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. Con...more
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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 witches of Lancre, led by Granny ...more
CHOOSE, he said. YOU ARE GOOD AT CHOOSING, I BELIEVE.
"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 Magra ...more
As is known from the previous books, Magrat has left the c ...more
One thing I noticed in this book was that Pratchett did an excellent job of a technique that Edgar Rice Burroughs used to do very well; that is have multiple narratives going with all the characters finally converging together at the climax of the story. I couldn't put the book down near the end, wanting to see how things were (or were not) resolved. ...more
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)
I was so happy to read a book about the witches again. The audio versio ...more
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 whe ...more
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The King of Lancre and his new wife the former Witch Margrat have their first child, and are holding the ...more
Anyway, I needed some kind of catharsis after the sad ...more
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 fu ...more
The title is a pretty good hint about the story: Carpe Jugulum, seize the throat. I’ll let you use your imagination to figu ...more
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
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 suffering from jetla ...more
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 JU ...more
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. I ...more
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 ...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 puns./>Carpe ...more
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 whi/>'It's/>She'd ...more
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 hi ...more
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.
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 absolut ...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
There has never been a writer like you. You have left the Fantasy genre permanently damaged, wait, no ,I mean changed . You created the most amazing characters. They are not caricatures, which would be expected from a humorous novels. Instead you gave us complexity and hilarity. In other hands, Nanny Ogg would have just been comic relief. You gave us the Mrs Ogg.
Your plots may seem silly, occasionally, but that's half the point, isn't it? In their oddness, ...more
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, includin ...more