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Carpe Jugulum (Discworld #23)

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Mightily Oats has not picked a good time to be a priest. He thought he'd come to the mountain kingdom of Lancre for a simple little religious ceremony. Now he's caught up in a war between vampires and witches, and he's not sure there is a right side.There are the witches -- young Agnes, who is really in two minds about everything, Magrat, who is trying to combine witchcraf ...more
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Published 2000 by Isis (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
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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
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Carolyn

Another wild tale from Discworld. This one involves the witches, Granny, Nanny, Magrat and Agnes as well as a host of vampires, an insipid priest of Om, masses of wild little blue men and an angry Igor.

Magrat, now married to her handsome prince, the King of Lancre is now a mother and he has invited all and sundry, including the vampires to the castle for the christening. Once invited the vampires decide the castle is rather nice and start moving in their coffins.

As usual, lots of fun and witty
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Charlene
May 11, 2015 Charlene marked it as dreaded-dnf  ·  review of another edition
I'm on the verge of a reading slump and just can't find anything that interests me.

I'm turning to my old familiar stand-by: short stories. I hope it works.

DNF-No Rating.
D.L. Morrese
I just finished re-re-re...reading this one. It's a pleasure each time. I am writing this on 18 March 2015. The incomparable Terry Pratchett died on the 12th. The news hit me much harder than I expected it would. I have spent a considerable amount of time in the Discworld Universe over the years. I kind of felt I knew Terry at some personal level after that, even though we never met. He was like a friend, a mentor, a philosophical relative...

Anyway, I needed some kind of catharsis after the sad
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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
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Chris
Like this book because,

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

2. Vampires with bite!
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
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
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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
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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
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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
Maria
Carpe Jugulum is one of my favourite books...what's not to like about it? It has Granny in it. It has vampires in it. Also it has Nac Mac Feegles. It even contains a few bits about religion. And a few bits of Igor.
হাঁটুপানির জলদস্যু
বিমানযাতরার সঙগে বইপাঠের তুলনা করলে বলা যায়, সব বইয়েরই একটি নিজসব উৎগমনকাল আছে। কিছু বিমান যেমন মাটিতে সবলপ দূরতব চলার পর আকাশে ভেসে ওঠে, কিছু বই তেমন কয়েক পাতা পড়ার পরই ডানা মেলে। কারপে জুগুলাম সেরকম বই নয়। % পড়ে শেষ করার পর এর কাহিনী আমার চোখে আচমকা মাটি ছাড়লো।

পরযাচেটের মুনশিয়ানার কথা বলতে বলতে কলানত হয়ে যাই। তারপরও পড়ার মাঝে থমকে যেতে হয়, যখন গলপে এক শীত আর ঝড়ের রাতে এক বৃদধ ডাকিনীকে আগুয়ান মৃতযুদূতের হাত থেকে রকষার জনযে পকেট থেকে পবিতর গরনথ বের করে তাতে আগুন ধরায় এক তরুণ যাজক। এই দৃশযটির কার
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4cats
The vampires or should I say vampyres of the Uberwald are on the move, who can save Lancre, where is Granny Weatherwax, can Nanny Ogg lead the witches? Read and discover or rediscover the wonder that is Discworld. Oh and I must say the Igor's appear, geniuth! Thath all I can thay!
pax
Now this was unexpectedly one of my favorites of the whole Discworld so far!

Below my two perhaps favorite citations from this one:

She'd changed as soon as the others had entered. Before, she'd been bowed and tired. Now she was standing tall and haughty, supported by a scaffolding of pride.

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'It's not as simple as that. It's not a black and white issue. There are so many shades of grey.'

'Nope.'

'Pardon?'

'There's no greys, only white that's got grubby. I'm surprised you don't know that. And
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Gautsho
Lugesin seda eile jupiti terve päeva ja hilja õhtuni ja mõtlesin, et kyll on hea, et neid on nii suur varu ylelugemiseks, aga alles täna kuulsin Sir Terry surmast. Vähemalt oli õiget sorti ärasaatmine.
Fantasy Literature
Carpe Jugulum (1998) is book 23 in Terry Pratchett’s DISCWORLD series. Like most of his books, this one could stand alone, but it will be most appreciated by those who are familiar with the Discworld and, in this case, Pratchett’s loveable witches — Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat Garlick, and Agnes Nitt. I’d advise reading Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies, and Maskerade first.

Magrat, who is now queen of Lancre, has just given birth to a princess. Her husband, King Verence, a
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Marko Radosavljevic
Odlična satira, a st bi se od majstora moglo drugo i očekivati.
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
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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
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Jasmiina F
I don’t mind reading the Discworld novels in Finnish because I grew up reading those in that language. And the translations actually are pretty decent. But lately I’ve been reading most of the Discworld novels in English and it was interesting to read Carpe Jugulum in Finnish. I love the witches and it was fun to see them fight against the vampires.

There’s not enough words to tell you how much I love these books.
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
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Cristobo De
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
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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
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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
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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,
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