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The Tale of the Body Thief

(The Vampire Chronicles #4)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  79,338 ratings  ·  1,405 reviews
For centuries, Lestat --- vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals --- has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Now Lestat is alone. And suddenly all his vampire rationale --- everything he has come to believe and feel safe with --- is called into question. In his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, Lesta ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Domestic Ballentine Books Edition, 435 pages
Published 2001 by Ballantine Books (first published October 4th 1992)
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Gary Galehouse
She's way too in love with her own writing at this point. Takes ten pages to describe the front of a mansion. In the words of the great Casey Kasem: Ponderous man, f'ing ponderous.
Jun 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
The first Rice novel I ever read. I was in Bari, Italy, waiting for the ferry to take me to Corfu, Greece. I was reading a hideously boring Candadian novel, and the young lady in line next to me was reading The Tale of the Body Thief. We switched books. I had never heard of Anne Rice. I fell in love with the book. Soon after, when I was in Sorrento a few weeks later, I was searching for any Rice books I could find.

Her writing is lush. Reading this book was like wearing a mink coat inside-out i.
This book is very good. It is well written and packed of life reflections. There is no doubt that Anne Rice knows what she is doing.

Particularly, I just don´t think that this installment is at the same level as the first three books of this series. To me, this book seems to center more in introspections and rumination than in the actual plot. The storyline feels like an excuse for all the pondering, deliberating and meditating that the characters do. Don´t get me wrong, it was very interesting,
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Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
• I thought that this is by far Anne Rice’s best description of Lestat’s true character. Everything he did in this book was exactly what I would expect someone who is supposed to be so selfish and evil to do. Throughout the rest of the books Rice tries so hard to tell you that Lestat is really not good, that he can do evil things, and she tries desperately to make him into this anti-hero. This is the first book where I think she does a really good job of it. This makes me want to read more about ...more
3.5 stars. Another solid chapter in one of the most iconic vampire series of all time. It is amazing that even after all this time (and the endless series of vampire novels) that this series still shines as one of the better ones. Recommended!!!
The Tale of the Body Thief is the 4th book in the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. And it is by far the best one.

Lestat is being followed. Everywhere he goes he senses that someone is watching him. He can’t shake it. Finally, his mysterious follower leaves him instructions to meet. Is it a trap? Is he being lured in under false pretenses? Of course, every single person that Lestat talks to instructs him NOT to go.

So, being Lestat he goes.

The man who Lestat meets offers him a once in a lifetime
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jamie by: Bob
I enjoyed Tale of the Body Thief more than any other installment of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles up to this point in the series. Unlike all of her other vampire novels, Rice doesn't spend half the book in flashbacks relating someone's history, and for that we are rewarded. More than ever before we are inside the mind of the vampire Lestat and can revel in his fiesty, pompous spirit and feel closer to him than ever before. I remember when reading The Queen of the Damned I was getting sick of th ...more
Cody | CodysBookshelf
It is official: this is the book that made me an unwavering fan of Lestat. While the previous Vampire Chronicle, Queen of the Damned features an array of characters and scenarios, there wasn’t as much a focus on the Brat Prince. In this, the fourth book in the series, Anne Rice has almost inverted that: Lestat de Lioncourt is front and center through all of it; the reader gets to, finally, see him fall, and seek redemption.

The concept is pretty simple: Lestat, after over two centuries of being
Kristen Burns
3 Stars

I won't even do lists this time because I had the same likes and dislikes. The plot was slow (really slow for a while in the beginning), the writing was a bit odd with the flashbacks and characters telling long stories to one another, but I'm invested in the characters, and that's why I can't stop reading this series.

This one was much more focused on Lestat though, whereas the other books had a lot about the other vampires as well. And, to be honest, I think I'm more invested in th
Dec 08, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was took the series back up a notch for me. I was dissapointed in Queen of the Damned.
Carlos Lavín
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2012
My first read of the The Vampire Lestat was quite some years ago, I was somewhere around 15 at the time. I remember being delightfully amazed by this character, the sheer raw sensuality of his persona and of the way he conducted himself. Always wanting everyone to notice him, to fear him, to love him, and actually giving them all the tools required to do so.

The torture of immortality is always a floating theme in Rice's books. So is the appreciation of everything thats fragile and beautiful for
Tokio Myers
“Revenge is the concern of those who are at some point or other beaten. I am not beaten, I told myself. No, not beaten. And victory is far more interesting to contemplate than revenge.”

It's weird re-reading this book in a good way. As a middle school brat I hated this book. It's full of long descriptions, winy vampires and humans, and a old man that somehow captured Lestat's attention. So why would anyone read this and think it's awesome?

“One tiny flame could make so many other flames; one tiny
Jess The Bookworm
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lestat returns, in this the fourth novel in the Vampire Chronicles. Lestat, always one looking for trouble, always philosophizing, meets with a Body Thief: a man capable of switching bodies with other people, most of the time against their will.

Lestat agrees to switch bodies with this Body Thief for one day, so that he can feel what it is like to be human again.

As one expects, everything does not go as plan, and Lestat has to try and get himself out of the dangerous position he has put himself
Why did I like this book so much? Why is Anne Rice simultaneously a literary genius and batshit insane?
I shouldn't have liked this book, anyway; there were a lot of little things that irked me while I was reading it - but in the end, there I was completely engrossed again. Raglan is a kickass weirdo of a character (and her descriptions of his movements in the fantastically creepy lead-up to his introduction have stuck with me for half a decade now); she's still obviously a liiiittle bit too obs
Bobby Luke
A good story - interesting and captivating - but it is safe to say that Lestat has to be the world's biggest moron to not see what happens coming. Also - I predicted one of the big "twists" at the end, but not the final one - so good on Anne Rice for that.

There was one scene that probably didn't need to be written in complete detail, which knocked this down a star.

I am still interested in seeing where and what Lestat gets himself into next.
C.T. Phipps
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, vampires
I feel like my descriptor for this book, "The last time Lestat appears in a book that isn't terrible" is a bad description (because I liked Memnoch the Devil a lot--just not because of Lestat). It's just this is kind of one of those books that I like but there's nothing really awesome about it either. Interview with a Vampire and The Vampire Lestat are genre changing magnificent works of fiction. This is okay and has an interesting premise. It's okay. The first two were Raiders of the Lost Ark, ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Lestat is at it again. Such an impetuous beast! Triple dog dare him and he will do it in a heartbeat. This time he meets a man who can switch souls and steal bodies as if they are mere vessels. His acquaintance may be Lestat’s undoing. Along with his close friend, David, they chase this man down. Louis makes an appearance as well as Claudia. Loved that! We soar to Paris, the Bahamas, New Orleans. Lots of money thrown around. Rice does it again.
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-fiction
This is part of my quest to read and re-read the Anne Rice Vampire series and the Mayfair Witches series as they blend together. I had not read this particular book or had read it so long ago I did not remember it. I actually really enjoyed this one--I found myself up until 6 am last night/this morning finishing it. Lestat is once again our narrator and his attachment to the Talamasca leader David Talbot takes a central role in the story. Lestat meets a former Talamasca member who has the abilit ...more
This was by far my favorite book in the series. I did like the previous ones but this one finally sold me on the character of Lestat. To be honest, I wasn't too impressed to see that he'll be the main character of the series as I couldn't connect with him at all in the beginning. It has gotten better since I heard his side of the story but I've become a fan after this book.

'The Tale of the Body Thief' added quite an element to the classic vampire lore for me. At least I haven't read a book abou
Anna Ligtenberg
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
ISBN 034538475X - Never having read any of Rice's Vampire Chronicles, I was happy to find that this book does stand alone - no previous knowledge required.

Lestat, almost a drama queen in his moments of self-loathing, is approached by a man named Raglan James, who proposes a trade. He will let Lestat be human again, something Lestat believes he wants, by swapping bodies. It is to be a short-term swap, and Lestat overlooks every sign that this could be a bad idea. His friends, human and vampire, w
Lukas Anthony
Anne Rice goes the 'freaky friday' route and has Lestat switching bodies with a human. Definitely one of the better sequels I've read so far in the series.

3.5 Stars
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, read-audio
I think this one was even better than #2.
Sep 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade Brelsford
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Oct 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved the ending to Queen of the Damned. Now, I wonder if I should have stopped reading The Vampire Chronicles then.

The Tale of the Body Thief is told by The Vampire Lestat, Rice's famous "brat prince". After the events of the last novel the few remaining immortals have disbanded and he now wanders the earth alone, again. He has befriended David Talbot, of the Talamasca, and constantly offers the old man the Dark Gift, which he always refuses. Depressed, lonely, and constantly haun
Miquel Reina
The Tale of the Body Thief is a difficult book to explain, every time I try it I finally think that I'm telling a bad romantic comedy about changing bodies. But The Tale of the Body Thief has nothing to do with those typical stories. I think this book opens a new chapter in The Vampire Chronicles of Anne Rice. Although Lestat is still the Main Character, his path will start to veer towards a more mystical, dreamy, almost religious world. Although for me isn't the best book of Anne Rice, I have t ...more
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire-fiction
I LOVED THE TALE OF THE BODY THIEF. I loved that Lestat desires to feel sunlight. I loved how Lestat loves bread and orange juice. I loved Lestat for loving a woman. I loved Lestat for loivng Mojo. Oh, my! Mojo. My heart swelled when Rice comments that Mojo was to serve one purpose in the story's plot -- to provide companionship. I loved Lestat for wanting and needing and fighting for his rightful body because Lestat is meant to be a vampire. I loved that I met my dear dear Louie, the vampire, o ...more
I really like this book, it is from Lesats point of view and is interesting. Lesat is being followed by a man, a human man, who offers him a chance to be human again. Against his friends wishes he takes the deal which leads to horrible results. This book has some small problems, but the last chapters 32 and on really made me want to throw the book at the wall the first time I read it. Now I understand it but it still upsets me.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lestat got in trouble, and became HUMAN! And wanted his Vampire body back! What a neat twist and insight into the character of this impulsive Lestat! Great read, and continuation of the vampire series, but different direction. Excellent read.
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story itself isn't bad. My main problem with this novel is how it dragged on. Rice takes pages and pages to discuss one thing, when it can be said completely in half the space. I found myself dragging through this read, and forcing myself to get through it. Just to say that I finished it and can mark it off. It picked up for a little bit at the end, but it started to drag again. It takes Lestat 50 pages to decide if he wants to do the body switch. At that point the conversation starts to cir ...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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The Vampire Chronicles (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • Memnoch the Devil (The Vampire Chronicles, #5)
  • The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles, #6)
  • Merrick (The Vampire Chronicles, #7)
  • Blood And Gold (The Vampire Chronicles, #8)
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