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Anne Rice's richly told new novel for the first time weaves together two irresistible worlds - the witches' world and the vampires' world - in a dance of seduction, death and rebirth. Lestat's mesmerizing friend Louis de Pointe du Lac is tortured by the memory of the child vampire Claudia, whom he loved and lost. With the help of David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca organization, Louis appeals to Merrick, the beautiful, mixed-race, illegitimate daughter of the New Orleans Mayfair clan. Merrick must use her black witchcraft to call up the ghost of Claudia - however dangerous this may be - and her search takes her close to the edge, through blood and terror, voodoo and violence. Sweeping from New Orleans to the Guatemalan jungle, this is vampire literature at its most hypnotic, exotic and splendid.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2000
ISBN: 9780676973310
Branch Call Number: RIC
Characteristics: 307 p


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Aug 20, 2016

Too much of the narrator, not enough story.
David is the (rather creepy) narrator of this vampire's tale. David is a dirty old man in the body of an eternally young vampire, fixated on Merrick, a young witch he has known and lusted after since she was fourteen. He asserts, with little evidence, that Merrick is "good", but the story doesn't actually show her being generous or thoughtful in any way and many of her actions (i.e. stealing priceless antiquities) are ethically dubious.
Descriptions of creamy skin and large nipples glimpsed under diaphanous blouses replace actual characterization. Lestat and Louis appear but stay very much in the background.

Quimeras Jun 15, 2014

I don’t know which was more troubling: Merrick’s scheming or David’s gullibility? Even so, “Merrick” is not without the sensuous beauty that often characterizes Rice’s writing.

btmslt Mar 30, 2012

Rice gives us another winner.

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