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by Anne Rice

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Title:The Vampire Lestat (Vampire Chronicles)
Authors:Anne Rice
Info:Ballantine Books Inc. (2007), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 481 pages
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The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice (1985)

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I felt like she did a lot of backtracking from the first book. ( )
  JK135 | Apr 9, 2014 |
My second reading (the first was about ten years ago) of Rice's second novel in her Vampire Chronicles. It's still amazing. I love authors who can develop their characters to such a fullness that you miss them when you finish the novel, and Rice does exactly that. (Another author that's great at this is John Irving)

The span of time and the sub-stories of Armand and Marius just make the work that much more epic. If I didn't have a ton of other subjects that I suddenly want to read up on, I would definitely re-read Queen of the Damned ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
The Vampire Lestat
By Anne Rice
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf Inc
Published In: New York City, NY, USA
Date: 1985
Pgs: 481

REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Summary:
Lestat was born the last son of a French Maquis. Not inheritable. Not allowed to live a life of his choosing. A runaway, numerous times, the family always hunts him down and forces him back. Until he and his friend Nicolas, an outlier of a merchant family in the town the owes fealty to Lestat’s father, run away together to Paris. Where half starving, they make their way finding work in a theater. Before long, the star quality of Lestat brings him to the stage and the attention of a unique patron. The Dark Gift finds him in the bloom of his youth and the old vampire who gives him eternal life passes vast power to him. The older the vampire the more powerful the blood. Magnus, the old one, is also an outlier from the coven structure of vampire society. And thus, Lestat finds himself at odds again with life, the undead, and everything on his quest for understanding and his neverending quest to give the world the finger.

Genre:
fiction, vampire, horror, adventure

Why this book:
This is a re-read. One of my favs.

This Story is About:
sadness, finding one’s place, maturing

Favorite Character:
Lestat is a force of nature.

Marius, the wise mentor vampire, is an awesome character.

Least Favorite Character:
Nicolas, unable to overcome his personal darkness, but he stays true to his character unto his ultimate destiny.

Character I Most Identified With:
It’s hard to read this book and not think you are Lestat. Rice’s prose is immersive.

The Feel:
Sadness mixed with growth mixed with terrible destiny and the joy of discovery. The brew is a heady combination.

Favorite Scene:
The first performance of the Theater of Vampires
The making of Marius in the druid encampment
Armand’s exploration of Marius Venetian home
The sensuousness of the vampire perception as presented by Rice is incredible.
The whole of the Marius/Those Who Must Be Kept suite of scenes.

Settings:
France, Paris, ancient Gaul, Egypt, Cairo, Italy, New Orleans, San Francisco, Greece

Pacing:
The pace is great. Once you get past halfway, the book flies toward its conclusion.

Plot Holes/Out of Character:
There is a spot where Lestat is wandering a small Greek city and, the next, he is back in Marius’s clifftop villa awakening in from his coffin.

Last Page Sound:
I hate the ending. Not because it’s a bad ending. Rather because it opens the door for The Queen of the Damned in its “to be continued” ending. Still fabulous.

Author Assessment:
I love Rice’s work. This book and Cry to Heaven are probably my favorites by her.

Editorial Assessment:
Well done.

Did the Book Cover Reflect the Story:
This hardback version has a white cover, fairly plain. The title is large with a huge V underneath it. Two statuary looking figures of monks frame the title.

Hmm Moments:
This is one of the few books that I wish I could give more than 5 stars.

Knee Jerk Reaction:
real classic

Disposition of Book:
Keep It

Why isn’t there a screenplay?
Wish there was a screenplay that stood closer to the source material.

Casting call:
I was less than pleased with Tom Cruise being cast as Lestat in the old Interview with the Vampire. The roles were backwards. Brad Pitt should have been Lestat.
And the Queen of the Damned movie that came out a few years later was even more miscast in relation to Lestat. Stuart Townsend while a good actor wasn’t right for this role.

Would recommend to:
friends, family, vampire lovers ( )
  texascheeseman | Jan 30, 2014 |
This would have to be one of the best vampires stories ever written (at least the ones I have read). ( )
  jodes101 | May 9, 2013 |
Have not read this book yet.
  MelissaLauren | Apr 28, 2013 |
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Muller, FrankNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tarkka, HannaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The Vampire Chronicles (omnibus) by Anne Rice

5 Titles in Vampire Chronicles By Anne Rice - Vampire Lestat - Tale of the Body Thief - Queen of the Damned - Merrick - by Anne Rice

The Vampire Chronicles: Interview with the Vampire,The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned (Books 1-3) by Anne Rice

THE Vampire Chronicles - 5 Titles - Interview with the Vampire - The Vampire Lestat - The Queen of the Damned - The Tale by Anne Rice

Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat [graphic novel #6] by Anne Rice

Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat [graphic novel #7] by Faye Perozich

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After the spectacular debut of Interview with the Vampire in 1976, Anne Rice put aside her vampires to explore other literary interests--Italian castrati in Cry to Heaven and the Free People of Color in The Feast of All Saints. But Lestat, the mischievous creator of Louis in Interview, finally emerged to tell his own story in the 1985 sequel, The Vampire Lestat.

As with the first book in the series, the novel begins with a frame narrative. After over a half century underground, Lestat awakens in the 1980s to the cacophony of electronic sounds and images that characterizes the MTV generation. Particularly, he is captivated by a fledgling rock band named Satan's Night Out. Determined both to achieve international fame and end the centuries of self-imposed vampire silence, Lestat takes command of the band (now renamed "The Vampire Lestat") and pens his own autobiography. The remainder of the novel purports to be that autobiography: the vampire traces his mortal youth as the son of a marquis in pre-Revolutionary France, his initiation into vampirism at the hands of Magnus, and his quest for the ultimate origins of his undead species.

While very different from the first novel in the Vampire Chronicles, The Vampire Lestat has proved to be the foundation for a broader range of narratives than is possible from Louis's brooding, passive perspective. The character of Lestat is one of Rice's most complex and popular literary alter egos, and his Faustian strivings have a mythopoeic resonance that links the novel to a grand tradition of spiritual and supernatural fiction. --Patrick O'Kelley

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Lestat has risen from his long sleep as a modern day rock star, and makes public his story of boyhood in eighteenth-century France and initiation into vampiredom in order to solve the mystery of his existence.

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