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Memnoch the Devil (1995)

by Anne Rice

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Thank God!!!!! I made it through this book! ( )
  Dbookwhore | Mar 30, 2013 |
VOTO: 9Sinceramente mi aspettavo una storia diversa. Ma anche questa va benissimo! Attraverso Memnoch ci vengono svelati molti "segreti" e molti "misteri". Affascinante (come al solito...) ( )
  Malla-kun | Sep 22, 2012 |
In the late 80s, I was a big an of Anne Rice. She wrote two of my favorite novels--The Vampire Lestat and The Witching Hour--and others that were just great, fun reads like Queen of the Damned and The Mummy. Then something happened in the early 90s. The Tale of the Body Thief was the first indication of a problem. Then Lasher and Taltos were so bad that I just stopped reading her books altogether. Over the next 20 years, the only one I picked up was Pandora, which was OK but not good enough to rekindle my relationship with Rice's work. Then last month, I saw Memnoch the Devil in a thrift store for a dollar and decided I would give it a try since it was the next book in the Vampire Chronicles from where I left off with Tale of the Body Thief.

What a frustrating read. The first half of the book is actually pretty good. Interesting characters, settings and plot points are introduced. Everything is moving along and quite promising. Then at the midway point, the whole thing shifts to a self-indulgent mess when Lestat basically leaves the entire story set up in the first half and goes off with Memnoch on a tour of heaven and hell with just endless boring monologues about creation, the Passion of Christ, God, angels.... For over 120 pages, Lestat basically has little to do or say. The ending is just totally bizarre.

I just don't know what was going on with Rice in the 90s or whether the Vampire Chronicles series ever gets back on its feet. But unless you're a hardcore Rice fan, avoid this one. ( )
  HenryG | Jul 24, 2012 |
The best of the Vampire Chronicles. Provocative and if you are of the Christian faith you might find it scandalous and at time blasphemous. ( )
  talksupe.blogspot | Oct 24, 2011 |
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What God Did Not Plan On. Sleep well, Weep well, Go to the deep well As often as possible. Bring back the water, Jostling and gleaming. God did not plan on consciousness Developing so Well. Well, Tell Him our Pail is full And He can Go to Hell. Stan Rice 24 June 93
The Offering. To the somethingness Which prevents the nothingness Like Homer's wild boar From thrashing this way and that Its white tusks Through human beings like crackling stalks And to nothing less I offer this suffering of my father. Stan Rice 16 Oct 93
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For Stan Rice, Christopher Rice and Michele Rice. For John Preston. For Howard and Katherine Allen O'Brien. For Katherine's brother John Allen, Uncle Mickey and for Uncle Mickey's son, Jack Allen, and all the descendants of Jack. And for Uncle Marian Leslie, who was in Corona's Bar on that night. With live for you and for all our kith and kin this book is dedicated
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345409671, Mass Market Paperback)

The fifth volume of Rice's Vampire Chronicles is one of her most controversial books. The tale begins in New York, where Lestat, the coolest of Rice's vampire heroes, is stalking a big-time cocaine dealer and religious-art smuggler--this guy should get it in the neck. Lestat is also growing fascinated with the dealer's lovely daughter, a TV evangelist who's not a fraud.

Lestat is also being stalked himself, by some shadowy guy who turns out to be Memnoch, the devil, who spirits him away. From here on, the book might have been called Interview with the Devil (by a Vampire). It's a rousing story interrupted by a long debate with the devil. Memnoch isn't the devil as ordinarily conceived: he got the boot from God because he objected to God's heartless indifference to human misery. Memnoch takes Lestat to heaven, hell, and throughout history.

Some readers are appalled by the scene in which Lestat sinks his fangs into the throat of Christ on the cross, but the scene is not a mere shock tactic: Jesus is giving Lestat a bloody taste in order to win him over to God's side, and Rice is dead serious about the battle for his soul. Rice is really doing what she did as a devout young Catholic girl asked to imagine in detail what Christ's suffering felt like--it's just that her imagination ran away with her.

If you like straight-ahead fanged adventure, you'll likely enjoy the first third; if you like Job-like arguments with God, you'll prefer the Memnoch chapters. --Tim Appelo

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In Anne Rice's extraordinary fifth novel of "The Vampire Chronicles", irresistible antihero Lestat encounters his most dangerous adversary--the mysterious being Memnoch, who claims to be the Devil. Ushered through the realms of Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell, Lestat must finally decide if he can believe in the Devil or God--and which, if either, he will serve.… (more)

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