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Feet of Clay
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on June 3, 1999
Imagine a book that is so sinister and gloomy it is disturbingly creepy to read. Imagine a book that has so many deep,hidden themes that you'll be thinking about it for weeks to come. Imagine a book that is so controversial you'll begin to question everything and everyone around you. Now think of the exact opposite and you get Feet of Clay, one of the books in Terry Pratchett's great Discworld series.
This book is simply a great, fun read. It's packed full of good humor and lively characters. Reading this book is actually fun. Where and when better to base a funny book than in the city of Ankh-Morpork in the medieval/fantasy era we all know and love. The book has it all-goblins,dwarfs, dragons and lots more are all brilliantly protrayed and are so brimming with character you can nearly shake their hands (or paws or tentacles....).
Most of the book revolves around the Ankh-Morpork City Watch (police). While Commander Vimes,head of the watch, is trying to unravel the mystery of who's poisoning Lord Vetinari, Corporal Nobbs, a simple officer,has found out he is the Earl of Ankh-Morpork and Cheery Littlebottom, the watches dwarfish alchemist, is starting to show her feminine side. All these and many more plots weave together excellently to form a gripping climax.
However, it's not all fun and games.Like most books there are a few hidden meanings and themes. Most of the themes are religious issues and things like "what defines something as living" and " sould man have the power of life over others". I must point out that this book isn't meant to be full of moral issues and if you're looking for a deep and meaningful book you should look elsewhere.
Pratchett writes in a very 'bouncy'way, it's very lively and i find it very pleasant and refreshing. The speech in Feet of Clay way very natural and not always important to the plot. Lots of the humor in the book is in reading the characters chat( about things like dwarfish table- dancers and paying gargoyles in pigeons).
One thing I noticed is that the book has no chapters. I'm not sure if this is a good thing but it does make the book hard to put down because ther's not definite place to stop.
This is a must read for all fantasy lovers and anyone who wants something to tickle their funny bone. I will definitely read the rest fo the Discworld series now. Feet of Clay is an enthralling, fun novel that will grab you by the eyeballs and wont let go till you're finished it.
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on September 8, 1997
If you're like me, and voraciously read the great British authour Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels as soon as you see them on the shelves of the local bookstore, then there is a genuine cosmic force that will compell you to get this one and nothing I can say will make any difference.

But lately, over the last few entries into the series, that certain colour of magic has been missing from them, which made the early works so great to read. But not to worry...Pratchett is definately in top form with this one, which marks the always hilarious return of the Anhk-Morepork City Watch, headed by 'Sir' Samuel Vimes.

Along with the already well fleshed-out main cast of Watchmen including Corp. Carrot, Angua, Nobbs, Detritus and Fred Colon, we have some new characters, all who jump off the page with Pratchett's expert handling. Even though this is a comic view of fantasy, sort of a Douglas Adams by way of Tolkien, there might be no better weaver of plot and character than Mr. Pratchett.

As usual, the much put-upon metropolis of Ankh-Morepork is in grave peril, this time by a rampaging Golem, out of control and looking for blood. Things are complicated by another crisis as the slow poisoning of the Patrician has Vimes retracing the path of his childhood.

So, as we've come to expect from our previous travels across the Discworld, Pratchett throws in everything but the kitchen sink, somehow managing to stray off in many directions but always keeping a complicated plot, engaging characters, vivid location and a continuing sense of wonder with this world all in the air at the same time.

Trust me. Buy this book. It's worth any price. And that's cuttin' me own throat!
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on December 22, 2001
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 otherwise pretty dull life(in otherwords, holiday time). The first couple of pages didn`t seem so engrossing, but as the story progresses, it becomes more and more addictive. On top of that cunning old Pratchett seems to have a dislike of chapters, and when you see only four small and insignifigant asterisks seperating you from the next scene, it`s like a heroine addict sitting and staring at a loaded syringe(no I have had no such experience). The plot is intriguing, with a murderer walking (or stomping) free on the streets of Ankh Morpork, Vetinari on the verge of death(amazing, huh?) and Commander Samuel Vimes on the loose, trying to find the questions to answers which he knows are floating around soomewhere. For Terry Pratchett(especially Vimes)fans, this book is a must.
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on October 12, 2001
This is another crime story in the tradition of Men at Arms for those who've read previous Guards book. Feet of Clay is a good read, with the backdrop themed around what happen when anyone try to play god and create life without realizing the consequences.
Although the backdrop theme to this book is great, its not as complicated as Fifth Elephant and is not necessarily as funny as Men at Arms. This would would get a 4 1/2 stars if such rating were possible. If you're a fan of the Guards, then don't miss this book. Its a lot better than some of Pratchett's early works. This book dealt with a lot of social politics, and the concept of "Capitalism". This book also dig deeper into the Pratritian of Ankh-Morpork. To all Guards fan, Hamlock Vetinari is still an enigma, but more on him are written in this book as a preface for Jingo. So to anyone who read this review, buy the book.
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on March 29, 2001
Some of the other Pratchett books I've had to give only four stars - because of Feet of Clay. This, to me, was the most memorably enjoyable book in the Discworld series.
A series of brutal, yet inexplicable crimes once again lead Sam Vimes and the Watch down the alleys and backstreets of Ankh-Morpork ... well, not Nobby, because he's been appointed a lord by the Registrar of Heraldry!
For those who relish in the early Pratchett non-stop puns, Feet of Clay has it; like the plot twists? got you covered; like a little message about free will? No problem. You want fries with that?
Anyone who enjoys humor will enjoy Terry Pratchett - people who like a very engaging plot with a surprising ending will really enjoy Feet of Clay. Since you don't really have to read the Discworld books in order, this can be a great starting point - just on the strength of the read. I highly recommend it.
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on March 29, 2001
Some of the other Pratchett books I've had to give only four stars - because of Feet of Clay. This, to me, was the most memorably enjoyable book in the Discworld series.
A series of brutal, yet inexplicable crimes once again lead Sam Vimes and the Watch down the alleys and backstreets of Ankh-Morpork ... well, not Nobby, because he's been appointed a lord by the Registrar of Heraldry!
For those who relish in the early Pratchett non-stop puns, Feet of Clay has it; like the plot twists? got you covered; like a little message about free will? No problem. You want fries with that?
Anyone who enjoys humor will enjoy Terry Pratchett - people who like a very engaging plot with a surprising ending will really enjoy Feet of Clay. Since you don't really have to read the Discworld books in order, this can be a great starting point - just on the strength of the read. I highly recommend it.
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There's a murderer loose in Ankh-Morpork it's up to the gumshoes to find him. This episode in the Discworld Saga concentrates on Commander Vimes, Carrot and various others in the Watch. Nobbs is promoted to nobility and of course gets as drunk as a Lord. We meet female dwarves, thwart assination attempts on the Patrician, get to solve a murder mystery and stop a riot involving the city's golems. Oh, yes and we get to meet many of the newest Watch members. My only disappointment in this one is that Pratchett's usual strange twists, weren't quite up to par. Perhaps he had recently read too many obvious mystery novels and wanted the reader to figure out the plots ahead of time muttering to themselves. He does effectively lampoon many mystery writers as well as create a marvolously convoluted plot that dovetails, if not mysteriously, at least with humourous consequences.
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on November 7, 1997
This book is a typical discworld in plot - insane, bizarre, silly, the works. But what I really like is how Pratchett is filling out his world and the characters. They are no longer quite is slick and one dimensional as in the earliest novels. You get a good understanding of how life is lived in Ankh-Morpork, how Carrot affects everyone around him, the subtlies of Vimes - all of it.
But don't worry, the fun is still there. Can you actually imagine a female dwarf daring to be female (make-up, clothes, et al)? Or the obtusely literal-minded citizens of Ankh-Morpork (crests must be designed from life)?

Enjoy this book, but be cautious. If you don't particularly like reflecting on the serious as well as the silliness, you won't enjoy this book as much as some of the other Discworld novels.
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on March 28, 1998
Many people try but none can compete. Pratchett is simply the best, and the Guards novels are my favourites out of his wacky discworld.
Having read all of Pratchett's books and watched the video versions, (i.e. Wyrd Sisters, Soul Music, Truckers & Johnny and the Dead) I am waiting in anticipation for one of the more mature books (Like Good Omens - pour example P.s.I learnt french from DellBoy Trotter) to be made into a film. ONLY don't trust any Hollywood (or other Americans) to do it, with the revival of the British Film Industry - go on give them a go. they understand humour better.
Back to the book, I hope one of the Guards books becomes a cartoon soon, as it needs to go on my must-by list.
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on May 3, 2001
If you are a Pratchett fan then I am wasting my time telling you what a genius Terry is... if you're not yet a Pratchett fan, you need to find your introduction book to the master of Fantasy Satire.
Probably one of the finest mystery stories I've ever read. A Golem has commited murder, except that Golem's can't kill... A locked-door mystery unlike any other, Feet of Clay introduces a variety of exciting new characters to the Ankh-Morpork city watch and happily returns Sam Vimes, Nobby, Colon and Carrot in a story that will have you scratching your head in wonder while you are covering your mouth laughing...
A must have for any fan of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch.
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