This thread is for discussing Feet of Clay in some depth. If you haven’t read the book then read on at your own risk – or, better still, go and read the book and join in the fun.
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Please feel free to make comparisons to other Discworld books, making sure you identify the book and the passage you are referring to. Others may not be as familiar with the book you are referencing, so think before you post.
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Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
Originally published 1996
I want to thank ChristianBecker for writing the introduction for this discussion.
Feet of Clay is the third Discworld book to prominently feature the City Watch - which we have seen becoming more and more of a serious police force instead of a bunch of half-criminals rather running away from the scene of a crime than helping.
A murder (or as it turns out, two) has happened in Ankh-Morpork. Of course, this is nothing new in this city. The circumstances, however, are rather strange.
One victim is an old priest - neatly arranged after his quite brutal death, his office tidied up, and a rolled up piece of paper in his mouth - covered in cryptic signs.
The other is the (human) director of the Dwarf Bread Museum - his skull crushed in by a vicious battle bread.
As if these two murders were not enough, someone is also poisoning the Patrician, yet no one knows how (or for that matter, who).
And what to make of Nobby Nobs, who turns out to be a real Nob - the Earl of Ankh even?
It also seems like the Golem community of Ankh-Morpork is growing restive and is planning something - while people are out buying sledge hammers.
And in the middle of it all there's Vimes (who's not going to get a coat of arms), trying to solve this riddle wrapped inside a puzzle inside an enema.
I really enjoyed reading this book. In many ways this is an homage to whodunits and police procedurals. It always strikes me that this is not only about slavery but also Pratchett’s nod to Isaac Asimov. The Watch is growing and we get to meet so favourite characters for the first time.
But what did you think?
Want to write the introduction for the next discussion (Eric)? PM me and let me know if you’d like to – first come first served.