The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #2)
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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
how dare you create such trouble while not giving a single thought on your actions.
This is the second book on The Vampire Chronicles, and it is the 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 littl...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
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
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
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
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
Note - I have avoided Anne Rice’s books for several reasons, not all of them truly worth repeating, but it’s safe to say that Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise were certainly contributing factors to my aversion.
The Vampire Lestat swung between gripping interest and complete… boredom.
I’m sorry, I really did like this book in its entirety but there was too much talk about ‘fee...more
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...more
You see, author Anne Rice has written a book about more than murderous bloodsucking monsters, about more than cheap, easy scares. In The Vampire Lestat Rice has purposefully--even willfully--transcended the horror genre by creating a character so vital and compelling that readers are better for knowing h...more
No, seriamente. Penso che per molto, molto tempo non riuscirò più a leggere la Rice.
Ha uno stile di scrittura sublime, e non c’è dubbio che il suoi libri siano oggettivamente magnifici.
Il problema sta in me. Sono stanca dei vampiri belli, bohemien, affascinanti, ambigui e, soprattutto, complessati. Basta con i sensi di colpa, basta con le attrazioni fatali, basta con i problemi esistenziali.
Lascio le disquisizioni estetiche della Rice a chi sappia apprezzarle, e io me ne torno...more
I still remember how I felt after reading Lestat's story, how that brief glimpse in an immortal's life and psyche made me felt somehow -- connected.
I read "Lestat" long ago, yet it's only now that...more
I suppose this becomes the part where I explain why.
I think more so that Lestat is my favourite Vampiric Character so the book seems to resonate more with my personal preference. The way he battles his demons is simply based around the wonderful ability of his creator, Anne Rice.
His mind is a captivating maze of explanations, hardships, dreams, faiths and his character is breathtaking.
The storyline through out is much...more
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...more
I laughed hysterically, shut the book, and didn't pick it back up for many months.
I thought this was just something ridiculous they came up with in the movie interpretation of the book.
Later I braved the rest of the book and was pleased to find out that the rest of the book wasn't about THAT. It was a big part of the e...more
But coming back to it with a more mature perspective, I can't help but appreciate it for all new reasons. Lestat no longer seems as heroic to me, but actually more human; his struggles are really what we all stru...more