Carpe Jugulum (Discworld #23)
Only an uneasy alliance between a nervous young priest and the argumentati...more
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
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
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
It is rare and splendid event when an author is elevated from the underground into the international literary establishment. In the case of England's best-known and best-loved modern satirist, that event has been long overdue.
Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent Discworld novels satirize and celebrate every aspect of life, modern and ancient, sacred and profane. Consistent number-one bestsellers in England, they have garnered him a secure position in the pantheon of humor along with Mark Tw
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
It's another hit for Terry Pratchett, and takes it's place as one of my favorites in this series. I don't know how Pratchett does it: the characters never get stale, the jokes are never old, and the hilarity of his stories doesn't flag. This one is just as funny as the others, and had me laughing out loud in true Pratchett style.
A few quotes:
"Oh, I don't know, I really don't," said Nanny. "I mean, it's flattering...more
There's a lot going on in this book. There's vampires who are trying to become modern calling themselves vampyres. They stay as a family with the father vampyre, The Count, making his family get used to things like garlic, sunlight, religious icons, not being distracted by counting poppy seeds and missing their left sock. [Nanny's opinion(view spoiler)[On page 85,
'Oh, they say in some villages that you can even slow the...more
The Discworld novels now have separate groups of characters, who each inhabit their own novels: the wizards of the Unseen University, the guards of Ankh-Morporkh, Death, and, as here, the witches of Lancre. Magrat having given up being one of the coven to become queen, she is replaced by Agnes Nitt, who is basically a caricature of the plump, unpopular teenage girl, and who in addition has an inner voice, the pushy Perdita - because of the saying...more
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
I could appreciate this Pratch...more
Granny Weatherwax is as ever the star of the show here, and although her journey through the plot remains much the same as ever before (starting with her trademark towering confidence, then brought low...more
Another very funny Discworld novel. This time the witches have a visit from some ultra modern vampires who are doing their utmost to avoid all the cloches one associates with vampires (none of this leaving crosses and stakes lying round the castle that can be used against you by some scantily clad young women or wearing dinner jackets at any other time than at dinner!). They come to Lancre invited as guests to the kings wedding and decide to stay and take over using mind control to subdue everyo...more
Carpe Jugulum plays with the vampire stereotypes (pre-Twilight, of course), and it does so well. There's a family of vampires convinced that their aversions to garlic and sunlight and so forth are mental, and can be overcome with self-help techniques; and there are vampire goths who dress...more
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
The trouble starts when Granny Weatherwax's feelings are hurt (what feelings?!?) when she thinks she hasn't been invited to a naming ceremony. She runs off like a petulant teenager and acts like she's too weak to help when the country is taken over by a family of vampyres.
I enjoyed the story because it gave me more insight into Granny Weatherwax. She isn't as tough as I thought she was. She always s...more
Though I suppose it's largely a comedy, Carpe Jugulum is a bit more serious than other Discworld books. Though I can appreciate a good drama, Disworld is a comedy series. P...more
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
We're back with the witches and this time there is more than a glimpse of the powerful awesomeness that is Granny Weatherwax as well as a tantalising peekette into her past. Granny Ogg and her clan feature heavily - and it's nice to see a lot more of her using her witchy power rather than being a sidekick, although to be fair in the other books where she's made an appearance there is more than a hint of her pow...more