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The Vampire Lestat Lestat The Vampire Hero Of Anne Rice S Enthralling New Novel Is A Creature Of The Darkest And Richest Imagination Once An Aristocrat In The Heady Days Of Pre Revolutionary France, Now A Rock Star In The Demonic, Shimmering S, He Rushes Through The Centuries In Search Of Others Like Him, Seeking Answers To The Mystery Of His Eternal, Terrifying Existence His Is A Mesmerizing Story Passionate, Complex, And Thrilling The year is 1984, and Lestat is the famous lead singer of the group, The Vampire Lestat He stumbles upon a simple little book, Interview with the Vampire , starring Louis, his ersatz lover of sorts because vampires don t exactly have lovers the same way humans do So Lestat sets the record straight and tells the tale of his life as a vampire.When people say this is better than Interview with the Vampire, they are not kidding This book is light years better than Interview I almost wish th The year is 1984, and Lestat is the famous lead singer of the group, The Vampire Lestat He stumbles upon a simple little book, Interview with the Vampire , starring Louis, his ersatz lover of sorts because vampires don t exactly have lovers the same way humans do So Lestat sets the record straight and tells the tale of his life as a vampire.When people say this is better than Interview with the Vampire, they are not kidding This book is light years better than Interview I almost wish this book never ended, it was so good I already have book 3 lined up to read and normally, I would give myself a break, just so I didn t burn out.What makes The Vampire Lestat so good Just about everything from characters, to setting, to writing, to mythos About the only thing I can critique is that at one point, not long after Gabrielle is turned and we meet Armand, the story kinda stalls and gets a bit dull Oh, and when Marius is telling his story, I kinda got confused and thought we went back to Lestat s POV But honestly, those are nitpicks I enjoyed myself thoroughly with this book.Lestat is a WAY better protagonist than Louis He s not so whiny, so pathetic, so useless He s a master of his own life sure, he contemplates whether he is evil and tends to choose victims who are evil those women Louis says Lestat seduces They are prostitutes that cheat sailors and probably kill them He is a passionate being he cares enormously for Nikola and Louis some of the sweetest interactions in the book and his mother though his love for her gets a bit creepy in the I don t think we should be kissing our MOM this way He is a curious being he searches all over the Mediterranean for Marius and the source of answers He is a powerful being his powers attract the attention of Armand and Marius and when others can t stand being a vampire, he is able to press on.The rest of the cast is beautifully done as well Gabrielle, Nikola, Marius, Armand, and even Louis all get dimension They are real people, with real desires Gabrielle to be set loose to live alone Nikola to balance his wicked pursuit of the theater with his religious beliefs And so on And so forth.The story was engaging and exciting I was enthralled with the depths of the mythos, a perfect balance of complex and yet simple not a list of rules sloppily tacked together when the author needs to add a new challenge to her characters, but actual rules that make sense in the world and seem to originate naturally from the circumstances And the addition of Akasha and her brother I can t tell you how deliciously creeped out I was I loved it At this point, I m just gushing Honestly, I really loved this book and am SO GLAD I didn t give up on this series If you like your vampires wicked and blood thirsty, you definitely need to check out this series The Vampire Lestat is the second book in The Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice I adored the first book, Interview With A Vampire which was told in Louis perspective, a vampire that Lestat made who clung desperately to his humanity The Vampire Lestat is Lestat s story told in his perspective Although I viewed Lestat as somewhat of a villian in the first book, the reader gets a glimpse of Lestat when he was human and first made vampire His story is long and tours the globe, even with a h The Vampire Lestat is the second book in The Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice I adored the first book, Interview With A Vampire which was told in Louis perspective, a vampire that Lestat made who clung desperately to his humanity The Vampire Lestat is Lestat s story told in his perspective Although I viewed Lestat as somewhat of a villian in the first book, the reader gets a glimpse of Lestat when he was human and first made vampire His story is long and tours the globe, even with a history lesson of vampire history The present day setting of the book is in the 1980 s and I loved Lestat s view on the 20th century, along with his view on humanity, good versus evil, life and death, and his fellow vampires I was pleasantly surprised to see this side of Lestat Anne Rice s writing remains beautiful, lyrical, and generous with detail I plan to continue the series.My favorite quote None of us really changes over time We only becomefully what we are Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat The Vampire Chronicles, 2 Oh, how I love Anne Rice.I actually started reading these books after I read Twilight Yes, surprisingly, I went back to vampire fiction after that Meyer is a good writer, but once you ve met Anne s Vampires, you re never going back Anyhow, this book was great It still has the good kind of vampires the ones that sleep in coffins, drink human blood and burn in the sunlight This second book in the series wasn t disappointing, although I feared it might be, after reading the amazing Interview Oh, how I love Anne Rice.I actually started reading these books after I read Twilight Yes, surprisingly, I went back to vampire fiction after that Meyer is a good writer, but once you ve met Anne s Vampires, you re never going back Anyhow, this book was great It still has the good kind of vampires the ones that sleep in coffins, drink human blood and burn in the sunlight This second book in the series wasn t disappointing, although I feared it might be, after reading the amazing Interview With The Vampire It was also quite interesting, since I read this book after I d seen the movie Queen of the Damned , which is based on this book and the next book The violin Turns out it didn t belong to a girl at all, but to Nicki, a boy Damn you, untruthful modern cinema The characters in this book were brilliant, the story line was good and the ending was awesome I can t wait to read The Queen of the Damned I own all of the books in this series and it s about time that I finish them all Warning Addicting series A very original take on the vampire tale, complete with a sweeping history and rich locales This was Rice at the top of her game. Interview With the Vampire is a tough book to beat That being said, I think I actually enjoyed this bookthan Interview And that s saying a lot Rice has such a beautifully poetic way of writing, it s just so rich and you can t help but be hypnotized by the story I think Lestat is probably my favourite fictional vampire to date, there s just something special about him as a character and I adore it For me this book was utterly flawless, I loved every single word of it It is my suggestion that, if you want to sample Anne Rice, and have never read any of her other works, this may be the book you want to read instead of her most famous novel, Interview with a Vampire let me explain The Vampire Lestat is quite a different novel from the first in the series, because we are dealing with an entirely different vampire than the depressed and vulnerable Louis from Rice s first book Don t get me wrong, Lestat was the antagonist in Interview but towards the end of It is my suggestion that, if you want to sample Anne Rice, and have never read any of her other works, this may be the book you want to read instead of her most famous novel, Interview with a Vampire let me explain The Vampire Lestat is quite a different novel from the first in the series, because we are dealing with an entirely different vampire than the depressed and vulnerable Louis from Rice s first book Don t get me wrong, Lestat was the antagonist in Interview but towards the end of the novel you start to think maybe that s not the case That single thought pushed me to read his story to find out why Lestat was the way he was.I LOVED learning about where Lestat came from and also finding out about ALL of the ancient vampires, all the way back to the very FIRST vampire In Lestat s story, the reader goes throughout the centuries, as he meets other vampire s who tell their tales This book feels like a world tour that goes back to Ancient Egyptian times, to classical Rome, to pagan Europe, to the times of the French Revolution, to an old, decaying slightly creepy I might add Parisian cemetery and back up to the present time It was FUN to follow Lestats journey to find the truth..the same truth that Louis was always searching for, but never found The entire story is fascinating and spans centuries as Lestat grows from a fledgling vampire into the emotional, lonely, angry, and finally carefree vampire he is upon setting foot on a San Francisco stage to perform his first rock concert in front of 15,000 screaming fans Yes, Lestat is a Rock star in the 1980 s in this book My first thought to that was, Whatever But then it made sense Lestat now gets a chance to tell his OWN story, and it makes us the reader realize that he has suffered eventhan Louis and shows that he is not a villain he is the tragic hero of sorts He is actually faraware than Louis, something else that Louis doesn t see either He is a gentle, innocent, thoughtful young man who has suffered so much in his life, and then he is forced into becoming one of the living dead, who now must kill to survive It is explained to us why Lestat is the way he is and why he does the things he does which is truly interesting.When you read Interview with a Vampire you don t know then that Lestat is misunderstood by Louis, and therefore misunderstood by the reader, whom is seeing the story through Louis eyes The glimpses of Lestat we have in Interview with the Vampire, of his relationship with his father, of the way he acts, of his charm that Louis finds both attractive and repulsive, of his love of bright artificial light and his desire to live luxuriously, of his friendship with a young musician, of his doting upon Claudia and showering her with gifts, of his fear to lose Louis, of him emotionally distraught and pleading with Louis to come back to him in Paris which I didn t understand at the time , and finally of the frail, broken, and pitiful shadow of a man he has become by the end of Louis s story, where Louis finds him again in New Orleans All of these things are hints at the depth and complexity of the character of Lestat In The Vampire Lestat, you will finally see the entire picture, and see the masterpiece of a character that Lestat is The depth and the multi dimensionality, and the humanity of Lestat If you liked Louis before, you will still like him But you will like Lestat evenbecause you will see how completely misunderstood he is and learn the story of the pain and sorrow he kept hidden in his heart, hidden underneath that charming facade that Louis encountered on his plantation in 1791 You will start to understand HOW Lestat could act the way he did towards Louis and Claudia which was the answer to the questions I was seeking in this book so I closed the covers of this book satisfied I was raised by an unapologetic bookworm with rather eclectic tastes and whether its nature or nurture, I eventually turned into one of those myself During my formative years, if I dared to say I was bored to my mother, she would simply throw a book at me and say Read You won t be bored any It was very good advice, that I keep to this day you will never catch me without a book in my purse But the thing about my mother is that most of her library was not children teenager appropriate, I was raised by an unapologetic bookworm with rather eclectic tastes and whether its nature or nurture, I eventually turned into one of those myself During my formative years, if I dared to say I was bored to my mother, she would simply throw a book at me and say Read You won t be bored any It was very good advice, that I keep to this day you will never catch me without a book in my purse But the thing about my mother is that most of her library was not children teenager appropriate, and she does not believe in censorship so I read an awful lot of very adult books very young I think that I picked up my first Anne Rice when I was about nine years old.I have read many vampires stories since some really good and some really bad and Lestat remains to this day my all time favorite vampire.Granted, there was a lot of stuff I missed when I read The Vampire Lestat the first time because, well, I was nine But rereading it as an adult made me appreciate it so muchFirst off, the amount of historical research that went into creating this book is staggering Say what you will about Anne Rice as a person she sounds rather insufferable but the woman does her homework and weaves an amazing, complex and intricate story that bounces through the ge des Lumi res France, Roman Empire Egypt, colonial era New Orelans and modern day California I am a sucker for history, so when a historical setting is as vivid as Ms Rice makes them, I find myself utterly fascinated.Of course, the character of Lestat is what truly makes this book wonderful he s a brat, with an greedy curiosity and a devil may care attitude that he takes a bit too literally If I was a damned thing, then let the son of a bitch come for me This was my first encounter with a villain who is not really a villain because he s a bad person and it might just be where my weakness for bad guys comes from The things about Lestat is that while he can be an absolute monster, he s also a tortured being who wrestles with a strangely twisted conscience, strong feelings and an insatiable need to be loved When you read Interview with the Vampire , he seems like a selfish, pompous jerk but his background, so wonderfully detailed in Vampire Lestat shows him for what he used to be as a mortal and how the sorrows of his younger days are still a burden he carries within him and tries his best to camouflage by acting like a rock star ages before such a thing even existed He is a complex hero villain, who throws it all in your face with charm and panache and that is just irresistible.I am glad to see I am not the only one who like this book better than Interview Louis is super whiny and kind of a drama queen, as where Lestat just rocks The supporting characters are really well fleshed out the relationship with his mother Gabrielle is wonderful, if somewhat disturbing The introduction of Marius, who is my second favorite of the Rice vampires, is also a huge plus His story is fascinating and his voice is just as delightful as Lestat s, albeit less bratty And of course, he tells us the massively awesome story of Those Who Must Be Kept This sort of elaborate mythology that blends history with supernatural elements never ceases to fascinate me, and it is beautifully told.I find that the writing also as a sensuality for lack of a better word I don t think it s erotic, but it s definitely lush with feels that Interview lacked There is darkness, but also a humour and poetry to the language that makes it very unique and sumptuous The philosophical musings about immortality, religion, love and art were a bit nebulous to me when I was young it made the re read very fresh because I understood the motivations and struggles of the characters a lot , adding a new depth to the story.To me, Anne Rice remains a guilty pleasure kind of read, but if you have never read any of her books before I d recommend Vampire Lestat as a good place to start Dear Anne Rice NOT WORTHY.Signed, All Fictional Vampires Who Are Not LestatThis was a re read for me, but in all honesty, I don t think I was ready for this book the first time I read it Or at least, I didn t appreciate it for the sheer masterpiece of storytelling that it is, and it s not just the mood and the world and the mythology and the fast moving plotthan anything, it s the characters Lestat, of course, Rice s brat prince , arrogant and compassionate and impossible, all at the Dear Anne Rice NOT WORTHY.Signed, All Fictional Vampires Who Are Not LestatThis was a re read for me, but in all honesty, I don t think I was ready for this book the first time I read it Or at least, I didn t appreciate it for the sheer masterpiece of storytelling that it is, and it s not just the mood and the world and the mythology and the fast moving plotthan anything, it s the characters Lestat, of course, Rice s brat prince , arrogant and compassionate and impossible, all at the same time he d be enough to carry any book, imo, but the secondary characters are just as layered and bewitching, probably because we see them through Lestat s eyes Nicki and his endless internal darkness Armand, who manages to be both tragic and terrifying Gabrielle, who seems like a force of nature and even Louis, the whiny, unreliable narrator from Interview comes off as beautiful and mysterious, the star crossed love of Lestat s afterlife I swooned through the last chapter.I didn t care for the places Rice took this series after Queen of the Damned, but for me, Lestat continues to define the vampire as anti hero genre No other blood sucker comes close 3.5The second installment of Anne Rice s Vampire Chronicles switches perspective The story is now being narrated by the one and only Lestat de Lioncourt He is outraged by Louis tale and feels the need to defend himself He decides to write a book detailing his long life as a vampire.Lestat runs away with his lover when he is a young man The two men run away to France where they drink wine and cry over the beauty of music and art They re of course madly in love and enjoy nothingthan th 3.5The second installment of Anne Rice s Vampire Chronicles switches perspective The story is now being narrated by the one and only Lestat de Lioncourt He is outraged by Louis tale and feels the need to defend himself He decides to write a book detailing his long life as a vampire.Lestat runs away with his lover when he is a young man The two men run away to France where they drink wine and cry over the beauty of music and art They re of course madly in love and enjoy nothingthan the company of one another One night Lestat is kidnapped and turned into a vampire by Magnus However, Magnus does not stick around to show him the ways of the world Instead Magnus kills himself with help from Lestat and leaves Lestat a fortune Lestat, not wanting to upset his loved ones decides to flee and leave them completely But he uses his new found wealth to shower them with gifts from afar Later on down the line, Lestat s beloved mother Gabrielle comes to him in Paris tells him that she is dying He decides to give her the dark gift so that they can spend all of eternity together He has what I would call an unnatural attachment to his mother Norman Bates, anyone At one point I was wondering if the two were going to have sex and I m still not wholly convinced that they didn t I m not sure how becoming a vampire affects your relation but I m pretty sure she is still his mother and it s weird After Armand meets Lestat he shows him how they were made He tells him the tale of Those Who Must Be Kept These are the two alpha dogs the two original vampires While they do not need to be approached, they do need to be respected and protected Armand tells Lestat to leave them alone while he runs out on an errand, and Lestat of course does not.Here s the thing Lestat is a shithead He is so self absorbed he can t be bothered with thoughts of how his actions may impact others He s like a teenage girl He s emotional, quick to anger and feels entitled to everything He thinks he is above everyone he encounters He views himself as untouchable He has all the arrogance of new money Listening to Lestat explain his side of the story about what transpired between Louis and him was quite comical I don t believe his side of the story at all Lestat islikely to try to convince you of his innocence while scoffing in his head at how pathetically gullible you are Whereas Louis, I do believe He was a whiny little bitch, but he would have no reason to lie Listening to how the vampires were made and meeting great characters like Armand and Marius was fantastic Even though Lestat is a repulsive character his tales are muchintriguing than Louis ever was This one leaves you with quite the cliffhanger ending and I was glad I didn t have to wait to begin the next Once again Simon Vance narrates and absolutely rocks the audio version


About the Author: Anne Rice

Anne Rice born Howard Allen Frances O Brien is a best selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002 Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history.She uses the pseudonym Anne Rampling for adult themed fiction i.e., erotica and A.N Roquelaure for fiction featuring sexually explicit sado masochism.


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