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Piedi d'argilla (Discworld #19)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  42,662 ratings  ·  728 reviews
Chi è l'assassino che si aggira per Ankh-Morpork? Di lui si sa solo che lascia dietro di sè delle curiose tracce di argilla bianca. Il comandante delle Guardie è determinato a fermarlo, ma lui e i suoi uomini (e i suoi troll, e compagnia bella) non riescono a cavare un ragno dal buco. Persino quando una delle vittime viene uccisa con una pagnotta. Persino quando l'indagine ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Salani (first published 1996)
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Joan Opyr
Jul 07, 2010 Joan Opyr rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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

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
David Sarkies
Mar 23, 2015 David Sarkies rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Olga Godim
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
Cynthia Egbert
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
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
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Sarah Sammis
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Mary Catelli
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
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
Sep 27, 2009 Ali rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Rebecca Huston
Oh I had plenty of fun with this one! In a nutshell, the Vimes family past is revealed, Golems, murder, the College of Heralds of Ankh-Morpork, someone tries to kill Lord Vetinari, and Nobby finds out that he just might be an Earl. Not to mention the ongoing romance between Angua and Carrot, as well as the latest recruit to the City Watch, a dwarf by the name of Cheeri Littlebottom. Plenty of thoughtful moments leaven out the mayhem, and some of Pratchett's best is tucked away here and there. Ov ...more
What did I learn in this 19th book in the discworld series by Terry Pratchett? I'm not so sure. Maybe some political stuff - but the main reason is to be entertained by the absurd characters and their absurb problems. There's the Dwarf-troll historical enmity, a vampire with a passion for heraldry, a straight-arrow heir to the throne hidden within the citywatch with a lycan girlfriend, the ruler of Ankh-morpork is being poisioned, and there's a problem with golems committing suicide.

I thought Men at Arms was my favorite of the City Watch stories, until I finished this one a few minutes ago!

I gave Men at Arms 5 stars. This one is 6 then!

I think Pratchett did a wonderful job with not only the character development, but also an awesome amount of good plot development. I loved every minute!
Another Discworld re-read that gets 5 stars again and stands the test of time.
The night-watch books are definitely my favorites and over time I have come to realize that Commander Sam Vimes might the fiction character I prefer across all fiction and if I had to pick an imaginary character that I would want to be, it probably would be him.
I will re-read this book again in 20 years if I am still around...
An examination of the legitimacies and exigencies of leadership. With trolls.
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
I've always thought of this addition to Discworld as "Oh right, the one with the golems where Nobby's the Earl of Ankh" and moved on. It's never been one of my favourites in the series, and in the past I'd found it largely forgettable. But as is often the case with Pratchett, there's more going on under the surface than there first appears.

This book deals with a hell of a lot of significant issues. Dorfl and the other golems can basically be seen as immigrants. The population of Ankh-Morpork is
Scott Holstad
I've read most of the Discworld novels now and have loved some and enjoyed most. Feet of Clay is now my favorite. This book has it all! First of all, it's a City Watch series book, which I love, so that's good. Then, there are mysteries to be solved. Two old men have been murdered, presumably by golems, and Lord Venitari is being poisoned. Someone has to save the day! And it's the City Watch, led by Commander Sir Sam Vimes, followed by his loyal group of Captain Carrot, Angua, Detritus, Colon, a ...more
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
This has everything you've come to expect from a Terry Pratchett Discworld book: great plot and character development, humor and world play. This story centers around murder mystery, a plot to kill Lord Vetinari and golems, whether they are just mindless machines or sentient beings. Sir Sam Vimes, Commander of the Watch, is in charge of the investigation. Like all of the Discworld books, this one is enjoyable on so many levels and you can read it as simply a humorous murder mystery or a deep pol ...more
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CSI: Ankh-Morpork, that is to say the Watch storyline of the Discworld series, continues in Feet of clay and once again there’s more socio-political philosophy than you can shake a stick at. Marxism, feminism, you name it, Pratchett’s got it, though fortunately they are presented in a much more palatable and enjoyable manner than my professors could ever impart such information, but I’ll get into that more later.

To start off, I found this iteration of the Watch’s story to adhere much more stri
Melissa McShane
On the surface, Feet of Clay is typical of Pratchett's novels in the post-Moving Pictures, pre-Night Watch era--the books where Pratchett moved away from straight parody to humorous fiction with a dash of philosophy. On a deeper level, it's a story about free will that I dare call profound.

Yet another group of supposedly civic-minded "representatives" of the people want to replace Vetinari with a puppet king (in this case, absurdly, Nobby Nobbs); at the same time, the golems of Ankh-Morpork, de
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Feet of Clay: Golems, vampires, and succession

The City Watch is growing, and its new members bring new skills and talents to help stop crime in Ankh-Morpork. Angua, a werewolf, can trace criminals by their smell, while Detritus, a troll, interrogates suspects by “screaming angrily at people until they give in.” Cheery Longbottom is Vimes’ newest recruit, an alchemist, and perhaps the only dwarf in Ankh-Morpork who does not enjoy rowdiness. The criminals had better be careful.

In fact, the Watch h
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