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The Tale Of The Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2003
After reading the first 3 books in Anne Rice's vampire chronicles,I had such a job finding a copy of the Tale of the Body Thief, but it was well worth the wait. I had to read later chronicles to keep me going, as anyone enjoying Anne Rice's vampires will tell you their world becomes addictive, but there was always a missing link.I found that missing link when I read the body thief, alot became so clear. So, as a fan of the vampire chronicles I would urge anyone thinking of reading them to try and read them in order. This an excellent book highly recommended!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2010
Why did I like this book so much? Why is Anne Rice simultaneously a literary genius and insane?
I shouldn't have liked this book, anyway; there were a lot of little things that irked me while I was reading it - but in the end, there I was completely engrossed again. Raglan is a kickass weirdo of a character (and her descriptions of his movements in the fantastically creepy lead-up to his introduction have stuck with me for half a decade now); she's still obviously a liiiittle bit too obsessively in love with her own Lestat, to the point the brattiness he (and she) takes such pride in gets annoying, but his first (re)impressions of the human world are, like everything Ricean, so expertly crafted and weirdly insightful that I ended up thinking of this book every time I drank orange juice for something like six months.
Also, he finally gets to have sex with someone! Or, you know, a lot of someones. Bizarrely, for an author whose entire oeuvre ooooozes unresolved sexual tension, it was deeply anticlimactic (har). Pages were flipped with a depressing since of Ew what do you even see in her, Eurgh he is SO OLD, Ugh you are supposed to be on a MISSION what is this, etc.
Also Louis was in it for approximately ten seconds, which is not NEARLY enough
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 1999
I think that any serious Anne Rice fan will agree with me when I say that this volume of the Vampire Chronicles is fun and interesting to read, but definitely not as thought provoking and deep as her first two. But it's fun to see how Lestat deals with being human again, and the end is a little infuriating. It makes you want to chastise Lestat personally. The ability that Anne Rice has of getting you emotionally involved in her novels always amazes me, but this involvement has never been as intense as in The Vampire Lestat and Interview...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2009
I always thought that the 'true' Vampire Chronicles comprised of only the first three books, and I overlooked this one completely. In a way I'm glad I waited years to read this as I read her other books when I was quite young, and being in my 20s now I can appreciate Anne Rice's writing much more.
The story of this book crosses the Globe, and features an excellent few chapters on the QE2 cruise ship near the end! The entertainment is non-stop, however Anne sometimes has a tendency to ramble on for page upon page of thoughts, but then this adds to the sense of self-importance and delusions of grandeur that Lestat has.

It is a shame that Anne Rice has chosen to abandon her Vampire writing in favour of more religious works, and that on her website she discourages her new readers from reading the vampire chronicles. I can sort of see why...her Vampire Chronicles (especially this book and the wonderful Merrick) are violent, filthy, dirty, mean, romantic, racy, apparently blasphemous, dark and also very very funny, and that is why they are so damn good!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2003
Since becoming an anne rice fan, it been hard to put nearly any of her books down, this is no exception!
Lestat after becoming a rock star and waking up Akasha and surviving, makes friends with David from the Talamasca. Then after the incident in the Gobi desert (i'll let you find out for yourself what happened), is approached by James Raglan, a former Talamasca employee but fired due to his theft and disloyalty to them, and asks if Lestat would like to become human for a week by switching bodies. How is Lestat to refuse this offer? However, Lestat under estimates James who takes away his supernatural body including his new powers aquired from the queen. How is a mere human as Lestat now is goin to catch James, a powerful vampire?
The story unfolds, drawing you in, into an adventure of skill and deception.
A must read for anne rice fans, i guarentee you'll enjoy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2000
One for Lestat lovers. Rice toys with your emotions in this one. Oh how you want Lestat to be human! Powerfull imigary as always, paving the way to the next in the series. A clever ending, I was about to turn off the light towards the end of the book but had to read the last two chapters. It was 4am.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2002
I thought this book was brilliant, and in my opinion probably the best in the vampire chronicles. Not only you read more about Lestat's adventures but it is in a completely different environment as it relates lestat's experiences as a human being. This book is definitely for Vampires stories' lovers but can also be a very good first book for new people to this genre. Enjoy!
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Another captivating tale with our beloved Lestat aas the centrepiece. Life can be good to us sometimes.

The imagery and narrative is beautiful as always and I found myself craving Lestat's dialogue. The story itself is intelligent and does not lose momentum. I honestly enjoyed every page of this one, the idea that Lestat could be actually, truly human once more? Delicious!

But whereas it is well written and is another triumph for the Vampire Chronicles, it could be quite easily forgotten. You could take it or leave it and you would not be missing much in the grand scheme of things. It's a Lestat adventure that is epic but does not affect the vampire world he lives in to any great shakes.

The best bit of the book for me was the ending. Not because it ends, but because it's clever and surprised me.

I liked it and Rice fans will not be disappointed.
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on 12 October 1999
Having seen the movie "Interview with the Vampire" I was spellbound. It must have also sparked off my interest in seeking out the author of the story. I don't normally pick up a book unless it comes highly recommended by friends. This was the first Anne Rice I've ever read and it will certainly not be my last! Anne is truly gifted in writing dark vampiric tales that don't condemn the living dead to be anti-heroes when many other books do. You learn that Lestat and Louis have passions, desires, and feelings as much as any other humans do (in their own vampiric ways). What an imagination! This is a MUST read for people with a thirst for dark supernatural tales, it won't quench your desire, on the contrary, it makes you want to search for more of Anne Rice's work!
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This one i think was my least favourite one so far. I have read it and it was a good adventure story, but as title says, you would not miss it if you don't read it. I cannot even really remember anything spectacular about it. the ending i felt was a little forced, Lestat is impossible and always does what he sets his mind to regardless anyone else and any good advice. But it was a little out of character even for him to turn David against his will.

the relationship he has with the nun is interesting a little, and the way he deals with being in human body, but it is just a straight forward story which in the case of Leatat is a little boring. In my opinion.

The next one is brilliant though, Memnoch the Devil.... So read quick and get the next one...
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