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Feet of Clay (Discworld) de Terry Pratchett
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Feet of Clay (Discworld) (1996 original; edició 2004)

de Terry Pratchett (Autor)

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It's murder in Discworld! -- which ordinarily is no big deal. But what bothers Watch Commander Sir Sam Vimes is that the unusual deaths of three elderly Ankh-Morporkians do not bear the clean, efficient marks of the Assassins' Guild. An apparent lack of any motive is also quitetroubling. All Vimes has are some tracks of white clay and more of those bothersome "clue" things that only serve to muck up an investigation. The anger of a fearful populace is already being dangerously channeled toward the city's small community of golems -- the mindless, absurdlyindustrious creatures of baked clay who can occasionally be found toiling in the city's factories. And certain highly placed personages are using the unrest as an excuse to resurrect a monarchy -- which would be bad enough even if the "king" they were grooming wasn't as empty-headed as your typical animated pottery.… (més)
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Títol:Feet of Clay (Discworld)
Autors:Terry Pratchett (Autor)
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Feet of Clay de Terry Pratchett (1996)

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Feet of Clay's central story tackles one key idea: What makes a person a person?

In this case, the idea is personified by the golems--a constructed race of humanoids made of clay, animated by a religious text stored inside of their head, and bound to service (inspired by Jewish folklore). According to just about everyone, golems aren't alive. They are nothing more than tools.

So if a golem were to kill someone... is it murder?

It's a really interesting question, making one think about the nature of 'personhood' and about how everyone has preconceived biases. Golems are among my favorite supernatural beings to read about and somewhat underused. Off the top of my head, the only other novel I can remember recently reading with a golem is The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (also worth the read).

On top of that, we also get an interesting comment about the nature of athiesm in a world where 'gods' can and do take a quite literal and obvious hand in events from time to time:


Another priest said,"Is it true you've said you'll believe in any god whose existence can be proved by logical debate?"

"Yes."

Vimes had a feeling about the immediate future and took a few steps away from Dorfl.

"But the gods plainly do exist," said a priest.

"It Is Not Evident."

A bolt of lightning lanced down through the clouds and hit Dorfl's helmet. There was a sheet of flame and then a trickling noise. Dorfl's molten armour formed puddles around his white-hot feet.

"I Don't Call That Much Of An Argument," said Dorfl calmly, from somewhere in the clouds of smoke.


It's not a huge part of the novel, but it's an interesting thought. I hope to see more of that later.

Other than the golems, we have the ever expanding cast of the City Watch. In particular, Commander Vimes continues to amuse. He's a both of the watch and a noble now. It's going just about as well as you'd expect.


“Commander, I always used to consider that you had a definite anti-authoritarian streak in you.”

“Sir?”

“It seems that you have managed to retain this even though you are authority.”

“Sir?”

“That’s practically zen.”


Overall, it's a wonderful book. The City Watch subseries continues to be the best of the Discworld books and each has been well worth the read.

Onwards!

Random amusing quote:


“A dwarf who can't get the hang of metal? That must be pretty unique."

"Pretty rare, sir. But I was quite good at alchemy.."

"Guild member?"

"Not any more, sir."

"Oh? How did you leave the guild?"

"Through the roof, sir. But I'm pretty certain I know what I did wrong.”
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  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Another roller coaster, with golems and a female dwarf taking center stage. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
This is one of my favorites, tied with Small Gods. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
This might be my favorite Discworld book so far after Guards! Guards! and I think that might mean more given that I mostly love that first book for the character build up. This has so much--the Vetinari/Vimes stuff was. So much I had to lie down (when ur gay and you make ur bf solve the mystery of what is killing you even though you figured it out before him.......) and the whole golem plot around freedom was really interesting and powerful (though I would love to talk to a Jewish person about it, especially because there was this throwaway line about receipts that made me go "oh yikes.") And then like the Nobby plot was of COURSE so good; Pratchett has hit a kind of stride in this third book of new characters and keeping old characters and it's good to watch them interact.

Also all dwarfs are trans and I love to see it! ( )
  aijmiller | Dec 23, 2020 |
Finished this today. I love reading all the characters and figuring out their voices. Pratchett's satirical humor always points the way to truth. ( )
  Angel.Tatum.Craddock | Dec 17, 2020 |
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Feet of Clay is another in the sub-series of books about the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. It involves golems, and murder, and an assassination plot, and the Watch's new forensic alchemist, and the rightful king, and the problems of being a vegetarian werewolf. It manages to be both a fine fantasy and a unique police procedural, with some cogent things to say about the human urge for kings. And it is almost continuously hilarious. It is difficult to say anything else about this book without sounding like a jacket blurb. Let us simply note that Pratchett performs to his usual standard.
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It's murder in Discworld! -- which ordinarily is no big deal. But what bothers Watch Commander Sir Sam Vimes is that the unusual deaths of three elderly Ankh-Morporkians do not bear the clean, efficient marks of the Assassins' Guild. An apparent lack of any motive is also quitetroubling. All Vimes has are some tracks of white clay and more of those bothersome "clue" things that only serve to muck up an investigation. The anger of a fearful populace is already being dangerously channeled toward the city's small community of golems -- the mindless, absurdlyindustrious creatures of baked clay who can occasionally be found toiling in the city's factories. And certain highly placed personages are using the unrest as an excuse to resurrect a monarchy -- which would be bad enough even if the "king" they were grooming wasn't as empty-headed as your typical animated pottery.

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