Book Review: Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

April 7, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 2

Book Review: Carpe Jugulum by Terry PratchettCarpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld
Published by Harper Voyager on September 8th 1999
Genres: Fantasy, Satire
Pages: 304
Source: Purchase
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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 argumentative local witches can save the country from being taken over by people with a cultivated bloodlust and bad taste in silk waistcoats. For them, there's only one way to fight.

Go for the throat, or as the vampyres themselves say...Carpe Jugulum

My Thoughts

Being a huge Terry Pratchett fan it comes as no surprise that I love this book but there’s so much more to it than just his fabulous writing. This book has so many different characters, new and old, it has a bit of horror, humor, and a great plot. And it has vampires and igors. How much more can someone ask for?

Meeting the vampires in this one is just fabulous. I mean you would think with all of the myths surrounding vampires that we would start to learn how to deal with them but no, apparently not. And as such King Verence decides to invite them into his kingdom, essentially giving them power over everyone. It is this premise that makes this book so interesting but also the fact that Granny Weatherwax isn’t in a good portion of the beginning. She’s always out helping even when not exactly wanted. The three witches that are left have to try to deal with this huge problem without Granny’s fabulous expertise about headology, even for vampires. And that gets them into trouble more often than not.

I love that we meet Oats in this but we also get to see more of Agnus. She’s such a fun character to have around. And even Death and the Death of Rats makes an appearance!

Agnus is starting to really become herself. After getting to know her more in Maskerade, I was glad that she was in this a bit more. She is just fun! The fact that she also has Perdeeta making an appearance makes her personality even more fun. It’s like we all understand Agnus and her pleasant attitude but we all wish we had more Perdeeta in us! She’s fabulous.

In short: Freaking hilarious! Absolutely wonderful read with a great twist on the old vampire myths. A MUST read for Pratchett fans.

The Author

About Terry 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, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). In 2008, Harper Children's published Terry's standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry's latest book, Snuff, was published in October 2011.

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.

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