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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (2 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099271095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099271093
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sensuous . . . Its intensity never flags."
--Los Angeles Times
"MASTERFUL . . . A STORY ILLUMINATED WITH THE METAPHOR OF GOLD, DRENCHED IN HELLISH DARKNESS AND DRIPPING WITH BLOOD."
--USA Today
"[A] LUSHLY DESCRIBED STORY OF HOW VITTORIO DI RINIARI BECAME A VAMPIRE . . . In the year 1450, he witnesses the massacre of his entire family by a band of demons. Fleeing from the primal scene, he follows the fiends in search of vengeance, and instead is overcome by the devastatingly beautiful 'strega, ' the bare-shouldered Ursula. His desire for revenge--and his desire for Ursula--propels him in a dizzy descent to religion's darkest side."
--Publishers Weekly
"ANOTHER ENCHANTING PRETERNATURAL TALE . . . SUPERBLY WRITTEN AND ENGAGING."
--Associated Press
"VITTORIO is set against a magnificent backdrop of history and lore. An opulent feast for the imagination, the lust and passion of the early fourteenth century come to life in Rice's vivid prose."
--Rocky Mountain News
"A READER'S DELIGHT."
--Philadelphia Inquirer --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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A Vampire Chronicles novella from the internationally bestselling Anne Rice

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As with all Anne Rice novels you expect a certain quality about the story and it was there, though that was about all you got. The story begins with good intentions, the majority of the story is written about Vittorio before he was given the dark gift. It may sound bad, but it was quite refreshing for Rice to create a story away from all the vampires in the other stories, hence when Lestat mentions about the presents of others in Queen of the Damned we finally find out one of these, though the door is still open for more.
I, and most other readers would agree, that this is by no means Rice's best work, yet, a good story nonetheless. A worthwhile read for any that are interested in vampires, even if no other stories from the chronicles have been read as no prior knowledge is required to fully understand and appreciaite the story. A Good Read, but by no means the best!
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Early Anne Rice novels, the first Lestat books in particular, carried you along in wonderment at a new view of the world, but that wonder has grown stale and stagnant, and lanquid posing while waiting for the next sexual frisson does not, for me anyway, make for interesting reading. Vittorio was really annoying, the mixing of the vampires and angels was annoying, the questioning about religion. But the biggest problem with this story was the repetition of each of her vampires; why do they all have to come from wealthy, if not royal, backgrounds? No beautiful homeless youths for an older vampire to fall in love with? And secondly, why do they all have to reflect her Roman Catholic views (even the pre-Christian vampires, to some extent)? You're telling me none of the vampires can be Lutheran or something? What are the odds?
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The problem I find with Anne Rice's work is that much of it refers to other novels, which does give the Vampire Chronicles depth and continuity, but can be bewildering. This particular book is an entirely independent vampire novel, which is one of it's strongest points. It has ideas not covered in Rice's other works but more importantly it contains one of her strongest invocations of a time period. If you want a book that is descriptive, with a dynamic righteous hero (in the end you'll wish he hadn't been turned) then Vittorio is the Vampire for you.
Basically a great stand-alone novel by Rice, with one of the best good vs evil themes she has written.
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As with all Rice's novels, once begun, it's impossible to put down. Vittorio is more a recollection of the classical wonder of Renaissance Florence than simply the tale of a vampire. Rice captures the beauty of an age through the life of the vampire with astounding detail. As with "Pandora", we are entranced and transported into the history of the character, and with beautiful prose and factual evidence, the book - as with all her novels - is simply a joy to read.
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I've read all of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles in sequence and was dreading this, as I'd heard it concerned totally new characters - and it does, which is a good thing. The title is misleading - Vittorio narrates as a vampire, but 85% of the book is spent as a human. This is no bad thing - it makes a refreshing change of perspective as
Vittorio battles against a castle full of vampires. A shame that not much of Vittorio's 500-year existence as a vampire is chronicled, but Anne Rice seems to like missing out huge chunks of her vampires' lives in her books (Pandora and Marius books spring to mind). Well recommended though.
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This was a gift to my daughter and she hasn't read it yet. However, it arrived well in time for Christmas and since it is one of the Anne Rice books which she hadn't got she was pleased to receive it.
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As usual, Anne Rice writes the best stories and I am a huge fan. This story was no exception although I have to admit that I found the book rather smaller than her previous books and so I read it far too quickly... within a day! :-/
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Oh dear........oh dear oh dear......I think there comes a time in every authors career when they have flogged to death a particular character or subject. I have every book of the vampire chronicles and this one was definitely NOT one of her best. I ploughed through Vittorio hoping for the same spark, drive and emotional turblulence that I have usually found in her books. Unfortunately, this one is repetitive, boring and flat. The ending is almost an embarrassment. It almost begs you to like the book, and I get the impression that Rice knew it wasn't one of her best. I think its time to stop the vampire chronicles now. Fini, done. Don't ruin a good thing. The end of Vittorio says "if you say you haven't got anything out of this book.....I won't believe you..." Well I did get something out of it, a good nights sleep.
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