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21. Blackwood Farm (Rice, Anne, Vampire Chronicles.)
by ANNE RICE
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Asin: 0345443683
Catlog: Book (2003-09-30)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Average Customer Review: 3.66 out of 5 stars
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In her new novel, perennial bestseller Anne Rice fuses her two uniquely seductive strains of narrative -- her Vampire legend and her lore of the Mayfair witches -- to give us a world of classic deep-south luxury and ancestral secrets.

Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing rooms, bright, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelgänger, “Goblin,” a spirit from a dream world that Quinn can’t escape and that prevents him from belonging anywhere. When Quinn is made a Vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, his doppelgänger becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself.

As the novel moves backwards and forwards in time, from Quinn’s boyhood on Blackwood Farm to present day New Orleans, from ancient Athens to 19th-century Naples, Quinn seeks out the legendary Vampire Lestat in the hope of freeing himself from the spectre that draws him inexorably back to Sugar Devil Swamp and the explosive secrets it holds.

A story of youth and promise, of loss and the search for love, of secrets and destiny, Blackwood Farm is Anne Rice at her mesmerizing best.


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3-0 out of 5 stars Dark Shadows meets Harlequin Romance Novel
This was such a frustrating read. I bought it because I had read that this particular book read much more like the old Anne Rice and not like the drivel she's been churning out the last few years. It started promising, when a young Vampire, Quinn Blackwood seeks out Lestat for assistance in getting rid of an evil doppelganger named Goblin.Quinn begins to recount his history, and suddenly Anne Rice turns into a bodice ripping Harlequin romance novel complete with people falling hopelessly in love at first glance and fifteen year old girls quoting Shakespeare, and being tragically ill. Ugh. All of a sudden Quinn becomes annoying and frankly ridiculous,falling in lust and love with every manner of man, woman, and ghost. Lestat and Rowan Mayfair meanwhile are wasted cameo players in a melodramatic mess of southern low class complete with a drunken country singer mother, and a sexy African American maid. The book slightly redeemed itself in the last fifty pages or so once it was back to the present, and it's clear Rice is setting this story up for a whole new group of blood drinkers. I just wish it would've stayed with the vampires, and been less Gothic romance.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best in the Middle; Good Description & Atmosphere
I'm relatively new to Anne Rice, having only read "Interview" to date, but must say that I was pleasantly surprised by Blackwood Farm. I think that for the most part, from the time that Quinn begins to recount his story to Lestat until the point where he becomes a vampire, the story is exceptionally well done.

I really wasn't thrilled so much with the beginning and end of the book, and am not even sure that the story wouldn't have been better on its own, somehow without Lestat in the story whatsoever, but it was still very descriptively detailed and many of the characters were very well done.

As for character development, I think Quinn is a great character. In his case, as in general, Rice not only describes to you traits about the character but she gives you a reason why they have become as they seem. For example, Quinn has grown up in a house of adults so he becomes an adult much more quickly than is likely normal. If I didn't believe in Goblin's existence, I would attribute his "imaginary friend" as his playmate and link to the world of children and his lone identifying character in a world mostly of seclusion from peers his own age.

I will note that Quinn & Mona's love might seem a bit rushed at first thought but that isn't always unimaginable that two very young people, unfamiliar with the truth of love, might "think" that they are in love so quickly. This idea was done very poorly in the latest Star Wars movie and was done wonderfully well in Romeo & Juliet. We mustn't always try and put the weight of our own ideas of love and the hardships and time necessary to forge it upon characters in stories without first identifying the age and experiences shown to us for those characters. Mona is 15 and Quinn has lived his life secluded from his peers, so it is understandable that their ideas of love might be a bit exaggerated or erroneous. I also question whether or not Quinn would have actually left Mona as he did, for as long as he did, for his Europe trip regardless of his love for Aunt Queen. Reckless youthful love usually cares little comparatively for those outside of the "two". Perhaps Quinn was able to leave her for his Aunt because he was in many ways mature for his age, but I'm still not sure that it blends with his recklessness established regarding Mona. It is hard to say.

There were some imperfections with development of some of the characters but I thought Quinn was mostly well done and overall interesting. I would have rather not had Quinn be bi and Petronia was more or less as disgusting as was likely intended but I did feel some sympathy for Petronia as I'm sure that such a life would be a difficult one filled with pain that could easily turn to bitterness and anger. I guess I just didn't like thinking about Petronia and would rather Quinn's "affliction" be more tied to someone like the lovely yet evil Rebecca.

In my opinion, the book didn't necessarily need Lestat or even the other characters used to tie her previous books together but I might have a different idea if I had actually read them. I would have been perfectly happy if I just would have heard "Quinn's Story" recounted to anyone "perhaps some figure that is planning to either kill Quinn soon or even better whom Quinn is trying to talk into ending his painful immortality", and then had the conflicts and resolutions happen between Quinn, Goblin, Mona, and a few other characters. "Quinn's Story" is very well done; it is the beginning and the end around it that are less intriguing.

Overall, the book is worth reading for the description and atmosphere if nothing else.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites.
I am often at odds with other Anne Rice fans with reguards to which stories I like.

I loved Pandora, but I still thought Blood And Gold was great, I don't feel it merely re-treaded old ground, covered in Pandora and The Vampire Armand. I actually added it up and more than half of Blood And Gold details events outside of those books. And the parts that do retell scenes from Pandora or Armand are different, because they are seen from Marius' point of view. I've always loved his character and it's nice to get to know him a little better.

But this isn't about Blood And Gold, this is about Blackwood Farm.

If you hated Blood And Gold you might not like Blackwood Farm, not for any strong similarities, but if you are one of the people who feel that Rice's writing has gone downhill, I don't sense any major difference between this and her other recent output.

I loved Blackwood Farm. I loved the intimate nature of experiencing the family's history without the tedious charts and family tree of Mayfair Witches. After a while I felt at home in Quinn's house.

I like the character Quinn, and I loved reading about his past, his teachers, and especially Mona.

I didn't like the vampire that sired him very much, but that's more personal taste than anything.

I should also note that I started reading Mayfair Witches *after* I read Blackwood Farm.

But if you are like me, and you didn't mind Memnoch The Devil, loved Pandora, had to fight through The Vampire Armand (all the boring descriptions of Vennis and it takes so long for him to become a vampire), and liked Blood And Gold, for instance, then I think there is a good chance you'll enjoy Blackwood Farm.

2-0 out of 5 stars Bitterly Disappointing
A long-time fan of Rice's Vampire Chronicles, I was rather excited with the return of Lestat at the end of "Merrick" and had high hopes for "Blackwood Farm" and its following chronicle "Blood Canticle". I just finished reading "Blackwood Farm" and found it dull, slow and a mere shadow of Rice's usual engaging and sensuous prose that can be found in the earlier VampChrons such as "Interview with the Vampire" (my personal favorite) and even as late as "The Vampire Armand".

The entirety of the book is narrated by Quinn Blackwood, a very hard-to-like character despite his many similarities to Louis, the other "sensitive"-type vampire prominent in the Chronicles. Quinn's relationship with Goblin, his doppelganger and spirit companion, could have proved fascinating plot fodder, but the very character of Quinn is so off-putting it's difficult to enjoy. His story is filled over the top with angst ("Oh, it's so difficult to be a ridiculously wealthy 18-year-old Southern Catholic genius who sees ghosts...") and a rather nauseating relationship with fellow 15-year-old chronically ill promiscuous rich genius Mona Mayfair. If this is starting to sound a little absurd, you're about right. Mona is a detestable character: pretentious, self-pitying at turns and ridiculously self-assured at others, and fancies herself the drowning Ophelia of Shakespeare fame (stereotypically Gothic angst, anyone?). Finally, the story is tedious and Quinn's narration plods and falls very flat, very often.

Truly, the only thing saving this particular installment of the VampChrons is the mere PRESENCE of Lestat. I say "presence" because as any Lestat fan will tell you, since his awakening in "Merrick" he just hasn't been the same character he once was, and the rather unpleasant change becomes even more apparent in "Blackwood Farm". I really can't hate Anne Rice's earlier work; I loved every Chronicle, including "Memnoch" which many did not, and "Blood and Gold" which for some reason suffers horrible Amazon reviews (in all honesty, I really liked that one!). But everything from "Merrick" onward, I simply prefer to pretend they're an entirely different narrative that's not even part of the VampChrons we all know and love. I haven't yet read "Blood Canticle", but rest assured it will not be a love for the new characters or high hopes for the writing that drive me to read it; rather, a sense of completion and sheer fangirlish Lestat-love, which was incidentally what brought me back to these after finishing "Blood and Gold" and vowing to be through with the Vampire Chronicles forever. If only Rice hadn't been driven by the same kind of whim, we might not have to deal with such disappointing books as "Blackwood Farm".

2-0 out of 5 stars "Farm" fails
The penultimate chapter of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles inspires more boredom than thrills'n'chills. While it starts off strong, the draggy pace and boring recounting of the lead's life bogs it down, despite Rice's typically beautiful writing.

Tarquin Blackwood, a young vampire, arrives at the Vampire Lestat's apartment to deliver a letter asking for his help. Before he can drop it off, however, Lestat himself appears and take Quinn under his wing. But after the two of them feed, Lestat sees a strange spirit-like creature attach itself to Quinn, sucking some of the blood from him. This is Goblin, an invisible doppelganger who has been with Quinn his whole life.

Quinn recounts his life to Lestat: His childhood with Goblin, the invisible friend who never went away, quirky Aunt Queen and his mother, a vicious country singer called Patsy. He tells of his run-ins with the sexy ghost of his ancestor's mistress, his love for the promiscuous Mona Mayfair, and the strange events that led him to become a "Blood Hunter." Except that now that he is a vampire, Goblin is becoming more powerful -- and malevolent -- as well.

"Blackwood Farm" starts off strong with supernatural mystery and mayhem in a Southern Gothic setting, with plenty of dirty family secrets, murder and ghosts. But as soon as Lestat starts listening to Quinn talk about his life, things start to drag. It wouldn't be surprising if Lestat wandered off to watch TV during the course of Quinn's monologue. It's that dull.

Occasionally Quinn offers a tidbit that is genuinely enticing, like the intricacies of his Southern gothic family, or the clues he uncovers about the beautiful, evil Rebecca. But it often feels like Rice is trying too hard to make it all feel surreal and supernatural. Hermaphrodite vampires and sex with spirits? Her lovely prose can't gloss over the self-conscious weirdness.

And Rice's writing is undeniably lovely, full of an aesthete's love of velvets and marble and cameos and so forth. The dialogue is where she stumbles -- there's too much of it. At the start of the book, there is an entire chapter of Lestat bickering with a Talamasca. And when he decides to seduce a thirtysomething servant, Quinn has what may be the worst (and most racist) pickup line in history: "Be my chocolate candy. I'm real unsure of my masculinity." Time to swoon, girls.

It doesn't help that Quinn isn't a terribly interesting character either. He's basically a hormonal, immature teenage boy who can see ghosts. Aunt Queen, with her love of cameos, is a far more engaging character, while Patsy is fairly two-dimensional, if easily hateable. Lestat is enigmatic and alluring, for the relatively small part of the book he's actually in.

"Blackwood Farm" is too stretched out for its own good, but it's far from the worst Anne Rice has written. At the end, it feels unfulfilling and empty, like a looming mansion filled with nothing but ghosts. ... Read more


22. The Vampire Lestat (Vampire Chronicles, Book II)
by ANNE RICE
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Asin: 0345313860
Catlog: Book (1986-09-12)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Sales Rank: 5601
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rockstar in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying exsitence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice's best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Did Miss Rice really change her mind?
Most people say that Anne Rice completely changed her point of view when she wrote _The Vampire Lestat_ (1986).
I read the whole _Vampire Chronicles_ and am not pretty sure about this judgement. All those who read _Interview with the Vampire_ may have been shocked and amazed by Lestat's cruelty. But this doesn't mean that the protagonist of _Vampire Lestat_ is a substantially different character.
In _Interview_ we see a very strong comparison between Louis, a rich young man with some psychological problems, and Lestat, a strange, mysterious creature with a _lot_ of problems, both practical and affective (for example his old father). Louis supposes that Lestat is only an exploiter, but, as the story goes on, he must acknowledge that his perfidious companion is very useful, especially in the most critical situations.
Unfortunately, there are only misunderstandings between the two characters, especially because of Louis' moralistic and inflexible position.
So, when in the second book Lestat speaks about himself and his life, we get the impression that he is completely different from the former Lestat. As a matter of fact, only the point of view is different. All the positive aspects of Lestat's personality can be also identified in _Interview_, if the reading is deep and careful: he is generous, he cares for Louis and Claudia, he would do anything to conquer Louis' affection. And -most important of all- he forgives Louis and, in the final reel, even Claudia.
This is the same Lestat who loves his mother and cares for his friend Nicholas. The same who travels all around the world until he becomes so famous that Louis, finally, can find him and fall into his arms.

5-0 out of 5 stars will Lestat ever become human?
Lestat, this charming and fascinating character, had a difficult, troubled development. In "Interview with the vampire", the story is very well constructed, the language is exceptionally beautiful, but the characters are not very well focused. Louis describes himself as a victim, but, as a matter of fact, he is selfish, calculator and hypocrite. On the other hand, Lestat appears to be the "villain", but Louis should be grateful to him for saving so many times his life. And what is the return? Death, of course.
But Lestat cannot really die: he is too steadily alive in the author's mind (and heart). In the second book, however, Anne Rice had to change a lot of details. At the beginning, Lestat was the son of a countryman: now he becomes a French nobleman, very disappointed for Louis' misunderstandings. The young Lestat is very devoted to his mother, the Marquise Gabrielle de lioncourt, so much that he changes her into a vampire when he sses her in the throes of death. So we learn something unexpected: vampires are able to love. Killing is only a cruel necessity, and in any case Lestat imposes himself to kill only evildoers.
Will Lestat ever become human? Probably not, spite of "The tale of the Body Thief".But a human counterpart of Lestat exists, at least in Italy. His name is Ephraim Levi, a Jewish, blond-haired piano player, and he is the hero of the novel "Storie segrete" by Eleonora Cavallini, published in 1998 by Edizioni del Girasole, Ravenna. He is loved by men and women indiscriminately. He appears to have no scruples, but shows a very deep respect towards his father's religion.
On the other hand, Anne Rice's vampires are rigorously Christian (let us remember that the author is of Irish origin, just like Bram Stoker). But I suppose that vampires can be nothing but Christian, excepting Chagall, the famous Jewish vampire of Roman Polanski's "Those brave vampire killers".

4-0 out of 5 stars This is the best book!
I loved this book, it was just as good as Interview with the Vampire but I did read them in the wrong order.

So when I read interview with the vampire I was very defensive over Lestat because in this book he explains why he couldn't teach Louis everything because his own maker (Magnus)died before he taught Lestat anything about being a vampire so he went looking for answers and finally found a vampire called Marius (the oldest vampire in the world and Armands maker who Armand fought to be dead.) who answered some of Lestats un-answered questions. (just like when Louis and Claudia went looking for anwsers and found Armand.)

Also we find out why he hated his father so much and what his father meant in interview with the vampire when he said 'sorry, please forgive me' before he died.

The book is writen from Lestats point of view and is kind of like his biography.

My favourate part must be the ending when Louis comes back to Lestat after reading Lestats book and understanding Lestat was like he was.

5-0 out of 5 stars Majestically Frightening
This is one of Anne Rice's best works. The Vampire Lestat, using the same character carried over from 'Interview With The Vampire,' tells the tale of his life, and it's a great one. Lestat is pretty much the main focal character in the Vampire Chronicles, and you get to know the 'guy' quite well. Lestat, I think, is the most entertaining book because of its wide range of storytelling. Told in first person and beginning with Lestat's younger, mortal, days, the story takes us through his transformation of a young man to a powerful member of the undead, and how he learns to use his powers to his advantage. He even deals with the tale of 'Interview' as a book that was published and how he reacts to Louis' telling of the story. Absolutely fabulous work!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wowie Zowie
Oh My God!!! This is the best vampire book that I have ever read. Anne Rice describes everything magnificently. If you want a great read this is the book you need. Also, try reading the book Blood and Chocolate, that book is also wonderful. ... Read more


23. Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter (Paperback))
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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Asin: 0515134481
Catlog: Book (1995-05-01)
Publisher: Jove Books
Sales Rank: 13978
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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In Circus of the Damned-now in hardcover for the first time-a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war. Jean-Claude, the Master Vamp of the city, wants her for his own-but his enemies have other plans. And to make matters worse, Anita takes a hit to the heart when she meets a stunningly handsome junior high science teacher named Richard Zeeman. They're two humans caught in the crossfire. Or so Anita thinks... ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake is a marked Vampire Hunter/Animator/Necromancer
After her great success in "The Laughing Corpse," one of the finest horror novels I have ever read, Laurell K. Hamilton tries to reach the same heights again in "Circus of the Damned," the third volume in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. For the first time the focus is primarily on the vampires, although Anita's job as an Animator has always been more accurate a description than Vampire Hunter. Once again she is the target of every character in the novel: Jean-Claude the Master Vampire of St. Louis wants to put his final two marks on Anita to make her his human servant, but so does Alejandro, an even older vampire who wants to take Jean-Claude's spot. On top of that there are two other master vampires in town this time around: Yasmeen, who simply wants to rip Anita's heart out, and Oliver, who wants to slaughter humans so that this nonsense about vampires having legal rights will come to an end. Meanwhile, over on the human side of the equation, the leaders of Humans First want to take out Anita for not helping them slay the Master, Edward is back wanting the name from Anita so he can do the same thing, Dolph wants her help in tracking down a pack of vampires that are killing humans, Bert wants her to train Larry Kinkaid the college student turned animator, and just to make things really interesting, Richard, the middle-school teacher who hangs out with Jean-Claude at the Circus of the Damned, wants to go out on a date with Anita where they spend the day spelunking.

While we do find out a bit more about Anita's discovery that she is a necromancer and the issue of her being the human servant of a vampire is finally (?) resolved, the conclusion of "Circus of the Damned" is a bit too reminiscent of the climax of the previous Anita Blake novel. However, Hamilton scores points by continuing the exploring the "real world" implications of her America where vampires have legal rights and the characterization of Anita Blake continues to develop nicely. There is plenty of action and the book is not as gory as its predecessor, but is still one of those "may be too intent for younger children" type reads. Do not come here expecting Buffy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vampire? Werewolf? How DOES a girl choose?
In this third book of the series, Anita Blake is getting stronger as a woman/character. In Circus we see tons of action concerning a giant cobra, a rogue vamp named Alejandro who wants Anita for all the wrong reasons, and of course Jean-Claude who is STILL trying to get her into his bed but at the very least he wants her as his human servant. Anita finds herself, and her "friend" Edward, in a battle for thier lifes, in this book, along with a few new vamps and weres. Will she live? Well now.. thats a silly question! We are talking about Anita here!!

Oh.. Did I mention Richard? Hes the new man in Anitas life. She thinks hes human at first but then the jealous Jean-Claude spills the beans about him being the runner up for Ulfric, King of the Werewolfs, in the city. And we cant forget Larry. Hes Anitas new "sidekick" and she is teaching him the ropes but he is kindof nervous about all the killing and zombie stuff that takes place around Anita. We shall see! :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Will the real Master of the City please stand up?
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Zombie Queen, Necromancer, really didn't love Jean-Claude. At least, that's what she kept telling herself. But soon Jean-Claude is not the only vampire trying to make her his servant. There seems to be a bunch of Master Vampires and they ALL want to become Master of the City. To do that they have to find and kill Jean-Claude. Which means they need Anita to tell them where he is, whether she wants to or not!
The undead battle is about to begin, with vampires, werewolves and even an immortal tossed in for the fun of it. Add Edward (and his lovely flamethrower) and you have the fight of the century. Winner take all. The only problem Anita has with all this is she seems to be First Prize.
Lets get ready to rumble!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another action-packed tour de force from Ms. Hamilton!
I've become addicted to this series! Laurell K. Hamilton knows how to keep you turning the pages all the way to its staggering conclusion. Circus of the Damned is the third part of the Anita Blake series and the best one thus far. A pack of vampires has murdered several people. Anita has to figure out who is in charge of the crimes. What ensues is a battle between various vampire masters who want to replace Jean-Claude as the Master of the City, and Anita is right in the middle of said battle. Jean-Claude and Alejandro want her as a human servant. She has to choose between the two -- something she isn't prepared to do...

Circus of the Damned, like the first two novels, is action-packed from beginning to end. Hamilton does not allow any breathing room between the horror scenes. Her novels are riveting and suspenseful from beginning to end. What I like most about this novel is the progress, however small, between Anita and Jean-Claude. Anita has reluctantly caved to Jean-Claude's charms a bit. I love Jean-Claude! He is a great character -- mysterious, complex, sensual. The reader also gets a glimpse of erotica in this offering. The building of tension is second to none. The action, horror and suspense aspects are better than ever. I recommend this series and I cannot wait to start on the next one.

5-0 out of 5 stars The one that got me hooked
Looking back many years ago to when I was reading this book for the first time, I think this is the one that got me hooked. This is partly because of the love triangle that is introduced and partly because this is where the series hits it's stride. This installment, more than any other, has the perfect blend of romance and plot. This is one of my favorites in the series and after four or five rereads it's still highly enjoyable. ... Read more


24. The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter (Paperback))
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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Asin: 0515134449
Catlog: Book (1994-09-01)
Publisher: Jove Books
Sales Rank: 8251
Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
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Now available in hardcover for the first time, The Laughing Corpse takes readers back to a time when Anita's life was a bit less complicated. As the best Animator in the business-she's as good at raising the dead as she is at slaying the undead-she crosses paths with a creature from beyond the grave, a super-powerful zombie who is tearing a swath of murder through the city. And she discovers that there are some secrets better left buried-and some people better left dead. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Vampires and zombies and voodoo priests... Oh my!
Anita Blake is quite a busy girl in this second installment of the series. Gaynor, a sadistic millionaire, has offered Anita a million dollars to raise a very old corpse. Anita is an expert in raising the dead, but there's a catch in this particular request. Human sacrifice is required in order to raise the three-hundred-year-old corpse -- something Anita isn't prepared to do. However, Gaynor won't take no for an answer. To make matters worse, a powerful zombie has killed various families and Anita has sought out help from one of the most powerful and evil voodoo priestesses she's ever met. It is up to Anita to find the monster and the person who had raised it.

The Laughing Corpse is action-packed and suspenseful from beginning to end. Just when you think Anita is out of the woods something else comes along. This novel is as entertaining and riveting as Guilty Pleasures. There is a lot of gore and gruesome descriptions in this one, but said descriptions aren't gratuitous -- except for the police murdered scenes involving slaughtered children. That was a bit too much. I also wish that Jean-Claude had been in more scenes. He is one sexy vampire! I look forward to reading the third installment with gusto. I can see why so many people swear by this series. It's as addicting as chocolate! Highly recommended...

3-0 out of 5 stars Quality Down from GP, Still an Okay Junk Food Read
The Anita Blake series is not deep and subtly crafted. I have no urge to immediately give a second reading to pick up all the nuances and depths I missed the first time through because one can catch everything on one reading. They're good fun, but not *great* reading.

The book can stand alone, but since you're here at a book store, pick up 'Guilty Pleasures' to make everything crystal clear. Also because it's a better book and you might as well see Hamilton at her best to carry you through lesser volumes. The Laughing Corpse is a different book, yes, but the writing quality has dropped as well on objective levels.

This is not a vampire book. Those from GP appear almost as cameos, more to set up future books and to keep them in mind than to further this story. Other characters could have been used for their functions, but it was nice to see the fang gang again. This story concentrates on Anita's abilities as an animator, raising the dead, dealing with zombies, and some of the implications of that power she has been staving off.

Technical writing flaws have been allowed to creep in: comma splices, using the same word "gleaming" three times in ten lines, little distracting teeth-grinders that I still remember the next morning.

More importantly, this volume uses gratuitous gore as sheer padding. The gross-out contest shows the characters involved as immature, unprofessional, and disrespectful of murdered women and children. Is this really what Hamilton wants us to think of Anita and the RPIT crew? The tremendously detailed crime scenes this time around, as opposed to those in GP, make me think someone gave the author a copy of 'All the Gooey Gunk Inside' and, when she found herself 15,000 words short of a novel she used it to pad things out. It's okay in the first murder scene to set up the horror, but elsewhere it's a weary drag on the story's pace. I wound up skimming it in boredom. She should have used another Jean-Claude scene and moved things along on that line, at least, rather than just marking time.

Also, I was persistently thrown off by the long-term voodoo queen of the Midwest being Mexican, and the whole business being treated as if primarily a Mexican religion. Voudoun comes out of francophone Haiti. I would expect Santeria or Spiritism out of an Hispanic community. Read 'The Magic Island' and 'The Serpent and the Rainbow' for some NF on voudoun.

At least a bit more of the story world background is explained, like why vampire criminals are executed in the field rather than any attempts being made at trial and incarceration. Her timeline is off here, though. Vampires have only been legalized two years, Anita has been the Executioner for two years, yet the executioners are said to exist in response to something that happened within that two years. Sloppy, but that's sort of the motif for this volume.

If GP was a bag of Oreos, this was generic chocolate sandwich cookies. Okay for a snack attack, but it could have been better.

1-0 out of 5 stars Indeed the Laughing Corpse!
This book sucked. I think that Laurell K. Hamilton is the worst author yet. The book was boooooring. It only had like 4 scenes, and one scene lasted 30 pages. It was ridiculous. I could hardly keep my eyes open. For an animator, Anita is really stupid, she doesn't explore any of her powers. All she does is get smart with everybody she not supposed to get smart with, and by mistake discovers more powers. She repeats the same phrases over and over again till you wanna reach through the book and slap her. The scenes with Jean Claude are unoriginal. All they do is repeat the same thing. Anita - I'm not your servant. Jean Claude - yes you are. NO I'M NOT, YES YOU ARE, NO I'M NOT, YES YOU ARE. No dialog at all. Her friends lack personality, she has no back bone at all and a stupid sense of humor. The only action is at the end, but you won't make it past the boring scenes! The cop, Dolph, is just as bland as she is. Don't expect any action to come from there. Dominga Salvador is the only interesting person in the book. I say, if you want a good suspense/mystery, go to the book store and get J. D. Robb's In Death series. I guarantee, you will not have to read about Eve Dallas finding outfits with penguins on them in which to conceal her weapon.

4-0 out of 5 stars not that good after readin Guilty pleasures but still ok
The Laughing Corpse was ok but after reading Guilty Pleasures it kinda let you down. you still get to read about Anita and Jean-Claude (whom i think is great). this book was not as good becuause all she does is kill a zombie that was raised and was killing people...other than that there is a little more to keep the plot going. i would still read it because it is crucial to the series and though there isn't as much desired from it you still need to read it and it is ok.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of Anita Blake!
Animator and vampire hunter Anita Blake is back. And everyone wants a piece of her. Master vampire Jean-Claude wants her for his own. Millionaire Harold Gaynor threatens her life unless she agrees to raise a three-hundred-year-old corpse from the grave. The catch? Only a human sacrifice will raise a zombie that old. Voodoo priestess Dominga Salvador wants her to go in to business with her, raising zombies with souls. Is nothing sacred? Necromancer John Burke wants her to help him find his brother's murderer. However, he's a murder suspect himself. To make matters worse, a killer zombie is on a rampage, murdering and eating whole families. It's just an ordinary day for the Executioner.

THE LAUGHING CORPSE is the second novel in the Anita Blake series. The action is nonstop. The humor is sharp as a wooden stake. The vampires are (...). The romance is as hot as a date in Hell. And Anita is the girl of my dreams. My next date with her is in CIRCUS OF THE DAMNED. Can't wait! ... Read more


25. Merrick (Vampire/Witches Chronicles)
by ANNE RICE
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-02)
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In this mesmerizing new novel, Anne Rice demonstrates once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of myth and magic, as she weaves together two of her most compelling worlds? those of the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair witches.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Whoo-Hooo Witchy Woman!
Merrick is the story of a young woman of color who belongs to the infamous Mayfair family and, although far removed from the so-called "white Mayfairs," is quite the witch in her own right. I enjoyed reading this book because it brought together many of the characters from Rice's previous vampire novels, such as Louis, Lestat, David, and Claudia. For someone who is not an Anne Rice fan, you will definitely want to read some of her previous books before reading this one. If you don't, you may be a little confused. For those of us who are Rice fans and have read many of her books, it's like old home week when you open the pages of this book. The basic plot of the story is that Louis is feeling sorry for himself and pining for his vampire companion of old, Claudia. In an attempt to make Louis happy, David contacts his ex-lover and old friend Merrick, a very powerful Voodoo witch, to ask if she will conjure up the spirit of Claudia for Louis to see one last time. To find out what happens from there, you must read the book, because I will not give away the rest of the story! The story does not encompass a very lengthy period of time; however, the story is told in flashbacks by David, and these flashbacks tell the story of who Merrick is and how she came to be associated with David and the Talamasca starting in her childhood and ending in the present time. While this book is not quite as lavish in its language and descriptions as some her previous novels, Anne Rice nevertheless does a fine job with this story. I would recommend it to all!

2-0 out of 5 stars Expected More and Got Even Less
I'm going to be honest. I couldn't wait for this book to come out. I have been a huge fan of Anne Rice's for a long time. I have read and enjoyed most everything she has ever written as Anne Rice. The Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches are two of my favorite fantasy series. I was beyond estatic to see what would happen when Anne Rice combined these two series in one novel. Keep in mind too that I found "Blood and Gold", the novel released the year before this one, to be a HUGE disappointment.

But, I hadn't lost faith in Rice yet, so I shelled out the money for this book. Trust me its not worth it. The beginning and the end are the only things this books has going for it. And it would be a waste of money to buy this book for only two chapters. The middle is muddled and beyond boring, you learn nothing new about the characters, and less about Merrick herself. I don't recommend this book to anyone no matter how big of a fan you are of Rice and the Vampire or Mayfair series.

I rated gave this book two stars because the first and last chapters really are very good so they each got a star. Don't waste your money buying it for yourself. Ask me and I will be happy to tell you what happens.

1-0 out of 5 stars One of Ann Rice's Worst books
This book was actually worse than Memnoch or Body Thief(which I hated both). Although not the worst book of hers that I have had the misfortune of reading and yes at one time she was one of my favorite authors. My advise avoid this book. It was so badly done that I never want to read another one of her books again. Read the first three books in the series and Pandora. They are actually worth it. The rest are not very good.

2-0 out of 5 stars Witchy woman
Anne Rice tries to meld her two most popular series in "Merrick," where the Mayfair Witches and the seductive vampires collide. Unfortunately, with a limp title character and a meandering, weird plot, "Merrick" is most noteworthy for its unrealized potential and what it could have been, if Rice had cultivated it.

David Talbot encounters his protege/semi-lover Merrick Mayfair, an octaroon witch who now works for the Talamasca. He has an odd request for her: Louis de Point du Lac, a tormented vampire, wants to call up the spirit of the child vampire Claudia, so he can be reassured of her fate. And he needs Merrick's help to do so, since she has the ability to call up and control the dead with her voodoo magic.

David reflects on his first encounters with Merrick, her trips into the jungle in search of mystery artifacts, and the malevolent spirit of her dead sister Honey in the Sunshine. Now those artifacts may help her raise up Claudia's spirit, and might give Honey's spirit a way back into the world as well. But when Claudia is brought forth to speak with Louis, what she has to say may destroy him...

"Merrick" was advertised as the spot where the Mayfair and Vampire Chronicles converged, but that's kind of misleading. Except for some mentions of Julian Mayfair, there's only a vague connection with the "white Mayfairs." It's mostly vampires and more vampires, with only the Talamasca (a sort of supernatural FBI) as a connecting point.

As always, Rice's writing is lush and brimming over with steamy New Orleans atmosphere. But she could use some editing. There are constant references to Merrick getting snockered on rum, her breasts, her clothes, David lusting after her, Louis burbling about how he loves her, and so on. And Rice seems to lose her way in the final chapters, as if she wasn't entirely sure how to wrap up what she had started.

The biggest flaw of the book is Merrick herself. She's certainly an intriguing character, a beautiful witch who wants to be a vampire, and isn't afraid to bend the men (and vampires) around her fingers to get what she wants. But she doesn't seem to have any flaws, motives, or recognizable emotions. We get no insights at all to what she's thinking. Louis is a rather ineffectual presence, and David is basically there to lust after Merrick. But Lestat's brief appearance toward the end sets the pages on fire.

While "Merrick" is overflowing with promise, hardly any of that promise is actually used. Beautifully written but poorly characterized, "Merrick" tries to cast a spell but doesn't succeed.

1-0 out of 5 stars What Happened?
In the TV industry when a show is going down hill they refer to it as "Jumping the Shark" after the Happy Days episode where Fonzie jumped over a shark on waterskis.

The Vampire Chronicals jumped the shark in "Memnoch" but drowned in "Merrick"
This book is a voodoo spell gone horibly horibly wrong.

Not only does David, one of the dullest most annoying vamps, have the stage, but he introduces the most two demetional character in the Chronicals (up to ths point anyway).
What little personality Merrick has is irratating and selfish.
This little witch has no good side. She has none of Lestat's humor, none of Louis ingraine humanity, none of Armand's dark charisima.
This would have been bad enough, after all we suffered though Dora, Bengi, and Sybil. But two of our most beloved possesors of the Dark Gift, are warped.
Louis loses everything we love about him, and Lestat loses his fangs.

This book IMHO sounds the death toll for the VC. I couldn't get past the second chapter of "Blood and Gold" and I haven't had the heart to try the last two and see our Brat Prince so far from where he started.

Do yourself a favor, read up to "The Vampire Armand" and call it good. ... Read more


26. Blood and Gold (Rice, Anne, Vampire Chronicles.)
by ANNE RICE
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“RICE WRITES WITH HER USUAL EROTIC AND HISTORICALLY EVOCATIVE FLAIR.”
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Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, Marius is kidnapped and forced into that dark realm of blood, where he is made a protector of the Queen and King of the vampires–in whom the core of the supernatural race resides. Through his eyes we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine, the horrific sack of the Eternal City at the hands of the Visigoths, and the vile aftermath of the Black Death. Ultimately restored by the beauty of the Renaissance, Marius becomes a painter, living dangerously yet happily among mortals, and giving his heart to the great master Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand. But it is in the present day, deep in the jungle, when Marius will meet his fate seeking justice from the oldest vampires in the world. . . .
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but still nothing close to the first 5
If you enjoyed other Vampire Chronicles books then this one will certainly interest you. While this book is an interesting read, this book has some flaws which makes it much less than the first five VC books.
1) Marius as a character is much less interesting than Lestat. Lestat gave his books a sense of humor, youth and adventure which the older Marius (a Roman Senator) lacks. This problem is a recurring one in Rice's new Vampire Books in that the absence of Lestat is acutely felt.
2) Due to the subject matter, Rice had to summarize the first 5 books and this is irritating to the constant reader as well as confusing to the new one.
3) The story begins with a vampire called Thorne in our current time who awakes from a long sleep to decide to return to the world and meets Marius who entertains him with his life story. The story that occurs in the current time with Thorne, Marius and Maharet is separate from Marius' history though and occurs in the first two and the last couple of chapters. This second story is pretty poorly written and Thorne's personality especially makes no sense

That said there are still some very enjoyable parts in middle of the story which is it's best part. Rice takes us through the Decline of Rome, the Rise of Costantinople and the Renaissance periods in a breathtaking way. She as always is a great illustrator of history and is able to give you a true sense of these enchanting periods. The portion of the novel dealing with Mael, Avicus, Euxodia and Zenobia is definitely the most enjoyable in the whole book.

I would recommend reading this book for the constant reader, the new though should probably start with the first five as they are much better.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most beautifully written Anne Rice Novel I ever read
This was one of the best books I have ever read. I couldn't put it down so I finished this book in less than two days. For those of you that think it is boring, you are fools. Yes it may tread over some of the same grounds that were in previous books, but it gives a wonderful, fresh perspective on it. Remember in The Vampire Armand when he mentioned he might have seen Bianca as a vampire, here you find out why! You find out why Marius is such a bitter creature and why the beings he created are in such (I guess for lack of a better word) miserable state. You find out the depth of feeling Marius has and how immortality has really affected him, he admits how it is not what he thought it would be, it puts a spin on the things that he told Lestat. For the people who thought this would be a continuation from the ending of Merrick, I will remind you that if you are a huge fan of Anne Rice, you realize that only the first five books actually go in chronological order, the rest are books that take place here and there from the time of Memnoch the Devil. If it helps, the way I have figured out the books go after Memnoch is Pandora, Vampire Armand, Blood and Gold and then Merrick, but all those books are independent enough that they do not have to be read in order. So if you are looking for order in the books after Memnoch, forget it unless you are willing to put a lot of time into figuring out where things happen in the books and what is a continuation from the previous books you just read. Instead enjoy this book for the masterpiece it is. I for one, believed that Marius having his own book was long overdue, and I am glad he finally got to tell his tale. And for those that don't like rehashing, a lot of Vampire Lestat rehashes Interview with the Vampire and the last and first few chapters of Pandora and Armand rehash what has happened to Lestat since Memnoch the Devil. It is all the telling of the same tale from different perspectives. It is the telling of how all these beings are trapped together in the web of immortality. I think that that is what makes the Vampire Chronicles great.

3-0 out of 5 stars Been There, Done That
I was torn between giving this book a 3 or a 4 star rating. I enjoyed it, of that there is no doubt. I do love Anne Rice, and her work rarely fails to impress. Marius is also one of my favorite vampires.

However, there are some issues I have with this book.

Marius' story, in part, is Armand's story told from a different point of view, which makes for a redundancy that after reading Armand's story, seems a little boring to me.

Other than a single Bianca sighting centuries later by Armand, we never know what becomes of her. She was one of the most important characters in this book, and in fact, without her, Marius might not have escaped his villa. Yet, she is not important enough for Rice to have told us a little more. At the time that I read this, I imagined that we would get the rest of the story in one of the other books, but alas, we know nothing of the troubled Bianca's fate, and barely get to venture a guess. If this loose end is meant to be this way, then it was not done in a way that intrigues, but rather, it frustrates.

I gave the book three stars because Rice could have done better, despite the fact that this is a very entertaining book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and enrapturing
Oh god, this book was beautiful. Even if it wasnt Rice's best work, it was her most beautiful. Marius is so exquisite in his love, his life, and his isolation. The loving but evident painful quarrelling of him and his love Pandora; his hate for his companion and accomplice to making him, along with his love for Mael's lifelong friend Avicus was a perfect paradox and rising contradiction, and the addition of Zenobia from the ashes of the wretched Eudoxia was specifically beautiful. Although Rice seemed to cut corners, using "long sleeps" to attain a time that she wished to get to, i was relieved when the book finally reached the Renaissance, and Marius' intense and forbidden loves for the courtesan Bianca and his apprentice Amadeo. I will mention no more, but i will say that the book is gorgeously written, and you feel your emotions rising and falling with that of Marius.

The main reason this book only got 4 stars: the random use of the "Mind Gift" "Cloud Gift" and all of that when it had never been used before urked me. Also, there is never any conclusion to what happened to the strong Avicus, Zenobia, and Bianca. They were all strong, and it was never known whether Akasha destroyed them or if they just dissappeared. You would think that Rice would have given us closure on that fact, but no. For those two reasons, i had to dock her 1 star, but still it was one of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching books i have ever read, and i really do adore it. Nice work Anne Rice!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Haven't we heard most of this before?
This novel is about Marius, my favourite vampire. Although I have quite a few problems with this book, it was still okay to read.

The problems were these:
1) most of the story line has already been told in the previous books;

2) I'm tired of all the vampires loving all the humans and always crying at the slightest provocation. They are becoming a bit too wimpy for me. Marius most often alternated between being sad and being shocked (is that the limit on vampire's emotions?)

What was also very irritating was the mention of other stories (previously untold) that Marius says that happened to him but he is not allowed to talk about them by the author. Instead, Anne Rice rehashes old plots. A bit boring.

Another irritating thing was the fact that after introducing a new and interesting vampire Thor (to whom Marius tells his story) she hardly gives us any insight into him. Not only that, but because we don't know much about Thor, the ending of the book makes no sense whatsoever, since it involves him and his history with his maker, the ancient vampire Maharet.

To sum up, a bit disappointing but okay. I say okay because I'm a big fan of Anne Rice (so I can take a lot of maudlin stuff from her), however, a casual reader would probably be irritated by this book. ... Read more


27. The Vampire Armand : The Vampire Chronicles (Rice, Anne, Vampire Chronicles)
by ANNE RICE
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In The Vampire Armand, Anne Rice returns to her indomitable Vampire Chronicles and recaptures the gothic horror and delight she first explored in her classic tale Interview with the Vampire (in which Armand, played by Antonio Banderas in the filmversion, made his first appearance as director of the Théâtre des Vampires).

The story begins in the aftermath of Memnoch the Devil. Vampires from all over the globe have gathered around Lestat, who lies prostrate on the floor of a cathedral. Dead? In a coma? As Armand reflects on Lestat's condition, he is drawn by David Talbot to tell the story of his own life. The narrative abruptly rushes back to 15th-century Constantinople, and the Armand of the present recounts the fragmented memories of his childhood abduction from Kiev. Eventually, he is sold to a Venetian artist (and vampire), Marius. Rice revels in descriptions of the sensual relationship between the young and still-mortal Armand and his vampiric mentor. But when Armand is finally transformed, the tone of the book dramatically shifts. Raw and sexually explicit scenes are displaced by Armand's introspective quest for a union of his Russian Orthodox childhood, his hedonistic life with Marius, and his newly acquired immortality. These final chapters remind one of the archetypal significance of Rice's vampires; at their best, Armand, Lestat, and Marius offer keen insights into the most human of concerns.

The Vampire Armand is richly intertextual; readers will relish the retelling of critical events from Lestat and Louis's narratives. Nevertheless, the novel is very much Armand's own tragic tale. Rice deftly integrates the necessary back-story for new readers to enter her epic series, and the introduction of a few new voices adds a fresh perspective--and the promise of provocative future installments. --Patrick O'Kelley ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Suprising....
compared to the work that Anne's done recently. Memnoch and Pandora were, I think we'll all agree, mistakes. Servent of the Bones was marginally better. Violin....Violin was so awful that I couldn't force myself to finish it. And I LOVE Rice. But Armand...Armand was probably the best thing she's published since Body Thief. Maybe not quite as good as Body Thief, but up there...Armand was a little self-indulgent for my tastes and I think Rice has gotten a little tied up in the "let's live out my fantasies" phase. Interview and Vampire Lestat seemed to have a real passionate fire to them, like she didn't want to write them but she was driven to...her more recent books have been lacking this. I don't know, we'll see what happens with her next book. I'd have to say that if you're just getting interested in Rice now, read Vamp. Lestat, Cry to Heaven, Feast of All Saints, or The Witching Hour.....or Interview, for that matter.

Someone in another review mentioned that Armand seemed to do things that were completely out of character for him....that was the problem I was trying to work out in my head while I read it. That was probably the most disappointing aspect of the book, the distinctly un-Armand behaviors. Still, like I said, it's better than the other recent books Rice has written. Maybe she's got her touch back.

4-0 out of 5 stars It was a well worth read
Another story in the Vampire Chronicles series, The Vampire Armand tells the story of the memorable and striking figure of Armand. The previous installment in the Vampire Chronicles, David Talbot, philosopher of the undead and vampire himself, persuades Armand to tell his epic story. Armand struggles with whether or not to tell. It spans Armand's early and incomplete childhood memories of Kiev to being kidnapped and sold in Istanbul as a slave to Marius to Venice, Paris, and North America. Marius, himself ancient, educates Armand and his other young slaves in philosophy, law, history, and arranges for their sexual education. Anne Rice writes these scenes well, very descriptive. By this time, Marius and Armand have become more than master and slave or teacher and pupil. Armand is now a vampire; Marius having made him after a powerful sword fight fatally wounds the young redheaded hero. Enter the bad guys, a group of vampires who destroy other vampires for God. They damn Marius and vampires like him that live among mortals and love mortals and pass themselves as mortals. One night they destroy Marius' paintings (he is an artist in Venice), burn him and take Armand prisoner. The irony in Armand's imprisonment comes from the tension of his Russian Orthodox beliefs (he is deeply religious, actually in love with God, and prone to visions). His captors are truly evil, converting him to their beliefs. After much torture and resistance, he finally concedes to their ways and is trained to become one of their leaders. (This is where he entered in Interview With the Vampire, as coven master to the bad vampires who lived in the Theater of the Vampires in Paris.) While this novel is about Armand's struggles to integrate the Orthodox beliefs of his mortal life with his new life as an immortal, the story goes back to review previous narratives of Lestat and Louis. It gives a brief run-down of the whereabouts and doings of the other living vampires, and takes up where things left off in Memnoch the Devil. And as always, Rice's historical descriptions are vivid, enticing, and grab the imagination. I have mixed feelings about this book, as it seems that with this story the Vampire Chronicles have taken a turn toward soap opera. What's next in the Chronicles? I don't know, but I would like to see less melodrama, and I would like to see the next tale written from the perspective of Marius or Gabrielle (Lestat's mother). All in all it is a very well written book and does move evenly with the other stories even though it can be rather over dramatic at times. Shaena H.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Utterly Gorgeous Novel..
I read this and this is one of the very few books that has ever made me cry. I have come to feel for Armand as much as I do any of the other characters in this series. I think out of all of them, he's had it the hardest.

Overall, this is a gorgeous book. The descriptions are amazing, as if you are right in the heart of Venice. The love affair between Armand and Marius was beautiful and hearttrending as well.

A beautiful read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Where Ego needs her editor
I have always been a huge Anne Rice fan, but The Vampire Armand has convinced me that she needs the guidance of an editor. It's no small coincidence that her finest book is the one that employed the additional eye of an editor. There has, at least in my opinion, been a gradual decline in the quality of the books since Interview with the Vampire. Her ego is impeeding her work. A writer is not an editor. Love of their work will not give them the impartial view necessary to remove or modify those parts that just don't work. That's the problem with The Vampire Armand. Large parts of it just don't work. There's also a nagging tendency for the book to repeat itself over and over again. A very poor outing in my opinion.

2-0 out of 5 stars Boring and I am not that open minded...
Well,

I loved Interview with a vampire, vampire Lestat, queen of the damned, the tale of the body thief and Memnoch the Devil. Some reviewers felt that after the tale of the body thief Anne Rice started to lose her touch. I disagree, I believe all those books I mentioned were excellent. However, I couldn't finish the disgusting crap of a book "Vampire Armand". It was soooo boring. I actually enjoyed when Anne Rice would get into her historical lessons in previous books, so its not because this book was over discriptive that I hated it.

Where do I start?
Well I was pleasantly suprised that Armand was actually Ukrainian and was stolen into slavery from somewhere around Kiev. (me being born in Ukraine and having one of the character's in great Anne Rice's books was very pleasant, plus this was true historically that kids and women were stolen into slavery from ukraine at some point)
I always kinda closed my eyes and didn't mind to the homosexuality or bisexuality in her previous books. I think I am an opened minded person and I felt that this is a woman writing perhaps thats why she admires a man as a sexual objext to that extent. I still felt that the story and the characters were amazing in her previous material. This book was not only boring (story), but also very gay. As dumb as I may sound saying that:(. It sounded like a gay man's fantasy, although I wouldn't know what a typical gay male feels, so I am sorry if I offend anyone by saying this(I would think though its a pretty bad fantasy for anyone, whether you are gay or not). Perhaps I am being shallow and stereotyping. I just couldn't read about the sexual relationship of a young thin fragile boy and an older man. Besides that I was ok with reading about Lestat's attraction to David in previous books. I thought it was extremely boring and not to mention disgusting at times.
Considering that Armand was one of my favorite characters to begin with, I was looking forward to this book. Unfortunately I couldn't finish it. Getting through the nasty parts would be ok if the story was good. Unfortunately the story was boring and Armand a disapoitment as a character.

I do not recommend this book at all. Although it seems that a lot of people liked, so I suggest reading some other reviews. I am giving it 2 stars only because it still resembles Anne Rice and I didn't care about the overuse of the word velvet lol ... Read more


28. Interview with the Vampire
by ANNE RICE
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5-0 out of 5 stars What a book
"Interview With the Vampire" is one of the most creative stories that I've ever read. The idea of the interview in the first place is cool, and the story that Louis (the vampire) tells is very gripping. It starts out in the late 18th century when he is introduced into the world of darkness by the vampire Lestat, a wicked being who gets twisted kicks out of killing mortals. The two live together, hunting for blood, Lestat from humans, Louis (who cannot quite bring himself to kill a person) from animals. Then, Louis comes across a young girl named Claudia whose mother was killed by the plague. Louis and Lestat make her into a vampire to become their immortal daughter, and the book only gets better after this. There is a good deal of suspense, and Anne Rice writes the book beautifully. If you like dark, twisted horror, then this and its sequels are the books to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars The new classic vampire novel
Hey. This is my second review for Amazon, and I've decided to review this book. Like many people, I first read this, and the other novels that make up The Vampire Chronicles, back when the movie came out. And like many movies made from books, the book is the superior of the two. Who among us, reading this book, has not thought about what it would be like to become a vampire, living forever and stalking the night? This book does a great job of balancing the power of the vampire with the inate sadness of being cursed never to see the light of day. But you don't need me to tell you this. If you're at all like me, you browse this site to read what other people thought about books, music, or movies that you love. If, however, you're reading these reviews trying to decide what to buy, I hope you'll take my advice. This is a great novel, and you won't be disappointed if you get it. And if you enjoy this one, look for the rest of the series, as they fill in some of the questions you might have after reading this. Later.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interview with the Vampire
Interview with the vampire by Anne Rice tells the story of the life of a vampire from the point of him becoming a vampire until the present time of the telling of the story itself. The entire book is in the form of an interview between the vampire Louis and a young man whoes name is not given.

I found this book verry enjoyable, the descriptians and languge this author uses are fantastic and make you want to read more and more. I was worried that the story being told in first person would grow old but I found myself forgetting all about the style in wich the novel was written in and rather becoming completley drawn into the story itself. Definatley worth the read, oh and yes it is much better than the movie, which I also enjoyed greatly.

5-0 out of 5 stars It Rocks
I think this book is amazing.

While vampires have been written about before, I don't think anyone ever did it quite as well as Anne rice did in her very first novel "Interview with the Vampire". She planned out all of their powers and limitations and put her star character, Louis, in loads of interesting situations.

This book is very romanticized, and the style of writing makes you feel like you are actually living in the time period that Louis talks about.

This type of book is great for people who fall in love with characters. However, if you don't care for long winded books, Anne Rice really isn't the writer for you.

But I think she's brilliant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enthralling
This is the best vampire story of our time. Rice has an amazing gift for conveying emotion and writing dialogue. What makes this book so special is that it's about vampires, but also it's the story of the U.S. told from a unique point of view. This is true literature, and most definitely worth a read. ... Read more


29. Tale Of The Thunderbolt (Vampire Earth, No 3)
by E.E. KNIGHT
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As the Resistance attempts to overthrow their vampiric alien masters, elite Cat force member David Valentine embarks on a terrifying journey in search of a long-lost weapon that will guarantee their victory-and the end of the Kurian Order's domination of Earth. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not up to par with the previous two
I could barely stand waiting for this next one in the series to come out.I so enjoyed the first two.The futuristic world created by Knight is entralling and even a bit scary.This book did not follow through on either one of those emotions.

Basically Valentine has spent a year on a secret mission as a Cat to secure a strong enough ship to obtain a secret weapon to fight the Kur.Somehow the knowledge of this "secret weapon" had only landed in the revolutionaries laps recently.The weapon is located in Haiti and Valintine doesn't even know what it is, only that the "contact" whom never saw him before in his life would recognize him and contact him.Strange?Well, it was.This was only one of many loose strings throughout the story.

What I missed most about Knights writing was the incredible development of characters and realtionships with these characters.I didn't see any this time.Valentine takes up a bit of a romance in Jamaca, but if I was suppose to feel sorry for him for having to move on, well, I really didn't even know this new character well enough to even care.

Overall, I still enjoy this series and plan to continue reading them.I'm hoping the next one, Valentine's Rising, will pick back up where the first two left off.

Happy reading!

5-0 out of 5 stars Enthralling !!!
While the precepts for this book are the same as the first two books, this book is totally different in style. He expands his future earth into the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast.The story is fairly unexpected and offers some hope for their future whereas the previous books end things fairly badly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
I don't understand a few of the mixed reviews this book has garnered. I found it the most compelling read of the three so far, with excellent character development and more edge-of-your-seat action. Certainly the main character ventures to a lot of places--but he's supposed to. This time he's on special assignment, and on a ship, nonetheless. Perhaps some consider the narrative choppy because Valentine visits many different locales during the adventure

I had a hard time putting the novel down. Once again Knight does an amazing job bringing the characters and setting to life. His action writing is top notch, and layered with tension. I don't know about the rest of you, but after the conclusion to 3 I cannot wait to lay hands on book 4!

4-0 out of 5 stars It is the middle of the serise...I should have known
This installment is at times choppy and lacks the
driving hard gripping narrative that the other two
books had.All of the elements are there but
something seems to be off.For example the premise
has always been that humanity was isolated and
scattered with few allies and fewer weapons.

While we get some of that at the end does anyone else
think it was rather fortunate that Valentine liberated
the entire island of Jamaca in less then a month
practically by himself?Who the heck is he is
superman?That is not what this series has been
about.

Also am I the only one who thought the super weapon
was stupid?I don't care what it does to the Reapers
it is still a stupid idea.

Overall-Look we all know that series tend to get
choppy around this time.Either Knight will improve
or his style of writing will just get worse.Read it
for continuities sake but don't expect what you got in
the first two books.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Trifecta for Knight
The Vampire Earth series continues in riveting fashion.Knight's strengths of characterization and world-building haven't lost a beat; this is the best of the novels so far.As a reader, you will come to truly believe in Knight's depiction of what a guerilla war in America against alien invaders might be like.

The action expands to a new setting, as heroic scout and resistance fighter David Valentine is on a secret mission in the Caribbean.This part of our planet is also controlled by the alien conquerors, though, so readers will be treated to more of what makes this series so entertaining.A plausible extra-terrestrial species with complex motives and fascinating infrastructure.

Knight's military and logistics detail are displayed with consummate skill yet again, as Valentine recruits help from various and surprising sources, in his attempts to locate a weapon which is rumored to be deadly to the aliens.One might think that descriptions of supply and troop movement would be dry material, but Knight seamlessly weaves it all together and never lets this detract from his exciting storyline.

I would start at the beginning of this series (Way of the Wolf), but if you can't find it or can't wait, there is a very handy glossary at the front of Tale of the Thunderbolt, which can be used as a nice synopsis of the previous plot.

Valentine is that rare breed of protagonist in speculative fiction.A genuine hero with flaws and conflicts.Your heart would have to be made of stone if you can't root for this guy.And for humanity in general.

Bring on the next installment!! ... Read more


30. The Tale of the Body Thief (Vampire Chronicles (Paperback))
by ANNE RICE
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It's been said that Vladimir Nabokov's best novels are the ones he wrote after starting a failed novel. Anne Rice wrote The Body Thief, the fourth thrilling episode of her Vampire Chronicles, right after she spent a long time poring over that most romantic of horror novels, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, to research a novel Rice abandoned about an artificial man. Perhaps as a result of Shelley's influence, The Body Thief is far more psychologically penetrating than its predecessors, with a laser-like focus on a single tormented soul. Oh, we meet some wild new characters, and Rice's toothsome vampire-hero Lestat zooms around the globe--as is his magical habit--from Miami to the Gobi desert, but he's in such despair that he trades his immortal body to a con man named Raglan James, who offers him in return two days of strictly mortal bliss.

Lestat has always had a faulty impulse-control valve, and it gets him in truly intriguing trouble this time. On the plus side, he gets to experience romance with a nun and orange juice--"thick like blood, but full of sweetness." But Lestat is horrified by an uncommon cold, and his toilet training proves traumatic. He's also got to catch Raglan James, who has no intention of giving up his dishonestly acquired new superpowered body.Lestat enlists the help of David Talbot, a mortal in the Talamasca, a secret society of immortal watchers described in Queen of the Damned.

The swapping of bodies and supernatural stories is choice, and there's even a moral: never give a bloodsucker an even break. --Tim Appelo ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Something different
Before I read this, I'd heard a lot of bad things about it, but I decided to try it anyways.

I loved it. It was something new and different, and kept me excited.

Once again, Lestat is the main character. He's getting tired of his immortality, so he decides to trade bodies with the Body Thief, Raglan James, for a few days. Lestat is so eager to be mortal again that he fails to see Raglan for what he really is: a clever, lying thief.

Lestat finally realizes how blessed he was to be immortal. As a mortal man, he gets very sick and almost dies (he's also haunted by Claudia, his dead vampire child, in his dreams).

With the help of his mortal friend David Talbot, Lestat attempts to get his immortal body back from Raglan.

The only thing that disappointed me was that it didn't have the same...feel...as the previous books. I seem to prefer the 1700's settings like there was in "Interview With the Vampire".

There is also a big part at the end, but I wouldn't want to spoil it for anybody. : )

5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoy, you should
Now, there are very clear words that will tell you whether you'll like it or not. Read the introduction it's all there. Simply, it's unlike the past three. Interview with the Vampire working well as an intro. The Vampire Lestat extending the vampire folklore with many facts. Queen of the Damned introduced us to many character, making it work to follow, still very great.
The new tale was much quicker, it wasn't such a heavy story to handle.
I read a review, mentioning that this book had sections that were boring. I don't agree. The only thing i could imagine being boring to a person was the religious talks between lestat and David, and I, an aetheist, was very into those parts, the beliefs were very interesting, based on christianity.
those parts really open way to Memnoch the Devil. It would be obsurd to read Memnoch without this tale.
Alot happens in this book, I went to merrick first and was completely angry i had missed so much so i didn't proceed until i continued with the order.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Dark Adventure In The Life of Lestat
I thought "Queen of the Damned" was a little boring, but I liked this next novel in the vampire chronicles. Good story. Especially the last part of this book was very suspenseful and fast-paced. Sophisticated readers will enjoy some intellectual dialogues in the story too. A keeper.

p.s. I much prefer Anne Rice's vampires to her witches and erotic fairytales.

David Rehak
author of "Love and Madness"

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good.
I actually really liekd this book, I dont know the exact reason why...but I did. Maybe it was because it was a lot different than the first three, and more modern. Or maybe because it was having a vampire go into a human body for the first time in a couple hundred years. Or maybe the small romance between Lestat and the nun. All of it was good and it all ended perfectly with David becoming a vampire in a...younger form.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
This book was definitely a little different from the previous three. But it was still charming in its own way. Lestat's experiences in the human body alone are worth reading it, I found them hilarious. If you are a Vampire Chronicles fan, and you read the first three books, read it, you won't be dissapointed. The only thing I didn't like was that homosexuality level went way up in this one. I didn't mind the innocent kisses between Lestat and Louis or Nikki in the previous books, but what is up with Lestat trying to get into David's pants while he is in a human body?! I think I could have done without that. Overall it was good though. ... Read more


31. Single White Vampire
by Lynsay Sands
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5-0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny
Coming from a fan of Christine Feehan and her Dark series I did not think I would like this book as much as I discovered that I did! Luc and Kate are by far two of my favorite character's that I have read in recent memory. The humor that Lynsay uses in this book is laugh out loud funny. Some of the situations that she has Luc and Kate get into were so amusing that I had to re-read the sections just to make sure I did not miss anything! Wait till you read about Kate's first day at Luc's house. It's a riot!
I have to say Ms. Sands sucked me into the lives of these to characters from the first page and kept me ingrossed until the last page. I was disappointed that it had to end! I hope she will continue with these great characters and the side characters that were introduced in this book because they are in a world that I would love to read about again.
If you are looking for lighthearted vampire tales then this is the book for you. If you are looking for something dark then just keep shopping. But I highly recommend you give this a read you may enjoy it as much as I did!

5-0 out of 5 stars Visit the conference from hell with Kate and Lucern
A funny vampire novel. Is that an oxymoron? Well, if it is, then this book has managed to pull it off. Its an enjoyable, funny and fast read. Lucern Argeneau is a reclusive best selling romance novelist who only writes "fact". He is also a 600 year old vampire who is most certainly not "undead" as Kate Leever, his editor, is about to find out.

Kate is sent to Toronto in Canada to get Lucern to agree to *any* publicity she can get out of him for her company. She finds a horrible, surly, unfriendly man hibernating in his house - what a girl to do in the face of such obstacles if she is to keep her job when she gets home? Kate is one stubborn woman and this is the story of how Lucern and Kate get to know and fall in love with the better sides of each others nature. It also handily sends up both the Vampire and Romance book genres along the way and doesn't take itself too seriously.

For a new, and very funny, take on vampires this is a worthwhile read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud Funny!
Lucern Argeneau is a four hundred year old vampire, trying to adapt to the 21st century. He has decided that to do so he will tell the "fiction" stories of his family, which once his editor sees them decided they are fantastic contemporary romances. To his surprise, they are a big success, so much so his editor, Kate C. Leever is trying to drag him to a romance convention to promote his books. Lucern is a very sexy and grumpy 30/400 year old, and he is determined NOT to go to a book convention. However, Kate is a whirlwind, an editor who is in need of a life and a good career move she not only shows up on his doorstep but she gets aid from his family to make him go. By the time Kate installs Lucern in the convention hotel; she is becoming concerned there is something very wrong with Lucern's health. She is shocked to find out the truth when she figures out his stories are not fiction. All the while you can see the 2 of them falling in love! This is part of a series but you can easily read them out of order.
As usual L. Sands makes me laugh out loud with her writings. I love the scene at the supermarket where he is almost to the point of stalking a woman through the store. Also when he is watching Monty Pyton for the first time is hysterical!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great read!!
After reading her first book in the series; Love Bites I had to run out the very next day and buy Single White Vampire. It was fantastic. Lynsay Sands gives us a look into the world of romance book writing and their writing conventions. A great series of books about not-quite your run of the mill vampires. I recomend this book and the others in the series to anyone who loves a good funny story or loves to read romance books with a twist.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hot damn! :-)
This was my first 'Vampire Romance' and it rocked! I read the whole thing in a day and I wanted more lol Lynsay's talent and wit is on each and every page.....keep 'em coming Lynsay! ... Read more


32. Complete Vampire Chronicles (Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the body Thief)
by ANNE RICE
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For the first time you can find all your favorite night-stalking, blood-guzzling undead--Lestat, Claudia, Louis, Akasha, Armand, and Memnoch--all in the same place at the same time.Here, collected in one box-set, are the four bestselling, original titles of Anne Rice's sprawling vampire series. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Starter set for someone not familiar with Anne Rice...
If you want to get all the details missed in the movie Interview with a Vampire or just find out what happened after it, this set is for you. If you saw the movie Queen of the Damned, PLEASE read the book. The story was changed for Hollywood so it doesn't follow the books. You'll be caught up in the characters lives from the moment Lestat is introduced. Lestat is the main character through most of the books but he's the most interesting of them all. Interview starts with the making of Louis. The next book tells the story of the Vampire that made Louis, Lestat. Queen tells you how it all started and almost ended for the whole world. The Body thief takes you on an adventure through Lestat's body and mind. Once you pick them up, you'll have a hard time putting them down because Anne Rice does a magnificent job setting the scene and making you see through the eyes of a demon. And yet, you envy them, you fear for them and eventually love them for the humans that they still want to be. If you appreciate a good story, pick up this set.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great series, however with declining quality
I've had plenty of time to read the Vampire Chronicle Series during a stay in hospital. I was quickly addicted to the Interview and swallowed the Vampire Lestat as nearly as fast and hungry. Whereas in the first book Anne Rice shows a lot of feeling in their characters (you really look into their soul and feelings), I got the impression that in the following books she more and more goes into a more superficial "story-telling" mode. Everything needs to be explained (where do we come from) and the story goes way back into history. In the "Queen" this becomes close to ridiculous with the story of old Egypt becoming a hot topic. Also, she introduces lots of additional characters that - in my opinion - do not serve the story and the plot. My appetite on each of the books in the collection decreased from book to book and maybe it is a Good Thing that there aren't more of them. I'd recommend the Interview very highly, the Vampire Lestat close to it, but the last two are but a shadow of the first ones.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vampiristic? No, Rather...
These stories making up The Vampire Chronicles are not about vampires, really, as one might first perceive. The main characters, and really all of them, are vampires, yes, but there is a much, much deeper essence to the stories. These books are not about vampires, but about understanding of life, love, loss, and survival of mind. If you want to look at it like this, you could say that these stories are about regular human life, human strugle and human passion. The only differences are that the stories are dragged out over hundreds of years, and they contain the understandings of generations and generations, and feelings and understandings are magnified by thousands to attain the grove of vampire characteristics.

5-0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars, really....
Interview With the Vampire is the only reason this set gets 4 and 1/2 stars... the other three books are outstanding! There is a reason that Lestat, not Louis, becomes the main character of the series. He is so much more enjoyable, and the writing style of the other three books is much more engaging. Still, Interview is not a bad book... it just can't live up to Lestat!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Anne Rice Collection of Stuff that Doesn't Suck.
Though not complete, add to it Pandora & the 1st half of Armand & THEN you have her "glory before the fall." Personally, if you like the ones I mentioned & don't like any I didn't mention, PLEASE take my advice & don't read her latter works...or the 2ed half of Armand. Like millions of others, you'll live to regret it.

These were the GOOD books that made me wish she'd never taken action against her fanfic writers. (they had better sequils) ... Read more


33. The Queen of the Damned (Vampire Chronicles (Paperback))
by ANNE RICE
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Did you ever wonder where all those mischievous vampires roaming the globe in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles came from? In this, the third book in the series, we find out. That raucous rock-star vampire Lestat interrupts the 6,000-year slumber of the mama of all bloodsuckers, Akasha, Queen of the Damned.

Akasha was once the queen of the Nile (she has a bit in common with the Egyptian goddess Isis), and it's unwise to rile her now that she's had 60 centuries of practice being undead. She is so peeved about male violence that she might just have to kill most of them. And she has her eye on handsome Lestat with other ideas as well.

If you felt that the previous books in the series weren't gory and erotic enough, this one should quench your thirst (though it may cause you to omit organ meats from your diet). It also boasts God's plenty of absorbing lore that enriches the tale that went before, including the back-story of the boy in Interview with the Vampire and the ancient fellowship of the Talamasca, which snoops on paranormal phenomena. Mostly, the book spins the complex yarn of Akasha's eerie, brooding brood and her nemeses, the terrifying sisters Maharet and Mekare. In one sense, Queen of the Damned is the ultimate multigenerational saga. --Tim Appelo ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of Rice's best !
The Queen of the Damned is my second favorite .( my favorite of all time is The Vampire Lestat)I have waited for a long time to read this book and when I finally read it I wasn't dissapointed at all.It is everything the critics rave it would be. But what I really like about this book is that it doesn't focus on Lestat alone but the other vampires as well had their share in telling the story. The best part of the book is when Marius,Armand,Louis and all the other immortals who were not killed by the Queen had gathered together to hear Maharet tell the Legend of the Twins. While reading this book,I have fallen in love with Armand(is it possible to fall in love with a vampire?) It took me a week to read the book.I couldn't put it down especially during the last chapters. Once again,Anne Rice has succeeded in making the preternatural world seem real.Her writing far outshines those of her field. I am definitely a fan of hers !

p.s.Before reading this book,I suggest that you read The vampire Lestat first so you won't get confused with the story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Goddess awakend
In the third book of her Vampire-Chronicles-Series, Bestselling Author Anne Rice again follows legendary bloodsucker Lestat, who still is a Rock-Star and still spreads the secrets of his own around the world.
Angry about this, almoust every Vampire on the planet wants to kill him. And the timemark is set: On the day he will play in San Francisco, Lestat has to die.
But then other things happen: Strange Visions of two redhaired girls (witches) and resurrection of Akascha aka. the mother of all vampires. Soon she and Lestat come together - and the world might never be the same again ...
Every reader who liked "Interview ..." and "The Vampire Lestat" definitly will LOVE this one! Again, Rice prooves that she is the only living author who can mix historical with supernatural in a perfect way. This time she also introduces many new bloodsucking faces to the Vampire community: Khayman, Pandora, Jesse to name but a few. Everyone has its own tale to tell; fascinating an shocking at the same time. And speaking of Akascha - she is the supernatural counterpart to all the classic James-Bond-Villains; a female bloodsucking Blofeld-meets-Dracula-meets-Satan goddess with unholy plans. Brilliant!
One last word to those who never read an Anne-Rice-Novel before: Please begin with the first two books of the series. The more you understand, the more you'll gonna love it - serious!

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing follow up
Compared to 'The Vampire Lestat,' this story is not nearly as good. There are tons of random characters in this story that eventually come together and effect the story as a whole, but it gets confusing for quite awhile. Also, the ending of the book is a little disappointing. When the climax actually happens, you find yourself looking for extra pages. Is that all? It was kind of a let down, although Rice does a fabulous job in the sections where Lestat and Akasha are spending time together. I was really able to visualize the mass island murders. A good book, but not as good as her first two.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm
I cannot deny that Anne Rice is an incredibly gifted writer. Yet for some reason it takes me forever to get through her books. They are just not page turners for me. I can go a good three weeks between readings, and then I forget where I am and it's a struggle to make sense of anything. I probably will stop after this one and not read any more Vampire Chronicles books.

5-0 out of 5 stars A masterful book of fantastic storytelling!
This is just amazing. It's one of the best books I've ever read. Anne Rice weaves a masterful tale that sucks you in and never lets go. I've heard that the rest of the series isn't as good, which might be true, because this is going to be hard to beat. I'll just have to read the rest and see what I think for myself.

The book introduces us to several new, exciting, fascinating people, and explains the stories of several older ones like Daniel, the 'boy' from 'Interview with the Vampire'. It also goes into detail about Akasha, the Queen of the Damned (obviously!) The story of the twins was for me, the highlight of the book. I'd like to see a novel in the future concentrating specifically on Maharet and Mekare (and Jesse too).

After reading this, I can't wait to read the rest of the series and everything Anne Rice has ever written. Buy it! You definitely won't regret entering the fascinating, sensual world of Anne Rice's vampires. ... Read more


34. Sunshine
by Robin McKinley
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A new direction for an already successful fantasy author.

They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion-within easy reach of a figure stirring in the moonlight.

She knows that it is a vampire.

She knows that she's to be his dinner, and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet, when light breaks, she finds that he has not attempted to harm her. And now it is he who needs her to help him survive the day...
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but kept me turning the pages...
Set in an eerie future world where magic and monsters co-exist with reality as we know it (more or less), Sunshine by Robin McKinley is the tale of Rae Seddon, a.k.a. Sunshine, baker extraordinaire at Charlie's Coffeehouse. Her predictable life changes forever when one night she abandons her family's popcorn night for a drive to the lake where she spent time as a child. She ends up being captured by vampires and left as the main meal for powerful vampire, Constantine, who has also been captured and is in shackles. His choice not to feed on Sunshine leads her to make the choice of saving his life come daybreak. Their mutual choices create an unlikely bond between them that together makes them stronger and able to take on the enemy who would destroy them both.

The book is fascinating, if not perfect. Far too much time is spent on Sunshine's ruminations at the cost of a pace better suited to the last 60 or so pages of the book. At first, the time spent in Sunshine's head was interesting; after a while it got tedious and I often thought, "Get on with it!" But if you're into atmosphere and funky visions of the future and what might be hiding in the shadows, Sunshine might be up your alley.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read all year!
Rae "Sunshine" Seddon lead a normal but happy life as a baker in a coffeehouse until one night she gets kidnaped by vampires. She's held captive as a perspective meal for another vampire captive but he refuses to kill her. In her attempts to escape, Sunshine discovers more about herself and her past than she ever wanted to know and she's afraid she may loose her normal life forever.

Robin McKinley is my favorite author and when I found out she was writing a book about one of my favorite subjects (vampires) I was ecstatic. But I didn't even have a clue this book would be so good. I'm not exaggerating a bit when I say that out of the eighty or so books I've read this year, this one is my favorite. McKinley has created a very interesting and original world that's equally fantasy and horror. The main character was also really great. She managed to be strong with out being one of those overly tough female characters that seem to be so popular in vampire books these days. I also really loved the not quite romance between the main characters. Anyway, this book is well worth the hardcover price so go get it now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sunshine- Amazing!!!!!!!
I have read many of Robin McKinley's books....and they are NOTHING like this! I have no idea what she was thinking when she went off on this little writing tangent, but I'm glad she did. I was just blown away by both the writing and the wonderful plot. Constantine is just perfect...though I would really like to know more about him. My only regret for this book besides that is the fact that McKinley never actually get around to telling you (SPOILER WARNING) if Sunshine's a partblood or not. I'm not really a vampire person, but this book was just breath-taking. By the way, I'm under 13 but I still read this book. SOME of us are mature enough to handle it. It's not like I've never heard of any of it before, what with school and our American culture, which is pretty obsessed with "R-rated" notions anyways. But, Sunshine is an amazing tangent for Robin McKinley and I demand a sequel! I assure you that if you read this book, you will in all likelihood feel the exact same way. A job well done, Ms. McKinley!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book (even though too much detail)!
A wonderful, moving story wrapped in too much extraneous detail. It keeps going off on annoying tangents, with long paragraphs giving way too much detail about the heroine's everyday life at the bakery where she works. It still gets 5 stars in my book, though, simply for the beauty of the core story, which is still resonating in my mind several weeks after reading it. I didn't want it to end! Robin McKinley somehow has the ability to connect with readers on a subconscious emotional level, in the manner of folk tales and legends. I feel that her book Deerskin is one of the best books I have ever read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sunshine
Sunshine is not the first Robin McKinley book that I've read, but I have to say that it's the first quite like THIS.

It's about a girl named Rae ('Sunshine' is a nickname) that is a baker in a futuristic world of wars between vampires and humans.. She doesn't seem to have a very happy life, or, at least, a very interesting one. But that all changes when she decides to take a little nighttime excursion to the lake in her town.

While she's there, meditating about her life, a group of vampires appears behind her, gets her into a red dress, and deposits her, for the most part unharmed, in a mansion ball room with another vampire. This vampire is different, though- he's a prisoner, for one thing, and it doesn't seem like he's going to kill her.

She, of course, eventually falls in love with this vampire, and it gets a little bit repetitive until the end, where it semi-breaks out in a 'Hey- we aren't gonna die, and we killed the bad guy. Life is good, but, man does it still have problems.' kind of way.

My opinion? I kind of liked it, though it takes a while to grow on you and there are these infuriating little bursts in the book where you wonder 'Okay, where did that come from, and why did you take so long to tell me about it?' Other that that, it was pretty darn good and really imaginative, in a certain kind of way.

I do have to say this, though- Robin McKinley fans, beware. This is totally unlike Beauty and Spindle's End. It's really kind of dark and depressing, and you wonder why some of the characters do the things they do- or, more importantly, why they don't do the things you want them to do.

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35. The Killing Dance (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter (Paperback))
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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5-0 out of 5 stars Save the Last Dance...
As if life wasn't hard enough for Anita Blake: vampire hunter/executioner, zombie-raiser, necromancer - now someone has a contract out on her for half a million dollars. She is notified about this from her seemingly only HUMAN male friend, Edward, who was offered the hit but passed it up. Now, while trying to dodge unseen enemies, she also must try and help a rotting vampire get rid of his icky disease, and try and talk her werewolf boyfriend Richard into becoming more of a - get this - killer. Then, add to all of that the huge decision Anita must face: should she choose Richard, or the vampire Jean-Claude? I'm rooting more for Jean-Claude personally, but I kind of wish she would just choose someone a little more human.

I read a lot of reviews from people saying that this is their favorite Anita Blake novel. I can't say it is mine. I was hoping more for the hit-man story to develope, but a lot of the book had to do with ho-hum Richard and his rat pack of wereanimals. However, there was one scene that made this book irresistible, and it started at about page 335. At about page 344, I wanted a cigarette - and I don't even smoke! I'd say this particular part is worth the read alone, and will satisfy any fan who has been loyal all the way up from "Guilty Pleasures". Still, though it is not my favorite novel so far, it kept my interest up until the end, like all of the rest. Needless to say, I can't wait to get onto book seven.

5-0 out of 5 stars As Satisfying as an Ice Cream Sundae
I have read all of the novels in Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series and the "The Killing Dance" is one of the very best and my own personal favorite. Readers would be well-advised to start the series with the first novel "Guilty Pleasures" and enjoy the development of each of the characters instead of starting with this novel.

The book explores the growth and development of each of four main characters; our heroine Anita Blake, junior-high school teacher and alpha werewolf Richard Zeeman, mysterious bounty hunter Edward, and master vampire of St.Louis Jean-Claude. A huge bounty has been placed on Anita's life by an unknown money-man and Anita must somehow protect herself until the time limit expires. Anita puts a lot of effort into survival, a skill at which she has had a lot of practice and at which she excels.

Several plots run simultaneously throughout the book with the action being non-stop and rivetting. Everything ties together nicely at the conclusion, with just enough dangling ends to make us want to start the next installment "Burnt Offerings" right away.

Anita's hard-boiled attitude and biting sarcasm provide several instances where the reader can't help but laugh such as her commentary on a dinner party; "There were three kinds of people at Catherine's dinner party; the living, the dead, and the occassionally furry." Her dry sense of humor serves to break the tension at just the right moment; "What do you say to boyfriend A when he finds you naked in the bed of boyfriend B? Especially if boyfriend A turned into a monster the night before and ate someone. I bet Miss Manners didn't cover this at all."

Readers will devour this novel like an ice cream sundae; satisfying yet leaving you wanting some more. Top ratings are well-deserved.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most delicious one yet!
These Anita Blake novels get better and better with each installment and Laurell K. Hamilton has outdone herself with The Killing Dance. What I love most about this novel is that it contains a particular unforgettable chapter. More on that later. The strong, independent, trigger-happy heroine's new dilemma is way out of her league. Someone has put a price on her head and it is up to her and her assassin friend (of sorts) Edward to find out who wants her out of the picture and why. Many people have wanted Anita dead, but this one's an unknown enemy, something that does not sit well with her. Seeking refuge from her two boyfriends, vampire master of the city Jean-Claude and alpha werewolf Richard, will give her enough time to investigate the murder of a vampire and a declared battle among lycanthropes before the hit man finds her...

The sixth part of the series is centered more on shape shifters, lycanthropes and whether or not Richard decides to be courageous (a sugarcoated way of putting it, really) enough to fight to the death with another alpha werewolf. His self-righteousness got irritating at times. Richard was fun and flirtatious in Circus of the Damned, but I no longer see anything remotely appealing about him. Why Anita loves him so much is beyond me. Jean-Claude on the other hand becomes sexier and more compelling in each installment. The love triangle between Anita, Richard and JC comes to a head in this one and readers will finally get some of the erotica that's been promised to them since Guilty Pleasures. But Ms. Hamilton makes us wait awhile until we get to read the juicy chapter I mentioned earlier. You can cut the sexual tension with a knife before said chapter comes along. But it was worth the wait. This is by far by the best part of the series! I cannot wait to continue to read more of these great characters, especially Jean-Claude. He's truly one sexy vampire! He can call me "ma petite" any time. :-)

4-0 out of 5 stars A Nice Read, but a bit Gorey
It's more of a werewolf/lycanthrope novel than a vampire one, but of course Master of the City Jean-Claude is a prominent member. Without giving away too much, the love triangle between Anita, Jean-Claude, and her werewolf boyfriend Richard comes to a head in this novel in more ways than one. Needless to say, don't expect the triangle to die out easily. This one seemed to enjoy the gore a little TOO much, and shows a lot of character flaws in Anita, in my opinion. The woman is starting to annoy me as a lead character, but I'm reading onwards because I like the rest of the cast thus far.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally!!!
After reading all of the Anita Blake novels, I must say...Finally! You made the right choice Anita :-) ... Read more


36. The Bitten : A Vampire Huntress Legend (Vampire-Huntress Legend Series)
by L. A. Banks
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The vampire civil war has been averted, deadly were-demons have been beaten back and now it Damali Richards and Carlos Rivera (now a Council level vampire) will finally have the chance to settle in and explore their deeper, sexier love.But Carlos and Damali should know by now that there is no rest for the saviors of the known world.One of the four topside Master vampires has stolen one of the Keys-the living blood of Christ---that opens the sixth seal as foretold in Revelations.He who possesses the Key and the Seal can decide to the outcome of the Final War, a.k.a. Armageddon.With a vampire in possession of the Key, the balance between the Light and the Dark have been thrown off and even Damali is deeply effected.She is now sporting a pair of fangs.In order to retrieve the Key, Carlos and Damali are quickly thrust into a web of vampire politics and intrigue. And when Carlos's secret drug, Oblivion, finds its way into the hands of the enemies, even the seventh level of Hell comes calling.
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37. The Annotated Dracula
by Bram Stoker, Leonard Wolf
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great edition with blood-thirsty details
First read this when I was in college. Great illustrztions and liner notes. Even on page one, as Jonathan HRKER STOPS FOR DINNER IN THE HOTEL BEFORE GOING ON TO DRACULA'S CASTLE, HE DINES ON CHICKEN PAPRIKOSH. In the margin, they have THE RECIPE!!!! for this dish! Awesome. Hope it returns.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Dracula resource available
Excellent information. Background information details nearly line by line the orginal novel. Get your hands on a copy of this book if you can.

5-0 out of 5 stars The original novel with copious marginal notes
Vampire stories have been told and retold with fascination. However, there are few that match the power of the novel by Bram Stoker. This book contains the original version with thick margins filled with footnotes, anecdotes, vampire lore, and insight into every aspect of this fascinating story. ... Read more


38. Memnoch the Devil : The Vampire Chronicles (Vampire Chronicles)
by ANNE RICE
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3-0 out of 5 stars Different from the rest of the series
I just re-read the Vampire Chronicles series, and it really struck me how much this differs from the others. The standard formula is for the novel to be told in the first person by one of the vampires, who tells their story. Normally most of the story is in one historical period, and the attraction is Rice's ability to give an idea of how people lived in Byzantine Antioch, or Renaissance Venice, or pre-revolutionary France. You don't get that in this book.

Or rather you do but you get the tale of Memnoch the Devil, and it's not set on earth, but in heaven. This makes it very different from the other stories, because there is no way that Memnoch is recognizable as a human being, and that is the other strength of Rice's books. She shows the vampires as real people, reacting to real situations.

The basic story starts off with Lestat stalking a victim, who is particularly evil, so Lestat draws out the experience by stalking him over a long period, like a cat watching a mouse. He also stalks the victim's daughter, who is an evangelist. After killing the victim, he has a conversation with the victim's ghost, who asks him to look after the daughter. Lestat agrees, and then meets Memnoch, who is the Devil, and wants Lestat to work for him. First the Devil has to persuade Lestat how it is that he and God are not enemies, and to do this, he tells his story.

Most of the book is Memnoch's story, and how and why he fell from heaven, and a lot of it is religious discussion. Essentially, it gives a complete theological underpinning for the Vampire chronicles - how the existence of God can be reconciled with the existence of vampires, and vice versa. Rice lays it out in full, and the problem is that there is nothing sensual about theology, and sensuality is one of the main attractions of Rice's books.

Storywise, this book does advance the Lestat story, but I do not think that it is essential to read it, to get a full understanding of the Vampire Chronicles. However, it is important in terms of understanding the world that Rice is trying to create, and in terms of understanding Lestat's character development. But if it's sensuality that you're after, you won't find it here.

5-0 out of 5 stars what a fast read!
While i consider Anne Rice to be an exceptional writer, sometimes i find it hard to work through a few of her books. For example, i thought that The Vampire Lestat and The Tale of the Body Thief were really good stories, but i was wondering while reading when the next big development might happen to make the story progress. From what i read she tends to go alot into detail (not like that's a bad thing) and it sometimes loses me because i want to get into the story fast. That definetly wasn't the case with the detailed story called Memnoch the Devil.

The whole idea behind the story is Lestat meets the devil (of course, right?) and the devil gives him the choice of working with him or with God to end the religious battle that has been going on for centuries. To aid Lestat in his choice, the devil tries to pursuade Lestat into joining his side by telling him the story of creation and how he fell from glory up to the present day. Anne Rice does a wonderful job in writing this tale. I read over 2/3rds of this 400+ page book in one day, i absolutely could not put it down.

The way she describes things, her spin and her idea about the beginning of time and how the devil fell from grace is, while at times disagreeable, incredably interresting. While Memnoch is telling Lestat the tale he pulls both Lestat and the reader into the story. The book is well written and the way she portrays the creation is incredable. I recommend that anyone interrested in religion or faiths or in the series itself should read this book because it brings fourth not only and interresting story that will make you never want to drop the book when you hit page 182 but because of the controversy of her theory on creation.

In the end; read it, you will not regret it and, possibly even like me, this book may just become your favorite book in the whole series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Review by Bonnie
This book was absolutely phenomenal! I own the entire Vampire Chronicles and this is Anne Rice at her very best! This is by far my favorite book in the series so far. (I haven't read them all yet). Lestat is being stalked by something he refers to as "The Ordinary Man" who actually turns out to be the devil himself in another form. Lestat is stalking a drug lord and at the same time, the devil is stalking him. the devil introduces himself as Memnoch and takes Lestat on his most extrordinary adventure yet- to Heaven and then to Hell. Lestat is forced to choose who he will serve, the devil or God or neither one. lestat meets the daughter of the drug lord, Roger, whose name is Dora. Dora and Lestat try to help each other and give each other advice. then Lestat seeks out Memnoch and his newest and most daring adventure begins. A great book! I would reccommend this book to any person like myself who is absolutely infatuated with Lestat or Anne rice's novels as she tells her newest installment. I read it in less than a month when I was 16! (I'm a very slow reader by the way) and I absolutely could not put it down! You don't have to read the rest of the chronicles first. They all seem to be written in no particular order anyway. Get this book as soon as you can! It's sensational!

5-0 out of 5 stars should get 10 stars!
Love the philosophical aspect of this novel. Totally recommend this book!

2-0 out of 5 stars Way Too Much of a Religious Theme for a Horror Novel
Tale of the Body Thief, Anne Rice's fourth book that came out before this one, was one of my personal favorites by Anne and I never thought that one day I would rate one of her novels below at least a four- oh but this one that I pounced on immediately after I read Tale of the Body Theif the fifth time, threw me off that light little cloud of opinion completly.
This book was simply too religious for me. It confused me utterly and even Anne made Lestat tell us in one scene if we were still did not understand, then go back and read the scene over again, which I found was a hilarious thing to do because it seemed she just branded her own book confusing. But really, the novel was just way too religious. I know that's what the entire book was to be about, but still, Anne has to remember she is supposed to be writing about her vampires the most, not her own personal opinions on life after death. Honestly I don't know why she wrote such a story in the first place though, I guess it really was just to shock her viewers with this weird new plot.
Mainly this book is about Lestat, the star character of the entire Vamprie Chronicles, and again like in all the Chronicles besides Interview, you see what happens through his eyes as he takes us on quite a trip I found out. What happens is that Lestat is being stalked by this man who soon presents himself to Lestat as Memnoch, a.k.a. the devil. Throughout this entire story from then on the devil mainly tells his story to Lestat as he takes him on a personal voyage through both heaven and hell. I must advise everyone though not to take offense to Anne's writing religious- wise, because one of my friends were. This is just her opinion of what the afterlife is like, she doesn't mean to say her's is the right idea of things. This is just how she sees it. But I am irratated at this sudden profound discussion of religion. Sure Anne makes religion a slight stroke in all her stories, but only slight. This went much more deeper than a slight stroke. When I first read this, I worried severely what she was doing exactly. I mean, was she going all holy on her writing or something? Luckily the Vampire Armand came out and I loved it dearly, and Marius's, Armand's Maker's novel wasn't bad either, but I felt something was lost then from Anne after Memnoch. I'm not really sure what, but none of Anne's novels after Memnoch had the same feeling I once felt with her first four novels. For one reason Lestat never was really the same ever again after Memnoch, for awhile he wasn't even physically moving as will be told from Armand's novel. And when he finally does start to move again which he does, he's a changed man, and that's not in a good way.
So my advice is if you can stand a theme that surrounds Anne's views on religion,and have the patience for a book you sometimes can get a bit lost in, then go on and read it. But it's not really based on anything vampiric but Lestat himself being the star character, following the supposed devil around and listening to his story like some sort of Interview with the Vamprie replica.
In my opinion, Blackwood Farm, a book written way into the future from when Memnoch was written, was the final ring in my opinion that proved Anne was slipping. Memnoch was the first warning years before that we Chronicle followers didn't heed out of hope that more books would come after that matched the loveliness of her first four novels.
But out of all of this, I will say one thing: All of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles are worth reading once. So I do recommend this, just for a mere observation. ... Read more


39. Vittorio, the Vampire
by ANNE RICE
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Educated in the Florence of Cosimo de' Medici, trained in knighthood at his father's mountaintop castle, Vittorio inhabits a world of courtly splendor and country pleasures--a world suddenly threatened when his entire family is confronted by an unholy power.

In the midst of this upheaval, Vittorio is seduced by the beautiful and sinister vampire Ursula--setting in motion a chilling chain of events that will mark his life for eternity. Against a backdrop of the wonders--both sacred and profane--and the beauty and ferocity of Renaissance Italy, Anne Rice creates a passionate and tragic legend of doomed young love and lost innocence.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Oh... My... God... Anne does it again!!
About 1/2 way through "Vittorio the Vampire," I was already recommending the book to friends and family who have never read Anne Rice and, always seeing me with one or another of her books, ask that inevitable, "What is it about her? Should I read her?" Yes, everyone should read her stuff!! If you don't start with "Interview with the Vampire," which stands on its own as a classic even as it introduces The Vampire Chronicles, pick up "Vittorio" and have a taste. I really enjoyed this book... definitely one of the freshest and most captivating things she has done in quite awhile. The prose are incredibly vivid without getting tooooo wordy. The character of Vittorio is great. Part of me wants him to meet up later on with Lestat (or maybe Armand, since they were born in the same century), and part of me wants him to be left alone. I only wish Ursula and his connection with her might have been explored a bit further, to me it seemed he was more bewitched by her than in love with her. The angel storyline, without giving too much away, was simply great, a marvelous twist!! Something about this book makes me feel like Anne Rice has come full circle, whatever that means... I eagerly await whatever it is she chooses to do next. People who don't read her work tend to see Ms. Rice as only a writer of the supernatural, but her works are layers, unmasking not just vampires but contemplations on love, spirituality, and redemption. Read this book, it will engage you!

4-0 out of 5 stars Rich like velvet, thick like blood
Once again, Ms. Rice has captured a world 5 centuries in the past effortlessly. In Vittorio the Vampire, she brings alive the artistic and religious flavor of the time while still developing a richly drawn character. Vittorio pulses with a strong Italian blood and temperment, even after he is no longer filled with the blood of a living being. As with most, if not all, of Anne's books there is a love story that borders on tragic and a spiritual encounter that is not one that would be openly discussed with a priest of that time for fear of burning. This is a must read for any die-hard Anne Rice fan and for anyone who can appreciate fine literature and art. However, a quick(!) trip to an art museum might be required to fully grasp some images.

3-0 out of 5 stars A new Vampire tale, sort of.
"Vittorio the Vampire" is about Vittorio, a 15th Centrey Italian knight who loves art and his family (a rare turn for an Anne Rice vampire). One night his family is given an ultematum; give vampires a tribute or the village dies. The tribute is refused, and Vittorio's family is murdered in front of him; but he spared by the beautiful vampire named Ursula. He escapes and goes after the vampires for revenge with the help of some gaurdian angels. This is Anne Rice's attempt to seperate herself from Lestat; and it dose seems more like a sequal to "Memnoch the Devil" than anything else. It has a lot to do with angel and devil worship, to a degree. There is a lot to this book that is pretty good. I liked the Ruby Grail court, it has a kind of Charles Manson like cult spooky feel to it. There are some big problems with "Vittorio the Vampire"; it is too close to "Interveiw with the Vampire", with Claudia/Ursula comparison, and the Ruby Grail court reminds me a lot of "Theater of the Vampires" that Armand run in Paris. Also it seemed like a history lesson of the beginning of the Renaissance in Italy. But all in all it is short enough to really injoy before it gets tedious.

3-0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure
I really do think that Anne Rice is a good writer... however, her editors don't seem to be very good, since there are several places in the book where the sentences are awkward or down-right awful. Usually, she gives fify+ pages of fabulous writing, followed by a page or two of clumsy prose. But she quickly gets back in her groove and moves on.

This book was all right. It's been a few years since I've read her stuff. I was a fan in high school. Now that I'm graduated from college, I decided to give her a try again. I can't say I was disappointed, but I did think that this book got silly in a lot of places.

I wasn't too crazy about Ursula, who comes across as two-dimensional eye candy and an excuse for weird vampire sex. The love plot between Vittorio and Ursula is almost irritating. They fall in love, quite literally, at first bite, even though she was responsible for slaughtering Vittorio's entire family.

The ending was super lame, but fortunately, the story was so good up to that point that it could be forgiven.

It took me two days to rip through it. Very fluffy reading, but enjoyable.

3-0 out of 5 stars Vittorio's Review
I like that Vittorio isn't associated with the other vampires. It was nice to read the experiences of another vampire in his own corner of the world, where he is unaffected by the rest. However, while the premise is good, the tale itself is good, and start, middle, and finish are infinitely readable, I was not convinced of the love story. Someone else mentioned this in another review, and they hit it on the nose. There seems to be no chemistry there. Ursula just strikes me as a word that rhymes with "witch". I didn't like her character even a little bit, and cannot be convinced that she really loves this guy. Without that in place, then much is missing from the book. ... Read more


40. A Girl's Guide to Vampires
by Katie Macalister
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5-0 out of 5 stars If Seeing is Believing - - I Can't Wait for More
I am so happy that I took the chance and purchased "A Girl's Guide to Vampires" as I've never read any previous novels by Katie MacAlister.

This novel was not only a good read, it is filled with humor, mystery, danger and to top it off, it's a wonderful love story - and it simply offers a little of everything to the reader. The characters, Joy, Raphael, Christian and Roxy jumped off the pages in living color into my world and my heart. You truly care about what happens to each of them. The characters in this novel demonstrate exactly how much they are willing to sacrifice for love.

The only problem I had with this novel, "was Joy really was Christian's "Beloved""? I say this because the feelings she initially had towards Raphael were the emotions evoked by Christian but since she saw Raphael first and not Christian those feelings were directed towards Raphael and she ended up with him and not the man she was destined to be with. I know she had a choice and although I loved Joy and Raphael together, I still feel a deep sadness for Christian as he was amazing and a true gentlemen but I still sort of wished it was he who ended up with Joy regardless of her being damned as foretold my Miranda. The characters in this novel demonstrate exactly how much they are willing to sacrifice for love.

Regardless of how the story ends, it was still a sensational one that you don't want to miss out on. I loved this novel and also the author who has done an excellent job with this particular work.

In closing, I guess we'll find out more about Christian with the continuation "Sex and the Single Vampire". If you haven't had the opportunity to read Katie MacAlister take a chance as this author is definitely going places.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sexy, humorous read!!
Wow! I am so happy to have discovered Katie MacAlister. She does what most authors cannot - mixes sexiness, romance and humor to create a perfect recipe for a book you absolutely cannot put down. In GGV, you also get a dip into the paranormal. This is not a "carbon copy" of Feehan's work (as one reviewer mistakenly believes); Rather, it is Katie's own brand of "semi-vampires" - Dark Ones. And boy are they yummy! What sets Katie's version of the paranormal apart is the combination of her sharp wit and funny dialogue which result in a lighter version of the paranormal. Katie's characters are likeable, funny and sexy. (especially the guys! The best part is the "guy who does NOT get the girl" at the end has his own book coming out in March - SEX AND THE SINGLE VAMPIRE - Can't wait!!) One reviewer hammered on the main female character - Joy. I had to search my memory to even recall the so-called temper tantrums and crying jags to which this reviewer referred. Made me wonder if she even read the book. What I recall is a strong-willed, self-deprecating, funny, sexy heroine who moved the story along at wickedly enjoyable pace. I find it even more amusing that this same reviewer can't fathom how two girls who "bicker and snipe" at one another could truly be friends!?! One has to wonder if this reviewer has any girlfriends. The relationship between Joy and Roxy is true to form for best friends who have known each other since kindergarten and are more like sisters. Their "bickering" is funny and right on the money! However, their affection and protective nature for each other is ever present and is also a fundamental part of their relationship. There are simply not enough good things to say about this great book. I was so disappointed when I finished it and cannot wait until March to read SEX!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not so good...
I like vampire romances, but could live without this series. The Roxy chick is about as annoying as they get,I would abandon her in a foreign country in a heartbeat. The story drags on and two-thirds through the book I had enough and skimmed to the end. I read the second book in this series first. It was a little better than this one, but once again I skimmed through to the end.

5-0 out of 5 stars A different kind of vampire story
This book is a different, funny, kind of vampire story. There was many time when I just laugh out loud. The heroine is silly but lately I have heard that the 30ty are the 20ty so that make the 20ty the teen. The heroine acts like a teenager/20-something. Being a 20-something I can tell you that sometime I don't feel like an adult or a child. So I liked Joy I could relate to her.
This book is not the usual vampire novel. It's a fun read. Of course there are some dark scenes. What vampire's story wouldn't be complete without them? I really can't tell you more about it without ruinning the story. I hate it when people do that. If you like knowing more just read of the other reviews.
Pippin

1-0 out of 5 stars McAllister ruins a decent vampire
Okay, after Men In Kilts I swore I'd never read another Katie McAllister, but then I found this book in my To Be Read pile. I *like* vampire romances - but I seem to dislike McAllister's writing intensely. So - I gave it a try anyway.

Well, just as with Men In Kilts, I cannot fathom how on earth any man alive could possibly like the heroine, let alone fall in love with her. Joy is infantile, incredibly irritating, has a motormouth that just won't shut up (it's amazing how her equally irritating, motormouth friend Roxy gets a word in edgeways), continually adds two and two to make twenty and generally gets in the way at every turn. I'd think any sane man would be running away from her as fast as he could - but no. Two decent men, and one hammy pretend-vampire, fall in love with her. Puh-lease!

The book is supposed to be about Joy and Roxy on a hunt for vampires and ending up in a Goth festival and finding some - or maybe just one. Well, the false trails McAllister laid didn't work for me; I knew which character would be the genuine vampire as soon as he was first mentioned, and I was right. No suspense there.

Then there's Christian - or CJ Dante, author of the vampire novels Roxy quotes at every breath. He is the only interesting character in this book - and stupid Joy fights him off to be with Raphael instead. Okay, I still don't know what Raphael sees in Joy anyway, but even with a book written in the first person, so we get full and detailed insight into Joy's thoughts (definitely TMI at times), it's not clear - other than lust at first sight - why she *loves* Raphael. She certainly likes Christian and is very drawn to him - and why would she be able to share his thoughts if she's completely indifferent to him?

Oh, and there's the sex scenes. Why, oh why, does Joy have to babble her way through them? And why on earth do her moronic, inane ramblings not put Raphael off her permanently? Not to mention Christian, who we are told is able to see into her mind at all times - including when she's intimate with Raphael. Definitely TMI here, and about as exciting as yet another of Joy's tedious, unfunny monologues.

We also have - again - the stereotypical one-dimensional jealous-bitch woman, not to mention sundry other uninteresting characters, not to mention the over-the-top Miranda the witch - sorry, Wiccan. Blech.

And then there's the scene right out of Phantom of the Opera. Once it began, I suspected exactly how it would play out, and I was right. Exactly according to the book/musical. Does McAllister think her readers don't know the original?

I did like Christian, and would like to know what happens to him - but not enough to torture myself through another exposure to McAllister.

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