Search Results: "Anne Rice"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 25, 1996

"The result is essential for aficionados and basic homework for any critic."
An extended interview with the author of Interview with the Vampire (1976), etc., conducted by an old friend who wishes to display ``how much fun she is to talk to, how interesting and thoughtful, how candid, how honest and even brave.'' Though autobiography is touched on—Rice's Catholic girlhood, her rebellious early marriage to an atheistic poet, her daughter's death from leukemia, the disaffected return from San Francisco to funky New Orleans, her kind of town—the emphasis of these near- monologues is on Rice's fluctuating inner state and her emotional involvement with her work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RICE by Su Tong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"Balzac and Zola would have recognized a kindred spirit in Su Tong, whose extraordinary pictures of the extremes to which human beings drive one another and themselves seem scarcely inferior to their own."
This riveting melodrama is the first full-length novel in English from the young Chinese author of the brilliant novella Raise the Red Lantern (1993). Read full book review >

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THE WOLF GIFT by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Despite some of the creakiness of the machinery, Rice finds new permutations in an old tale."
The "gift" of the title refers to a werewolf who acts more like Batman than like a bestial agent of disorder, for he goes about rescuing damsels (and guys) in distress and in the process killing the bad guys. Read full book review >

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CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS by Anne Rice
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Rice's rather banal prose doesn't do justice to the anguished content, but her story is honest and moving nonetheless."
In her first work of nonfiction, Rice (Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, 2008, etc.) tells the story of her departure from, and return to, her Creator. Read full book review >

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CHRIST THE LORD by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2005

"Joins Nikos Kazantzakis's The Last Temptation of Christ and Shusaku Endo's A Life of Jesus as one of the bolder re-tellings."
A riveting, reverent imagining of the hidden years of the child Jesus. Read full book review >

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BLOOD CANTICLE by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 2003

"Though one wishes to give the recently widowed author a free ride, Blood Canticle is as gaily slipshod, gushy, and first-draftish as Merrick."
Rice in short form after the lengthy Blackwood Farm (2002), this time featuring characters shuffled together from the Vampire Lestat series and the Mayfair Witches series. Read full book review >

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MEMNOCH THE DEVIL by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 1995

"Not Christ and the Grand Inquisitor, but a vastly daring change of pace for the atheist Lestat, a tormented Ivan Karamazov tied into spiritual knots and left disbelieving his own senses."
The fifth volume in the Vampire Lestat chronicles (The Tale of the Body Thief, etc.) finds Lestat pitted against the greatest adversaries of his bloody life: God and the Devil. Read full book review >

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PRINCE LESTAT by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Rice fans probably need not fear a drought of her thirst-quenching tales, then. As for this one, it's trademark Rice: talky, inconsequential, but good old-fashioned fanged fun."
Armand, Seth, Akasha and, of course, Lestat de Lioncourt are back with a vengeance—and, natch, they're looking to put the bite on someone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MERRICK by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 19, 2000

"Rice has recovered from some gaily slipshod work, but this feels first-draftish, as if e-mailed straight to the printer without a second thought, while the arch dialogue already feels a hundred years old."
The Queen of the Vampires offers one of the more wobbly works in the Vampire Chronicles. Read full book review >

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TALTOS by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Still, this third (of a promised two, for those keeping count) Mayfair Witches novel clocks in at a 'trim' 480 pages, which qualifies this as minute-Rice, certain to be hungrily devoured by her legions of fans."
Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches are back (after Lasher, 1993), this time to help a lovelorn mystical being overcome a curse. Read full book review >

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LASHER by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Too much Rice-A-Roni, but addicts will lick the pot."
The sequel and conclusion to Rice's The Witching Hour (1990) shows Rice both at her best and at her hackiest. Read full book review >

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CRY TO HEAVEN by Anne Rice
Released: Sept. 14, 1982

"Rice has convincingly reconstructed performance and training highlights in this era of ornamental vocalization; and the dialogue, assassin-filled plot, and erotica moments all oom-pah away to a splendidly flowery operatic tempo—con amore, con brio, con carnage."
More period exotica by the author of such languorous entertainments as Interview with a Vampire and The Feast of All Saints: this time Rice explores the musical demiworld of the 18th-century castrati—those flute-voiced, angelic singers who as boys were "mutilated to make a choir of seraphim, their song a cry to heaven that heaven did not hear." Read full book review >