2007: 43. Carpe Jugulum

“Through the shredded black clouds a fire moved like a dying star, falling back to earth --

    -- the earth, that is, of the Discworld --

    -- but unlike any star had ever done before, it sometimes managed to steer its fall, sometimes rising, sometimes twisting, but inevitably heading down.”

Carpe Jugulum, Terry Pratchett

I bought this when we were flying home to Boston for the weekend (because, as you may remember, airport = excuse to buy a Pratchett book), started to read it on the plane ride, and had to put it down, because I was getting stressed out about what would happen to Granny Weatherwax and the inhabitants of Lancre.  Over-identify much? You’d think I’d never read a Pratchett, where the endings are (at least usually) reasonably happy.

In this book King Verence has just had his first child, and he foolishly invited Uberwald’s undead, the vampiric Magpyrs, to the christening.  Of course, once you invited vampires in, they can stay, and that is what these vampires intend to do, using their magic powers to take over the kingdom.   All seems lost, until the witches pull it together and kick them out.  Which I eventually found out, once I pulled it together the next day and finished the book, which was actually awesome and funny, and had some meaning, and typical awesome Pratchett and not at all stressful.  But I did reconsider whether I could handle mad-cap comedy at 6:45 in the morning.

Recommended For:  Buffy fanatics and vampyr lovers; Pratchett fans; people whose inner voice tends to make itself heard (you’ll love Agnes Nitt!)

Date/Place Completed:  3/28/07; D.C.

Categories: Fiction

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