The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles, #6)
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The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles #6)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  43,461 ratings  ·  536 reviews
Armand until now has played a small role in the Vampire Chronicles. Here he assumes center stage, relating his five hundred years of life to fledgling vampire David Talbot, who plays amanuensis to Armand as he did to Lestat ... It's not just the epic plot but Rice's voluptuary worldview that's the main attraction ... Elegant narrative has always been her hallmark ... Rice...more
Mass Market Paperback, 457 pages
Published October 3rd 2000 by Ballantine Books (first published 1998)
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Karen
I have no words for how unendurably horrible and boring this book is. Armand knows only how to cry, beg people to love him and seemingly can't get his head around Christ. He is a pathetic wanker that can do nothing on his own, with an unhealthy obsession with Lestat...whom he both loves and hates. He's 17 when turned a vampire, but when he's 500 years old and still 17 in his head, all you want is to strangle him. Apart from that - the narrator being an idiot and a madman - the book lacks plot. A...more
Suvi
First of all, Armand is one of my favourite characters. The way he showed himself in the first two books was utterly fascinating and captivating. Second, I'm confused why some people complain about the sexuality and erotic scenes with young boys. It may not fit to our culture but it should be remembered that times were different then and this book was about that time also.

Now, I don't know what went wrong but I didn't get the same feeling from this Armand's autobiography. Though I liked the desc...more
Arya
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Creepstakes
For all I adore this book and reread it whenever I feel down, underline some thought provoking passages and short phrases Anne Rice uses and admire her writing style for it's uniqueness, I still believe that Anne Rice showed her crazy in the second half of The Vampire Armand about halfway through the book.

Armand is the Botticelli angel, as many call him, and he delights in it, I think, purely so Rice can start the book by having him rip a victims scalp off and stomp on it to spite David Talbot,...more
Jorge
Una historia aburrida, que no despega nunca quizás porque no hay un hilo argumental que lleve la historia, quizás porque los personajes son contradictorios, débiles y poco interesantes, quizás porque hay una combinación de todo esto. El conflicto religioso de Armand/Amadeo/Andrei no tiene ni pies ni cabeza y sus cambios de personalidad son tan violentos que resultan incomprensibles.
La única razón por la que le doy dos estrellas en lugar de una es porque Anne Rice sabe muchísimo de historia, arte...more
Greg
Jun 07, 2007 Greg rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: gay porn enthusiasts
This is where I stopped in the series. Anne Rice had the habit of making all her characters extremely homo erotic from the beginning, but I could deal with it because the stories were excellent. I had to draw the line at this book though. Reading about ancient vampires giving and receiving head from little boys is not my idea of entertainment.
Elysium
Lestat lies in a coma-like sleep in a chapel and while vampires gathers around him, Armand tells his story to David Talbot, Lestat’s former Talamascan fledgling. Armand takes us with him through his childhood in Kiev; from where he is kidnapped and sold to slavery, to Venice where Marius saves him and eventually gives the dark gift and to Paris where he led his Satanic Vampire cult.

Maybe I should start this telling that this was 4th or 5th time reading this and yep, I still love it! Armand’s al...more
Kathryn
Overall, my favorite part of this book doesn't even begin until more than three-quarters of the way through. Armand has a VERY tragic story, and I do enjoy getting to see exactly how he became the immortal monster he is today. And Venice of any age is a great setting for a story. But so often things get bogged down in the details. Armand's love affair with Marius, his fight to keep from remembering his life as a poor Russian artist and Marius' fight to resist making Armand into a vampire too ear...more
Lidia Fullmer
Well, this is my second favorite book in the Vampire Chronocle series (the first is Blackwood Farm, then this, then The Vampire Lestat!). The reason I love this book is not only the character (Armand, who is without a doubt my favorite!! Sorry Lestat! You're second!), but also the fact that he dictates his story from when he was a boy and how he grew up for a few years in Venice, Itlay with Marius during the Renaissance. That time happens to be my favorite modern (1500's to present) historical t...more
Spaceferret
I was good up to about a quarter of the way into the book where suddenly all plot and personality of beloved characters fell to pieces and into a train wreck of a novel. I didn't finish the whole thing because I couldn't bring myself to watch as the corpses of perfectly good characters where poorly forced around the novel. After finishing Armand's origins just close the book, put it down and walk away. After reading what I did of this book I had to go into a detox using Let The Right One In to r...more
David
What I got from this Novel, is that it is a book about Love, and secondary of Faith. Now u may be saying wait a minute, oh no, must of have been a pre-cursor to Twilight, (which BTW I have not read yet). This is hardly a book bout' "Puppy Dog" teenage love

Also I have noted some controversy amongst other reviewers about the elements of Homosexuality in this book. I, as a Heterosexual, was not offended by these passages, and thought they were portrayed rather artisticaly, and not in a pornographic...more
María
Me gusta mucho como escribe esta autora y siempre disfruto leyéndola, pero hay un par de aspectos que me gustaría comentar sobre este libro en particular que lo han catapultado simplemente a las 3 estrellas.
Al principio me sorprendió que el contenido erótico es mucho más acusado que en los libros precedentes de las Crónicas Vampíricas, si bien esto no lo suelo ver necesariamente como defecto, en este caso ha hecho un uso tan profuso de ello que la historia en sí misma llega a verse relegada a u...more
Mrs. Fujiwara
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Vanessa
For me, The Vampire Chronicles are the be-all-end-all of vampire novels. And while I have my favorites within the series, I find myself comparing every other vampire novel I read to the entire set. So, if you want to discuss them, go ahead and send me a note. And if you're new to the vampire genre, you can't go wrong with Anne Rice. This one is my second favorite of the series.
Meirav Rath
Dec 22, 2007 Meirav Rath rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Teenagers, mostly
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I wish I hadn't bought that book. Anne really screwed up this opportunity to shed some light on a key character in her Marius-Lestat arc but she blew it. If only his years at the cult would have been more revealed, and the two orphans from WTFland would have been removed the book would have become a wonderful piece of fiction.
Wendy
Another in depth book about Armand, one of the characters in the vampire series for Anne Rice. Excellent, in depth, book that explains his wonderful character, that the other books just touched upon. Great read.
Yani. S
Aviso: tiene spoilers que oculté y puede que cierta información también lo sea, considerando que ya es el sexto libro de una saga.

La sensación de terminar un libro y dejarlo a un costado con total indiferencia me desespera. Es horrible. Y si ya desde el principio una historia que se menciona al pasar me interesa más que los hechos principales, entonces hay un problema grave. Si bien Armand el vampiro no es un completo desastre (siempre me pregunto si un libro bien escrito merece ese trato),...more
Lisa
Nov 24, 2009 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade Brelsford
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J
For some strange reason I never got into Anne Rice's books until now. When I was 19, I think I read one, but it slipped my mind and I don't remember it.

Now, I find myself really liking her writing style. She's got a dreamlike flow to her novels that can either embrace you or bore you to death. You can go from what's happening in real life to some sort of hallucination in the space of one sentence. There were some parts of this book that made me feel as if I just took LSD.

The reason why I gave 3...more
Rhiannon Elward
Apr 12, 2009 Rhiannon Elward rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone really
Recommended to Rhiannon by: my good friend Azhar
I was given this to read by my friend Azhar, I hadn't read any of the series up to that point and I'd seen the film of Interview with a Vampire and hadn't been that impressed with it. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much, I wouldn't have picked this book up in a shop or library because its not my usual genre.

I have to say I was very impressed though, I've read this twice and I don't remember ever re-reading a novel. There isn't much of a story, but there wouldn't be really, its a biography of a...more
Cydalima
Amé cada momento del libro, desde el principio hasta el punto final. Finalmente conocí la historia de Armand, quien se ha convertido, oficialmente, en mi segundo vampiro favorito de la saga, después de Lestat, evidentemente.

Después de leer Memnoch el diablo (igualmente sublime), el único trago amargo que me quedó fue lo que sucedía con Armand, al final del libro. No planeo spoilear a quien no ha leído la saga (eso es algo que está muy mal ¬¬), así que sólo diré que saber, finalmente, lo que suc...more
Bokuwakonekochan
I had a lot of expectations when I first started this book. But I have to say, it definitely lived up to my expectations. Anne Rice has done other interviews, including "The Interview With The Vampire" and "The Vampire Lestat". So I assumed it would just be a re-write of one of those. But "The Vampire Armand" paints a totally different picture. Instead of her usual New Orleans setting, this book takes place in Russia, Italy, and even France! She definitely did everything she could in this book,...more
Emily
The 'autobiography' of the Vampire Armand, from his birth in Kiev Rus up to and including the events of Memnoch the Devil.
While Armand's life and history were interesting, and something I've been curious about since I read Interview with the Vampire, I was not entertained by the theological discourses Rice has seen fit to engage her characters in more and more frequently in the last couple Vampire Chronicles. Also, an odd juxtaposition, a lot of the description of Armand's sexual relationships w...more
Mark
This was the last book I read in the vampire chronicles as I felt with the vampire Armand the series had slipped too far into homo erotica and further away from a strong story.

As other reviewers have noted The Vampire Armand crosses a line, the previous chronicle books had sex as part of the narrative pushing the story along, not just there to invoke shock and challenge the readers sensibilities.

The quality just seems to fade in this book away from the excellent writing of the first four books,...more
Karolina
Honestly, a little too graphic for my taste. It was just too much. Vampires are suppose to be mysterious, supernatural, and - yes - very sensual, but in a more seductive and somewhat restrained way. What I like about Anne Rice's books in general is that there's plenty of love and sexual tension, but it is usually vibrating beneath the surface. When she lets it all run free the characters lose their appeal. As that wasn't enough, the story as such gave me nothing. Armand as a main character gave...more
Ljubov Rybinskaja
Some time ago i decided to read all the Vampire Chronicles. I started with "Interview With The Vampire" and "Blood and Gold". These books were great, i was so fond of Anne Rice's works. I liked everything in her books - characters, stories, all the dark romantism. So i went on with "The Vampire Lestat" and "The Queen of the Damned". I was very inspired, and wanted to know all the stories about all the characters.

After some time i've got "The Vampire Armand" into my hands. Armand- very mysterious...more
Denise Data
Here is my problem with this and most of the other Vampire Chronicle books by Anne Rice. They start with a bang of a beginning and thrilling endings but in the middle you are stuck with about 100-150 pages of fluff where nothing happens and you have to painstakingly get through it so that you can get to the amazing ending. ITS TORTURE! Worst off, I did it to myself over and over again because I didn't know any better!
Erick
An enchanting tale of horror and lust, a marvelous descriptive paradise for those who adore the words of Anne Rice.

When we read this book, we all become angels and demand to be painted with black wings.

Not at all for those who cannot open themselves to the bizarre, the lustful, and terrible & dark parts of the human and vampiric sexuality. But, a magnificent find for all those who do.
Mary Marmalady
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Sara
I felt like Anne Rice came back with this book, and it gives so much of the back story and history that those who'd read the entire series were privy to. It's interesting how, you can dislike a character when the story is told from someone else's perspective, and yet I came to like Armand in this series. Another great addition to the series.
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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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“If I am an angel, paint me with black wings.” 113 likes
“We can't stand it, to be alone. We cannot bear it, any more than the monks of old could bear it, men who though they had renounced all else for Christ's sake, nevertheless came together in congregations to be with one another, even as they enforced upon themselves the harsh rules of single solitary cells and unbroken silence. They couldn't bear to be alone.

We are too much men and women; we are yet formed in the image of the Creater, and what can we say of Him with any certainty except that He, whoever He may be--Christ, Yahweh, Allah--He made us, did He not, because even He in His Infinite Perfection could not bear to be alone.”
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