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Lestat The vampire hero of Anne Rice's enthralling new novel is a creature of the darkest and richest imagination Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre revolutionary France now a rock star in the demonic shimmering 1980s he rushes through the centuries in search of others like him seeking answers to the mystery of his eternal terrifying existence His is a mesmerizing story passionate complex and thrilling


10 thoughts on “The Vampire Lestat

  1. says:

    This is one of those books that defined me I don't mean that I turned goth or vampire or whatever No it started me thinkingI was born and raised in the South I didn't read anything else other than fantasy novels like Dragonlance I joined the Marines in 89 and while watching a movie about a teenage vampire it was mentioned that Dracula is 'good literature' I went to the base library to check out Dracula and beside it on the shelf was this book I took this one insteadThe book was great I loved it The book engendered a uestion within me that never found any sunlight growing up a protestant in the Deep South That ueston can something evil love? The values of the Southern protestant is one of black and white and there is no mixing no grey no overlap By witnessing the drama of Lestat's journey this manifestation of the Shadow declaring it's evil and it's good I uestioned this myself It is a slippery slope to uestion everything With no reading history or even exposure to any philosophy Arkansas public school after all I now asked uestions about ethics the nature of God what is beauty morality and I had become a philosopher though not a good oneNow 17 years later I've been around the world many times am nearing the completion of two degrees psychology and philosophy and am a much different much broader much deepened soul The uestions I've asked the roads I've taken the experiences I've had are all a result of my search for my own truth A lot of that was set afire because of reading this book I know that many bemoan Anne's move from the supernatural and to Christian writings It's her life and I respect that Yet I am reminded of something Jung said we do not become enlighted by imagining beings of light but by making the darkness visible I'm paraphrasing Lestat might not be a being of light that's another topic but his darkness is illuminatingThis is one of my favorite books ever


  2. says:

    Dear Anne RiceNOT WORTHYSigned All Fictional Vampires Who Are Not LestatThis was a re read for me but in all honesty I don't think I was ready for this book the first time I read it Or at least I didn't appreciate it for the sheer masterpiece of storytelling that it is and it's not just the mood and the world and the mythology and the fast moving plot than anything it's the characters Lestat of course Rice's 'brat prince' arrogant and compassionate and impossible all at the same time he'd be enough to carry any book imo but the secondary characters are just as layered and bewitching probably because we see them through Lestat's eyes Nicki and his endless internal darkness; Armand who manages to be both tragic and terrifying; Gabrielle who seems like a force of nature; and even Louis the whiny unreliable narrator from Interview comes off as beautiful and mysterious the star crossed love of Lestat's afterlife I swooned through the last chapterI didn't care for the places Rice took this series after ueen of the Damned but for me Lestat continues to define the vampire as anti hero genre No other blood sucker comes close


  3. says:

    The Vampire Lestat is the second book in The Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice I adored the first book Interview With A Vampire which was told in Louis' perspective a vampire that Lestat made who clung desperately to his humanity The Vampire Lestat is Lestat's story told in his perspective Although I viewed Lestat as somewhat of a villian in the first book the reader gets a glimpse of Lestat when he was human and first made vampire His story is long and tours the globe even with a history lesson of vampire history The present day setting of the book is in the 1980's and I loved Lestat's view on the 20th century along with his view on humanity good versus evil life and death and his fellow vampires I was pleasantly surprised to see this side of Lestat Anne Rice's writing remains beautiful lyrical and generous with detail I plan to continue the seriesMy favorite uote “None of us really changes over time We only become fully what we are” Anne Rice The Vampire Lestat The Vampire Chronicles #2


  4. says:

    Oh how I love Anne RiceI actually started reading these books after I read Twilight Yes surprisingly I went back to vampire fiction after that Meyer is a good writer but once you've met Anne's Vampires you're never going back Anyhow this book was great It still has the good kind of vampires the ones that sleep in coffins drink human blood and burn in the sunlight This second book in the series wasn't disappointing although I feared it might be after reading the amazing 'Interview With The Vampire' It was also uite interesting since I read this book after I'd seen the movie 'ueen of the Damned' which is based on this book and the next book The violin Turns out it didn't belong to a girl at all but to Nicki a boy Damn you untruthful modern cinema The characters in this book were brilliant the story line was good and the ending was awesome I can't wait to read 'The ueen of the Damned' I own all of the books in this series and it's about time that I finish them all Warning Addicting series


  5. says:

    Interview With the Vampire is a tough book to beat That being said I think I actually enjoyed this book than Interview And that’s saying a lot Rice has such a beautifully poetic way of writing it’s just so rich and you can’t help but be hypnotized by the story I think Lestat is probably my favourite fictional vampire to date there’s just something special about him as a character and I adore it For me this book was utterly flawless I loved every single word of it


  6. says:

    The year is 1984 and Lestat is the famous lead singer of the group The Vampire Lestat He stumbles upon a simple little book Interview with the Vampire starring Louis his ersatz lover of sorts because vampires don't exactly have lovers the same way humans do So Lestat sets the record straight and tells the tale of his life as a vampireWhen people say this is better than Interview with the Vampire they are not kidding This book is light years better than Interview I almost wish this book never ended it was so good I already have book 3 lined up to read and normally I would give myself a break just so I didn't burn outWhat makes The Vampire Lestat so good? Just about everything from characters to setting to writing to mythos About the only thing I can critiue is that at one point not long after Gabrielle is turned and we meet Armand the story kinda stalls and gets a bit dull Oh and when Marius is telling his story I kinda got confused and thought we went back to Lestat's POV But honestly those are nitpicks I enjoyed myself thoroughly with this bookLestat is a WAY better protagonist than Louis He's not so whiny so pathetic so useless He's a master of his own life sure he contemplates whether he is evil and tends to choose victims who are evil those women Louis says Lestat seduces? They are prostitutes that cheat sailors and probably kill them He is a passionate being he cares enormously for Nikola and Louis some of the sweetest interactions in the book and his mother though his love for her gets a bit creepy in the I don't think we should be kissing our MOM this way He is a curious being he searches all over the Mediterranean for Marius and the source of answers He is a powerful being his powers attract the attention of Armand and Marius and when others can't stand being a vampire he is able to press onThe rest of the cast is beautifully done as well Gabrielle Nikola Marius Armand and even Louis all get dimension They are real people with real desires Gabrielle to be set loose to live alone Nikola to balance his wicked pursuit of the theater with his religious beliefs And so on And so forthThe story was engaging and exciting I was enthralled with the depths of the mythos a perfect balance of complex and yet simple not a list of rules sloppily tacked together when the author needs to add a new challenge to her characters but actual rules that make sense in the world and seem to originate naturally from the circumstances And the addition of Akasha and her brother I can't tell you how deliciously creeped out I was I loved itAt this point I'm just gushing Honestly I really loved this book and am SO GLAD I didn't give up on this series If you like your vampires wicked and blood thirsty you definitely need to check out this series


  7. says:

    A very original take on the vampire tale complete with a sweeping history and rich locales This was Rice at the top of her game


  8. says:

    It is my suggestion that if you want to sample Anne Rice and have never read any of her other works this may be the book you want to read instead of her most famous novel Interview with a Vampire let me explainThe Vampire Lestat is uite a different novel from the first in the series because we are dealing with an entirely different vampire than the depressed and vulnerable Louis from Rice's first book Don't get me wrong Lestat was the antagonist in Interview but towards the end of the novel you start to think maybe that's not the case That single thought pushed me to read his story to find out why Lestat was the way he wasI LOVED learning about where Lestat came from and also finding out about ALL of the ancient vampires all the way back to the very FIRST vampire In Lestat's story the reader goes throughout the centuries as he meets other vampire's who tell their tales This book feels like a world tour that goes back to Ancient Egyptian times to classical Rome to pagan Europe to the times of the French Revolution to an old decaying slightly creepy I might add Parisian cemetery and back up to the present time It was FUN to follow Lestats journey to find the truththe same truth that Louis was always searching for but never found The entire story is fascinating and spans centuries as Lestat grows from a fledgling vampire into the emotional lonely angry and finally carefree vampire he is upon setting foot on a San Francisco stage to perform his first rock concert in front of 15000 screaming fans Yes Lestat is a Rock star in the 1980's in this book My first thought to that was Whatever But then it made senseLestat now gets a chance to tell his OWN story and it makes us the reader realize that he has suffered even than Louis and shows that he is not a villain; he is the tragic hero of sorts He is actually far aware than Louis something else that Louis doesn't see either He is a gentle innocent thoughtful young man who has suffered so much in his life and then he is forced into becoming one of the living dead who now must kill to survive It is explained to us why Lestat is the way he is and why he does the things he does which is truly interestingWhen you read Interview with a Vampire you don't know then that Lestat is misunderstood by Louis and therefore misunderstood by the reader whom is seeing the story through Louis' eyes The glimpses of Lestat we have in Interview with the Vampire of his relationship with his father of the way he acts of his charm that Louis finds both attractive and repulsive of his love of bright artificial light and his desire to live luxuriously of his friendship with a young musician of his doting upon Claudia and showering her with gifts of his fear to lose Louis of him emotionally distraught and pleading with Louis to come back to him in Paris which I didn't understand at the time and finally of the frail broken and pitiful shadow of a man he has become by the end of Louis's story where Louis finds him again in New Orleans All of these things are hints at the depth and complexity of the character of Lestat In The Vampire Lestat you will finally see the entire picture and see the masterpiece of a character that Lestat is The depth and the multi dimensionality and the humanity of Lestat If you liked Louis before you will still like him But you will like Lestat even because you will see how completely misunderstood he is and learn the story of the pain and sorrow he kept hidden in his heart hidden underneath that charming facade that Louis encountered on his plantation in 1791 You will start to understand HOW Lestat could act the way he did towards Louis and Claudia which was the answer to the uestions I was seeking in this book so I closed the covers of this book satisfied


  9. says:

    I was raised by an unapologetic bookworm with rather eclectic tastes and whether its nature or nurture I eventually turned into one of those myself During my formative years if I dared to say I was bored to my mother she would simply throw a book at me and say “Read You won’t be bored any” It was very good advice that I keep to this day you will never catch me without a book in my purse But the thing about my mother is that most of her library was not childrenteenager appropriate and she does not believe in censorship so I read an awful lot of very adult books very young I think that I picked up my first Anne Rice when I was about nine years oldI have read many vampires stories since – some really good and some really bad – and Lestat remains to this day my all time favorite vampireGranted there was a lot of stuff I missed when I read “The Vampire Lestat” the first time because well I was nine But rereading it as an adult made me appreciate it so much First off the amount of historical research that went into creating this book is staggering Say what you will about Anne Rice as a person she sounds rather insufferable but the woman does her homework and weaves an amazing complex and intricate story that bounces through the Âge des Lumières France Roman Empire Egypt colonial era New Orelans and modern day California I am a sucker for history so when a historical setting is as vivid as Ms Rice makes them I find myself utterly fascinatedOf course the character of Lestat is what truly makes this book wonderful he’s a brat with an greedy curiosity and a devil may care attitude that he takes a bit too literally “If I was a damned thing then let the son of a bitch come for me” This was my first encounter with a villain who is not really a villain because he’s a bad person and it might just be where my weakness for bad guys comes from The things about Lestat is that while he can be an absolute monster he’s also a tortured being who wrestles with a strangely twisted conscience strong feelings and an insatiable need to be loved When you read “Interview with the Vampire” he seems like a selfish pompous jerk; but his background so wonderfully detailed in “Vampire Lestat” shows him for what he used to be as a mortal and how the sorrows of his younger days are still a burden he carries within him and tries his best to camouflage by acting like a rock star – ages before such a thing even existed He is a complex herovillain who throws it all in your face with charm and panache – and that is just irresistibleI am glad to see I am not the only one who like this book better than “Interview” Louis is super whiny and kind of a drama ueen as where Lestat just rocks The supporting characters are really well fleshed out the relationship with his mother Gabrielle is wonderful if somewhat disturbing The introduction of Marius who is my second favorite of the Rice vampires is also a huge plus His story is fascinating and his voice is just as delightful as Lestat’s albeit less bratty And of course he tells us the massively awesome story of “Those Who Must Be Kept” This sort of elaborate mythology that blends history with supernatural elements never ceases to fascinate me and it is beautifully toldI find that the writing also as a sensuality for lack of a better word – I don’t think it’s erotic but it’s definitely lush with feels that “Interview” lacked There is darkness but also a humour and poetry to the language that makes it very uniue and sumptuous The philosophical musings about immortality religion love and art were a bit nebulous to me when I was young; it made the re read very fresh because I understood the motivations and struggles of the characters a lot adding a new depth to the storyTo me Anne Rice remains a guilty pleasure kind of read but if you have never read any of her books before I’d recommend “Vampire Lestat” as a good place to start


  10. says:

    35The second installment of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles switches perspective The story is now being narrated by the one and only Lestat de Lioncourt He is outraged by Louis’ tale and feels the need to defend himself He decides to write a book detailing his long life as a vampireLestat runs away with his lover when he is a young man The two men run away to France where they drink wine and cry over the beauty of music and art They’re of course madly in love and enjoy nothing than the company of one another One night Lestat is kidnapped and turned into a vampire by Magnus However Magnus does not stick around to show him the ways of the world Instead Magnus kills himself with help from Lestat and leaves Lestat a fortune Lestat not wanting to upset his loved ones decides to flee and leave them completely But he uses his new found wealth to shower them with gifts from afar Later on down the line Lestat’s beloved mother Gabrielle comes to him in Paris tells him that she is dying He decides to give her the dark gift so that they can spend all of eternity together He has what I would call an unnatural attachment to his mother Norman Bates anyone? At one point I was wondering if the two were going to have sex and I’m still not wholly convinced that they didn’t I’m not sure how becoming a vampire affects your relation but I’m pretty sure she is still his mother and it’s weird After Armand meets Lestat he shows him how they were made He tells him the tale of Those Who Must Be Kept These are the two alpha dogs; the two original vampires While they do not need to be approached they do need to be respected and protected Armand tells Lestat to leave them alone while he runs out on an errand and Lestat of course does notHere’s the thing Lestat is a shithead He is so self absorbed he can’t be bothered with thoughts of how his actions may impact others He’s like a teenage girl He’s emotional uick to anger and feels entitled to everything He thinks he is above everyone he encounters He views himself as untouchable He has all the arrogance of new money Listening to Lestat explain his side of the story about what transpired between Louis and him was uite comical I don’t believe his side of the story at all Lestat is likely to try to convince you of his innocence while scoffing in his head at how pathetically gullible you are Whereas Louis I do believe He was a whiny little bitch but he would have no reason to lie Listening to how the vampires were made and meeting great characters like Armand and Marius was fantastic Even though Lestat is a repulsive character his tales are much intriguing than Louis’ ever was This one leaves you with uite the cliffhanger ending and I was glad I didn’t have to wait to begin the next Once again Simon Vance narrates and absolutely rocks the audio version