“Feet of Clay” by Terry Pratchett

Blessed be the moment when Terry Pratchett decided to write the book. On the same occasion, we wish this brilliant dreamer long and fruitful life. It belongs to the (unfortunately, not numerous) group of people whose views on the world around us has a few non-standard angle of view. In addition, that tiny difference allows you to contemplate being in brighter colors. Such people find it ironic, where it is not visible to anyone else, but, pulling out into the light, it becomes obvious and very funny.

Terry Pratchett began to tell their stories about Discworld a very long time. And he embodies the idea of creating a long epic in decades of volumes truly brilliant: it does not matter how the book series will begin acquaintance with the world. The plot is not through, there are different planes of existence of the characters are highlighted and popularized the brightest figures. “Feet of Clay” – is one of the stories of the City Guard of Ankh-Morpork, and thus guaranteed a meeting with the wise Patrician, Lord Havelock Vetinari, fearless and fair Commander Sir Samuel Vimes, the crown of justice, Captain Carrot and Sergeant Colon, just in the pre-retirement state . On-site and guards from the last replenishment: troll Detritus much wiser and well to keep yourself in the hands of a werewolf Angua. For a complete set (for vampires guard Vimes not tolerate ever) is the author of this book adds to the dwarf guards with the poetic name of Cheery Littlebottom. That is, the gnomes were before, but the recent completion of recruitment is the girl of their gender. Quite right, too, because gnomes multiply, and budding. Of course, still zealously serves the city and patrician Nobby Shnobs, and its role in this novel is very significant.


The story twists exciting way to detective. It all starts with the whims of Lady Sybil get a family crest. In Ankh-Morpork adhere to old traditions, creating such historical curiosities. That is, painted animals on the arms only from nature – or in any way, regardless of whether you need to draw a dragon, or a hippopotamus. Vimes personally execute the order of his wife and learned a lot about and heraldic authoritative business and personal about yourself, and about corporal Shnobs – turns out he is a descendant of a noble family, the only direct heir of the last king! Good and clearly on this issue expressed by Terry Pratchett: nobility – it is the quality that is sometimes found in animals. However, the noble Papuans exist in nature?

Events welling in narrative core with dynamic speed. Killed two old men – God’s dandelions. It attempts on the patrician, who, by the way, thanks to the high intelligence and calculates the poisoning method and the offender in two seconds. However, we have to wait to Vimes understood himself, because to discredit the excellent employee is unacceptable. Besides confusion, threatening death to the high leadership begin bizarre suicide Golem – clay robots…

Riddles in the novel is more than enough. Moreover, over key right, by itself, the course of the reading head starts to break down. Nevertheless, all this is less fun compared to the delight from subtle irony, which permeated the whole story. Most of all, the author had fun over the long-standing fear of mankind to the capabilities of the machine power. This is all the consequences hobbies Terminator, the role of which in Pratchett golem went perfectly. In addition, the material of which he made his robots, does not matter. What is the difference? What the flesh of the clay from the clay that chip by chip. Golems, for clarity, try to establish themselves like. Hard-to-kill monster is out. Soothes this new kind of human fear-read novel. If we are afraid of the mechanisms, it is necessary to begin with the door handles – here the author is right at all.

Pratchett is excellent and joked about outlining the corpses criminal fine, and the likelihood of full curing alcoholism, and dullness in the digital assistant … cannot remember everything. Not once or over time. Therefore, it should be: there is always a good reason to re-read “Feet of Clay”. In the books of this quality in each new reading of them, opening up new, previously inexplicable reason missed the interesting moments.