Loved it, minus the nuisance of the Rockstar portion with ridiculous band member names and silly lyrics.
If you are new to the Vampire Chronicles, you'd be well advised to respect the order and begin with 'Interview' because it will give you all the ingredients to fully enjoy 'the Vampire Lestat'. And yes, I believe this novel might stand alone, -and is in fact, superior to its predecessor-, but you'd be missing great flavour to Lestat's meetings with Louis or even Armand.
Latter installments will taper down in vibrance and quality, but in terms of balance between Character, Narrative and Action, this is where in my humble opinion, Anne Rice hit all the right notes.
While in some other novels I found that the pacing was crippled by excessive recreation in moods and scenery around underwhelming plots, here it all flows seamlessly. Marius is captivating, Those who Must be Kept mysterious and terrifyingly alien, Louis not the whiner he seemed in Interview, Gabrielle attractive as hell... Armand both hateful and redeemable. And Lestat.. Well, just read it and fall in love with him.
Loved it! Most memorable moments for me were when Marius was telling the history of his life and that of the vampires. However, the one draw back for me was the narrator, his voice was excellent for Marius although a little too deep for Lestat . I imagined Le stat's voice a little higher. But, as I said earlier overall I Loved it! Thank You!