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Anne Rice Question

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Post by Madeleine » Sat May 1st, 2010, 8:18 pm

I only really like her Vampire Chronicles, and a few of those were a bit zzzz, especially the middle books in the series. I tried a couple of her stand alone novels, and was bored rigid. However I also loved the Mayfair Witches trilogy, although the 3rd book did get a bit far-fetched towards the end, although I think the ultimate book is still to be written - namely, Lestat vs Lasher!

I agree with nona about the new religious books, not my thing at all, although they've sold well so good luck to her.
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Post by Margaret » Sun May 2nd, 2010, 6:03 am

I enjoyed her earlier vampire novels tremendously, also the early Mayfair Witch novels - as well as her straight historical novels <i>Cry to Heaven</i> (about a castrato) and <i>The Feast of All Saints</i> (people of mixed race in antebellum New Orleans). But I thought the vampire series became rather meandering and uninteresting with the later novels - very likely, it got stale and unexciting for her to be writing more-or-less the same old stuff, and she would have been itching to try something new regardless.

Angel Time (see review at HistoricalNovels.info) was reasonably enjoyable, I thought, though not as good as her best novels. It's supposed to be the first in a new series, and the series may get better as it goes along. She spent more time than necessary, I thought, setting up her protagonist's situation, but then the story perked up quite a lot for me when he goes back in time. Presumably, the sequels will not need to spend as much time setting up his present-day circumstances.
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