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Carpe Jugulum (original 1998; edition 1999)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Carpe Jugulum
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi Books (1999), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 424 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:Fiction, Fantasy, Comical Fantasy

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Once again the kingdom of Lancre is in a tough spot and it’s up to Granny, Nanny, and Agnes to face-off with an enemy whose motto is Carpe Jugulum. In the 23rd installment, sixth in the Witches subseries, of Terry Pratchett’s fantasy-humor series sees vampires, sorry vampyrs, from the country of Uberwald take center stage as they are invited to invade Lancre only to get invaded back.

Lancre is celebrating the birth of Princess Esmerelda Margaret, her father has invited everyone to join the celebration including many foreign dignitaries including the ruling Count of Uberwald. Unfortunately the Count is a vampire, sorry vampyr, which means he gets to come in and take over the place. Of course, Nanny and Agnes instantly know they need to stop this and when they go to get Granny they discover an even worse problem, she’s packed up and left because the Count’s mental barrier is really strong. However after Nanny, Agnes, and their new trio member Queen Magrat herself rejoins the coven and confronts the Count leading to bad results, Granny comes in and seemingly gets defeated by the vampires. However, sometimes a defeat is a victory in disguise.

Unlike some previous Discworld books, Pratchett keeps this one tight with subplots and secondary characters being closely connected with the main story and characters. Mightily Oats, a priest of Om whose been having a crises of faith his entire life, and the blue pixie clan the “Wee Free Men” are some of the highlights of this tightened plot and subplot connection as they are both integral yet separate at the same time to the overall story. While I do not know if Mightily Oats makes a return appearance, I do know that the blue pixie clan’s time in the series I just beginning and I’m looking forward to seeing how their story will develop.

Carpe Jugulum is a very good book, but because of the feeling that it is just Lords and Ladies it falls short of being a great installment in the Discworld series. ( )
  mattries37315 | Jul 25, 2016 |
Pretty good. Coherent and sufficiently easy to follow along *iff* you've read enough other Discworld novels to know characters and history. The Nac Mac Feegle, aka little blue men, aka Pictsies, are from the Tiffany Aching books. This copy at least does have a bit of a guide in the back you might want to read first. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
A very entertaining novel. It's the continuing story of the Witches. If you're new to the Discworld you've missed some back story (start with Equal Rites) but this is a novel complete in itself. ( )
  Lukerik | Nov 26, 2015 |
So much fun! ( )
  ratastrophe | Sep 7, 2015 |
Carpe Jugulum is the twenty-third book in the Discworld series and the sixth following the witches. I’d suggest starting with the witches at Wyrd Sisters, since you’ll get more out of the book if you know the characters ahead of time.

Carpe Jugulum is witches vs. vampires. Lancre is preparing for the naming of their new princess, and the king sends out an invitation to a neighboring family of vampires. And once they’ve arrived, they have no intention of leaving…

“Granny was an old-fashioned witch. She didn’t do good for people, she did right by them.”

As always, I love the witches. This is a group of smart and formidable women who work together despite their bickering and clashes of personalities. Nanny Ogg, Agnes, Margrat, and especially Granny Weatherwax are all wonderful characters.

After her absence from Maskerade, Magrat has returned to the scene. She’s now a queen and a mother, while Agnes is the youngest witch. This change in dynamics has all the witches trying to find their place.

Granny meanwhile may have met her match in the vampires. She’s worn down by a life lived on the edge of darkness, but she has to keep fighting and making choices, even when there is no right choice in sight.

“You had to choose. You might be right, you might be wrong, but you had to choose, knowing that the rightness or wrongness might never be clear or even that you were deciding between two sorts of wrong, that there was no right anywhere. And always, always, you did it by yourself. You were the one there, on the edge, watching and listening. Never any tears, never any apology, never any regrets… You saved all that up in a way that could be used when needed.”

It’s moments like this that really make Carpe Jugulum rise beyond a vampire parody.

Not to say that it doesn’t work well as a parody – it’s hilarious as always, and Pratchett manages to mock countless numbers of vampire legends and tropes from the old fashioned Dracula types to the modern day sexy love interests.

“And sin, young man, is when you treat people like things.”

Carpe Jugulum either ties with Lords and Ladies or edges it out as the best witches novel. This is a fantastic book and a fantastic series. I highly recommend it to everyone, particularly if you’ve read some of the prior witches novels.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
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Mightily Oats has not picked a good time to be priest. He thought he’d come to Lancre for a simple ceremony. Now he’s caught up in a war between vampires and witches.

There’s Young Agnes, who is really in two minds about everything. Magrat, who is trying to combine witchcraft and nappies, Nanny Ogg ... and Granny Weatherwax, who is big trouble.

And the vampires are intelligent. They’ve got style and fancy waistcoats. They’re out of the casket and want a bite of the future. Mightily Oats knows he has a prayer, but he wishes he had an axe.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061020397, Mass Market Paperback)

Carpe Jugulum is the 23rd Discworld novel, and with it this durable series continues its juggernaut procession onward. Pratchett is an author who inspires such devotions that his fans will fall on the novel with cries of joy. Nonfans, perhaps, will want to know what all the fuss is about; and that's something difficult to put into a few words. The best thing to do for those completely new to Pratchett is to sample him for themselves, and this novel is as good a place to start as any. But fans have a more precise question. They know that Discworld novels come in one of two varieties: the quite good and the brilliant. So, for instance, where Hogfather and Maskerade were quite good, Feet of Clay and Jingo were brilliant. While true fans wouldn't want to do without the former, they absolutely live for the latter. And with Carpe Jugulum, Pratchett has hit the jackpot again. This novel is one of the brilliant ones.

The plot is a version of an earlier Discworld novel, Lords and Ladies, with the predatory elves of that novel being replaced here by suave and deadly vampires, and the tiny kingdom of Lancre being defended by its witches. But plot is the least of Pratchett's appeal, and Carpe Jugulum is loaded with marvelous characters (not least the witches themselves, about whom we learn a deal more), comic touches and scenes of genius, and even some of the renowned down-to-earth Pratchett wisdom (about the inner ethical conflicts we all face and the wrongness of treating people as things). Pratchett's vampires are elegant Bela Lugosi types, and they come up against an unlikely but engaging alliance of witches; blue-skinned pixies like Rob Roy Smurfs; a doubting priest with a boil on his face; and a magical house-size Phoenix in a seamless, completely absorbing, and feel-good-about-the-universe mixture. Highly recommended. --Adam Roberts, Amazon.co.uk

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King Verence unwittingly invites trouble when he opens the doors of the castle to Uberwald's undead, the Magpyrs, to celebrate the birth of his daughter.

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