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The Vampire Lestat

Anne Rice's 1985 novel and the second book in "The Vampire Chronicles".

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A sequel better than the original

  • Aug 14, 2008
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Published 9 years after "Interview with the Vampire", this sequel tells us the story of Lestat, the villain of the first book. Opening in 1985, we read that Lestat is now a "rock and roll" star. (Note to Anne Rice: people have not said "rock and roll" for quite some time...) This seems a strange change for the brooding vampire of the first book, and it's not entirely successful to me as a reader. It may have worked better in 1985, but by now, it seems a bit unnecessary and kind of lame. Thankfully, this plot is only a framing device for the life story of Lestat de Lioncourt.

"Lestat" is a more exciting novel from Interview with the Vampire, but we are dealing with an entirely different vampire here than the whiney Louis. Lestat's story goes throughout the centuries, and he meets other vampire's who tell their tales. This book is a fantastic mozaic that moves from Ancient Egyptian times, to classical Rome, to pagan Europe, to the times of the French Revolution, to an old, decaying Parisian cemetery and even up to the present time. "The Vampire Lestat" is a much denser novel than the first, which makesit that much more enjoyable.

Amazingly, Rice maintains the continuity between the two novels, and doesn't make any of the "revisionist history" in the second seem false or forced. Another fun aspect is Lestat's reaction to reading Stoker's "Dracula". She also brings in some of our favorite characters from the first book do appear again... in unexpected ways. One of my favorite characters to be introduced into this book was Akasha, who is the Queen of the Damned of the third novel.

With The Vampire Lestat, Rice again does a wonderful job; it's a beautifully written, exciting and engrossing book, and it never disappointed. Rice even somehow depicts twentieth century America as a fascinating place to be.

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Quick Tip by . January 10, 2011
It's been quite a few years since I read "The Vampire Lestat." While it definitely expanded on Lestat's life, I remember it feeling sort of cheesy most of the time, especially the whole rock star angle.
review by . June 15, 2010
Anne Rice's Brat Prince
 I enjoyed this book a lot. Lestat's character is much more defined and personal than in Interview with the Vampire. You learn about his human life as well as how he delevopes into the Brat Prince of Vampires. This version of Lestat is less harsh and a bit more vulnerable.    This book follows Lestat from France, where he was changed, to Rome, Africa and finally New Orleans. It tells the story of other vampires that shaped his life and how they influenced …
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
an up close and personal look at ever ones favorite sarcastic vampire extraordinaire
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
great read if you like vampire stories a little bit more complex than the Twilight series
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
If you're reading the series, read this book. If you're picking and choosing from her books, read Memnoch the Devil. And at all costs, if you're disturbed by extremely vivid gay sex scenes, avoid The Vampire Armand.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Oh my goodness! I love Lestat. Forget Edward, Lestat is captivating, sexy and mysterious. He isn't called the Brat Prince for no reason. I love this book more than all the other Vampire Chronicles.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Fall in love with the original prince of darkness.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Makes twilight seem so silly..
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
everything anne rice touches turns to gold! the character of lestat is cunning, funny, sexy, and you just cant help but fall in love with him. he will have you bearing your neck in no time.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
The whole vampire saga is interesting but this book can drag at times
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Author: Anne Rice
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Gothic Horror
Date Published: 1985

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