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Pandora [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne Rice
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Dec 26 1998 New Tales of the Vampires
Anne Rice, creator of the Vampire Lestat, the Mayfair witches and the amazing worlds they inhabit, now gives us the first in a new series of novels linked together by the fledgling vampire David Talbot, who has set out to become a chronicler of his fellow Undead.

The novel opens in present-day Paris in a crowded café, where David meets Pandora. She is two thousand years old, a Child of the Millennia, the first vampire ever made by the great Marius. David persuades her to tell the story of her life.

Pandora begins, reluctantly at first and then with increasing passion, to recount her mesmerizing tale, which takes us through the ages, from Imperial Rome to eighteenth-century France to twentieth-century Paris and New Orleans. She carries us back to her mortal girlhood in the world of Caesar Augustus, a world chronicled by Ovid and Petronius. This is where Pandora meets and falls in love with the handsome, charismatic, lighthearted, still-mortal Marius. This is the Rome she is forced to flee in fear of assassination by conspirators plotting to take over the city. And we follow her to the exotic port of Antioch, where she is destined to be reunited with Marius, now immortal and haunted by his vampire nature, who will bestow on her the Dark Gift as they set out on the fraught and fantastic adventure of their two turbulent centuries together.

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Fans of the ever-popular vampire tales are treated to a journey through ancient Rome as they hear the story of Pandora, and how she became a blood drinker. The mellifluous voice of British actress Janet McTeer makes for a dreamlike telling of the first-person narrative which takes place in the days of Tiberius, Ovid, and an empire that is starting to turn in on itself. Listeners learn of the cunning and impassioned narrator's happy days of growing up in the house of her father, a respected Roman statesman, her forced escape to Antioch and her dreams and visions of an Egyptian queen that foretell her fate. As well as the tumble of violent and supernatural events that lead to her beloved Marius sinking his teeth into her beautiful neck. Pandora's box it now seems is a sarcophagus! While Rice's usual chill and suspense seem somewhat removed given the period setting, the author paints a particularly rich picture of daily life in the Roman empire through the characters' discourses on contemporary issues of the day, and their actions in response to real historical events. --Anne Depue (Running time: 3 hours; 2 cassettes) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pandora Is A Nice Break March 15 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars From an Anne Rice fanatic...... Jan. 21 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional historical novel. Jan. 4 2004
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The "autobiography" of the Vampire Pandora, who has appeared in "The Vampire Lestat" and "Queen of the Damned" as a minor character, is a fascinating look at the life of a woman in ancient Rome. It bears some stylistic similarities, and some similarities of plot and character, to the "Cynthia, Witch of Syracuse" stories of Dorothy J. Heydt that appear in Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Sword and Sorceress" series, but it is hardly derivative. There are also some similarities between the character of Pandora and that of Olivia, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's vampiric "childe" of Saint Germain. This book is delightfully well-written, and is a pleasure to read on many levels: powerfully moving story, interesting historical perspective, compelling philosophical insights, and fascinating characters. One of Anne Rice's best-written vampire novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! Dec 12 2003
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My grandmother handed me this book and told me to read it. She said she didn't like it, but thought I might. I was skeptical at first, for I had never read anything by Anne Rice before. Let's just say this book is perfectly told with a voice that pulls you in. You can see what Pandora sees as you read. I am now on the hunt for anything by Anne Rice. ^_^
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was her last decent book. Dec 4 2003
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Read it, relish it & kiss Anne Rice's talent & abulity to stay in character bon voyage.
This one's spiffy for those who like both fantasy & History, she even did some good research in this one^.^
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Nov. 30 2003
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This ranks as one of my favorite novels from the Vampire Chronicles. Pandora was an intriguing character from the moment Marius mentioned her in The Vampire Lestat. We read more of her in Queen of the Damned, and now she has her own stand-alone story to tell. Ms. Rice has certainly done her homework when it comes to ancient Rome and Antioch -- it's like she had a time machine and went back to learn the most minute of details. My only regret with the book is that we didn't learn more of what happened to Pandora after she left Marius, got rid of her mean, Eastern vampire lover, and before the events of Queen of the Damned. She deserved a book the size of The Vampie Armand and Blood & Gold. Ms. Rice's Vampire Chronicles are pretty much hit and miss since The Tale of the Body Thief, but Pandora shines as an example of Ms. Rice's great storytelling talents.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pandora Nov. 20 2003
By aleah
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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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