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Angel Time: The Songs of the Seraphim 1 by [Rice, Anne]
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3.2 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in The Songs of the Seraphim (2 Book Series)
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Praise for Christ the Lord"
""Riveting. . . . Rice's book is a triumph of tone -- her prose lean, lyrical, vivid -- and character. As he ponders his staggering responsibility, the boy is fully believable -- and yet there's something in his supernatural empathy and blazing intelligence that conveys the wondrousness of a boy like no other. . . . With this novel, she has indeed found a convincing version of him; this is fiction that transcends story and instead qualifies as an act of faith. Joins Nikos Kazantzakis's The Last Temptation" of Christ" and Endo's A Life of Jesus as one of the bolder re-tellings."
--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred)

Praise for Blood Canticle"
""When Anne Rice releases a new book in The Vampire Chronicles series, cheers from her huge fan base can be heard everywhere."
--"The Edmonton Journal"

"Thrilling. . .divinely entertaining."
--PEOPLE magazine (3 1/2 stars)
"Full of provocative moral reflections. . . Readers will revel in Rice's colorful recreation of the historical past and in her moving depiction of characters struggling to reconcile matters of the heart with their personal sense of faith."
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"Readers looking either for a convincing story of faith rediscovered or simply an exciting read will be pleased by Rice's compelling tale, and many will hope for more books featuring her fascinating and utterly sympathetic new hero."
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"Time travel, ultraviolence and medieval madness--divine intervention rendered fantastically by Rice. . . With two marvelous reimaginings of the Gospels and a spiritual autobiography recently extending her range, Rice revisits the shadows of her vampire classics; now however with her return to Catholicism, her sinners vie for redemption

"Thrilling. . .divinely entertaining."

--PEOPLE magazine (3 1/2 stars)

"Full of provocative moral reflections. . . Readers will revel in Rice's colorful recreation of the historical past and in her moving depiction of characters struggling to reconcile matters of the heart with their personal sense of faith."
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--"Publishers Weekly"
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"Readers looking either for a convincing story of faith rediscovered or simply an exciting read will be pleased by Rice's compelling tale, and many will hope for more books featuring her fascinating and utterly sympathetic new hero."
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"Time travel, ultraviolence and medieval madness--divine intervention rendered fantastically by Rice. . . With two marvelous reimaginings of the Gospels and a spiritual autobiography recently extending her range, Rice revisits the shadows of her vampire classics; now however with her return to Catholicism, her sinners vie for redemption. . .Angelically inspiring. Devilishly clever."

--"Kirkus Reviews"

Thrilling. . .divinely entertaining.
PEOPLE magazine (3 1/2 stars)
Full of provocative moral reflections. . . Readers will revel in Rice s colorful recreation of the historical past and in her moving depiction of characters struggling to reconcile matters of the heart with their personal sense of faith.
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"Publishers Weekly"
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Readers looking either for a convincing story of faith rediscovered or simply an exciting read will be pleased by Rice s compelling tale, and many will hope for more books featuring her fascinating and utterly sympathetic new hero.
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" "Booklist," starred
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Time travel, ultraviolence and medieval madness divine intervention rendered fantastically by Rice. . . With two marvelous reimaginings of the Gospels and a spiritual autobiography recently extending her range, Rice revisits the shadows of her vampire classics; now however with her return to Catholicism, her sinners vie for redemption. . .Angelically inspiring. Devilishly clever.
"Kirkus Reviews""

Book Description

Anne Rice, on top form, returns to the mesmerizing storytelling that has captivated readers for more than three decades in a dark gothic novel of suspense about assassins and angels, set in worlds past - the first in a new series called The Songs of the Seraphim.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036RCVME
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Although I agree that this might not be everyone's cup of tea, I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would so it just goes to show! I found both the protagonist and the Seraph to be very likeable characters. The whole idea of a "bad childhood" might seem clichéd but I didn't feel that way whilst reading it at all. I find her depiction of Angels as attractive as her Vampires. There is a sense of longing, attraction and despair in both cases. I disagree with the comment that because the protagonist is a human, he cannot be as alluring and divided as her ethereal beings. Wasn't David Talbot a fascinating man, as well as vampire? Both beautiful and frustrating? I felt that Toby was a very solid character, he wasn't pathetic and I'm sure that some of the vampires would have loved to have met him. As I've never had an encounter with an Angel, my expectations could only be conjured from my own imagination so I think Anne gives it a damn good shot, attempting to make Malchiah believable. He is frustratingly beautiful and detached. Yes, it has deeply religious connotations but if you've read any of Anne's other books, this shouldn't come as a surprise. Generally, I am neither a religious person, nor have a particular interest in religion but I didn't feel suffocated by the constant religious themes, in fact, I feel Anne writes about it very knowledgeably and I'm sure I will continue to devour the rest of the series!
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Anne Rice writes this in her typical style of a narrative of the character telling the story. The problem with this is rather than sticking to one character it chops backwards and forwards between characters. This can make things very confusing and lose track. It also makes it seem like a number of shorter stories rather than one and there is a definitive split in the book when this happens. The first half grabs your interest about the main character as you learn about his background and his personality. Then he becomes very much a secondary character and it loses it drive and appeal. The second half interested me due to it being based in Norwich, the city i come from and has some interesting histroical stories that i went on to research myself. This is why i have given it 4 stars rather than 3 due to it raising my personnel interest in Norwich that not all may find appealing. Overall this story starts off with an interesting start but loose's it drive and focus in the middle.
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Format: Hardcover
Put simply, this was honestly one of the most boring books I have ever read.

I have read many of Anne Rice's Vampire Series books, and while some can be hit and miss, most were very enjoyable. Not so for this book, alas, which seemed like she just couldn't be bothered to make an effort with the unimaginative plot she expects us to swallow. The entire premise of a "redeemed hit-man" and his time travelling angel guide is not so much unrealistic as it is unconvincing and lack lustre. The story goes something like this:- hired hit-man with "bad childhood" meets an angel, the angel casts him back in time to medieval England to help others and redeem himself. The rest of the book is essentially dull page filling and pedantic rambling, neither of which really adds anything to the story, or my attention span for that matter. What makes it even less bearable is the way that Anne Rice spends pages ranting about religious themes, saints, god, and Christian salvation (Catholic, mostly)... thanks Anne, but I can get that kind of patronising stuff with any religious channel on satellite, cheers. On top of that, I can only assume she got paid handsomely for the many ingratiating pages she wrote on the real life hotel mentioned at the start of the book, which reads more like a obsequious travel brochure.

This book was a herculean struggle to get to the end:- its dull, boring, unconvincing, unimaginative, and the overbearing (not to mention endless) religious nonsense made it less of a story than it did sanctimonious preaching. Anne Rice has lost her flair, and I certainly won't be buying the promised sequels... watching paint dry in a catholic church will have the same effect, and for less money.
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Format: Paperback
When this book was first released, I read the blurb and thought, despite my adoration for Anne Rice; this was not a book for me. As someone who would identify as predominately secular, a book centralising around Christianity and Judaism would not often make my ‘to read’ list. The novel tells the story of a Jewish family in medieval times and the problems they encounter, something I must admit I was not familiar with.
‘Angel Time’ for me is not about religion at all, or God for that matter; the book showcases the human condition inclusive of faults and triumphs. Love can so often feel romanticised and knows no real life limitations. Yet, Anne Rice, as always, has provided the reader with a range of characters who are each as imperfect and flawed as the next; regardless of who they love. This ensures that the reader is invested in the story arc of each character irrespective of their own religious affiliation. The possibility of alienation from the events of the narrative is always heightened when motivations are religious in origin; this possible pitfall has irrevocably been avoided.
Though I personally believe the acceptance of certain instances within the narrative were unbelievable, and quick; I would believe others perhaps ‘of faith’ would disagree. I certainly will concede had ‘angel’ been replaced with ‘vampire’ or ‘fairy’ I would have been internally screaming for Toby; the protagonist, to accept the fact, so the narrative could progress.
I genuinely am so glad I decided to read this book; it has affected me in a way only a truly great book can. I closed ‘Angel Time’ with an inner peace wholly disconnected with religion; I felt at peace with humanity as a whole.
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