The Complete Vampire Chronicles: Interview with the Vampire/The Vampire Lestat/The Queen of the Damned/The Tale of the Body Thief

The Complete Vampire Chronicles: Interview with the Vampire/The Vampire Lestat/The Queen of the Damned/The Tale of the Body Thief

by Anne Rice

Paperback(Boxed Set of four novels)

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Overview

Lestat, Claudia, Louis, Akasha, Armand, and Memnoch. Your favorite night stalkers are back, and bundled together in one terrific boxed set, that collects Anne Rice's four bestselling titles from her beloved Vampire Chronicles: Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, and The Tale of the Body Thief.

It's a set to stir the blood of all fans of the undead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345385406
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/1993
Series: The Vampire Chronicles Series
Edition description: Boxed Set of four novels
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.20(h) x 4.40(d)

About the Author

Among the most popular authors in recent American history, Anne Rice is best known for The Vampire Chronicles, a gothic fiction series revolving around the vampire Lestat. Interview with the Vampire, the opening book in the series, appeared in 1976, and drew not just readers but also critical acclaim. The Chicago Tribune noted that Rice "penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth — the education of the vampire." Rice has also written erotica under various pen names and Christian fiction.

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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The Complete Vampire Chronicles: Interview with the Vampire/The Vampire Lestat/The Queen of the Damned/The Tale of the Body Thief 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 155 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read these books for a while, but when I did, I, like many others, fell in love with the words, the characters and the world they inhabit. Yes, the stories are complex and dark, somewhat disturbing- they are not for everyone. They are also well written, smoothly read, and while fiction, incorporate much historical research. I would like to point out that I think it was very smart that Memnoch the Devil was not included in this set. With Memnoch, the series changed considerably, and most people either loved it or hated it. If you are a skeptical person, if you love lestat's character in the first books and want to see him in all his brattish, cynical glory continue- and if you are not interested in Christian dogma being incorporated into the series as a forefront, decidedly changing the characters, then STOP before you reach Memnoch. I know its tempting to find out what happens, but honestly it will ruin it for you. The Chronicles dont need to be concluded, and considering many people find the series goes downhill from Memnoch on, spare yourself the pain and let the story live on in your imagination as you want it to. And go read Rice's Violin, Feast of All Saints, and Cry to Heaven- all magnificent, singular novels that arent bogged down by being part of a never-ending series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series mainly centers around the title character Lestat. Lestat is a fascianting study of the flawed uber-vampire who does what he wants and refuses to conform to the vampire "rules". He knows he is not perfect but realizes the only way to live through immortality is to enjoy oneself whenever one can. The supporting cast has their fair share of interesting characters and the personalities of the vampires are really the heart of the series.
A couple of things Rice does makes her vampire world so fascinating. The vampires act as their own little microsociety with rules and taboos that are well thought out and extremely interesting. For example the longer a vampire makes before creating another vampire determines how powerfull that new vampire will be. There are complications to living forever that you never would of thought of. The vampires have no sexual urges but instead the act of bloodletting serves as their mental and physical urge for copulation. Vampires don't marry each other but instead have extremely strong emotional bonds with each other and thier own fledglings, IE: When you create another vampire they become your fledgling. They stay together for an indefinite period until an unknown force breaks their emotional connection. This makes for some fascinating relationships that almost seem like "couples" but without the physical relationship. These bonds are often between same gender vampires and sometimes include three or four vampires. All these interesting parameters make for an web of relationships that frequently change.
Fantastic writing with the finest detail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even if you read this when the title of the article no longer applies I strongly recommend that you do it anyway. I first saw the film, Interview with the Vampire, which was one of the first that I ensured was in my DVD collection when I started it a few months ago, which I thought was nothing short of sheer brilliance. Following seeing the inspiring film, I hunted down the book. I read it in a matter of hours as I could not drop it. I had not previously heard of Anne Rice, but was well impressed, the book exceeded the quality of the film, to my suprise. However the latest film offering based upon Anne Rice's books was "The Queen of the Damned" starring the sadly late Aaliyah was no short of shambolic, although is no reflection of the book of the same name which is intreaguing and wonderfully written. To my delight I found that their were a whole series, the "Vampire Chronicles" and went out to find them, which is rather strange for me as by nature I love sports, swim and go to the gym, and usually am not at all interested in books, normally its girls, sports and Ferraris.So that just goes to show how good these books are. "The Vampire Lestat" is by far the most absorbing book in the collection, however all four are instantly involving wonderfully spun tales full of stories in which Anne Rice gives the reader the ticket for her Emotional Roller-Coaster ride through the books packed with lavish description. All the tales have perfect continuity from one to the next and the lavish emotional description of the environments that completely involve the reader make them feel in the midst of Anne Rice's novel. The Vampires are not cliche, with no garlic rubbish, some are even religeous, and all of their traits are convinvingly explained. The connections between the characters are fabulous, and are made extremely clear through the third book "The Queen of the Damned". The books are all thouroughly involving and very emotional. "The Tale of the Body Theif" puts another interesting spin on the supernatural elements of the tales providing another sensual, emotional and intreaging journey through the world of Lestat and the others. They are my favourite series of books due to Anne Rice's amazing powers of description and her amazing ability to make the smallest of things very intricate and emotional. The quality of "The Vampire Chronicals" will no doubt make you want to go out and read the next book in the series "Memnoch the Devil" in which Lestat meets the Devil who takes him on an adrenaline pumped journey through time, creation and the world, and is again highly intreaging and emotional.If you only buy one set of books this make it these. I guarantee that you will enjoy them. You need these books on your shelves!
vampirechick555 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4 stars! These are a great series!
Dupree_Sinclair on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne Rice is an amazing author, though there are flaws in some of her story lines. I agree with most of these reviews I have to say that if you have not read this series put it on your Christmas list. I have to admit I only got into the series after watching Interview With A Vampire. Though I have to say that The Vampire Lestat is my favorite book.
CapeSatellite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is possibly the best series ever written. I love the narrative way that Anna Rice writes, love the characters. It's a tale of epic proportions. Highly recommended.
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I want to love all of these stories, but somethimes it seems like they are too verbose and slightly repeatative
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Rice goes into an almost psychotic detail in her dramatic books. Although i'm more of a "get to the point already" guy, her writing has earned my respect, and all of these books are great novels by Anne Rice, but I believe her magnum opus is her book, "Memnoch, the Devil" (sorry if i spelled that wrong) I have never seen a better attempted explanation of god, religion, and the meaning of life than is expressed in positively psychotic detail in this novel!
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Banapple More than 1 year ago
I got this for my best friend as a birthday present because she loves reading science fiction, fantasy novels etc etc, and she absolutely ADORES Anne Rice so I got her the entire set of the Vampire Lestat series. The cost is very good and the set is pretty portable and easy/light to carry. I can't comment on how great the books are since I've only see the movies a few times but my friend said that she finished them fast and they were really good. I like Anne Rice's Interview With A Vampire, and I believe that her vampire series is far beyond Twilight (totally incomparable).
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silky More than 1 year ago
Just finish reading interview with a vampire to me was kind of boring, but now i'm reading vampire lestat and is great so far
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SusanVT More than 1 year ago
I have never really been interested in vampires and although I read a great deal, I have always shied away from them. that is until a friend of mine made me promise to give the "Twlight" series a look. Well I finally did and although it was probably written for a younger person (younger than myself that is (and that includes almost everyone)) it was totally refreshing. Now I have a diferent view of vampires and the "Twlight" vampires are adjusted just for my sort of person. Anyway I purchased "The Vampire Chronicles" and it was one of the best reads I have ever had. It totally opened me up to so many new thoughts. This woman is an excellent writer but I know none of you need me to tell you that. I am now reading "The Tale of the Body Thief" and then the next, etc. I am also looking at other series written by her and I am delighted to have a new writer to explore. As most of you know who love to read, a reader is not really happy unless they have an engrossing book to go home to or to take with them. I am happy as a clam these days and I have a notion that B&N will be shipping me more of Anne Rice's books. Can't say enough about her!!!!!