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Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Oct 28 2014
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Praise for Anne Rice’s
“[Rice] retakes her throne as Queen of the Damned . . . visceral and gritty . . . [Prince Lestat] infuses new life into the Vampire Chronicles and sets the stage for a new era.
-Elise de los Santos, Chicago RedEye
“No one does what Anne Rice does . . . Not only does she find ways—brilliant ways—to tease new narrative potential from old stories, she does so while acknowledging that those stories are already part of the other characters’ psyches. I don’t know of any other novelist doing that . . . she has not lost any of her flair for description, allowing us to experience the world the way her vampires do, with the sensory volume turned up to 11 . . . fun, sexy, and irresistible.”
-John Russell, Next Magazine
“Bloody marvelous . . . Prince Lestat is saving the undead from banality and overfamiliarity.”
-Daniel D’Addario, Time
“Anne Rice reminds us just how immense and rich with history her universe of poetic, morally questioning vampires is, and Prince Lestat serves as a palate cleanser to the hormone-soaked teen dramas of the past few years. It’s nice to have a real grown-up back in the game.”
-Cotton Codinha, Elle
“Ambitious...Rice never lost touch with the exuberant, often witty, and always fearless voice of irrepressible vampire Lestat de Lioncourt... Rice has offered us a tale of tremendous ambition, and she’s absolutely delivered.”
-Matthew Jackson, BookPage
About the Author
Anne Rice is the author of thirty-two books. She lives in Palm Desert, California.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm currently about three quarters of the way through the book and it's taken me a long time to get here. I've put the book down a few times and taken a break from it. As much as I love this series, it just seems to have too much unnecessary fluff. While I still love all of the characters and loved reading about them again, I just have trouble wanting to keep turning the page.
While the stories have always taken time to develop in the author's own time, this just seems excessive. It really could have been edited down. That being said...I will finish this book. I will buy the next one she releases. I love the characters. I love the story line overall. I do still want to know what happens next. I feel like I've been reading about them for so long, that I have to continue to follow the journey. So yes, I would buy this again - because I want to know what happens to all of my favourite characters and will continue to follow their story.
She made her characters come to life, giving them so many layers, that I felt they were not only real people, but people that I know.
The intricacy of the character's relationships, and Lestat's journey throughout the years kept me hooked from cover to cover. As much as I tried, I couldn't put the book down, I craved to know what would happen on the next page.
Of all the vampires, Lestat is the one who both absolutely loves and hates what he is, struggling to find a balance and purpose in the world. I felt that in this book more than the others, Lestat's character really grew and flourished.
Roughly 11 years have passed since we last met Rice's vampires upon the page, a decade during which she abandoned her atheism, returned to the Catholic church, nearly died (twice), rededicated her writing to glorifying God, once again distanced herself from organized Christianity, and ultimately returned to the world of vampires. For better or worse, that question of faith and that self-awareness of one's own mortality have more do with Prince Lestat than the Gothic opulence to which most fans so desperately wished to return.
Right off the bat (no pun intended), we realize this is going to be a very different sort of vampire tale. We're introduced to vampire doctors, scientists, and guinea pigs, all of them contributing to a pseudo-scientific explanation for vampirism that reeks of midi-chlorians. Not long after that, we're introduced to Lestat's son, a plot development that seems a desperate attempt to put a new spin on the idea of mortality, countering that dark cloud of intellectual progress being pulled over the supernatural concept of immortality. Not only that, but there's a whole Christ-like allusion to his role that I almost expected, but could have done without.
Moving onto our titular character, this book is less about Lestat than it is the vampires pining for his absence from the world.Read more ›
I could imagine her in her room with post-it-notes to remind her of the past novels.
Sadly, in my humble opinion, I think she truly underestimated the dedication of true believers.
With that being said, I still have hope that Anne Rice, with tidbits of information given by her within this novel itself, will spur her on to go into more detail with the "lesser characters", but could become just as important to write their stories as individuals, as she has done in her writings.
Most recent customer reviews
Arrived earlier than expected and has not let me down in quality of story.Published 5 months ago by Terri King
I've read all of Anne Rice's books and this one wraps up the Vampire Chronicles in a very rich and interesting way.Published 16 months ago by Kerri Radoman
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