September 05, 2005
The Vampire Armand (book)The Vampire Armand: (New Tales of the Vampires)
I'm about to start this book. Here's an excerpt from the bn.com review:
With The Vampire Armand, Rice has now written what may be her most lush and moving novel. By concentrating solely on Armand, the eternal teenager with the wisdom of the ages, she has excavated one of the most fascinating characters in the literature of dark fantasy. Armand first appeared in Interview with the Vampire, as the emotional center of the frenzied Parisian vampires whom Louis encounters on his search for both his supernatural kin and his own lost soul. Armand was even then one of the intriguing ones, a child-man who understood Louis's dilemma but had given himself over to a period of debauchery and sadism. But later, in Rice's Memnoch the Devil, which often read — delightfully so — as Rice's stab at understanding a religious model of the universe, Armand took on a supplicant's role beneath the Vampire Lestat who sought the ultimate knowledge of the Divine.
Now Anne Rice treats us to the life and times of Armand, from his origins onward. The conceit here is the same as in Pandora. David Talbot, the psychic detective member of the Talamasca, wants to write Armand's tale down so others will know his legacy.
As much as I usually like Anne Rice, this book has some creepy gay pedophile vampire shit in it. I finished the book, but the first couple chapters really weirded me out. So much so that I almost stopped reading it. Once the LITTLE BOY wasn't human any more (he gets turned into a vampire, in case you didn't read the title), there is less disturbing crap, and the book actually turns out to be pretty cool. This book is not recommended if you haven't read the other ones in The Vampire Chronicles, and you can probably skip it if you don't feel like subjecting yourself to a little boy getting sucked off by a vampire. So there you have it. I decided to read a book about a lady vampire next, because then even if she has some gay experiences before she turns into a bloodsucker, there will be 4 boobs, and I don't have any of those, so it's less weird. I'm going to go take a shower now.Posted by yargevad at September 5, 2005 05:41 PM