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FEET OF CLAY. [Hardcover]

Terry. Pratchett
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excretus Est Ex Altitudine June 2 2007
"Feet of Clay" is the nineteenth novel in Terry Pratchett's hugely popular Discworld series, was first published in 1996 and is the third to focus on Sam Vimes and Ankh-Morpork's City Guard.

Sam is the now the Commander of the City Guard, and - having married Lady Ramkin - a member of the nobility. It's fair to say he's not your typical hero : he doesn't like the Undead (particularly vampires), Assassins (they keep trying to kill him) and - in keeping with an old family tradition - Kings (not an ideal musketeer then). Sam has quit drinking - though it's still something of a struggle - and smokes the occasional cigar to ease the blow.

Although numbers among the ranks are rising, Sam tends to rely on those he knows best. His most capable officer is Captain Carrot - who was born human, although raised as a dwarf. Carrot is an incredibly innocent and very honest character and is widely believed to be Ankh-Morpork's rightful King. (Sam has - to date - refrained from beheading him). Carrot's girlfriend, Angua, is also a member of the City Guard though - being a werewolf - she isn't quite so popular. Sergeant Detritus, a troll who deals roughly with troll drug-dealers, seems a natural - not to mention likeable - cop, though Sergeant Colon and Corporal Nobbs (a confirmed slacker and probably human) are the most experienced officers. The one newcomer is Cheery Littlebottom, an ex-alchimist dwarf who becomes quite useful in the City Guard's newly established forensics department. (Cheery left the Guild of Alchemists after, accidentally, blowing up the Guild Council. Alchemy is an unusual profession for a dwarf, though Cheery - as it turns out - isn't your usual dwarf).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder mystery, Discworld style June 15 2003
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The Watch is made of the weirdest bunch of cops you can imagine, including werewolves, dwarves, trolls, gargoyles -- and those are the ordinary ones. If you like mysteries in general, and murder mysteries in particular, then "Feet of Clay" is an offbeat story that you might just enjoy.
First a priest is murdered, and found with a slip of paper in his mouth. Then a curator. And Vimes has no idea how this is happening, or why anyone would kill a couple of harmless old men. To make things worse, he learns that the extremely un-royal Corporal Nobby Nobbs may be the rightful king of Ankh-Morpork (if that doesn't warp your view of reality, nothing will), and that the Patrician is being slowly poisoned -- but no one knows just how the poison is being administered.
The answer to the mysteries may lie in the golems: Not-living-but-not-dead creatures made out of clay, who don't speak and always follow orders. Theoretically they can't kill . But they come under suspicion when, inexplicably, they start destroying themselves as the evidence starts to point toward a golem murderer. However, Vimes soon learns that the conspiracy is far more extensive -- and sinister -- than the golems...
"Feet of Clay" is not merely a murder mystery (although it has one of the coolest ways of murdering a person that I've ever heard of). Pratchett also offers some commentary on society, on what makes a person a person. His handling of the golems is remarkably thought-provoking. And their connection to the attempted murder is also very hard to unravel -- you won't guess who or how or why.
This is, in some ways, more serious at times than his other books; one scene has Vimes exploding over the death of a little child and a cleaning lady.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Watch returns May 8 2002
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First, I'll give a brief synopsis, then what I liked and disliked about the book.
Okay, the great mystery is who killed two old men, and where is this mysterious clay found at the scene of the crime coming from. Vimes and the watch struggle to solve this, and suddenly, Nobby Nobbses royalty is brought to attention, Cherry Littlebottom joins the watch, and the Angua Carrot relationship is heightened a few more steps. In the midst of all this, Lord Vetinari (a FANTASTIC character) is being poisoned. All these come together in one of the most satisfying climaxes I've witnessed in a Pratchett Book yet.
There, that's out of the way.
The Guard are among the best characters Pratchett has introduced, standing next only to... Death. And even though you don't get to see the Grim Reaper, you'll have to settle for the Grim Squeaker (the death of rats). Anyways, Pratchett, as always, delights the reader with the two most vivid main characters. I'd be speaking of Sir Samuel Vimes, and Nobby Nobbs. Vimes has so much of a Dirty Harry-esque feel to him, and he... ahem... prods buttock so thoroughly that you have to cheer him on. The cigar smoking, teetotaling commander is best portrayed in the opening pages in which a VERY foolish assassin tries to end Vimes's life. Bad move.
Onto Nobbs. Nobbs is such a fantastic character, Pratchett gives him great scenes, the best in my mind being the scene in which a few Puppetmasters are trying to get Nobby to assume his royal position. Through most of this, he is saying, "Vimes would go spare! I can't do that! He'd go spare!"
Okay, here is what I disliked about the book.
Angua is a very weak POV, personally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love the guards
Terry Pratchet is always a good read, I love the guard series and happily recommend them to everyone to read.
Published 4 months ago by mercphoto
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
For those unfamiliar with Terry Pratchett's canon of disc world novels, it is a place of wonder in which humans, dwarves, vampires, troops and now gollems, live in harmony. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Donald N. Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding reader-actor on audio. Highly entertaining.
Thoroughly enjoyable, laugh-out-loud funny. One of Pratchett's best novels. The CD audio version read by Nigel Planer is wonderful! Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2003 by Lost Gecko
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story a better mystery
I love the discworld books. I also love a good mystery. Here I received both and Terry Pratchett dumps Vimes, Carrot and the rest of the watch into a good old fashion who dunit. Read more
Published on April 3 2002 by Jennifer Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Part 3 of the City Watch series of Discworld
I just finished the third book in the City Watch series, Feet of Clay. It is another home run for Pratchett. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2002 by David Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Rocks
THis is one of the funniest pieces of literature I have ever read. The charaters of Terry Prachett are pure genius and just a little unbelieveabal. Buy This book. Read more
Published on Dec 24 2001 by Ben Schapiro
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, entertaining and well, enjoyable...
I liked this book. When I first picked it up, I knew pretty much what I wanted. I was looking for a nice Vimes episode, something to fill up the boring hours in between an... Read more
Published on Dec 22 2001 by S. Hameed
5.0 out of 5 stars A Seriously Prod Buttock Book
Terry Pratchett's Discworld series is a mirror of our world, but it's a funhouse mirror, with our world reflected back in a distorted way. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2001 by James D. DeWitt
5.0 out of 5 stars "Everyone's guilty of Something" - Feet of Clay quote
This is another crime story in the tradition of Men at Arms for those who've read previous Guards book. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2001 by Anh Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly one of the coolest Watch books there is!
The summary on the back of the book has very little to do with the actual story. So ignore it. And read an *accurate* synopsis instead. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2001 by RenegadeLegacy
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