Book Recommendations: Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles

It’s been a long time since I’ve read Anne Rice’s books.  Like with Stephen King, I stopped about halfway through one her books and never picked it up again.  It’s still sitting somewhere half read with her signature on one of the first few pages.  I’ve only read four of them from The Vampire Chronicles series and highly recommend them because they are well written and completely engaging.  I’m not sure about the rest of them, but I couldn’t get through Memnoch the Devil.  The reason escapes me, but it must have been something to do with changing of what I wanted to read.  The first book focuses on a vampire called Louis and his relationship with other vampires during the late 1700s in New Orleans and Paris.  The second book focuses on Lestat’s Parisian roots and goes back and forth in time from the late 1700s to the 1980s.  The third book focuses on Akasha, mother of all vampires, and how she came to be and remained powerful.  The fourth book focuses on Lestat’s quest to find meaning in what he is and becomes friends with David Talbot.

Interview with the Vampire was published in 1976 by Knopf and is 371 pages hardcover and 342 paperback.

The Vampire Lestat was published in 1985 by Knopf and is 560 pages long.

The Queen of the Damned was published in 1988 by Knopf and is 448 pages.

The Tale of the Body Thief was published in 1992 by Knopf and is 448 pages.

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Memnoch the Devil is the fifth book in The Vampire Chronicles.  Again, I got about halfway through it.  Again, I think it was a mixture of finding other things to read and it wasn’t as captivating as the previous four.  I’m willing to give it a shot again, but just not right now.  It focuses on Lestat and David, as well as Lestat’s meeting with Memnoch.  It was published by Knopf in 1995 and is 354 pages.

This is where I have nothing to offer about these books except they are continuations of vampires and themes found in the previous five novels including life and death, loyalty and betrayal, spirituality and religion, and ruins of immortality and lust.  I did read one complaint that dominated and that is the change in Lestat’s speaking style.  Some readers perceived him as whiny.  If you happen to read any of them, let me know what you think.

The Vampire Armand was published by Knopf in 1998 and is 387 pages hardcover and 400 and 520 pages paperback.

Merrick was published by Knopf in 2000 and is 307 pages.

Blood and Gold was published by Knopf in 2001 and is 480 pages.

Blackwood Farm was published by Knopf in 2002 and is 544 pages.

Blood Canticle was published by Knopf in 2003 and is 320 pages.

Prince Lestat was published by Knopf in 2014 and is 464 pages.

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis was published by Knopf in 2016 and is 480 pages hardcover.

Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat was published by Knopf in 2018 and is 272 pages hardcover.

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