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    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 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 witches of Lancre, led by Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Og, arethan a match for the bloodsuckers.Also making this an enjoyable visit to the Discworld is the first appearance of the Nac Mac Feegle Fans of the Tiffany Aching sub series will want to read this as well to get a very early glimpse of the drinking, fighting and stealing tiny heroes.Good fun


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    Death reached down and took a handful of sand He held it up, and let it slip through his fingers.CHOOSE, he said YOU ARE GOOD AT CHOOSING, I BELIEVE Is there any advice you could be givin me said Granny.CHOOSE RIGHT.This one is all about choices life or death, justice or mercy, to obey blindly or to fight backVampires 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 fo Death reached down and took a handful of sand He held it up, and let it slip through his fingers.CHOOSE, he said YOU ARE GOOD AT CHOOSING, I BELIEVE Is there any advice you could be givin me said Granny.CHOOSE RIGHT.This one is all about choices life or death, justice or mercy, to obey blindly or to fight backVampires 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 the baby along on the journey to the way Granny and the priest helped each other over the mountains it all made me happy.Lusty, boozy old Nanny Ogg continues to be my favorite Observe as she shares her views on dealing with cow stealin pixies I d rather have em in here pissin out than outside pissin in There sof them and they ll make your ankles all wet.Talks back to a vampire I m fed up with you smarming at me smarmily as if you were Mr Smarm And gives advice to Agnes on how to tame one of the bloodsuckers by using feminine wiles Marry him, said Nanny firmly You can refine a husband Maybe you could point him in the direction of blutwurst and black puddings and underdone steak You really haven t got any scruples, have you, Nanny said Agnes No, said Nanny simply This is Lancre we re talkin about If we was men, we d be talking about laying down our lives for the country As women, we can talk about laying down Ah, the book is filled with the wisdom of Nanny, and also the wisdom and bravery of others who play a part in the overthrow of those damned vamps It seems a close call for a while there, but in the end, Headology and the power of a cup of tea will triumph.But, what did I say this one was about Oh, rightCHOICES We also have choices.We can also choose to keep our thoughts focused on some vague promise that may await us someday, OR we can choose to see the beauty that surrounds us everydayBehold, the wisdom of Mightily Oats The world is different, Oats s gaze went out across the haze, and the forests, and the purple mountains Everywhere I look I see something holy CHOOSE RIGHT


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    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 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 Maskerade.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


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    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 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 ceremony In The King s usual attempt to be Modern he invites the Magpyrs, a family of Vampires from Uberwald Vampires of course cannot go where not invited, so they capitalize on the invitation to take over the entire country of Lancre The Vampire clan however, is obsessed with becoming Modern and is quite Yuppyish They have made themselves immune to garlic, sunlight, religious symbols, and just about everything else that normally works against Vampires Meanwhile Granny Weatherwax s invitation to the Christening was stolen, so in a typical Granny fashion, she is off in a huff The soppy priest of Om that comes to do the Christening becomes quite the major character, and the Wee Free Men make their first appearance Add in Igor, the Vampire s henchman who wishes things would go back to the way they are, and the Falconer who spends most of the tale hunting down a Phoenix and you re in for a non stop good time Nanny Ogg and Agnes Perditia Nitt are put into the position of attempting to rescue the kingdom from the Vampires without Granny.The witches are all their standard unique selves, Granny stubborn as a mule but with a heart of gold, Nanny with her wild ways and lewd comments, Margrat with her new aged ideas but strong backbone when needed, and the newest of the coven Agnes Nitt a very big girl with a thin girl trapped inside her Agnes becomes a major character in this book and really develops her unique personalities The Priest of Om also becomes quite an interesting character with his on again off again faith crisis The Wee Free Men are entertaining, but hard to read, Igor is an absolute trip.Some will say that this is a re write of Lords and Ladies I personally didn t find it so Sure bad guys arrive and threaten Lancre, and the Witches step up to do battle in their round about humorous ways But then again what fantasy sci fi action or horror doesn t have bad guys showing up and good guys trying to stop them Of Pratchett s novels I found this one to be much darker than the others because the Vampires are quite sinister for one of his villains Still I found this to be an amazingly humorous tale The bickering between the witches, the family fights between the vampires, Igor s wanting to make everything dusty and covered in spider webs and longing for the old school days of his master, the Falconer s obsession with trying to catch a bird he s never seen, the Wee Free Men stealing anything they can get their hands on, and even Greebo.The pace of the book is unbelievably quick, numerous characters come and go and you ll find yourself wondering how all of this will tie in together But you can t put it down I can attest to that first hand, I read way past my bedtime to finish the book because the action never stopped long enough for me to stick in a bookmark The humor wasn t as non stop as in some of his other books, but the funny parts were hysterical I found that this book had farmeaning to it than many of the others.If you are first time Pratchett reader, I would not recommend this book as a starting place because some of the history of the witches is almost required to get full enjoyment out of this story I can t imagine that a first time reader would understand the concept of Borrowing from this book or get the humor of the I ain t dead sign This is one of my favorite of Pratchett s novels so far


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    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 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 let you use your imagination to figure out the premise This one had a good story, but it wasn t quite as funny as some of the earlier Witches books It did have humor, but I think it was just missingGranny Weatherwax She played an important part in the story, but she didn t get much page time On the other hand, Agnes is a fun character and she featured prominently along with Nanny, so I was happy about that Magrat shows up a little bit too, but she s far less annoying than she was in the earlier books This book also contains a bit of a follow up to one of the earlier books, Small Gods, and that was fun to see.My only other comment needs to go behind spoiler tags Don t click if you haven t read the book view spoiler With this being the last Witches book and with all of the false foreshadowing, I spent most of this book worried that Granny Weatherwax would be dead or something by the end It isn t too often that I feel any sort of real suspense when reading a Discworld book, but I did this time I was happy that she was still alive and well by the end hide spoiler


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    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 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 satire as the witches and the priest take on the vampires


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    I just finished re re rereading 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 I just finished re re rereading 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 news, so I looked at my shelves and grabbed Carpe Jugulum The selection wasn t entirely random In this book, Granny Weatherwax is at her prickly best She confronts a problempowerful than herself Vampiresor Vampyres with a y to bemodern She knows she can t beat them in any conventional sense But Granny is no conventional witch.Her resolve and her bravery in facing what might well be, in fact is likely to be, her death are, I imagine, much like how Sir Terry faced his embuggerance It was likely to kill him, but he met the challenge with resolve, struggled on despite how difficult his debilitating disease must have made it, and continued his service to both the Discworld and our round world for as long as he could.I suppose this has beenof a tribute to the author than a book review, but I recommend this book I recommend all of the Discworld books They are what fiction should be entertaining, enlightening, informative, fun, and when you need it, uplifting


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    I can t believe I just finished the last Discworld book in the Witches series Dammit, why isn t thereWait, 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 I can t believe I just finished the last Discworld book in the Witches series Dammit, why isn t thereWait, 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 the other books I haven t read yet Carpe Jugulum was fun So much fun that I mostly blew off watching the ALCS and stayed up waaaay past my bedtime during the work week to finish


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    This one s a bit batty29 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 This one s a bit batty29 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 jetlag, but that is really no excuse not to be able to get into a book especially since I managed to get into, and really enjoy, other books when I have been gallivanting around either Europe or South East Asia, though that doesn t count the one that I left in a bar in Bangkok So, as I have mentioned, this story is about vampires, and is set in the Kingdom of Lancre, which means that the witches are going to be the main characters As we probably remember from the previous books, Magrat had married the prince, now king, and had given up her life of witchery, though she still dabbles, and has been replace by Agnas Anyway, Magrat is having a baby, and everybody has been invited to the birthing ceremony, which includes some vampire the Magpyrs Okay, now that is a huge mistake, because anybody who knows anything about vampires knows that they can only enter a dwelling when they are invited, and as you have figured out by now, since they have been invited into Lancre Castle they can now enter and run amok which is basically what they do In fact they simply move in with Magrat and her husband not realising that anything is actually wrong namely because they have been mind controlled The further problem is that Granny Weatherwax has disappeared, so Agnas, and Nanny Ogg, are left, with the help of Magrat, to solve this problem As I suggested I m not a huge fan of vampire novels, namely because they have been overused Okay, Pratchett does is stuff with the Magpyrs, but as I have also suggested, I didn t really find this book all that thrilling The one interesting thing that I wish to touch upon though is the idea of the invitation This is a very western thing because in other cultures people don t actually need an invitation to enter somebody s dwelling they just rock up whenever they want to, and it is actually quite rude to get upset when they go barging into your house Mind you, it is not as if I am any different from your typical westerner, namely because I would get upset if somebody rocked up at my door unannounced, came inside, and didn t leave until they wanted to we Westerners are very private individuals except when it comes to Facebook and Twitter, the we tell the entire world what colour socks we put on in the morning As such, we can see how this western idea of only coming inside with an invitation has influenced our mythology, such as with vampires Though I m not quite sure where this whole invitation thing arose from because the Greeks, and the Romans, where very sociable people and they lived in a society when anybody and everybody simply rocked up when they wanted to As for the Middle ages, sure, messages would be sent ahead, but you generally didn t leave anybody especially if they were your superiors who arrived at your castle sitting outside on their horse, in the rain unless of course you didn t particularly like the person As for the commoners, well, they lived in communal villages and generally didn t travel beyond the next hill, so there was no privacy there either My only assumption is that it arose with the rise of the middle class, and the fact that a lot of people moved into the city This is interesting because it is the cities, which have the most people, that tends to be full of people who don t know, and don t particularly want to know, the people around them It seems that thepeople there are, thepeople that there is to know, and getting to know somebody, especially if they are going to move in the next couple of years, takes effort, something that people don t really want to do Anyway, I probably should be out and about exploring as opposed to sitting in a hotel room writing book reviews, so I will leave it at that


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    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.


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Carpe Jugulum (Discworld #23; Witches #6) 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 EverOnly 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 FightGo For The Throat, Or As The Vampyres Themselves SayCarpe Jugulum