Search Results: "Anne Rice"


BOOK REVIEW

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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Released: March 4, 2008

"Rice's Christ is both convincing and compelling. Another winner."
Rice continues the story of Jesus, which she began with 2005's stunning Out of Egypt. Read full book review >

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THE WITCHING HOUR by Anne Rice
Released: Nov. 14, 1990

"A writing mishmash, but a strong story stamps itself onto the brain."
First behemoth installment (800+ pp.) in a new occult romance by Rice—now moving back into the bougainvillea and the New Orleans Garden District for her steamy new world of southern witchcraft. Read full book review >

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BLACKWOOD FARM by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 2002

"With a little nip in the night, Anne's fangs offer us the Dark Gift."
The Vampire Chronicles Annual Rice Report on vampirism in Louisiana (Blood and Gold, 2001, etc.) finds Queen Anne's tiara firmly in place for a sweeping plot. 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 >

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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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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 >

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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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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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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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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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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 >