New tales of the Vampires: includes Pandora and Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice is a great pair of books for anyone who wants a vivid painting of the scene or anyone who loves vampire novels. The descriptions are so vivid that the reader can lose themselves in another world and even empathize with the characters. Contrary to what might be perceived, not all of the key characters are vampires. Rather, the stories are written from the perspective of a human life prior to and shortly after the transformation. This leads back to the extremely vivid worlds as the idea of vampires is that they are ancient beings. So, if you are interested in losing yourself in an ancient world filled with mystery and intrigue, these are the books for you.
Though it is hard to place a solid rating criteria on a novel, I use these options as my comparison:
• Novels that I loved and hated (I have read half of the books from this author and almost all of this particular series, I have read many books involving vampires, and I have read many that are great or horrible at picturing the surroundings).
• The author’s credibility as a writer (she is fairly well known).
• Public opinion of the series (two of the books in the series have been made into movies)
• Value (you are receiving two novels for the price of one).
I bought the combination to take this series further on a trial run. I loved Interview with a Vampire, and Queen of the Damned both of which are part of a series written by Anne Rice called “The Vampire Chronicles”. There are many books in the series and they do not have to be read in a specific order. Anne Rice designed the books to rely mostly on their own, though there may be a few references that are not caught by the reader do to previous unread stories.
Being that this is two books, I’d prefer to give a review of each individually as they both stand on their own, and they stand well though I did have my preference. Pandora takes the perspective of a female vampire; this is rarely the case in vampire novels that I have read and I was pleasantly surprised. She lives in ancient Rome during the end of a war and beginning of political upheaval. During the story many of the cultural ideals that pertain are explained, briefly, to help the reader understand why things are happening. I will not spoil it with further detail, this is a must read novel and one of my all-time favorites.
Vittorio the Vampire is written during the time of the Medici rule in Italy, a time where tradition and innovation where at extreme odds as well as the conflict of religion and the pursuit of knowledge. Vittorio is a human for most of the novel which adds anticipation given the title. The scenery is painted with the brush of eloquence taking the reader on a tour of Italy. There are a few chapters in the novel that feel drawn out with description, however this does not detract from the overall journey.
All readers have their preference of style and structure when it comes to a book. And not all books are for everyone. However, if you enjoy vampire novels or novels that bring the pages to reality, these are two books worthy of your valuable time. As I closed on the final pages, I caught myself wishing the story would go on.
- Paperback: 637 pages
- Publisher: BALLANTINE GROUP; 1 edition (15 October 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345476867
- ISBN-13: 978-0345476869
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 20.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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