Synopses & Reviews
It is rare and splendid event when an author is elevated from the underground into the international literary establishment. In the case of England's best-known and best-loved modern satirist, that event has been long overdue.
Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent Discworld novels satirize and celebrate every aspect of life, modern and ancient, sacred and profane. Consistent number-one bestsellers in England, they have garnered him a secure position in the pantheon of humor along with Mark Twain, Douglas Adams, Matt Groening, and Jonathan Swift.
Even so distinguished an author as A. S. Byatt has sung his praises, calling Pratchett's intricate and delightful fictional Discworld "more complicated and satisfying than Oz."
His latest satiric triumph, Carpe Jugulum, involves an exclusive royal snafu that leads to comic mayhem. 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
"Another sidesplitting Discworld adventure from the undisputed emperor of philosophical slapstick....Pratchett knows what makes people tick and how to make them laugh. And how." Kirkus Reviews
"Pratchett lampoons everything from Christian superstition to Swiss Army knives here, proving that the fantasy satire of Discworld 'still ate'nt dead.'" Publishers Weekly
"This, the 23rd book in the series, is a marvelous send-up of old horror movies, from the shambling, pieced-together, lisping servant Igor to the torch-wielding mobs." School Library Journal
"Once again, in his twenty-third Discworld novel, Pratchett is wildly inventive and consistently funny, and would be a big name if he did not toil in the science fiction/fantasy genre." VOYA
"As always, Pratchett manages to make all of this look incredibly easy. Carpe Jugulum is just the thing to cheer you up on a dreary winter day." Don D'Ammassa, Science Fiction Chronicle
"[E]nough bloody fun for everyone. So, sit back and enjoy poignant parody master Terry Pratchett's rollicking adventure..." KLIATT
"The funniest parodist working in the field today, period." New York Review of Science Fiction
"A brilliant story-teller with a sense of humour...whose infectious fun completely engulfs you....The Dickens of the twentieth century." Mail on Sunday (London)
"Consistently, inventively mad...wild and wonderful!" Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
"If I were making my list of Best Books of the Twentieth Century, Terry Pratchett's would be most of them." Elizabeth Peters
More from Prachett's satiric Discworld series. King Verence makes a big mistake by inviting vampires into Lancre to celebrate the birth of his daughter. Once inside the castle, the Magpyrs have no intention of ever leaving. Only an uneasy alliance between a nervous young priest and the argumentative local witches can save the country from being overrun.
About the Author
Terry Pratchett's novels have sold more than fifty-five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. He lives in England.
As many of you know, beloved house author Terry Pratchett has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease. Terry has become active in fundraising efforts to support Alzheimer's research. Click here
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