Monday, February 6, 2012

Book It – The Vampire Lestat

This week’s featured book:

The Vampire Lestat
Author: Anne Rice


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, he’s a rock star 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. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice’s best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, complex and thrilling.

My Comments:

I picked up this book at the insistence of a friend over 10 years ago. We were at the mall having a quick bite at the food court, and before I drove him home, we stopped in at the bookstore, so I could pick up something new to read. As I snooped around, he highly recommended that I pick up this book. I was resistant at first; I’d never read a book with vampires featured in it, and I was absolutely certain I wouldn’t like it.

“Not my style”, I said.

“Just try it. Trust me, you’ll like it,” He insisted. “In fact, I think you should buy the next book in this series while you’re here, because you won’t be able to put down ‘The Vampire Lestat’, and you’ll be eager to get started on the next one before you’re done with this one.”

“I don’t know. Vampire stories don’t interest me.”

He was so confident about my liking this book that he then said, “I guarantee it. If you don’t like this book as much as I know you will, we’ll come back here together and I’ll buy you another one.”

“Okay.” I answered. “I’ll give it a try, and see what happens.”

He was right – I loved it! I was back at the bookstore in record time to pick up the next three books in this series.

If you haven’t read ‘The Vampire Lestat’, please give it a try. You will simply adore this youthful and quirky character who, after a half century of being underground, wakes up in the 1980s to the cacophony of electronic sounds and images that characterizes the MTV generation. He is entranced by the modern world and is eager to become a part of it.

The novel moves effortlessly between the late 18th century to the late 1980s as it follows the 200-year-long life of Lestat de Lioncourt, and his rise from humble beginnings as an impoverished aristocrat in the countryside of France to the city of Paris where he becomes a vampire.

This is a beautifully written tale by a master storyteller.

(Incidentally, you do not need to read ‘Interview with the Vampire’, the first book in this series, to pick up this one. You can start with this story.)


  1. What do you think of the casting of Tom Cruise as Lestat in the movie version of "Interview with a Vampire"? It was so controversial at the time.

    1. When I saw the movie, I hadn't read this book yet, so I didn't think much of it. But after I read the book, I did not think Tom Cruise fit the role. I imagine Lestat looking much differently. I did think Cruise played the part well, but the physical aspects just don't work for me.

  2. I read 'Interview' and totally enjoyed it! I think I started Lestat and put it aside for another day....will take your recommendation Martha and start it again....I think I found it a little creepy at the time.....I think I have matured somewhat since then! lol
    Re Debra's comment....I thought Cruise and Pitt were great in the movie. They would have had such cute little vampires! lol

    1. Believe it or not, I have never read 'Interview...'. I'm not sure why I never have; I suppose I just haven't felt the need since you can read the rest of the books in the series without it. And the fact that I saw the movie doesn't help. I hardly ever read a book after I've seen the movie. I prefer the other way around. All that being said, I also thought Cruise and Pitt did a good job. I did like Pitt better, though. Yes, they would have had VERY cute little itsty bitsy vampires. LOL...

  3. Oh Anne Rice, she is my favourite!
    I loved Lestat and all his stories.She was pretty ground breaking for her time wasn't she? My fave of Rice's are The Mayfair Witches, they start in The Witching Hour.

    1. Oh yes, Anne Rice was very ground breaking for her time. I've read the Witching Hour, but it's been such a long time that I'm considering reading it again. My husband recently finished it for the gazillionth time. He's a huge fan of Anne Rice books, and that's one of his favourites by her.

  4. I must read these! I love anything dark and brooding. Not sure why I've passed them by - goodness knows I've seen them enough times.