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--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"SEDUCTIVE . . . [RICE] HAS RETURNED TO THE SOURCE OF HER BEST WORK, her sexy and invincible vampires. . . . Pandora is a superheroine: beautiful, of course, but also smart, fearless, independent, lusty, resourceful, and so pumped up at the end of her breathless narrative, she takes off for New Orleans, hot on the trail of Lestat and Marius."
"EERILY VIBRANT . . . The title character is a highborn woman of Augustan Rome who later names herself after the Pandora of mythology, opening her own box of surprises. Sitting in a modern-day Paris café in the aftermath of a fresh kill, the vampire Pandora accepts the challenge of recounting her history and immediately sets to work, filling the blank pages of an elegant leatherbound notebook. . . . A wealth of narrative twists and period detail."
--The New York Times Book Review
"RICE'S MOST BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN WORK . . . A BOOK THAT CELEBRATES THE WONDER OF THE WORLD ON EVERY PAGE."
--Raleigh News & Observer
From the Paperback edition.
- ASIN : B004AM5R0C
- Publisher : Ballantine Books (November 17, 2010)
- Publication date : November 17, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1394 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 370 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #133,343 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Pandora goes back to Roman times (Anne Rice is great with history--really does her research) then goes into the 20th century.
Oh, how I love history. From Ancient Egypt, to the Roman Empires and Greek Mythology. It is just beautiful. Anne Rice is a great Historical storyteller. She obviously does meticulous research, and she takes her knowledge and spins a mesmerizing tale of olden times, when people lived life, just for the sake of living.
She writes of an era, when time was abundant. And it was spent with families and close friends, reading, writing and gaining insight into their life. Expanding their minds with philosophy and poetry and just about anything that was within their grasp. When time really did take a lifetime, and it was savored with all its beauty. Unlike now, with time passing by, faster than we can blink.
This is not another novel of a Vampire in Rices collection,this is the story of Pandora. A woman whose mind rivaled that of a scholar, her thirst for knowledge and the meaning of what it is to exist, her main quest in this life. She is a woman who is betrayed, but that will not stop her. She embraces her induction into vampire hood, because this way, she can savor her love of life and feel it all the more.
This is an exceptional book. My only regret is that it ends too soon. I would have gladly lived with Pandora for a thousand more pages.
This book is basically a journal written to David Talbot about Pandora's human life, her life was a free un-married woman in Antioch, her vampire origin, and the complicated relationship she had with Marius. I know many other fans wouldn't put this book at the top of their list but this one is special as it is the only one of her vampire novels in the voice of a woman. Also, how can you not love the ancient world? I get my vampires and historical fiction in one swoop!
Anybody who hated the Twilight Saga and how the main vampire was a wuss and sparkled has no worries with the vampires of Anne Rice....Her vampire to have Beauty and a romantic side, but it is always in plain site that they are dangerous.
go the Anne's Bookshelf at [...] Start with the first book that started her fame "interview with a vampire" (yes it's better than the movie) and make your way through all the books in order....maybe even venture into her Mayfair Witches trilogy that blends in with the vampire world in a couple books. ENJOY!
Top reviews from other countries
***** 5 stars
A Vampire Chronicles novella from the internationally bestselling Anne Rice
In a cafe in modern-day Paris, in the aftermath of a fresh kill, the fearless and beautiful Pandora begins to tell her tale of treachery, vengeance and love stretching across two millennia. As a young mortal in Imperial Rome in the time of Caesar Augustus, Pandora was first introduced to the blood-tainted cult of Isis. Later, in exile in Antioch, she was drawn even further into the dark, ancient rites. Now looking back across the centuries, Pandora decides to return once more to New Orleans, to find the love of her early life, Marius, and to see once again the Vampire Lestat...
This is the first book in the series of New Tales of the Vampires and tells the story of Pandora.
Pandora was born 15 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. She has lived a long and interesting life, at first with her love Marius and then alone. She is a vibrant character full of life and immensely intelligent. Always ready to learn from others and to teach her skills to young vampires.
David a young vampire seeks out Pandora to ask her to write her life story. She does this and takes the reader on a wonderful journey.
This book was written so beautifully, giving the reader a vivid image of Rome and its history.
Highly recommended to lovers of thought provoking fiction.
My guess is that Anne Rice's knowledge of the period or the ancient Roman world was not as deep or well researched as needed With ancient Rome at the turn of the Principate and early Empire as the backdrop so much more could have been done to capture the danger, horrors, wonder and dynamism of the age. To see how well that can be done, try reading The Master's of Rome series by Colleen McCullough.
As for her protagonists Pandora and Marius they fail to truly sparkle with a truth or ever really develop. It almost feels as if there were a large number of ideas bubbling up but that they stayed in the authors head and failed to make it to the page.
In summary: Reasonably well written, but flaky and inconsistent in parts. Pandora fails to capture the depth of "Interview with the Vampire" and "Vampire Lestat".
This was not a novel with a story which started,had a plot and then
finished,rather it was recollections of Pandora concentrating for the
most on Roman history and Roman political characters. In dfinishing
chapters i struggled trying to remember what i had read such was its
abstract nature. Would not recommend this novel to anyone.