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Feet of Clay (Discworld Novels) por Terry…
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Feet of Clay (Discworld Novels) (original 1996; edição 2005)

por Terry Pratchett (Autor)

Séries: Discworld: City Watch (3), Discworld (19)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:Feet of Clay (Discworld Novels)
Autores:Terry Pratchett (Autor)
Informação:Corgi (2005), 384 pages
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Feet of Clay por Terry Pratchett (1996)

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Why do I keep giving these Discworld/City Watch books five stars? It’s not necessarily because I believe they’re the greatest books ever, but because I feel I could keep reading and re-reading them for my entire life. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
Another five-star for Discworld!

"It takes a lot of complexity to be that simple."

"Trying to understand a complex world with a simple mind."


Two quotes that stuck with me from two separate parts of the book. I've noticed for a long time that there's a lot of life's truths buried in Pratchett's satire and humour. I've noticed it, but never pointed it out.

But this particular book seemed to come to me at the right time. For future readers of this review, we are currently in a time where George Floyd was murdered on camera and in front of a lot of witnesses by a group of uncaring police officers, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement has exploded and it's bringing out both the best and the worst in people on both sides. And we've had a police officer melt down in a McDonald's parking lot because, when it's all boiled down to its essence, she's terrified because she matches the description of someone who's done a crime, and she's being accused daily of doing something she hasn't done, and she's terrified to do something as simple as go through a McDonald's drive-thru without facing some sort of punitive action from someone who unfairly judges her for her appearance. That's our current world.

I hope that, for future readers of this review, this won't be your current world, but I truly suspect it will.

Why am I going into all this? Because this funny and entertaining novel is also about experiencing the fear of who you are. A female dwarf who initially hides her femininity, but ultimately finds the strength to stand up and be who she is, and finds friends willing to stand with her. And a werewolf facing an unfair bias who ultimately has to out herself to someone else, but also finds acceptance there.

Amazing what you can find in a little funny book about silly people living on a disc world, isn't it?

I love this series.


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  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Capping off my golem reading miniseries with a comfort read. Golem self determination still makes me misty. Happy sigh. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Yet more inventiveness on the venalities of men. ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
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 |
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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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