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Memnoch the Devil (The Vampire Chronicles #5)

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"STARTLING. . . FIENDISH. . . MEMNOCH'S TALE IS COMPELLING."
--New York Daily News
Like Interview With the Vampire, Memnoch has a half-maddened, fever-pitch
intensity. . . Narrated by Rice's most cherished character, the vampire Lestat, Memnoch tells a tale as old as Scripture's legends and as modern as today's religious strife.
--Rolling Stone
"SHOCKING. . . A BRILLIANT BOOK.
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Paperback, 447 pages
Published July 30th 1996 by Ballantine Books (first published 1995)
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Jennifer
Dec 17, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-vampires
Memnoch the Devil was nothing like what I was expecting as the next installment of The Vampire Chronicles. Absolutely drenched in theological argument, Memonch the Devil is not for anyone who dislikes religion in their fiction.

Only two things happened in this entire book. Lestat stalked a victim for the first third of the book. He then spent the last two thirds of the book talking to the devil (and occasionally God). It was written as what appeared to be an extremely long-winded interview (think
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Misty
Mar 27, 2008 Misty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys fantasy and is not a die-hard Christian.
This is one of Anne Rice's best works in my opinion. It is part of the vampire series, but you should be able to understand & enjoy the book without reading the others.
The vampire, Lestat, is taken to heaven, hell, and back in time to creation and during the Christ era by Memnoch, the devil. The story told is one very different than the Bible, but it's good. I love Anne Rice's books because she tells the story in a way that it could be true. Anyways, it's a good book, but if you get upset by
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Allison
At the time that I read this book I was an agnostic, pagan, ex-catholic, confused about religion person. Anne Rice's technique and passion is so persuasive that I was a true believer after reading this book. And this was before she converted back to Catholicism! She is just so powerful, her narrative technique is, I want to say, loving towards her reader. I think her love for the characters she's created makes that happen. Anyway, this one is a must for followers of the chronicles and fans of Le ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Memnoch the Devil takes Lestat on an extremely long tour of the past, creation, angels, evolution, the passion of Christ and more – because he has a job proposition for the Brat Prince




Memnoch the Devil, also known as “the Bible according to Anne Rice” or “Anne Rice’s theological musings”. Perhaps even “Memnoch lectures you endlessly while Lestat practices his melodrama”.

What it isn’t, is much of a story or a plot. For a story or a plot to happen, well, things have to happen. Things do not happen
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Sakura Koneko
Aug 12, 2007 Sakura Koneko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the last Anne Rice book that I ever personally plan to read, because after reading this I went into a three month fit of depression.

The events in this book were just so powerful and terrible in some cases that my mind couldn't take it. While I'm not going to say that I wouldn't recommend the book to people, I would at least put up the warning that a person may want to be weary about it if they aren't of any particular religion.

Also, by the end of the book, Lestat had changed in many wa
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Stephen
5.0 stars. Except for The Queen of the Damned, this may be my favorite installment of the Vampire Chronicles. I loved the descriptions of both heaven and hell and the arguments between Lestat and Memnoch regarding the nature of good and evil. Highly Recommended!!!
Gregory Spiker
In Memnoch the Devil, Anne Rice has allowed herself to indulge in an orgy of purple prose. We hear so much about the lush greenery of the early Earth that we begin to forget what the story is about. And because of this, not much actually happens in the story. If this book were made into a film, in fact, it would probably be no more than 20 minutes long.

Aside from that, this isn't much of a "vampire chronicle." The purpose of this book seems not to be to tell a tale of the vampires, but only to f
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Carlos Lavín
It would be a bit pointless to be reading Rice's books without having a notion of her journey through being catholic->agnostic->catholic->bitching about catholic church. Since last book of the series, The Tale of the Body Thief, Rice seems to be trying to write down and refine her thoughts on the way she perceives the catholics' religion, God, the Devil, and the moral obligations underlined by them. In the previous book this is somehow a secondary topic (barely touching the idea of the ...more
John Devlin
Dec 05, 2011 John Devlin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I deeply admired "Interview' w/its rich writing style of place and period, and its dispassionate portrayal of characters like Claudia, who after being a 6 year old vampire for decades has become a steely-eyed predator(ahem instead of a 100 year old vampire vegan w/an insatiable desire to...sit through high school english again and again). The Vampire Lestat was equally good w/a wonderful shift in perspective that gave a great new spin to the character an events that transpired. The books that fo ...more
Joe
Feb 14, 2010 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Phfft. Flarp. Argghh. This book was so stupid. I was really looking forward to reading the entire Vampire series especially after I really enjoyed "Tale of the Body Thief" but this one is just terrible. 3/4 of the book is a monologue by Memnoch which is so boring and parochial; he just keeps repeating himself. It's like Anne Rice forgot how to write. Lestat does almost nothing the whole book. Notable hilarious exception involves a woman's menstrual blood (which is mentioned about 6 times through ...more
Jamie Welch
Sep 12, 2015 Jamie Welch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Lestat has come a long way from whence we first met him. He has known mortal pain and chose his vampiric fate over a chance at salvation. Lestat sought to find the answers to his unanswerable questions; where is God? Am I damned? Now, Lestat will find the answers to these questions.
We meet Memnoch, the devil. In this book Lestat will tell us all the secrets of heaven and hell.. Mortals and the undead alike have gotten this story all wrong..and Memnoch is here to set the story straight.
Yes, the
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Arun Divakar
When a writer pens down a plot based on the evergreen bestselling book, people are bound to sit up and take notice. This I suppose was Anne Rice's idea behind Memnoch the Devil. I haven't read even one of the Vampire Chronicles and the only other Anne Rice book I read to date was a load of crap named 'Violin'. Memnoch surprised me with its vast scope but starting off with an intriguing plot thread, it soon degenerated to a very flat and predictable ending.

Consider this, the devil taking along a
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Wendy
Aug 20, 2008 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I "L O V E D" this book. Very intriguing with its ideas and topics, highly unusual and controversial to say the least. In short, an awesome story of the vampire chronicles that just continues to mesmerize its readers. Same series, totally different direction. A. Rice is a talented author. Hard to put this down.
Nicole
Apr 08, 2015 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Finishing this book was a chore. A sad realization considering how much I loved Anne Rice's previous books, but boy am I happy to be done with this one.

My reading experience can be summarized the following way: Yay! Lestat!, ok I'm bored, holy mother of vodka this is dull, should I drink? maybe if I had a drink this would be easier, oh well- heaven sounds interesting, yup still bored, ARE YOU KDDING ME?, boooooooooreeeeeeeeeeed, OMFG EW and IS IT OVER YET?

There is virtually no narration. Instead
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Rita
Seriously. Anne Rice was a Born Again Christian when she wrote this book. It shows. Too bad. Lestat as a wannabee saint? Please.
Lisa
Nov 20, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade Brelsford
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Latasha
Sep 15, 2015 Latasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
still 4 stars. noooooo, don't go! I'm not ready for my revisit to be over
Jason Schneeberger

Just when I thought that this series couldn’t get any deeper, MEMNOCH THE DEVIL became the next book to read in this incredibly deep, rich and complex vampire mythology. I had previously heard from some reviewers that the previous book in this series, THE TALE OF THE BODY THEIF, is where the series begins to take a turn for the worse and that this book is where it all bottomed out and became virtually unreadable and to those reviewers I ask: ‘Did we read the same books??’

If those reviewers were
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T4ncr3d1
"Sono qui, ancora qui, l'eroe dei miei stessi sogni, e, vi prego, lasciatemi conservare un posto nei vostri."

Dopo l'improvvisa (ma per certi versi, attesa) caduta di tono e di stile del precedente romanzo, la Rice si rialza giusto un po' per convincere i masochisti lettori delle sue Cronache a proseguire nelle sconclusionate avventure di Lestat.
Questa volta, dopo essersi impegnato a dare la caccia a un affascinante uomo della mala, Lestat finisce con l'incontrare il Diavolo in persona, Memnoch.
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Tami
Oct 14, 2008 Tami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's open to different ideology.
Recommended to Tami by: It was a gift.
This book was genius and turned concepts based on traditional ideology, upside down. It wasn't about good and evil (which is boring, in comparison), but suggests A truth which is that we can never know THE real truth about supernatural things, including God. It shows how eager we are to believe in something, even Lestat, a vampire and the main character (and also THE Lestat), needed to believe. Anne Rice said of this book "I was also tormented by a multitude of theological and sociological quest ...more
Amanda
Jul 08, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those who know me, know that I am not a religious fanatic by any means. Would it be ridiculous to adopt my beliefs in theology from this Anne Rice novel?? This book delves deep into the idea of creationism as well as the eternal struggle between God & the devil since the beginning of time. All of the ideas revealed here were very intriguing and totally believable, despite their grandeur. Perhaps that is why I was so engrossed by the story.

I was especially drawn in by the introduction of the
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Alice Lee
Jul 12, 2008 Alice Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I want to say that I loved this book...it has so many of my favorite Anne Rice elements! The subject is also one close and dear to my heart - romantic reinterpretation of the devil. And in truth, I loved the ideas Anne presented, I loved the story Memnoch told, and I would have loved the novel itself if it wasn't so horribly written. Her penmanship slipped dramatically from the third (Queen of the Damned) of the installment to the fourth (Tale of the Body Thief, which, while not masterfully craf ...more
Steven Denton
Feb 18, 2012 Steven Denton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction
I just finished a review of The Witching Hour and was reminded of my intense love for Memnoch the Devil. I never got around to writing anything about this book, so here we go.

Memnoch the Devil was the first of Anne Rice's books that I had read, following her autobiography which I read for a class, and I was blown away. It was so different from what I expected from the author of "those vampire books," and perhaps that is the reason for many of the negative reviews here on Goodreads. Having gone
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Wendie Collins
I like this book for the ideas in it and of course the writing style of the author. The interpretation of heaven, hell, religion etc. It's very fascinating and offers a great perspective on the "what if's" in the universe. I was horrified at the end until I read the next book in the series. It is truly remarkable what Anne Rice can do. The ending almost requires you to pick up the next in the series and begin it immediately. This book could be read by someone who is not familiar with the vampire ...more
Rachel Joy
Aug 04, 2015 Rachel Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
How do I go about describing this book? It reminded me of when I read A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam some years ago, or maybe I should say I tried to read it because I'm not sure how much of it I truly understood.

In this installment of the Vampire Chronicles, Rice takes on one of the biggest controversies in theology today, why is there suffering in our world? Why does G-d allow evil to exist in His world, His creation? Lestat attempts to find out thro
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Carl Alves
After writing the two best novels in her Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice puts out a dud in this fifth installment. In this novel, the Devil, Memnoch, recruits Rice’s vampire bad boy Lestat, to fight God. Perhaps the premise was too far reaching for an effective novel, but the novel had too much backstory, and not enough actual story. Too much of the novel focuses on the story of creation and Memnoch’s fall from grace as an angel, who believes his damnation happened because he refused to accept tha ...more
Maiju
Apr 17, 2010 Maiju rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this book was annoying, easy to read so I finished it, but all about god and christianity and in a literal and totally unmysterious and unspiritual way... who cares about that stuff, and why is this female author incapable of creating any female characters with any depth, and why is god literally a humanaoid male who literally created mankind in his image, give me a break!
HannahCassie (PSIloveThatBook)
I listened for about 3 hours of the audiobook before I finally stopped it. It is just not happening.
Dana
This is the only book that has disgusted me so much that I threw it.
Iwan Dulenin
Jan 19, 2016 Iwan Dulenin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can assure you that you don't expect to find such a profound theological discourse in the book about vampires. It definitely stands out from the series and you can either hate it or love it. I found it interesting how Anne Rice interprets the tale of the world creation and the notion of God as an almighty creature and how she delivers the narration about Devil and God and Heaven and Hell in grayish colors rather than black and white, as the original story. I have never read anything like that ...more
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