PRINCE LESTAT

8 Nov
Alfred A. Knopf - a division of Random House, LLC 2014 Hardcover First Edition 451 pages Gothic fiction

Alfred A. Knopf – a division of Random House, LLC 2014
Hardcover First Edition 451 pages
Gothic fiction

When I first met Lestat and his sidekick Louis (Louie), I was much younger, and the novelty of the vampire genre was new to the literary scene (Interview with the Vampire first hit book-stands in 1976). Those vampires walked dark cobbled streets of the 18th century under gaslight, so excuse me if I can’t wrap my head around the modern day blood-suckers who use computers, I-phones, and hang out with rock stars. It’s unnatural (pun intended). It just doesn’t fit, and Rice doesn’t fit anymore either. In my opinion, she’s lost the edge that made the first two books stand-out.

Even though most of this book reintroduces some of the characters and plot lines from the ones that came before, if you haven’t read all 10 books in this chronicle (I tried but staggered at The Queen of the Damned), you will find yourself lost beyond redemption.  Hell, even if you have read all the ones that came before, you will get lost. This book makes so many references to the other books in the series by name, character and story-line that it feels more like a self-indulgent Bibliography rather than a story.

The only redeeming thing about this book (in my opinion) is Lestat himself. His sotto-voice resonates as would that of an old friend you haven’t spoken to in over a decade. I had hoped to rekindle my affair with this young nobleman from the old French countryside, but that Lestat is gone with the time.

In Prince Lestat, there is a mysterious power that Rice refers to as the Voice. This Voice is in the ear of all the older vampires – guiding them to burn and destroy the newer generation of vampires. When Lestat, who has been conspicuously in the background throughout, hears this Voice – he reluctantly surfaces. And, it is at this point that I begin to enjoy the resurrection. But not for long.

After the first two books: Interview with the Vampire; and, The Vampire Lestat, the progressive arc of these stories begins to falter, for me anyway. I’d hoped that Rice’s return to this genre, somehow would’ve gone back to the good old days rekindling that fire that was sparked when I first met Lestat, Louie and Armand – but it didn’t. With that said, however, if you like the modernization of this story-line, then you will love Prince Lestat.

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