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Complete Vampire Chronicles (Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the body Thief) Mass Market Paperback – Box set, September 1, 1993
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"Interview With the Vampire" is the story of Louis, a grieving young widower and plantation owner, whose life is turned upside down when he meets the charming vampire Lestat. Lestat offers him a way out: become a vampire. Louis accepts, but once it's done, he finds that vampirism is more than he bargained for -- especially for his conscience.
"The Vampire Lestat" takes a totally different tack, showing us the world through the enigmatic, charming Lestat's eyes. After years of dormancy, Lestat wakes up in time for the early MTV years of the 1980s, becoming a rock star in the tradition of Ozzy and Black Sabbath. And like Louis, Lestat relates his long life's story -- how he became a vampire, his wanderings over the earth, and his investigations into the origins of vampirism itself...
"Queen of the Damned" builds on that research. Lestat's metal music has caused quite a bit of mayhem -- but not this much before: Akasha, Egyptian queen and mother of all vampires, has reawoken from her comalike sleep. The lesser vampires are having strange dreams, some are being murdered by the ruthless queen. Apparently she wants to kill all men. What is more, Akasha has taken a shine to the roguish Lestat himself...
"The Tale of the Body Thief" opens with lonely anti-hero Lestat deciding that he wants to be mortal again. At least temporarily.Read more ›
The vampires in this universe are elegant beings of the night who are very articulate and this traslates to immense description. This may bother some but once you get used to Rice's style, it could best be described as a dreamy flow of the subconscious and it works well for the series. The books take you all over the USA and much of Europe as well and Rice does a great job of creating these vampires that have very human qualities.
The series mainly centers around the title character Lestat. Lestat is a fascianting study of the flawed uber-vampire who does what he wants and refuses to conform to the vampire "rules". He knows he is not perfect but realizes the only way to live through immortality is to enjoy oneself whenever one can. The supporting cast has their fair share of interesting characters and the personalities of the vampires are really the heart of the series.
A couple of things Rice does makes her vampire world so fascinating. The vampires act as their own little microsociety with rules and taboos that are well thought out and extremely interesting. For example the longer a vampire makes before creating another vampire determines how powerfull that new vampire will be. There are complications to living forever that you never would of thought of.Read more ›
INTERVIEW: As I said, this remains one of my favorite books. Her ability to bring places to life is unparalleled; New Orleans remains on my "must visit before I die" list, thanks in large part to her. Louis is one of my favorite literary characters of all time; his internal ethical struggle is so in depth and real that I can almost feel his pain. The characters, the time, and the place are all so well developed and well done that I almost feel as if I am watching the goings on. By the way, the movie does not entirely do this book justice in my opinion; Brad Pitt did extremely well at portraying Louis' internal dilemma and severe depression, but Tom Cruise's Lestat fell flat for me. Ergo, if you weren't crazy about the movie don't let that stop you from giving the book a try.
THE VAMPIRE LESTAT: Excellent, and a must-read follow up to Interview, as you will never truly understand the first book (and certainly not the character of Lestat) without reading it. For anyone that doesn't know, The Vampire Lestat traces Lestat's life; including the time covered by Interview, so you get to see the story from Lestat's point of view. It has several very significant eye-openers that help to explain why Lestat was the way he was with Louis. It will totally change the way you view the character. Kudos to Anne for her ability to so totally change the way you feel about a character just by changing the point of view.
QUEEN OF THE DAMNED: PLEASE don't take the movie as an accurate representation of this book.Read more ›
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Just got back from a trip, to New Orleans. Now that I know what, the city looks like. I want to re read her books.Published 4 months ago by Greg Grzechowiak
Pick up this handy "portmanteau" of the first four novels, to make sure that you have the whole beginning of the history of Lestat and his "coterie" right at hand... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cherryl Walker
I have yet to be disappointed with Anne Rice......don't think it'll ever happen! As always, her books are like a hypnotic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jessy
While older writings. These are much better vampire books than some of the more recent books that have been coming out. Its dark, witty, historical, sexual, and enthralling. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elvis Iniguez
I am a big Anne Rice fan. I purchased these books as an into to Ms. Rice for my son. He, too, is now a big Anne Rice fan!!!Published 12 months ago by GeekGurl