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Queen Of The Damned [Paperback]

Anne Rice
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars One of her very best Nov. 17 2003
By Brian
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read this book twice.
It vies with "Interview with the vampire" for the honour of being my favourite Rice novel. Though interview is likely better, it has the advantage of being the first, whereas this has the disadvantage of being a sequel.
The book's imagery is top quality as it explores the coming of an apocalypse for vampires all over the world. Akasha, the mother vampire, the source of vampirism, and the one who's death would bring about the deaths of all vampires, has awoken from her long sleep and is travelling the world, slaughtering her own kind, and creating visitations among third world communities, where she encourages them to slaughter their males to bring about a 'perfect' world, free of war, rape etc.
Step in all the vampires we know and love from the previous two books (Armand, Louis, Marius, Lestat, Gabrielle), and a few new (and in my opinion even more interesting) ones led by a vampire as old as Akasha, the fascinating and bizarre character of Maharet, an old foe of hers, who was indirectly responsible for making Akasha a vampire 6000 years ago. These survivors gather and await a final meeting with their queen who's awakening was caused by the irreverent rock music of the vampire Lestat. There is also a love interest between Lestat and Akasha, and the highlight of the book, a spellbinding recounting of the events of six thousand years ago the Legend of the Twins, which is so skillfully and subtly brought to life.
The book is packed so full of interesting new characters, that eventually even Marius begins to look unspectacular in comparison. There is the enigmatic Khayman who is as old as Akasha, and Mael, Eric and Azim, as well as Jesse and Daniel. I reallu enjoyed reading this book, and i would strongly recomend it to anyone who enjoys quality fiction.
I can only give it four stars because a book that gets five should be nothing short of outstanding. But for me, four stars = excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well, I'll be damned... Nov. 9 2003
By A. Nod
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The main message remains as clear and complicated as ever, the art of being human and what it is to be human.
Rice's books have always had an underlying tone of loneliness, that aching feeling that immortality would wrought. It is the obsessions of all humans as it continues but never ends and hopefully it never will. This story is tinged with a note of nostalgia, regret, longing, pain and suffering infused with wonder, beauty, love, questioning, pain and hope. It is philosophy eloquently captured in the words and phrases of a gifted, talented and insightful writer. What more could you ask for? I completely fell in love with Queen of the Damned.
Readers who want a straight forward translation or a simple expression of words will not only be somewhat dissatisfied but may not find the patience that it need and takes for this kind of book. She does doesn't just do 'recap' but goes more indepth with the mythology of Akasha. In the 2nd book, we only got one perspective and a limited one at that. Perosnally, I enjoyed the historical tale behind the main story.
Each chapter is its own, diverse in the beginning and all coming together quite beautifully. The stories that are within the story give you a broader perspective on many different characters. Many new characters are reintroduced, no new chracters actually come up, everyone in QotD have been mentioned before.
However, I definitely loved certain parts better than others. With the 2nd one, I loved the whole thing, end of story. QotD, while I absolutely love it, a few small parts, I felt, could have been left out, shortened or expanded on. These are parts where many people get bored or impatient...BUT...don't give up!!! Keep going and read, you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Anne Rice
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2006 by Yazmeen
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... Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by Amazon Customer
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. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Michael Grotchen
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. Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by A. Sybo
5.0 out of 5 stars A pinnacle in the series!
This and "Memnoch" are the best of the 5 Vampire Chronicles - after Memnoch, they start going downhill...
Published on April 24 2004 by Deygan Brendan
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have already seen the movie...
As a long time reader of Anne Rices' work I was very pleased with her efforts in "Queen of the Damned". Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by "mcdoan"
5.0 out of 5 stars Good.
This is my favorite novel by Anne Rice, probably because my favorite character, Khayman is in it, and no other book has him that I know of. Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by "thecrowchicky69"
4.0 out of 5 stars The Queen of the Damned
Anne Rice excels in her writing ability in this book which includes references to all of her main and secondary characters from the Vampire Chronicles. Read more
Published on March 15 2004 by Julie A. Goddard
2.0 out of 5 stars Over written, over wrought
A great example of an author not knowing when to quit.
Interview and Lestat were both great fun, but in trying to give her story a universal theme [ie: the end of the whole... Read more
Published on March 13 2004 by Sam D. Maloney
2.0 out of 5 stars ...
A strange story with a plot that I couldn't really follow. There were stories from other people's POV and you can't tell if it's from a vampire or a human. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004
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