead of that parade is the protagonist Sam Vimes: a cynical policeman, a recovering alcoholic, and one of the few good guys in this predominantly
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Kathleen
Aug 06, 2015 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this City Watch / Night Watch sub-series of Discworld. Newly knighted Sir Samuel Vimes (and his bleeping "imp"), Lord Vetinari, and the whole multi-species gang of street patrollers. Here's Carrot Ironfoundersson leading Fred Colon and Nobby Nobbs into the Shades.
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Sometimes, the tone gets a bit teachy / preachy, and some puns have me rolling my eyes, but still, jolly good stuff, with lots of satire, and parallels to current ev
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Nicole
Nov 29, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Sammis
Nov 09, 2007 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pc
I started reading through the Night Watch series of Discworld books for the Beach Blanket Bonanza challenge I ran. I enjoyed the books I read then enough to keep reading more of the series. I recently finished Feet of Clay and am now starting Jingo.

Feet of Clay is another straight up mystery. There have been a handful of murders and someone is trying to kill the Patrician again. Vimes, Carrot and the rest of the Watch must figure out who is behind the murders, the assassination attempts and why
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Swaps55
Aug 29, 2007 Swaps55 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Discworld fans
There's not a whole lot you can say about Discworld other than it's hard to go wrong. Of Pratchett's usual suspects, this book focuses on the Watch and San Vimes, with a brief cameo from Death and none from the infamous Rincewind.

I always feel that the Watch books operate differently than the others, because Sam Vimes comes across as a more well-rounded character who doesn't follow the same mold as someone like Rincewind. He's easier to take seriously, and therefore the Watch books (and there a
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Tfitoby
Nov 04, 2015 Tfitoby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vampires, golems, female dwarfs, multiculturalism, CSI, slavery, another attempt to overthrow Vetinari, regicide, democracy, it all comes together to create one of the great Discworld novels, not least because it stars Sam Vimes and the rest of his motley group of Ankh-Morpork watchmen.
Dimitris
Jul 06, 2014 Dimitris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Perfect storyline, perfect feeling, perfect pacing. An obvious exaggeration but one to show how thoroughly I enjoyed the book. It would be difficult not to enjoy the realism of the main characters (and the caricature secondary cast), something I have come to appreciate in the previous City Watch novels. The character development is obviously not monumental as this is an episode of an ongoing series rather than a stand-alone work but still the addition of extra layers of complexity is n ...more
Winonah
May 19, 2012 Winonah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
This is one of Pratchett's books that gained him the reputation for straying from science fiction into literature. Most of the depth escaped me when I first read it 12 or so years ago, both because I was younger and because it was the first Discworld book I read. After years of feeling that popular fiction was too shallow and most of the classics were too difficult, a friend encouraged me to read this. I expected a YA book with cleverer pop culture references. Within two pages, though, it was cl ...more
Ashley
Sep 27, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This Discworld novel had some very memorable plot threads, including that of "artificial intelligence" as manifested in golems, as well as the Cheery Littlebottom story. How does a bearded dwarf female embrace her femininity? Pure comedy gold. I love me some Veterinari plotlines, also. He's one of my favorite Disc characters. :) Another great Pratchett to add to the list.
Chris Boulton
Oct 12, 2015 Chris Boulton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to confess that originally this wasn't one of my favourites out of 'The Watch' books.. just didn't seem to click like the others did but this time round, I really enjoyed it. Maybe writing these wee reviews made me appreciate it a bit more because I knew I would have to write something about it afterwards!

There's a bit of this, towards the end, that made me think..

'The thought occurs, sir, that if Commander Vimes did not exist you would have had to invent him.'
'You know, Drumknott, I rat
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Roviragrao
Mar 25, 2016 Roviragrao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relecturas
(Relectura Mundodisco #19)

Cada novela de la guardia supera a su predecesora, así que Pies de barro se coloca por delante de Hombres de armas en mi número uno.

Como siempre hay asesinatos de fondo y la guardia se dedica a detectorear para ir desvelando una trama que nos recuerda la tendencia del ser humano a doblarse por las rodillas.

A la base sólida de personajes que ya conocemos (pero que no dejan de evolucionar) añade algunas incorporaciones de lujo. La que más destaco es Jovial Culopequeño, q
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Andree
Sep 12, 2016 Andree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Definitely one of the good Pratchetts, and one I hadn't read already (seriously, I apparently skipped all of the early Watch novels except Guards! Guards! How?/Why?). Feet of Clay has all the hallmarks of Terry Pratchett's novels - the absurd characters and situations, the humour, a whole lot of people being vaguely incompetent and selfish to humorous effect, the snark... I could go on. But while it's smart, it doesn't feel like an intellectual exercise (which some TP does to me). It's grounded ...more
Sadie Slater
Apr 10, 2016 Sadie Slater rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember when I was reading Discworld for the first time noticing, sometime around the mid-1990s, that something about what Pratchett was trying to do seemed to have shifted. The books became less straightforward comedy, more thoughtful; less parody, more satire. At the time, I found this quite hard to accept, because what I'd originally loved about Discworld was the lampooning of real-world originals; I started reading the books as light relief after doing an English degree and, two years on, ...more
Laura
An examination of the legitimacies and exigencies of leadership. With trolls.
Mary Catelli
May 15, 2015 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy, humor
the third Watch novel. Next one after Men at Arms. And much less of a gap in Discworld than the first two -- he apparently found a lot more to stay. Spoilers ahead for the earlier ones. (Also there's a scene that makes sense only after Reaper Man.)

After the increase at the end of the last work, the Watch is bustling. Vimes hires an alchemist to do forensics. Two old men are found, murdered -- one a priest, one who kept a museum of dwarf bread. And it looks like a golem is responsible.

Then it app
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Lee Broderick
There's a sense that this is the book where Terry Pratchett realises that Ankh-Morpork generally, and the Watch specifically, are the perfect medium through which to explore notions of identity and social issues. This was hinted at in Men at Arms and its still being addressed in Snuff . Here, the emphasis isn't so much on race or any of the more overt prejudices but on the far more subtle, slippery issue of class.

There are people at the bottom of the social heap who wouldn't dream of hanging
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Wastrel
A gorgeously-crafted though perhaps slightly over-ambitious entry in the series - not the absolute peak, but certainly a classic. Here, Pratchett takes on a complex, mystery-based plot, and makes it very funny along the way, but the soul of the book is the character work given to the Watch officers (even Sergeant Colon). The Watch novels are probably neither the deepest nor the funniest of Pratchett's books, but they are favourites for so many people precisely because of the fantastic strength i ...more
Althea Ann
Sep 26, 2013 Althea Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 v
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Ali
Sep 27, 2009 Ali rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Plot description: Someone is killing old men while someone else is poisoning the Patrician, Lord Vetinari.

I keep returning to the Discworld books over and over – this has to be the fifth or sixth time I’ve read Feet of Clay, at least. Sometimes I take it off the self to read the story of Vimes against the vampire Dragon King of Arms of the Ankh-Morpork Royal College of Heralds. I always seem to forget that the Dragon is in this one because he’s really not the point.

Other times, I search this bo
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Stuart
Dec 21, 2010 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't say I'm a huge Terry Pratchett fan, and I've never read any other Discworld books, but this was a pretty delightful read and I would recommend it to someone looking for a smarter than average but still relatively lightweight entertainment. The characters are fun and well drawn, the situations they find themselves in funny and poignant at the same time, particularly in regards to their relationships and the self-discoveries of the golem at the center of the story. Left me wanting more ...more
Ann
May 31, 2009 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Pratchett's Death series, but the Night Watch series is even better. These are real police procedurals which follow all the conventions of the genre, except that some of the characters are human, some dwarf, some troll, some werewolf, some vampire, and each and every one is a fully realized and believable character. There's danger, happiness, sadness, intrigue, and throughout all, Pratchett's own brand of humor. Witness this passage: "He shook his head sadly. 'The trouble is, yo ...more
Sam
Jun 16, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, fantasy
Another humourous foray into the Discworld where we find that while assassinations are acceptable, outright murder is not. Here we follow Commander Vimes and his Watch team as they follow the trail of an unusual murderer who may not even be alive let alone human. On top of this Vimes has to balance the delicate situations of the Patrician not being on top form, one of his team discovering his heraldric ancestery, a werewold with pre-luna tensions and a new alchemist dwarf on his team, all with h ...more
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