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In a gripping feat of storytelling, Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with the now-classic Interview with the Vampire. For centuries, Lestat—vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals—has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Now he is alone. And in his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and h In a gripping feat of storytelling, Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with the now-classic Interview with the Vampire. For centuries, Lestat—vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals—has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Now he is alone. And in his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, Lestat embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has undertaken in all the years of his haunted existence.   Praise for The Tale of the Body Thief   “Tinged with mystery, full of drama . . . The story is involving, the twists surprising.”—People   “Rice is our modern messenger of the occult, whose nicely updated dark-side passion plays twist and turn in true Gothic form.”—San Francisco Chronicle   “Fast-paced . . . . mesmerizing . . . silkenly sensuous . . . No one writing today matches her deftness with the erotic.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution   “Hypnotic . . . masterful.”—Cosmopolitan From the Paperback edition.


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In a gripping feat of storytelling, Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with the now-classic Interview with the Vampire. For centuries, Lestat—vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals—has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Now he is alone. And in his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and h In a gripping feat of storytelling, Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with the now-classic Interview with the Vampire. For centuries, Lestat—vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals—has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Now he is alone. And in his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, Lestat embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has undertaken in all the years of his haunted existence.   Praise for The Tale of the Body Thief   “Tinged with mystery, full of drama . . . The story is involving, the twists surprising.”—People   “Rice is our modern messenger of the occult, whose nicely updated dark-side passion plays twist and turn in true Gothic form.”—San Francisco Chronicle   “Fast-paced . . . . mesmerizing . . . silkenly sensuous . . . No one writing today matches her deftness with the erotic.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution   “Hypnotic . . . masterful.”—Cosmopolitan From the Paperback edition.

30 review for The Tale of the Body Thief

  1. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    The first Rice novel I ever read. I was in Bari, Italy, waiting for the ferry to take me to Corfu, Greece. I was reading a hideously boring Candadian novel, and the young lady in line next to me was reading The Tale of the Body Thief. We switched books. I had never heard of Anne Rice. I fell in love with the book. Soon after, when I was in Sorrento a few weeks later, I was searching for any Rice books I could find. Her writing is lush. Reading this book was like wearing a mink coat inside-out i. The first Rice novel I ever read. I was in Bari, Italy, waiting for the ferry to take me to Corfu, Greece. I was reading a hideously boring Candadian novel, and the young lady in line next to me was reading The Tale of the Body Thief. We switched books. I had never heard of Anne Rice. I fell in love with the book. Soon after, when I was in Sorrento a few weeks later, I was searching for any Rice books I could find. Her writing is lush. Reading this book was like wearing a mink coat inside-out i.e. you feel the soft luxurious fur on your skin. Lestat, the main character, is a very egotistical vampire, yet he is very amicable. The story is very interesting. It is a man hunt. Someone has tricked Lestat into switching bodies, so Lestat becomes a mere human. Lestat and his friend must find the "body thief". The action is not abundant and not thrilling. What attracts you to the story and keeps you reading is the language Rice uses and the character of Lestat. I highly recommend this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gary Galehouse

    She's way too in love with her own writing at this point. Takes ten pages to describe the front of a mansion. In the words of the great Casey Kasem: Ponderous man, f'ing ponderous.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Bullet Review: Wow. What a serious waste of my time! I felt bad when I was bored with The Queen of the Damned, which I attribute to being Vampire Chronicle-d out, but I can't use that excuse with this book. I had quite a few months between "Queen of the Damned" and whatever THIS is. This book has a thread of a good idea - a being who can switch bodies and Lestat who wants to be a human again - and RUINS it with endless talking and thinking about the same points ad nauseum. Scenes that could have b Bullet Review: Wow. What a serious waste of my time! I felt bad when I was bored with The Queen of the Damned, which I attribute to being Vampire Chronicle-d out, but I can't use that excuse with this book. I had quite a few months between "Queen of the Damned" and whatever THIS is. This book has a thread of a good idea - a being who can switch bodies and Lestat who wants to be a human again - and RUINS it with endless talking and thinking about the same points ad nauseum. Scenes that could have been powerful run FAR too long, thus running any good points into the ground. And let me allow a few images to say how I feel about the rest of this series: Full Review: After being mostly OK with his vampire life up to this point (well, after the events of The Queen of the Damned, where he defeats Akasha's uprising, I can see why he'd be a bit bummed), Lestat hears about a Body Thief - a being who can move between bodies and thereby live forever. Louis and David tell him repetitively and in long, clunky chapters that this isn't a good idea. After, of course, long, clunky chapters talking about what God is, who the devil is, and all sorts of religious issues that the author must have been working through at the time. A quarter of a book later, Lestat meets up with the Body Thief. They spend several long, clunky chapters going back and forth on a "deal" so that Lestat can use a human body for a week. Lestat hems and haws (and Louis and David chime in again too) before he finally makes the switch, nearly halfway through the book. Lestat then quickly learns that being human isn't all it's cracked up to be. It involves taking a p!ss, eating, being sick, and not being rapey when you want sex. He pretty quickly decides that being human is one of the worst things in the world. When he is sick, he meets up with a nun, who takes him home to care for her - cue long, clunky chapters talking about religion and humanity and vampirity and all topics that could have been interesting if we hadn't spent several long, clunky chapters driving the point home. Once Lestat is better, he rings up David and begs for his help to get his body back. Cue long, clunky chapters talking about everything we've talked about before, squeeze in a brief scene where Lestat gets his body back (and someone else gets a body transplant), and end with long, clunky chapters talking about stuff that really didn't belong in this book. It may be hard to believe, based on my snarky plot summary, but I actually liked Interview With The Vampire and The Vampire Lestat. I thought they were fascinating books, the characters were great, the mythos wonderful. Sure, they are not action! Adventure! Thrills! Chills! every other minute but THAT WAS OKAY. Even when I didn't like The Queen of the Damned, I blamed that on the terrible Mary Sue character, Jessie, and the fact I had read the first three books straight through, which almost always leads to series burnout. So I gave myself a break, to renew my love of this series. And then I listened to this audiobook. Honestly, this could have and should have been a fabulous book. I mean, I still adore Lestat, Louis, David (Lestat and David TOTALLY needed to hook up!), and Gretchen. Even the Body Thief himself was fairly interesting. The problem is, there was too much author intrusion, too much time spent on talking about various topics until their insight and usefulness had died a dismal death and too little time for the story to unfold. I can't tell you how many scenes there were that would start out awesome, with a great new idea, a new concept, a new thought, and then totally destroy it because the characters wouldn't f@#$ing move on. To me, this was particularly apparent when Lestat was with Gretchen. What started out as a beautiful, sensual scene, quickly devolved into monotony and pedantry. Round and round, without end. If only the editor had the sense to cut the book in half! That half would have been the most brilliant, poignant story probably in the entire series! Speaking of series, here comes the biggest question: do I continue? I read series for one of two reasons: + I enjoy the series + I enjoy the snark It's obvious I'm no longer enjoying the series (and reading what many others have said about later books, I'm unlikely to refind my love of Lestat and company). Unfortunately, unlike with Anita Blake and Ayla, there really isn't anything to snark. It's just BORING. And so, with that said, I'm out.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    This book is very good. It is well written and packed of life reflections. There is no doubt that Anne Rice knows what she is doing. Particularly, I just dont think that this installment is at the same level as the first three books of this series. To me, this book seems to center more in introspections and rumination than in the actual plot. The storyline feels like an excuse for all the pondering, deliberating and meditating that the characters do. Dont get me wrong, it was very interesting, it This book is very good. It is well written and packed of life reflections. There is no doubt that Anne Rice knows what she is doing. Particularly, I just don´t think that this installment is at the same level as the first three books of this series. To me, this book seems to center more in introspections and rumination than in the actual plot. The storyline feels like an excuse for all the pondering, deliberating and meditating that the characters do. Don´t get me wrong, it was very interesting, it just didn´t capture me as much as the others did. This book was definitely more philosophical than emotional. There is less action and more talking and thinking, thus lowering somewhat the entertaining factor. To me the actual story ended with the third book, so it took me a while to get into this one, it took me three separate tries actually, but I finally did. To be fair, there is very little story here to get into.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tamcamry

    • I thought that this is by far Anne Rice’s best description of Lestat’s true character. Everything he did in this book was exactly what I would expect someone who is supposed to be so selfish and evil to do. Throughout the rest of the books Rice tries so hard to tell you that Lestat is really not good, that he can do evil things, and she tries desperately to make him into this anti-hero. This is the first book where I think she does a really good job of it. This makes me want to read more about • I thought that this is by far Anne Rice’s best description of Lestat’s true character. Everything he did in this book was exactly what I would expect someone who is supposed to be so selfish and evil to do. Throughout the rest of the books Rice tries so hard to tell you that Lestat is really not good, that he can do evil things, and she tries desperately to make him into this anti-hero. This is the first book where I think she does a really good job of it. This makes me want to read more about Lestat. In Queen of the Damned, it seemed like she tried to tell a story while telling us all about her vampires’ history. I think that if she would have either done one or the other, the result would have been good, but as it turned out, both the story and the history faltered. This was purely a story. A list of interesting and suspenseful events that kept me interested.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrés Laverde Ortiz

    Leer sobre vampiros no es una nueva moda. Los vampiros no nacieron como una explosión de hormonas adolescentes, ni mucho menos del cine (aunque sea este el que nos haya dado las imágenes más vivas y majestuosas de ellos). Seguramente no muchos estuvieron de acuerdo con el ahora cliché del vampiro refinado y elegante que creó Polidori en su célebre relato “El Vampiro”, que luego pareció afamarse con la obra de Bram Stoker “Drácula”, inspirada en parte en la historia del conde Vlad Tepes. Pero juz Leer sobre vampiros no es una nueva moda. Los vampiros no nacieron como una explosión de hormonas adolescentes, ni mucho menos del cine (aunque sea este el que nos haya dado las imágenes más vivas y majestuosas de ellos). Seguramente no muchos estuvieron de acuerdo con el ahora cliché del vampiro refinado y elegante que creó Polidori en su célebre relato “El Vampiro”, que luego pareció afamarse con la obra de Bram Stoker “Drácula”, inspirada en parte en la historia del conde Vlad Tepes. Pero juzgar a un lector simplemente porque lee un libro de vampiros es otra cosa. Terminé de leer la semana pasada “El Ladrón de Cuerpos” un libro que esperó muchos años para llegar a mis manos y que quise devorar desde que, casi de un tirón hace un par de años, terminé los primeros tres libros de la saga de ‘Crónicas Vampíricas’, me atrevo a decir, un clásico de la literatura contemporánea escrito por la muy preparada Anne Rice. Me encontraba leyendo las últimas páginas en un Transmilenio en Bogotá, cuando una señora que se sentó a mi lado no pudo evitar leer la contraportada de mi libro. Entonces, luego de un bufido parecido al de los toros (caballos si se quiere) la señora me suelta: “¿qué pasa que todos leen de vampiros? ¿Ahora todos quieren ser vampiros? ¿se quieren vestir como vampiros? ¿Usted también quiere dar susto? ¿Salir medio desnudo a la calle?”. La señora se baja del transporte y sigue hablando sola… está bien, me soltó todo eso de medio loca, pero ¿no han ido demasiado lejos los últimos escritores sobre vampiros? Si la señora y yo estamos de acuerdo en algo es en esto: los vampiros son hoy un fenómeno juvenil exagerado, que raya los límites de lo sensual para convertirlo en sexy (que no es lo mismo) y que, luego se convierten solamente en moda. No se imagina ella la cantidad de diálogos existenciales, descripciones fantásticas y trivialidades embellecidas que puede encontrar en los libros de Anne Rice, una experta en historia que además se toma el atrevimiento de crear vampiros “elegantemente sensuales” y no “vulgarmente sexys”. Volviendo al libro, una continuación de la saga que empezó en “Entrevista con el vampiro”, continúa con “Lestat el vampiro” y “La reina de los condenados” hasta llegar al título que nos compete, lo que inicia como una discusión existencial sobre “lo moral” en la vida vampírica, nos pasea luego por interesantes teorías sobre la existencia del bien y del mal, de Dios y el diablo, hasta convertirse en una cacería llena de experiencias sin ningún tabú sexual ni moral y detalles tan bien descritos que se hacen casi perceptibles. ¿Vampiros que brillan y salvan adolescentes? No, nada de eso encontrarás en los libros de Rice, que explota la figura de Polidori y Stoker desde dentro, creando vampiros más introspectivos, reflexivos y, si se quiere, humanos, conscientes del error, la belleza, el caos y la divinidad, como no es imaginada desde Rimbaud. Una obra muy recomendada para las tardes lluviosas de Bogotá, y hasta para los domingos asoleados en el parque. Una obra que se queda y no que pasa por moda. Una que debe leerse en presencia de todas las viejitas locas del país.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    3.5 stars. Another solid chapter in one of the most iconic vampire series of all time. It is amazing that even after all this time (and the endless series of vampire novels) that this series still shines as one of the better ones. Recommended!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I enjoyed Tale of the Body Thief more than any other installment of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles up to this point in the series. Unlike all of her other vampire novels, Rice doesn't spend half the book in flashbacks relating someone's history, and for that we are rewarded. More than ever before we are inside the mind of the vampire Lestat and can revel in his fiesty, pompous spirit and feel closer to him than ever before. I remember when reading The Queen of the Damned I was getting sick of th I enjoyed Tale of the Body Thief more than any other installment of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles up to this point in the series. Unlike all of her other vampire novels, Rice doesn't spend half the book in flashbacks relating someone's history, and for that we are rewarded. More than ever before we are inside the mind of the vampire Lestat and can revel in his fiesty, pompous spirit and feel closer to him than ever before. I remember when reading The Queen of the Damned I was getting sick of the flashbacks and origin stories... I wanted to see Lestat in present day! I wanted to see him covorting around, just being him! And here we get that, we see him in every day existence, absorb the glory of it all, and experience his transitions as he gives up his vampire body to be a mortal once again and his supriring revelations he comes to discover. I didn't want this book to end. When I closed this book, I felt saddened at the silencing of Lestat's running narrative, his eccentricities and sensitivites. But there's at least one more to read, so I still have that to look forward to. But one thing's for certain... out of all the vampire chronicles, this is one I will be returning to and rereading in the future. This book made me realize how incredibly awful it really is to be human. Rice personified it to the extent you feel she really does know what it's like to look from the outside at our species, and it's uncanny how she transforms Lestat's outlook in the process. Yes, this book made me want to live in Lestat's shoes for a day. If I could switch with his body, I think I'd like to stay in there, too.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stepheny

    The Tale of the Body Thief is the 4th book in the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. And it is by far the best one. Lestat is being followed. Everywhere he goes he senses that someone is watching him. He can’t shake it. Finally, his mysterious follower leaves him instructions to meet. Is it a trap? Is he being lured in under false pretenses? Of course, every single person that Lestat talks to instructs him NOT to go. So, being Lestat he goes. The man who Lestat meets offers him a once in a lifetime The Tale of the Body Thief is the 4th book in the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. And it is by far the best one. Lestat is being followed. Everywhere he goes he senses that someone is watching him. He can’t shake it. Finally, his mysterious follower leaves him instructions to meet. Is it a trap? Is he being lured in under false pretenses? Of course, every single person that Lestat talks to instructs him NOT to go. So, being Lestat he goes. The man who Lestat meets offers him a once in a lifetime opportunity- to be mortal again. After centuries of immortality, Lestat could walk in daylight, taste wine and foods, and once again experience life through mortal eyes. Once again everyone tells Lestat not to even entertain the notion. Once again, Lestat does what he wants and goes full-bore into the endeavor. I’ll give it to him, he had a contract, rules, agreements and an arrangement that made sense to both parties. But a man who physically steals bodies? Can he truly be tusted? Of course not. Lestat is forced to be mortal for much longer than he intended. His body has been taken from him and he is now susceptible to the elements. What ensues is nothing short of exciting. The whole book I was on the edge of my seat. I didn’t know whether Lestat would be able to track down the man who had taken possession of his body. Being mortal he no longer has his preternatural abilities. He’s an average human being. Would the other vampires trust that he was in fact Lestat? Would they even help him given the almost nonstop trouble he had caused as a vampire? This book was so revolutionary to me. The idea of an immortal being once again becoming mortal and the manner in which it was done was just so fucking cool. I absolutely loved it. If you want to read one book out of the entire series, this should be the one you check out.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cody | codysbookshelf

    It is official: this is the book that made me an unwavering fan of Lestat. While the previous Vampire Chronicle, Queen of the Damned features an array of characters and scenarios, there wasn’t as much a focus on the Brat Prince. In this, the fourth book in the series, Anne Rice has almost inverted that: Lestat de Lioncourt is front and center through all of it; the reader gets to, finally, see him fall, and seek redemption. The concept is pretty simple: Lestat, after over two centuries of being It is official: this is the book that made me an unwavering fan of Lestat. While the previous Vampire Chronicle, Queen of the Damned features an array of characters and scenarios, there wasn’t as much a focus on the Brat Prince. In this, the fourth book in the series, Anne Rice has almost inverted that: Lestat de Lioncourt is front and center through all of it; the reader gets to, finally, see him fall, and seek redemption. The concept is pretty simple: Lestat, after over two centuries of being a vampire, has grown weary of it all. He’s tired of the purgatory, the repetition; he longs to feel human pleasures again. He comes across a mysterious spirit — a body thief — that allows him to trade places with a human man. By combining her trademark erotic and horrific tendencies with a hilarious and enthralling fish-out-of-water scenario (Lestat was human in the 1700s, mind you, and is attempting human life once more in the early 1990s), Anne Rice created a truly addictive read — perhaps the closest she’s come to a true crime thriller . . . sort of. This book is jam-packed with cool ideas and a lot of intriguing theology talk. I know the next novel in the series goes deep in that direction, and I can’t wait to jump on it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kami

    This one was took the series back up a notch for me. I was dissapointed in Queen of the Damned.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Lavín

    My first read of the The Vampire Lestat was quite some years ago, I was somewhere around 15 at the time. I remember being delightfully amazed by this character, the sheer raw sensuality of his persona and of the way he conducted himself. Always wanting everyone to notice him, to fear him, to love him, and actually giving them all the tools required to do so. The torture of immortality is always a floating theme in Rice's books. So is the appreciation of everything thats fragile and beautiful for My first read of the The Vampire Lestat was quite some years ago, I was somewhere around 15 at the time. I remember being delightfully amazed by this character, the sheer raw sensuality of his persona and of the way he conducted himself. Always wanting everyone to notice him, to fear him, to love him, and actually giving them all the tools required to do so. The torture of immortality is always a floating theme in Rice's books. So is the appreciation of everything thats fragile and beautiful for that, all of the vampires' love for humans and their mortality being a clear example of this. This book, however, takes it a little bit further. It wasn't just Lestat looking at mortals he fell in and out of love in a time lapse of 10 minutes, it was actually him living in man's flesh the fragility of it all. The torment of being an easy to break mortal, of having to actually do something with the short time span you get living. The anguish behind questions so fundamental like what can you do with your life to make it matter, how do you transcend, how to affect the big picture or does this big picture even matter at all. This book actually feels as an outsider looking into what it means to be human, to be fragile. To have human needs and to try and not find them disgusting. To be ever so confused as to what the best approach to this transcendance would be. It continually references parts of Goethe's Faust to keep on elaborating on to the questioning of the impossiblity that there is a god and a devil that actually exist as protrayed to us by religions such as the catholic. The "action" part (it's a vampire book after all) did seem to take a bit of low profile role on this one, giving us entire chapters of Lestat in his human form talking to some other human, most notably Gretchen or David, trying to figure it just what it all means. I understand some people that are going around saying it's a slow book. It is, very much so. And a lengthy one, I think it's as long as Queen of the Damned. I would, however, recommend not to let this move you away from this one, but to find the simple beauty of humans interacting that Rice presented us with this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tokio Myers

    “Revenge is the concern of those who are at some point or other beaten. I am not beaten, I told myself. No, not beaten. And victory is far more interesting to contemplate than revenge.” It's weird re-reading this book in a good way. As a middle school brat I hated this book. It's full of long descriptions, winy vampires and humans, and a old man that somehow captured Lestat's attention. So why would anyone read this and think it's awesome? “One tiny flame could make so many other flames; one tiny “Revenge is the concern of those who are at some point or other beaten. I am not beaten, I told myself. No, not beaten. And victory is far more interesting to contemplate than revenge.” It's weird re-reading this book in a good way. As a middle school brat I hated this book. It's full of long descriptions, winy vampires and humans, and a old man that somehow captured Lestat's attention. So why would anyone read this and think it's awesome? “One tiny flame could make so many other flames; one tiny flame could set afire a whole world.” Well five years later me would. Seriously I loved this book. I love old man David and felt his ending was perfect. I love that Lestat can't stop crying every five seconds because he's just an old child. I could even tolerate Louis even though I still don't like him, and he's a dick for most of the book. I love the long ass descriptions about food and mansions. Yes it's pretentious and unnecessary but it felt like I was in those places as I read fifteen pages of Miami heat. I liked the religious debates going on between David and Lestat. It's interesting seeing that vampires view themselves as evil yet some people (the people that get close to them) are like "nah, your good. Drinking human blood isn't a big deal" I also liked reading about humans who did not take the existence of vampires well. “So we reach into the raging chaos, and we pluck some small glittering thing, and we cling to it, and tell ourselves it has meaning, and that the world is good, and we are not evil, and we will all go home in the end.” Once again Anne Rice has won my heart with her writing. That bitch. “I am not times fool, nor a god hardened by the millennia; I am not the trickster in the black cape nor the sorrowful wanderer. I have a conscience. I know right from wrong I know what I do and yes, I do it. I am the Vampire Lestat. That's your answer do with it as you will.” P.S: I LOVE DAVID! WHY MUST I FALL FOR THE "GAY IN LOVE WITH VAMPIRES" ONES!? P.S.S: Mojo is the best

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Burns

    3 Stars Review: I won't even do lists this time because I had the same likes and dislikes. The plot was slow (really slow for a while in the beginning), the writing was a bit odd with the flashbacks and characters telling long stories to one another, but I'm invested in the characters, and that's why I can't stop reading this series. This one was much more focused on Lestat though, whereas the other books had a lot about the other vampires as well. And, to be honest, I think I'm more invested in th 3 Stars Review: I won't even do lists this time because I had the same likes and dislikes. The plot was slow (really slow for a while in the beginning), the writing was a bit odd with the flashbacks and characters telling long stories to one another, but I'm invested in the characters, and that's why I can't stop reading this series. This one was much more focused on Lestat though, whereas the other books had a lot about the other vampires as well. And, to be honest, I think I'm more invested in the others than I am in him. Lestat was his usual reckless, selfish, vain, dramatic self, and I'm finding it harder to feel sympathy for him. The sheer recklessness of his actions was astounding, honestly. He doesn't think anything through, not even after hundreds of years of being alive and making mistakes. One thing in particular that threw me off a bit though was that he seemed to be getting back to his old self when the last book ended, laughing and having fun with Louis even. Then all the sudden in this book, he was despairing and wanted to die. I don't even know how much time had passed, and so it seemed sudden. Then again, I don't think he actually wanted to die. Afterward, even he didn't think he had actually wanted to die. He had to have known the sun wouldn't kill him. It was just another one of his dramatic flights of fancy. None of this is an insult to the writing though, it's just Lestat's character. But anyway, things did pick up a bit once the story got to the body-switching part at least. It was especially interesting getting to see what being human again was like through the POV of such an inhuman vampire (although I do wonder how differently someone like Louis or Marius might have experienced it). Lestat just had one mess after another, he managed to get injured like five times within an hour. I almost felt bad for him, but I say almost because, again, it was his own fault he was in that situation. I liked the story most once David came back into it. I liked seeing the two of them work together, and the plot had much more tension during that time. One last thing to note before I get to my spoiler-filled thoughts, trigger warning for *MILD SPOILER* (view spoiler)[on-page rape. (hide spoiler)] *END SPOILER* This is something I plan to talk more in-depth about in a discussion on my blog soon. My Thoughts on Everything Else (there might be *SPOILERS* in this section): Honestly the little lover's quarrel between Lestat and Louis around 26% was the best part of the book. Despite all the things I've said about their relationship being messed up, I kind of ship them now. Why can't I just have a book about them actually being together? Because Interview was not that book. It glossed over all the feelings and the connection between them, and that relationship was unhealthy anyway. I mean, their relationship would still be unhealthy, but it would be a little more equal, at least, now that they understand each other better and now that Louis is not being purposely kept in ignorance by Lestat. And I don't even care how unhealthy it would be, I just want to see them together, quarrels and all! "Lestat, you can't become human by simply taking over a human body! You weren't human when you were alive! You were born a monster, and you know it. How the hell can you delude yourself like this." "I'm going to weep if you don't stop." "Weep. I'd like to see you weep. I've read a great deal about your weeping in the pages of your books but I've never seen you weep with my own eyes." "Ah, that makes you out to be a perfect liar," I said furiously. "You described my weeping in your miserable memoir in a scene which we both know did not take place!" I think I could read a whole book just of the two of them bickering. And speaking of things I could read a whole book about... I should have switched bodies with the dog, I thought. And then the thought of Mojo inside my vampiric body started me to laughing. I didn't know I wanted that until it was suggested. But come on, imagine even just a short story about a dog running around in Lestat's body. That would be hilarious. On a more serious note, I liked that Lestat got a taste of his own medicine in this book. Throughout their time together in Interview, Lestat always thought he knew what was best for Louis, but in this book, when Louis decided he knew what was best for Lestat (refusing to turn him when he was stuck in the human body), when Louis had the upper hand, Lestat didn't like that at all. Do I agree with Louis's decision? I don't know, but I think it was fitting for Lestat, even if he failed to see the comparison. Even if he burned down Louis's house in anger and reverted back to his crappy treatment of Louis, threatening to kill him, holding it over him that he was his maker. And it's funny how he talks of being betrayed by a dear friend when he himself betrayed a dear friend very soon after by turning David into a vampire against his will. Then he had the audacity to feel miserable about it. This is why I can't take his misery seriously or sympathize with him sometimes---he brings it upon himself, he hurts other people, then he wants to play the victim and get upset and makes it all about him instead of the people he hurt. Overall Thoughts: I enjoyed the book in the end, although I could've done without all the slowness at the beginning. And like I said, I'm too invested to let some odd writing choices stop me from continuing! Recommended For: Fans of Books 1-3 in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. Anyone who likes beautiful yet deadly vampires, descriptive writing, and amazingly complex characters. Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jess The Bookworm

    Lestat returns, in this the fourth novel in the Vampire Chronicles. Lestat, always one looking for trouble, always philosophizing, meets with a Body Thief: a man capable of switching bodies with other people, most of the time against their will. Lestat agrees to switch bodies with this Body Thief for one day, so that he can feel what it is like to be human again. As one expects, everything does not go as plan, and Lestat has to try and get himself out of the dangerous position he has put himself Lestat returns, in this the fourth novel in the Vampire Chronicles. Lestat, always one looking for trouble, always philosophizing, meets with a Body Thief: a man capable of switching bodies with other people, most of the time against their will. Lestat agrees to switch bodies with this Body Thief for one day, so that he can feel what it is like to be human again. As one expects, everything does not go as plan, and Lestat has to try and get himself out of the dangerous position he has put himself in. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of Lestat's rediscovery of human life, although it made being human suddenly seem disgusting to me, and made me, much like Lestat, wish to be the immortal undead. This was another wonderful foray into Lestat's psyche and his world, and I am still immensely enthralled by this series. I am a little bit apprehensive about the next one, being Memnoch the Devil, given some of the reviews which I have read on here, but I am still going to give it a bash.

  16. 4 out of 5

    effie

    Why did I like this book so much? Why is Anne Rice simultaneously a literary genius and batshit 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 obs Why did I like this book so much? Why is Anne Rice simultaneously a literary genius and batshit 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    C.T. Phipps

    I feel like my descriptor for this book, "The last time Lestat appears in a book that isn't terrible" is a bad description (because I liked Memnoch the Devil a lot--just not because of Lestat). It's just this is kind of one of those books that I like but there's nothing really awesome about it either. Interview with a Vampire and The Vampire Lestat are genre changing magnificent works of fiction. This is okay and has an interesting premise. It's okay. The first two were Raiders of the Lost Ark, I feel like my descriptor for this book, "The last time Lestat appears in a book that isn't terrible" is a bad description (because I liked Memnoch the Devil a lot--just not because of Lestat). It's just this is kind of one of those books that I like but there's nothing really awesome about it either. Interview with a Vampire and The Vampire Lestat are genre changing magnificent works of fiction. This is okay and has an interesting premise. It's okay. The first two were Raiders of the Lost Ark, the third was Temple of Doom, and this is The Last Crusade. You know, the movie before everything completely goes to hell. The premise is pretty simple: Lestat meets a psychic who can steal bodies and decides to switch place with the guy for a year because he's staggeringly bored with unlife. Lestat immediately finds out being a squishy human again is HORRIBLE and tries to become a vampire again--only to go to Louis, the worst possible candidate for turning someone. He also falls in love with a nun. The funny thing is that I completely buy Lestat is so used to reading people's minds and manipulating them that he misses a psychotic body stealing mass murderer might not want to lose his new immortal vampire superbody. You can basically guess where the plot goes from there. It's basically a comic book plot with strong characterization and some genuinely memorable moments. Certainly, it's a more coherent (albeit less crazy fun) plot than Queen of the Damned. 7.5/10

  18. 4 out of 5

    BAM The Bibliomaniac

    Lestat is at it again. Such an impetuous beast! Triple dog dare him and he will do it in a heartbeat. This time he meets a man who can switch souls and steal bodies as if they are mere vessels. His acquaintance may be Lestat’s undoing. Along with his close friend, David, they chase this man down. Louis makes an appearance as well as Claudia. Loved that! We soar to Paris, the Bahamas, New Orleans. Lots of money thrown around. Rice does it again.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bobby Luke

    A good story - interesting and captivating - but it is safe to say that Lestat has to be the world's biggest moron to not see what happens coming. Also - I predicted one of the big "twists" at the end, but not the final one - so good on Anne Rice for that. There was one scene that probably didn't need to be written in complete detail, which knocked this down a star. I am still interested in seeing where and what Lestat gets himself into next.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Belinda

    This is part of my quest to read and re-read the Anne Rice Vampire series and the Mayfair Witches series as they blend together. I had not read this particular book or had read it so long ago I did not remember it. I actually really enjoyed this one--I found myself up until 6 am last night/this morning finishing it. Lestat is once again our narrator and his attachment to the Talamasca leader David Talbot takes a central role in the story. Lestat meets a former Talamasca member who has the abilit This is part of my quest to read and re-read the Anne Rice Vampire series and the Mayfair Witches series as they blend together. I had not read this particular book or had read it so long ago I did not remember it. I actually really enjoyed this one--I found myself up until 6 am last night/this morning finishing it. Lestat is once again our narrator and his attachment to the Talamasca leader David Talbot takes a central role in the story. Lestat meets a former Talamasca member who has the ability to switch bodies and decides to take him up on his offer to switch bodies temporarily to feel what being human is again. The whole lead up to this event was rather like watching a horror movie and yelling at the girl not to open the door--you kind of can't believe Lestat is being so naive. Things do go all pear shaped as one would expect and you have a big chase that is very suspenseful as Lestat attempts to catch up with Raglan James, the body thief. That thread of the story is very interesting and sad and at times exciting but I really enjoyed the exploration of Lestat's feelings for the mortal David Talbot. Anne Rice gets a lot of flack for her flowery language and excessive romance but when it comes down to love, she's really affecting (for me anyway...). I found myself feeling terribly sympathetic towards Lestat as he seems rather like a sweet mooncalf in his adoration of David. It's nice to see our naughty devil a bit flustered for once. This one was a nice surprise--I found myself quite lost in the book in the best way and quite charmed at the new sides of Lestat shown throughout the book. Also...best of all, Lestat picks up a doggie companion...a giant German Shepherd named Mojo--scored one for him. :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another great book in the Vampire Chronicles, and possibly one of my favourites so far... We already knew that Lestat is awesome; the petulant, selfish, petty and yet incredibly charming, intelligent and seductive vampire hero of the series, and through this book we must now add another descriptive - hilarious. Rice solves the problem of having a near invincible hero through a concept that I thought worked incredibly well; by having him take part in a trade - his body for that of a mortal man, for Another great book in the Vampire Chronicles, and possibly one of my favourites so far... We already knew that Lestat is awesome; the petulant, selfish, petty and yet incredibly charming, intelligent and seductive vampire hero of the series, and through this book we must now add another descriptive - hilarious. Rice solves the problem of having a near invincible hero through a concept that I thought worked incredibly well; by having him take part in a trade - his body for that of a mortal man, for a period of 2 nights and a day, believing that the dream of vampires is to be reborn again as human. When the Body Thief (the guy he's traded with) promptly disappears (which, of course he was going to Lestat, you bloody idiot) Lestat finds it more a nightmare than a dream being stuck in such a fragile body and starts a desperate search for the fiend so he can recover his own and wreak revenge. Rice really has a firm grasp on Lestat's voice now and he's never less than entertaining (even while being a complete bastard), but never more so than during his period stuck in the mortal body. His complete wretchedness and fits of near hysteria every time he has to do something simple like walking on a rug (he could fall and smash his head open) or shaving his beard (he's bound to slit his throat), along with his temper tantrums (his arson attack on Louis' home during a fit of pique, and his protests of 'I'm the leader!' during the assembling of his new coven are just a couple of such great moments) had me guffawing loudly. It'll be extremely interesting to see how the dynamics of this new group play themselves out over the coming books (if they do at all), and I'm looking forward to them immensely.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathrin

    This was by far my favorite book in the series. I did like the previous ones but this one finally sold me on the character of Lestat. To be honest, I wasn't too impressed to see that he'll be the main character of the series as I couldn't connect with him at all in the beginning. It has gotten better since I heard his side of the story but I've become a fan after this book. 'The Tale of the Body Thief' added quite an element to the classic vampire lore for me. At least I haven't read a book abou This was by far my favorite book in the series. I did like the previous ones but this one finally sold me on the character of Lestat. To be honest, I wasn't too impressed to see that he'll be the main character of the series as I couldn't connect with him at all in the beginning. It has gotten better since I heard his side of the story but I've become a fan after this book. 'The Tale of the Body Thief' added quite an element to the classic vampire lore for me. At least I haven't read a book about a vampire turning human again yet. You encounter the topic of longing to be human again a lot. There's a certain romanticizing to the human state because of the longing to be 'normal' again. I can relate to Lestat's fascination a lot - thus making it even more interesting to see how this newly acquired state will work out for him. Yes, he's a flawed character. Many turns and twists of the story were easy to spot and more than once you wonder how he could've gotten himself into this mess. I lived the path the story took and although I was disappointed with the ending (just not what I expected) I'm excited for the next book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna Ligtenberg

    ISBN 034538475X - Never having read any of Rice's Vampire Chronicles, I was happy to find that this book does stand alone - no previous knowledge required. Lestat, almost a drama queen in his moments of self-loathing, is approached by a man named Raglan James, who proposes a trade. He will let Lestat be human again, something Lestat believes he wants, by swapping bodies. It is to be a short-term swap, and Lestat overlooks every sign that this could be a bad idea. His friends, human and vampire, w ISBN 034538475X - Never having read any of Rice's Vampire Chronicles, I was happy to find that this book does stand alone - no previous knowledge required. Lestat, almost a drama queen in his moments of self-loathing, is approached by a man named Raglan James, who proposes a trade. He will let Lestat be human again, something Lestat believes he wants, by swapping bodies. It is to be a short-term swap, and Lestat overlooks every sign that this could be a bad idea. His friends, human and vampire, warn him against it; James admits to being a liar and a thief... and Lestat takes the risk anyway. How horribly wrong it goes and how it is righted is an interesting story you'll just have to read to discover. There are a few wonderfully well written parts - most happening while Lestat is human. For hilarity, there's Lestat in his borrowed human body dealing with the things he'd forgotten, especially the "potty" issues. His repulsion is immeasurable and funny as heck. His short love story with Gretchen, a nun who nurses him back to health, is unexpectedly poignant and touching and their eventual reunion is heartbreaking. Finally, the way Lestat repays David Talbot for his help in reclaiming his own body is nearly perfect, ruined only by David's forgiveness. That, the very end, is the only part of the book I genuinely disliked - if Lestat's big lesson is to be that he loves being the devil that he is, I would have preferred a less happy ending. Still, read it - and when Lestat suggests that you quit reading, perhaps you should. - AnnaLovesBooks

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lukas (LukeLaneReads)

    Anne Rice goes the 'freaky friday' route and has Lestat switching bodies with a human. Definitely one of the better sequels I've read so far in the series. 3.5 Stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sofia Teixeira

    Esta obra é, sem dúvida, das melhores de Anne Rice. Pelo menos das que li até hoje. Lestat é uma personagem que ficará para sempre gravada na minha memória. Quando pensamos que ele já ultrapassou todos os limites que podia, enganamo-nos redondamente! Lestat fartou-se de ser vampiro! E quando descobre a existência de um 'ladrão de corpos' não resiste à tentação de querer voltar a ser humano! De querer voltar a sentir a luz do sol no seu rosto, de sentir o sabor da comida e de fazer amor com um hom Esta obra é, sem dúvida, das melhores de Anne Rice. Pelo menos das que li até hoje. Lestat é uma personagem que ficará para sempre gravada na minha memória. Quando pensamos que ele já ultrapassou todos os limites que podia, enganamo-nos redondamente! Lestat fartou-se de ser vampiro! E quando descobre a existência de um 'ladrão de corpos' não resiste à tentação de querer voltar a ser humano! De querer voltar a sentir a luz do sol no seu rosto, de sentir o sabor da comida e de fazer amor com um homem ou uma mulher. Mas como é que pode confiar o seu corpo, com todos os seus poderes, a um ladrão sem escrúpulos que faz tudo pelo gosto de tomar posse do que não lhe pertence? Que garantias tem ele de, se a experiência correr mal, voltar a ter o seu corpo de volta? Uma personagem que volta a aparecer e que é fundamental no meio desta trama toda é David Talbot. Este é o general superior da Talamas, o grupo que estuda e documenta actividades paranormais. Depois do contacto anterior com Lestat em que se tornou seu amigo, David continua a negar a Dádiva Negra que este tanto lhe deseja dar. Quando Lestat lhe conta sobre o seu plano de se tornar humano, David avisa-o que não pode confiar de maneira nenhuma no ladrão de corpos. Claro que as coisas acabam por dar para o torto e quando Lestat vai ter com Louis, já na sua forma humana, este nega-lhe qualquer ajuda e apenas David está disposto a ajudá-lo. Lestat enquanto humano passa por situações que nos apertam o coração. Chega a estar numa agonia de tal forma que já só deseja o seu corpo antigo de volta, sem conseguir sequer dar valor ao que ele pensava que ia dar. Um livro de uma acção estonteante, cheio de aventuras e experiências que sinceramente me surpreenderam, levando-me a uma leitura extremamente compulsiva. Gostei muito. Originalmente publicado em: http://branmorrighan.blogspot.com/201...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Raquel

    I absolutely loved the ending to Queen of the Damned. Now, I wonder if I should have stopped reading The Vampire Chronicles then. The Tale of the Body Thief is told by The Vampire Lestat, Rice's famous "brat prince". After the events of the last novel the few remaining immortals have disbanded and he now wanders the earth alone, again. He has befriended David Talbot, of the Talamasca, and constantly offers the old man the Dark Gift, which he always refuses. Depressed, lonely, and constantly haun I absolutely loved the ending to Queen of the Damned. Now, I wonder if I should have stopped reading The Vampire Chronicles then. The Tale of the Body Thief is told by The Vampire Lestat, Rice's famous "brat prince". After the events of the last novel the few remaining immortals have disbanded and he now wanders the earth alone, again. He has befriended David Talbot, of the Talamasca, and constantly offers the old man the Dark Gift, which he always refuses. Depressed, lonely, and constantly haunted by visions of Claudia, he attempts suicide in the Gobi Desert. After his failed suicide attempt, Lestat returns to David home and heals. Later he's approached by Raglan James, a mysterious man who has being following him around the world. He offers Lestat an opportunity to be human again. A process which requires them to switch bodies. Lestat becomes convinced that it's the one thing he really wants. Despite the warnings of his friends, Lestat and Raglan come to and agreement to trade bodies for a day. However, Raglan has no intention of returning Lestat's immortal and powerful body, leaving him in a weakened state. After the Louis and Marius both refuse to help Lestat turns to David to reclaim his body. At first, I partially disliked Lestat in Interview with the Vampire. In The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned, he grew on me. In this book however, there was something about him I couldn't stand. I did love the book and the Rice writing is amazing, but it took a while for me to really get into the story. Not until Lestat went to see Louis did I get motivated to read more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Miquel Reina

    The Tale of the Body Thief is a difficult book to explain, every time I try it I finally think that I'm telling a bad romantic comedy about changing bodies. But The Tale of the Body Thief has nothing to do with those typical stories. I think this book opens a new chapter in The Vampire Chronicles of Anne Rice. Although Lestat is still the Main Character, his path will start to veer towards a more mystical, dreamy, almost religious world. Although for me isn't the best book of Anne Rice, I have t The Tale of the Body Thief is a difficult book to explain, every time I try it I finally think that I'm telling a bad romantic comedy about changing bodies. But The Tale of the Body Thief has nothing to do with those typical stories. I think this book opens a new chapter in The Vampire Chronicles of Anne Rice. Although Lestat is still the Main Character, his path will start to veer towards a more mystical, dreamy, almost religious world. Although for me isn't the best book of Anne Rice, I have to admit that is one of the most entertaining and interesting to read. Spanish version: El Ladrón de cuerpos es un libro difícil de explicar, cada vez que lo hago parece que estoy contando una mala comedia romántica de cambio de cuerpos. Pero el Ladrón de cuerpos no tiene nada que ver con esas típicas historias en las que mágicamente se transmitan los cuerpos entre dos personas. Este libro creo que abre una nueva etapa en las crónicas vampíricas de Anne Rice. Lestat sigue siendo el gran protagonista pero su camino empezará a virar hacia un mundo algo más onírico, más místico, incluso podríamos decir religioso. Aunque para mí no sea el mejor libro de Anne Rice, sí que es uno de los más amenos y interesantes para leer.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    I LOVED THE TALE OF THE BODY THIEF. I loved that Lestat desires to feel sunlight. I loved how Lestat loves bread and orange juice. I loved Lestat for loving a woman. I loved Lestat for loivng Mojo. Oh, my! Mojo. My heart swelled when Rice comments that Mojo was to serve one purpose in the story's plot -- to provide companionship. I loved Lestat for wanting and needing and fighting for his rightful body because Lestat is meant to be a vampire. I loved that I met my dear dear Louie, the vampire, o I LOVED THE TALE OF THE BODY THIEF. I loved that Lestat desires to feel sunlight. I loved how Lestat loves bread and orange juice. I loved Lestat for loving a woman. I loved Lestat for loivng Mojo. Oh, my! Mojo. My heart swelled when Rice comments that Mojo was to serve one purpose in the story's plot -- to provide companionship. I loved Lestat for wanting and needing and fighting for his rightful body because Lestat is meant to be a vampire. I loved that I met my dear dear Louie, the vampire, once again. I savored this tale, reading it slowly each night because I just did not want it to end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I really like this book, it is from Lesats point of view and is interesting. Lesat is being followed by a man, a human man, who offers him a chance to be human again. Against his friends wishes he takes the deal which leads to horrible results. This book has some small problems, but the last chapters 32 and on really made me want to throw the book at the wall the first time I read it. Now I understand it but it still upsets me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Lestat got in trouble, and became HUMAN! And wanted his Vampire body back! What a neat twist and insight into the character of this impulsive Lestat! Great read, and continuation of the vampire series, but different direction. Excellent read.

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