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   Carpe Jugulum

Carpe Jugulum
by Terry Pratchett

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
296 pages; ISBN: 0061051586

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Beth Spires


Terry Pratchett`s latest Discworld book is one of his best. The story is set in the tiny kingdom of Lancre. King Verence and Queen Magrat are celebrating the birth of their daughter and have opened the kingdom to out-of-country visitors as a gesture of good will. Unfortunately, some of the guests are vampires. Vampires who like garlic and are tolerant of the sun, who view holy symbols as more of an annoyance than anything else and whose family motto is: Carpe Jugulum, "Go for the throat."

The vampires have no intention of leaving after the naming ceremony, or ever for that matter. It`s up to Lancre`s resident witches -- Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and the newest witch, Agnes Nitt -- to put things right. Unfortunately, Granny Weatherwax has disappeared, and without her special brand of "headology", the remainingwitches find themselves hard pressed to remove the pesky vampires from the country. Along the way the witches enlist the help of a nervous priest, a phoenix, and a race of tiny pugilistic blue men, who aid Lancre after a promise of Nanny Ogg`s specialbrew.

Terry Pratchett seems to be getting better with each book. Carpe Jugulum is consistently funny from beginning to end.


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