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La storia inizia dove si conclude il romanzo precedente della serie, Il vampiro di Blackwood.
La voce narrante è quella del vampiro Lestat - vecchio di duecento anni, ma con l'aspetto seducente di un bellissimo ventenne ossessionato dal desiderio di diventare un santo della Chiesa cattolica. Lestat vive nella sontuosa residenza di Blackwood, a New Orleans, insieme al giovan...more
Hardcover, La gaja scienza #952, 358 pages
Published 2010 by Longanesi (first published 2003)
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Sisi WhoWouldLikeToKnow?
Honestly, never in a million years had I ever imagined giving any of these books a 1 out of 5.

But Blood Canticle is like Anne Rice woke up one day, smelled the roses, opened the balcony doors to be greeted by the shouts of her adoring fans, and then proceeded to perch on the railing and shit on all of them. I'm talking diarreah, buddy.

Lestat is a pussy. No seriously, if you have one of those Edward vs. Lestat arguments, hide this and never use it in your arsenal. I've warned you.

Second...hell...more
Cyndy Aleo
I swear, it isn't intentional. My recent reading of the Beauty trilogy coincidentally led up to picking up Blood Canticle on the bargain rack. I'm a long-time fan of The Vampire Chronicles as well as her tales of the Mayfair Witches, and my lust for this book, the one in which the two series merge, moved it to the top of my reading list.

Oh, the horror.

::: The Plot :::

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Anne Rice's novels, there are two major series: one about vampires starring the Vampire L...more
Jo
As much of a die hard Anne Rice fan as I claim to be, I have yet to finish this book. Supposedly it's the last she'll ever write in her vampire series. I got about halfway through and wanted to throw the book across the room. It's like a different person is writing.. and it seems like Anne just doesn't care about this series or the vampire world anymore. Lestat saying the word 'dude' was pretty much the last straw. I'll come back to this book eventually, and I'll hopefully be less bitter the nex...more
Rebecca
After finally finishing my journey with Anne Rice and her vampires, something I started at age 14, I come to the end pretty dissapointed with the turn Anne Rice has taken with her writing. Theres not much I can say about this book that others havent already said, however I just have to vent about one thing Anne Rice increasingly does with her later books:

Her feticisization of coloured people, especially creoles of the south. I say this as a mixed creole (also on this note excuse my english) who...more
Bobby
Anne Rice has said this is the last of the Vampire Chronicles, I'm not sure if this is the last of the Mayfair Witches, but this review is written under the belief that Blood Canticle is the end of both. Anne Rice is my favorite author. The Witching Hour is my favorite book. As I reached the end of the chronicles and the time came to read Blood Canticle I didn't want to. I wanted to stay on those cracked humid sidewalks of the French Quarter and bask in the flickering light of the gaslamps. I fe...more
Delicious Strawberry
I was a big fan of Ms. Rice's books for a long time. Blackwood Farm was the first vampire (or Mayfair witch) novel that I didn't love. Actually, she had been declining for a couple of books before that, but it was in Blackwood that I noticed the sharp drop in quality, which only drops even further with this book.

Now, I know that Ms. Rice was going through a hard time. Her husband died, she found out she had diabetes, etc etc.

If Ms. Rice had said to her fans (via her website or otherwise) 'You kn...more
Seklyan
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Melissa Cavanaugh
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Lisa Weber
Ick. Way enough already. Can vampires be redeemed? Oh my god, if he asks this question one more time, just kill him for good and put him out of his angst. Is Anne putting a little too much of her own insecurity into her vampires?

Redeemed from what? Surviving on human blood? They are predators for crissakes, a different species. Can humans be redeemed for eating red meat? It's the blood of another species, after all. Get over it already. One book, was good. 2 or 3, and I still didn't ask why vamp...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Now Mona is a vampire and not facing her inevitable death, she is able to ask hard questions – like where her daughter is and what has become of the Taltos

The big dark secret of the Mayfair family is finally open and ready to be resolved.



I have a problem.

When I reviewed Blackwood Farm I gave it 0.5 fangs. I do not regret that rating, it most definitely deserved that rating. But now I have a problem, because Blood Canticle is even worse but, out of some odd twisted sense of needing to finish this...more
Troy Blackford
The peak of Anne Rice's breakdown - this is basically an excuse for long-atheist characters to pound their fists about religion, to ruminate on how the former, late Pope is doing, and generally a way to pretend that whatever random assortment of stuff she was thinking about/interested in during the few months she spent writing this made a story if all compressed together.

Famous for her getting on Amazon and blasting people who gave it a bad review.
Ali
Okay, I DID read this one. I know I did. I just can't for the life of me remember what it was about. Although knowing later Anne Rice, I am sure it contained a mixture of everything she could think of to create shock value, said mixture thrown against the wall, and Anne Rice just hoping that something would stick. I am just picturing her thought process while writing this: "Hmmm...now I have done vampires and witches together, and I have done vampires, witches, and ghosts together, where can I g...more
Rachel C
To call this book part of the "Vampire Chronicles" is a misnomer. From the get-go this book was not about vampires or the Vampire Lestat, which was what I expected given that Lestat was the narrator. It was sort of about his two new fledgling vampires, Quinn Blackwood and Mona Mayfair. However, I say "sort-of" because it mainly focused on spirits/ghosts, the Mayfair witches/mortals, and an alien species - The Taltos. There were entirely too many characters, both mortal and otherwise, to make an...more
Jeff
Spoiler Alert! I've read two books since I finished Blood Canticle, and I still find myself thinking about how disappointed I am by this book. I was so excited to see how this beloved and epic tale of The Vampire Chronicles would end. Despite having had to consciously try hard to get used to Blackwood Farm, I was sure Rice would write a book that would make this whole set end in a satisfying way. But no, I was dead wrong. It almost feels like a kick in the junk after reading the previous nine bo...more
Jessica Harker
Easily one of the single most awful books I've read. The writing was excruciating, the story ridiculous. This made me want to flee into the arms of Anne's earlier work, fold myself into the lush, lyrical writing of novels past, and dismiss this book and the one preceding it as cruel jokes; as nightmares; as phantoms I'd never need to acknowledge ever again. I'm very passionate about the fact that the end of this series is dead to me. I'd just as soon pretend trees had never been felled to print...more
M
I didn't get all up in arms about this book because I read the last three books in the Chronicles long after the brouhaha had died down, but I still have to nominate Mona Mayfair for most annoying book character of the past century. I didn't think this book was the worst thing ever written by Rice (see: Violin) but neither was it as good as the two that came right before it.
Erin
This is where Anne Rice and I became no longer "friends"...she cast aside this series in such a poor way it was insulting to her fans...very insulting. I wish I could give it 1/2 a star. And it only gets 1/2 a star on the coat tails of the good books and my love of the characters prior to this..
Marianneboss
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What the hell did I just read??? This is not the Lestat I know! This adds nothing to the vampire canon! I mean, by god! I can´t with all the taltos thing. I JUST CAN'T. Those are some weird ass things that I couldn't help but feel repulsed by them. AND ALL THE FUCKING BOOK IS ABOUT THEM!
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If Blackwood Farm was a let down with all the switch of focus on a character I didn't know and couldn't bring myself to care about throughout the book,this is a major setback for me.
I mean, those taltos things a...more
Patricia
This latest installment of Rice's "Vampire Chronicles" begins with a ranting soliloquy from the infamous vampire Lestat as he addresses readers of the previous books. He excoriates those who read his chronicles but did not understand what he was trying to say. He fantasizes about being good, about becoming a saint, about speaking to the Pope. The entire first chapter is taken up with nonsense that has nothing to do with the story, and then the novel's basic plot begins where Blackwood Farm ended...more
Caleb
A few comments...


To begin by being rather summary, I can unfortunately say that my needs for satisfaction in Lestat's return have been forever suspended. It may have been sincere love for the dazzling performances demonstrated by Rice in the primary "Chronicles" that propelled me into the far reaches of it's modest conclusions. Those longing for the savage delight of Lestat's rogueish nature would be best rewarded for a retreat into his formative years.
Upon recollection, the most serious offe...more
Danielle
Do not read this book if you are very attached to the Mayfair Trilogy as it was. This book alters the direction of the trilogy completely, and you might not like where it goes -- I know I didn't. Overall, the story is interesting enough to finish the book, and if you've been hungry for the continuation of the story, you won't be able to stop yourself. There are, however, some awful AWFUL paragraphs when Lestat is speaking to the reader that made me sad that Anne Rice decided to include Mona, Row...more
Jen
I've read this twice now. Contrary to popular opinion, I think it is very good. No, it's not her best work, but I love both the Vampire Chronicles and The Mayfair Witches, so this was a great crossover. Rice puts so much of herself into her novels and we see Lestat struggling with eternal philosophical questions and deep religious theological issues. This will turn off some readers, but for me it gave a very poetic and thoughtful picture of the supernatural. I'm sad to see my favorite vampires g...more
Ann
I loved the first vampire chronicles and the Mayfair witches story. She was draging the vampire stories a bit too long with all the individual books afterwards. But this one is really a waste of space. There's nothing left of the magnificent Lestat, there's no plot and no meaning to this construction. Horrible and bloodless. On the plus side, I payed 10 cents for it.
Sandy Bookwitch
Not liking it as much as previous. The beginning of the author's return to her Roman catholic roots and her current obsession with novelizing the life of Jesus is apparent here.

Finished a couple weeks ago now... Ultimately liked it other than the Lestat "voice" being more obnoxious than usual. I hope she finishes with Jesus and returns to tell the story of Rowan and Lestat some day before she dies. She *is* almost 70 and has had some rather serious health issues.

With Lestat telling the story, th...more
Jason Gusman
The final book in the Vampire Chronicles? With Anne's husband, Stan, passing on, and Anne writing about Jesus instead of gothic horror, this may just be the end. For a finale it came up short. We did see a few t's crossed and i's dotted, but it didn't come with a cliffhanging turn. The sereies seemed to peter out like a Model T running out of gas. Yes, the Mayfair family members came full circle, but not much else of significance occurred besides besides wrapping up the adventures of Blackwood F...more
Kathryn
Anne Rice is releasing another Lestat book in a couple of weeks, and I made a point of reading Blood Canticle now, partly to once and for all catch up with all her Vampire books, and partly so I could experience the really and truly merging of the Mayfair Family with the Vampire Chronicles.

This one's kind of a mess. In one book you have the transformation of the dying Mona Mayfair into a vampire, Anne Rice's obsession with fine clothes and the kind of homes that only gobs and gobs of money can b...more
NoblestRomana
It's been a long time since I read these books. But when I started these series I remember just how much I loved them. I didn't consider myself that much of a reader until that point. But I ran through these book series in a couple of months. Some of these books are well deserving of their 5 stars, specially the original trilogy. Even take of The Body Thief, while it had it's slow scenes is a strong 4 or 4.5.

But then there are some weaker stories. Merrick is a good example. I enjoyed David, but...more
Crystal Fall
Read all of Anne Rice's vampire and mayfair books and this one I can say was the only one I was deeply disappointed with.With Lestat,I know that after living for a couple\few hundred years you're bound to change, but in this novel his personality was like someone else. It didn't have the same feel and detail.It felt like since this was the last of Rice's vampires, she wanted it done and to move on.
Michelle
It was kind of disappointing to read because the relationships were flat and there was just a lot of blood and gore and more cold and vain commentaries from Lestat.
Georgia Beyers
What can I say? I just love Ann Rice. Every now and again there's a little piece of her writing that turns my stomach and it makes me seriously wonder how her sick little mind works….but I still can't get enough of her books. This is another of the vampire chronicles in which Lestat is the main character again. What I loved most about this book is that Ann Rice entwined my favourite Vampire Lestat and my favourite Mayfair witches into one book. It was a really great read which has now led me on...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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