Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cannonball Read 2 # 40: Carpe Jugulum (Discworld 23) by Terry Pratchett

I wish I liked Terry Pratchett. I feel like I SHOULD like him, but I just sort of don't. Carpe Jugulum is the second of his books that I've read and I wasn't particularly impressed with either of them. This one was significantly less annoying than The Color of Magic, in that by the end I was actually vaguely interested in how things would turn out rather than wishing all the characters would die horrible, painful deaths, but that's still not exactly a glowing recommendation.

Carpe Jugulum is the story of three witches who live in Discworld. Their relatively quiet existence suffers great upheaval when the head witch goes missing and some very odd vampires arrive to take over the town. I actually liked the majority of the characters, though the vampires' henchman's horrific lisp was funny the first time but grew extremely tiresome.

On the whole, I guess I feel the same way about this as I do about Christopher Moore--there's wacky and quirky, and then there's desperately wacky and quirky, which I feel this is. I know a lot of people really dig the Discworld series, but unfortunately, I am not one of them.

1 comment:

mandasarah said...

Oh, dude, you are totally attempting the Discworld books all wrong. Nobody should start with The Color of Magic, because it kinda sucks. And Carpe Jugulum is the sixth book of the series within a series that is the "Witches" books. You should try Mort or Guards! Guards! (the start of the "Death" books and the "Night Watch" books respectively) and then you can give up on Discworl/Terry Pratchett. If you don't like either of those, there is no hope for you liking the Discworld books.

For reference:
http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20.jpg