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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 – 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 – 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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Anne Rice – The Tale of the Body Thief [VC #4]

WTheTaleOfBodyThiefhile very slow it all went with this book, it wasn’t because of boredom. It was pure busyness of my own. Fourth book of Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, “The Tale of the Body Thief” might have been stretched to the point where I scanned through text with sentences on the magic of weather and scenery (Murakami does similar thing), but if one does manage to pass it, one might truly love this book too. The trick is not to miss the point where the “night orchestra from out of the world” stops and the story again begins.
So. The tale goes as title says. Lestat is hunting, as he does, the evildoers, taking the worst of the worst kind. And this one particular night a young man runs up to him, hands him an envelope and runs off. Lestat knows that the man knew what he was. And the envelope? It contains a story, Faust or what the hell it was. A part of where one switches bodies. Meaningless little thing, it seems, until that very same man offers him yet another tale on body switching… And here it starts. A bored vampire of power as great as his understands he was presented a unique adventure – turning back into a human. Isn’t it, after all, what all vampires want? To eat, to shit and to fall ill, so to speak?
Lestat’s fledgeling Luis isn’t too happy to hear of such a man, capable to do such a thing. Especially since he wants Lestat’s supernatural body, with divine power at hand. He warns Lestat of this, but Lestat wouldn’t be the Brat Prince if he listened. Thus he turns to his mortal friend David Talbot, who soon passes on whole biography of this body thief Lestat encountered. Again, same Brat-Prince rule. He strikes a firm deal with the Thief. Few days, extreme quantities of money on switching-back. Otherwise – a great risk of being destroyed by the other vampires, for Lestat would definitely call for them (yeah, right). Body Thief seems very content about the deal. In fact, he reassures Lestat that it’s all he needs, a couple of nights in that magnificent body, with money to waste and blood to steal from people, for it’s all he wants to do – steal stuff.
But as one famous Warlord said – if a plan is perfect, it’s doomed to fail. I’ll give this book 4 out of 5 stars, because while stretched, which is the minus of it, it was quite brilliant on Lestat’s part. He proved to be the Evil Devil he claimed he is. He proved to be untamable by anyone, always winning, always getting his way. I truly didn’t expect some of the things to happen and am very glad that Anne Rice dropped exactly the unexpected in this. It’s that, with a pure sense in it, that I love in the books of this kind the most (the weird stuff as Murakami does isn’t exactly that). Thus, I did like this book. Maybe not exactly for what it tells, but for how it told it – definitely.

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