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The Tale of the Body Thief

Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In a gripping feat of ctonicas, Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with the now-classic Interview with the Vampire. For centuries, Lestat—vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals—has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead.

Now he is alone.

And in his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and h In a gripping feat of storytelling, Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with the now-classic Interview with the Vampire.

And in his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, Lestat embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has undertaken in all the years of his haunted existence. The story is involving, the twists surprising. No one writing today matches her deftness with the erotic. Paperbackpages. Published December 13th by Ballantine Books first published October 4th The Vampire Chronicles 4.

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Lists with This Book. Jun 20, Frank rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first Rice novel I ever read. I was in Bari, Italy, waiting for the ferry to take me to Corfu, Greece. I was reading a hideously boring Candadian novel, and the young lady in line next to me was reading The Tale of the Body Thief. I had never heard of Anne Rice.

I fell in love with the book. Soon after, when I was in Sorrento a few weeks later, I was searching for any Rice books I could find. Her writing is lush. Reading this book was like wearing a ,adron coat inside-out i. Lestat, the main character, is a very egotistical vampire, yet he is very amicable.

The story is very interesting. It is a man hunt. Someone has tricked Lestat into switching bodies, so Lestat becomes a mere human. Lestat and his friend must find the “body thief”. The action is not abundant and not thrilling.

What attracts you to the story and keeps you reading is the language Rice uses and the character of Lestat. I highly recommend this book.

Jun 26, Gary Galehouse rated it it was ok. She’s way too in love with her own writing at this point. Takes ten pages to describe the front of a mansion.


In the words of the great Casey Kasem: Ponderous man, f’ing ponderous. View all 3 comments. Mar 20, Penny rated it liked it Crinicas This book is very good.

It is well written and packed of life reflections. There is no doubt that Anne Rice knows what she is doing. Particularly, I just dont think that this installment is at the same level as the first three books of this series. To me, this book seems to center more in cronicax and rumination than in the actual plot.

The storyline feels like an excuse for all the pondering, deliberating and meditating that the characters do. Dont get me wrong, it was very interesting, it This book is very good. This book was definitely more philosophical than emotional. There is less action and more talking and thinking, thus lowering somewhat the entertaining factor.

To me the actual story ended with the third book, so it ladrno me a while to get into this one, it took me three separate tries actually, but I finally did. To be fair, there is very little story here to get into. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What a serious waste of my time! I felt bad ladrob I was bored with The Queen of the Damnedwhich I attribute to being Se Chronicle-d out, but I can’t use that excuse with this book.

This book has a thread of a good idea – a being who can switch bodies and Lestat who wants to be a human again – and RUINS it with endless talking and thinking about the cuedpos points ad nauseum. Scenes that could have b Bullet Review: Scenes that could have been powerful run FAR too long, thus running 0 good points into the ground.

And let me allow a few images to say how I feel about cuerpps rest of this series: After being mostly OK with his vampire life up to this point well, after the events of The Queen of the Damnedwhere he defeats Akasha’s uprising, I can see why he’d be a bit bummed avmpiricas, Lestat hears about a Body Thief – a being who can move between bodies and thereby live forever. Louis and David tell him repetitively and in long, clunky chapters that this isn’t a good idea.

After, of course, long, clunky chapters talking about what God is, who the devil is, and all sorts of religious issues that the author must have been working through at the time. A quarter of a book later, Lestat meets up with the Body Thief. They spend several long, clunky chapters going back and forth on a “deal” vampircas that Lestat can use a human body for a week.

Lestat hems and haws and Louis and David chime in again too before he finally makes the switch, nearly halfway through the book. Lestat then quickly learns that being human isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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It involves taking a p! He pretty quickly decides that being human is one of the worst things in the world. When he is sick, he meets up with a nun, who takes him home to care for her – cue long, clunky chapters talking about religion and humanity and vampirity and all topics that could have been interesting if we hadn’t spent several long, clunky chapters driving the point home.


Once Lestat is better, he rings up David and begs for his help to get his body back. Cue long, clunky chapters talking about everything we’ve talked about before, squeeze in a brief scene where Lestat gets his body back and someone else gets a body transplantand end with long, clunky chapters talking about stuff that really didn’t belong in this book. I thought they were fascinating books, the characters were great, the mythos wonderful.

Sure, they are not action! Even when I didn’t like The Queen of the DamnedI blamed that on the terrible Mary Sue character, Jessie, and the fact I had read the first three books straight through, which almost always leads to series burnout. So I gave myself a break, to renew my love of this series. And then I listened to this audiobook. Honestly, this could have and should have been a fabulous book. Even the Body Thief himself was fairly interesting. The problem is, there was too much author intrusion, too much time spent on talking about various topics until their insight and usefulness had died a dismal death and too little time for the story to unfold.

To me, this was particularly apparent when Lestat was with Gretchen. What started out as a beautiful, sensual scene, quickly devolved into monotony and pedantry. Round and round, without end.

The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice

If only the editor had the sense to cut the book in half! That half would have been the most brilliant, poignant story probably in the entire series! Speaking of series, here comes the biggest question: I read series for one of two reasons: Unfortunately, unlike with Anita Blake and Ayla, there really isn’t anything to snark. And so, with that said, I’m out. View all 9 comments. Everything he did in this book was exactly what I would expect someone who is supposed to be so selfish and evil to do.

Throughout the rest of the books Rice tries so hard to tell you that Lestat is really not good, that he can do evil things, and she tries desperately to make him into this anti-hero.

This is the first book where I think she does a really good job of it.

This makes me want to read more about Lestat.