The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice: Paris, Old Theatres, and Violins

So I just finished this book a few days ago (now onto The Queen of the Damned, the next book in the series), and I thought I'd do a review for you guys!

Also, I'd like to shout out to Emily U at A Falling Star, who did a book review post a couple days ago. I didn't get the idea of a book review from her - I'd had it in my mind to do a review of Lestat since I started reading it - but she did a book review post too, and it's super awesome! She reviewed two John Green books: Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines. You should go check out her post here! :)

WARNING: Contains some spoilers. Read on at your own risk.


Summary (using Amazon's 'cause they do it way better than I ever could tbh)

Lestat. The vampire hero of Anne Rice's enthralling novel is a creature of the darkest and richest imagination. Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now a rockstar 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.

Overall Feels 

DANG WAS THIS GOOD. The writing was super engaging and definitely had me turning and turning the pages. You definitely feel wonder when the characters feel wonder, torment when they feel torment, contentment when they feel contentment, etc. The book very skillfully ties itself to Interview with the Vampire, the preceding volume, and explains such things as Armand's tower and the Theatre of the Vampires. Plus, Lestat's voice is incredible. Let's just take a small example, the opening paragraph of the story:

"I am the vampire Lestat. I'm immortal. More or less. The light of the sun, the sustained heat of an intense fire - these things might destroy me. But then again, they might not."

Why can't I write like that.

Settings

The snowy land in rural France where Lestat grew up, and where we find him at the outset of the story, is beautifully and realistically done. You can perfectly picture the hills where he fought the wolves, the inn where he and Nicki had their "conversation", and the Witches' Circle. Paris is wonderfully done as well - from the crowded, rowdy side streets and taverns to the exquisite, elaborate, gold-decked ballrooms and mansions. Renaud's and New Orleans are lovely, too, but the tower where Lestat lives for a good half of the book lacks a little. It just seems too cliche that a vampire would reside in an abandoned tower that just happens to be overflowing with riches - oh, how convenient for said vampire! Likewise, Marius's hideout in the Aegean seems unrealistic as well. A huge stone mansion on an isolated island where the natives worship you as a god? Nuh-uh. Not buying it. Overall, however, the settings are vivid and lovely.

Plot

Generally good. I felt Magnus's abduction of Lestat was never really explained, and it was a very important part of the story. Likewise, Armand and his Children seemed just thrown in there, as well as Lestat's super-long hideout in New Orleans where he basically just sat and read books for who-knows-how-long. However, the separation of Lestat and Gabrielle, the making of Gabrielle and Nicki, the running away of Lestat and Nicki to Paris - those and many more were excellently done.

Characters

Lestat, as we have already established, was phenomenal, as was Nicki, who turned out to be my very favorite character (not just in this book, but encompassing Interview as well). Gabrielle and Marius were wonderful, too. The only one I felt lacked was Armand. He was constantly a depressing debby-downer and was quite one-dimensional. I would have liked to see some of his ancient love for Marius come out a little more in his actions and cause some inner conflict. As it was, he was just plain flat.

Overall Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it. (Note: it's the second in a series, so you'd need to read the first one (which, regrettably, isn't nearly as good) first. But, trust me, it's worth it.) Lestat and Nicki are amazing, the settings are gorgeous, it's an incredibly well-written and engaging read. :)

Namarië,
Ellie

11 comments:

  1. I like to imagine a cliche vampire who finds out how cliche he is and gets really depressed.
    *read in eyore voice*
    "Dear diary: today I sucked the blood of unsettlingly pretty teenagers, who run about this place like rabbits. It was rather delicous, but it soiled my ridiculously high collar. On the way back to my abandoned, late Victorian mansion, I was trying to be stealthy in the shadows. Alas, I tripped on my unnecessarily long robes and fell into the sun, which, due to the lack of my glitter gene, burned me rather badly. Now my skin-no longer pale as moonlight- has taken on a raw pink glow which stings like the very Bees of Hell are after me.
    Last Saturday I was going to the Crypt to meet my vampire friends (who all have some unique quality or interesting place of residence, which makes me feel... Commonplace? Whatever it is, no one notices me until it's time to clean up.) to do some gorey blood rituals. During our meeting, we were rudely, though not unexpectedly, interrupted by meddling teenagers, one of whom is extraordinarily kickass and the other two are nerdy and tend to hang back. This has become so common that we now call the former of the three Buffy. We play fight for a while and then let them off virtually unscathed, after which they run home to their librarian friend with news of the "Hellmouth".
    When I'm not attending meetings at the Crypt, sucking blood, or brooding in my stately home, I go to Cliche Vampires Anonymous. This subject is better left untouched.
    I must go- my garlic alergies are killing me (oh what I wouldn't give to die once in a while) and there's a priest at the door with a bucket of holy water. Excuse me while I attend to him."

    Well that was fun.

    Gwen

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  2. *still in eyore voice*
    "Did I mention that my name is Dracula the third? We're not even related!"

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    1. KHAYMAN. KHAYMAN IN THE NEXT BOOK. THAT IS KHAYMAN IN THE NEXT BOOK.
      You must have fortune telling powers.

      - Ellie

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    2. Are we talking about a super cliche vampire or a depressed vampire? Or a vampire who talks like the sad donkey from Winnie the Pooh?

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    3. The first two. He wakes up in the modern age without any memory of his life before, so turns to the cliche vampire stuff to try to find his identity, as all he knows for sure he is is a vampire. But then the vampire queen comes and finds him and gives him back his memory and he gets depressed because of all of the horrible things he did.

      - Ellie

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    4. Ah. Sounds like he has a fun life.

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  3. That actually sounds like a really good book. Lestat sounds great. And I like his name so he gets bonus points for that.

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    1. IT IS INDEED.
      He is :)
      Tbh I don't know how to pronounce it. What kind of a sound, where the emphasis is, etc......you'd think a simple name like that would be easy, but nooooo. :P How do you pronounce it?

      - Ellie

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  4. This book sounds good! I'll have to read it next!
    ~Emily

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    1. I think you'll enjoy it! :)

      - Ellie

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