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The Vampire Chronicles: Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and The Queen of the Damned (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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25 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

Not for tweens and teens, an excellent read!

The Anne Rice vampire series is engaging and excellent. If you expect a tween/teen "Twilight" series, then definitely don't read these. This series is for mature readers, it is detailed, interesting, and you will wonder if vampires were real. The settings and time peri...
The Anne Rice vampire series is engaging and excellent. If you expect a tween/teen "Twilight" series, then definitely don't read these. This series is for mature readers, it is detailed, interesting, and you will wonder if vampires were real. The settings and time periods are meticulously accurate and contributes to the dark possibility of the actual existence of vampires. Anne Rice's books pique interest in the reader to the historical origins of the concept of vampires, and her interpretation adds a current perspective to the mystique of the classic "Dracula" vampire. I read the series when they were published, many years ago, and still maintain the series as one of my favorite reads.

posted by 1850772 on September 1, 2009

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1 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Not for Everyone!

I checked these books out on a whim, because I have met a lot of people who swore by them and I thoroughly enjoyed the movies.

If you like easy reads, as I do, these books might not be for you. They are very exposition heavy. I find the prose to be stifled and mired ...
I checked these books out on a whim, because I have met a lot of people who swore by them and I thoroughly enjoyed the movies.

If you like easy reads, as I do, these books might not be for you. They are very exposition heavy. I find the prose to be stifled and mired down with details. The characters are well developed. Yet they are too introverted, insecure, neurotic, morose, contrite and self-absorbed for my taste. The last place I ever wanted to be was stuck in the mind of introverted, insecure, neurotic, morose, contrite and self-absorbed vampires; who have done little with their extended-lives but exist in their own heads for centuries and brood. I'm sorry; but tall, dark and brooding is nothing that I find at all attractive. I found myself cringing. At least reading these books made me feel very glad to be an extrovert. I mean, Lestat, whom is supposed to be extremely gregarious...he seems so in the movies, at least...seemed introverted, almost painfully so in the books.

I also found there to be very little humor, sarcasm and satire in these books; which is something I strongly desire in a novel. They also seemed to be lacking in the romance department, another element that I find myself drawn to. This book is a little too much delodrama, not enough har-dee-har. I don't like drama. I don't let drama into my life and I certainly don't want to escape into a book that is chock full of it to the point it becomes Drama Stew where the veggies are first simmered in lard. There's a recipe I don't want.

I found myself extremely bored while attempting to read these. I found there to be no real story-arch or overall plot. I mean, I felt like I kept reading and reading and reading and thinking to myself, "Get on with it," especially since absolutely nothing was happening. Granted, it's very original, but who wants to take the road less traveled if it's a long road leading to nowhere? It takes its time getting to any real action and the action is so very anti-climatic that by the time I got there, I threw in the towel and gave up on these tomes.

I swear by fantasy and paranormal romance for teens and adults!

posted by MarciJill on August 29, 2009

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Not for Everyone!

    I checked these books out on a whim, because I have met a lot of people who swore by them and I thoroughly enjoyed the movies.

    If you like easy reads, as I do, these books might not be for you. They are very exposition heavy. I find the prose to be stifled and mired down with details. The characters are well developed. Yet they are too introverted, insecure, neurotic, morose, contrite and self-absorbed for my taste. The last place I ever wanted to be was stuck in the mind of introverted, insecure, neurotic, morose, contrite and self-absorbed vampires; who have done little with their extended-lives but exist in their own heads for centuries and brood. I'm sorry; but tall, dark and brooding is nothing that I find at all attractive. I found myself cringing. At least reading these books made me feel very glad to be an extrovert. I mean, Lestat, whom is supposed to be extremely gregarious...he seems so in the movies, at least...seemed introverted, almost painfully so in the books.

    I also found there to be very little humor, sarcasm and satire in these books; which is something I strongly desire in a novel. They also seemed to be lacking in the romance department, another element that I find myself drawn to. This book is a little too much delodrama, not enough har-dee-har. I don't like drama. I don't let drama into my life and I certainly don't want to escape into a book that is chock full of it to the point it becomes Drama Stew where the veggies are first simmered in lard. There's a recipe I don't want.

    I found myself extremely bored while attempting to read these. I found there to be no real story-arch or overall plot. I mean, I felt like I kept reading and reading and reading and thinking to myself, "Get on with it," especially since absolutely nothing was happening. Granted, it's very original, but who wants to take the road less traveled if it's a long road leading to nowhere? It takes its time getting to any real action and the action is so very anti-climatic that by the time I got there, I threw in the towel and gave up on these tomes.

    I swear by fantasy and paranormal romance for teens and adults!

    1 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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