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Taltos [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne Rice
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March 31 1996 Lives of Mayfair Witches
--San Francisco Chronicle
"TALTOS IS THE THIRD BOOK IN A SERIES KNOWN AS THE LIVES OF THE MAYFAIR WITCHES . . . Their haunted heritage has brought the family great wealth, which is exercised from a New Orleans manse with Southern gentility; but of course such power cannot escape notice . . . or challenge. . . Rice is a formidable talent. . .
[Taltos] is a curious amalgam of gothic, glamour fiction, alternate history, and high soap opera."
--The Washington Post Book World
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"SPELLBINDING . . . MYTHICAL . . . Anne Rice is a pure storyteller."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"Her power of invention seems boundless. . . . She has made a masterpiece of the morbid, worthy of Poe's daughter. . . . It is hard to praise sufficiently the originality of Miss Rice."
--The Wall Street Journal

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In a swirling universe filled with death and life, corruption and innocence, this mesmerizing novel takes us on a wondrous journey back through the centuries to a civilization half-human, of wholly mysterious origin, at odds with mortality and immortality, justice and guilt. It is an enchanted, hypnotic world that could only come from the imagination of Anne Rice... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cutting-edge gene mapping intertwines with ancient mysteries in this continuation of Rice's series of novels about witches and the supernatural. A "taltos" is the superhuman result of the crossbreeding of two human witches who possess an extra chromosome; almost a monster, the creature is capable of beastly behavior fuelled by an extraordinary sex drive. In Lasher , the eponymous offspring of Michael Curry and Rowan Mayfair of the New Orleans Mayfair witch clan proved to be just such a mutant; before he was slain, he repeatedly raped his own mother, siring a little "goblin" daughter, Emaleth. This new novel features a second taltos, also fathered by Curry, but mothered by a 13-year-old sexpot niece of Rowan's named Mona, who is herself the most powerful witch of the Mayfair clan. Other plot elements involve renegade members of the secret order of Talamasca, who want to kidnap and crossbreed two taltoses; a 200-year-old taltos from New York named Ashlar, who is posing as a toy-industry magnate specializing in dolls; and a dwarf called Samuel from the witches' holy glen in Donnelaith, Scotland. Pulsing with a persisent sense of foreboding, the novel is soggy with meandering, atmospheric prose that verges on softcore porn. And, as usual, what happens in the book is clearly less important to the author than the number of chills she can send down readers' spines. She has not lost her touch. 600,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending to a disappointing series. Feb. 22 2014
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Anne Rice once again proves that just because you have written a bunch of novels and made a bunch of money off them doesn't mean that you know how to write. Some of my irritations with this third and final installment of Lives of the Mayfair Witches:

- Refers to the main character of Chapter 1 as "he" for pages and pages, leaving us mystified as to whether we've met this person before and annoyed at what is even *happening*?
- Inserts two chapters of 80+ pages of info-dump in the first person, even though the book is written in third person omniscient.
- Suddenly "discovers" another Mayfair offspring around Mona's age, conveniently at the time she needs a friend to assist in her crazy. Has Michael, of course, lust after the poor girl because she is, of course, completely deliciously gorgeous and wears a cowboy hat. Does not bring the Michael-lust plot point up ever again.
- Inelegantly explains the Taltos--oh, guys, they weren't what you thought for the thousands of pages of the last books--making me more confused and annoyed at what the heck the purpose of the last two books was.

And those are just the big ones.

All I can say is, thank you, Anne Rice, for teaching me never to buy all the books in a series at once. If I hadn't done that, my eyeballs would never fallen upon these pages. At least it wasn't as bad as the first one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars taltos Dec 31 2013
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I like all of Anne Rice books but re-reading this one has lost some of the zest it had in the beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great reading Oct. 6 2013
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anything written by Anne Rice is excellent. Book is in excellent condition and I will be able to resell later
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Rice never fails!!!! Feb. 21 2013
By Nealz
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A very good read as expected! Very descriptive making you feel as though you know the characters and places personally....wish there was a part 4. I will miss my Mayfield Witches!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars whoa April 27 2004
By brennan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
ok, easily the best book i have ever read. all of her books just seem to lead up to this masterpiece. The Witching Hour, although incredibly amazing and captivating, was really nothing but a platform. Then came Lasher, which revolved around the Mayfairs' discovery of what a Taltos is, and a lot about Lasher. It ends dramatically. Then came this book, which is easily the climax. It is was better written than anything i had ever read, with all the right descriptions and stories and fantasies. it evoked images of olden times, dancing in stones, letting the animalistic response to music control you. oh god, if i could only express how much i enjoyed this book. i think the only way i can get that across to you is for you to just go buy the book!!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best effort Dec 10 2003
By A Customer
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I agree with another reviewer on this list that Rice should have stopped while she was ahead. She told a wonderful and gripping story in the Witching Hour. This installment paled in comparison. I usually love Rice's rich detail and the epic scope of her stories, but here it just dragged. If you like Anne Rice, you probably will not hate this book, but there is little here to love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghostly and dark Sept. 10 2003
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Haunting and mysterious. The strange non-human Tessa sent shivers up my spine, and to this day, I spend evenings wondering about her and her peculiar kind. Why does she weave? Why does she speak so strangely? What was her early life really like? Buy this book and be haunted for a life time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Taltos Aug. 2 2003
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I think that I was the odd one in my family who actually like this book. I enjoyed learning more about the main characters. Towards the end of the book I did feel like something was left out that needed to be addressed. Possible Rice does address this in the next book. I enjoyed learning the so called history of the Taltos.
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