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Carpe Jugulum: A Novel of Discworld (Discworld, 23) Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2014
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King Verence, in a fit of enlightened democracy and ebullient goodwill, invites Uberwald's undead, the Magpyrs, into Lancre to celebrate the birth of his daughter. But everyone knows you don't invite vampires into your house—unless you want permanent guests. Once ensconced within the castle, these wine-drinking, garlic-eating, sun-loving modern vampires have no intention of leaving . . . ever. As the Lancre living are about to discover, there's only one way to fight. Go for the throat, or as the vampyres themselves say . . . Carpe Jugulum!
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Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for “readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.
- Publisher : Harper; Reissue edition (April 29, 2014)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062280147
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062280145
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.94 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #279,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2013
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At this point, I was wondering how Pratchett could pull off the plot resolution without it seeming terribly contrived, but he succeeded. If you want to find out how, you'll have to read the book. It's the usual pace of the Discworld books: seemingly disparate plot lines plod along, start to converge halfway through the book, then there's an action-packed crisis, and a then he ties up the loose ends in the last few pages. We get some great insights into Granny Weatherwax's character. A very satisfying read.
Of course Sir Terry Pratchett's books are addictive. You can't read just one. It's like eating Pringles or jellybeans or something, you really can't stop. One of the lovely things about Discworld is that unlike most fantasy series, you can start anywhere and ramble in any direction you want. Carpe Jugulum continues the cool storylines picked up in the Witches novels and of course our favorite Witches are definitely up to their necks in trouble in this one.
So if you have read any Pratchett books before, this one comes after Lords and Ladies. Magrat's Queen of Lancre now, Agnes/Perdita Nitt is the third witch in Granny Weatherwax's coven since this is also set after "Maskerade." The vampires... well, you can't escape vampire archetypes and vampire stories and cheesy vampire costumes if you live in the 21st century, so these vampires will be at once very familiar and screamingly funny. As usual Sir Terry pokes fun at everything from vampire fandom to how easily people get taken in by well-spoken upper class folks whose propositions sound perfectly reasonable even when they're not.
I think that was the scariest bit, knowing that out in real life sometimes someone will come up explaining his or her plans in perfect depth and slanting it so they sound reasonable and you have to go along with it, drawing you into their narrative to sign away anything and everything. The vampires are scary not because they can fly and drink blood and kill people. The vampires are scary because they can persuade you that welcoming them in is a good idea and you're better off giving them everything they want and expressing gratitude for any crumbs they hand back to you.
So this one's a winner. But I could say this about any Discworld book. Like all the best British comics, Sir Terry always has a deeper, darker level of social satire and real observation under all the slapstick looniness and hilarity. Of course things come out all right in the end, it's comedy. Sir Terry's idea of a happy ending is occasionally twisted but he plays fair by comedy rules. The comeuppance the younger vampires face is particularly good.
Sir Terry also answers that obvious question "Why are intelligent, immortal predators with super powers so amazingly stupid all the time, especially toward the end of the story?"
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The premise for the book is that a family of vampires (or vampyres... to be totally modern and 'with it') wish to move into Lancre castle and the local witches DO NOT like this idea. This results in a war between witches and vampires with the priest - Mightily Oats and the young witch Agnes Nitt (the maiden of the coven) - stuck in the middle. In the words of the great man himself "vampires are not easily got rid of with a garlic enema or going to the window, grasping the curtains and saying ‘I don’t know about you, but isn’t it a bit stuffy in here?’ The question is... who will win?
Pratchett is a brilliant read... and all of his books will keep you smiling for ages! No matter which one you pick, you will enjoy it and you will come back for more.
However as I started to read I found that I had difficulty understanding what some/ the main characters were saying but as a Scott my brain soon nullified the accents and I really began to enjoy the developing story. I have paused reading this story as I tend to read multiple books at a time. I have no doubt that when I return to this book i will be lost in the World of Pratchett 's creation.
If you are tired of sparkly vampires and also want to have a ton of fun, this is the book for you.
If you are interested in a profound discussion about good and evil and making choices while also laughing until your sides hurt, this book is for you.
And if you don't have some holy water at hand, use normal one and boil the hell out of it. Alternatively, an axe might do. But whatever you do: don't go near the castle (coach parking 20 yards to the left)!