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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Dec 26 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345422384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345422385
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #322,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Rice fans will greet Pandora: New Tales of the Vampires, the first of her new vampire chronicles, as hungrily as the Fang Gang facing a fresh new neck. Our heroine, Pandora, a senator's daughter in Augustus Caesar's day, flees to Antioch when her family gets killed and discovers the antidote to stern Roman rationalism in the occult wisdom of the East. "Something attacked my reason," Pandora writes. "The very thing the Roman Emperors had so feared in Egyptian cults and Oriental cults swept over me: mystery and emotion which claim a superiority to reason and law."

Pandora gets her sexy vampire initiation at the fangs of handsome Marius (who later inducted Rice's famed vampire Lestat). Pandora tells how a nice Roman girl became a vampire in modern Paris, but mostly the book celebrates the sights and sounds (and philosophical bloodlettings) of the classical world. Pandora is more like Robert Graves's sublime I, Claudius than Rice's The Complete Vampire Chronicles.

Yet Pandora is a logical extension of Rice's work, and Pandora is a combination of her past vampire heroes and the nakedly, horrifyingly autobiographical heroine of Rice's 1997 novel Violin. Now, Violin is remarkably messy, but it captures the volcanic passion that erupts in her best work--Rice calls it "a study in pain." Pandora is really a dramatized debate between passion and reason, which Pandora calls "male reason." She teases her vampire mentor: "Marius guarded his delicate rationality as a Vestal Virgin guards a sacred flame. If ever any ecstatic emotion took hold of me, he [would] tell me in no uncertain terms that it was irrational, irrational, irrational!" (To hear how close Pandora's voice is to her passionate creator, listen to the 1997 audiocassette Interview with Anne Rice.)

Rice's research gives fresh blood to her storytelling. Even her chronic third-act problem scarcely slows down this brisk romp of a novel. Pandora has intellectual thirst as well as blood lust, and she conveys the high old time Rice obviously had imbibing historical lore. "It is fun to read these mad Gnostics!" exults Pandora in the early Christian era. It is also fun to read this mad Pandora. Anne Rice hasn't been this fun to read in years. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Although Rice bid goodbye to the vampire Lestat in Memnoch the Devil, her fifth novel in The Vampire Chronicles, she has not abandoned vampires altogether. Two installments are planned this year in her New Tales of the Vampires series, and in the first of these, the ancient vampire Pandora tells her story. Urged on by David Talbot?fledgling vampire, self-appointed chronicler and former psychic detective?Pandora documents in sophisticated detail her pre-vampire existence as the privileged daughter of a Roman senator. She's a curious character, first introduced in The Queen of the Damned, in which Marius described her as the Greek courtesan who seduced him into making her a vampire and helped him care for the vampire progenitors until strife forced them apart. Here, Pandora herself sets the record straight. Born early in Augustus's reign, the educated, spirited Pandora was no courtesan?though we do see her challenge the sexual mores of her moment. When Tiberius brings chaos to Rome, and dishonor and death to Pandora's family, she goes to Antioch and tries to solve the mystery of her compelling blood dreams about Egypt. There, she reunites with her childhood crush, Marius, and learns from him what it means to be a vampire. Along the way, we find little of Rice's trademark eroticism, but Pandora has long been one of her more elusive characters, so fans will relish this vivid rendering of her life and times. Random House audio.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Don't get me wrong. I love Anne Rice, and the Vampire Chronicles are among my favorite books ever. However, in reading the other vampire books, one is ever re-reading things we already knew. When you read Lestat, Armand, Marius, and Louis, the tales are so intertwined that sometimes, it gets a little redundant. Pandora is a nice change. We don't know much about Pandora from the other books aside from the fact that she is old, and she is Marius' fledgling. When she recounts her life story for David Talbot in this book, it is refreshing in that sense, because it is entirely new, but it is also refreshing in the sense that Pandora is not as wimpy as her male counterparts. No, no, not the homoerotic thing. The weeping thing. How often do the male vampires weep at the sight of a Botticelli, or at the sound of a musical piece? They cry and lament over everything! Not Pandora. Pandora is made of tougher stuff. She has a backbone. Sure, she has a sensitive side. A very sensitive side. However, we know that she is not going to stain her dress with blood tears because she is lost in artwork or music. As usual, Rice makes you feel as though you are living in Ancient Rome, and her grip on historical accuracy is forever impressive to me. The story is not focused on how Pandora became a vampire so much as the events leading up to it, which is also a nice change because that story has been told before a number of times. The only reason that Pandora gets a 4 in my review is because it just seems that more could have been said. This is rarely a complaint I have about Anne Rice, but I wanted to know more details about her life between Marius and the modern era.
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When someone coined the phrase "Get a life" they may have been referring to us Rice fans. Or, maybe it's an "afterlife"....At any rate, I started the series backwards, first off. I was recommended Blackwood Farm here, on AMAZON . That was great,so I moved to the others in the series, paying no mind to the order they were to be read in. Guess what ? It really didnt matter. Any one could could pick up anywhere in the series and still love these tales. Pandora, one of the few really strong women of the night, takes us from our modern times, to the love of her human life, Marius (of Blood and Gold) You get a history of an age long gone, of Romans, pagen beliefs, the constrictions placed and freedoms allowed women of that era. The imagery is wonderful, descriptions lush without becoming boring. Pandora looses all she loves to start all over again, in a strange city, followed by a strange male figure, who is both her protector and maker. We meet Flavius, her servant, love ,and future fledgling. This book, I had it read in 3 nights, did not want to put it down. Unlike Vittorio, this is a story worth telling.
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By jacky on Nov. 20 2003
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Pandora is another well written vampire novel by Anne Rice. This book takes a diffrent turn then her vampire chronicles by not being a continuation to the series, but instead being the description of a vague character only mentioned in the rest of the series. Pandora is about the life of a strong woman who starts life in ancient Rome and then goes on to live through to our century because she received "the dark gift" from the one she loves most. If the beautiful imagery and characters arent enough to enrapture a reader, the intriguing story line should do it. This tale explores the mortal and immortal life of a young woman who refuses to conform, and shows her inner struggle to validate a lifestyle which requires the taking of human life. This short story is told to David Talbot (from the other vampire chgronicles) and is not only a history of her life (told by her) but also a personal reflection on time and life. This short tale only made me want to know more on the life and future of the inriguing character that is Pandora.
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By A Customer on Nov. 4 2003
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Pandora takes us back to her modern childhood in ancient Rome. This is where she met and fell in love with the really good-looking mortal Marius. She is forced to leave her home or be killed by the soldiers plotting to take over the city. The story begins in a café in present day Paris, David Talbot a scholar and recently made vampire convinces her to write her life story. Her story is about the survival of the highly educated and independent women born in the time of Augustus Caesar. It is about how she is attracted to mysticism and finally vampirism. And how she must fight for her soul.
I really enjoyed how this book takes you from ancient Rome into modern times. I also liked that the differences between people back then and now are not really extreme. The only "slow" part of this book was when the author would get almost too detailed with descriptions, of even the tiniest things like smells from the city and clothes. But it all seemed to make it easier to imagine and feel what was happening to the characters. The most interesting thing about this book is that vampires or any other weird people could live among us, because we really don't pay attention to anyone but ourselves.
I would suggest this book and the other vampire books to people who like history and fantasy from a personal point of view. I would not recommend this book to the people who are looking for the satanic vampire-killing sprees. The book is much too romantic for them.
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