Continuing the re-read of Terry Pratchett’s Guards books, we have Feet of Clay. This is the third, after Guards! Guards! and Men at Arms. I generally think of this as one of my favorites. However, it rather suffers from being read in reasonably close proximity to the other two, because you really notice that this one hammers on the king theme, again. I had quite a good idea about Pratchett’s attitude towards monarchy after the first one, and an even better one after the second; the third is starting to feel like overkill. Other than that, this is another enjoyable police procedural. Someone’s poisoning the Patrician, and Vimes is on a rampage to figure it out: Vimes might hate the Patrician, after all, but the Patrician is Vimes’ to hate.
Things of note: Carrot continues his evolution towards superhumanity; we’re still getting his points of view, but not that many. I suspect we may lose his points of view completely in the next book, Jingo. I would really like to hear Pratchett’s explanation of Vetinari’s actions and motivations regarding the Watch; I can sort of make his attitude in these earlier books fit in with Night Watch, but it doesn’t quite work. And, on a lighter note, Nobby’s reaction at the end of the dinner party was absolutely perfect.