am 11. Juli 1998
I saw the movie first, two days later I bought the book, a week later I bought the other three Vampire Chronicles. The Vampire Lestat is now my all time favorite book. It has been on the shelf for three years now, it may be time to read it again. What a beautiful enticing masterpiece. What a character! When I saw Lestat on the big screen (my compliments to Tom Cruise, he doesn't excite me at all in other movies, but in this movie he played a very convincing Lestat) I knew I wanted more. First IWTV, main character poor suffering Louis. Then the others, all featuring Lestat. I've never been in love with a fictional character before, but Lestat certainly caught my fancy. Delicious how he plays with the other characters, how we get to know his arrogance, sexuality, sensuality, intelligence and beauty. The best part is that he thrills men and women alike. My compliments to Anne Rice, for creating such a bi-sensual novel, I've read a lot of books, but never have I encountered a book that so fits my needs, grasping me, making me wish to be part of that world (though certainly not a vampire, rather a part of the talamasca)! Please more, feed my brains, this is the best of fantacy, horror, thriller, comedy, drama, and romance, all put into one genre, that of Anne Rice!
am 21. Oktober 2007
"Interview with a Vampire" war nett zu lesen und hat zum Kauf von "The Vampire Lestat" angeregt. Ich hatte erwartet, wieder ein Buch in der Hand zu halten welches nett zu lesen ist - von wegen, nicht nur nett sondern voellig genial! M. E. uebertrifft "The Vampire Lestat" das erste Buch der Serie bei weitem. Besonders fasziniert hat mich, wie Anne Rice es schafft, Lestat ploetzlich in ein ganz anderes Licht zu ruecken, sozusagen vom Anti-Held zum Held. Zum Inhalt ist eigentlich bereits alles gesagt worden sodass diesbezuegliche Ausfuehrungen ueberfluessig sind - ich kann nur wiederholen: besser als der Vorgaenger.
am 13. Juli 2000
There are certain problems with this book. I loved the first novel in this series, "Interview With The Vampire", but Rice made a mistake I think, in making this book a continuation of her previous one. I think it would have been a much, much better book if she had started clean. For example, a great deal of what one had to believe about Louis and Lestat in the first book had to be not only suspended, but actually reversed in this one for the story to make any sense. In "Interview" Lestat is portrayed as a childish, vengeful, sadistic man with no feeling or depth whatsoever. Here he is shown as the "vampire's vampire" -- a man of unusual depth (which unfortunately doesn't stop his constant immaturity from getting the better of him), and Louis is shown to be a weak, vacillating, pathrtic creature -- far removed from the tragic figure that he was in the first novel. The series sort of loses its integrity after this. Also, many of the characterisations are hard to believe . . . Lestat (pre-vampiric) and his friend get drunk and spend the night in some sort of existential angst moaning about philosophy. Trust me, this is NOT what drunk teenage males think of! The vampire is also nearly elevated to the status of a god, being able to fly and being virtually indestructable, but still beins concerned with the pettiest of human problems. Lestat simply seems to waste his immortality. The invulnerability of the characters makes all of the shenannigans that they go through seem rather pointless. Instead of using his dark gift to elevate himself and understand life, Lestat prefers to waste his time in childish pursuits that are curiously pointless. So why the four stars? Well, Rice IS an excellent writer. The book does captivate one and draws a person into the drama. She writes with a lushness that any romantic writer would envy. The story is great, but the near hero-worship of Lestat seems absurd, and the inconsistencies with the first novel really did take away from the book's value.
am 28. April 2000
This is a book that has it all; a gripping plot, deep drawn characters, and real emotions and so many mortal questions mingled all together so magically in the midst of this mesmerizing universe of vampires. It is a book that stays with you forever as you remember breathtaking scenes or unforgettable moments. When I first read it and discovered the trick that Anne Rice played in making the book a sort of a reply from Lestat to Louis and his book "Interview with the Vampire", I laughed out loud at the cleverness and imagination of this writer.... Or Did Lestat really write the book under her name and make fool of us all! In writing this book, Anne has done what seems impossible. She has thrown the whole light on Lestat making us see him truly and at the same time she has managed skillfully not to make Lestat here appears to be a different being from the one introduced in her first book. No, he is the same creature; only Louis failed to completely understand him. By the end of the book, I was under the spell of this Brat prince of the vampires but at the same time Louis will always remain my most loved character for all that mesmerizing mixture of humanity and sensitiveness which he alone seems to possess (I really wish that Anne would use them again as her main characters in another gripping book ) Their final scene together is my most cherished scene. It seems at times magical in the way she was able to write such a highly emotional scene, that though normal, its strength is quite abnormal. But abnormality is a feature of this book. It is supernatural and abnormal in every way that one can't go for a long time without reading it again then again. Yes, It is one of my dream books and one I dream of being able to write something that matches its high standards one day.
am 21. März 1999
One could make a very strong case against Anne Rice's "The Vampire Lestat." It's very flawed book: It's rather messy, much of the dialog is ridiculously flowery, and what's with All The Capitalization? Although this is not by far Rice's best book it is my personal favorite and has been for many years because cause of its incredibly brilliant and optimistic tone, it's absolute celebrations of life and youth and adventure, and it's enduring theme of the outsider who is damned by destiny forever struggling to make a life and identity and a purpose for himself in a world is not his own. This book is incredibly inspiring and I would even go as far as to say it is life-affirming.
One thing that many critics and the media in general don't understand about the work of Anne Rice is it's amazing optimism and humanism. She may write often dark novels, about characters who are tainted with evil, but never does she celebrate evil, I would go as far from her books to say that Anne Rice hates evil, this is clear in "The Queen of the Damned" if nowhere else. It's easy for people to look at a novel like "Lestat," written from the vampire's point-of-view and say that it is glamorizing an evil charactor. This is a simplification. I accept Lestat, I love his spirit, his relentlessness, his courage but I do not celebrate his nature. I hate evil. I hate death and injustice. And so does Lestat. Maybe that's the glamor. The glamor of good in evil. Evil in good. If you think about it, it's something all priviledged Westerners can relate to. Like Lestat we are stuck in an evil system that is responsible for death and suffering throughout the world. Technically speaking all Westerners, all the priviledged of the world, are damned. Yet not necessarily evil. We are all vampires. We have only to choose what kind of vampires we are going to be. Good vampires or evil vampires.
This to me is what "The Vampire Lestat" is about. The creation of meaning and goodness in an evil world.
am 1. September 1997
The vampire Lestat is back, and as dashing, gay, and carefree as ever!
If you were left wondering at the end of Interview with the Vampire the same things that Louis was, this book and it's conclusion, Queen of the Damned, will answer all your questions, the foremost being: Why and how?
Lestat lays bare the events that lead to him becoming a vampire and the adventures that follow, including how he came to be one of the first vampires in the New World, and just who was that intriguing Armand fellow from Interview?
He forms a rock group (this wasn't as cheesy as it sounds, his reasons were quite masterful) and through his songs, tells the world of the humans of the world of the vampires. His ulterior motive is to get other vampires from around the world together, as they invariably will at such an outright violation of their secrecy, and then--who knows what? Will they accept him? Kill him? Or maybe, and a pretty exciting prospect at that to Lestat, mankind will believe him and the existence of his kind and wage open war on the undead!
The night of the his big, debut rock concert comes, and the feeling he gets is that something big is going to happen. He couldn't have been more right. He also didn't expect THIS to happen. What happened? Read the book, my friend...and it's cliffhanger ending will leave you wanting to read the mind blowing, myth-shattering conclusion, Queen of the Damned.
Anne Rice to me communicates brilliantly in this novel! In many scenes I felt the subtle insanity that indoubtedly plagues vampires worse than sunlight. I don't know if this was intentional on Rice's part or not, but there was definitely a common thread of madness woven into this tale that seemed to jump out at me more than anything else; the madness of one unwillingly plunged into a world of physical immortality. I have never read an author that could get that across as effectively as she did. There was one scene where Lestat was "charmed" by Armand that she executed perfectly. When one is charmed or hypnotized, they do not know what is happening. Once they do, the spell is instantly broken. She did this scene so well that I didn't know what was happening! I felt myself drifting from reality into a sort of dreamy confusion, no longer in touch with what was real...until the spell was broken! I was literally spellbound by this! I still don't know how she did it, but she did. This was just one example of sheer mastery of the written word as communication of ideas.
Humor was well done; not too much as to make the novel a farce, but enough to give you a good laugh once in a while. (For example: the scene in the church when Lestat and Gabriel jumped out wailing in the middle of Mass! I was on the floor!)
This book is great!
am 7. Dezember 1999
In this sequel to "Interview with the Vampire," the reader learns all about Anne Rice's most complex character in The Vampire Chrnicles, Lestat. All those things that Louis wanted to know, but never learned are here in this book. Furthermore, Anne Rice turns "Interview's" already complex tale into the beginnings of a new vampire mythology.
First, we find out Lestat's origins. Forced into the dark gift by the maddened Vampire Magnus, Lestat must discover the secrets of vampirism on his own. We begin to understand Lestat's bitterness towards Loius's constant questioning of their history. Lestat finds it difficult leaving his friends and family, his very humanity behind, and we find that he was not always the playfully evil vampire he was in "Interview."
Over the course of the novel, the reader learns just how much Lestat does indeed know by the time the events of "Interview" take place. By then, he has become more powerful than "Interview" could have possibly let on. Lestat as a character becomes very complex, with a long history of intense pain, and shocking discovery. Others (not me particularly) will be happy to learn more about Armand in this book as well.
Overall, this was an excellent sequel because it fills the reader in on Lestat's past, and answers many of the questions "Interview" left you with. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Lestat's character in "Interview." Further, if you enjoyed the mythology of the vampires introduced in "Lestat," then by all means read the next installment "Queen of the Damned."
am 5. Mai 2000
This novel is probably the best of Anne Rice's work, and most certainly the jewel of the Vampire Chronicles.
With poetic grandeur, Rice takes on a journey through the unflinchingly realistic death and borgeois carelessness of 18th century Paris... We follow young Lestat on his journey from the son of a French noble to a popular stage actor. And it is done with an eloquent, patient style that has personified Anne Rice and her novels. Here, her wrtiting is in top form!
The book, although comnparitively long, is intenseley engrossing, and as we follow the life of the Vampire Lestat, we can't help but paint our own vampiric reality of this fictional biography in our own minds. Lestat is done in such a way that his author's voice (the book is an "auto-biography") is genuine and believable...not only that, it is hypnotic and beguiling.
We are shown the depravity of the wretched cult of vampires led by Armand underneath the "Les Innocents" cemetary...we follow Lestat and his companion (mother) Gabrielle on their journey through the VERY VIVID old world (Europe) of the 18th century.
Perhaps the most compelling character in the story is Marius, a 2,000 year old vampire who recounts the tale of his own "birth into darkness" to Lestat. We are shown awesome sights in Marius' biography within a biography.
It is a must-read for any vampire-fan, or fan of gothic literature. I will say this; the ending is a very artful cliff-hanger...you'll be compelled to read "The Queen of the Damned"...
am 13. Juni 1997
I have always been a huge fan of the hypnotic world of vampires. Ever since I saw the move version of "Interview With the Vampire", I have been a great admirer of Anne Rice's work. I first read "The Vampire Lestat" two years ago, and I have since read it twice more. I feel it is an extraordinary work of art that should be embraced by all fans of great horror novels.
The story is the exact opposite of that told in "Interview". This is Lestat's side of the story, the untold portion of what Louis described of his maker in the first novel. We learn who Lestat is, and what has made him the way that he is. We witness his unwilling birth as a vampire, and the insanity his "dark gift" brings upon his beloved friend, Nicolas. We see how he came to love Louis, and his child-vampire companion, Claudia. We watch him as he saves his own mother from her deathbed with his immortal kiss.
We feel his love, his joy, his sorrow, his pain. The reader almost begins to believe that Lestat is a real person and not just a fictional character. That is the magic Anne Rice weaves with her poetic words of what torture and extacy it is to be eternally damned.
Anyone who craves a good, dramatic, yet horrific, story should definitely read this book. Let yourselves be taken in by the dark, passionate world Anne Rice has created with her creatures of the night. And may you wake safely in the morning.
am 22. Mai 2000
This book is incredibly fascinating and full of dark suspense. Unlike many other Vampire books it is absolutely not shallow but captivating told from the perspective of Lestat, a young French aristocrat, who became a Vampire against his will in the second half of the 18th century.
Discovering his new overwhelming powers and skills he comes to know others of his kind - friends and foes (which have also a magnificent psychological depth) - and to make a lot of interesting experiences (among other things pain because of his Vampiric nature who brings death to all he loves).
Lestat shares with us his most intimate thoughts and feelings. We come to know him better and better with the time and sometimes we even identify ourselves with him, the dark Vampire prince.
In spite of the long descriptions this book is never boring and you also learn something about history while reading it.
Indeed, the story setting is fantastic and the different epoches are described so realistic that you may sometimes forget that this book is just fiction. The end is a little abrupt and makes the reader long for more.
I love this book and its characters and I have already read it many times. Although I have read numerous books of different genres I can honestly say that this one is one of the best I've ever read ! I can only recommend it to all who loves fastidious and history-related fiction literature.