Feet of Clay
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...more
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 ...more
And definitely one of the best.
Terry Pratchett, ever the clever turn of phrase artist, is here in rare form. This is literally chock full of puns, clichés, similes, metaphors and enough droll word play to make Nabokov choke a chicken. His easy, almost swaggering virtuosity makes this a fun read; I was literally reading the story, but waiting for and expecting his next verbal tickle.
It is as though when he got to this one, his 19th Discworld novel first ...more
Discworld Watch Lineup by Ligeias-Ghost from Deviant Art
I highly recommend to read editions that have illustrations of coat-of-arms that appeared in the story. At my first read from a library book, it was a hardcover Gollancz edition with the coat-of-arms illustrations before the story began. Let's just say the coat-of-arms have significant ...more
This is one of those super-solid Discworld novels. Pratchett has his thing going on, full tilt. Discrimination is explored on a much broader basis than ever before and just imagine... GOLEMS! So everywhere that NO ONE NOTICES them. Solution?
Revolution. Of a sort. If you're ...more
This time, we are back in Ankh-Morpork, following Sam Vimes and the City Watch while they are trying to solve a few puzzling murders. It doesn‘t help that Vimes is a man of honour which means he‘ll keep his promise to his wife that he won‘t drink.
But the City Watch, now seriously enlargened and ...more
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 ...more
And here's looking at you Sherlock...
“Samuel Vimes dreamed about Clues. He had a jaundiced view of Clues. He instinctively distrusted them. They got in the way. And he distrusted the kind of person who’d take one look at another man and say in a lordly voice to his companion, “Ah, my dear sir, I can tell you nothing except that he is a left-handed stonemason ...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 ...more
“For Cockbill Street was where people lived who were worse than poor, because they didn’t know how poor they were. If you asked them they would probably say something like ‘mustn’t grumble’ or ‘there’s far worse off than us’ or ‘we’ve always kept uz heads above water and we don’t owe nobody nowt.’
He could here his granny speaking. ‘No one’s too poor to buy soap.’ Of course, many ...more
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 ...more
Back to the Watch sub-series and the introduction of Cheery Littlebottom to the force, the new Watch alchemist/forensics corporal and female dwarf. Just in time for a case that needs lots of forensics support, involving odd sorts of clay, golems and poison.
This has always been one of my favorite of the Watch series, introducing Cheery Littlebottom and Dorfl and even Wee Mad Arthur (who gets a retcon much later in the series ...more
This was an excellent audiobook - I think that Nigel Planer did another fantastic job narrating the story.
Feet of Clay felt a lot more More (if that makes sense?) in that everything felt fully developed, and the characters had more depth than in the previous books. I feel like I actually know the characters, and I honestly love Vimes and his pettiness.
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
A dwarf with attitude.
And a golem who's begun to think for itself.
This book was just delightful, cemented the City Watch as my favorite Discworld subseries, and marked the first novel where I wasn't only riding along for the chuckles and veiled social commentary, but where I was really and truly invested in the murder mystery Pratchett spun. Well, a mystery of a different kind—Commander Vimes isn't only determined to find out whodunit, but howdunit too, and we ...more
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 ...more
This book takes place in a fictional city called Ankh-Morpork, a medieval version of a bustling, culturally-diverse city, similar to London or New York City. Vimes is similar to a police chief, a sergeant, who employs a group of individuals in the force just as diverse as the city. Among the races are dwarfs, trolls, vampires, werewolves, zombies, and much more. What concerns me is that Vimes, either in this book, or the ...more
The characters really hit their stride in this novel, and The Watch finds a perfect rhythm. I found the plot somewhat lacking, even though I really like the golems as an interesting tool for Pratchett's cynical symbolism.
This book just didn't hit me quite as hard as the previous installation, ...more
Pratchett saw the world very clearly but hid that behind jokes. He even mocked his own writing:
The tincture of night began to diffuse the soup of the afternoon....more
Lord Vetinari considered the sentence, and found it good. He liked 'tincture' particularly. Tincture.
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 ...more
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, ...more