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Angel (The Songs of the Seraphim #1)

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Forse nemmeno lui ricorda più il suo vero nome, l’ha perso tanti anni fa insieme all'innocenza. Ora si fa chiamare Lucky the Fox, o Tommy Crane, o in cento altri modi, e il suo mestiere è uccidere su commissione. Un enorme dolore nel suo passato l'ha spinto su questa strada disperata, e uccidere è la sua sola missione. Ma in fondo al suo cuore è rimasto qualcosa del ragazz ...more
Paperback, La Gaja scienza, 252 pages
Published October 6th 2011 by Longanesi (first published 2009)
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Eva
Jun 14, 2013 Eva rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Edit As it has been two years and I have not been struck down by lightning yet, I feel safe enough to lower my rating to the 1 star I originally wanted to give.

The back cover of Angel Time sounded quite exciting, but once I started reading I was harshly reminded of the fact that "you shouldn't judge a book by its cover".
The main character wishes salvation (as he likes to remind you every fifteen seconds or so) and after a hit (as he is a hired assassin) he meets an angel who has been watching ov
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Nick
Jan 14, 2011 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a long time Anne Rice Fan, I had looked forward to reading this book. Her religious journey, like mine, had been bumpy at best. So, I was very curious after the Christ the Lord series what she may do next...and I wasn't disappointed.

Angel Time is an exceptional novel dealing in the story of an assassin who is contacted by an angel and walked back through time through the err of his ways and how it was he became an assassin. Then, through Anne Rice's skilled writing, she takes the reader ba
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korey
Nov 25, 2009 korey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I knew there was going to be trouble with this book as soon as I read the main character, an assassin, is a great lute player. Uh, yeah, right. Maybe it's just that I love the old style Anne Rice, but this book found me shaking my head and saying "oh, Anne, Anne, Anne". I think her recent return to the Church made her incredible writing talent go running out the vestibule door. So sad. There wasn't anything in this story that was really believable. Characters were just so trite and so out of tou ...more
Amanda
I finally finished this book and I am not sure that it was worth the time or effort. This was my first Anne Rice book and I was honestly surprised at how badly written it was. The dialogue was extremely simplistic and the prose was so didactic that it read more like a plot outline than a fully fleshed out novel. The story itself was repetetive and un original. I have read other similar stories many times, but those were well written. One question I have, Toby's skills were apparently the reason ...more
Caressa
Nov 04, 2009 Caressa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Pompous, yet boring and forgettable. This is a huge disappointment from the woman you made Egyptian queens into vampires, and vampires into rock stars.
Kelly
Dec 11, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(2.5 stars) Anne Rice’s body of work plays a huge role in my history as a reader, and in fact was one of the “gateway drugs” that led me to fantasy. I discovered her books the summer before I left for college and spent the next several years procrastinating my studies all too often in favor of devouring her backlist. And a hefty backlist it was; her old books kept me busy for several years. The first one I read “new” was Pandora. Then, in the late nineties and early 2000s, Rice began to change h ...more
Siobhan
Apr 23, 2016 Siobhan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Anne Rice read, and in all honestly I was disappointed.

For as long as I can remember, her Vampire Chronicles have been books I wanted to read. I entered the teenage vampire loving stage and my mother suggested them. It turns out she’d tried to read them earlier, but had never really managed to work her way through them. She enjoyed them but the writing style was not for her (overly descriptive, she called it). I did not let this deter me, and promised myself I would read them.
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Vanessa
Aug 10, 2011 Vanessa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
First off, I'm not an Anne Rice fan. I am reading this book because of my book club. I can't believe how repetitive she is. Her first chapter was about twenty pages stating that the main character was a hit man. I could have summed it up much quicker.

Plus the whole lute player angle, I just envision a LARPer as an assassin and laugh. I mean I just literally thought of someone dressed up as a renaissance festival nerd just did not seem plausible in my head.

Only at around page 100 did it start mo
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Laura Navarre
May 09, 2012 Laura Navarre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Anne Rice and angel fiction, literary readers
For me, experiencing an Anne Rice novel is like visiting an eccentric but beloved old friend. I’ve been reading her work since my college days, which were long enough ago that anyone who read the adventures of the Vampire Lestat and his companions on the Devil’s Road was considered freaky and a bit outré. These days, of course, vampires are like breakfast cereal.

In any event, Angel Time is not a Vampire Chronicle, although the hero displays shades of Lestat and The Witching Hour’s proletarian cr
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Erica Hopper
Oct 30, 2009 Erica Hopper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I was interested, entertained, and at the same time expecting some of the more homoerotic and/or gruesome detail that her old books used to contain but this book had none of it.

The book is lovely and written perfectly. Anne Rice always has a tendency to over-describe different things and dive into memories for more time than needed but I feel she worked out exactly as much 'time' as needed in this story. Each memory was presented to the degree of inform
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Trish
Dec 23, 2009 Trish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read every book Anne has published and have enjoyed them all, some a very great deal (Cry to Heaven, most of the Vampire Chronicles - esp. Memnoch, The Mummy, Feast of All Saints, Christ the Lord series) and some not as much (Mayfair Witches saga, Violin, the last Beauty book, East of Eden).

I know when her name is on the cover, I'm going to get vivid characters, evocative prose, solid scholarship, and an entertaining if not completely engrossing plot. She hit all the notes with this one
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Cristina Boncea
Mar 30, 2015 Cristina Boncea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-series
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Arye Tyler
Dec 01, 2012 Arye Tyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne Rice fans. People with some time on their hands.
Shelves: read-spiritual
Every once in a long while, I find a book that becomes a reaffirmation of my faith and soothes me along the journey to becoming a true Christian. When I picked up Angel Time a few years ago, I wasn't expecing it to be that book, but it was and is.

Most people are familiar with Anne Rice's more famous works: those of Lestat and Louis and her many other delightful vampires. I originally purchased this book precisely because I was a fan of those books, but I think that I liked Angel Time more than I
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Aaron
Nov 21, 2009 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Rice is starting off a new series entitled Songs of the Seraphim with her newest title. As you can probably guess, they will be focusing on angels. This first volume tells the table of a man called Lucky. It is not his true name, but it is the name that he goes by to protect himself since he is a hired assassin. He is visited by his guardian angel, who offers up the name Malchiah when Lucky wants to know his name. Like Lucky, angels are not supposed to share their true names, so this will j ...more
Samantha
I loved the old style Anne Rice. I was hoping that she was back and she is in some ways. Her descriptive style is back and her ability to make you see and feel what she is writing is back. However, her plot in this book leaves a lot to be desired. The description on Amazon, the title and the back of the book make a reader think that this book is about assassins and angels. It's not really. It's about a man who is finding himself. I was confused throughout the book about where it was going and wh ...more
Kate
Mar 12, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in two very different worlds and written with a fluency that testifies to long hours of research on the part of the author, Angel Time is certainly not your average supernatural novel. The characters are unique, the plot engaging, and the words spun together flawlessly and effortlessly in typical Anne Rice style. The story is chopped up in two places where inserted are the background stories of Toby's life and that of the 13th-century Jewish woman he is attempting to help. In most books I wo ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I was never able to get into or like Ms. Rice's vampire books. I have tried to read one other book by her since her change of perspective and found it a bit...elaborate for my taste. Lots of "flowery description" and so on. This has much the same problem (for me). Some will of course enjoy what I don't care for here.

The story is of a hit man who has an awakening and is then sent on a mission to help others rather than to take life. Not a bad story. i found my mind wandering off a lot and had to
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Lore Troncoso
Esperaba algo diferente a lo que Anne Rice me dio en este libro, aunque no estoy diciendo que sea malo.
Fue un poco extraña en que la autora me planteó todo el asunto pero era entendible. En momentos lo sentí un poco lento y no creo que tengo mucha continuación pero ya veremos que pasa.
Deadwish
Reiterativa en algunas descripciones, extrañamente sucinta en otras, detalles que no cuadran... Con el típico ambiente depresivo de las novelas de Rice, pero inundado por el reciente fervor religioso que posee a la autora.
En este libro veremos como un asesino a sueldo que por sus características destacaría en cualquier parte, se le da bien pasar desapercibido con un par de detalles al disfrazarse (?). Luego lo visita un ángel (??) para que deje ese camino y para darle una nueva misión (???) la c
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Cassandra Giovanni
Overall Rating 3 Stars

-Book Description: 4

-Cover: 3

-Plot: 3

-Creativity: 3

-Grammar: 4

-Simile Use: 3 (minimal usage)

-Description: 2 (overwhelming)

-Show And Tell Balance: 2

The author's name on the cover, as opposed to the cover itself, was what made me pick up the book in the first place. There's nothing particularly beautiful about the cover, but that's probably why the name is so prominent-- that's what sold this book to me in the first place. Then there was the intriguing description that promis
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Keith
Nov 08, 2014 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anne-rice
Not knowing what to expect of this book I can honestly say I did really like this book. The narrative was the thing that did it for me. Toby the main character Is an assassin who is in turmoil with his life. Then an Angel answers his prays but to gain absolution he needs to work for God and in doing so travels back in time to 12th century England to Help a Jewish couple accused of murder. Lovely writing from Anne Rise.
deilann
Apr 10, 2015 deilann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on my blog, SpecFic Junkie.

I'd managed never to read an Anne Rice novel before Angel Time. Now, I wish I'd kept up that streak. Angel Time graces us with completely black and white morality, poor storytelling, and an eye-rolling plot. I was anything but impressed.

Spoilers towards the end of the review, but I saw them coming from a mile away... so they may not even be spoilery.


Let me tell you all about how the protagonistis a really, really good person. No, you don't understand
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RNOCEAN
Nov 18, 2009 RNOCEAN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of provocative moral reflections, this kickoff to bestseller Rice's new Songs of the Seraphim religious romance series centers on hired assassin Toby O'Dare, a one-time aspirant to the priesthood until personal tragedy unmoored his life. Guardian angel Malchiah visits Toby, who's just consummated his latest kill, and offers him redemption for his sins. After accepting the offer, Toby is whisked away to 13th-century England, where, in the guise of a Dominican friar, he becomes the protector ...more
Nisro
Jul 12, 2011 Nisro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
( be warned that this review contains few spoilers)
I have been a long time fan for Anne Rice, Her amazing imagination & her velvet, rich and poetic prose writing. Angel Time didn't sweep me off my feet as I wished it would do! Rice still keeps that velvety poetic flowing prose but while reading the novel I had a feeling as if this book is a deja vu of another book or perhaps a synthesis of other Rice's books!
The Angel visiting Toby and the journey Toby takes through time & ages reminds
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Derek Oberg
I love Anne Rice. I have pretty much read every word that the woman has ever written, and "The Witching Hour" stands as one of my all-time favorite novels.

That being said... I really struggled to get through this one. She has famously taken a Christian turn in her writing (and I would recommend her "Christ the Lord" series to anyone, they're brilliant) but this one rubbed me the wrong way.

It starts out with no less than 20 pages describing a building. Not even joking. Some Jesuit Mission in Cal
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Gene
Oct 04, 2010 Gene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading Anne Rice's books, but I'm not unaware of her faults, especially in the books written in the past decade. Like a great many of her books, Angel Time starts off painfully slowly, and I almost gave up during a long, boring flashback to the protagonist's past, which was written (purposefully, I believe) in the most generalized and impersonal manner possible. The first half of the book was a tedious slog, first detailing the alienated life of a young, successful hitman (written as an ...more
Fabian Davy
Nov 15, 2010 Fabian Davy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first series from the 'Songs of the Seraphim', which as of this date (November 2010) has not been followed up by a sequel. Anne Rice might be cooking up a dish for the upcoming book, and I hope she'll do it as planned because the book looks promising enough to be a hit. Already on the bestsellers shelf of my local bookstores, so I know the it's doing great (this is Anne Rice we're talking about right?).

EDIT : The sequel, 'Of Love and Evil', will be released on November 30th.

An assassin who h
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Steve
Jul 08, 2011 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hadn't read any Anne Rice for years, after having read her first 15 or 16 books. Of those, I really enjoyed at least half a dozen. (My sister bought this one for me, autographed no less, so I figured I'd give Rice another try.) Alas, overall, the lion's share of the story bored me (deeply) and, if the book wasn't relatively short (and if I wasn't spending a lot of time on airplanes), I'd have given up. The "main" part of the story came across as shockingly artificial, and I wasn't taken in by an ...more
Sofia Teixeira
Desde que li 'Entrevista com o Vampiro' de Anne Rice, que fiquei completamente rendida à autora. Continuei a ler algumas das suas obras, tais como 'O Vampiro Lestat', 'A Rainha dos Malditos' e 'História do Ladrão do Corpo'. O que é que estas obras têm em comum? Uma componente mais obscura, mais violenta, mais crua. São sem dúvida obras maravilhosas e que me deleitei a ler.

Quando vi esta nova trilogia da autora, fiquei bastante curiosa pois o registo parecia-me bastante diferente. Em vez de escur
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Supernatural Book Club
This is the first Anne Rice book I have read, so I can't say how well it compares to her older books. I have heard the older books are WAY different due to Rice's recent conversion back to Christianity. Before I read "Angel Time" I had heard it was "preachy", and yeah, it is, but that's not really the issue.

Overall the book was sort of flat. I can tell that Rice is capable of telling a good story, I just don't think this is it. The story is about redemption of a professional assassin, an angel t
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold near ...more
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But only The Maker decides what ultimately happens to them.”
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