Oh my god. I can't even talk about how much I love this book. It gave me nightmares. That's how good it is. The way the end of the world is written abOh my god. I can't even talk about how much I love this book. It gave me nightmares. That's how good it is. The way the end of the world is written about, so beautifully imagined in every detail and so like, plausible, it's really terrifying and haunting and amazing all at once.
There wasn't a huge amount of conflict in the story but it was just reading the characters individual stories, watching them survive and following them, and alternately jumping back in time to who they were before the flu, that was entrancing.
And the prose was just lovely.
I love this kind of rare story that is, basically, a SFF novel, it's about a post-extinction world, an imagined future, but that's so subtly scifi that you almost don't notice it and it reads like lit-fic. I adore the blending of the genres in that way.
And so tragic in all these little ways, the people who didn't know they were seeing their loved ones for the last time, or who never really got closure because everything happened so suddenly, and the ways in which the book asked you to imagine, "What would you do?" if suddenly there was NOTHING -- no lights, no running water, no grocery stores or gasoline or other people. All these things we take for granted -- flushing the toilet -- without people to keep the pipes working and the sewers churning and the water running, you can't do that. So, what do you do? What do you do if you have small children? Ugh, god, just wrenching and horrible and mesmerizing all at once.
There were a couple of loose ends that I didn't completely feel satisfied with, but on the whole this book blew my socks off, right off I tell you. Amazing. ...more
I love this series. I am just as hooked by seeing Sebastian's personal life unfold as I am by the mysteries he solves. The historical details are supeI love this series. I am just as hooked by seeing Sebastian's personal life unfold as I am by the mysteries he solves. The historical details are superb as well....more
It was fun to get into this world again. So many vampires are a part of this story that I got to sneak a peak at all my favorites and what they're upIt was fun to get into this world again. So many vampires are a part of this story that I got to sneak a peak at all my favorites and what they're up to now.
I thought this was a good story, a great conflict to bring all the vampires together and shake up their world.
Oh, Anne Rice. You are my goddess, but as I read you as an adult, I am so dismayed by your writing of dialogue. I love you, but it just isn't very good. All the characters sound the same. Even the modern ones, Rose and Viktor, all talk like they're from 100 years ago. I know it's this overall style of very lush and sensual and gothic and romantic, but it all just sounds very stilted and forced. People don't talk that way. People from 100 years ago didn't talk that way. Or if they did, they're vampires and they've lived through all those years and when you're writing dialogue it shouldn't write like how people "really" talk anyway. It has to read well, too. It's almost to the point of being funny, but I will never not love AR because she is AR. So there. ...more
Although I basically called the twist, I was still completely open-mouthed through almost the entire second half of this book. No spoilers,Oh my god.
Although I basically called the twist, I was still completely open-mouthed through almost the entire second half of this book. No spoilers, but this is an amazing book, perfectly twisted and screwed up and just real enough to be extra terrifying. Every other page you change your opinion of who is the bad guy and who is the victim. It's masterful....more
Loved this. I picked it up because of how much I loved Water for Elephants, and even though a book about apes wouldn't otherwise have appealed to me,Loved this. I picked it up because of how much I loved Water for Elephants, and even though a book about apes wouldn't otherwise have appealed to me, I knew I loved Gruen's writing so I wanted to check this one out.
It's excellent. Just, sucked in from page one, from nothing less than the sheer beauty of her prose. I devoured this book in two days. Not because of some crazy epic fantasy plot line or magic or murder, but just because her writing is so good it pulls you along like a current and you suddenly find yourself a hundred pages in with no desire to stop. ...more
I could write a really detailed review of this one, but basically, I was really disappointed. And that hurts to say, because I love Anne Rice, I loveI could write a really detailed review of this one, but basically, I was really disappointed. And that hurts to say, because I love Anne Rice, I love all her vampire and witch books and the Beauty erotica. But this, this felt amateurish, like a first draft, a book that clearly hadn't seen much editing. Because there were elements of an awesome story, but the mechanics used to tell it were heavy handed and rough and just plain hard to read. And I know that plenty of masters can do away with the rules and come out with a masterpiece, because they're the masters, but this wasn't that. I never felt like I KNEW the main character, almost the entire book is given to you in a tell-don't-show format. There's very little dialogue, and when it does appear it's stilted and forced and unnatural. There's no real conflict to keep you turning pages, everything goes smoothly for the MC, he doesn't have to fight to overcome anything. The only small mystery is cleared up with an easy resolution in which, again, the MC doesn't have to do any actual work and the answer almost literally falls into his lap.
The last 100 pages or so got more interesting, but then turned into a long philosophical debate of the nature of good and evil and human nature. Which I know is a subject near and dear to Rice's heart, and which could easily have been worked into the text and subtext of the book without being delivered as a verbatim debate between the characters at the end of the book. Let the reader form those questions and answers through reading about the characters and their actions, not by suffering through a discourse. Good fiction should make you question big ideas like that, the purpose of the story itself should be to provoke that thought. If you're just going to outright ask me the questions, call it an essay instead.
I was really bummed with this book. I hate having to admit that I didn't like it, because I love everything else she's done. And honestly, now I'm worried about the new Lestat book that's coming out soon, because I'm afraid that set of characters that I've loved for so long is going to be given a similar treatment, and that's really going to suck....more