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4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire stories
Anne Rice revamped the vampire-horror genre with the publication of "Interview with the Vampire," a supernational drama from the vampire's own mouth. It became an unexpected hit, and spawned a series of sequels that came to be known as the Vampire Chronicles. The first three books of the series are compiled here, and arguably remain her best.

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3.0 out of 5 stars vampire chronicles
these books were great when they first came out but now on a re-read they have lost some of the excitement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire stories, Feb. 24 2007
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Vampire Chronicles Collection: Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned (Paperback)
Anne Rice revamped the vampire-horror genre with the publication of "Interview with the Vampire," a supernational drama from the vampire's own mouth. It became an unexpected hit, and spawned a series of sequels that came to be known as the Vampire Chronicles. The first three books of the series are compiled here, and arguably remain her best.

"Interview With the Vampire" is the story of Louis, a grieving young widower and plantation owner, whose life is turned upside down when he meets the charming vampire Lestat. Lestat offers him a way out: become a vampire. Louis accepts, but once it's done, he finds that vampirism is more than he bargained for -- especially for his conscience.

"The Vampire Lestat" takes a totally different tack, showing us the world through the enigmatic, charming Lestat's eyes. After years of dormancy, Lestat wakes up in time for the early MTV years of the 1980s, becoming a rock star in the tradition of Ozzy and Black Sabbath. And like Louis, Lestat relates his long life's story -- how he became a vampire, his wanderings over the earth, and his investigations into the origins of vampirism itself...

"Queen of the Damned" builds on that research. Lestat's metal music has caused quite a bit of mayhem -- but not this much before: Akasha, Egyptian queen and mother of all vampires, has reawoken from her comalike sleep. The lesser vampires are having strange dreams, some are being murdered by the ruthless queen. Apparently she wants to kill virtually all men. What is more, Akasha has taken a shine to the roguish Lestat himself...

Vampiric autobiography is a given in Anne Rice's bibliography -- she has plenty of bloodsuckers telling us about their lives. But Lestat and Louis's were not just the first ones, but perhaps the most compelling and rich, especially since the two had such radically different viewpoints -- including of one another. Is Lestat a heartless fiend, or a roguish good-craving bad boy? I'd lean towards the latter, to be honest.

The first two books are quite personal -- one is Louis recounting his own miserable life and un-life. Then we get Lestat, a radically different viewpoint, a guy who enjoys his un-life even more than his mortal existance. Finally, there's an epic view of all vampires, throughout history, from the ancient Egyptian queen to the modern biker vamps.

Despite the more controversial recent novels, Anne Rice's first Vampire Chronicles are often reckoned to be modern horror classics. Rich, intriguing and far deeper than you'd think vampire fiction would be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Rice, Oct. 12 2002
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This review is from: The Vampire Chronicles Collection: Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned (Paperback)
Many people know of Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire" due to the popular movie starring Tom Cruise & Brad Pitt. But what some may not be aware of is that "Interview" is only one part of a much larger tale.
Rice has been at it for many years and the Vampire Chronicles span innumberable volumes by this point in time. A reason to buy this particular book is that it collects the first three, and most essential novels in an affordable single edition.
While Rice's future work suffers from sameness and lack of a good editor, this trilogy (Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and The Queen of the Damned) is filled with striking imagery and an emotional resonance that commands attention. You journey with these characters as they grapple with issues of good and evil, and search for the meaning of their existence... complete with sex and blood and explosions, all that good stuff.
The novels contained in this volume are hugely entertaining and shift through many different moods, perhaps all you ever need to know about Anne Rice - it stands as her best legacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sink your teeth into this..., July 6 2000
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... a fine set of Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. What a refreshing point of view and burning light to see vampires in. Rice gives us vampires with feelings - why shouldn't a vampire feel joy, pain and regret? Yes, bottom line is they are merciless killers, but this is the all-too often typecast image of vampires that Hollywood likes to betray. These immortals don't just sweep in with a dramatic flare of their capes (most of the time they don't even wear one), kill then leave - we experience their agony, hunger, happiness and turmoil before and after each kill. Anne Rice gives us so much more - imagine YOUR fears, regrets and hopes from your lifetime spread over an eternity. Would you really want immortality? What is right and what is wrong? Good and evil? The devil and God? Leave your humdrum life behind for a while and bury yourself (literally) in a world of fascinating, real characters in sumtuous, historic or sordid surroundings. Enjoy, but remember to put the lid back across when you're finished...
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great collection, Oct. 8 2001
This book is so loving for all vampire lovers. The reason why I like this collection is because people don't have to buy one book at a time. You can just buy this collection, and then you'll be satisfied. All three of the books starting from Interview all the way to the Queen Of The Damned are the finest novals of this collection. Did you know that this is the collection you can use to add background orchestrated music? This is the purfect collection to do just so while you're listening or reading. While we read this book! we must have dark music. The reason why is because this book needs it. Anne Rice is a good author, and her novels are the best ever read. I highly recommend this book to all vampire lovers in the world. They shal fall in love with the darkness of these novels, and pay no worship to the light. That's what's this book is for. This book is the inspiration. This book is love. This book is darkness. This book is everything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...The Vampire Lestat. Remember Me?" YES! Gladly!, Oct. 30 1998
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I guess you could say Lestat is the reason I enjoy reading! I hadn't picked up a book in years until a friend told me about "Interview." Being a journalist originally from Louisiana... I admired the way Rice made the concept of the interview so realistic! My all-time favorite book is Lestat, but I thoroughly enjoyed the history & final battle of "Queen"... & watching Lestat struggle with his own humanity in Tale of the Body Thief was a true page-turning experience! Rice's 1st four Vampire Chronicles brought Lestat to life and for that I'm eternally greatful... While I didn't care for "Memnoch the Devil"... the earlier adventures of Lestat will keep me coming back for more. He makes you want to believe in Vampires! Forget him? NEVER!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Vampyre Chronicles are a great set of books to read!!, Jan. 31 1998
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Overall, the story was quite intricate in it's style and plotting but I also tend to the point that she made her masculine characters very feminine. Well, I guess it' hard writing from an female to male perspective.She plots the books out very neatly, and I'd definitely recommend you read them. It has some great climaxes! On another note though, I think Anne was trying to make the vampires fluid in motion, like a female, so I guess you could put it down to that; grace & agility. She made an excellent story line. It all fit together precisely the way it should have. Introducing characters early, and THEN finding out what the significence was. Definitely a great set of books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best Vampire writer around, Jan. 6 1998
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I found this documentary of vampire life simply enthralling. Anne Rice writes so convincingly that her tales appear to be nothing less than absolute truths. Everything the modern vampire needs to know and understand is here. Unfortunately, I felt that the film of "Interview...", using Tom Cruise as Lestat did not do this literary masterpiece justice. As a film in it's own right, it is amazing, but after reading the rest of the Vampire Chronicles, it becomes blatently obvious that Cruise is unsuitable for the role he attempts to assume. The books are irresistable; impossible to put down. If you have not yet read them............what are you waiting for???
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take Lestat with you!, May 9 2000
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The first three Vampire Chronicles ("Interview with the Vampire", "The Vampire Lestat", "The Queen of the Damned.") in a beautifully designed keep case that resembles a coffin is a nice acquisition. Even that they are in an abridged version this does not disminishes its enjoyment. Besides they serve as a testimony to demonstrate how a story can be fit in two hours (Hollywood is adapting "The Queen of the Damned" and everything seems to indicate that it's going to be transformed into another version of "Buffy)
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5.0 out of 5 stars IWV is one of the best books I have ever read., Oct. 11 1997
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I think that Interview With a Vampire was one of the best books ever written. Not only did it tell an unusual side to the vampire tale, but it also told about how people see each other, and how we have a tendacy to stereotype one another. I loved the book, and i think the movie portrayed it rather well. I would love to see Vampire Lestat made into a movie as well. The book Vampire Lestat was another book that was written really well. Ann rice wrote in in such a way that the reader could not help but relate it to his/her own life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IWV was one of the greatest books ever written, Feb. 9 1998
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The Vampire Chronicles is one of the best set of books written! Anne Rice takes you into the world of the undead and it leaves you completly speechless. The characters in the book become real and very unforgetable! It leaves you spellbond and very much at the edge of your set. You can't wait to start the next book. I really loved it. 'Memnoch the Devil,' was one of the best also. I truely hope that there will be more books to this set. The entire set is a must to read and own.
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