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It never occurred to me to reread the first two Vampire Chronicles books Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat because I still remember the stories very well even decades after reading them the Tom Cruise movie adaptation is even more fresh in my memory.
The Queen of the Damned however, is only remembered in term of broad plot outline, and I the denouement totally escaped me. I think this is because there is so much in this book. It is more epic is scale and more complex in structure and characterization. Art by by Klodia In the previous book The Vampire Lestat Lestat, the rebellious star of the Chronicles has become a rock star with hit albums I think he made some kind of hair metal with weird lyrics. His vampiric brand of metal mayhem has the unfortunate effect of waking up Akasha the original vampire, with megalomaniac tendencies.
Soon she is dispatching young or crappy vampires left and right with her mental powers and human males in general are on her s hit list. Who can stop the most powerful vampire ever? There are long flashback chapters where the narrative is set in ancient Egyptian time where the human queen Akasha is turned into the first vampire almost by accident. This part of the tale involves good and evil spirits, cannibalism and curses, it really is quite riveting. I particularly like the Talamasca, the secret society for investigation of the paranormal where Fox Mulder would feel right at home.
Never had they known such pleasure, not in their beds, not at the banquet table, not when drunk with beer or wine. That was the source of the shame. It hadn't been the killing; it had been the monstrous feeding. It had been the pleasure. It's ok because neither was I. The movie is nothing like the book in any way.
The book goes into detail and answers a lot questions. Goes into detail of the family tree and tells you how Akasha and Enkil became to be. I love every single part of this book and it really was a page turner for me.
I love everything from the twins, to Armand and Daniel. All of these characters Of all of the vampire chronicles this is by far my favorite. All of these characters are so beautifully put together I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading about vampires.
View all 6 comments. Oct 20, Apatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: I always find her very readable and there is always some dark beauty in her prose. However, like most series the quality tend to drop off after three or four volumes, the authors either begin to repeat themselves or try something radically different or experimental which does not work.
Rice has done a bit of both, and I lost interest after th I read a lot of Anne Rice in the 80s, both her Vampire Chronicles and her Mayfair Witches series. Rice has done a bit of both, and I lost interest after the fifth volume Memnoch the Devil.
Most readers of The Vampire Chronicles agree that the first three books of the series are the best. I would go as far as to say that these are the best vampire fiction I have ever read. Bram Stoker has nothing on Anne Rice as far as literary talent is concerned. Stephenie Meyer does not even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath. OK, enough useless preamble.
I reread The Queen of the Damned as part of my Halloween horror binge. I have long neglected the horror genre in favor of sci-fi, fantasy and even mainstream fiction. It never occurred to me to reread the first two Vampire Chronicles books Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat because I still remember the stories very well even decades after reading them the Tom Cruise movie adaptation is even more fresh in my memory.
The Queen of the Damned however, is only remembered in term of broad plot outline, and I the denouement totally escaped me. I think this is because there is so much in this book. It is more epic is scale and more complex in structure and characterization. Art by by Klodia In the previous book The Vampire Lestat Lestat, the rebellious star of the Chronicles has become a rock star with hit albums I think he made some kind of hair metal with weird lyrics.
His vampiric brand of metal mayhem has the unfortunate effect of waking up Akasha the original vampire, with megalomaniac tendencies. Soon she is dispatching young or crappy vampires left and right with her mental powers and human males in general are on her s hit list.
Who can stop the most powerful vampire ever? There are long flashback chapters where the narrative is set in ancient Egyptian time where the human queen Akasha is turned into the first vampire almost by accident. This part of the tale involves good and evil spirits, cannibalism and curses, it really is quite riveting.
I particularly like the Talamasca, the secret society for investigation of the paranormal where Fox Mulder would feel right at home. Never had they known such pleasure, not in their beds, not at the banquet table, not when drunk with beer or wine.
That was the source of the shame. It hadn't been the killing; it had been the monstrous feeding. It had been the pleasure. Her cheek shone like pearl as she smiled, her dark eyes moist and enlivened as the flesh puckered ever so slightly around them. They positively glistered with vitality. This should not be much of a hardship as they are seriously gripping reads.
That said if you were to read it as a standalone I think it would still be quite understandable. A great read from first page to last. View all 4 comments. This was the book that pretty much killed my desire to read anything more by Rice. Only 3 books into the Chronicles and I was already weary of her style. As it was, the book was so dull that it took me ages to finish it. I despised a great deal of the new characters and their stories, but as usual, I enjoyed the history particularly Egypt where certain stories took place.
I could not stand the inclusion of the whole Talamasca thing and found myself rolling my eyes whenever that mess came into This was the book that pretty much killed my desire to read anything more by Rice.
I could not stand the inclusion of the whole Talamasca thing and found myself rolling my eyes whenever that mess came into play. And Louis fan that I am, I was disappointed to see so little of the character I had bonded with in the first book. Not a book I would care to ever read again. View all 8 comments. Nov 24, Miquel Reina rated it really liked it Shelves: For me, it's a novel that is impossible to understand without reading "Lestat, the vampire".
In this chapter, Rice immerses you in the bowels of the origin of vampires and the myths and legends of the ancient Egypt. Akasha is The Queen of the Damned, an exotic, dangerous and trapped in a remote time character. Rice guides us in a world of strong contrasts where darkness and evil mix in The Queen of the Damned is the third book of the successful "Vampire Chronicles" saga by the author Anne Rice.
Rice guides us in a world of strong contrasts where darkness and evil mix in an almost inseparable way with hope and kindness. The Queen of Damned is a book that I recommend to all fans who have begun to discover the books of Anne Rice and for those who have not yet done so!
If you have watched the film try to forget it, in my opinion, is one of the worst book adaptations of all time! De nuevo Rice consigue hacernos sumergir en un mundo de fuertes contraposiciones en el que las tinieblas y la maldad se mezclan de forma casi indisoluble con la esperanza y la bondad.
View 1 comment. Aug 10, Beckie Shotwell rated it it was amazing. This was the best one of them all. It fills in all the holes and makes for a fascinating read. The only character who didn't seem to fit in with the story was the Baby character who killed her mother and father. The only thing I could figure out was that she gave us Anne Rice's ideas of the afterlife.
That you just go up into a wonderful loving place with all the people in your life even if you were a horrible person. The rest was sheer creativeness. That a vampire could be so ancient and comple This was the best one of them all.
The idea that an ancient making a new vampire made a "super" vampire was cool also. And Lestat was right, Louis does whine a lot!
La simplicidad exige demasiados sacrificios. Siempre los ha exigido View all 11 comments. Aug 04, Nicola O. I kept waiting for it to get interesting but it never did. It got stupider and stupider until I thought my brains were leaking out.
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If I were on a desert island with nothing to read but this book, I would scratch out old 80's pop lyrics with a twig in the sand before trying to read this dreck again. While I was lukewarm on Interview With the Vampire though my reading of its sequels has deepened my appreciation of that dark little novel , I quite enjoyed The Vampire Lestat and was blown away by The Queen of the Damned. This novel shows Rice getting a firm grip on her vampires; she juggles action and exposition and angst — oh, the angst!
Not once was I bored or wanted to skim, as has been the case at times in the previous two Vampire books. At the end of book two, Lestat awakened Akasha, the Queen of the Undead, from a six thousand-year slumber, and upon wakening she yearns to rule with an iron fist.
The worlds of the mortal and immortal alike are in peril; some Vampires are spared from certain death. What is She saving them for? Read and find out. This book features, on top of many exquisitely horrific moments, some superb character development. I was choking back the tears when reading that. What can I say, I had a blast with this book. I will soon be starting volume four!
Jan 21, Nicola rated it did not like it Shelves: I like books. I like reading them, writing them, sleeping with every word I have ever read staring down at me in a legacy of comforting language. I have only ever in my life put down two books without finishing them, and throughout this whole torturous affair I had to continuously remind myself that I don't want that figure to reach three. In short, this was slow, painful and pointless, more of an elongated love affair with Rice's beloved Lestat than any honest attempt to, y'now, educate or ente I like books.
In short, this was slow, painful and pointless, more of an elongated love affair with Rice's beloved Lestat than any honest attempt to, y'now, educate or entertain her audience. I wish I hadn't started it, because then I could have read something else.
There is effectively none. The whole thing is told through a series of side-stories and flashbacks, with the actual conflict resolved in a handful of pages at the back end of the book, about two or three hundred after I started actually, verbally yelling at the thing to get to the point already.
Nothing at all is accomplished; Rice cleans up her mythology a little bit and injects a bit more vampiric superpowers into her fictional crush Lestat. This, more than anything, is what grates about the story. Every character spends far too much time worrying over Lestat.
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It is an elongated aggrandizing, a chance to reiterate just how attractive, devilish, powerful and irresistible the irritating little godlet is. Every other character spends far, far too much time worrying over him, and each mewling phrase sticks out of the narrative like a staple in a quiche. Even the titled Queen of the Damned herself, who at points showed the potential to be a well-realized character with a handful of villainous virtues and flaws, is inevitably defeated because Lestat is just too damned beautiful for anyone to resist.
It's tiresome, it's awful, and it makes me angry - because there ARE hints, here and there, of surprising narrative potential, if only when the author pulls her head out of her own ass long enough to write a chapter that has absolutely nothing to do with her favorite dead, white masturbation fodder. Skip it; watch the movie if you must, it's shorter.
Prior to reading the Queen of the Damned I only knew a handful of things about it. I knew that Aaliyah had been cast for the movie and died during the filiming of it. I actually never watched the movie- being the purist tha Prior to reading the Queen of the Damned I only knew a handful of things about it.
I actually never watched the movie- being the purist that I am- I wanted to read the book first. But I listened to that soundtrack a whole lot.
This book is jam-packed with information. As an audio book it was a little hard to follow and overwhelming at times. I am not ashamed to admit I had to look it up on Wikipedia to make sure I was getting the story straight before trying to write this review. And in case you want that in English- the creation of vampires was the coolest fucking thing on the face of the planet. Pre-Egyptian royalty, witches, cannibalism, evil spirits, heads being severed, brains being eaten.
I mean come ON people. Shit does not come cooler than that. With as confusing as it was as an audio book I still really enjoyed the story being told. I loved learning about the origin of the vampires and how it had been warped over time by the whispers of legend. It was quite fascinating.
Simon Vance did an incredible job, once again, as narrator- you may have better luck reading it as a physical book rather than listening to it. View all 18 comments. Dec 05, Kristen Burns rated it liked it Shelves: So, my review is once again… really long. I have so many thoughts! For example, the book started off with Lestat breaking the fourth wall, explaining how he was going 3 Stars Review: For example, the book started off with Lestat breaking the fourth wall, explaining how he was going to tell us the story of what happened since the ending of the last book.
And in every book so far, at least one character has explained their entire life story out loud to someone else. The characters really like to wax lyrical and over-explain things.
Then things got interesting at the concert. Then things slowed down again. This book seemed to be mostly backstory about various different vampires and how vampires came into existence. Things I Liked: The way they think and feel is so different. I also find it so interesting the way all the vampires are psychically connected.
That makes for interesting connections and interactions among them. It helped me understand and get to know all of them better. I stand by my assessment that Armand is awful. Once Armand had dragged Daniel out of bed in New Orleans and shouted at him: First it was kitchen blenders, in which he made frightful concoctions mostly based on the colors of the ingredients; then microwave ovens, in which he cooked roaches and rats.
Garbage disposers enchanted him; he fed them paper towels and whole packages of cigarettes. First, he basically just told Daniel that he was going to stalk him and possibly kill him, unless he proved to be interesting. That went on for a while, and poor Daniel lived in constant fear, on the verge of madness. Then he stopped for a bit, Daniel started feeling sane and well again, only for Armand to swoop back in and tell Daniel he loved him and that Daniel was his now and that, from now on, he could do what he wanted during the day but would spend his nights with Armand.
He even made Daniel have sex with people while he watched. That this is love to him. That this is how he treats the person he cares about most. But now that Daniel is vampire, Armand seems to be treating him better at least. And complex. I guess I feel for him. I found Daniel just as complex and interesting as all the others, but he was a bit of a hot mess.
He was just perpetually fascinated and amused by everything. I felt bad for him. Khayman was so old, one of the oldest, and he was just so lonely. The poor man just kept trying to be friends with every vampire he came across.
He offered his name freely, he tried to help them, etc. I felt bad for him too, for different reasons. He took on this heavy, thankless burden of watching over Akasha and Enkil for so many years. Then, when she woke, she mocked him, destroyed his home, and nearly destroyed him but spared him only because of her feelings for Lestat. I could understand why Marius felt bitter. I like his compassion, patience, and wisdom. To put it bluntly, Maharet has been through some shit. Yet she never let it break her.
She even found a way to avoid the despair and madness that claims all the other vampires, either causing them to go into the fire or into the earth. He wanted to have attention and to start a war and never actually stopped to think how many innocents might harmed in the process. But he does bring all the drama and fun to these books. I hated Akasha. Her ways of twisting everything around and creating delusions out of desperation to make herself seem better, to make things go her way, to make things fit with what she wanted to believe, was taken to an extreme because of what she is, but it was a realistic mindset.
And that was what made her even more awful to read about. Oddly enough, despite hardly having a part in this book, Gabrielle has grown on me. And really, she goes off into the wilderness and keeps to herself, not causing problems with anyone other than those she kills, which I can accept since she needs blood to survive. I like how human Louis is, and I too would be the one scolding Lestat for being too rebellious. I feel like we could get along.
Overall Thoughts: Yes, there were some negatives to this book, mostly that it was slow with a lot of fluff, but I still think it was worth it. I think all three books so far have been worth it because these are some of the most unique and complex characters I have ever read about! Recommended For: Anyone who likes beautiful yet deadly vampires, descriptive writing, and amazingly complex characters. Original Review Metaphors and Moonlight Sep 02, Matthew Leeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I really liked this book and all the interwoven stories and characters.
I actually liked Akasha until she kept blabbing on and on about her 'plan' of killing all the men of the world. I can see why they killed her She should have just went along with them, maybe she would have lived longer. I liked Jesse a lot, her character was really interesting.
The Claudia cameo was awesome, and the diary excerpt was cool. Kind of made me want Anne to write a full length Claudia diary. This book was a rea I really liked this book and all the interwoven stories and characters. This book was a really good addition to the series. I wished Lestat's musical career would have lasted longer. Louis and Gabrielle being in this book was good also, I never get tired of those characters. They rank up there for me. I also liked Maharet and her twin sister was pretty bad-ass.
All she had to do was push Akasha into a glass wall to kill her, the glass chopped her head off. I could write a whole lot more, but yeah. Jan 17, Jess The Bookworm rated it it was amazing. I am completely in love with this series.
I love the way that Anne Rice weaves a tale, her writing is so hypnotic. This book continues from the events of the Vampire Lestat, which gave an introduction to Akasha, the Queen of the Damned, and her back story in ancient Egypt. This book takes the tale further and explains the supernatural origin of vampires as a species. The book stepped away from Lestat's point of view in the Vampire Lestat, and takes us through the minds of various vampires as the I am completely in love with this series.
The book stepped away from Lestat's point of view in the Vampire Lestat, and takes us through the minds of various vampires as they tell the story of Akasha and the mystery of the redheaded twins.
What a great story, I can't wait to continue with the rest of the books in this series. View 2 comments. Aug 18, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the book in which this phenomenal series reached its considerable peak. This is on my short list for best vampire novels. Locus Award for Best Horror Novel At the end of The Vampire Lestat , Lestat, narrowly escaping an attack at his opening concert in San Francisco, was getting read to sleep during the day when a figure hovers over him.
This book picks up immediately - Lestat narrates what happens in the days that follows. To do this, he backs out and we get third person POV from some sideline characters - Baby Jinx, a young vampire girl who is on her way to Lestat's concert; Khayman, a thousands-year old vampire just awakened; Daniel, the young in At the end of The Vampire Lestat , Lestat, narrowly escaping an attack at his opening concert in San Francisco, was getting read to sleep during the day when a figure hovers over him.
To do this, he backs out and we get third person POV from some sideline characters - Baby Jinx, a young vampire girl who is on her way to Lestat's concert; Khayman, a thousands-year old vampire just awakened; Daniel, the young interviewer from Interview with the Vampire ; and Jessie, the young niece of a mysterious woman, Maharet, who gets involved in this paranormal agency, the Talamasca. Through these people, we see the rise of a dream of red-haired twins. Who are the twins and can they stop the destruction Akasha promises to enact - or will they help it?
Rice's Vampire Chronicles has been a surprise to me - I thought, based on my impression of other Anita Blake early vampire novels, that I would hate these books. I was ready to give up on trying to get through "Interview", but I gave it one last shot - a shot that gave great payout as I adored that book.
Surprisingly, I found I liked the sequel, "Lestat", just as much, if not more. I guess I shouldn't be surprised to stumble upon one of the books in the series that doesn't float my boat; nothing good lasts forever, right? But I really wanted to love this book. And unfortunately, I didn't.
Before I get too much further, I want to set the record straight: I did NOT hate this book. In fact, I rather enjoyed myself at parts - when Lestat was narrating, for example, the new character, Baby Jinx, Lestat's exchange with Akasha over who should rule and the destruction of society as we know it, and the story of the red-haired twins.
Very fascinating stuff. My problem isn't over the content - it's how it was presented. And how it was presented just didn't jive with me. It's not a common thing to find first person done well, but Rice used it adeptly both in "Lestat" and "Interview", and when this book talks from Lestat in first person, it is again, superb. However, to show what is going on from people other than Lestat, Rice pulls out into a third person POV. It wasn't necessarily bad, it's just that most of the characters whose view we follow aren't particularly interesting or important to the story.
As much as I liked Baby Jinx, for example, her story really didn't do much to further the plot. Same with Daniel, for the most part.
And while Jessie does play a role in the story, did we really need to get into the details of her life? OK, I'll be upfront: Telling so many stories in the first two sections really hampered the pace. Like I said above, some of their stories are integral; others are dubious.
I had trouble switching back and forth between all of them and found myself wondering why we were bothering. The second half is much, much better. We hear the story of the red-haired twins from one of the twins, Maharet. Her story also includes the origins of vampires and the eponymous "Queen of the Damned", Akasha.
This portion was quite a bit more interesting - unfortunately, I found myself wandering at more than one point. I'm not sure why that is - was I getting bored of the Chronicles? Was I no longer in the mood for a slow, deliberate story?
Maharet's story switches with Lestat's POV as Akasha tries to convince him to join her and her new world order. Again, this was pretty interesting stuff - and yet, I found myself getting bored again!! What is my problem??? Why wasn't I enjoying this as much as "Interview" and "Lestat"?! I don't quite know the answers to these questions; maybe the lack of enjoyment of this book is my fault. Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind. Maybe I need a break from the Chronicles I have read them nearly straight through at this point so I can fully enjoy the mythos and surroundings, which continue to be top-notch.
I feel bad I can't pinpoint it and even worse about not enjoying this book after my delight with reading the first two. No matter my feelings for this book, I will continue this series. It continues to have promise and be one of the best portrayals of vampires I've read. I'm just going to take a break so I can come back to this excited and interested in Lestat's mischievous schemes. View all 7 comments. May 18, Gary rated it it was amazing. Jul 11, Fangs for the Fantasy rated it did not like it.That said if you were to read it as a standalone I think it would still be quite understandable.
Jamie McGuire. The Naughty List. I read the Vampire Chronicles when I was 12, and I've found that re-reading them again at 40 was well worth it. Your session has expired. Eine Kleine Nacht Maggie. During this time two powerful witches Maharet and Mekare live in the mountains of an unnamed region.
The Road to Cana. Lestat's kiss has awakened Queen Akasha from her year sleep.
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