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Anne Rice – Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis [12]

PrinceLestatAndTheRealmsOfAtlantisAnd so, with “Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis” by Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles 12; ISBN 0385353790; 451p.; Goodreads) I am fully caught up on the Chronicles. I can now calmly (or not so calmly) await for book 13th, for Anne always ends her books with a possibility of continuation, I feel. This book could conclude the Chronicles thou, for it gave full-on origin of how the spirit that made first vampires came into existence in the first place, and, if I’m honest, at times it felt more like a sci-fi book than anything else.

Vampire Core currently lives in Lestat and seems to be content about it. They bicker inside his head, and Lestat, being such a brat, is enjoying every bit of it. I was amused to learn he liked being called a slut. You live and you learn. But not all is jolly and happy. Not everyone is content with their lives being in Lestat’s hands, nor are they all enjoying him being the Prince of the vampires. And some are beyond mere wishing things change.

Somewhere in the dark basement of one of these opposing vampires lies a creature that looks just like a human being, but is not. Starved to death he did not die. Drained of all blood he merely lost consciousness, and then his body regenerated the blood in full. No vampire can miss the benefit such a creature poses to all their kind: innocent, never dying, yet not of their own kind. In one such attempt to drain the creature to death, Lestat’s current greatest enemy finds himself staring into the secret that are way beyond his own comprehension. Who are these beings? Where did they come from? And why do they chant the name vampires know so very well? The name of the Core.

This book felt very different from all the previous ones. And hey, Lestat even remembered Quinn, and there’s a sort of a hint that he might come in next book to join his court. In a sense it was much better than all the previous ones, but there’s so very much repetition, and the talks are so long for no reason or use. Still, I’m happy I got through all this. And I’m happy that Anne wrote more on this too. I’ll give it a very strong 4 out of 5, just a hair away from a five. And will very eagerly await, maybe there’ll be another book, maybe Quinn will be back, and maybe Anne didn’t forget what my beloved alter-ego was like, and why I took his identity with me.

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Anne Rice – Prince Lestat [11]

princelestatukI remember the excitement when we heard Anne was writing another book on Vampire Chronicles. And what an odd feeling it was to pick up “Prince Lestat” by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles 11; ISBN 0307962520; 458p.; Goodreads), knowing it’s as good as a miracle for this book to exist. And how upset I was that Quinn Blackwood, the guy Lestat spent previous two books, was as good as nonexistant. Nobody remembered him, nobody spoke of him. The most obscure vampires got their scene time instead. Pardon me if I’m already bored of half the fellas around. Just, dammit.

A voice with no body, physical or aetherial, is whispering to all the vampires it can reach, seducing them into committing the Second Burning (first one was when Akasha walked into the sun after being abused by her priests, she didn’t die, but due to the link vampires share – anyone below her were dying out, starting with the weakest and the youngest). And as a wave of fires rolls across the world, burning those unworthy, young and old, vampires who never deserved the Gift, no one feels safe anymore. It seemed natural, that in this moment of terror, they all turned to Lestat. After all, he switched bodies, wrote chronicles, drank from Akasha and gods themselves, escaped the devil, and did hell knows what else.

The voice, the source, the idea behind this is brilliant. I’m torn about the political situation here thou, for at times it felt like watching that Simpsons episode on new Star Wars episodes, where 2 hrs in they were still talking import/export and economics. The book ends up being made half of good hooking action, and half of monologues, and discussions on how vampires will from here on make their laws. In a sense I like it, because I grew up on Vampire the Masquerade, where rules and laws mean your survival. In a sense it was just a bit funny: you guys took THIS long to realize you need some kind of order? I’ll give this book 4.5 out of 5, a worthy read, even if I did get mighty annoyed by the lack of Quinn…

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Anne Rice – Vittorio, the Vampire

2And so I continue with Anne Rice, this time it being “Vittorio, the Vampire” (New Tales of Vampires 2; ISBN 0099271095; 339p.; Goodreads) book. Which is apparently the last book in New Tales of Vampires, and Vittorio himself is not someone I recognized at all, thus it felt fresh. Maybe that’s the reason I still like Blackwood Farm the best – Quinn is no longer on the radar after the two books that revolved around him, more or less. The Romeo and Juliet bits redeemed the less interesting stuff in this one, since, again, it just felt different from the already seemingly stamped books in the Chronicles.

Vittorio is a young Italian, writing his story, if I am not mistaken, on his own, without David’s beckoning or presence.

In the dark of the night came a tall dark stranger, demanding his father to pay what was due. His father, being filthy rich, refused with outrage, and soon whole household found themselves on alert, barricading the home, hiding. For the dark figure would not be refused, and no gold or pleas would persuade him. It’s blood he’s after, and he’ll have it.

The story spins around Vittorio as the sole survivor of his family, out for vengeance and vampire blood. Tricked and toyed with he looks like one of those Young Adult book characters, a young warrior with no more than a sword against the darkest forces pits of hell could produce. How funny and delightful it seemed that he’d spare a vampire, believing her fair, fragile, and incapable of intended malice. I must give this book 4 out of 5, and then I’d give a whole five if not some hiccups that I hate in every book. This one’s good tho, in its own way.

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Anne Rice – Pandora [New Tales of Vampires #1]

pandora3Post Marius’ book I realized I don’t know one important vampire mentioned there (more than mentioned). And it’s all my fault, for in the past, truly long ago, there were people who informed me on the chronology of these stories, and what is best to read after what. This sense was confirmed after finishing “Pandora” by Anne Rice (The New Tales of Vampires 1; ISBN 0099271087; 406p.; Goodreads), where at the very end of it I found it saying “the story will be continued in Vampire Armand” book. But it is as it is, nothing can be done now, and it’s not all that bad either.

David Talbot, probably overjoyed that now he has time for everything, continues to lightly harass all the older vampires for their life stories. Pandora got into his visor too, and barely even noticed the trick of his gift of notebooks, which she filled with her memories. Born in Roman Empire under the name of Lydia, living girl whose hand was requested by Marius himself. Escaping the execution by a hair, barely twisting herself out of yet another trap laid for her by someone dear, she is haunted by visions that seem to overtake great and greater portion of her life every night. For they come at night, these dreams. Dreams where she stands witness to a goddess tormented, blood drained from her, her burning in the sun, unable to die, yet in suffering killing off so many of those who foolishly thought themselves immortal…

The book, in my opinion, didn’t reach the full potential. Some good ideas where passed here and there, but abandoned quickly enough through the pages, in exchange for others, maybe more pleasing for the author, maybe merely more convenient. I’ll still give the book 3 out of 5, and consider it a worthy read if only to lift the veil of myth off this Pandora, Mad Love of Marius. For she herself put more passion into describing the fake leg of her servant, than Marius himself, even if she did claim loving him.

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Anne Rice – Merrick [VC #7]

1So far I didn’t know Anne to be able to refrain from describing countless of art pieces her characters encounter in Vampire Chronicles, but here it is. Merrick by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles #7; ISBN 0345422406; 370p.; Goodreads) is a fairly easy read in many a sense. Maybe it is because David Talbot told it. Maybe because it was spun around Mayfair witch and archaeology, two topics I delight in. Or maybe just because it’s getting better by the book.

Louis is tormented by the idea that so many people claim to have had encountered his beloved Claudia, and yet he was always blind, and deaf to ghosts, hers included. Thus he turns to David Talbot and Merrick Mayfair, a known powerful witch, able to summon and converse with spirits. David, in turn, having had Merrick as his friend, and lover for so many years, being witness to spirits possessing her, and the very air around her, the danger they pose, is unable to let this pass so easily. Thus he takes it upon himself to tell Louis her story, in hopes that he will spare his own heart from the malicious child-vampire Claudia, and his friend from the threat such a spirit would pose.

As I said, this was an easy read, especially in compare to Body Thief or Memnoch. I believe I will forever remember and compare those books to other Vampire Chronicle pieces, due to their heavy, and thick nature in story telling. And unlike Armand’s story, this wasn’t filled with descriptions of paintings, and architecture. In fact, I feel like this was the first book in Vampire Chronicles that I encountered, where details were spared for the reader by sparing the reader (mind you, details aren’t always bad, I’m just saying that it makes it hard sometimes to sift through them, and all things must have balance). I give it a firm 4 out of 5, and am glad to finally get to know this famous Merrick.

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Anne Rice – The Vampire Armand [VC #6]

1Oh, what an amusing little thing this was. After the fairly annoying and outright boring previous two books in Vampire Chronicles, “The Vampire Armand” by Anne Rice (ISBN 0345434803; 457p.; Goodreads) has fixed quite a few things in this relationship of ours. I’m not much entertained of stories on mighty love for gods on Earth, or slow pace of telling them, but I do indeed love a good story of a vampire from the days he was a mortal, further to his turn, and all the way to today.

Born Andrej in deep cold Russia boy painted icons dubbed “not made by human hands“. Kidnapped from this life, tormented, and then saved by Marius, who named him Amadeo, loved him, cherished him, taught him, protected him, and later even turned him to be as he is – a child of darkness. But fate was unkind and he was ripped from this life of love and knowledge too, thrown into the darkness of superstitious, demonic, and oh so very gothic vampires, where as one of them, as Vampire Armand, he led a covenant of his kind, the infamous Theater of Vampires, all until Louis came to wreck havoc.

Armand, the boy who was mistakenly thought to speak with Lithuanian accent. Armand, who gave an icon to Prince Michael of Lithuania. Armand, the boy who could paint as if through divine torrent. And what a wonderful tale he had for us, even with Anne’s love and care for the details, even with all the slow inching through the years described. I’ll give this book a very firm 4 out of 5, but mind you, one point is surely there due to the hope it gave me that the further books in Chronicles will be even better. After all, I have already had the pleasure of the two (previously) last ones, and I know what a great impact they might be.

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Eric Griffin – VtM: Tzimisce [2]

1007143 As much as I tried, the glory of the scariest clan among vampires, and in the Sabbat fraction itself, has ended in my hands. Vampire the Masquerade: Clan Novel #2 Tzimisce by Eric Griffin (ISBN 1565048024; 273p.; Goodreads) was by far the most gory book I have ever read of vampires, and the manner of deaths incline me to put a trigger warning here: this book is not for the light-hearted.

Camarilla and Sabbat are two opposing sects among the vampire clans. While Camarilla believes we can all coexist, and must do just so, with Masquerade there to protect vampires as well as humans, Sabbat believes that humanity must perish for the greater good. And after long planning, time for action is here. First strikes were made in a ball that took place in the previous books, with several high political figures right there at hand. And now it continues.

War rages across the whole of East Coast. Blood is running dry, heads of power are thrown around as trophies, and the worst nightmares are running around in the night. If you stand still and look up, at times it seems whole buildings are moving, enclosing upon this or that target in the dark of night, made ever thicker so with shadows of Lasombra clan, as they shed their physical forms to stand as one against the enemy. War ghouls, several great feet tall. Spidery creatures with more legs and arms than one should ever need. Beings with no sense, no mind, nothing but will to go on and destroy until they can no longer do so. And all that nightmare slowly engulfed in the flames, flames that cleanse the city of this carnage. Amidst it all stands Sasha Vykos, one of the most powerful Tzimisce still alive, her shape barely human by her own will. Tonight Sabbat will triumph, and Camarilla shall fall. Gehenna shall come, and clean the night of vermin.

It’s a beautiful book that juggles politics and torture via chapters as they go. Main protagonist is one of the “bad guys“, which is just more interesting to follow. They seem to reason it all out so well, at times leaving the reader rooting for the wrong team, that is, until someone gets their bones molded like warm wax, or skin polished into marble-shine. I admit, I wasn’t a great fan of Tzimisce before, even knowing that Dracula is apparently of this clan, but now I think they’re indeed one interesting bunch. On top of that, we learn more of the people at power on the Camarilla side too, witnessing some unions happening right there on the battlefield, for the need to survive is far greater than the hate one might feel for the other. I give this book 4 out of 5 for now, that is mostly because of the final chapters, the intro chapters to Gangrel clan book. They seemed just a little more intense, and therefor – interesting. But be assured, this one is very well among my favorites now.

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George R.R. Martin – Fevre Dream

382450I’m always curious of what the now famous authors used to write when they were less so known. I also like vampire stories, so “Fevre Dream” by George R.R. Martin (ISBN 0553383051, 334p.; Goodreads) was a natural choice. In advance I will say, that this is the slowest paced book I have ever read, but hey, I assume that’s Martin’s style.

On the river of Mississippi a steamboat life is bubbling and boiling. It’s not all about the profit, not at all. There’s races, talk and boasting of sizes and speed, pride, piloting skills. Abner Marsh is watching this all bitterly from the shore, his steamboats taken away by forces of nature. Only natural thus that when a tall pale stranger walks in, giving him an offer of his life, a steamboat of his dreams, March jums at the opportunity. After all, in exchange, he only has to suffer the eccentric co-captain.

Joshua York sleeps during the day, has eyesight any lightening pilot would love to have, drinks wile wine, and sometimes makes the steamer stop for days at time. On top of it all, he forbade Marsh to ask any questions, telling him he’ll tell lies if he feels pressured. But then, maybe Marsh doesn’t even want to know, especially after making the mistake of waking Joshua up one bright and sunny day…

If I thought that Song of Fire and Ice is slow, and half of every book could be skipped without consequences – Fevre Dream takes the prize. The story is good, but there’s very little of it. And it all is solved in last three pages, out of which last one is merely a conclusion in an epilogue form. For that, no matter the beautifully made vampires I cannot give it more than 3 out of 5. Worth the read if you have the time for it.

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An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel

26494476I feel like thanking so many people and so many circumstances that led me to this book. I assume that the dumb smile it left on my face basically means one thing:”An Unattractive Vampire” by Jim McDoniel (ISBN 1941758649; 309p.; Goodreads) is one damn good book. Never have I laughed so much out loud.

Yulric Bile is an ancient saxon vampire, a master of survival and deception, a true evil mastermind of the kind that was neither pretty, nor good. The type that does not get “sired” or “created“, but rather is too evil to stay dead. He lived this long thanks to his cunning, and, of course, immortality, so when an angry mob with pitchforks and torches marches towards his home: Yulric doesn’t break a sweat. After all, everything is going according to plan. Right?

Right. Until the witchhunter out there to get him figures this is a far too old, and far too cunning beast he’s dealing with, so he walks an extra mile to imprison Yulric for as long as possible, if not forever. And thus, in our modern times, vampire wakes in a suburban pink house basement, and is greeted by a brand new world. A world where vampires are show stars, attractive, sexy, and bweh – good! A good vampire! Unheard of! He needs to find out who is making these awful creatures, right now! Which just happens to fit okay with the plans of immortality his house inhabitants had themselves, when they were digging him out. Of course, they didn’t expect someone like Yulric: ugly, bony, with jagged sharp teeth and horror for a face. But if he really wants to meet these “vampires“, well, they’re happy to oblige. Especially if it gets him out of their house. Which, apparently, is actually his.

The book is not a parody. It is its own thing, and just happens to mock some other vampiric pop shit we got. I have laughed my butt off reading it, there are so many good jokes, and the fact that Yulric is terrible to behold gives such a wonderful relief of lack of love interest! No love triangles, no sparkly vampires, no overly-handsome… I take that back, there are those, but Yulric made the same face you probably did, when thinking of it. The “ew, what stinks so bad?” face. So anyway, 5 out of 5, goes right to my favs, and I’ll be looking into getting a physical copy. I have to own this. Anyone know the author? I want to thank him.

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Anne Rice – Memnoch the Devil

memnochI was happy when we were getting the translations of Vampire Chronicles in Lithuania. But there are still mere three books to this day, while Anne is writing her twelfth, and I am here at an end of the fifth. And truly I don’t know what happened. Lack of profit? Well, they mostly have themselves to blame and punish, not the readers, then, for I didn’t even know the third one was released, and heck, I am a book-blogger! Or did Anne’s free mind scare the narrow ones who were supposed to give us Vampire Chronicles, and not just crumbles of it? That seems just as likely to me. So here I am thus, with “Memnoch the Devil” by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles book 5; ISBN 096319254X; 354p.; Goodreads) finished in its original form.

Truly, after all he’s been through, what more could Lestat do? Seems out of sheer boredom he now plays with his food, stalking them for months and months, getting to know them, and only coming for a kill at the most perfect moment and not sooner. This time it’s the man named Rodger, would be a simple man were he not a Crime Star, dealing in dope and religious antiques. And since tonight is the night Lestat decides to finish the game, he requires a secluded place to feed in. For that purpose he chose Rodger’s apartment, where both he, and his victim too, get startled by a large black granite statue of the Devil himself, so very life-like it seemed to watch them, observe them, and maybe even judge them.

Lestat, being the fearless brat prince we know and love, would maybe have put little thought to it, were it not the ominous footsteps he kept hearing in the recent past. Usually in his most vulnerable and lonely moments too. And that fear was only made stronger when Rodger, murdered and dismembered, returned to tell him his tale, as a ghost, with an aura of urgency about him, for “they’re coming for him” and thus he might not have much time… All that only to be whisked away into oblivion before Lestat’s very eyes.

Enter the Memnoch. Bored, Lestat? How about a role in the war between Heaven and Hell then?

I love Anne, and I love her vampire works. I love how she creates these passionate little stories, filled with saturated drive of life, all told through someone Lestat merely encounters and listens to. My only problem lies with me not being religious whatsoever, and thus believing in no gods. So as before I would’ve jumped at the chance of believing Lestat being out there, for this one book I cannot do so. Just this once. But other than that, it is a great, and truly unique story, and my praises go to Anne for being so capable of making even divine-filled book readable with joy and eagerness. I give it 4 out of 5, earned and firm. And I’m sure out there many will love it far more than I have did.

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