- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 May 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552142379
- ISBN-13: 978-0552142373
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Feet Of Clay: (Discworld Novel 19) (Discworld Novels) Paperback – 1 May 1997
|New from||Used from|
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
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 --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
"'Like reading Tolkien but with gags - and good gags too'" (Matt Seaton Guardian)See all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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'.
This is a wonderful Discworld novel; I always like the novels that feature the City Watch, and the disparate characters who make up the guards. The Patrician is always on top, dark form, and Vimes’s unorthodox methods of keeping the peace in Ankh-Morpork are always suitably twisted. All generally works out well in the end, and the city of Aknh-Morpork grinds on. Excellent stuff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another great book by Terry Pratchett!
Once again the Night Watch are in the thick of it. Golems are going mad, priests being murdered and dwarfs wearing make-up!
Always great reading when Sam Vimes is part of the tale. My second time reading this, but the drama was just as rivetingPublished 25 days ago by N. Newitt
I just recently started reading the discworld books and began with the watch series by recommendation. I love a good crime novel and this adds in a lot of humour too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah Smith
It was great. We loved it as always. How the hell do you get off this bit to get on to a new book without leaving a review?????Published 3 months ago by Sally Teatherdege
"So the axe embedded in the table - who do you think rammed it in there? Gonna look for your famous clues?"
"Probably not, sir. Too many fingerprints on it! Read more
Reading the watch books again, I forgot how wonderful this book is, great story, told wonderfully with subtle and laugh out loud humour. Delightful read...Published 5 months ago by Milly