Thursday, August 27, 2009

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Jenny at TakeMeAway. It is the time each week to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book -- how about even a classic!

This is my first time doing this and my pick for this week is:


Queen Of The Damned by Anne Rice




Did you ever wonder where all those mischievous vampires roaming the globe in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles came from? In this, the third book in the series, we find out. That raucous rock-star vampire Lestat interrupts the 6,000-year slumber of the mama of all bloodsuckers, Akasha, Queen of the Damned.
Akasha was once the queen of the Nile (she has a bit in common with the Egyptian goddess Isis), and it's unwise to rile her now that she's had 60 centuries of practice being undead. She is so peeved about male violence that she might just have to kill most of them. And she has her eye on handsome Lestat with other ideas as well. (synopsis from Amazon.com)


Now anyone that knows me knows that Anne Rice is my favorite author and that this is my favorite book. The story behind my discovery of it is interesting. When I was in my late teens/early twenties, I came across this book as a book club selection in one of those mail order book clubs. It sounded good so I bought it. I started reading it and my mom noticed the author. She went to her bookcase and pulled out Interview with the Vampire and said, "That book is actually the third in the series. This one is the first one." Now I had remembered seeing it in mom's bookcase for years, but had never actually pulled it out and read it. So to make a long story short, I still ended up reading Queen of the Damned first and then went back to the beginning of the series. I don't know if it's due to the fact that I read it first or if it's because in this book, Rice really explores the history and the origins of the vampires (I lean toward the latter). All I can say is that I have read it three times and I'm getting ready to revisit it a fourth time as I'm reading The Vampire Chronicles (actually on audio) once again, up to Menmoch the Devil, in preparation of reading The Vampire Armand. I have been too long away from Rice's beloved vampires!

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  1. I have not read these books. But, I was wondering is Interview with a Vampire the book that the movie with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise was based off of? I did see the movie but didn't read the book. They way you praise them I may have to add these to my long tbr list.

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  2. Yes, the movie is based on the book. That movie was pretty well done...not too far off the book, but the book is still better, of course!

    I highly recommend all books by Anne Rice, but especially The Vampire Chronicles, The New Chronicles of the Vampires, The Mayfair Witch books, and The Mummy, or Ramses The Damned. I look forward to your opinion after you have read one, or all...and the pile just keeps growing =)

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  3. I have to smile at Throwback Thursday because 90% of what I read/review are serious throwbacks. I'm just a throwback kinda gal, I guess.

    Great review, though. My daughter is on a vampire quest, and has already gotten over Twilight. She read Dracula this summer, and I think it's time to buy some Anne Rice for her. She can read Interview with a Vampire while tackling Hamlet this fall. :)

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  4. Yeah, my niece is 17 and she is reading Interview right now.

    I like the Twilight books, but they still pale in comparison to Anne Rice's genius!

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  5. I have never read this book. great throwback..

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  6. You have an award on my blog now! LOL! Yes, because you are super cool!

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  7. Great pick. This is my favorite book our of the Vampire Chronicles series. Though Vittori and Pandora were good too. My two favorite Anne Rice books though are Feast Of All Saints and Cry to Heaven

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  8. I liked Pandora...I find her an intriguing character. This is my favorite Anne Rice, followed closely by The Witching Hour and The Mummy (or Ramses the Damned). My mom loves Cry to Heaven! That's the one about the contraltos, right?

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  9. I haven't read the book. I did really like the movie, though. A lot more than I thought I would--but then it looked pretty awful. :P

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