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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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NOT twenty minutes has passed since you left me here in the cafe, since I said No to your request, that I would never write out for you the story of my mortal life, how I became a vampire-how I came upon Marius only years after he had lost his human life. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pandora Is A Nice Break March 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. 20 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pandora Nov. 20 2003
By aleah
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Dead, but still alive Nov. 4 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A Review by Alex
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional historical novel.
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by James Yanni
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
My grandmother handed me this book and told me to read it. She said she didn't like it, but thought I might. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This was her last decent book.
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... Read more
Published on Dec 4 2003 by Lika Laruku
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by Avid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Anne Rice does it again
i absolutely love this book and recomend it to anyone and everyone!
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by aleah
5.0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating...
I found this book endlessly intoxicating and one of my absolute favorites from Anne Rice. I have just finished Blood Canticle and I am about to start reading all of Anne's books... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by Cristal Wrhel
2.0 out of 5 stars Overwritten, overwrought
Obviously Anne Rice's publishers would publish her weekly grocery lists if she submitted them in book form. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Break out the No-Doze
The first chapter put me to sleep. I didn't read further.
Published on Sept. 12 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
Pandora is evil, and I liked it. it was kind of long and a bit boring, until things get heated. So it's a worthy read.
Published on Sept. 9 2003 by Newyorkdreads
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