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  • Taschenbuch: 480 Seiten
  • Verlag: Chatto & Windus (30. Oktober 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0701189436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701189433
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,3 x 3,5 x 23,4 cm
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"Rice is a superb storyteller with a fabulously rich imagination, and such ringing authority of tone that you'll believe vampires really exist." (Kate Saunders The Times)

"Few contemporary American or British novelists have had as much cultural impact over the past four decades as Anne Rice" (Washington Post)

"Rice is a charismatic and passionate storyteller" (Alexandra Heminsley Indepenent on Sunday)

"Anne is back with a bang" (Sun)

"Sappy, vegetarian Edward Cullen lacks teeth compared to Rice's dastardly Lestat. Put it this way: Meyer is vampire-lite; Rice serves up no-holds barred in delicious, full-fat glory" (Susan Swarbrick The Herald)

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7 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Armagh am 4. November 2014
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Meine persönlichen Gedanken zu Lestat's Wiederkehr in "Prince Lestat":
(Spoiler sind gekennzeichnet)

Empfehlen kann ich die Ausgabe des amerikanischen Knopf Verlags: als gebundene Version und mit Büttentechnikoptik ist das Buch ein edler Hingucker und macht sich gut neben den anderen Chronik-Büchern des Verlags. Leider ist die neuste Ausgabe nicht mit einem Kunstdruck versehen, wie die letzten Bände der Vampirchronik, aber dennoch als Softcoverdruck sehr ansprechend.

Nun sind sie also da: Lestat's neue Einblicke in sein Leben (so man denn will - das Buch ist nicht ausschließlich aus seiner Sicht geschrieben).

Unter Chronikliebhabern zehrte immer schon der Wunsch nach weiteren Informationen, nach Erklärungen, was zwischen den einzelnen Büchern mit Lestat geschehen ist. Schließlich war der letzte Stand, dass sich Lestat nach seiner Begegnung mit Memnoch (Band fünf - "Memnoch der Teufel") in sich selbst zurückgezogen hatte und sich auf dem Boden einer kleinen Kirche in einer Art komatösen Schlaf befindet. Völlig der Welt entrückt, mit offenen Augen, für andere Vampire und Leser unsicher, ob sich Lestat noch in seinem Körper befindet und was er wahrnehmen mag.

Auch in den Folgebänden wird Lestat's Zustand als konstant beschrieben, dadurch dass ihn die Vampire der Alten Welt aufsuchen und selbst sie nicht ausmachen können, was mit ihm geschehen sein mag. Dieses Zusammentreffen nutzen einige alte Vampire dann auch, um ihre Geschichte zu erzählen (Pandora, Marius und Armand).
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5 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Dodo HALL OF FAME REZENSENTTOP 50 REZENSENTVINE-PRODUKTTESTER am 6. November 2014
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Deshalb verzeihe man mir. Wahrscheinlich hätte ich als Teenager das Buch "verschlungen" und jeden angegrault, der es wagte, etwas Kritik daran zu äußern. Und nun komme ich selbst damit an...

Das Buch an sich:
ist letztlich ein Aufguss von "Königin der Verdammten" im 21. Jahrhundert. Wieder kommt es zu massenhaften Vernichtungen von Vampiren in aller Welt (natürlich wieder ausgenommen die Vampire, die zu Rices Grundstock gehören, um die muss man sich nicht sorgen und nein, das ist kein Spoiler, das war von vorn herein klar, finde ich). Wieder hören Lestat und andere eine seltsame Stimme zu sich sprechen.
Um diese recht dünne Grundhandlung auszudehnen, werden viele Seiten mit Rückblicken auf vorherige Bände gefüllt (man könnte auch Nacherzählungen sagen). Es gibt ein paar neue Figuren wie Viktor (eine sehr subtile Anspielung auf Viktor Frankenstein... nein, Scherz natürlich...), den Vampirmediziner, der gern Lestats DNA untersuchen will, und Rose, Lestats und Louis' neue Adoptivtochter. Von der aber keine Gefahr wie von Claudia ausgeht, da sie voller Bewunderung sämtliche von "Lestats" Büchern gelesen hat und über deren "Komplexität und Tiefe" beeindruckt ist. (Der alte Lestat hätte gesagt: "Hat jemand mal einen Eimer?")
Obwohl Lestat einiges an Esprit eingebüßt hat, wird er nun von allen anderen Vampiren maßlos und uneingeschränkt bewundert.
Insgesamt liest sich das Buch wie eine einzige Huldigung an einen fiktiven Charakter und natürlich dessen Schöpferin. Rice setzt sich quasi selbst ein Denkmal, bzw. schreibt sich selbst eine Laudatio.

So jetzt zu den S*P*O*I*L*E*R*N:
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Franzi N, am 15. November 2014
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Anne Rice ist zurück. Nachdem die beiden letzten Bücher der Vampirchroniken nicht so gut ausgefallen waren, ist sie nun zu alter Größe zurückgekehrt. Der Wiedererkennungswert ihrer Vampire ist zweifellos gegeben. Gleichzeitig jedoch stagnieren sie nicht, sondern entwickeln sich weiter. Das macht sie umso großartiger.
Man trifft alte Bekannte wieder und lernt neue Vampire kennen, wunderbare Charaktere, die zum Lachen und zum Weinen gleichermaßen anregen.
Ein rundum gelungenes Buch mit einigen Seitenhieben auf den Vampir von heute und auf sich selbst. Großartig!
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Als Frau Rice vor einem Jahr verkündete, das Sie endlich doch wieder einen Lestat-Roman geschrieben hätte, war ich ganz aus dem Häuschen. Und das zurecht. Prince Lestat gehört definitiv zu den Top 3 Ihrer Vampir Chroniken. Wer die ersten 3 mochte, wird den Prince Lestat lieben.
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Lestat is back with a brand new ENORMOUS ARRAY OF CHARACTERS! 4. November 2014
Von Author Andrew Butcher - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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You thought I was gonna say 'track', didn't you, DIDN'T YOU?! Well, no, I believe Lestat is done with the whole rock star phase of his life--you know, after all the havoc it caused--so you won't be finding any new tracks in this book.

But you will find a massive host of characters! I said 'new' above in the title, but most of the 'new' characters are not new, but were very minor side characters in previous books in The Vampire Chronicles and have been fleshed out and cleverly weaved into the tapestry of vampire history Anne Rice has created. You'll even see the return of characters you had believed were dead! But to avoid spoilers, that's all I'm saying on that point.

The way Anne Rice weaves together character story lines across millennia is pure genius. In scope, it reminds me of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, but the style of writing and storytelling is quite different. A fair amount of Prince Lestat is written in a kind of narrative summary style, which isn't to everyone's taste, but I actually loved it. It means that when Anne Rice comes out of this style, which she does in action scenes and for most of the dialogue, it gives a fast-paced feel to the reading experience; you kind of know she has purposely upped the ante.

And the story also takes you all across the globe, which is totally fun! And if I haven't mentioned it already, I love this book!

I'm trying to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, but I think it's fair to vaguely mention aspects that are hinted at in the synopsis. The main mystery that drives this novel forward is The Voice--a rambling and rather capricious voice that can enter vampires' minds and is compelling ancient blood drinkers to immolate the younger vampires. Who or what is this Voice? What does it want? Why is it doing what it's doing? I loved the way Anne Rice keeps you guessing; just when you think you know who or what the Voice is for sure, she throws in something else that makes you doubt your theory. I did correctly guess at it quite early on, but I was never really, really certain until close to the reveal. And it always feels nice when you've been given enough clues by the author to figure it out just before the characters do.

Even if you do guess at who or what the Voice is, there are so many other plot twists and revelations in this book that you'll be gasping and muttering to yourself at regular intervals. You'll be discovering more about the Talamasca, a secret order of scholars of the supernatural, who have always intrigued me! The revelations to do with the Talamasca were some of the most exciting points in this book, actually. And, as to be expected, there's also blood and violence and some jaw-dropping deaths!

Anne Rice has very cleverly given the book a modern feel by introducing science into the equation. You'll meet a vampire scientist: a scientist who studies vampires and is indeed a blood drinker himself. And you'll also see modern gadgets and inventions such as iPhones and emails mentioned throughout. One of the young vampires even has his own vampire-only radio show!

You are in for an exciting read that will have you imagining long ago times, far away places, beautiful immortals, yet also have you contemplating deep social, political, and emotional issues as you live inside the head of some truly tragic beings who somehow still find the strength to see the wonder of life all around them.

In fact, that appeared to be one of strongest themes running throughout Prince Lestat: the need to affirm life's intrinsic value, to embrace life, and not only to make the best out of the present moment, but to let go of old conceptions of an evil, damned race of beings and embrace an optimistic future and a new vision of what vampires can be. It's a powerful and modern statement that Anne Rice makes.

Keeping it as vague and spoiler-free as possible, there's a fantastic point in the book where Lestat himself shows an amazing level of empathy when none of the other characters seem able to. He also shows his ability to be brutal and ruthless when he feels he needs to be, but I thought it was a great and modern message to show just how valuable empathy and forgiveness can be. Maybe Lestat's willingness to show forgiveness will backfire in later books, but it still made me think: What is the point of our prison system if we don't really believe people can be reformed and given another chance? People make mistakes. And yes, I believe there should be punishment, but there should also be empathy, a willingness to see the good in others and to educate them into a better way of living. Is there any point of prison at all if the criminal is not allowed to move past their crimes after serving his/her sentence? We might as well return to the death sentence if most believe there is no point. Anyway, I've massively digressed.

Now, it may be worth pointing out that I'm probably rather biased towards Anne Rice's work, because she had such a massive influence on my life. I probably never would have fell in love with writing if I hadn't fallen in love with and devoured The Vampire Chronicles at around the age of sixteen. Before that age, I wasn't particularly interested in books at all. But after reading Anne Rice's work, I have gone on to fall in love with Charlaine Harris's The Southern Vampire Mysteries (Sookie Books) and many other novels. Reading is now my favourite hobby and I'm also writing my own books now.

Having admitted how much of a fanboy I am, I'm not without my complaints about Prince Lestat. And, from frequently visiting Anne Rice's Facebook page, I know that she is very open to receiving readers' opinions on her work--whether positive, negative, neutral, or whatevz, Trevz--and is also extremely respectful of her readers' opinions.

And so here is the main thing that bugged me about this book and has bugged me about many of Anne's books (although, in perspective, it is actually a rather minor issue):

I would really like to see more obviously intelligent characters who aren't romantics, or so poetic, or massive fans of long-dead musicians, painters, poets, architects (and so on) whose names I can't even bring to mind right now because most people my age aren't really all that interested in them.

This is more of a personal annoyance for me. I understand that many immortals, especially the older ones, would have genuine interests in these type of things. But at times it almost seems that Anne Rice uses it as a mark of intelligence. It wasn't until around 30% into the book that characters started appearing who were portrayed as intelligent yet weren't prone to passionate ponderings (I'm not sure if 'pondering' can be used as a noun like that, but oh well--I like it!) of art and music from other centuries and all of rather sophisticated taste.

Anne Rice's books show diversity in so many other areas--sexuality, ethnicity, religious beliefs, and so on--and so I'd just like to see more diversity in this respect. Especially among the young vampires. Maybe this says more of my social group than of anything else, but I don't know many people my age who really care about or could properly identify many, if any, of the musicians, poets, philosophers (and so on) that are mentioned in Prince Lestat from multiple characters' perspectives.

The only other complaint is very minor too, at least for me. A lot of plot information was repeated within the book itself. I didn't mind, and actually quite appreciated, the recaps of events from the previous Vampire Chronicles. But then I began to notice that a fair amount of it was re-repeated (am I making up words again?!). Anyway. A minor issue for me, as on some level I believe repetition can actually reinforce the plot and your connection to it. If overdone, though, it can irritate and push you away.

A WARNING ABOUT OTHER AMAZON REVIEWS FOR PRINCE LESTAT:

Be warned that some reviewers are posting massive spoilers in their reviews and even in the titles of their reviews. Also, try not to be too disconcerted by the way some reviews have been voted unhelpful and some have been voted helpful. The system is gamed. People know that the 'most helpful' reviews float to the top of the reviews, so people who hate the book or the author for whatever reason go out of their way to down-vote positive reviews and up-vote negative reviews, regardless of the quality of the review. So, honest and well-written positive reviews are being pushed down, and negative, inaccurate, and mean-spirited reviews are moving up. Of course, there are fair and well-written reviews on both sides of the fence, but if you look at the votes, you'll soon see for yourself that some hateful people will vote ANYTHING as 'helpful' in an attempt to get at the author. You'll probably find that this review gets a lot of 'unhelpful' votes too, because one of the things the hateful people who are targeting Anne Rice hate the most is being revealed for what they are, and so they shall try to sink this review. If you find this review helpful, please vote it so to counter the attacks. =]

Right, let's wrap this up with the positives:

If you've always been intrigued by the Talamasca and want to know more about them, Prince Lestat is for you!

If you like sexy vampires and witches and spirits, Prince Lestat is for you!

If you like blood and gore and fascinating descriptions of vampire cosmology and ponderings on how science and magic meet each other, Prince Lestat is for you!

If you like stories with shed loads of characters, Prince Lestat is for you!

If you like beautifully poetic descriptions of EVERYTHING, Prince Lestat is definitely for you!!!

And if you're wondering why I gave this book 5 stars, instead of knocking off a star for my minor complaints, then it's because overall I loved it. I read it as fast as I possibly could. I was obsessed. It made me smile, laugh, cry, and all the reactions you want from a book. And I'm someone who either loves a book or decides it isn't really for me. And if it's not really for me, then I don't see much point in reviewing it.

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Lestat is Back and Rice Has Never Been Better. 5. November 2014
Von Joshua Converse - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you’re a fan of the Vampire Chronicles you may have had some mixed emotions about titles beyond Queen of the Damned. I found Tale of the Body Thief interesting in the beginning and at the end, but the middle was, at times, a tad painful. Memnoch the Devil was polarizing, to say the least, and even a die-hard like me must admit a certain difficulty with the hybrid Mayfair/Vampire novels. That said, Prince Lestat is everything Anne Rice’s best novels have ever been and then some. Rice has become truly masterful at drawing the reader on.
All the old favorites come back out in Prince Lestat, Armand, Louis, Gabrielle, Marius, and David, and so, too, ancillary characters or even characters previously referred to but unnamed in earlier works. The familiar characters are themselves after all these years, with no slippage in continuity or feel, and yet they are as vibrant as they were when we met them for the first time. There are also so many “new” characters, from fledglings to the First Brood and Queen’s Blood who were first Born to Darkness in Ancient Egypt. Each new character has a particular magnetism, from the beautiful Allesandra to the dangerous Rhoshamandes and his fledgling, the tender-hearted Benedict (Lestat’s grandsire In the Blood). Naturally, one need not have read all the novels to appreciate this one and it may be the first introduction to Rice’s world for some—that’s perfectly all right. She has written something that will appeal to first-time readers and Lestatophiles.
Without spoilers I will say the novel is centered on an existential threat to the Vampire Species which necessarily draws them together despite the weariness of the Ancients and the solitary nature of most of the Undead. Lestat must rise as a reluctant leader or risk the destruction of the Vampire race. As slumbering Elders awaken at the promptings of a mysterious Voice, the danger increases for all.
What amazes me about Anne Rice is this: even when a particular scene or line of dialogue seems over-the-top, out of place, or contrived, it still works. She gets away with “mistakes” that lesser writers cannot. Yes, the Vampire Chronicles are pulp, but Anne Rice, even as Lestat’s hardboiled detective demeanor gives way to the weeping Byronic poet, manages to render those jarring transitions natural, interesting, and (even for readers who have read and reread her novels for decades) unexpected. My only caveat there is by the last sixty to eighty pages I have a good idea how the story will play out, but again, it’s such a fascinatingly-rendered story that I don’t really mind when I perceive where it’s going. Rice’s research, worldliness, and sophistication renders her heroes utterly unique in the genre. She is literary without being esoteric, intellectual without being pretentious, and most importantly she is genuine. Her characters are genuine. This is no small matter in a world where more and more genre authors (not to name names) are striking a pose when they write.
If many of these seem like backhanded complements, they aren’t. I’m sincerely impressed by what Rice has done in this novel that so few authors, even “great” literary authors never seem to attain: a novel of images, ideas, and human (so to speak) truth that never beats one over the head, never condescends, and never stops being fun. This book’s tragedy is that it ends. I wanted more. I was rapt with the possibility of there being more books to follow this one—Prince Lestat has come into his own and shed so much of the pessimism and angst that has from time to time in the past, perhaps, weighed the Vampire Chronicles down. What is ahead is framed as an exciting new chapter with dazzling possibilities.
Final verdict: Prince Lestat is the best vampire novel to be written in decades—by anyone. Read it slowly because by the time it’s over you’ll already be thirsting for the next one.
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How does one redeem those for whom no redemption seems possible? 30. November 2014
Von M. Galishoff - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In 1976 Ms Rice published Interview with the Vampire (IWTV). While on the surface a Gothic horror tale, Rice opened for us the world of the "undead" which would yield ten novels, collectively known as "The Vampire Chronicles."

What distinguishes Ms Rice's writing is her meticulous attention to detail, historical research, imagination and character development. There is also a relentless existentialism that leaps from the first pages of IWTV and continues through the present work.

The world and characters of Rice's creation are more than stock figures used in superficial plots and to satisfy the reader's taste for violence. The violence is in many ways incidental and part of their existence (as well as ours). Each character is a complex persona with virtues and tragic flaws. They manage to possess a unique literary equivalent of leitmotif wherein their very presence brings forward a unique representative account forged in the time and culture in which they were "made." Spanning six thousand years of history, they struggle to come to terms with their strange powers and the evil acts that must sustain them. They must live in a world dominated by humans. And despite their accumulated, power, wealth and knowledge they cannot escape themselves and the times in which they were created immortal. Each is a creature of his/her aeon.

When reading IWTV I was reminded of Jean-Paul Sartre's (1905-80) "No Exit" (1944). This existential play concerns three dammed souls locked inside the same room in hell for all eternity. They have been placed in this room to make each other miserable. This nihilistic existence negates hope.

The same maddening tension is found throughout Rice's work yet she refuses to give in to Sartre's nihilism. There must be some purpose, some trajectory and above all, some hope. In Prince Lestat, we revisit the outlandish actions of an unwilling hero. Lestat recklessly serves his own will which is driven by mid-enlightenment and pre-revolutionary French aristocratic ideals. His actions awaken Rice's cast of characters to deal with Sartre's trap. Their room may be the world, their surroundings tailored to their comfort yet try as they may they cannot escape each other or the common source of life that at once mystifies, terrorizes and binds them.

A crisis has occurred that threatens to destroy them. Their estate is a mirror of enigmatic life force, Amel, trapped in a mindless body and trying to break out and forge a destiny and identity for itself. This Amel's life has been characterized by disorientation and confusion as it interacts and enters into a world that for him is meaningless and absurd. And now Amel is trapped in Sartre's eternal hell, alone, unable to become by acting. His only connection to the outside is tangential to the lives of the beings that depend upon its existence.

The true horror here is not the blood, burnings and destruction but the abject hopelessness and sense of uncertain meaning that pervades the existence of Amel and Rice's vampires. In shuffling off their mortal coil, they too have lost much of the human experience which, in turn is tangential and elusive. Out of this mire Rice raises a hero whose capacity to overcome lay not merely in his substantial power but in the force of his mind and will which is driven by the dreams and ideals of the dawn of modernity. Yet there is a problem. Lestat is a rugged individualist who, unable to break out, has turned inwards. Can a modern man rise above circumstances far greater than he knows? Will he achieve victory as a Nietzsche übermensch or find a better way?

Underlying the existential trap is the problem of immortality itself. While many of the modern vampires in Rice's world have chosen this Faustian bargain, those like Lestat and many of the elders did not. Lestat describes his "making" as a rape. In addition to the root crisis involving Amel and the most ancient of these creatures, Rice has created a new type of vampire. This new vampire seeks immortality for either virtue or vice. There is a generational conflict paralleling the hyperbolic changes in human society, philosophy and science. It brings both promise and chaos and raises another important theme in Rice's work: the ethics of a finite immortal creature.

The Czech playwright Karel Čapek (1890-1938) explored the tragedy of immortality in his 1922 Věc Makropulos (The Makropulos Affair) which was later made into an opera by Leos Janáček. This is a tragedy of a teenage girl whose father was a Greek physician commissioned to create an elixir that would give immortality to whoever drinks it. The problem was that it was dangerous and the dose had to be repeated in 300 years. Makropulos' daughter was healthy enough to survive the treatment and was left as a lone immortal, banished and forced to make her way from the 16th Century world of her birth into the turn of the 20th century.

While a summary of Čapek's play is beyond the scope of this review, the heroine faces the same dilemma as Rice's immortals. They range from the practical challenge constantly having to move on, change identity, preserve wealth and live undetected as the world is becoming more sophisticated and hiding becomes harder. She is of unprecedented beauty and drives men mad. Three hundred years of singing opera has allowed her to become the greatest singer of all time - a giant with almost superhuman capacity. She loved once and offered her father's potion her mate but it killed him.

Ms Marty, as she known in the play, is discovered and reports that although she lives on her soul died long ago. She has had offspring, many lovers and fantastic lives. Loss, through death and estrangement is inescapable for her. She is cold, cynical and dead inside. She is now physically dying and needs the formula which is unknowingly tied up in a 100 year old estate legal case. As she rapidly approaches death, desperate to regain her father's formula for eternal life, the sheer ugliness and horror of her living death unfolds. She embraces death and offers the formula to her adoring understudy who promptly burns it.

Immortality has the same attractions and problems for Rice's characters. We are introduced to a host of brilliant and virtuous people who wish to use their immortality to gain knowledge and improve the lot of the undead. Yet they must live with continual loss of the humans in their lives and the madness that often accompanies their association. There seems to be a basic incompatibility between vampires and human that transcends the former having to hunt and prey on the latter. What is their place in the order of creation? What is the role of the immortal among the mortal? While immortality offers much whatever joys it brings are highly dependent upon mortal activity in art, music, science, technology and luxury. Mortality dives growth, change and creativity while immortality stagnation. At the same time human development threatens the very existence of the vampiric world as technology makes potential their discovery and undoing.

Thus with the opening of Price Lestat we have all these forces and issues coming to the fore. Rice crafts a tapestry with each chapter focusing on the experience and reflections of her different characters from the past and some new. This trajectory is no less than the sweep of 6000 years of human history, meticulously researched and woven together. As many a fine novelist before her, Rice patiently interlaces these individual trajectories in the setting of how the crisis is affecting creatures whose age varies from a few years to the dawn of civilization.

In Price Lestat vampiric history is being driven towards a common τελιος (telios - end result). It is relentless and inescapable. The characters and our hero do not create the events but are swept up in them. In order to bring the full force and import forward Rice must painstakingly draw each line. Some have found this tedious but such is the art that brings a meaning to the work above that of a simple horror novel. Nothing less than the meaning of existence and life itself is in play.

To those who have been critical of Rice's efforts in this regard I will remind them that the great novelists of the 19th century and early 20th century commonly used this technique. Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov comes to mind. It is the lengthy character, plot and philosophical development that make this a masterpiece and not a simple family murder mystery. "If there is no God then all things are permissible."

Some have critiqued Rice for retelling the stories from her previous novels. Again, these are the trajectories that create the tension and finally the climax. In Wagner's finale of Der Ring des Nibelungen, Götterdämmerung, much of the opera is spent singing the tales of what has happened before. The weavers of fate, the Norns, sing the story for us and we know the tragic end. The hero Siegfried spends much time recounting his life before he is murdered by Alberich's son Hagen. We hear Alberich's voice echo in Hagen's head ("Hagen mein sohn") liken to Amel's voice haunting the vampires and convinces them to murder.

The telling and retelling of stories and common history is one means by which people groups have formed and maintained their identity. So it is with the efforts of the "new Vampires" to forge an identity around these events and tales. This is the basis of the third great theme of the book: the formation of distinct and unified people out of a heretofore heterogeneous individuals.

The tensions in such works under-gird seemingly simple plots and transform them into works of great depth. Otherwise you are left with empty violence and death.

Many modern authors have chosen the nihilistic path. Martin Amis comes to mind. Common in recent lauded novels are the senselessness and meaningless of life. Violence and tragedy become void of context and there is no resolution, no redemption for the human characters. Their experience leaves them empty and the stories often lack moral virtue and a sense of direction and purpose. Such works are a sad commentary on the lack of hope in the human experience. Indeed, they are more dehumanizing than Rice's vampires.

Ms Rice will have none of this. She is a secular humanist who has tremendous faith in mankind to overcome his failures and morbid estate. She is uncompromisingly optimistic and places her hope for her creatures in the vestiges of their humanity and will to transcend the muck and mire. Will the hero, Lestat, wild, reckless and unpredictable, rise to the occasion? The vampiric Valhalla is doomed to burn and fall along with its old gods. Is this the end or a new beginning?

The redemption of the vampiric world is in its discovery of its place in creation. It is not a true-redemption, impossible in the Christian sense, but redemption through the rejection of nihilism and Sartre's "No Exit." It is a redemption based in the hope of a better humanity. The vampiric world will have to learn to live in harmony with itself and with the world around it. This includes humanity which it must be symbiotic as well as strange new creatures, who are themselves emerging and finding their way and place. In this way, Rice's vampires serve as a muse for mankind.

As the Rheingold is returned to the Rhein maidens the leitmotif from the opening of Wagner's cycle signals a new beginning and restoration of order, Prince Lestat ends where the chronicles begin - the leitmotif of Louis de Pointe du Lac. Where the future leads is right now left to the reader's imagination. Perhaps there will be a new set of Chronicles where the challenges, victories and failures will be played out. Will there ever be a final exit for these creatures other than self-destruction? We shall see.
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The Brat is back! 12. Dezember 2014
Von Georgie Pendragon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The new release into the literary world of the visually striking 'The Prince Lestat' by the inimitable Anne Rice is no disappointment from the black and red velvety smooth cover to the soul satiating end page. Not long ago in New York City onstage with her career-long editor (and author) Victoria Wilson, Anne Rice in mentioning the impact that her entire series 'The Vampire Chronicles' had on her die-hard audience,( a well won fanbase spanning generations) she reported hearing time and again, that The Vampire Lestat although 'fictional' had become the only true friend of many neglected souls during the formative high school years especially. That he was absorbed by the downright shunned or abused students of either gender (or those of both sexes). That they, the down-trodden had adopted him as their inner voice and saviour.Their strength and means of survival on a daily basis in a deftly unforgiving terrain. I recognized this type of ardent fan immediately in myself, and have been lucky enough to recently have had my original copy of Interview with the Vampire paperback signed. I loved being able to tote it to a signing, just to prove I had survived such days of mine by its candor, and the fragility of the book in its hearty binding had stood the test of time with me.

With the return of Lestat, with the very new set of challenges heaved upon his plate, we realize that those that never really left can't return, they can only be re-ignited, coaxed, and okay, sometimes bludgeoned into showing themselves again. He has come to the fore and breached the seeking light shone from within the book and from without, all us fans, fictional immortals and outer-worldly frail creatures alike have encountered the monumental glee only such a 'return' could garner.And once you 'lay eyes on him' in words and in your mind, it's yesterday, it's then and that blah today you were having was just infused by Lestat's familiar espresso-like plasma. That velvet clad jolt is back and not one moment too soon.

There are many new characters ladled into the brew. Mortal, immortal, physical and not. The surprises some of them bring to the table will challenge the Lestat 'purist' and that's a good thing. He would be amused watching them struggle. Lestat has matured, warmly, and it is as pleasant a thing as anyone could have imagined. Never out of character, only stronger, the melodic humour and vivaciousness ringing familiar bells in one's ears with every word. I had immediate love for everyone new, and those refreshed and those remembered and given their tales voice aloud.

I did find David Talbot a little harsh in reprimanding the Brat Prince, but then again, maybe I always did. *Here insert wry smile* Buy this book for the old-time fans, the new ones and for anyone you know who loves to read. Yourself included. All hail, The Prince Lestat. All hail the reigning Queen of the Page, Lady Anne Rice. We thank you, unreservedly.
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This book made me want to cry blood red tears..out of agony!!! 16. Januar 2015
Von Mike - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Please Anne Rice..stop...just stop!!! And while I know many others have probably used this before but someone needs to put a stake through the heart of this series. I loved the first three of her Chronicles and loved "The Queen of the Damned." which had the biggest "Big Bad " in modern "horror." (Akasha didn't want to wear designer clothes and stare at flocked wall paper, she wanted to kill anyone who stood in her way and rule the world, now THAT'S a vamp I can get into...) and a huge cast and huge history and it was an effective finale. The series effectively ended there..the vamps agreed to only hunt evil doers, and were forbidden to create new ones and that was that. But no Rice had to continue on with a boring body thief story and then Lestat goes to heaven..or hell or both I blocked it out of my mind. By "Blackwood Farms," Lestat and others had become like Superman and Wonder Woman, flying everywhere in minutes, having heat vision and battling humanoids on islands...(but "lovely," humanoids mind you..even Rice's humanoids like a good art gallery opening.) In essence Lestat and company became cartoons.

This book kind of sort of sidesteps all of the books following including (and this is the book's only saving grace) the Mayfair witches books...(there are enough people madly in love with Lestat...Rice didn't need Rowan.) and this is more of a follow up to "Queen of the Damned." That was the hook for me..but no...Lestat can still fly places in minutes...(it reminds me of soap operas, where small midwestern towns would have International airports flying characters to island nations in minutes...) and are invulnerable and have heat vision and super strength..all that is missing are capes and tights..everyone who meets him is in love with him, and worst of all, the vampires just greet each other from chapter to chapter declaring their love and fall into each other's arms and cry, and cry, and cry. And apparently put flocked wallpaper up, wear designer ..."bespoke," clothes (she spends more time on what the characters are wearing, then on a plot) and have unlimited financial resources..which reminds me, the next time you meet someone wearing designer clothes and having flocked wallpaper run..they most definitely are vamps..but most likely they will cry and admire a beautiful painting and they lovingly caress you with the "dark gift," which in this books sound more like a boring date with an overemotional metrosexual. All the vamps are gay or bisexual or omnisexual..but they can't have sex.

The books is frozen in time in the late 80s and early 90s even though it is supposed to take place now. This is very apparent when Rice compares Lestat to Jon Bon Jovi.. (I always new I hated Lestat...) so imagine Lestat wearing bad 80s hair singing..."Living on a Prayer," in tight leather pants..and yea, he isnt very scary is he? Instead of a plot she name drops her previous books and recaps them all.

By the end I just wanted the Voice (the new villain who is not interesting and whose identity can be guessed very early on) to incinerate every last one of the weeping, designer wearing, vampires and end the book. Rice misses every opportunity to look at the moral implications of what the vamps do..how these wonderful, sensitive articulate (every character sound alike in this book..) people rip the throats out of others (not to mention how they clean the blood out of those designer clothes.) This is tossed off as just "evil doers," being killed, so I think in the next books they should just drop Lestat and crew into the mid east to munch on terrorists (and admire the beauty of the youths "caramel skin," and sensitive eyes. ) and others can hunt serial killers and we will all live in peace...walking around in our bespoke suits and living in stately mansions and attending the symphony and crying as we greet each other.
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