"Like Interview with the Vampire, Memnoch has a half-maddened, fever-pitch intensity. . . . Narrated by Rice's most cherished character, the vampire Lestat, Memnoch tells a tale as old as Scripture's legends and as modern as today's religious strife."(Rolling Stone)
"Sensual...bold, fast-paced." (USA Today)
"Rice has penned an ambitious close to this long-running series. . . . Fans will no doubt devour this."(The Washington Post Book World )
"[Memnoch] is one of Rice's most intriguing and sympathetic characters to date. . . . Rice ups the ante, taking Lestat where few writers have ventured: into heaven and hell itself. She carries it off in top form."(The Seattle Times)
©2014 Anne Rice; 2010 Random House Audio
Fan of philisophical fantasy, historic fiction, Victorian gothic, books that make you think!
I'd been looking forward to getting to this book in the Vampire Chronicles for a long time, and it did not disappoint. It is indeed much more philosophical than many readers might be prepared for, but I was sitting there with rapt attention, jaw hanging open, fully absorbed and fascinated by every word Memnoch had to say! Honestly, this might be the best book I've ever experienced. I'm already listening to it a second time so my boyfriend can experience it. He's the type to roll his eyes over anything involving vampires, so it was a hard sell, but he's just as entrenched in it as I was.
Memnoch delves into the fascinating origins of life as we know it and the evolution of religion on a scale that is difficult to encapsulate in a short review. If you want a true Vampire Story, you really won't find much of one here, but what you will find is a haunting, mesmerizing tale that is unlike anything you've ever heard before.
YES! I normally listen to my audiobooks while driving, and found I was just so engulfed with this one that driving became difficult. I gobbled it up with lightning speed!
Like I and other reviews have said- if you just want a Vampire Story, skip it. If you are a fan of physchologically introspective, philosophically compelling tales or find the subject of theology fascinating (I'm not Christian/religious at all, but find the origins or religion to be a very compelling subject) you must give this a try. Just embrace the story for what it is and you will find yourself questioning everything you ever believed, thought you didn't believe, or were told to believe.
Narration: Very well done EXCEPT for the voice of Lestat. The narrator was supposed to inflect a French accent but instead opted for a Transylvanian one.
Overall: The story is fine but could have used a nice editing job by deleting four chapters in the middle. I really did not need to hear for 1 1/2 hours of the "13 levels of evolution"... Really? This is a vampire story., but Rice manages to squeeze in her own opinions of creation and the the purpose of good and evil. I don't mind a good philisophical discussion but not while I think I'm reading a fictional vampire story.
Yes. In another 10 years, when I partially forget the story.
Memnoch's allure lies in it's tantalizing and strange vision of heaven and hell, God and the devil. Is her view of the cosmos correct? Probably not. But, it sure is detailed.
Memnoch the Devil is among the most strangley alluring books ever written. Anne Rice gives us a vision of heaven, hell, God and the devil. It's compelling, challenging and so descriptive you almost believe it.
Ann Rice throws the cardinal rule of writing, "show, don't tell" in the garbage bin in just about all her novels; but you can't argue with success and the novels work.
My main beef with the vampire chronicles is the protagonist, Lestat, who is constantly emoting and over emoting like a ham theater actor. That is why, I believe, I liked this book so much. While Lestat narrates the story, much of it is told by Memnoch the devil who gets on to business, so to speak, and does not interrupt the flow of the tale for five minutes of description and exploration of his feelings. Without all that navel gazing, the story flowed much better and kept my interest while on previous novels it tended to wander while Lestat described, ad nauseam, his misery, or elation
I think this is a really imaginative new adventure over Lestat's shoulders. Anne re-builds with huge creativity the eternal conflict between God and the Devil with dialogues that captures your imagination page by page and make you think if what you believe about bad and good is true.
Lestat's adventure through Heaven, Hell, and the story of Creation through an Angel's perspective. By far, it is a story you will never forget.
I was not impressed with this novel. I felt like Anne started to get bored or was forced to finish this story, either way the account of how Memnoch came to be, and how he happened to find Lestat.... I also find Lestat's questions infuriating, mainly because he finally gets the opportunity to have his questions answered and he still doubts and intettupts Memnoch repeatedly. It just made digesting the story for me though, like a badly cooked piece of steak.
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