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Blackwood Farm Mass Market Paperback – 2003

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345443683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345443687
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am often at odds with other Anne Rice fans with reguards to which stories I like.
I loved Pandora, but I still thought Blood And Gold was great, I don't feel it merely re-treaded old ground, covered in Pandora and The Vampire Armand. I actually added it up and more than half of Blood And Gold details events outside of those books. And the parts that do retell scenes from Pandora or Armand are different, because they are seen from Marius' point of view. I've always loved his character and it's nice to get to know him a little better.
But this isn't about Blood And Gold, this is about Blackwood Farm.
If you hated Blood And Gold you might not like Blackwood Farm, not for any strong similarities, but if you are one of the people who feel that Rice's writing has gone downhill, I don't sense any major difference between this and her other recent output.
I loved Blackwood Farm. I loved the intimate nature of experiencing the family's history without the tedious charts and family tree of Mayfair Witches. After a while I felt at home in Quinn's house.
I like the character Quinn, and I loved reading about his past, his teachers, and especially Mona.
I didn't like the vampire that sired him very much, but that's more personal taste than anything.
I should also note that I started reading Mayfair Witches *after* I read Blackwood Farm.
But if you are like me, and you didn't mind Memnoch The Devil, loved Pandora, had to fight through The Vampire Armand (all the boring descriptions of Vennis and it takes so long for him to become a vampire), and liked Blood And Gold, for instance, then I think there is a good chance you'll enjoy Blackwood Farm.
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A long-time fan of Rice's Vampire Chronicles, I was rather excited with the return of Lestat at the end of "Merrick" and had high hopes for "Blackwood Farm" and its following chronicle "Blood Canticle". I just finished reading "Blackwood Farm" and found it dull, slow and a mere shadow of Rice's usual engaging and sensuous prose that can be found in the earlier VampChrons such as "Interview with the Vampire" (my personal favorite) and even as late as "The Vampire Armand".
The entirety of the book is narrated by Quinn Blackwood, a very hard-to-like character despite his many similarities to Louis, the other "sensitive"-type vampire prominent in the Chronicles. Quinn's relationship with Goblin, his doppelganger and spirit companion, could have proved fascinating plot fodder, but the very character of Quinn is so off-putting it's difficult to enjoy. His story is filled over the top with angst ("Oh, it's so difficult to be a ridiculously wealthy 18-year-old Southern Catholic genius who sees ghosts...") and a rather nauseating relationship with fellow 15-year-old chronically ill promiscuous rich genius Mona Mayfair. If this is starting to sound a little absurd, you're about right. Mona is a detestable character: pretentious, self-pitying at turns and ridiculously self-assured at others, and fancies herself the drowning Ophelia of Shakespeare fame (stereotypically Gothic angst, anyone?). Finally, the story is tedious and Quinn's narration plods and falls very flat, very often.
Truly, the only thing saving this particular installment of the VampChrons is the mere PRESENCE of Lestat.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 21 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The penultimate chapter of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles inspires more boredom than thrills'n'chills. While it starts off strong, the draggy pace and boring recounting of the lead's life bogs it down, despite Rice's typically beautiful writing.
Tarquin Blackwood, a young vampire, arrives at the Vampire Lestat's apartment to deliver a letter asking for his help. Before he can drop it off, however, Lestat himself appears and take Quinn under his wing. But after the two of them feed, Lestat sees a strange spirit-like creature attach itself to Quinn, sucking some of the blood from him. This is Goblin, an invisible doppelganger who has been with Quinn his whole life.
Quinn recounts his life to Lestat: His childhood with Goblin, the invisible friend who never went away, quirky Aunt Queen and his mother, a vicious country singer called Patsy. He tells of his run-ins with the sexy ghost of his ancestor's mistress, his love for the promiscuous Mona Mayfair, and the strange events that led him to become a "Blood Hunter." Except that now that he is a vampire, Goblin is becoming more powerful -- and malevolent -- as well.
"Blackwood Farm" starts off strong with supernatural mystery and mayhem in a Southern Gothic setting, with plenty of dirty family secrets, murder and ghosts. But as soon as Lestat starts listening to Quinn talk about his life, things start to drag. It wouldn't be surprising if Lestat wandered off to watch TV during the course of Quinn's monologue. It's that dull.
Occasionally Quinn offers a tidbit that is genuinely enticing, like the intricacies of his Southern gothic family, or the clues he uncovers about the beautiful, evil Rebecca. But it often feels like Rice is trying too hard to make it all feel surreal and supernatural.
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