Blood Canticle (Vampire Chronicles Series #10)

Blood Canticle (Vampire Chronicles Series #10)

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Blood Canticle (Vampire Chronicles Series #10) by Anne Rice, David Pittu

Blood CanticleAnne RiceA Conversation with Anne Rice

Q: Thanks to Bram Stoker and Hollywood, vampires have long been associated with Transylvania and even Victorian England. But in Interview With the Vampire, you brought them to America, and to the present. How do you think that changed their role in literature?
A: Well, certainly I acknowledged the vampire's European roots immediately, bringing Louis and Lestat my heroes into being in colonial Louisiana, envisioning them as French speaking aristocrats in the new American wilderness, and then bringing them forward into an America they could see with an immortal's stunned and wondering vision. But the biggest change was the fact that I drew much much closer to the inner workings of the vampire's mind in my work than Stoker or Sheridan LaFanu had done in theirs. I wrote from the vampire's point of view, describing his or her agony and loneliness, and mapping the price of the gift of eternal life and its inevitable accumulation of knowledge and misery.

Q: Can you tell us a little about Blood Canticle, your latest entry in the Vampire Chronicles?
A: The Vampire Chronicles are really about the evolution of the Vampire Lestat, the central hero. Individual books may veer off to tell the stories of others–Pandora, Marius, Armand– but in the background there is always Lestat, the central hero, and the concern is his moral growth. Blood Canticle is the final step in that maturation. In this book he falls in love with a mortal woman Rowan Mayfair, in whom he finds an intellect he can completely respect and which he has no desire to conquer. But more importantly, Lestat finds himself ensnared inmortal life in such a way that he realizes he has outlived himself. Blackwood Farm is the place of his vampiric demise, so to speak. It is a warm and loving place, the home of Quinn Blackwood, the hero of the novel by the name of Blackwood Farm. Its simple people captivate Lestat, and there he loses his power somewhat, and begins to conform to the rules of Blackwood Farm, to give up his lust for wandering and for blood, and for any sort of independent alliance with another immortal. He loses his desire to dominate. Caught as he is in the charm of Blackwood Farm, he is doubly unable to respond to his love for Rowan Mayfair except with pure love, a concept that is new to him. There is much more to the book, much much more. But that is its essence as regards to Lestat. He outlives himself.

Q: In Blood Canticle, you again merge the storylines of the Vampire Chronicles and the Lives of the Mayfair Witches, and vampire bad-boy Lestat meets and is deeply attracted to Rowan Mayfair. Was this attachment something you planned, or were you taken by surprise? Do you have future plans for the two of them?
A: No, I didn't plan the alliance. It took me by surprise. In fact, I had often said I would never join the witches and the vampires. It truly just happened. This is the way it is with my work. I enter into my novels when I write. They sweep me up and I get lost in them. This is not to imply that I don't control them. I do, but I trust enormously in a guiding madness. When Rowan and Lestat came together, something of great intensity happened. I was challenged to pull this off, and I went for it. I was amazed at the heat it generated for me as I wrote it. I was also very caught up with the characters around them. Rowan's character is very coherent for me, and so is Lestat's, and when the coming together occurred, it was highly charged. I loved it.

Q: Despite the fact that your vampires cannot have sex, your books are drenched in sensuality and romance. How do you do that?
A: Vampire literature has always been sensuous. The vampiric drinking of blood is sensuous. Everyone knows it, feels it. The taking of another's blood is sacramental and sexual. It is highly metaphoric. It resonates with the early sacrificial altars of humankind and the chants of those who surrounded the altars as the victims were slaughtered, the blood was burnt, and the smoke went up to heaven. "The blood is the life," said the Lord High God. The imagery is too powerful not to be revisited again and again in our literature, no matter what happens on the Late Late Show or at the Saturday Night Movies. As for my doing it, I went with the flow. I bent down and pressed my own lips to the victim's throat, along with Lestat, and tasted that blood, that connection. I did it in my mind, and the intimacy was there for me, and I recorded it on the page. It was a feat of imagination and the words followed.

Q: I know you recently lost your husband, Stan Rice, and that Blood Canticle is dedicated to him. I've also read that the character of Lestat was based on Stan. How do you think this will affect your writing of the character?
A: I don't know how it's going to affect my writing about Lestat. I finished Blood Canticle only weeks before Stan died. I was writing in the room adjacent to the room in which Stan was lying very sick. Stan's illness and death was so swift, it was truly horrible. And Stan was Lestat; he was the inspiration. Perhaps it is best to say Lestat was Stan and me. He was Stan and what Stan taught me. Lestat was inspired by Stan, and then I became Lestat. As it stands now I don't intend to write about Lestat again or about the Mayfairs. I see this as the last novel. But I have said such things before, and then Lestat has come back to me. He's a hard character to kill. But for me this is what my editor calls a "crescendo novel." I am turning away from all my past work with this novel. I am on a new path. I don't want to write anymore about the damned. However, I made this decision before we knew that Stan was sick. I made it in July of 2002. And Stan found out about his illness in late August. It was an unforgettable summer. Stan painted unforgettable paintings that summer. He died in less than four months from diagnosis.

Q: Vampires are so popular these days, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel on TV, and plenty of vampire books in the stores: vampire romances from Shannon Drake and vampire mysteries from Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris. I think it's safe to say this trend started with your work. How do you feel about about these other stories? Do you read or watch any of them?
A: Actually, I don't know much about the other vampire material. I have seen Buffy once or twice. Thought it was very amusing. As to reading matter, I seldom, if ever, read other vampire novels. And now that I am turning away from the material altogether I will probably never read the other books. If I contributed to vampire literature, I'm happy. When I hear that students are reading my work in high school or college classes, I am thrilled. Now that is wonderful, and news of that does come to me.

Q: Can you give a hint of what your next book will be about? Vampires, witches, or something new?
A: All I can say is: it's an entirely new path.

Q: Are you excited about touring for Blood Canticle?

A: Yes. I'll be going all over the country, and I look forward to it as always. I love to see my readers. It's exhausting at times, but it's very invigorating. I wish every author could have such an opportunity: to see face to face those who care about the books. I love the signings. I love the different types of people who come. It's very hard to tell what type of readers I have. Men and women are about equal. There are young people and older people. It's a great mix.

Q: Finally, is there anything else you would like to say about Blood Canticle?
A: What else? That Lestat's voice is precious to me. If anything draws me back to the vampires, it will be Lestat's voice, and the strength I feel when I am in possession of that voice, the near prophetic power I feel when I see through Lestat's eyes. There lurks in me a great vision of the world that perpetually seeks expression, and so far in my writing it has found it's clearest force in Lestat. Blood Canticle has some of my most clean and I think near personal perfect writing. I mean personal perfect like personal best. I hope others will enjoy that, maybe pick up on that. But they may not. Who knows? You never know what you've done, really. You only know what you think you did! Thank you so much.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736695954
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2003
Series: Vampire Chronicles Series , #10
Edition description: Unabridged

About the Author

Anne Rice is the author of twenty-five books. She lives in New Orleans.

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

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Especially if you have read all of the Mayfair books. I understand what she was trying to do; give closure to different series, a two birds with one stone type of thing. It just didn't do it for me. I think they should have been kept things seperate. I wasn't thrilled with the way Taltos ended, but I would have rather left it at that than bring them into the Vampire Chronicles. I've never liked Mona Mayfair, but reading this book I really hated her. I was also dissapointed with the fate of the Taltos, I never expected them to make as a species, but I just wasn't feeling the way things ended for them. It was sad for me to read about the Mayfairs in this book because I really loved all the characters so much in the other books, and now Rowan is depressing and dissapointing and Michael is sweet, but blind and miserable. My biggest complaint though was Lestat. It's been awhile since I've read one of "his" books and maybe my memory is failing me, but he used to seem different, I can't explain it. In this book though he was really getting on my nerves especially at the beginning, it's as though he had a hard time getting his story going. It was a lot of random ramblings. I was also getting tired of him trying to convince everyone how he was so bad and evil and that there wasn't any good in him, like he so desperately has something to prove. Personnaly I didn't need the closure that this book attempted to give. I read it because I read all the others, I just figured I've come this far... It was a mistake. It left things on a bad note for me and now I'm sitting here feeling bummed out and dissapointed. Anne Rice is an excellent writer, but it was definetely not her finest hour.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a diehard Anne Rice fan, but the last book in the Vampire Chronicles was so disjointed and far removed from the rest of the series, that it seems like someone else wrote it. I'm sure it had a lot to do with the fact that her husband was very ill at the time. Though she may not have realized it, her focus appears to have been elsewhere because it certainly was not on the book. I have recommended almost evey book she's ever written but I would definitely not advise a potential Anne Rice convert to begin here (or even end here). Hopefully, her future efforts will be reminiscent of her past successes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How can i say i dislike this book? I cant but i have yet to finish. My brat prince seems like a different vampire. I mean yes hes fallen for people before right? So why am i so upset about rowan? I was fine with everyone lestat. Louis. Claudia. Marius. armand. Mona. Quin. Dora. That girl you raped from that resturant. Whats her face from the body thief. David. The dog. Even your own mother. But for some reason rowan is unacceptable. I cant stand how you fawn over her. I was hoping the last book would be a blow out with all the previous characters making cameos even if they just popped in and screamed "lestat u iidiot brat prince!" Or something! I dont know....im just too sad to finish the book. I dont want my imortal to die....that way.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this book but there just wasn't enough plot for the length of the book. Th first 230 pages I struggled not to quit reading and the last 70 pages were just held my attention. I think Anne needs to develop a whole new set of inrelated characters. These characters have been squeezed dry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After loving Blackwood Farm, this book was a huge disappointment. It was not interesting, the character development was seriously lacking, and there was little fun to be had. I think the book would have been more interesting from young Quinn's perspective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that Anne Rice ended the series as she saw fit. Personally I loved this book, everything about it. Lestat tells this last novel in the Vampire Chronicles, and reminds the reader why they fell in love with him in the first place. Anne Rice ended this series great! No one can write like this amazing woman, and she ended the series wonderfully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A rambling start gives way to many colorful, emotional episodes. Anne gives us the historical data from which to draw you into her beautiful world of the richest family of witches, the legendary family of the Taltos, and her ever popular brat prince. While you can buy just one book & enjoy a good story, I firmly believe all the books should be read as an ongoing saga. In the same way that you would watch a TV series or a set of movies. Thank you, Anne.
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I am a big fan of the vampire series, but this was a let down. I stuck to the books, and liked them very much (even though I strongly feel that the first three were the best). But this book is so disjointed, disorganised, and has an overall weak storyline. I tried very hard to read it, but I was too discusted with the characters. I also did not like how all the books got progressively more sexual, it is unnecessary. I recomend that people read the first three books, and some of the other ones more about individual characters like The Vampire Armand, and Merick, but just stop at Blackwood Farm. You will enjoy the others, it just that this one was a little overdone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really was put off by the writing style in this book. Al the glib flippancy and stupidly unnecessary remarks and "street" 'tude in how she presented this work. It was annoying and frankly embarrassing to have to plow through that crap to get to the story. The rant by Lestat at the very beginning set the tone for this annoying writing style. That being said, once you reach a point of just letting your eyes and mind move past that junk, the story itself wasnt bad. It was sad, and moving. Just very poorly presented, for Ann Rice. That so much had happened her personal life, the death if her life long love surely impacted this work, and she was off her game IMHO, and perhaps that influenced the stupid sounding tone and expressions that came from characters that didnt present themselves so idiotically in previous work. Having experienced grief myself, I was able to overlook the style and appreciate the story. And hope that future writings would be back to the quality we, who read her works, have cime to know and anticipate. And having just recently read the revival of the Vampires that was "Prince Lestat" , I'm happy to say it was the Ann Rice we know, writing again in the style we know. I reread this book because I needed a refresher to remind myself of certain storyline aspects that confused me a bit in "Prince Lestat", especially because there was a huge missing element in the new book . The Mayfaire Witches and their cknnection to the Vampires were never mentioned. I got no closure when she ended the crossover of her series. Many people didnt like the Mayfaire Witches. Many didnt like the Vampires. And a great many didnt like the combining if them in some of the novels. I believe I read somewhere that Ann Rice herself was uncomfortable with combining them, once she had done it. Myself, I loved the Witches and the Vampires and it seemed natural to me that with everyone hanging out and living in New Orleans for the most part that they would cross paths and that there would be a story there. Again, this was actually a good story, once you got over the junky writing style, and shouldn't be dismissed by anyone who has read and collected these books over the many years.
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You know how sometimes you forgot you already read a book and you buy it again expecting it to be new? Only to realize at some point that you've read it before? That's what happened to me just recently with Blood Canticle. I actually read this right after it came out in paperback, maybe ten years ago. I completely forgot that I had already read this Chronicle and ordered it again. The summary does not include the incident that would have tipped me off that I had already read it, the most memorable part of the book, which is when Lestat takes two charges on an expedition to an island and discovers... well that would be spoiling it. The rest of the book is more meandering, covering Lestat's introduction to the Mayfair witches, which is surprisingly low key even though he falls in love with one of them. As with all Rice novels, there is an underlying theme to the genre trappings. In this case, it has to do with gratitude of child to parent - how much is owed, where does parental responsibility begin and end, and is attaining self realization achieved at the cost of the relationship to the parent? All worthy questions to bring up in a book about a vampire who wants to be a saint, and witches who deliver Walking Babies. The plotting has been richer in previous Chronicles, but Lestat's irrepressible voice carries the book past most of the plotting flaws in this one. This is not the most memorable of the Chronicles, but it's put me in a mood to seek out the upcoming sequel.
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