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Feet of Clay (Discworld #19)

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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 Commander Vimes is more concerned about the crime that's happened. He's got to find out not only 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.
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1996)
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Jun 29, 2009 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
Joan Opyr
Sep 12, 2008 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
David Sarkies
Mar 14, 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
May 12, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, fantasy

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
Cynthia Egbert
Jan 09, 2009 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
Nov 03, 2016 YouKneeK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feet of Clay is the third book in the Watch subseries of Discworld. It’s also the Guards book that I’ve enjoyed the most so far. In fact, it may even have given my previous favorite Discworld book, Wyrd Sisters, some competition.

I was worried at first that this book would rehash old ground with the “let’s get ourselves a puppet king” thing. There’s a bit of that, and it’s an important aspect of the story, but it doesn’t overpower the story and it has a more amusing twist than in previous books.
Feb 14, 2016 José rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reseña en español: click aquí.
Mis otras reseñas de Mundodisco.

English review soon. This is the Spanish edition of Feet of Clay

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
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
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
R.R. López
Oct 24, 2016 R.R. López rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haré una reseña más extensa en mi blog, pero debo decir que este libro me ha gustado mucho, casi más que hombres de armas.

Quizá las aventuras de la anterior entrega eran más dinámicas, pero encuentro el trasfondo de crítica social de este libro más profundo, aunque a algunos les sorprenda que diga esto de un libro de Pratchett.

Me reafirmo, los libros de Pratchett tienen mucha tela que cortar debajo de la apariencia de fantasía y humor.

En este libro he descubierto a mi nuevo personaje favorito de
Patrick Grau
Apr 01, 2017 Patrick Grau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Las palabras que hay en el corazón no se pueden sacar".
Si llegas a este momento y no sientes como se humedece tu visión, no notas como un pequeño cosquilleo amenaza por encima de tu nariz y ni tampoco sientes una ligera presión en el pecho, es que no tienes alma.
Pratchett no es un escritor "de humor". Es mucho más. La saga de la Guardia se folla a muchos aposentados y clásicos de la novela negra. Todas las pistas están ahí des del minuto uno, a diferencia de una Agatha Christie (por poner un ej
Apr 29, 2012 Winonah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 12, 2013 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.
(artist Graffitihead)

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
Nov 29, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Sammis
Aug 22, 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
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
May 16, 2011 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.
Chris Boulton
Sep 13, 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
Apr 20, 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
Dec 10, 2014 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.
Natasha Pavlitsevits
Another book on social issues: this one tackles slavery in the form of the golems as well as female sexuality with the appearance of a female dwarf. It made me laugh out loud and think. And I believe that's what the great Terry Pratchett was going for.
Esmerelda Weatherwax
I do a re-read of these as palate cleansers between books, and because I love Discworld so much.

I actually was not a huge fan of Sam Vimes before I started to get older - I was much more into the Wizards and Witches when I was younger and reading through these for the first time.

Sam Vimes is someone you relate to the more you go through your own personal struggles growing as a person. It's incredible that after multiple re-reads, I still get something out of these books each time I read them.
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
Oct 10, 2012 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
Mary Catelli
Aug 20, 2013 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
An examination of the legitimacies and exigencies of leadership. With trolls.
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
This story is a highly entertaining murder mystery, involving golems, arsenic, and a plot to overthrow the government of Ankh-Morpork and replace it with a puppet King.
Mar 31, 2017 Skyeofskynet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detrytus <3333
Ms. Smartarse
Life in Ankh-Morpork is following its usual course. There's a significant bounty on Commander Samuel Vimes' head, tempting more and more members of the Assassin's Guild to try their luck.

The City Watch has hired more people, the most notable among them being Cheery Littlebottom (an alchemist dwarf) and Constable Visit (an evangelical preacher).

‘[...]They had a sophisticated but fundamentally flawed …’
‘Yes, yes, yes,’ said Vimes, who could recognize the verbal foot getting ready to stick itsel
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