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Feet Of Clay: Discworld: The City Watch Collection (Discworld Novels) [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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6 Jun 1996 Discworld Novels
As autumn fogs hold Ankh-Morpok in their grip, the City Watch must find a murderer who can't be seen. The golems may know something, but they've all started to commit suicide. And on top of all this, the Watch have other problems to deal with, such as a werewolf suffering from Pre-Lunar Tension.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; First Edition edition (6 Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575059001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575059009
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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In Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett continues the fantasy adventures on Discworld--where anything goes. Anything but murder, that is. Commander Vimes of the Watch must investigate a puzzling series of deaths, with help from various trolls and dwarfs. Pratchett's humour and excellent writing skills draw the reader effortlessly into his zany world. Feet of Clay is 19th in the series. --Blaise Selby


"Like reading Tolkien but with gags - and good gags too" (Guardian)

"The great Terry Pratchett, whose wit is metaphysical, who creates an energetic and lively secondary world, who has a multifarious genius for strong parody ... who deals with death with startling originality. Who writes amazing sentences" (A.S. Byatt New York Times)

"His spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction" (Mail on Sunday)

"The work of a prolific humorist at his best" (Observer)

"Like most true originals, Pratchett defies categorisation...Deliciously and amiably dotty...Driven by Swiftian logic and equally intellectually inventive" (The Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Ankh-Morpork City Watch – despite its growing ranks of dwarves, trolls, gargoyles, werewolves and “normal” (as much as they can be called that) folk – is getting increasingly snowed under. The more recruits enrolled, Sir Samuel Vimes is discovering, the more crimes seem to be uncovered.
Someone is poisoning the Patrician, and Vimes is growing increasingly frustrated because he just can’t figure out HOW… And someone is murdering harmless old men. First, there is the old priest Father Tubelcek, who at least died with a glow in his eyes. And then there is the curator of the Dwarf Bread Museum, battered to death with one of his own exhibits. But, perhaps most disturbing of all, the golems – the solemn men of clay who aren’t really alive, work all day and all night and never harm a soul – have started to commit suicide…
And it’s not as if the Watch hasn’t got problems of its own …there’s something odd about the new dwarf recruit. There’s a werewolf suffering from pre-lunar-tension. And, having discovered that he is actually the Earl of Ankh, Corporal Nobby Nobbs is busy hob-nobbing with the nobs.
Vimes finds himself faced with the most puzzling case in Discworld history. There are Clues throwing themselves up all over the place, and they only cloud the issue. Plus, Sam is finding that, for all the answers lying about the place, he can’t for the life of him think of the question…
All the more ominous is the fact that the real truth may not really be out there at all, but that it might be in amongst the words in the head…
First, lets get one thing out of the way. It’s hilarious. But of course it is, it’s Terry Pratchett.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A copper's question 5 Oct 2001
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
If pressed to choose a favourite Pratchett, it would likely be this book. Nearly every element
is here, delivered with Pratchett's premium prose and matchless wit. This effort is a bit of a
wonder, as it's a murder mystery, a genre I rarely delve into. Still, it's a Pratchett and goes
from being worth a look to something to be cherished, its chief character a man to be admired.
Sam Vimes, who we first encountered in a sodden gutter, soddin' drunk, has risen to a
knight's rank and is now Commander of the City Watch. He maintains a careful balance
between being the Patrician's favourite and his nemesis. Vetinari knows he cannot truly
control Vimes. For all Sam's resistance to the Patrician's deviousness, Vetinari knows that he
cannot dispense with The Stoneface Policeman. Especially this time when its Vetinari himself
who is the victim of a murder plot. An unsuccessful one, as it happens.
Sam's entered the realm of matrimony, a step which elevates him almost more than the
promotions granted by the Patrician. Lady Sybil, however, remains at the periphery of Sam's
focus. He's still a copper and one of the biggest cases of all confronts him in this book. First,
foremost and throughout this book, Sam Vimes is tasked with guarding his own back. Vimes
is "a jumped-up copper to the nobs, and a nob to the rest", which gorges the ranks of his
enemies. His thwarting of an Assassin is pure Pratchett; pure Vimes, for that matter. One
can't help but wonder why Vetinari doesn't assign Vimes some bodyguards. Instead he gets a
sedan chair - which he "drives" himself.
There are murders in this book, unusual in Pratchett.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Pratchett yet? 14 July 2003
By A Customer
Pratchett is on top form yet again with this witty, mysterious and suspensful book, featuring golems, hippos, and a dwarf with attitude.
Familliar faces from the Watch return, as well as one or two new ones. Cheery Littlebottom, the self-proclaimed female dwarf and forensic expert, is a delight to read about, and the return of my personal favourite Nobby Nobbs is, as ever, hillarious.
The main star of Feet Of Clay, however, is Sam Vimes. Magically transformed from gutter-dweller to duke, he provides much of the wit and humour Pratchett is notorious for, as well as solving the whodunnit of the story, the howdunnit, and what they dun (though, admittedly, not before the victim in question, Lord Vetinari).
This book is probably not the best for new Discworld readers, but experienced readers will love it.
And remember the main message of the book:
Slab: jus' say 'AarrgharrghpleeassennononoUGH'.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feet Of Clay review. 7 April 2006
By A Customer
Feet Of Clay is another fast-paced detective mystery by Terry Prattchett.In Feet Of Clay the Patrician of Ankh-Morpok is being poisoned and there are rumors among the golems that a king golem will come and free them from their days of silent slavery.If the golems are freed they will wreak havoc upon their former masters and the only people who can stop this from happening are the men,women and various other species of the night watch including new constables Cheery,Dorfl,Downspout and Visit-the-infidels-with-explantory-pamplets.If you enjoy this book then read books 8,15,21,24,27 and 32.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best City Watch book 14 Dec 2011
The revitalised Ankh-Morpork City Watch is expanding and Commander Vimes is starting to get a hang of his new position and social standing when things start to take a turn for the worst. First two old men are found dead and then the Patrician falls ill due to a mysterious case of poisoning. The Watch and their new forensic department (a Dwarven Alchemist with issues) must find out not only who is responsible but also how they are doing it and how everything links together.

`Feet of Clay' is easily my favourite of all the City Watch books and I rank it as one of my all-time favourite Discworld books in general. The whodunit storyline of the book is interesting, the book is brilliantly funny throughout and also has some nicely emotional moments as well. This book introduces the interesting concept of Dwarven feminism as well as being the first to go into detail about Golems. The book sees all the usual City Watch characters along with a few new ones such as the Watch Alchemist Cherry Littlebottom and the Omnian Constable Visit-The-Infidel-With-Explanatory-Pamphlets.

`Feet of Clay' is easily one of the best Discworld books in the series and is easily worth a full five stars.
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