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Carpe Jugulum
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on June 25, 2001
Not being a huge fan of fantasy I find it hard to write a review for the occasional Terry Pratchett novel I do read. I enjoy is offbeat look at the real world in translation to his books and enjoy the corny humor that is sprinkled in. However I find myself giving every Pratchett three stars because they all seem to be lacking something. The hard thing is that the something is something I cannot put my finger on.
"Carpe Juglum" or "Seize the Throat" takes place in the land of Lancre. There is great cause for celebration in Lancre since the Queen has given birth to the first child of the royals. In a massive celebration by inviting many guests. The guest include vampires from Uberwald, and everybody knows not too invite a vampire into your castle. Quickly the vampires take over the land of Lancre, and it is up to the witches of Lancre and the weak in faith priest Mightly Oats to save the dayand drive the vampires back or become a servant to there leader.
In total the book is fun and cute in it's own way. Igor the vampire's servant gives the book many laughs. To get in touch with witches a reader might want to try out other Discworld novels with these characters in it. They beginning is a little cloudy and some earlier information will be helpful to any new Pratchett reader
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on August 12, 2001
While I agree with others that this is not at all a rewrite of Lord and Ladies, this also is one of the weaker books in the series.
The quick story is that the king has invited vampires into his kingdom - an invitation they quickly accept so they can take it all over. Of course, they have to contend with Granny Weatherwax and initially she appears to be a push-over...
The vampire portions are really well done and I enjoyed them a lot. It was easy to see their motivations and empathise with them (despite their dark nature.) The witches behavior was much more haphazard and odd - none of them appear to be strong characters (except Granny, of course) and instead appear to just stumble into everything. While it's true that is a large part of Rincewind's appeal but I guess I don't expect it everywhere in the Discworld. Oh well, it is a funny book with some of the best humor he's written - I just wish the other parts were just as solid as the comedy.
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on November 26, 2000
... and an unfortunate result is that he sometimes fails to meet them. Although this book would be considered the pinnacle of success for lesser scribes, we know what Pratchett is capable of, and this isn't it. Unlike most of his works, this one didn't even tempt me to reread it once. Lords and Ladies was not one of the top five either, but redeemed itself with the Shakespeare connection. This rewritten version of L&L doesn't quite pull it together. A few concepts are introduced which receive better treatment later. Pratchett seems to be experimenting with the neo-vampiric theme here, but handles it much better in "The Truth." All in all, some good concepts that didn't form into a book.
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Vampires are all-powerful, so what stops them from doing exactly as they please? Nothing whatsoever, unless one of their number decides to stop things simply to uphold the principles of narrative causality. I love Terry Pratchett's work, but this is one of my less favorites. Like many books by European authors, it concentrates on the cruel triumph of the overlords and the futile struggles of the serfs, to an extent that American readers may find frustrating.
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on August 9, 2000
This book was a real letdown. The story is too busy, the outcome unclear.What was the point of the Phoenix? A lot of unanswered questions and jumping around. The new witch, was interesting but, not very useful. On the plus side a minor character, Hodgesaargh, got a few pages of spotlight,and turned out to be quite interesting. Very little was seen of Death in this novel, leading to overall disappointment.
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on February 1, 2002
The villains are a family of vampires, who move in and take over Lancre and its royal family, while Granny Weatherwax and the other witches try to stop them (and eventually succeed, of course). As my wife says, it just seems like a rehash of Lords and Ladies.
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