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Servant of the Bones [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Anne Rice
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July 29 1996
In a new and major novel, the creator of fantastic universes o vampires and witches takes us now into the world of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and the destruction of Solomon's Temple, to tell the story of Azriel, Servant of the Bones.

He is ghost, genii, demon, angel--pure spirit made visible. He pours his heart out to us as he journeys from an ancient Babylon of royal plottings and religious upheavals to Europe of the Black Death and on to the modern world. There he finds himself, amidst the towers of Manhattan, in confrontation with his own human origins and the dark forces that have sought to condemn him to a life of evil and destruction.

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Her first book since Memnoch the Devil, Anne Rice takes us now into the world of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and the destruction of Solomon's temple, to tell the story of Azriel, Servant of the Bones. He is ghost, genji, demon, angel--pure spirit made visible. He pours his heart out to us as he journeys from an ancient Babylon of royal plottings and religious upheavals to the Europe of the Black Death and to the modern world. There he finds himself, amidst the towers of Manhattan, in confrontation with his own human origins and the dark forces that have sought to condemn him to a life of evil and destruction. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Neither a vampire nor a witch nor a mummy, but a genie provides the focus of Rice's latest (after Memnoch the Devil). The queen of high-decadent gothic deviates from her formula of interlacing spirituality and carnality here: only in the novel's latter pages do lusty sensuousness and brisk pacing leaven a series of cerebral metaphysical struggles. This unusual approach arises from the central dilemma of the story. "Servant of the Bones" Azriel is a "genii" who, until his emergence in 1995 New York, is only a shell filled with spirit, not a corporeal presence ripe for Rice's usual dark eroticism. In the novel's first half, Azriel tells his tale: born a Hebrew in Babylon at the time of Cyrus, he is sacrificed in order to free his people, his body boiled down to golden bones. He then is cursed by a necromancer to be bound to the bones. Over the millennia, he is a spirit at the beck and call of a series of "Masters" who possess his casket. When Azriel calls himself into human form in the present day, he encounters plastic, airplanes?and the Temple of the Mind, a cult of computer-created creed that threatens to kill two-thirds of the earth's population. Azriel's emergence as a sensual being and the suspense generated by the Temple's Last Days project will help readers to forget the book's initial 300 pages, in which they must track Azriel from swirling particles to thickening flesh. Yet Rice's impeccable research into science, history and Jewish scholarship will probably leave readers impressed and entertained. 1,000,000 first printing; BOMC and QPB main selections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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...they would invariably write a better novel than this.
I'm not sure if the weird narrative dialog was a literary experiment gone horribly wrong or Ms. Rice's vain attempt to recapture some of the same quality as her 70s "Interview with the Vampire" classic, but whatever it was, it [wasn't good].
Perhaps this strange 'fourth-person' format works well when narrating a story verbally, but in a novel it just doesn't go. For the first 100 pages, I found myself at a total and devastating loss with regards to plot, setting, and character. I could, however, paint you a detailed picture of Azriel, whose eyes and thick hair are described so often it seems as though Rice was either trying to fill mothholes in her paragraphs, or had forgotten she'd already talked about them 5 times.
Generally speaking, I consider it poor form to write a review of a book, no matter how terrible, if I haven't completed it. However, the extreme drivel-factor of "Servant of the Bones" compelled me to share my thoughts on it although those first 100 confusing pages were all I managed to plough through.
If you absolutely must read a novel by Anne Rice, try out "Cry to Heaven"--what i personally consider one of her very few palatable works. If you're a real goth/vampire fanatic, "The Vampire Armand" is also worth considering.
Otherwise, steer clear. Spend your time on something with more literary value. If you can manage 600 pages of Rice, you can probably manage any number of classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Riveting Tale Jan. 31 2002
Format:Hardcover
This is another great masterpiece by my favorite author, Anne Rice. Again, she weaves a world rich with life and death, joy and sorrow.

Azriel is the main narrator of this heart wrenching tale. A story that begins in our time line, taking us back through Ancient Babylonian time and ending in modern day New York City. Azriel tells us of his days as a Hebrew mortal, and his time as Servant of the Bones. A genie if you will, but not exactly. A gentle born Hebrew who was forced to make the ultimate sacrifice to save his people. Refusal would have meant that death would surely flow. Azriel would be forsaken and than deceived. Living from one master to the next, Azriel does their bidding until becoming his own master, controller of his own great power.
Asleep for centuries, Azriel is awakened to witness a horrific murder. Unbeknownst to him, he would take action that would change the future of mankind. Who is this Servant of the Bones, who was created out of madness, with the purpose to serve evil?
Contrary to the opinion of most reviewers, this is an excellent story. This is TYPICAL Anne Rice, but even better. I recommend this book immensely. You will be bewitched.
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Servant of the Bones is the story of Azriel, as told to the 'narrator' of the story. From his early days in Babylon with his Hebrew family, to his personal god Marduk, and to ultimately, his betrayal by those he loves in life to become the Servant of the Bones. We follow Azriel the spirit as he grows and learns through time seeing many of the great tragedies of this world such as the Black Plague. He speaks of his succession of 'masters' through time, those both good and bad, although his memory is far from complete. All through modern time, where the story turns as it's partially about Azriel and partially about the villian Gregory Belkin who is another cult leader with visions of being the next Alexander the Great.
This is the point where Azriel first has to make decisions for himself. And, ultimately how his judgement will pass, as he's learning constantly. In a way, this is an area left untouched by Anne Rice in her prior novels, and while some people are quick to write this novel off by unfairly comparing it to the Vampire Chronicles, or even the Mayfair Witches....Servant of the Bones stands on it's own with it's unique view of historical events, with a religious slant, while taking a sublime aim at 'cult' religions in modern days. I immensely enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it to someone who enjoys Anne Rice's work without pigeonholing her into the aforementioned Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witch series'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars GREAT AT THE BEGINNING ~ FAULTERS NEAR THE END May 9 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read some, not all, but some of Anne Rice's novels. So I can't justly compare this particular book to many of her all time best.
But what I can tell you is this. 'Servent Of The Bones' is lush with great pose and great charectors. The only thing I think is wrong with this book and a big thing at that, is that this novel should have been made as a series.
It simply jumps to fast from one time to the next, from one era to the next, and the reader never really catches up.
The beginning is fantastic, with a detailed review of the main charectors, Azriel, life and times. Dawning with the Babalonian era right through to present day New York.
But that's just it, the novel simply is too rushed. I didn't like the ending of the novel and think that this would have been a better investment of time had it been more of an historical account of such, not so much about what it became about toward the end...if that makes any sense(?)
But I like the premise of it. A man who worships a God, who is then made in to that God, and becomes a dark demon only to be brought forth by uttering the name 'The Servent Of The Bones'. Fantastic story, but it ends there. If it sounds confusing it isn't, and Rices vast knowledge of the English language provides supple opportunity for the reader to fully understand what it is she is trying to say.
Anyhow, not too bad, but not overly great...
Three Out Of Five
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1.0 out of 5 stars Them bones, them bones, them gold bones...
Anne Rice boldly goes where she's gone before in "Servant of the Bones," a flaccid deviation from her Vampire Chronicles. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful story
Anne Rice has yet to write a book that I haven't adored. Regardless of those few "cool" people in the world that think hating a famous author makes them look... Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2003 by S. Dye
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating New Twist
I just finsihed reading this wonderful book by Anne Rice. For some reason I am a devoted fan but I never got around to reading this book until now. I love Azriel the Genie. Read more
Published on March 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating New Twist
I just finsihed reading this wonderful book by Anne Rice. For some reason I am a devoted fan but I never got around to reading this book until now. I love Azriel the Genie. Read more
Published on March 17 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Historical Fiction
Don't read this book if you are looking for a Vampire caper involving Lestat and his friends. This is about Azriel and his transformation into the Servant of the Bones. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2003 by "azmi21"
4.0 out of 5 stars What I can tell you from listening to the audiobook
This is an intersesting story, and it's just dripping in Anne Rice's writing style. It's a little predictable that way. And, the ending is sort of like Queen of the Damned. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2002 by Robert Lachman
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best.......
This is one of the best books I have ever read. This book has it all, history, romance and suspension. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2002 by Kimbel Angolozana
5.0 out of 5 stars great stori
what can I say, except that I really liked this book. It was very interesting, it had a good history and a good storyline. I thought that Azriel was a very interesting character. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2002 by Emil Milobiachval
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite Rice novel...
Probably my second least favorite novel by Rice (second only to Memnoch the Devil). I found it boring, slow, and too complicated. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2002 by S. Glozeris
1.0 out of 5 stars didnt even finish it!!
Well, im terribly sorry to say, but I absolutely despised this book. O.k. i dont DESPISE it, but it was so..... Read more
Published on June 22 2002 by Shauna
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