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The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles)

Anne Rice's 1988 novel and the third book in "The Vampire Chronicles".

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To be or not to be a vampire is the question...

  • Jul 1, 2010
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If only i  could feel the sun on my skin and the warm breeze on my face . I am one of the lonely people who roam the street at night looking for young , hot beings that if they disappeared no one would notice.I have unsatisfiable hunger and and i am aged , but no one sees me old . My name is  Lestat  !  I have lived over 200 years on this earth and will probably be here long after you are gone. I am beautiful with blond hair and gray eyes , smooth pale skin and love the night . Imagine that ! My blood lust is very sexual in my eyes but you only see me as a cold - blooded killer .The kill is the best part , the reality that my death strike to the body and the feeling of the life flow gone is the ultimate for someone like me . You would have to be one of us for that kind of emotional feel . 

Anne Rice has become an ultimate legend in the vampire era. She pulls her plots and characters together  so smoothly that you never realize is has happened until it strikes you in the face like a Boston creme pie .The best part was at the end you find out there will be more of this madness in the future from Lestat and his merry band of thieves ( Gabrielle and Louis ) .  She has led us to see the history of the characters the their likes and dislikes . The imagination kicks in with each and every sentence . There is mystery , horror , sexuality , murder and loneliness .To take Lestat from new Orleans 200 years ago and bring him from a lonely night wanderer to being on the bright lighted stage and being the newest wonder to the young crowd is almost comical . 

The goddess Akasha is tall sleek like a panther prowling the jungle at night , clad in black with the body of a super model  . If  you see her  you have the urge to fall to the ground and worship her . she had a hatred for Lestat , the famous blood drinker that fools everyone . She hated the fact he sang of old truths  that meant nothing to the young ones that listened  , but revolted her to the core . Last , but not least there is Marius the keeper of the "Those that must be kept " . he hid these people for over 2000 years . Pandora had broken ties with Marius long ago which broke her heart .

The way Anne Rice has shown us the worlds inside of worlds , going back to Egypt and the wondrous mountains of Nepal to the streets of Florida is the best world tour i have taken in my mind in awhile . She mesmerized me beyond every thought ! when i read her she touches my sensual side for the characters and the feelings of anger that these people will never be at peace . The undead is something no one believes in , we believe there are angels and God , why not the undead ? We hear of people seeing UFOS  and ghosts . After reading the book and watching the movie , i feel sorry for them. They hunger for many reasons beyond food. they almost make you want to take them into your home to give them love . I wonder if Anne Rice has ever thought they were real ? 
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review by . July 02, 2010
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The first time I read Queen of the Damned, I was left in awe. Now, each time I read it I feel intense and the darkness of the mysterious world in which Queen of the Damned is written. It's darkness draws you in and keeps you there. By the end you feel like you witnessed all these events with your very own eyes instead of just reading it.      I would recommend this book to certain readers. It is not for everyone due to its violent content. It is a vampire novel (not like …
Quick Tip by . August 12, 2010
the movie blew big time but the book was excellent! it is the backstory of how vampires came into existance, well researched and a very interesting read.
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
an interesting journey into the creation of the vampire race in Anne rice's world. its amazingly well thought out, and pretty damn believable. The movie rendition however was the most god-awful thing Ive ever seen, the soundtrack is awesome though.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
I love how Anne Rice twines historical research into her vampire series. It is an awesome version of the vampire creation story, and well written.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
This is when the series started going downhill, I think.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Love Anne Rice - this wasn't my favorite in the Vampire Chronicles, but it's still hard to beat.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Loved reading this book.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
i have read Anne Rice for awhile and she never disappoints me with her novels.i lived not too far from her in New Orleans years ago and wish i could have met her.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
in this book we finally get answers to the questions of creation and origin that so many of miss rices' vampires have pondered throughout the previous books. its a very interesting and well thought out storyline.
review by . May 16, 2009
Contrary to the general public, I find Anne Rice someone who got lucky with one book (Interview with the Vampire) and seemed to rehash a lot of the plot in the unnecessary Vampire Lestat. With this third book she again rehashes the first book and adds a lot of boring characters and endless subplots. I was willing to forgive the liberties that she took with the vampire legend in the first book because it was well written and had interesting characters and subplots. But this one is so boring and painful …
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Did you ever wonder where all those mischievous vampires roaming the globe in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles came from? In this, the third book in the series, we find out. That raucous rock-star vampire Lestat interrupts the 6,000-year slumber of the mama of all bloodsuckers, Akasha, Queen of the Damned.

Akasha was once the queen of the Nile (she has a bit in common with the Egyptian goddess Isis), and it's unwise to rile her now that she's had 60 centuries of practice being undead. She is so peeved about male violence that she might just have to kill most of them. And she has her eye on handsome Lestat with other ideas as well.

If you felt that the previous books in the series weren't gory and erotic enough, this one should quench your thirst (though it may cause you to omit organ meats from your diet). It also boasts God's plenty of absorbing lore that enriches the tale that went before, including the back-story of the boy in Interview with the Vampire and the ancient fellowship of the Talamasca, which snoops on paranormal phenomena. Mostly, the book spins the complex yarn of Akasha's eerie, brooding brood and her nemeses, the terrifying sisters Maharet and Mekare. In one sense, Queen of the Damned is the ultimate multigenerational saga. --Tim Appelo

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ISBN-10: 0345351525
ISBN-13: 978-0345351524
Author: Anne Rice
Genre: Vampires, Gothic Horror, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date Published: 1988
Format: Novel
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