Carpe Jugulum (Discworld, #23)
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Carpe Jugulum (Discworld #23)

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Unthinkingly inviting Uberwald's undead, the Magpyrs, into Lancre to celebrate the birth of his daughter, King Verence makes a big mistake. Really big. Because once they're ensconced within the castle, these wine-drinking, garlic-eating, sun-loving modern vampires have no intention of leaving. Ever. And only an uneasy alliance between a nervous young priest and the argumen...more
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Published August 1st 2000 by Turtleback Books (first published 1998)
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Melki
Death reached down and took a handful of sand. He held it up, and let it slip through his fingers.
CHOOSE, he said. YOU ARE GOOD AT CHOOSING, I BELIEVE.
"Is there any advice you could be givin' me?" said Granny.
CHOOSE RIGHT.


This one is all about choices: life or death, justice or mercy, to obey blindly or to fight back...

Vampires have taken over Lancre, and it's up to the witches and a befuddled priest to kick some bat!

Oh, my, how I loved this book! From Magrat's insistence on taking EVERYTHING fo...more
Kristen
May 16, 2008 Kristen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone looking for something funny
Shelves: comedy
The reviews here are quite varied on this book, they are all obviously written by Pratchett fans however one of the problems with being a Pratchett fan is that he has SO many novels that you are bound to find a few that aren’t your taste. I personally loved this book. My favorite of Pratchett’s creations include the Witches and the Guards series.

An attempt at a short summary:
The King of Lancre and his new wife the former Witch Margrat have their first child, and are holding the Christening cerem...more
Siria
Yes, another Pratchett. I'm on a re-reading kick at the moment. Which is probably a mistake since my stack of books to be read next to my bed is currently in the region of 67. But Pratchett is one of my comfort reads, so I don't feel like apologising to myself too much.

Carpe Jugulum is one of my favourites of the series. The writing and the dialogue are as sharp as ever; the characterisation of the witches is spot on; and the humour is just the right mix of wryly witty and really, really bad pun...more
Steven Harbin
Pratchett satirizes vampire myth and legend in this Discworld novel. Actually one of the grimmer Discworld novels I've read. One of the Witches of Lancre sub set of the series, with all my favorite characters from those books, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, her cat Greebo, Magrat, Agnes-Perdita all make their appearance. I recommend this one highly, but I think you need to have read the other "Witch" novels first, that would be Equal Rites,Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies, and Maske...more
Riannon
Terry Pratchett is hilarious, his prose is excellent, and to top it off, he's a prolific author, so if you're like me and always running out of reading material, reading everything he's written should keep you busy for a while.
This particular comedy is (as you may be able to discern from the title) about vampires. Vampires and a girl named Agnes Nitt, who struggles sometimes to suppress her alternate personality, Perdita. To paraphrase a quote from Pratchett, "Inside every fat girl is a thin gi...more
John
Witches and vampires and priests, oh my! It's easy for me, when I'm not reading Pratchett at the moment, to remember how much silliness his books contain, but forget what great storytelling is in there too. But boy, when I'm reading it I sure remember.

This is a grand tale about some witches that live in a small kingdom on the rim of the Discworld, one of whom has married its progressive, modern king, and had a baby who's due for a christening. The king, wanting to expand the scope of his kingdom...more
Kurtbg
There's something about the stories involving the Witches from the town of Lancre that seems to bring out the best in Terry's storytelling. The crone, the matron and the maiden find their trifecta in a state of musical chairs as Vampire are invited to Lancre by a very PC king. Well, vampires only go where invited so this doesn't look very promising for the yet-to-be-undead or the meal-to-be-had-daily. The crone, Granny Weatherwax, takes to the mountains feeling unappreciated by the king and outm...more
Fiona
Well, this is an interesting conundrum - I would call this a 4* book overall, but it's not one of Pratchett's best, I'd say it's a 3* Pratchett. Benefit of the doubt it is, then. I'm in an optimistic mood.

So. He doesn't like organised religion much, does he? In 'Carpe Jugulum', vampires invade Lancre, and Granny Weatherwax spends a long time in a cave being serious. This is bad, or at least for the vampires, but good mainly because it gives Nanny Ogg a lot of page time, and I absolutely adore Na...more
Chris
Like this book because,

1. Fat girls rule. Pratchett writes a real fat girl.

2. Vampires with bite!
Carly
**edited 12/15/13

It never occurred to me before, but I guess Carpe Jugulum is basically Twilight, but with a slightly more rational cast of characters and a little de-Sueing of the protagonist. As Pratchett proves, even the smallest touch of reality to that starry-eyed plot leads to a radically different outcome.

Agnes Nitt, apprentice witch, is our heroine. Unlike Bella Swan, Agnes isn't the "oh-look-at-me-I-have-low-self-esteem-in-an-apparently-adorable-and-captivating-way-and-I'm-actually-drop...more
Melissa Proffitt
This is one of my favorite Discworld novels for two reasons. One is that it's about vampires (sorry, vampyres) who are trying to break free of old stereotypes--they're training themselves not to be disturbed by holy water and crosses, learning to drink wine as well as blood, etc. And that thing about lurking around in castles and hunting their prey? So fifteen minutes ago. But they still need blood, and their brave new world includes willing victims, accommodations with villages, and the expecta...more
Callista
Another delightful Pratchett adventure. I enjoyed the addition of Agnes-Perdida to the witches' coven. Nanny Ogg was funny as always, and Granny Weatherwax was more formidable than ever. I liked very much how Granny's part of the plot was resolved. There is just something wonderful about her in particular, and she reminds me in some ways of my grandmother. Magrat was not as interesting to me as she's been previously, but Pratchett did perfectly capture the annoying over-earnestness of a new pare...more
Cara
Doug fell asleep while reading this, and I was trapped under a kitty cat with no other reading material in reach, so I stole it. Ended up devouring it in less than 24 hours. It's a total blast. I love Terry Pratchett's wit. This one doesn't get all the loose ends tied up quite as neatly as the Tiffany Aching books (or I'm just missing something? possible), and I couldn't understand what the crap the Feegles were saying half the time. Also, it seems like more was left implied rather than explicit...more
Rebecca Huston
Getting queasy over the proliferation of 'sparkly' vampires? You need this book. Terry Pratchett once again turns genres on their heads, and gives a wickedly funny look at the Discworld, and especially our three favourite witches. A Naming is about to happen in the small kingdom of Lancre, where King Verence and Queen Magrat rule with a benign if at times fuddled hand. Now they have a baby daughter, and they're inviting all sorts of people. One invitation seems to have been skipped -- that of th...more
Mary-Beth
I decided to read this because when I tell people I like fantasy they often gush over the Discworld novels and ask if I've read them.

I had an inkling I wouldn't like them because I am not a fan of the 'funny' fantasy genre.

The characters were more caricatures than anything else. I suspect this is because it's such a tremendous series that I am supposed to recognize them all. The book also leapt from character to character like a schizophrenic flea. It took me longer than it should have to even s...more
Beth Jusino
Sometimes when the pressures are building up, you've got to let off steam somewhere. And there's no better way than with Terry Pratchett. I love to drop in on this kind of humor from time to time, and Carpe Jugulum didn't disappoint. It takes vampires, witches, fairy tales, and organized religion, shakes them all up like dice, and scatters them across Discworld.

If there's a downside to Pratchett, it's that his very cleverness sometimes overshadows his stories, and it's hard to get into the stor...more
Cartavio
I am not a big Terry Pratchett fan, but this novel came as a nice surprise. The narration didn`t grow too convoluted, as often happens in other Pratchett books, and the cuts between paralel actions were not too sudden. All in all, what I enjoyed most was:
1- A good parody at these obnoxious vampire obsession, "Twighliht" and such.
2- It was nice to see that the novel decidely takes sides for the simple, straightforward, rural witches instead of the aristocratic and decadent vampires.
3- I wondered...more
Jori Richardson
Believe it or not, I had never heard of Terry Pratchett before reading this book.
I know that this is probably due to the fact that "Carpe Jugulum" is the 23rd book in a series, but I found it to be rather unfocused. The plot was hazy and undefined and I was never quite sure what exactly was going on.
If asked to explain what this book is about, I'm not at all sure that I would be able to say. I would not even be able to say who the book is about - it jumps back and forth between so many character...more
Jen
Pratchett almost can't fail, and his new-age vampires taking on the combined witchery of Lancre is certainly a success. I loved it, laughed heartily at it, and was surprised by a number of the sharp insights, which is one of the great strengths of Discworld. As much as I love Magrat, it was fun to see Agnes/Perdita take on a much more involved role here, and it was really interesting to see fragility (of whatever kind you can find under the steel bun) in Granny Weatherwax right alongside the iro...more
Gerry
This is true classic Pratchett.

I found this book humorous but not all one liners. It was well plotted and when something unexplained happens you wonder how is he going to explain this? But he does and it is logical plot device that works. The loose ends are tied up and while there is love interest, he doesn't wrap it all up nicely - things are left hanging and you hope they sort themselves and are not 'tidied up' by an author that doesn't usually write love interest.

I would say this is the best...more
Kirstin
I think this was Terry Pratchett's answer to "Twilight". Although, since it pre-dates Meyer's series, perhaps his is the question. Either way, it was sooo much better and more satisfying. While Agnes/Perdita (witch)is strangely drawn to Vlad (amazingly attractive vampire)she manages to remember that he is counted among the undead and never hesitates with her staking hand. This book has a wonderful cast of witches, vampires, Nac Mac Feegles, an odd Igor (is there such a thing as an even Igor?), a...more
Lynn
A reread prompted by my friend Melki: absolutely one of Pratchett's best, which is saying a lot. Granny Weatherwax, particularly, is magnificent here as she stands up to vampires...with, among other things, a cup of tea. And an amazing level of (literal) self-possession.
Carolin
I liked it. It was a lot like the other witch-books, and a little like coming home. They feel like home for me now, like friends. It felt a little short, maybe that was just me though. Cute, comforting book.
Mari
I agree. I absolutely hate this guy. Doesn't he get tired of being smug about every single thing? Its like doesn't he get tired of being so darned droll and clever all the time? Is he ever sincere about anything? Arrrgh. I especially hate the vampires and the Elves. If they are supposed to be stylish and cool, then let them be cool. Don't constantly undermine the effect by something nerdy. If they are supposed to be losers, then just say that in the first place, you know? One thing this does is...more
Аделина 'Змей' Генова
Истината е, че преди да започна книгата попитах най-близкия си Пратчет фен да ми избере нещо, което наистина ще ме забавлява, знаейки че не ми е чак толкова на сърце. И “Захапи за врата” се оказа точното попадение.

http://knigozavar.com/2013/09/26/carp...

Защото къде иначе ще се случи Баба Вихронрав да остане непоканена на най-важното събитие в Ланкър? Къде иначе крал Верънс ще забърка кашата на кашите и ще се наложи съпругата му Маграт и двуседмичното им дете да спасяват положението? Къде Баба ще...more
Myles
Another good read from Discworld, but I can't say that this particular take on Vampires is as funny or inspired as other pieces of our culture that Pratchett has set his eyes on.

The witches of Lancre are some of my favorite characters from Pratchett and I liked the update of what's going on in Omnia that came through Mightily Oats.

The message I have I guess is that even in an unfocused volume, Pratchett always manages to conjure up some laughs and, even better, insight into aspects of our own...more
Jen
This is one of my favorite Pratchetts, and Pratchett is my favorite author, so there you go. I like this one both because it is a Witches novel, and because it is a novel where the witches show some weaknesses they do not normally show, especially Granny. I also appreciate the introduction to some of my favorite secondary characters including Mightily Oats and the Nac Mac Feegle. And, of course, it's hilarious. (Do I even need to say that in a Pratchett review?)
Cassie
My only complaint with this one is that the storyline felt a tad confused in places, but other than that it was everything you could expect from a Pratchett novel. He's not just about making you laugh but also about making you think. Or at least making you think about laughing.

One of my favorite quotes from this one is Granny talking to Mightily Oats:
"There's no grays, only white that's got grubby. I'm surprised you don't know that. And sin, young man, is when you treat people as things. Includi...more
Patrick Lum
I started this on the way to uni intending to read this as light reading over a week. I finished it the moment I got home because I couldn't put it down. Pratchett books are like the ultimate comfort food, but comfort food that inexplicably is - in some meaningful yet undefined way - good for you. I didn't really like Carpe Jugulum the first time I read it, but I think I've grown into liking the Witches sub-series of Discworld more and more over time.
Rafal Jasinski
Zdecydowanie najsłabsza z cyklu o Wiedźmach z Lancre, i jednocześnie jedna z najgorszych książek ze Świata Dysku, w ogóle. Są to fakty o tyle bolesne, że jest to niejako pożegnanie z Wiedźmami, jeśli nie liczyć ich epizodycznych ról w późniejszych książkach okołodyskowych. Z drugiej jednak strony, poziom tej pozycji pozwala snuć domysły, że Pratchett wyczerpał już potencjał tkwiący w Lancre - widać to po licznych żartach z dyskowego recyklingu, powtarzających się motywach, czy nawet dość preteks...more
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,...more
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