Title: The Vampire Lestat
Author: Anne Rice
Publisher: Balltaine Books
Genre: paranormal, vampires
Publication Date: 1985
The vampire Lestat, the villain from Interview with the Vampire, is back and ready to tell his side of the story. Rising from his grave after being drawn by the irresistible music of the age, he decides to flaunt all the rules that he’s learned about being a vampire and expose the supernatural to the human world. He joins a band and writes an autobiography, detailing his long life of looking for love and answers in the world.
So, going into this book, I remembered three things:
- Lestat’s mom tells him that sometimes she thought about letting the men in town bang her.
- After they were both vampires, they kissed and shared blood.
- Louis was wearing a sweater when he and Lestat met again.
So, I didn’t remember much (and have no idea why the detail of the sweater stood out so much to me). Two of those things happened fairly quickly, and I reread the rest of the book almost totally unspoiled. I really liked it and like Lestat better than I ever did before. I still prefer Louis, and I loved him in this book. I really wish the rest of the book were nothing but the love affair of Louis and Lestat, which is funny because I never shipped them as a teenager.
I really like vampire history, and this book had it in spades. I enjoyed the creation of the Theater of the Vampires, but more than that, I liked the history that Marius told of the first vampires. I remember enough of Queen of the Damned to know what was true and wasn’t, but it was cool reading his version again.
The only part when I started to get lost was when Lestat was writing the story that Marius had been told by Mael. I seriously don’t like stories of stories of stories. I want less narrators in the way. But when Marius took over again, it was okay again and I read the last part of the book with a lot of interest.
I really enjoyed this reread, and wish I didn’t have so many books to read before I could get to the next (and, for me, final) book of the series.
I do recommend this if you like vampires and want to read a classic in vampire mythology.