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The Vampire Lestat (1985)

by Anne Rice

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Series: The Vampire Chronicles (2)

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A beautiful, sweepingly historical, deeply sensual read. Lestat is an unforgettable anti-hero who will stay with you long after you're finished reading. ( )
  SDanford | Feb 9, 2016 |
Read for the first time in 2004, who knows when. Re-read several times as well. ( )
  MisaBookworm | Feb 2, 2016 |
If you want to read only one of Rice's vampire novels, this is definitely the one you should consume. As it is only the second novel, reading the first (_Interview with the Vampire_) can help you suss through the characters. The image of a rock star vampire is priceless! Some of her later vampire books become a bit tiresome/formulaic. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
★★★

What everyone who loved Interview with the Vampire wants to know the story of Lestat before he met Louis.

This is a sprawling story covering several countries while Lestat searches for the origins of vampires we also learn bits about his maker, Armand and Armands maker and ultimately where vampires came from.

An interesting read it did however lack the pace of Interview. ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
I thoroughly enjoyed the petulant, bratty characteristics of Lestat... it made him more relatable. Most vampires are depicted as otherworldly, here we have one with character. It was an interesting read with just enough twists to keep you hooked. If you haven't yet, I would recommend reading some of Ms. Rice's books. ( )
  bearlyr | Oct 6, 2015 |
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Anne Riceprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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