Search Results: "Anne Rice"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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THE VAMPIRE ARMAND by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 1998

"Rice at her ripest, with research easily absorbed by the voluptuous text, though she fawns over her weaker, or more sentimental, moments."
Here continue the stories of Armand, first met in Interview with the Vampire (1976), and Marius, encountered in the ancient Rome of Pandora and still alive in New Orleans, where he tends the comatose body of top vampire Lestat, who's returned from Heaven and Hell with Veronica's Veil (Memnoch the Devil, 1995). 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 >

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PANDORA by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 19, 1998

"This is Rice in top romantic form, despite a slippery page here and there."
First sheaf in a new series by Rice, picking up where The Tale of the Body Thief (1992) left off and telling of 2,000-year-old Pandora, who is seduced in Paris by newly-fanged David Talbot, an elderly scholar, into writing her memoirs. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN OF THE DAMNED by Anne Rice
Released: Oct. 31, 1988

"There are a few winning new characters, and early on, some good scenes, but these are more than offset by Maharet's long tale (told in a tone of mock-solemnity, dragging thinly on and on), the silliness of Akasha's plan, the sophomoric debate that goes with it, and her deus-ex-machina defeat."
The sensual atmospheres and wonderfully human monsters that made Interview With a Vampire and The Vampire Lestat so delightful can be found here, but only briefly: the third book in Rice's Vampire Chronicles is thin, unconvincing, and a grave disappointment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANGEL TIME by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2009

"Angelically inspiring. Devilishly clever."
Time travel, ultraviolence and medieval madness—divine intervention rendered fantastically by Rice (Called Out of Darkness, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE WOLVES OF MIDWINTER by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Fans will welcome Rice's return to the realm of eccentric immortal predators."
Second in Rice's series (The Wolf Gift, 2012) featuring a cultured pack of do-gooder werewolves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MUMMY or Ramses the Damned by Anne Rice
Released: June 1, 1989

"Meanwhile, more adventures of Ramses are planned."
Here, Rice varies the seasoning for her famous dish: the damnation of immortality. Read full book review >

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PRINCE LESTAT AND THE REALMS OF ATLANTIS by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Rice's latest excursion into otherly realms may leave some readers feeling overstuffed—but others, to be sure, will be hungry for more."
Having perhaps bled all the possibilities out of earthly children of the night, Rice (Prince Lestat, 2014, etc.) takes a bite out of two big bodies of myth. 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 >