It has been a long time since I re-read this book and I loved it even more this time. I'd say its only weakness is that , while the first book InterviIt has been a long time since I re-read this book and I loved it even more this time. I'd say its only weakness is that , while the first book Interview With the Vampire can stand alone, this one is clearly setting us up for a series. That said, Lestat is great and I am so glad Rice chose to let him narrate. I find him a lot more fun than Louis. who does tend to mope. Anyway, Rice really created our current concept of cool, snarky, sexy vampires so if you are a fan of UF/ PNR this series is where it all started....more
I first read this book when I was in high school, back when dinosaurs walked the earth, people still thought digital watches were a pretty cool idea,I first read this book when I was in high school, back when dinosaurs walked the earth, people still thought digital watches were a pretty cool idea, and mobile phones were the size of a suitcase.
I enjoyed it at least as much this time. Humor is subjective, and I still find it bloody hilarious! If you don't enjoy Monty Python-esque British humor it may not be your cup of Earl Grey, but it still works for me! I do a lot of my reading on the train, in coffee shops , and while waiting in doctors' offices. I kept getting funny looks because I couldn't help snorting and giggling as I read. I mean, seriously. A character named Slartibartfast? Come on, say it with me and smile. On a serious note, I am amazed by the writer's accurate vision of the future. Reality is, indeed getting more and more like science fiction every day. Adams wrote this book in an age when few of us had even used a computer, never mind carrying one around in our pocket, and yet The Hitchhiker's Guide of the title is an electronic book which is basically a Smartphone!
I can't recommend this highly enough, and remember: the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything is..... 42. Read the book, and its sequels, and maybe you'll figure out what the question is....more
I am going to confess that I didn't read this book until 1993, after I'd seen the movie. I couldn't handle horror movies or scary books at the time, bI am going to confess that I didn't read this book until 1993, after I'd seen the movie. I couldn't handle horror movies or scary books at the time, but Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and a surprisingly good Tom Cruise really got my attention. Now I'm a bona fide fan. I'm working toward reading everything Rice has written, and now I enjoy many other authors who write about vampires. It wasn't just that the vampire dudes were soooo totally hot in the movie. As is usually the case, the book turned out to be even better. Rice's characters are among the most compelling ever created in fiction. Louis with his constant moral conflicts and philosophical musings, Lestat with his naughty Bad Boy Bloodsucking Attitude and sarcasm (which Tom Cruise did really well in the film..though Lestat is definitely supposed to be taller!). Claudia with her keen intelligence and relentless anger at having been trapped for eternity in a child's body. Armand for being..at this stage of the series anyway...such a deep, dark, sexy enigma. Rice was the first author to make her vampires complex enough to keep my attention and, more importantly, make me actually **LIKE** them as they go around ripping people's throats out.
My favorite character however, has got to be the City of New Orleans, the true star of this show. I'm sure I'm nowhere near the first reader who has been inspired by Rice's books to visit this special, unique city and wander through the French Quarter and the Garden District. Rice knows and loves her city, and that feeling is infectious. I'm a sucker for well-developed characters, but in this book and the rest of Rice's work, it's the setting that draws me in most of all.
The indelible image of Antonio almost kissing Brad doesn't hurt either ...more
Loved it even more this time around. What's not to love? Jamie and Claire are still the hottest pair around, and Claire is definitely a kindred spirit eLoved it even more this time around. What's not to love? Jamie and Claire are still the hottest pair around, and Claire is definitely a kindred spirit even though I'd jump her husband in a moment if he weren't...you know...fictional. I especially love one scene where she teaches a bunch of Scots that old kids' jingle that goes, "Beans, beans, they're good for your heart...." I love you, Jamie! But Claire, if you were real you'd be my BFF....more