The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #2)
This is by far my favorite book by Anne Rice. I've read it so many times I need to buy a new copy because the binding and spine on mine are beginning to disintegrate.
I think I first read it when I was sixteen and it was so lyrically written, so beautifully crafted that I was stunned when I was finished. I remember reading the scene with the wolves in the forest and setting the book down and thinking to myself 'Good God'. Then I...more
how dare you create such trouble while not giving a single thought to your actions.
This is the second book on The Vampire Chronicles, and it is time for Lestat to tell his story. It starts in the year 1984 if my mind is not playing tricks on me,
(wow, i just realized that i was reading this book at the same time with the book 1984. Isn't that weird? book set in 1984 while i was reading 1984... no?... but... are you sure?... not even a little?.....more
Lestat de Lion court rises from his long hibernation in 1980 and decides to become a rockstar. He puts out an album and to accompany this he writes his autobiography - revealing the story of his youth as well as the history of the race of vampires, which started 4000 years ago in Ancient Egypt.
Some gleaned facts: Anne Rice loves the words: 'preternatural' and 'savage ga...more
I actually started reading these books after I read Twilight. Yes, surprisingly, I went back to vampire fiction after that. Meyer is a good writer, but once you've met Anne's Vampires, you're never going back. Anyhow, this book was great. It still has the good kind of vampires: the ones that sleep in coffins, drink human blood and burn in the sunlight.
This second book in the series wasn't disappointing, although I feared it might be, after reading the amazing 'Interview...more
I was born and raised in the South. I didn't read anything else other than fantasy novels (like Dragonlance). I joined the Marines in 89 and while watching a movie about a teenage vampire it was mentioned that Dracula is 'good literature'. I went to the base library to check out Dracula and beside it on the shelf was this book. I took this one instead.
The book was grea...more
My appreciation for this character is great and although my love of this series isn't as huge as it once was, I can still say without a doubt that Lestat remains one of my favorite characters. Not only is he a funny character but you actually want to get to know him since Interview with a Vampire depicted him as this awful Prince of Darkness who was almost pure evil in some situations. He's actually not as ev...more
As someone who loves vampires, I've had the misfortune of never reading any decent literature concerning them thus far. There was the dreaded Twilight series, and the marginally better Blue Bloods series (well, the first two books, really), and I never even got past the first couple of pages of Dead Until Dark before tossing it aside. None of these were exactly what you'd refer to as gems of vampire literature.
But then one day my friend h...more
"The Vampire Lestat" is quite a different novel from the first in the series, because we are dealing with an entirely different vampire than the depressed and vulnerable Louis from Rice's first book. Don't get me wrong, Lestat was the antagonist in Interview but towards the end of...more
Signed, All Fictional Vampires Who Are Not Lestat
This was a re-read for me, but in all honesty, I don't think I was ready for this book the first time I read it. Or at least, I didn't appreciate it for the sheer masterpiece of storytelling that it is, and it's not just the mood and the world and the mythology and the fast-moving plot -- more than anything, it's the characters.
Lestat, of course, Rice's 'brat prince', arrogant and compassionate and impossible, all at the...more
The Vampire Lestat is a great read. It may not have all the literary quality of, say, Cormac McCarthy's equally gruesome accounts, but it is more enjoyable on its first reading.
What makes authors great, of course, is how their works hold up on revisits. Knowing the plotting and the conclusion of Anne Rice's novel, I'm...more
Цус сорогчтой хийсэн ярилцлага-ыг уншсан 1980аад оны Лестат өөрийнхөө намтарыг бичихээр шийднэ. Бүх л цус сорогчдын ертөнцийг хүмүүсийн нүүрэн дээр ил гаргаж тавихын тулд Vampire Lestat рок хамтлаг байгуулж намтараа хэвлүүлнэ. Vampire Lestat бол уг хэвлүүлсэн намтар юм.
Арван зургадугаар зуунаас хорьдугаар зуун хүртэл амьдралыг ярих үнэхээрийн залхуутай юм аа. Зүгээр л энгийн хүний амьдралд уялдуулж богино хугацааг хамрахгүй бол энэ урт, уйтгартай амьдрал ч уншихад залхуу хүргэмээр юм.
This is one of those books that changed my life - it could be said it saved my life. The prose, the story, the characters. There wasn't one thing that didn't serve to immerse me further into this lush, evocative, beautiful, terrifyingly awful world that Anne Rice had created.
So started my love of vampires, things that go bump in the night, and all things macabre.
In Interview With the Vampire, Lestat read to me as the aristocratic, realistic, practical vampire with a lust for blood and opinions grounded in blunt reality. I liked him as a villain, and I love him as a hero. Louis felt to me like a melodramatic teenager with a flair for angsty sololiquies. I don't hate him, but I don't have a passion for his character.
Lestat's history is...more
In The Vampire Lestat, we learn more about Louis's maker and get to enjoy...more
Returning to the hypnotic world she so brilliantly created in Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice demonstrates once again her power to enthrall.With the same richness of drama, atmosphere and incident, she tells the fantastic story of the vampire Lestat, whom we first perceived as the seductive devil-vampire of Interview with the Vampire and whom we now follow through the ages as he searches for the origin and meaning of his own dark immortality.And who, more and more, engages our sympathy unt...more
Dennoch: Warum Lestat für diese Story bemühen? Sein Wesen ist so anders als in "Teil 1", dass es mich gestört hat, unzuverlässiger Erzähler hin oder her. Das ist dann eher wie eine billige Ausrede für eine komplett andere Story. Et voilà: Lestats...more
Yes, I know they're separated by two decades, but Lestat and Edward are disturbingly similar. Let's start with a few quotes that refer to one of the most laughed about things from the Twilight series: the glittering skin.
My vampire nature reveals itself in extremely white and highly reflective skin that has to be powdered down for cameras of any kind.
By the way, the definition of "glitter" is "to shine with a bright, shi...more
As mentioned in one of the reviews, The Vampire Lestat, stands on its own as a novel, apart from its predecessor, Interview . . .
Like Interview . . . there are some pretty scary scenes; however, admittedly, the novelty of the “new vampire world” has worn off a bit.
And interestingly, Rice hooks the reader immediately with a seeming continuation from the previous book's ending, then flashes back. Subsequently, as more and more is revealed, the n...more
Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rockstar in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying exsitence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice's best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.
From the Paperback edition.Amazon.com Review
After the spectacular debut of Interview with the Vampire in 1976, Anne Rice put aside...more
From here, we spend a lot of time with Lestat as a human and get to study the close loving relationship...more