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Lestat The vampire hero of Anne Rice s enthralling new novel is a creature of the darkest and richest imagination Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre revolutionary France, now a rock star in the demonic, shimmering s, he rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his eternal, terrifying existence His is a mesmerizing story passionate, complex, and thrilling 3.5The second installment of Anne Rice s Vampire Chronicles switches perspective The story is now being narrated by the one and only Lestat de Lioncourt He is outraged by Louis tale and feels the need to defend himself He decides to write a book detailing his long life as a vampire.Lestat runs away with his lover when he is a young man The two men run away to France where they drink wine and cry over the beauty of music and art They re of course madly in love and enjoy nothingthan th 3.5The second installment of Anne Rice s Vampire Chronicles switches perspective The story is now being narrated by the one and only Lestat de Lioncourt He is outraged by Louis tale and feels the need to defend himself He decides to write a book detailing his long life as a vampire.Lestat runs away with his lover when he is a young man The two men run away to France where they drink wine and cry over the beauty of music and art They re of course madly in love and enjoy nothingthan the company of one another One night Lestat is kidnapped and turned into a vampire by Magnus However, Magnus does not stick around to show him the ways of the world Instead Magnus kills himself with help from Lestat and leaves Lestat a fortune Lestat, not wanting to upset his loved ones decides to flee and leave them completely But he uses his new found wealth to shower them with gifts from afar Later on down the line, Lestat s beloved mother Gabrielle comes to him in Paris tells him that she is dying He decides to give her the dark gift so that they can spend all of eternity together He has what I would call an unnatural attachment to his mother Norman Bates, anyone At one point I was wondering if the two were going to have sex and I m still not wholly convinced that they didn t I m not sure how becoming a vampire affects your relation but I m pretty sure she is still his mother and it s weird After Armand meets Lestat he shows him how they were made He tells him the tale of Those Who Must Be Kept These are the two alpha dogs the two original vampires While they do not need to be approached, they do need to be respected and protected Armand tells Lestat to leave them alone while he runs out on an errand, and Lestat of course does not.Here s the thing Lestat is a shithead He is so self absorbed he can t be bothered with thoughts of how his actions may impact others He s like a teenage girl He s emotional, quick to anger and feels entitled to everything He thinks he is above everyone he encounters He views himself as untouchable He has all the arrogance of new money Listening to Lestat explain his side of the story about what transpired between Louis and him was quite comical I don t believe his side of the story at all Lestat islikely to try to convince you of his innocence while scoffing in his head at how pathetically gullible you are Whereas Louis, I do believe He was a whiny little bitch, but he would have no reason to lie Listening to how the vampires were made and meeting great characters like Armand and Marius was fantastic Even though Lestat is a repulsive character his tales are muchintriguing than Louis ever was This one leaves you with quite the cliffhanger ending and I was glad I didn t have to wait to begin the next Once again Simon Vance narrates and absolutely rocks the audio version This is one of those books that defined me I don t mean that I turned goth or vampire or whatever No it started me thinking.I was born and raised in the South I didn t read anything else other than fantasy novels like Dragonlance I joined the Marines in 89 and while watching a movie about a teenage vampire it was mentioned that Dracula is good literature I went to the base library to check out Dracula and beside it on the shelf was this book I took this one instead.The book was grea This is one of those books that defined me I don t mean that I turned goth or vampire or whatever No it started me thinking.I was born and raised in the South I didn t read anything else other than fantasy novels like Dragonlance I joined the Marines in 89 and while watching a movie about a teenage vampire it was mentioned that Dracula is good literature I went to the base library to check out Dracula and beside it on the shelf was this book I took this one instead.The book was great I loved it The book engendered a question within me that never found any sunlight growing up a protestant in the Deep South That queston, can something evil love The values of the Southern protestant is one of black and white and there is no mixing, no grey, no overlap By witnessing the drama of Lestat s journey, this manifestation of the Shadow declaring it s evil and it s good I questioned this myself It is a slippery slope to question everything With no reading, history, or even exposure to any philosophy Arkansas public school after all I now asked questions about ethics, the nature of God, what is beauty, morality, andI had become a philosopher though not a good one.Now, 17 years later I ve been around the world many times, am nearing the completion of two degrees psychology and philosophy and am a much different, much broader, muchdeepened soul The questions I ve asked, the roads I ve taken, the experiences I ve had, are all a result of my search for my own truth A lot of that was set afire because of reading this book I know that many bemoan Anne s move from the supernatural and to Christian writings It s her life and I respect that Yet I am reminded of something Jung said, we do not become enlighted by imagining beings of light, but by making the darkness visible I m paraphrasing Lestat might not be a being of light that s another topic but his darkness is illuminating.This is one of my favorite books ever Dear Anne Rice NOT WORTHY.Signed, All Fictional Vampires Who Are Not LestatThis was a re read for me, but in all honesty, I don t think I was ready for this book the first time I read it Or at least, I didn t appreciate it for the sheer masterpiece of storytelling that it is, and it s not just the mood and the world and the mythology and the fast moving plotthan anything, it s the characters Lestat, of course, Rice s brat prince , arrogant and compassionate and impossible, all at the Dear Anne Rice NOT WORTHY.Signed, All Fictional Vampires Who Are Not LestatThis was a re read for me, but in all honesty, I don t think I was ready for this book the first time I read it Or at least, I didn t appreciate it for the sheer masterpiece of storytelling that it is, and it s not just the mood and the world and the mythology and the fast moving plotthan anything, it s the characters Lestat, of course, Rice s brat prince , arrogant and compassionate and impossible, all at the same time he d be enough to carry any book, imo, but the secondary characters are just as layered and bewitching, probably because we see them through Lestat s eyes Nicki and his endless internal darkness Armand, who manages to be both tragic and terrifying Gabrielle, who seems like a force of nature and even Louis, the whiny, unreliable narrator from Interview comes off as beautiful and mysterious, the star crossed love of Lestat s afterlife I swooned through the last chapter.I didn t care for the places Rice took this series after Queen of the Damned, but for me, Lestat continues to define the vampire as anti hero genre No other blood sucker comes close The Vampire Lestat is the second book in The Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice I adored the first book, Interview With A Vampire which was told in Louis perspective, a vampire that Lestat made who clung desperately to his humanity The Vampire Lestat is Lestat s story told in his perspective Although I viewed Lestat as somewhat of a villian in the first book, the reader gets a glimpse of Lestat when he was human and first made vampire His story is long and tours the globe, even with a h The Vampire Lestat is the second book in The Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice I adored the first book, Interview With A Vampire which was told in Louis perspective, a vampire that Lestat made who clung desperately to his humanity The Vampire Lestat is Lestat s story told in his perspective Although I viewed Lestat as somewhat of a villian in the first book, the reader gets a glimpse of Lestat when he was human and first made vampire His story is long and tours the globe, even with a history lesson of vampire history The present day setting of the book is in the 1980 s and I loved Lestat s view on the 20th century, along with his view on humanity, good versus evil, life and death, and his fellow vampires I was pleasantly surprised to see this side of Lestat Anne Rice s writing remains beautiful, lyrical, and generous with detail I plan to continue the series.My favorite quote None of us really changes over time We only becomefully what we are Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat The Vampire Chronicles, 2