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Queen Of The Damned [Paperback]

Anne Rice
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Feb. 8 1990 The Vampire Chronicles (Book 3)
After 6,000 years of horrifying stillness, Akash, mother of all vampires and Queen of the Damned, has risen from her sleep to let loose the powers of the night. But her monstrous plan for ruling the worlds of the living and the undead must be stopped before she destroys mankind, and it falls to the evil vampire Lestat to fight her all-encompassing evil - for it is he who challenged her power by waking her from sleep.

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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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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The cult audience for Rice's two previous vampire novels, Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat , will undoubtedly broaden with this third book, which features the same characters and a more complex plot. As before, Rice tells her story in fine melodramatic style, overwriting with zest and exuberance: the text pulses with menace, mystery and violence, and with sensuality verging on erotica. Here Lestat and all other vampires pay the price for his obsessive need for fame, his reckless honesty in describing the "blood drinkers" among us, and his frenzied rock concert in San Francisco. Lestat's kiss has awakened Queen Akasha from her 6000 year sleep. She immediately begins a wholesale slaughter of most of the world's vampires, sparing only a small remnant (including Lestat) who she expects will join her in a crazed crusade against male mortals. Meanwhile, vampires and psychic humans around the globe are having the same terrifying dream in which twin red-haired women weep over the body of another woman, whose eyes and brains are on a plate nearby. As Rice gradually reveals the significance of the dream, she also focuses on Jesse, who works for the Telamasca, a secret society that collects data on those with paranormal powers. Though she ingeniously pulls together the various plot strands, Rice then almost loses the reader in philosophic overkill. She regains her verve in the final chapter, however, promising yet another mesmerizing installment of the Vampire Chronicles. 150,000 first printing: Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The queen returns Feb. 23 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anne Rice revamped vampire fiction in "Interview with the Vampire," the first volume of her bestselling Vampire Chronicles. But the highest point of the entire series was "Queen of the Damned," an epic vampire story full of sensuality, terror, and a haunting picture of greed and power's effect.

Not only are vampires everywhere having odd dreams, but they are getting peeved about Lestat's music videos, which reveal secrets about vampire history. Some even plan to kill him. But those same music videos wake Akasha, the mother of all vampires, who kills her sleeping husband and casts Marius into an icy prison.

Then she goes on a rampage, setting vampires on fire and finally escaping with the Brat Prince himself. The vampire cast thus far gather together, hoping to defeat the malignant Akasha; elsewhere, Lestat begins to think the same when he finds that Akasha is a mad megalomaniac. But Akasha cannot be destroyed without killing every vampire on earth...

Out of her entire bibliography, Anne Rice wrote only one epic story -- one that spans the world, time, and three novels' worth of characters (Armand, Gabrielle, Marius, Louis...). Lots of fictional memoirs, but no more epics. Perhaps she should write more, because this book remains not only her finest novel, but a stirring, creepy read on its own.

Rice's lush prose is well-suited to many characters, whether they're rogue Talamasca or biker vampires. She skips effortlessly from ancient Egypt to a hard-rock concert, with the same level of skill. And most importantly, she creates a stunning explanation for why the vampires exist, wrapped up in ancient Egyptian imperialism and malevolent spirits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Anne Rice Oct. 17 2006
By Yazmeen
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a big fan of Mrs. Rice's Books. I fell in love with her characters from Interview with a vampire and have followed ever since. This is definitely her best. The way she jumps from one character to another makes it all the more interesting. The movie does NOT give this creation justice what-so-ever. If you need to read an Anne rice novel, start with Interview with a Vampire then continue on to this one, it will be well worth your time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing follow up June 10 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm June 3 2004
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful book of fantastic storytelling! May 14 2004
By A. Sybo
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pinnacle in the series! April 24 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This and "Memnoch" are the best of the 5 Vampire Chronicles - after Memnoch, they start going downhill...
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you have already seen the movie... April 23 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a long time reader of Anne Rices' work I was very pleased with her efforts in "Queen of the Damned". I try not to read books after I see the movie, but I was already mid-way through this one. I enjoyed the movie only to later find; as you almost always will that much of the story line was lost in the making of the movie. I was upset at the loss of the story line of the twins. The beginning of the movie was false compared to "The Vampire Lestat". I know that I'm more descriptive about the movie in this review, but I feel that to truly understand and enjoy what was happening with Lestat, you'll need to read the books. Rice has this way of putting things that you feel that you are right there with Lestat and every one he encounters. I absolutely loved the entire story of the twins. This gave you a better understanding of the creation of Akasha and Enkil and just exactly how Jessie fit into Maharets' history and what really happened at the end of the story.
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