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Carpe Jugulum

(Discworld #23)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  58,202 ratings  ·  1,367 reviews
In a fit of enlightenment democracy and ebullient goodwill, King Verence invites Uberwald's undead, the Magpyrs, into Lancre to celebrate the birth of his daughter. But once ensconced within the castle, these wine-drinking, garlic-eating, sun-loving modern vampires have no intention of leaving. Ever.

Only an uneasy alliance between a nervous young priest and the argumentati
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published September 8th 1999 by Harper Voyager (first published November 5th 1998)
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Wordwizard I like that thought, in large part because it's a version of the idea of sanctity that doesn't depend on what a god said once that people disagree ove…moreI like that thought, in large part because it's a version of the idea of sanctity that doesn't depend on what a god said once that people disagree over. Granny's got very little time for gods, but she's got a good sense of what's sacred and what's a violation of that. It gives a certain breadth to the world. (less)
Anna read Wyrd Sisters to at least 'meet' the Witches to get an idea how this world even functions. Lords and Ladies to get a better handle on the location of Lancre

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Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Go for the throat!

That may not be the exact translation for Carpe Jugulum, the title to Terry Pratchett’s 1998 Discworld novel (and 23rd in the series) but it describes Pratchett’s approach to a searing roast of a parody for vampire lit.

Published seven years before Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books, this does not make fun of that vampire interpretation, but Sir Terry does poke good fun at all things vampire when a family of the undead come down out of Uberwald and subtly invades Lancre. But the w
Death reached down and took a handful of sand. He held it up, and let it slip through his fingers.
"Is there any advice you could be givin' me?" said Granny.

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 for
Ahmad Sharabiani
Carpe Jugulum (Discworld #23), Terry Pratchett

Carpe Jugulum is a comic fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the twenty-third in the Discworld series. It was first published in 1998.

Count Magpyr and family, vampires from Überwald, are invited to the naming of Magrat and King Verence's daughter, to be conducted by the Omnian priest, Mightily Oats.

During the party after the ceremony, Verence tells Nanny Ogg and Agnes Nitt that the Count has informed him that the Magpyr family intend to
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This 23rd Discworld novel is the last of the witches books before the appearance of Tiffany. It's kind of like a goodbye to the trio of Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and (first) Magrat (and in the meantime) Agnes Nitt / Perdita.

As is known from the previous books, Magrat has left the coven and married the King of Lancre. Now, she has also given birth to a daughter. However, as in classical fairy tales, the naming ceremony goes ... well, slightly wrong.
The main problem is the guest list for the na
Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
What happens when vampires come to the sleepy (and eccentric) town of Lancre? and Granny Weatherwax is nowhere to be found?

Well, AgnesPerdita (who seems to have a form of dissociative identity disorder where Perdita takes over her body at random. As Agnes says "inside every fat girl is a thin girl waiting to come out" quite literally), Magrat (Queen and mother of a two week old baby) and Nanny Ogg (the Town Mother who likely birthed half of the Lancre population)

Image result for carpe jugulum fan art

I was so happy to read a book ab
Steven Harbin
Feb 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers, fans of humorous fantasy, people who like satire
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
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2019-shelf, humor
On this re-read, I'm going to revise my rating a star higher.

Why? Because I really enjoyed it. :)

Really, what else can anyone say about reading Pratchett? That they love the quips and the little funny wisdoms and the bloody-minded humor? Well, sure, all of that is grand, but pitting Granny against vampyres that have a bit of Weatherwax wisdom is a sure-fire way to make the sparks fly. And even mythological birds are still birds. :)

Stand-out scenes for me are the ones where Nanny Ogg becomes the
May 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
D.L. Morrese
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

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
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Carpe Jugulum is the sixth and final book in the Witches subseries of Discworld. This has been my favorite Discworld subseries, mainly because Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg have been so much fun, so I’ll miss it. This is also the first subseries I’ve completed, unless you count Ancient Civilizations which consists of two loosely-related books grouped under that heading in The Discworld Reading Order Guide.

The title is a pretty good hint about the story: Carpe Jugulum, seize the throat. I’ll le
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After parodizing just about every other genre of fiction in one Discworld book or other, it was only a matter of time until Pratchett went for the throat of vampire literature tropes.

In this twenty-third Discworld installment, and sixth in the Witches subseries, a family of vampires from Überwald is invited to the princess' naming ceremony in Lancre by King Verence, who wants to extend the hand of friendship to all types of creatures and beings. Except that Count Magpyr and his family declare t
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, fantasy
Part of the Pratchett reread with the SpecFic Buddy Reads group in 2019.

It's time for the naming of Magrat and Verence's new baby, and they've invited everyone. Including nobility from the neighboring country of Uberwald, who happen to be vampires, eh, vampyres, and who are very happy to exploit the invitation into the country of Lancre. Meanwhile the witches of Lancre are going through their own issues now that Agnes Nitt is the new witch in town and Magrat is now a mother, which leaves Nanny O
Trigger warnings: death of a dog, blood, fatphobia.

Favourite things about this book? Igor. Hodgesaaargh. Perdita doing handstands. The Nac Mac Feegle. Death being Death. Did I mention Igor? I really love Igor. I also love the old Count and his sporting approach to vampirism because it's delightful. And the name Cryptopher, because obviously.

This is probably still my favourite Pratchett book. HOWEVER. Rereading it this time, I couldn't help but notice JUST HOW MANY MENTIONS the
SheriC (PM)
I can’t believe I just finished the last Discworld book in the Witches series. Dammit, why isn’t there more?!? Wait, I think there’s still a couple in the Tiffany Aching stories I haven’t read yet, maybe those count?

It didn’t take me long to progress through the first three of the five stages of grief. I may never reach Acceptance, though, because I am really going to miss Granny and Nanny Ogg and Magrat and Agnes/Perdita. Mostly Granny, though. I sure hope she makes some cameo appearances in t
David Sarkies
This one's a bit batty
29 July 2016 - Frankfurt

I don't know what it is with these Terry Pratchet novels but I found it really hard to get into this one. Okay, while I do find vampire stories rather boring, and cliched, this is Pratchett, and he always seems to be able to add some new twists to the tired old stories that many of us shy away from. Okay, maybe it was because I started reading it on a plane, and continued reading it on a plane, and finished it off in Frankfurt while I was still suff
Mar 30, 2015 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.
I was in just exactly the right mood for this. And this was just exactly the right balance of satire, genuine laugh out loud humor, and sneaky pathos that I prefer in my Discworld books.

But, hey, is this really the last of the Witches books? Are they in the Tiffany Aching ones? I'm gonna miss these ladies. (Even Magrat. And hey, she's not too bad now that she's a mother. Much more forceful, and less of a limp dishrag.)

Firstly, this is a clever satire of vampire fiction. It was written before vam
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
Kaethe Douglas
I've only read this one once before, and that ten years ago, so I didn't remember much, and didn't remember the Nac Mac Feegle were in it. And Greebo. Plus the whole Omnian question, and the christening. A delight, but by no means a simple one. Is there another writer who makes me feel so kindly toward other people? Dickens, Austen, Vonnegut all appeal to the same part of my brain, but none of them puts me in such charity with humanity, although Christmas Carol comes a close second.

Personal copy
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.


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



'There's no greys, only white that's got grubby. I'm surprised you don't know that. And
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, humor
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
Johara Almogbel
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-the-library
I have no idea how Terry Pratchett isn't more famous than JK Rowling. I love Harry Potter but that was one series that ended up getting screwed in the end while Pratchett wrote loads of books that never ever waver in quality and narrative.

Also, he happens to be one of the fairest people in character invention. Strong female heros who aren't pretty or thin and quirky and perfect? Yes please. Yes.
Like this book because,

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

2. Vampires with bite!
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Granny Weatherwax agains vampires? Do they even stand a chance? Well, maybe if they'll turn her into one of them...

Yet another brilliant disworld adventure with one of my favourite characters and, as always, hidden social commentary that maked the lecture even more enjoyable.
It's no surprise that I love Terry Pratchett. He was like a far away uncle that dotted on me with stories written just for me.

But the depth of his humour and wisdom are really only blossoming in my adulthood.

I remember reading this as a teenager and not particularly liking it. However now, half a lifetime later, I find that most of my favourite scenes of Granny and Nanny and the rest are all here in this hilarious book.

The worst part is that all his books are SO much shorter than I remember.
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical, funny
Between injuries and work and winter this took me forever to listen to whilst training, no review could possibly be valid after such a disjointed experience. Needless to say that I am fatter and less fit than when I started but I don't think that can possibly be the fault of five witches, an Omnian preacher, and a vampire invasion fleet. Or the potentialiality that this is the first book when Terry Pratchett knew about the disease that would wreck his brain, after reading him put the following w ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Don’t trust the cannibal just ’cos he’s usin’ a knife and fork!”
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book in the witch-series so far. So awesome! Must read.
Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fantasy
It's always good to see Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Agnes/ Perdita. I have to admit though I totally had soft spot for Igor. ...more
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Born Terence David John Pratchett, 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, i

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