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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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by Anne Rice
     
 

The hypnotic, deeply seductive novels of Anne Rice have captivated millions of fans around the world. It all began a quarter of a century ago with Interview with the Vampire. Now, in one chilling volume, here are the first three classic novels of The Vampire Chronicles.

In Interview with the Vampire, witness the confessions of a vampire. A

Overview

The hypnotic, deeply seductive novels of Anne Rice have captivated millions of fans around the world. It all began a quarter of a century ago with Interview with the Vampire. Now, in one chilling volume, here are the first three classic novels of The Vampire Chronicles.

In Interview with the Vampire, witness the confessions of a vampire. A novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force, it is a story of danger and flight, love and loss, suspense and resolution, and the extraordinary power of the senses.

The Vampire Lestat focuses on Lestat, who was once an aristocrat from pre-revolutionary France, but now a rock star in the decadent 1980s. Lestat rushes through the centuries seeking to fathom the mystery of his existence. His is a mesmerizing story–passionate and thrilling.

In Queen of the Damned, Akasha, the Queen of the Damned, has risen from a six-thousand-year sleep to let loose the powers of the night. She has a marvelously devious plan to “save” mankind–in this vivid novel of the erotic, electrifying world of the undead.

The Vampire Chronicles is part of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions series. Each title in the series presents a classic work in an attractively designed edition bound in genuine bonded leather. These books make elegant additions to any home library.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307291653
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/30/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Pages:
1296
Sales rank:
8,111
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.50(d)

Meet the Author

Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, a series of dark, hypnotic novels steeped in Gothic horror, Anne Rice now applies her vivid storytelling skills to Christian fiction, most notably an acclaimed series based on the life of Christ.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Rancho Mirage, California
Date of Birth:
October 4, 1941
Place of Birth:
Rancho Mirage, California
Education:
B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971
Website:
http://www.annerice.com

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Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics The Vampire Chronicles: Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and The Queen of the Damned (Barnes & Noble 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 146 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
abel1389 More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I have to agree with a couple of people here who have stated that if not for Anne Rice's reinvention of the vampire, we would not have Twilight, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries right now. That said, we can not hold it against Miss Rice to have written a stunning series of novels on what is possibly the greatest creature of the night: the Vampire. Rice's vampires are as genuine as you could imagine for what they are. They deal with the curse of eternity the way most human beings would: very bitterly. They present a very unique situation in that they are humans trying to come to terms with not being human anymore. Modern vampires just don't spark on this extremely essential issue; the rules have been so switched around that there isn't a vampire story out there that isn't about a "forbidden" romance that is no more forbidden or impractical that Hugh Hefner and his Bunnies. Rice presents the real meat and potatoes of what a vampire is, and she presents it brilliantly. Both of Rice's main characters have to deal with the pain of not being able to live and behave like a normal human being. Louis despises his condition; he is totally averse to murdering a human being for survival, and spends his time trying to atone for the way of "life" he is forced to live. Lestat, on the other hand, is perfectly comfortable with the essential rules of being a vampire, and even goes so far as to openly walk among human beings bearing the truth of what he is (fortunately for him, very few take him at his word). The constant prevelance of sex in modern vampire literature is totally absent; Rice's vampires actually state fairly regularly that the satisfaction of their bloodlust is far better than human intimacy, and that they have no sexual drive whatsoever. The Vampire Chronicles (mind you, this is only the first three books of it, although they are the most essential ones) are a timeless presentation of the dark world of a vampire. They remind us to value our time on earth as what we are, and when the time comes, to value that we will eventually die. Extremely humanistic in nature, they are a tragic and yet compelling observation of many of the themes of human nature. They are a challenging but worthwhile read, and their stories stay with you long after you set them down. Five out of five, and in my opinion, an absolute necessity to take in at some point in your life.
Billychic More than 1 year ago
This is one for the permanent collection. I got it as a gift for a friend and decided to keep it. I had to buy an extra one for her! Three of Rice's best novels are together so you can read one and go straight to the next. The book itself is so lovely - it really looks fabulous on the shelf (with a New Orleans feel to the wrought-iron engraved on the leather). I have several of these collectible edition titles and this one is my favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love collecting books. Especially classics in Leatherbound. Great for collecting and saving for children who loves books too.
Davina More than 1 year ago
If it was not for Anne Rice and her redemption of what the life of a Vampire is really about then we would not have Twilight, True Blood and the Vampire Diaries. If you have never read the books and was just satisfied with the movies that were based on the book - then your missing out. Take a step back from all the new stuff and read the original. I am a huge Anne Rice fan and even though she has left the supernatural. Her style of story telling is classic and has carried with her into the new books about Jesus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a big book containing Anne Rice's best works, incl. Interview with the Vampire". I had read these when I was younger and once this came out, I had to have it for it's vintage look. It's a great book and looks nice, too, sitting on the bookshelf. However, it's got some marvelous novels inside that anyone interested in vampire reading should definetely get.
LuceEveKinkaid More than 1 year ago
This is what vampires are all about not sparkly like a fairy.
DARK_TAVERN More than 1 year ago
This is my first time reading Anne Rice vampire stories and I am blow away. I love vampires and stories make them feel so real. I can't ask for more and I couldn't put down the book till I read all the way through. Truthfully great original stories. The book it self is great and I love the look of it next to my "leather" bound Dracula book. Someone said something about getting black on there hand from the cover and I have not had that happen to me nor do I think that will happen. the cover is really cool, while it's not real leather, it is pretty cool looking and will hold up really well. Also last thank you to B&N for making this great book(s) available in such a cool format.
Aquarian37 More than 1 year ago
I'm really happy that they made this collection of Anne Rice's vampire saga with Lestat. Not only is the book really pretty but it got me to finally be able to read Queen of the Damned along with the other two. Her tales are sensual and beautiful - her writing is poetic. It's not teenager fiction, although when I first read the first two books I was a teenager. Recommended for all mature ages (but there isn't lots of sex or anything; just great stories). Great for gift-giving, too.
Christina_83 More than 1 year ago
I haven't actually read from this book, but I have read all of the Anne Rice novels. All of them are great. This book was an excellent gift for students who follow the vampire craze. I thought they would enjoy reading from one of the classic writers. She's no Dracula, but she made vampires hot. A great book to help broaden the horizons of your student.
KabbottCO More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book of three of Anne Rice's best Vampire stories. I loved it. The characters are geat! If you love details and worlds of luxery and elegance and Dark fantasy, then you will love these books. The leather bound cover on this trilogy will look great in anyone's library collection. These are fnatastic books that i would reccommend to anyone who is an Anne Rice or Vampire lover.
M_Nilsson More than 1 year ago
Read Interview With a Vampire as Louis tells his story of being turned and struggles with the loss of his humanity; or The Vampire Lestat, his maker, who has reasons of his own for becoming the monster he is; or the mother of them all in Queen of The Damned. Beautifully written! For those who haven't read Anne Rice, she is the author who started this phenomenal genre that has since taken the world by storm by writing The Vampire Chronicles and The Mayfair Witches. She literally brought them to life on the page and captivated most of us with their tales. I've read all of The Vampire Chronicles but in paperback. I decided it would be great to have them in a leather bound edition for my collection, so I bought this beautiful classic edition for my personal library. For those who haven't read them this would be a good way to collect and read them for yourselves. However, I must alert you to the fact that this volume doesn't contain all of the vampire stories written by Anne Rice. But it can be a nice addition to any library, or a great gift for that Anne Rice fan. I don't know if the publisher will be turning out other volumes with the rest of the stories or not. Let's hope so. It would be a shame not to.
Uhurrah More than 1 year ago
i enjoy reading anne rice's books ... her vampire stories are great ... i love the plot ... even the details within the stories ... these are great reads, i consider this volume to be part of my classic reads collection ...
Frankwhoa More than 1 year ago
I love the classical design of these books. It was a little disappointing to find the new "colorful" covers compared to the traditional black/maroon ones, but I have since got over that and enjoy the quality of the design in these series. The book/author speak for themselves. I absolutely recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing compares to these kind of vampire stories (sorry, Twilight). Great writer, compelling stories. I noticed that the quality of this book is not as good as others in the B&N leather-bound series, which is a shame. It may be due to the fact that the book is so thick, but that's just a guess. Anyway, it's odd that the quality of the books from the leather-bound series vary. Also, the colour of the cover is slightly different in real life (it's not really grey, but more grey with a light pink-purple-ish undertone; the colour surprised me a little, that's why I'm noting this).
AHJ1992 More than 1 year ago
Im Halfway thru this book and I love this series
raylion More than 1 year ago
I love these books but I have to admit to people before they read them that book 1 is flat out boring.  Louis' inability to cope with his condition is just not a fun read, at least not to me.  But the details and characters portrayed in book 1 cannot be skipped.  Lestat in books 2 &amp; 3 will redeem the series and are great.  After this pick up tail of the body thief and Memnoch the devil.  
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Hypers_Starr More than 1 year ago
I love the collectible books from B&N! Beautiful book. So happy!
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The first three books of the Vampire Chronicles are in this beautiful leatherbound edition. The book matches well with the rest of my collection &amp; I look forward to adding to it. The cover is incredibly beautiful with an old rustic look and gold leaf design on the pages. This book is a must have for any Rice fan.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the appearance but afraid to buy it; you'll see dozens of published books where it has all three (maybe four) books of the Vampire Chronicles but never release a second volume. As much as I love these books and wish I can worship them properly in hardback, I want to make sure that the second and perhaps third volume will follow. I hate having book collections uneven.
maryjamine12 More than 1 year ago
How anyone could give these books less than a five, is high.  Superb - thought out in depth characters that stick with you. We even named our dog Lestat. He is by far one of the best characters in fiction today.