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Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles Paperback – July 7, 2015
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014: Over a decade since the last installment of the Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice’s Prince Lestat reignites the love affair with the quixotic nosferatu who inspired writers, readers and Hollywood filmmakers. The newly resurrected, but no less rebellious, Lestat addresses a mysterious twenty-first century vampire genocide with the same panache, self-absorption, and drama readers have come to know and love. Rice masterfully populates the present-day storyline with a cast of characters from her previous novels along with new blood, so to speak, and reading this book is like seeing old friends whom you’d sort of forgotten about, but are thrilled to meet again—even if you are reading about them for the first time. Prince Lestat raises interesting questions about the boundaries of science, conflicting beliefs, and a universal need to belong; a welcome return to a narrative that spawned an entire subgenre of fiction. --Seira Wilson--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Bloody marvelous." —Time
“Rice allows [her vampires] to do what they do best: wreak havoc and evoke terror. All while impeccably dressed.” —The Washington Post
“Reminds us just how immense and rich . . . Rice’s universe of poetic, morally questioning vampires is.” —Elle
“Rice never lost touch with the exuberant, often witty, and always fearless voice of irrepressible vampire Lestat de Lioncourt.” —BookPage
“Good, old-fashioned fanged fun.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The thinking-person’s vampire story. . . . Reads like a house on fire.” —Bookreporter
“No one does what Anne Rice does . . . . Fun, sexy, and irresistible.” —January magazine
“Irrepressively seductive.” —Next magazine
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I actually haven’t read the previous installments of the Vampire Chronicles and perhaps that affected how I looked on this book, but as it is, I didn’t like it. It didn’t start off bad and I actually liked how each character or pair/group of vampire got their own spotlight and a little of their background told (especially for those like myself who haven’t spent over a majority of their lives keeping up with the Vampire Chronicles books). My interest started to grow when the introduction of the burnings occurred and was expecting an intriguing dramatic turn for the book. But imagine my disappointment and eventual boredom when narrative continued to stay on the inner musing and philosiphications on life, what does it mean to live, is everyone in the book evil or whatnot, etc., etc. It was like the multitude of burning occurring all around the world was important but not important enough to induce some sort of urgency from the characters into taking some kind of action instead of sitting around and just musing to themselves and eventually to others. I mean, I didn’t think a majority of a book can be spent focusing on the same arguments and musings over and over again. Towards the end it just felt like I’ve read the same thing over and over again just with different characters. You would think that a crisis involving a possible threat to your existence would be the least perfect time to expound on the nature of who you are and of life. But that’s just me.
And don’t get me started on how the big bad issue of the Voice and burnings eventually resolves. Not only was the scene involved pretty disturbing, it also had a ridiculous cartoonish nature to it which I didn’t expect from as an accomplished writer as Rice. The resolution seemed out of place within the urgency (what there was expressed of it) of the threat it posed. It was hard to buy how everyone was accepting of what Lestat had done considering all the previous scenes between him, Marius, Armand, Seth, etc. All I could think when reading that scene was picturing me saying “Really? That’s it?” while having my palms up and looking around the room wondering if I’m missing something here. And then after that “climax” of the story, it was back to inner musings and wonderings.
I get that Rice’s vampires are more of the romantic nature (as I have often heard when I was younger). But there has to be limit of how “romantic” they can be. Otherwise they’re just plain emo vampires and not of the funny satirical kind. And unfortunately they all come off as the latter in this book. There was a sort of monotony in narrative tone that eventually wore me down where it left me indifferent and wanting to just reach the end. And that is not what I want to be left with after reading an Anne Rice book. I’m not sure if I’ll be reading another of her books, perhaps I’ll get sucked into reading one in the future, but for now I’m going to tread caution when I come upon another of her books and go around it to save myself some grief.
Great follow up to the main Vampire Chronicles storyline, and now I'm paying more attention to waiting for the next story, that is surely to follow, given the inconclusive ending.
Great read, makes sense, carries a great story farther along, and satisfies the reader.
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As the book moved on the characters became clear, and the plot strengthened.