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The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #4)

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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.
Paperback, 481 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published 1985)
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Eddie Black
This is one of those books that defined me. I don't mean that I turned goth or vampire or whatever. No... it started me thinking.

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
Christine (AR)
Dear Anne Rice:


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
Oh, how I love Anne Rice.
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
Crystal Starr Light
The year is 1984, and Lestat is the famous lead singer of the group, The Vampire Lestat. He stumbles upon a simple little book, "Interview with the Vampire", starring Louis, his ersatz lover of sorts (because vampires don't exactly have lovers the same way humans do). So Lestat sets the record straight and tells the tale of his life as a vampire.

When people say this is better than Interview with the Vampire, they are not kidding. This book is light years better than "Interview". I almost wish th
This was the Audible audio book, unabridged, read by Simon Vance. Who gives a really good performance, I love his vampire voice!

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
It is my suggestion that, if you want to sample Anne Rice, and have never read any of her other works, this may be the book you want to read instead of her most famous novel, "Interview with a Vampire." let me explain.
"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
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Was a 4 star but changed for personal reasons to a one.
Oh Lestat de Lioncourt, how can you be this rebel,
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?.
May 23, 2008 Bart rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers in general
Recommended to Bart by: Todd
A happy surprise indeed. Perhaps it was a result of low expectations or a prior experience with the movie "Interview with the Vampire" that had me so unprepared to enjoy this novel.

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
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Anne Rice's re-imagining of the "vampire" mythos is excellent and Lestat is on my list of "All Time Favorite" characters. As good as this novel is, the books that follow:The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief and Memnoch the Devil are even better. Highly Recommended?

Nominee: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (1986)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (1986)
TL;DR - it's worth reading if you enjoy the franchise, the characters, and are willing to self-edit (that is, skip the repetitive expositions).

Although I read this book when it was first published, and reread it a time or two in the intervening decades, most recently I "read" this book as an audio book, which is an interesting test for a book. The book is in the first person, so listening to it heightens the effect of Lestat telling you his story; however, I hadn't realized how much of the ponti
You'll notice this took me well over a month to read, which should say all that needs to be said considering how much time I have to read at the moment and how fast I normally read books.

That was going to be my entire review, until I came across this little gem of a line while powering through trying to finish yesterday: (said by Marius to Lestat) "The truth is most women are weak, be they mortal or immortal. But when they are strong, they are absolutely unpredictable" (page 409 in my edition).
This is one of those books that defined me. I do mean that I turned goth or vampire or whatever. No... it started me thinking.

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 great.
In "Interview With a Vampire", Lestat was the villain, and could be viewed as a cold, unfeeling monster. In the sequel, Lestat gets a chance to 'set the record straight.' Reading HIS account on his life, and the years spent with Louis, he actually manages to gain sympathy, and he fully admits to being a brat prince of the undead, and you fall in love with this vampire who listens to Beethoven while riding a motorcycle down the moonlit streets. Lestat has an ego so large, it is little wonder that ...more
Dec 09, 2008 Cecilia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire lovers
Shelves: anne-rice, vampires
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I'll leave my previous review here - because I did feel this way at one time. However...(stolen pic from Cory)

Previous thoughts:
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A few random thoughts because I won't be reviewing this on my website:

1. Simon Vance is a fantastic narrator.
2. I forgot how sensual Rice's writing is. Not "sexy" but overloaded with sensation. Lestat is a very emotional person who is captivated by sensation and prone to love easily. Rice really infuses her book with that. It's quite astonishing.
3. I absolutely loved how she wove history and myth into it all.
4. Vampires are dark, as they should be.
5. Some parts of the novel were a bit too dra
Let me clear one thing up: I haven't read Queen of the Damned yet, but this book definitely increased my love for Lestat.

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
I was somewhere between middle and high school, and craved for something dark. I've never read "The Interview", but seen the movie, so when I found a shelf in bookstore with Rice on it, I immediately reached for Lestat as the second in the series.
And it comepletely blowed my mind back then. I remember marvelling on how real and alive the characters felt to me. I couldn't believe that all that was a product of imagination of one person. I loved the richness of Lestat's character, with all its fl
This story was told by the same guy who had read the audiobook for The Gunslinger by Stephen King. It was a really good narration he really puts you into the mind of Lestat. A tale of the coming of age/vampire of Lestat, you are taken through different timelines of his life through centuries. It was a very deep memoir of his, Anne rice really knows how to use words elegantly in this story. There were times that the life story became a bore and felt like he was self loathing. It brings me back to ...more
Lestat es mi personaje favorito de toda la literatura entera, amo a este idiota y simplemente no concibo mi vida literaria (la real probablemente tampoco) si él no existiera.

Reseña de este libro, bien larga y como la gente, por acá :D
I read this when in middle school. Interview with the Vampire was my first grown up book. I read it in 7th grade, thanks to my cousin that said I must read this series. At the time there was only three books. Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and The Queen of the Damned

I read this and loved it more than Interview with the Vampire. It is a book about Lestat, his maker, and those around him. It's a tragic story and makes you question so many things. At least it did for me when I read
After thoroughly enjoying Rice's Interview With the Vampire, I fully expected to be let down by her second installment in The Vampire Chronicles: The Vampire Lestat. I was not. The Vampire Lestat is a fascinating character and novel. Like its predecessor, this novel is not a pop-culture vampire tale crafted for teenagers. Rather, it explores the problems, complications and inner-strife that immortality gives rise to and the larger questions an immortal might ask and seek to discover in himself, ...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
Lindsay Wing
Obviously, as a tormented, emo teenager, I was way obsessed with this book, and I remembered that a lot of that was based in the fact that I was an angsty 14-year-old. Now, years later, I decided to re-read it for kicks and I have to say that it's still fantastic, and that assertion is in no way based in any stupid self-indulgent fascination with suffering. It's just a beautifully written book. It starts off slow, but the second half is striking and magnificently written. Rice uses some of the m ...more
Jepoi Genaldo
Certainly Anne Rice is a genius!
In the Book “The Vampire Lestat” tackles the origins of Lestat from Human to Vampire
The depth of the Story was pretty intense which made the whole story enticing.

The Vampire Lestat is the second edition of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles which tells the story of Lestat De Lioncourt; a 200 year old Vampire originating from Auvergne France, An impoverished Aristocrat due to his brother. After running off to Paris to be an actor together with his close friend Nicholas
I really enjoyed this novel and was so drawn in by the mind of Lestat. It took me awhile to pick this up after reading "Interview W/ The Vampire" because I felt like Louis was so depressing and I needed a break after reading it. Lestat is so much more charming and his life contains far more intrigue than his American counterparts. This novel cast Lestat in a completely different light, and really shows you just how ridiculous Louis & Claudia may have been being. (Saw that coming, total drama ...more
I started off a bit slow with this one, because of 'vampire literature saturation' and in small part due to that Amazon 'review' Anne Rice did on her books/characters (what an ego!). Still, despite that astonishing view into Anne Rice's mind (assuming that was actually the author) I ended up really, REALLY enjoying this one. I loved Marius' history of himself and Those Who Must Be Kept, as well as the aftermath of Lestat's voluntary exposure to the world. I was being somewhat tongue-in-cheek whe ...more
Miquel Reina
Anne Rice is definitely one of my favorite authors but as I said in my review for "Interview with the Vampire", in my opinion Vampire Chronicles saga is divided into two parts; Interview with the Vampire and the rest of the books, especially by the shift in their point of view: the first point of view lies in Louis while in the second lies in Lestat. That makes the "Vampire Lestat" and subsequent novels a more passionate and less melancholic mood than Interview with the vampire. Rice plunges us ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Vampire Chronicles (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Pandora (Historia de los Nuevos Vampiros, #1)
  • Vittorio, The Vampire (New Tales of the Vampires, #2)
  • Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
  • The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles, #3)
  • The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles, #4)
  • Memnoch the Devil (The Vampire Chronicles, #5)
  • The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles, #6)
  • Merrick (The Vampire Chronicles #7)
  • Blood And Gold (The Vampire Chronicles, #8)
  • Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles, #9)
Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles, #3) The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #1) The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles, #4) Memnoch the Devil (The Vampire Chronicles, #5)

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