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