I’ve recently finished reading “The Tale of the Body Thief”, the fourth book in the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. This is a rather unusual affair and there is little I can say without giving the game away. It’s very different to the other books. For a start, it seems that every character Lestat comes into contact with, regardless of age or gender, is a past, present or future sexual conquest. The previous books alluded to this, but it’s a little overplayed here. There were a couple of times in the book where I got a little bored, but for the most part I really enjoyed it. The story at the heart of the book is quite nifty, and for the most part it plays out very nicely. I don’t think it’s a strong as the first three books, but it’s not half bad.
My biggest problem now is, do I continue with the rest of the chronicles, another 5 or so books, or do I knock it on the head and get a life? The answer will come in this blog… 🙂
By the way, I wrote an article on OS Authentication. I’ve been asked a number of questions on the matter over the last few weeks and it just seemed a sensible way to simplify my answers. I’ve purposely not discussed privileged connections, so it’s very basic.
2 thoughts on “The Tale of the Body Thief…”
Don’t bother with Memnoch. Apparently it wasn’t orignally planned to be a Lestat book, but she then plugged him in as the main protagonist. It didn’t really work.
And some of the later books (Blackwood Farm and another I can’t recall) tie in the Vampire Chronicle with the Mayfair Witches chronicle (Witching Hour, Lasher and Taltos – I think those were the titles). I liked the Mayfair Witches original trilogy, but not the later tie ins. I also liked Servant of the Bones (which doesn’t tie in with any of them – yet). Of course, your mileage may vary….
I’m going to give them a go. The first 50 pages of Memnoch seems erally good. All the reviews say its rubbish, so I’m not holding out. But then I have very low expectations now, so maybe it will exceed them 🙂
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