I want to give this one 3.5 stars but, of course, Goodreads doesn't offer that option so 3 it is.
I enjoyed this third Raylan Givens story much more tI want to give this one 3.5 stars but, of course, Goodreads doesn't offer that option so 3 it is.
I enjoyed this third Raylan Givens story much more than the previous two, if only for the fact that the characterization of its protagonist is significantly more fleshed out and his voice just more familiar to me as someone who came to these stories through the television show "Justified".
As in "Fire in the Hole", Leonard continues to focus more on the criminals and their individual slings and arrows, relegating Givens to what is essentially a supporting role. Although he does do a fair bit of investigation in comparison to previous appearances he mostly steps in from time to time and amps up the threat level to motivate our hapless conspirators. It's a consistent role for Raylan so it's not surprising to see him like this but his increased participation is likely the other reason I enjoyed this one as much as I did.
Overall a good story and the best of the series so far....more
This should be a 3.5. Goodreads, change your rating system!
I tried this book for the first time just before the film came out. I was in my 20s and hadThis should be a 3.5. Goodreads, change your rating system!
I tried this book for the first time just before the film came out. I was in my 20s and had heard that The Vampire Chronicles was supposed to be something special. I was also aware of the "Vampire Lestat" comic-book adaptation and it was pretty popular, so I figured "Interview..." would be pretty great.
As it turned out, I hated it. SO much of it.
I disliked the main character, Louis, for his incessant whining and mooning and the overly flowery way that Rice had his, and other, characters speak. Despite being interested in the story, I gave up after the pair depart for Paris and never went back.
I recently heard an interview with Rice and learned that she had returned to writing in this world she had created, and was exploring where the character of Lestat was in the time of Facebook and YouTube and Twitter. I was intrigued, both by the ideas Rice was discussing as well as by the author herself. I found myself very curious to revisit "Interview..." and got myself a copy.
Having just completed it, I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I read through it rather briskly and even the parts I was familiar with, either from my previous reading or from my knowledge of the film, did not detract from the experience. It kind of helped in its own way, actually. I still think Rice is a little flowery and I would have trimmed about a hundred pages from the book, but for what it's worth, I was genuinely drawn in by Louis' existential plight, Lestat being Lestat, and Claudia being the odd little thing that she is.
I'm looking forward to moving on to book two of The Vampire Chronicles where the character of Lestat is explored more fully, and the reader is allowed to see him in a more 'modern' environment. ...more
There were a couple of good essays in this collection and the interviews were entertaining but overall I have to say I didn't enjoy it all that much.There were a couple of good essays in this collection and the interviews were entertaining but overall I have to say I didn't enjoy it all that much. I realise that this was an academic analysis of the work but it would have benefitted from adopting some of the dynamism of its subject matter. Also, it seemed like there was a lot of repetition from essay to essay as they all made their respective arguments. It almost felt as if they all drew their primary source material from the one Warren Ellis interview collected in this volume. I also want to say that most of the essays were really dry and, while I realise that is often what academic articles read like, they could have used some massaging to feel more like essays for a book audience and not like somebody's term papers....more
I`ve seen this book really polarize readers with folks on both sides, positive and negative, being really passionate on how they feel about it. Me, I'I`ve seen this book really polarize readers with folks on both sides, positive and negative, being really passionate on how they feel about it. Me, I'm one of those rare middle-of-the-road people. I think a lot of this book is a mess, both narratively and art-wise, but there`s a logic to it all that is consistent and, after a while, kind of works. I definitely enjoyed the latter half of the story where things gelled a bit more and the story started taking real shape. Less flashbacks and trying to be coy with the writing and more of Andrews just letting it all hang out. Crazy fights, kooky characters, and an idea of where all of this kung-fu nonsense is leading us. In fact, that's probably the weakest thing about "Rage". So much of it seems directionless and Andrews doesn't let the reader in on what's going on until more than halfway through the book. To be fair, though, it is an entertaining diversion and I am definitely curious enough to try the next volume and see some of these dangling plot threads pay off....more