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Pandora (New Tales of the Vampires #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  27,182 ratings  ·  531 reviews
Book by Rice, Anne
Paperback, 383 pages
Published June 2003 by Punto de lectura (first published 1998)
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Austin James
Let me start off by saying, I love the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (I'm reading them in the order they were published). And I have to say Pandora was different than the others - not in a bad way (I quite liked the book). And it was more than just the lack of Lestat in the story (although he is discussed) or the fact that it's set during Ancient Rome (which was well researched, as always, by Anne Rice), No... this story is different because it's Pandora's story, and she's not like a character...more
Tamcamry
• Oct. 22, 2006: This is really an outstanding story overall. There were very few things that took away from it, and even those didn’t bother me that much. Yeah, Pandora is another rich vampire from an aristocratic family. Yeah, Anne Rice said differently when she first mentioned Pandora. Again, that still didn’t take away from the story. This book also reinforced my belief that Anne Rice is really at her best when she is writing historical fiction. The way she brought ancient Rome to life was f...more
Julie Suzanne
This was a discarded library book and I picked it up because the price was right and I thoroughly enjoyed the vampire trilogy that started with Interview and ended with Queen of the Damned.

Pandora's story was mildly interesting at points but mostly irritating. I don't love Rice's style of writing and it's really the plot that enticed my interest in the first 3. I didn't like Pandora, the character, and I couldn't care less about any of the other characters. Half the time that I was reading it I...more
Emily
Pandora wanted to set the record straight about Lestat's version of what Marius said about her. She does so, but not much more was revealed to us about her thousand-year life than the beginning and her transformation into a vampire. She wandered Europe for centuries, but chooses to spend 400 pages on the first 35 years of her life. It was still interesting to read about, but I was hoping for more than a rehash of things we pretty much already knew.
Amber
Wow! I love reading stories about vampires and Anne Rice has it going on! I've had this book sitting on my bookcase back home since 8th grade and for some reason I never read it! Well luckily for me, I found this gem the other weekend while I was visiting my parents and am so happy that I finally read it.

In short, this book is about a 2,000 year old vampire named Lydia (aka Pandora) who lived during the height of the Roman Empire (15 B.C.) She is approached by a young vampire named David in the...more
Brittany
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Fredstrong
Dec 07, 2007 Fredstrong rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy, Horror fans
Pandora is the first of the two New Tales of the Vampires, the second being Vittorio. We've met Pandora in the Vampire Chronicles as one of the ancients, and alas, this is her story.

Pandora is a patrician from ancient Rome during the time of Augustus. Her father is a Senator, and she is well educated and literate. Rice brings her laudable talent of recreating distant times and places to bear on this wonderful addition to her vampire catalogue. Pre-Christian Rome operated under an entirely differ...more
Arch_angelic
I actually don't read vampire book. Well, I guess that's the risk (or good thing) of working in a bookshop. I've got curious about this book because of our loyal customer is so totally into this vampire things. When we got 'Pandora' on our list, we called her and she told that she got the book. So I put the book on the shelf to be sold. After a week, no one seem to buy the book and every time I check on the shelf I've grown overly curious about this book, so I end up borrowing the book from the...more
Trish
Because Anne Rice has been writing vampire books for years, I have to assume that Stephenie Meyer got some of her vampire characteristics from her work. Rice does a better job of describing the exquisite beauty of her vampires - like comparing their eyes to jewels while Meyer gets repetitive with vague words like "perfect" or "godlike" or describing the physiological reaction to such beauty. I noticed that Rice also used the word "dazzle" once which is a huge Twilight reference now. Both have va...more
David Mcangus
I haven't read Anne Rice for almost a decade. We parted unfavourably after my third attempt to read Armand, and I haven't returned since. Pandora reminded of why I both loved her earlier works and why I found Armand impenetrable.

The negatives, unfortunately, dominate the first three quarters of the novel. Much as I remember Armand, Pandora spends significant chunks of time locked in her own head. As a fan of first person narrative, this should represent a positive. But the way this is incorporat...more
Oscar
He de admitir que en 'Pandora' me he encontrado lo que me esperaba, es decir, la historia de la vampira Pandora, de cómo llegó a convertirse en bebedora de sangre y a vivir más de dos mil años, pero contada de una manera algo insulsa y con poco brío. La historia está narrada en primera persona por Pandora, que la está escribiendo para ser leída por el vampiro neófito David Talbot. Gran parte de la historia transcurre en la Antigua Roma y se trata más de novela histórica, donde se habla de las co...more
Dereck
This is the first and only book I've read by Anne Rice, and from what I've been told, it's not a good representation. It's a good example of what I mean when I say, "You can feel when the wuthor hasn't been there." At times she focused too much on the history and not enough on the moment. It got boring in some parts, and just seemed too blah blah blah. I thought the plot and characters were unbelievable and too... off, like too dramatic or responding to things in an emotional way I don't underst...more
Isabella Daniels
I loved this book with a passion! It is an amazing story that hooks you from the first chapter. The way it is written is amazing. Anne Rice is an amazing novelist. I love her books. The brother book to this, "Blood and Gold", Marius's story, is heartbreaking and exciting.
Both books have so much in them its like reading three books in one, but it isn't overwhelming. The plotline carries very smoothly. I loved these books so much and would recommend this to anyone with a stomach for death and a h...more
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
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Tenía entendido que la saga Nuevas historias de vampiros era posterior a la saga principal de la autora, Crónicas vampíricas, pero resulta que no es así. ¡Atención! Esto es muy importante para todos los que estén siguiendo libro por libro de Rice (como yo). El orden ideal para leer estos tomos sería así:
° Crónicas Vampíricas #5: Memnoch el diablo
- Nuevas Historias de Vampiros #1: Pandora
° Crónicas Vampíricas #6: Armand el vampiro
- Nuevas Historias de Vampiros #2: V...more
Carrie Slager
Pandora is part of Anne Rice’s New Tales of the Vampires (although they’re not that new anymore) and there is virtually no difference in writing quality or style from her more popular The Vampire Chronicles. What is different, though, is that we finally see the stories of formerly minor characters who aren’t really connected to Lestat. Lestat, although he is a very interesting character, does get annoying after a couple of books, so a book from the point of view of Pandora was perfect for me.

Pan...more
Alannah
This was the first Anne Rice book that I read. If Pandora is the first book that you have read by this author, and you are considering making this you first and last Anne Rice book, than I have some advice for you. Don't.

I almost gave up on Anne Rice after this but I'm glad that I continued on and read The Vampire Chronicles! Pandora is not horrible but it is not incredible and far from Rice's best work.


Mariana
4 stars

First of all, I have to say that this is my very first Anne Rice experience. I have only contacted with her vision of vampires through the "Interview with the Vampire" film, which is why I knew who Lestat was (he is mentioned throughout "Pandora"), but had never heard of Marius and Akasha. This is a stand alone, so I didn't need any "Vampire Chronicles" knowledge to understand the novel, yet I felt intrigued about these characters and their evolution.

Meet our main character:

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"Pandora" isn...more
Draven
Beautiful description and depictions of Ancient Rome and the Mediterreanean. Bonus: Most excellent love story between Marius and Pandora. Some of Rice's finest work!

On a side note, while it's considered Book 1 of the New Tales, I don't really consider this one as separate from the Vampire Chronicles, like I would with Vittorio.
Melissa Tay
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Mark
It has been a long long time since I read any of Anne Rice's vampire books and I certainly use to have a soft spot for them, willing to overlook problems with them. However this time I find the writing painfully over indulgent in an attempt to make the writing feel intense and then the story jumps along, never stopping for a moment to allow us to take anything in. It boom-boom-booms along, and then the story just stops and we jump centuries in sentences. It feels to me a little that if the story...more
Tatiana
3.5 Stars

This is my second book by Anne Rice, Vittorio The Vampire being the first, so I can't talk about what's normal in her books. Now, with the clarification out of our way, I've to say I loved the story of Pandora's human years, the fact that she lived in ancient Rome made everything much more interesting (I don't know how well researched was that part, but it was good nonetheless) and it was good that her human years took 3/4 of the book, because I didn't enjoy the vampire part of her stor...more
Sa
Ever since I discovered a used bookstore in my district, I've read a lot of books by different authors but I didn't like the style of writing at all and what little I read of the story was so uninteresting.I'm glad I didn't spend a lot of money or time on it.

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Jeannette Nikolova
I read The Vampire Chronicles and a bunch of other Anne Rice books a couple of years ago and to be honest, I overdosed. It took me around 6-7 years to start another one of her books.
I can never be sure weather I like her style or not. Her ideas are almost always very good, but her writing is lacking. It is a bit over the top and wayyy too melodramatic for me. But nevertheless, there are a few books of hers that I really like, most of all Queen of the Damned, which was so, so inspired. To this da...more
Nick
Aug 27, 2014 Nick rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
I think I'm seriously in a reading slump. I'm hardly enjoying anything I'm reading lately.

One of the first problems I probably had with this, is that I've only read "Interview with the Vampire", so I don't know most of these characters. The first chapter was a summary, I believe, of the previous books in the series; which was simultaneously helpful, and rather annoying. It seemed a tad long and unimportant, at least to me. Maybe it is for those that have read the previous books, but in that cas...more
Kathleen  Faher
Pandora! I almost want to reread Blood and Gold to hear how Marius described his side of the story. Because this felt a little different in Pandora's point of view.
So she is in ancient Rome under Emperor Augustus and I loved the historical imagery! Someone rats her family out as traitors and she escapes to Antioch (in modern day Syria) but the rest of her family is killed.
Her adventures in Antioch were lots of fun and even more so when she meets Marius again.
So Pandora isn't a flashy characte...more
Anna Pappas
I don't know whether or not I loved this book. There were parts that promised brilliancy, but it would miss the mark within a few more sentences.

And Pandora?

At times she was reasonable, others, mad. It didn't seem believable (I cannot believe I just typed that considering I'm reviewing vampire fiction.) It all seemed so rushed. One minute she was worshipping at the Temple of Isis, the next she was beating the walls of her house again, it got pretty hard to follow her mood swings.

Towards the end...more
Yani
Ojalá me hubiera gustado más. Anne Rice es (según mi opinión) una escritora compleja y con miles de ideas que disfruto leer, pero esta vez no pude hacer nada. Pandora es un desprendimiento de The Vampire Chronicles que cuenta la historia de la vampiresa que le da el título al libro y al principio es prometedor… hasta que empezó a parecerme diluido.

Pandora le narra (por escrito) su vida a David Talbot. Esto incluye, por supuesto, sus años como humana en la Roma natal, los hechos que la empuja...more
Donna
I've been working my way through all of Anne Rice's vampire books and so far Pandora has been my least favorite. That being said I still enjoyed it mostly because of Rice's delicious language and the insightful romp through history. One thing about 2000 year-old protagonists is they see a lot of history and if you trust your author to know her stuff (and this one I certainly do) you get that added bonus.

Like most of Rice's vampire tales Pandora is telling her story in first person, writing it a...more
Sean
In Pandora, Anne Rice presents another vampiric coming-of-age story. We are introduced to Pandora, the daughter of a senator in ancient Rome who is forced to flee to Antioch when her family is murdered by the emperor. In Antioch, she is reacquainted with Marius--another vampire originating from ancient Rome that we were introduced to in Queen of the Damned as the keeper of the original mother and father blooddrinkers. Marius ultimately makes a vampire of Pandora and much of the story relates the...more
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