Waiting on Wednesday 08/27/14

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that lets us feature upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!

Mogsy’s Pick:

Prince Lestat by Anne Rice: October 28, 2014 (Knopf)

I know, I know. Despite the later Vampire Chronicles novels kinda going downhill, I can’t help it. I see Anne Rice and another vampire book in the same sentence and it’s like a kneejerk reaction: I MUST READ THIS. And it’s Lestat. Need I say more?

Anyway, it’s been years since Rice has written another Vampire Chronicles book, this will be number 11, according to Goodreads, following Blood Canticle published in 2003. For better or worse, I’m really curious and looking forward to checking this one out.

Prince Lestat (US)

US Cover – Text says it all

“From Anne Rice, perennial best seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire universe beginning with the now iconic INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE, THE VAMPIRE LESTAT, and QUEEN OF THE DAMNED—a stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return . . . a new, exhilarating novel that deepens Rice’s vampire mythology, and gives us a chillingly hypnotic, rich mystery-thriller.

“What can we do but reach for the embrace that must now contain both heaven and hell: our doom again and again and again…” —from The Vampire Lestat

Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned (“mesmerizing” —SF Chronicle), a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat (“brilliant…its undead characters are utterly alive” —New York Times) left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces—the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles.

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis…vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco. As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th-century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles—Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures—come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who—or what—the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why…

And, at the book’s center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw—the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat…”

Prince Lestat (UK)  Prince Lestat (UK2)

UK Covers (Original and Updated)

14 Comments on “Waiting on Wednesday 08/27/14”

  1. I’ve read the whole Mayfair Witches series when I was in Uni and Anne Rice really has the talent to write extremely dark and disturbing books. If people are horrified at George Martin’s ability to write about incest, how much more if they read Anne Rice’s? After Taltos though, I stopped buying her books because I must admit that they’re very long and so slow. It would take me days to finish one book.

    Is the Vampire Chronicles better than the Mayfair Witches?

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    • Haha, yeah GRRM has nothing on Anne Rice. I personally stopped reading her vampire books around Blood and Gold (looks like Goodreads says that was book 9 in the Vampire Chronicles) because not only did her stories get very long and very slow, they also got downright weird. I don’t mind dark, but it almost felt like she was trying to be that way for the sake of it, and I just can’t stand that.

      I’m afraid someone else would be better suited to answer your last question, I only read one book of the Mayfair Witches so I don’t really know enough to compare!

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    • I would be surprised if anyone hasn’t heard of Anne Rice, but yeah she had a great thing going years ago and I hope she makes a comeback with her Vampire Chronicles with this one.

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  2. I am so curious to check this out too! Interview with the Vampire was probably my first or second horror novel that I ever read, so I have a soft spot for Anne Rice. Hopefully it won’t get into the religious themes she’s been doing lately, however.

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    • Yeah, “curious” is probably the most accurate way to describe my feelings, more accurate than excited, since I’ve been burned by Rice before! I am hoping we won’t get the religious themes either, or the other weird stuff’s she’s gotten up to in her later Vampire Chronicles books, it’s really hard to have that stuff always thrown in your face.

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