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review 2017-04-19 05:00
No. Just No.
The Wolf Gift - Anne Rice

Nope. Just nope. What the heck was I thinking. Oh my did life mock me. As I progressed further into the book at first, I thought hey! This is not bad. Reuben of course, could be worked on...maybe with a couple of bats to the face, groin...maybe hear a bone crack or two for his incessant stupidity but hey! We don’t really have to like our main characters do we? I mean come on! It’s werewolves! They’re the rivals to vampires! They’re almost the second best thing when it comes to reading about supernatural beings!

 

Life continues to mock me as I turn the pages. My darling girl, you never learn do you? But please keep reading because your blind faith and love for one of your favorite authors is keeping you going. Perhaps you think there’s going to be a sudden twist and everything is alright with the world right?

 

Haha. Nope.

 

Despite the fact that I didn’t mind Reuben became this werewolf vigilante and there were others who were just as interesting. The plot itself wasn’t so bad. The pages kept turning. Progress was made. Descriptions of scenery and the setting was excellent enough that a clear picture could be done and makes the reading experience better. So what bothers me the most about this?

 

Werewolves and humans interbreeding….with the werewolf still in wolf form.

 

No. JUST. NO. WHY.

 

As I continued reading and when these parts start popping up in the book I started to cringe. I started to develop this horrible taste in my mouth and suddenly the descriptions cannot be unseen in the mind and I had to put the book down and immerse my brain into something Disney related so I can erase those awful pictures in my head. Not my kind of thing. I should have stopped then and there but my loyalty to Miss Rice got the best of me and I continued.

 

And it ends with a possible sequel.

 

I’m sorry I just can’t. I tried. I’m going to stick with the vampires. Reuben isn’t likable, the incessant poetry of having this “wolf gift” just doesn’t quite cut it and isn’t quite the same as what I thought it would be in past novels. I’m skipping the next book and getting the next Lestat book instead. The scenes between human and werewolf just ruined it for me.


I don’t recommend this one. It’s not my thing. I really tried. At least I can say I read it. Albeit, a painful read.

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review 2016-12-06 00:00
Interview With The Vampire
Interview With The Vampire - Anne Rice 4.5 stars

I've been wanting to read this forever it seems, and it did not disappoint. I love really getting inside Louis's head. I also like how the act of being a vampire isn't romanticized. If anything the emotional crisis for vampires is way higher than humans. I'm definitely planning to continue the series.
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review 2016-11-24 15:22
Ma sinceramente..
Risveglio. La trilogia dei Sensi: 1 - Anne Rice,F. Saba Sardi

Ho letto questo libro dopo sia la saga dei vampiri che quella delle streghe Mayfair.
Inutile dire che mi è sembrato piuttosto banale e basilare. Nonostante ci siano dei passaggi psicologici interessanti dei caratteri, per il resto mi sembra un'opera fortemente immatura e quasi nonsense se confrontata con i lavori successivi dell'autrice.

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text 2016-10-19 04:07
just not comfortable with all the talk of his "desire" for Claudia
Interview With the Vampire - Anne Rice,Simon Vance

Whenever Louie talks about stuff he tends to use strong language, he hates Lestat, he desires Claudia... and while I'm pretty sure it's not a sexual desire, there's enough in there with the language choices that makes me distinctly uncomfortable.  Claudia "seduces" her victims.  As she's gotten older while it's stated pretty clearly that Louie hasn't had sex for a very long time (an act when pressed he seems to barely remember, describes it as a pale precursor to the feeling of killing as a vampire), and that Claudia hasn't ever had sex (one of the things she's super pissed off about as part of being stuck in a 5-year-old's body for a century), Claudia does things like refer to him as "father, lover" and I'm just kind of squicking out.

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text 2016-10-13 16:44
for "classic horror"
Interview With the Vampire - Anne Rice,Simon Vance

just got the audio book in yesterday (good timing, I had finished The Gunslinger on my drive to work).

 

good thing: read by Simon Vance

 

bad thing: in the near future i'm going to need to go through over fifty editions on this record and see how many duplicates or junk records there are.

 

current annoyance: did she just imply the Lestat's blind father can't tell the difference between night and day?  seriously?  there's way more to differentiate night from day than what you can see.

 

so far the narrative matches my fuzzy recollections of a movie i saw some 20 years ago pretty well.  Cruise really was a great casting for Lestat (which I suppose is both a compliment and an insult).

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