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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly (although only possibly) the best Discworld novel
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...
Published on 20 Feb 2004 by RachelWalker

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No dust jacket as shown stains on hardcover ripped page.this was advertised as good condition. would not like to see one in average condition
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly (although only possibly) the best Discworld novel, 20 Feb 2004
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RachelWalker "RachelW" (England) - See all my reviews
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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. There are some passages that have you chuckling to yourself, and there are others that strike you down helpless with a big belly-laugh. And then, (and these are my favourite) there are those that cause you to laugh jocularly, but then to take a step-back, awed, at the sheer TRUTH of what some of his humour illustrates to us, and the almost unbelievable cleverness of what he’s saying and the way he’s said it. The mirror he puts up to our own society enables us to laugh at it, to recognise it’s curiosities and, sometimes, its shocking flaws.
His plots are brilliant, and this one more-so than most. Like his other books, it’s a fantasy of the Discworld, but unlike his others, it’s also very much a crime/mystery story. And a darned ingenious one it is, too. I’ve not ever come across a more astoundingly clever way of poisoning someone in all the books I’ve read that normally fall into the crime/mystery genre. (And that is a LOT.) His characters are wonderfully well-drawn, and Sam Vimes is one of the most fascinating investigators of crime since Inspector Morse or John Rebus.
To be honest, any point in the series is a fine a place to begin (and make certain that you DO begin it. You’ll not regret doing so, believe me. Well, and his sales figures) as any other, but it may take you a couple of books to get used to the style. If you balk at anything other than reading a series through rom its beginning, then by all means do so. You’ll reap the rewards. But if you’re not all that bothered, try a couple from the beginning of the series – perhaps The Colour of Magic and Mort – and then read Feet of Clay.
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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
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Stephen A. Haines (Ottawa, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
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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. Two deaths arouse the City's ire against
new Pratchett figures, the golems. Golems reach far into the depths of European history -
mindless, man-like creatures from the soil who can be put to any task. Created only to obey,
they are the perfect slave - rebellion isn't in their make-up. Except for their size, they are
nearly defenseless. The perfect suspect, ultimately vulnerable, who can be destroyed without
qualms of conscience. The situation is so clear-cut that Sam knows they can't be guilty. But
who is?
In his quest for justice, Sam is supported both in the plot and in the characters of his Watch
team. In this book, Angua reaches new levels of prominence, which brings Carrot forth in
new ways, as well. Describing their situation as a "relationship" gives the term a whole new
meaning. The Watch now has a forensic expert in the figure of a dwarf - Cheery Littlebottom.
It's not possible to dwell further here on this unique Watch specialist. You must read this
book to become acquainted with one of Pratchett's most engaging characters. Read further to
discover one of his most devious creations.
As with most of Pratchett's recent books, there's a sub-theme running beneath all the hilarity
and convoluted thinking. In this case, the issue is "freedom". This word has been bandied
about by so many writers in so many circumstances, it's hard to believe that Pratchett could
bring anything fresh to the discussion. As always, Pratchett is able to surprise and excel. His
discussion freedom's worth and what it takes to be achieved adds lustre to an already superb
story. Pratchett's ability to bring philosophical issues into what is still described as
"humorous fantasy" is a unique talent. We must keep buying and touting this finest of
purveyors of wisdom and wit.
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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
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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
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This review is from: Feet Of Clay: Discworld: The City Watch Collection (Discworld Novels) (Hardcover)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best City Watch book, 14 Dec 2011
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T. R. Alexander (East Anglia, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Pratchett book I have ever read, 25 Sep 1999
I am a person who started reading Terry Pratchett about a year ago when I brought my first book using a voucher. In that period I'm nearly sure that I have read every one of his books and this I can say is probably the best. Using the characters from the books Jingo, men at arms and Guards Guards it is about the undead part of the city, and a bit about the darker sside of human nature. If you are new to the Pratchett series I would read a few of the earlier books but if you are a regular reader I would buy, no doubt about it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 1 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Feet Of Clay: Discworld: The City Watch Collection (Discworld Novels) (Hardcover)
I've just finished reading this book. I've only just started reading Pratchett, and I've been doing it sequentially. So far, this is the best by a mile. The book mixes TP's slapstick humour with his average man satire; when you throw in a jaundiced political view, pitying sentamentalism and a fun murder mystery, you have an addition to the Discworld series that is a delight to read. A word of warning, you really ought to read Guards Guards first. Otherwise, you'll never quite understand Nobby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph!, 22 April 2014
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This is, for any fans of Discworld, yet another fantastic tale involving the Watchmen.....always my personal favourites! Won't give the story away but don't miss this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dwarfen battle bread, 15 April 2014
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As always, Terry Pratchett weaves a wonderous story into the discworld, with a mixture of real folklore, history, and humour by the bucket load.
The discworld series always puts a smile on my face, and Feet Of Clay is no exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discworld Rules!, 9 April 2014
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Toni (Tarbrax; Middle of Nowhere(!) West Lothian, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Terry Pratchett has done it again-he manages to make his characters funny, realistic and very "human" whilst at the same time his books have an underlying moralistic theme to them that makes you think-not a bad thing in any book!!
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