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The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles #4)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  62,211 ratings  ·  956 reviews
In a gripping feat of storytelling, Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with the now-classic Interview with the Vampire. For centuries, Lestat—vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals—has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Now he is alone. And in his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and h ...more
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Published November 17th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published October 4th 1992)
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The first Rice novel I ever read. I was in Bari, Italy, waiting for the ferry to take me to Corfu, Greece. I was reading a hideously boring Candadian novel, and the young lady in line next to me was reading The Tale of the Body Thief. We switched books. I had never heard of Anne Rice. I fell in love with the book. Soon after, when I was in Sorrento a few weeks later, I was searching for any Rice books I could find.

Her writing is lush. Reading this book was like wearing a mink coat inside-out i.
Crystal Starr Light
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• I thought that this is by far Anne Rice’s best description of Lestat’s true character. Everything he did in this book was exactly what I would expect someone who is supposed to be so selfish and evil to do. Throughout the rest of the books Rice tries so hard to tell you that Lestat is really not good, that he can do evil things, and she tries desperately to make him into this anti-hero. This is the first book where I think she does a really good job of it. This makes me want to read more about ...more
3.5 stars. Another solid chapter in one of the most iconic vampire series of all time. It is amazing that even after all this time (and the endless series of vampire novels) that this series still shines as one of the better ones. Recommended!!!
Andrés Laverde Ortiz
Leer sobre vampiros no es una nueva moda. Los vampiros no nacieron como una explosión de hormonas adolescentes, ni mucho menos del cine (aunque sea este el que nos haya dado las imágenes más vivas y majestuosas de ellos). Seguramente no muchos estuvieron de acuerdo con el ahora cliché del vampiro refinado y elegante que creó Polidori en su célebre relato “El Vampiro”, que luego pareció afamarse con la obra de Bram Stoker “Drácula”, inspirada en parte en la historia del conde Vlad Tepes. Pero juz ...more
Gary Galehouse
She's way too in love with her own writing at this point. Takes ten pages to describe the front of a mansion. In the words of the great Casey Kasem: Ponderous man, f'ing ponderous.
This one was took the series back up a notch for me. I was dissapointed in Queen of the Damned.
Carlos Lavín
My first read of the The Vampire Lestat was quite some years ago, I was somewhere around 15 at the time. I remember being delightfully amazed by this character, the sheer raw sensuality of his persona and of the way he conducted himself. Always wanting everyone to notice him, to fear him, to love him, and actually giving them all the tools required to do so.

The torture of immortality is always a floating theme in Rice's books. So is the appreciation of everything thats fragile and beautiful for
Mar 21, 2008 Jamie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jamie by: Bob
I enjoyed Tale of the Body Thief more than any other installment of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles up to this point in the series. Unlike all of her other vampire novels, Rice doesn't spend half the book in flashbacks relating someone's history, and for that we are rewarded. More than ever before we are inside the mind of the vampire Lestat and can revel in his fiesty, pompous spirit and feel closer to him than ever before. I remember when reading The Queen of the Damned I was getting sick of th ...more
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Why did I like this book so much? Why is Anne Rice simultaneously a literary genius and batshit insane?
I shouldn't have liked this book, anyway; there were a lot of little things that irked me while I was reading it - but in the end, there I was completely engrossed again. Raglan is a kickass weirdo of a character (and her descriptions of his movements in the fantastically creepy lead-up to his introduction have stuck with me for half a decade now); she's still obviously a liiiittle bit too obs
Anna Ligtenberg
ISBN 034538475X - Never having read any of Rice's Vampire Chronicles, I was happy to find that this book does stand alone - no previous knowledge required.

Lestat, almost a drama queen in his moments of self-loathing, is approached by a man named Raglan James, who proposes a trade. He will let Lestat be human again, something Lestat believes he wants, by swapping bodies. It is to be a short-term swap, and Lestat overlooks every sign that this could be a bad idea. His friends, human and vampire, w
Sofia Teixeira
Esta obra é, sem dúvida, das melhores de Anne Rice. Pelo menos das que li até hoje. Lestat é uma personagem que ficará para sempre gravada na minha memória. Quando pensamos que ele já ultrapassou todos os limites que podia, enganamo-nos redondamente!

Lestat fartou-se de ser vampiro! E quando descobre a existência de um 'ladrão de corpos' não resiste à tentação de querer voltar a ser humano! De querer voltar a sentir a luz do sol no seu rosto, de sentir o sabor da comida e de fazer amor com um hom
I absolutely loved the ending to Queen of the Damned. Now, I wonder if I should have stopped reading The Vampire Chronicles then.

The Tale of the Body Thief is told by The Vampire Lestat, Rice's famous "brat prince". After the events of the last novel the few remaining immortals have disbanded and he now wanders the earth alone, again. He has befriended David Talbot, of the Talamasca, and constantly offers the old man the Dark Gift, which he always refuses. Depressed, lonely, and constantly haun
I LOVED THE TALE OF THE BODY THIEF. I loved that Lestat desires to feel sunlight. I loved how Lestat loves bread and orange juice. I loved Lestat for loving a woman. I loved Lestat for loivng Mojo. Oh, my! Mojo. My heart swelled when Rice comments that Mojo was to serve one purpose in the story's plot -- to provide companionship. I loved Lestat for wanting and needing and fighting for his rightful body because Lestat is meant to be a vampire. I loved that I met my dear dear Louie, the vampire, o ...more
I really like this book, it is from Lesats point of view and is interesting. Lesat is being followed by a man, a human man, who offers him a chance to be human again. Against his friends wishes he takes the deal which leads to horrible results. This book has some small problems, but the last chapters 32 and on really made me want to throw the book at the wall the first time I read it. Now I understand it but it still upsets me.
Lestat got in trouble, and became HUMAN! And wanted his Vampire body back! What a neat twist and insight into the character of this impulsive Lestat! Great read, and continuation of the vampire series, but different direction. Excellent read.
Fangs for the Fantasy
Lestat has become thoroughly disillusioned with his life as a vampire. Isolated, bored and generally dissatisfied he tries to end it all – which doesn’t work out as planned given his incredible power level

When someone makes him an offer he can’t refuse, though he really really really should as multiple people tell him. But since when has the Brat Prince listened to the advice of others?

He agrees to the Body Thief’s proposal – he will swap his incredible vampiric body for that of the Body Thief’s
This is part of my quest to read and re-read the Anne Rice Vampire series and the Mayfair Witches series as they blend together. I had not read this particular book or had read it so long ago I did not remember it. I actually really enjoyed this one--I found myself up until 6 am last night/this morning finishing it. Lestat is once again our narrator and his attachment to the Talamasca leader David Talbot takes a central role in the story. Lestat meets a former Talamasca member who has the abilit ...more
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. As an Anne Rice fan I was inclined to read this book (which I had previously entirely missed out in my reading) but I found that from the blurb on the back I was very disinterested and therefore it took me ages to get into it. Once I did however I found that it was exquisitely written and captivating much as I have come to expect of her novels.

This book focuses on Lestat and how he chose to face his undead existence until of course meeting with R
Vold Kira
Oct 19, 2011 Vold Kira rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amantes de Vampiros REALES
El Ladrón de Cuerpos se desvía un poco del tema principal de los vampiros. Aún así, mantiene las pasiones carnales y esencialmente humanas de Lestat, el Vampiro (sí, con mayúscula) por excelencia.
El ansia de Lestat por volver de nuevo a la vida mortal y abrazar de nuevo las virtudes y las ventajas de un cuerpo perecedero vuelve este libro en algo tan vívido y tan bien descrito que hace al lector tomar conciencia de cada una de nuestras funciones principales. La narrativa de la experiencia mortal
I love dark stories and I've heard all the hype about this series, but this wasn't what I expected. It was dark, yes, but in a devilish/occultic kind of way. Made me very uncomfortable as a "Christian" (I'll go with that title for the sake of argument).

That said, here are the pros and cons:

1. Intriguing narrative that pulls you in
2. A thoughtful story with suspense and er, events (sadly, there's not much action)
3. An "evil" vampire's view of the world (though I expected more evil, he was m
Cyndy Aleo
Once upon a time, Anne Rice had an excellent series called the Vampire Chronicles. It began with Interview with the Vampire, where her "main" vampire, Lestat, is introduced, and continued her focus on the various adventures and mishaps of Lestat through this novel, The Tale of the Body Thief.

::: Oh, That Silly Lestat. There He Goes Again :::

The Tale of the Body Thief begins with the age-old question of the existence of God. Lestat, as usual, begins the narration, and the topic continues as he me
Lestat, Lestat, little devil, you. I liked this one even though I think I may need to take a little break from Ms. Rice because I did find that Lestat would go on and on. My husband swears that's the way it's been in every book but it never bothered me until this one. Well..I don't know if bothered is the right word...just a feeling of, ok...that's nice about the monkeys and all but really...can we get on with the story?? I really like the way she writes and felt the premise of the ...more

In another feat of hypnotic storytelling, Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with the now classic Interview with the Vampire and continued with The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned. Lestat speaks.Vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals.For centuries he has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Lestat is alone.And suddenly all his vampire rationale--everything he has come to believe and feel safe with--is call

Feb 28, 2014 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire and magic fans
Recommended to Angie by: no one
This was one of my favourite Anne Rice books probably because she changes things a bit. The book is all modern day with no back history at all. That in itself is a first for this series. Lestat is bored. Bored of his life and bored of hanging out with the other vampires at Armand's place.

He's approached by some guy and against all advice decides to body swap for a couple of days. He could fly!! Why would he want to be ordinary? Things obviously go wrong and he gets David from the Talamasca to he
Lestat takes a great leap of faith in this book. He resides in a mortal body, while his body is on loan and used for all kinds of nefairous deeds. He experiences all the human traits that we take for granted. The sunrise, the food, the smells and of course our weaknesses.

i loved how Mrs. Rice explained the differences of our vision to that of the vampires. She really paints an interesting picture of mortality in this novel.

But anywho, things take a turn for the worse when Lestat does not get h
Lestat and his adventures! A body thief who can jolt souls out of their bodies..Lestat can't resist and becomes Human...and he hates it! He hated eating, pooping, peeing and smells lol. David Talbot is the only person to come to the rescue, Louis denies Lestat his blood..and somehow I think David came out on top. Lestat learned he is exactly who he wants to be but still struggles with being "good" and loving to call himself evil. I loved this tale and can't wait to find out what happens in Rio.. ...more
I feel like there's a point in writing a series that an author can go too far and really start to lose the story. I think Anne Rice hit that point in The Queen of the Damned.
I loved Lestat. He was the first character I really connected with in my young reading life. In the previous book in the series as well as this one I felt his character dramatically shift in personality, not grow, just out right change. I hate to say I only made it so far into this one, but after very faithfully reading the
David B
Weary of immortality and longing for some form of redemption, the vampire Lestat impulsively accepts the offer of a sorcerer to exchange bodies for two days. It comes as no surprise that there is a double-cross, and Lestat is trapped in the body of a human. He enlists the aid of his friend David Talbot, an elite member of the Talamasca, a secret organization that studies supernatural phenomena. Together, they must find a way to unseat the wizard from Lestat's super powerful body and restore the ...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 12 books)
  • Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
  • The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)
  • The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles, #3)
  • 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)
  • Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles, #10)
  • Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #11)
Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2) The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles, #3) The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #1) Memnoch the Devil (The Vampire Chronicles, #5)

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