Signed, All Fictional Vampires Who Are Not LestatThis was a re read for me, but in all honesty, I don t think I was ready for this book the first time I read it Or at least, I didn t appreciate it for the sheer masterpiece of storytelling that it is, and it s not just the mood and the world and the mythology and the fast moving plotthan anything, it s the characters Lestat, of course, Rice s brat prince , arrogant and compassionate and impossible, all at the same time he d be enough to carry any book, imo, but the secondary characters are just as layered and bewitching, probably because we see them through Lestat s eyes Nicki and his endless internal darkness Armand, who manages to be both tragic and terrifying Gabrielle, who seems like a force of nature and even Louis, the whiny, unreliable narrator from Interview comes off as beautiful and mysterious, the star crossed love of Lestat s afterlife I swooned through the last chapter.
I didn t care for the places Rice took this series after Queen of the Damned, but for me, Lestat continues to define the vampire as anti hero genre No other blood sucker comes close.
Oh, how I love Anne Rice.
I actually started reading these books after I read Twilight Yes, surprisingly, I went back to vampire fiction after that Meyer is a good writer, but once you ve met Anne s Vampires, you re never going back Anyhow, this book was great It still has the good kind of vampires the ones that sleep in coffins, drink human blood and burn in the sunlight This second book in the series wasn t disappointing, although I feared it might be, after reading the amazing Interview With The Vampire It was also quite interesting, since I read this book after I d seen the movie Queen of the Damned , which is based on this book and the next book The violin Turns out it didn t belong to a girl at all, but to Nicki, a boy Damn you, untruthful modern cinema The characters in this book were brilliant, the story line was good and the ending was awesome I can t wait to read The Queen of the Damned I own all of the books in this series and it s about time that I finish them all Warning Addicting series Recuerdan a Lestat El vampiro malo de Entrevista con el vampiroPues l ha despertado de su letargo en el siglo XX, el maravilloso siglo XX con toda su modernidad, su moda, su televisi n, su tecnolog a y su m sica, pero para sorpresa de Lestat se encuentra con un libro que narra parte de su existencia, contado por su compa ero Louis, un libro que, seg n Lestat, est lleno de mezquindad y mentirasahora es su turno, si Louis conto su versi n porque no Lestat y Lestat lo har mejor y m s grande, no solo contara su biograf a sino que se volver una estrella de rock, le dir adi s al anonimato y hola a la fama, y el mundo conocer finalmente su verdadera historia Lestat nos contara su vida, desde los comienzos siendo un mortal, su relaci n con su familia, en especial su madre, su primer amor, sus sue os de teatro y su vida como actor, hasta el inevitable momento de su transformaci n, donde todo queda de cabezaste es el nico sol que volver s a ver siempre Pero dispondr s de un milenio de noches para ver la luz como ning n mortal la ha visto nunca, para arrancar de las lejanas estrellas, como si fueras otro Prometeo, una iluminaci n eterna con la cual comprender todas las cosas.
Lo mejor de los libros de vampiros de Rice, es que en efecto son de vampiros, es decir son contados por los vampiros, y los protagonistas son los vampiros, en este caso tendremos a otros tres grandes vampiros en la historia, Gabrielle, Armand y Marius Gabrielle es hermosa y terrible, una vampira salvaje, un sue o freudiano que no siente nada de nostalgia por su vida mortal, y la compa era perfecta para Lestat Armand es, a mi pensar el m s diab lico de los vampiros, es malvado, pero lo peor de l es que nadie o casi nadie se le resiste, Armand te tirar a de la azotea de un edificio y caer as gritando lo mucho que lo amas y quieres estar con l, y por ultimo Marius, Marius es la leyenda viva, y a trav s de l conoceremos los or genes de los vampiros, si Entrevista con el vampiro es filos fico, Lestat el vampiro es mitol gico, C mo surgieron los primeros vampiros Qu papel han de cumplir en el mundo Qu deben hacer con la humanidad Los vampiros son buenos o son malos C mo les afecta la religi n O que tanto les afecta La respuesta de esta ltima es mucho, pero no de la forma en que la mayor a pensar a nuestra raza era como la propia peste negra una plaga sin explicaci n, destinada a hacer dudar al hombre, a hacerle dudar de la bondad y de la intervenci n divinas.
Lestat cambia tanto en este libro, que empezaras a dudar de la historia que hab a contado Louis, su personalidad, sus motivaciones, Lestat es un guerrero, un marginado, un so ador, un rebelde, bastante sensible, loco, y enamorado, y los as de Lestat siempre son dram ticos, incluso antes de volverse vampiro, Lestat quiz s no sea un pensador pero tiene sus propios debates internos sobre la bondad, y una b squeda interminable de conocimiento Muy pocos seres buscan de verdad el conocimiento en este mundo Mortales o inmortales, son escasos los que hacen preguntas Al contrario, casi todos intentan extraer de lo desconocido las respuestas a las que ya han dado forma en sus propias mentes justificaciones, confirmaciones, formas de consuelo sin las cuales ser an incapaces de continuar adelante Preguntar de verdad es abrir la puerta al torbellino La respuesta puede aniquilar a la vez la pregunta y a quien la hace.
Como la vida misma, la historia cambia dependiendo de qui n te la cuenta, y la versi n de Lestat, vale la pena ser le da.
The Vampire Lestat is the second book in The Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice I adored the first book, Interview With A Vampire which was told in Louis perspective, a vampire that Lestat made who clung desperately to his humanity The Vampire Lestat is Lestat s story told in his perspective Although I viewed Lestat as somewhat of a villian in the first book, the reader gets a glimpse of Lestat when he was human and first made vampire His story is long and tours the globe, even with a history lesson of vampire history The present day setting of the book is in the 1980 s and I loved Lestat s view on the 20th century, along with his view on humanity, good versus evil, life and death, and his fellow vampires I was pleasantly surprised to see this side of Lestat Anne Rice s writing remains beautiful, lyrical, and generous with detail I plan to continue the series.
My favorite quote None of us really changes over time We only becomefully what we are Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat The Vampire Chronicles, 2
The year is 1984, and Lestat is the famous lead singer of the group, The Vampire Lestat He stumbles upon a simple little book, Interview with the Vampire , starring Louis, his ersatz lover of sorts because vampires don t exactly have lovers the same way humans do So Lestat sets the record straight and tells the tale of his life as a vampire.
When people say this is better than Interview with the Vampire, they are not kidding This book is light years better than Interview I almost wish this book never ended, it was so good I already have book 3 lined up to read and normally, I would give myself a break, just so I didn t burn out.
What makes The Vampire Lestat so good Just about everything from characters, to setting, to writing, to mythos About the only thing I can critique is that at one point, not long after Gabrielle is turned and we meet Armand, the story kinda stalls and gets a bit dull Oh, and when Marius is telling his story, I kinda got confused and thought we went back to Lestat s POV But honestly, those are nitpicks I enjoyed myself thoroughly with this book.
Lestat is a WAY better protagonist than Louis He s not so whiny, so pathetic, so useless He s a master of his own life sure, he contemplates whether he is evil and tends to choose victims who are evil those women Louis says Lestat seduces They are prostitutes that cheat sailors and probably kill them He is a passionate being he cares enormously for Nikola and Louis some of the sweetest interactions in the book and his mother though his love for her gets a bit creepy in the I don t think we should be kissing our MOM this way He is a curious being he searches all over the Mediterranean for Marius and the source of answers He is a powerful being his powers attract the attention of Armand and Marius and when others can t stand being a vampire, he is able to press on.
The rest of the cast is beautifully done as well Gabrielle, Nikola, Marius, Armand, and even Louis all get dimension They are real people, with real desires Gabrielle to be set loose to live alone Nikola to balance his wicked pursuit of the theater with his religious beliefs And so on And so forth.
The story was engaging and exciting I was enthralled with the depths of the mythos, a perfect balance of complex and yet simple not a list of rules sloppily tacked together when the author needs to add a new challenge to her characters, but actual rules that make sense in the world and seem to originate naturally from the circumstances And the addition of Akasha and her brother I can t tell you how deliciously creeped out I was I loved it At this point, I m just gushing Honestly, I really loved this book and am SO GLAD I didn t give up on this series If you like your vampires wicked and blood thirsty, you definitely need to check out this series Lestat The Vampire Hero Of Anne Rice S Enthralling New Novel Is A Creature Of The Darkest And Richest Imagination Once An Aristocrat In The Heady Days Of Pre Revolutionary France, Now A Rock Star In The Demonic, Shimmering S, He Rushes Through The Centuries In Search Of Others Like Him, Seeking Answers To The Mystery Of His Eternal, Terrifying Existence His Is A Mesmerizing Story Passionate, Complex, And Thrilling A very original take on the vampire tale, complete with a sweeping history and rich locales This was Rice at the top of her game.
It is my suggestion that, if you want to sample Anne Rice, and have never read any of her other works, this may be the book you want to read instead of her most famous novel, Interview with a Vampire let me explain The Vampire Lestat is quite a different novel from the first in the series, because we are dealing with an entirely different vampire than the depressed and vulnerable Louis from Rice s first book Don t get me wrong, Lestat was the antagonist in Interview but towards the end of the novel you start to think maybe that s not the case That single thought pushed me to read his story to find out why Lestat was the way he was.
I LOVED learning about where Lestat came from and also finding out about ALL of the ancient vampires, all the way back to the very FIRST vampire In Lestat s story, the reader goes throughout the centuries, as he meets other vampire s who tell their tales This book feels like a world tour that goes back to Ancient Egyptian times, to classical Rome, to pagan Europe, to the times of the French Revolution, to an old, decaying slightly creepy I might add Parisian cemetery and back up to the present time It was FUN to follow Lestats journey to find the truth.
the same truth that Louis was always searching for, but never found The entire story is fascinating and spans centuries as Lestat grows from a fledgling vampire into the emotional, lonely, angry, and finally carefree vampire he is upon setting foot on a San Francisco stage to perform his first rock concert in front of 15,000 screaming fans Yes, Lestat is a Rock star in the 1980 s in this book My first thought to that was, Whatever But then it made sense Lestat now gets a chance to tell his OWN story, and it makes us the reader realize that he has suffered eventhan Louis and shows that he is not a villain he is the tragic hero of sorts He is actually faraware than Louis, something else that Louis doesn t see either He is a gentle, innocent, thoughtful young man who has suffered so much in his life, and then he is forced into becoming one of the living dead, who now must kill to survive It is explained to us why Lestat is the way he is and why he does the things he does which is truly interesting.
When you read Interview with a Vampire you don t know then that Lestat is misunderstood by Louis, and therefore misunderstood by the reader, whom is seeing the story through Louis eyes The glimpses of Lestat we have in Interview with the Vampire, of his relationship with his father, of the way he acts, of his charm that Louis finds both attractive and repulsive, of his love of bright artificial light and his desire to live luxuriously, of his friendship with a young musician, of his doting upon Claudia and showering her with gifts, of his fear to lose Louis, of him emotionally distraught and pleading with Louis to come back to him in Paris which I didn t understand at the time , and finally of the frail, broken, and pitiful shadow of a man he has become by the end of Louis s story, where Louis finds him again in New Orleans All of these things are hints at the depth and complexity of the character of Lestat In The Vampire Lestat, you will finally see the entire picture, and see the masterpiece of a character that Lestat is The depth and the multi dimensionality, and the humanity of Lestat If you liked Louis before, you will still like him But you will like Lestat evenbecause you will see how completely misunderstood he is and learn the story of the pain and sorrow he kept hidden in his heart, hidden underneath that charming facade that Louis encountered on his plantation in 1791 You will start to understand HOW Lestat could act the way he did towards Louis and Claudia which was the answer to the questions I was seeking in this book so I closed the covers of this book satisfied.
5 stars The Vampire Lestat is like lavender candy floss.
addictive and a tad too sugarytoo little.
you want to grab another sticky handfultoo much.
a belly ache and tooth decaybeautiful to look at but melts to something hard when saliva is addedvery enjoyable but need time away or it may lead to self combustionnext year will start volume 3