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The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice
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For all I adore this book and reread it whenever I feel down, underline some thought provoking passages and short phrases Anne Rice uses and admire her writing style for it's uniqueness, I still believe that Anne Rice showed her crazy in the second half of The Vampire Armand about halfway through the book.

Armand is the Botticelli angel, as many call him, and he delights in it, I think, purely so Rice can start the book by having him rip a victims scalp off and stomp on it to spite David Talbot, who asks his to stop. He does indeed present a rather interesting character of the Chronicles. He is, perhaps, the personification of Rice's duality in religion. He was a child of Satan at one point, akin to the yezedi muslims who worship a Satan-like figure, knowing that without bad, there is no good, and that Satan tests all and thus works for God. He does horrible things. And yet he believes himself clear of conscience. Armand is quite mad. Becomes so as he ages into the New World.

The narration dissolves into religious raving at the oddest of times from then on. At some points Armand is pulled from his story to remark on things to David and it is...jarring. At this point, Rice had no editors, I believe, and it shows. Half-way through the quality drops considerably and I've found a few spelling errors. Sentences that make no sense and the like.

I believe that, over time, Rice has become as much of a character of these books as the author. It's hard to ignore the religious overtones with Armand, because religion played such a huge role in his life.

I do not recommend this book to those who are new to the series or wouldn't touch the previous book Memnoch the Devil with a ten foot pole. The Christian influence is thick within the third section of the book, but Armand and Marius' formative years in Rome are very much something I adore and would like to think of as dear to me and I hope to others. Theirs is such a strong bond, at that point in time, and it's clear that Anne enjoyed writing it. Her grasp on history and atmosphere is, as always, absolutely wonderful. She describes paintings, rooms, halls, people, with such an interesting way that it doesn't come of as fantasy-type scenery-porn at all.

For writers like myself, it's quite soothing to thumb through her pages and try to break down the book. The paragraphs and sentences. I could compare her prose to Stephen Kings, and yet she is somehow a little better paced than he is. It may also be the subject matter, but I still would ask if one likes the way Stephen King writes before recommending Rice for all she is, to me, an essential read to those wanting to know about the rise of vampire fiction.

As always I can read this book again and again, and feel the same heartache for Armand every time.
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Quotes Leah Liked

Anne Rice
“I know nothing, because I know too much, and understand not nearly enough and never will.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Armand

Anne Rice
“And what if I never go of my own free will? Will you pitch me from some window
so that I must fly or fall? Will you bolt all shutters after me? You had better, because
I'll knock and knock and knock until I fall down dead. I'll have no wings that take me
away from you.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Armand

Anne Rice
“Perhaps I fear him because I could love him again, and in loving him, I would come to need him, and in needing him, I would again be his faithful pupil in all things, only to discover that his patience for me is no substitute for the passion which long ago blazed in his eyes.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Armand

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Miquel Reina I totally agree with you Leah! It's a great book to discover the secondary characters of the deep and amazing vampire world of Anne Rice!

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