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(New Tales of the Vampires #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  41,497 ratings  ·  795 reviews
Anne Rice, creator of the Vampire Lestat, the Mayfair witches and the amazing worlds they inhabit, now gives us the first in a new series of novels linked together by the fledgling vampire David Talbot, who has set out to become a chronicler of his fellow Undead.

The novel opens in present-day Paris in a crowded café, where David meets Pandora. She is two thousand years old
Paperback, 383 pages
Published May 2001 by Punto de lectura (first published 1998)
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Wise Cat I didn't read the Vampire Chronicles either, but I read this anyway. I didn't get some references either, like about Lestat. But then there's lot of r…moreI didn't read the Vampire Chronicles either, but I read this anyway. I didn't get some references either, like about Lestat. But then there's lot of references I didn't get in this book, LOL.(less)

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Austin Neaves
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Let me start off by saying, I love the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (I'm reading them in the order they were published). And I have to say Pandora was different than the others - not in a bad way (I quite liked the book). And it was more than just the lack of Lestat in the story (although he is discussed) or the fact that it's set during Ancient Rome (which was well researched, as always, by Anne Rice), No... this story is different because it's Pandora's story, and she's not like a character ...more
Miquel Reina
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although Pandora is part of the "secondary characters" of the famous saga of the Vampire Chronicles, for me is one of my favorite books of Anne Rice. With Pandora, Rice tells us the biography of this enigmatic vampire born in the ancient Roman Empire. Her story is a mixture of hope, tragedy, adventure and above all, love. A great book for all those who want to discover Anne Rice and love the mysterious and romantic side of the vampire. It's a fast reading with a great narrative rhythm.

Spanish ve
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
• Oct. 22, 2006: This is really an outstanding story overall. There were very few things that took away from it, and even those didn’t bother me that much. Yeah, Pandora is another rich vampire from an aristocratic family. Yeah, Anne Rice said differently when she first mentioned Pandora. Again, that still didn’t take away from the story. This book also reinforced my belief that Anne Rice is really at her best when she is writing historical fiction. The way she brought ancient Rome to life was f ...more
Julie Suzanne
Dec 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
This was a discarded library book and I picked it up because the price was right and I thoroughly enjoyed the vampire trilogy that started with Interview and ended with Queen of the Damned.

Pandora's story was mildly interesting at points but mostly irritating. I don't love Rice's style of writing and it's really the plot that enticed my interest in the first 3. I didn't like Pandora, the character, and I couldn't care less about any of the other characters. Half the time that I was reading it I
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
"Look, the stars have all but faded. What is it like to be one of them? To be admired only in the darkness, when men and women live with candles and lamps. To be known and described, only in the heaviness of the night, when all the business of the day has ended!"

Alex | | findingmontauk1
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Pandora, by Anne Rice, was written in 1998 and it is the first book in The New Tales of The Vampires series.  This is the first Anne Rice book I have read since 2000, where I read Interview With The Vampire and part of The Vampire Lestat.  I am so glad I have been finding near-mint conditions of her books at library book sales and started adding them to my collection over the last year.  Her writing is on another level of gorgeousness.  She writes with such poise, elegance, and mystique.  And, f ...more
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I love reading stories about vampires and Anne Rice has it going on! I've had this book sitting on my bookcase back home since 8th grade and for some reason I never read it! Well luckily for me, I found this gem the other weekend while I was visiting my parents and am so happy that I finally read it.

In short, this book is about a 2,000 year old vampire named Lydia (aka Pandora) who lived during the height of the Roman Empire (15 B.C.) She is approached by a young vampire named David in the
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, in-english
I actually don't read vampire book. Well, I guess that's the risk (or good thing) of working in a bookshop. I've got curious about this book because of our loyal customer is so totally into this vampire things. When we got 'Pandora' on our list, we called her and she told that she got the book. So I put the book on the shelf to be sold. After a week, no one seem to buy the book and every time I check on the shelf I've grown overly curious about this book, so I end up borrowing the book from the ...more
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Pandora wanted to set the record straight about Lestat's version of what Marius said about her. She does so, but not much more was revealed to us about her thousand-year life than the beginning and her transformation into a vampire. She wandered Europe for centuries, but chooses to spend 400 pages on the first 35 years of her life. It was still interesting to read about, but I was hoping for more than a rehash of things we pretty much already knew.
Jeannette Nikolova
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
I read The Vampire Chronicles and a bunch of other Anne Rice books a couple of years ago and to be honest, I overdosed. It took me around 6-7 years to start another one of her books.
I can never be sure weather I like her style or not. Her ideas are almost always very good, but her writing is lacking. It is a bit over the top and wayyy too melodramatic for me. But nevertheless, there are a few books of hers that I really like, most of all Queen of the Damned, which was so, so inspired. To this da
Nov 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy, Horror fans
Pandora is the first of the two New Tales of the Vampires, the second being Vittorio. We've met Pandora in the Vampire Chronicles as one of the ancients, and alas, this is her story.

Pandora is a patrician from ancient Rome during the time of Augustus. Her father is a Senator, and she is well educated and literate. Rice brings her laudable talent of recreating distant times and places to bear on this wonderful addition to her vampire catalogue. Pre-Christian Rome operated under an entirely differ
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful description and depictions of Ancient Rome and the Mediterreanean. Bonus: Most excellent love story between Marius and Pandora. Some of Rice's finest work!

On a side note, while it's considered Book 1 of the New Tales, I don't really consider this one as separate from the Vampire Chronicles, like I would with Vittorio.
Oct 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
I did not find this book engaging as I did so many other of Rice’s books. I found it often confusing and downright boring. A lot of it seemed like a jumbled mess of words, with the meaning lost to me, or rather they were without meaning, I’m sorry to say. It’s not one of her best.
There were many strong areas of this story but the ending was not one of them. It kind of petered out. Pandora was my first Anne Rice novel. I can see why she is popular and it has nothing to do with vampires. She understands the craft of storytelling and uses history to her advantage. She is mindful of the forces that shape history and her story portrays how cities & Empires evolve with time being their great enemy. Philosophy, religion, myth, paganism & superstition are all explored in this bo ...more
Isabella Daniels
I loved this book with a passion! It is an amazing story that hooks you from the first chapter. The way it is written is amazing. Anne Rice is an amazing novelist. I love her books. The brother book to this, "Blood and Gold", Marius's story, is heartbreaking and exciting.
Both books have so much in them its like reading three books in one, but it isn't overwhelming. The plotline carries very smoothly. I loved these books so much and would recommend this to anyone with a stomach for death and a h
Dorian Jandreau
So I finished reading this book. That's good old Anne Rice style.
I imagined Pandora as some cold woman. But in her story I saw she was a strong Roman woman, who was well-educated, always told her opinion, loved to read books and maybe was even smarter than any man. I just love her feministic side mixed with her passionate side. Maybe Pandora fell too deep into religious things and I think Marius had all rights to argue with her telling what nonsences all cults are.

The whole storyline was great
Erica B (ricci.reads)
Hmmm... I kinda really liked this!

Anne Rice is a great historical fiction writer. Telling it through the various voices of her immortals allows reflection and grief as they witness the simultaneous progress/decline of humanity and civilization. Although it's worth mentioning that Pandora doesn't really have a definite conclusion in terms of the on-going search for meaning that tends to exist in all of this author's works. Oh and as always it's absolutely bat-shit crazy but I love it.

While maybe
David Mcangus
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historic, fantasy, vamps
I haven't read Anne Rice for almost a decade. We parted unfavourably after my third attempt to read Armand, and I haven't returned since. Pandora reminded of why I both loved her earlier works and why I found Armand impenetrable.

The negatives, unfortunately, dominate the first three quarters of the novel. Much as I remember Armand, Pandora spends significant chunks of time locked in her own head. As a fan of first person narrative, this should represent a positive. But the way this is incorporat
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Because Anne Rice has been writing vampire books for years, I have to assume that Stephenie Meyer got some of her vampire characteristics from her work. Rice does a better job of describing the exquisite beauty of her vampires - like comparing their eyes to jewels while Meyer gets repetitive with vague words like "perfect" or "godlike" or describing the physiological reaction to such beauty. I noticed that Rice also used the word "dazzle" once which is a huge Twilight reference now. Both have va ...more
Pandora is one of my favorites in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles.
I felt like it was a bit incomplete considering the other tales of the vampires.
Deborah Ideiosepius
Way, way back in the Nineties, when I fell in love with Interview with a Vampire, this was one of the very few of Anne Rice's offerings that I failed to devour (yes, sorry, I know, bad pun) so when I came across it recently I was pleased to pick it up and recover some of the joys of the original books.

Well, obviously that failed in a big way. I remember Pandora from my original readings, she appeared aloof, detached and a potentially very interesting character in a very evocative series. Sadly
Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it
This book has some amazing things in it, and some really not amazing things. The main character is raised in the time of Augustus, very well educated and brought up in a secular society. She also has a streak of both religious fervor and total nihilism, which makes her an interestingly conceptualized character as someone who can describe religious movements and societal changes through history. Unfortunately, this book feels like a treatment for a much longer work, where all of the concepts that ...more
4 stars

First of all, I have to say that this is my very first Anne Rice experience. I have only contacted with her vision of vampires through the "Interview with the Vampire" film, which is why I knew who Lestat was (he is mentioned throughout "Pandora"), but had never heard of Marius and Akasha. This is a stand alone, so I didn't need any "Vampire Chronicles" knowledge to understand the novel, yet I felt intrigued about these characters and their evolution.

Meet our main character:

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Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-bought
Pandora is part of Anne Rice’s New Tales of the Vampires (although they’re not that new anymore) and there is virtually no difference in writing quality or style from her more popular The Vampire Chronicles. What is different, though, is that we finally see the stories of formerly minor characters who aren’t really connected to Lestat. Lestat, although he is a very interesting character, does get annoying after a couple of books, so a book from the point of view of Pandora was perfect for me.

Dorian Jandreau
So I finished reading this book. That's good old Anne Rice style.
I imagined Pandora as some cold woman. But in her story I saw she was a strong Roman woman, who was well educated, always told her opinion, loved to read books and maybe was even smarter than any man. I just love her feministic side mixed with her passionate side. Maybe Pandora fell too deep into religious things and I think Marius had all rights to argue with her telling what nonsences all cults are.

The whole storyline was great
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: average-joes
Pandora! I almost want to reread Blood and Gold to hear how Marius described his side of the story. Because this felt a little different in Pandora's point of view.
So she is in ancient Rome under Emperor Augustus and I loved the historical imagery! Someone rats her family out as traitors and she escapes to Antioch (in modern day Syria) but the rest of her family is killed.
Her adventures in Antioch were lots of fun and even more so when she meets Marius again.
So Pandora isn't a flashy characte
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had little curiosity about Pandora from the previous books, but adored this short novel and devoured it in a morning. Pandora herself is an engaging character - brilliant and beautiful, as are all of the main vampires, but well explained and multifaceted, and a fascinating counter to Marius. I was also interesting to see a different side to Marius, who had previously seemed wonderful but near-flawless, a vampire saint who had sublimated his immortality into a vehicle for philosophy, art, the b ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
It has been a long long time since I read any of Anne Rice's vampire books and I certainly use to have a soft spot for them, willing to overlook problems with them. However this time I find the writing painfully over indulgent in an attempt to make the writing feel intense and then the story jumps along, never stopping for a moment to allow us to take anything in. It boom-boom-booms along, and then the story just stops and we jump centuries in sentences. It feels to me a little that if the story ...more
Aug 03, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first and only book I've read by Anne Rice, and from what I've been told, it's not a good representation. It's a good example of what I mean when I say, "You can feel when the wuthor hasn't been there." At times she focused too much on the history and not enough on the moment. It got boring in some parts, and just seemed too blah blah blah. I thought the plot and characters were unbelievable and too... off, like too dramatic or responding to things in an emotional way I don't underst ...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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