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The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

The Witching Hour (1990)

by Anne Rice

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This was a reread from my long ago adolescence when I loved everything Anne Rice wrote. It didn't quite live up to my previous 5 star rating, mainly because it was just too long. A lot of repetition in the narrative, and we went down a few worm holes. But it was well written and engaging and gave me enough of the chills I was looking for.

I love her descriptions of New Orleans, the epic history of the Mayfairs and the mysterious Talamasca. Rice also does a very admirable job fleshing out her characters for the most part. I admit to a growing confusion with the ever lengthening family tree and definitely stopped remembering all the Mayfair forbearers after a certain point.

I enjoyed most all of the storyline until we came to the horrific birthing scene. I didn’t really care for that and felt Rowan’s disappearance a bit of a cheap trick. Not sure I’ll pick up the next 2 books in the trilogy,but it’s a possibility. If I do, I hope there’s a geneology chart included. ( )
  Zumbanista | Jan 29, 2019 |

I didn't like this book. There are so many things to it that didn't works for me. It's incredibly long and draggy, with nearly 75% of the book just being an extended family history. The parts that weren't, were mostly sex or indecision or lengthy explanations. For such a long book, very little actually happened.

While the history of the Mayfair witches is interesting enough, I didn't find the story Anne Rice was telling interesting at all. There's no actual witchcraft - the closest bit is in Rowan's dreams. What there is, however, is incest and possession and a lot of talking. And sexxxxx. Sex dreams. Ancestral sex. Sex with a possessed sibling. Sex with a grandfather. One man fathered three generations of Mayfair witches. So much. It's the longest audiobook I've ever listened to, and I was ready to DNF it but I wanted to finish it just so I could complain about it. Which is the wrong way to read a book, by the way.

The elements and themes to this book were not working for me, and I found the writing a bit draggy compared some of her other works. What I would have liked from this book was novella about the various members of the Mayfair family. I found several of Rowan's ancestor's far more interesting than Rowan herself. The instalove between Rowan and Michael was just ridiculous to me - I have a little more tolerance in YA because of the age of the characters, but between a 20 year old and a 40 year old, it felt particularly silly.

I know so many people like the Mayfair books, but I don't love them. I really, really don't. I think the history is interesting, but I don't like the direction Rice decided to take these in and I have absolutely no intention of reading any other Mayfair books. ( )
1 vote Morteana | Sep 5, 2018 |
This one was a beast of a book - if you want a really good doorstopper, this is the one for you. I love Anne Rice and think she's really the go-to author when it comes to reading books with vampires in them (not the Twilight series where vampires sparkle ...). So, it was natural to branch out into her other books and this one didn't disappoint. It's definitely full of description and a bit of a mystery (sort of incorporates a the 'sweeping saga' aspect) - I really enjoyed it. ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Aug 2, 2018 |
This was a re-read for me - I had read it years ago, along with the 2nd in the series, but hadn't gone on after that, so I decided to pick up the series again. This book chronicles the history of the Mayfair witches from the first known witch to the present generation. The Talamasca, who also appear in other series, are a group that has tasked themselves with chronicling the lives of the witches. I enjoy all of Anne Rice's series, and this is no exception.
  GretchenLynn | Dec 14, 2017 |
I absolutely loved almost everything about this, except for the ending. Of course, the ending is not really an ending, this is only the first part of a trilogy after all, but I found it deeply unsatisfying anyway, and it is keeping me a bit from continuing in number two. That, and number two not starting out very well with a disgusting young brad seducing the honorable male lead.
The parts that I loved were exquisite world-building (sounds funny, given that this takes place in an existing world, so maybe the building part is not really accurate, but in any case, the descriptions are done really well), very nice characters and a highly immersive storyline. I can imagine a lot of people would have problems with the copious amounts of incest and other types of sex, but for some reason, this didn't really bother me. There was one thing that bugged me: the main character at some point refers to rough sex as rape, even though it was completely consensual. She doesn't say this to anyone else, it was either in her own thoughts, or mentioned to him during the sex, but even so, I thought this was ridiculous. By definition, I'd say you cannot ask someone to rape you. ( )
  zjakkelien | Jan 2, 2017 |
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Novela escrita por Anne Rice, y primer libro de la trilogía de "Las Brujas de Mayfair", en el que se explica el origen, tanto de la familia de brujas más antigua, (sobre la que se tenga conocimiento en el universo creado por Anne Rice), como el de las criaturas llamadas Taltos, las cuales son tratadas con mayor profundidad en el tercer libro de la saga.
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And the rain is brain-colored.
And the thunder sounds like something remembering something.

With Love:

For Stan Rice and Christopher Rice

For John Preston

For O'Brien Borchardt, Tamara O'Brien Tinker, Karen O'Brien,
and Micki O'Brien Collins

And for
Dorothy Van Bever O'Brien, who bought me my first typewriter in 1959, taking the time and trouble to see that it was a good one.
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Rowan Mayfair, a neurosurgeon with special powers and the descendant of a dynasty of witches, is drawn to Michael Curry, gifted with strange powers after a near-fatal accident, as they seek to unlock the secret of their talents.
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In this engrossing and hypnotic tale of witchcraft and the occult spanning four centuries, we meet a great dynasty of witches--a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is haunted by a powerful, dangerous and seductive being.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:45 -0400)

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Rowan Mayfair, a neurosurgeon with special powers and the descendant of a dynasty of witches, is drawn to Michael Curry, gifted with strange powers after a near-fatal accident, as they seek to unlock the secret of their talents.

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