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As I enjoyed "Interview with the Vampire" so much, I decided to carry on reading Anne Rice's vampire books and chose Pandora and then Vittorio the Vampire.
Although I enjoyed Pandora, I don't think it was as gripping as Vittorio, and I have read this a few times without re reading Pandora. These books are both from a new series that was started by the author and so there is no need to have read Interview with the Vampire in order to enjoy them.
Vittorio is a much older Vampire than the ones that had appeared in Interview with the Vampire and the story is set in the 20th Century, but goes back to the 15th Century when Vittorio was created. He comes from a life of relative luxury in Italy and is reliving his past and what he considers the tragedy of his life and crossing.
He has a slow and long coming crossing thanks to the help he receives from Ursula although she is drinking from him as well as protecting him. He is reluctant to go to the other side and I liked this fact as in most cases there is either no choice as the life is just taken or it is something that is requested of a reluctant vampire.
There are a number of twist and turns in the book and it is hard to know who really is trying to help him and who is literally out for his blood. It also has him possessing other gifts that I am not aware that Vampires have had in the past and I think this makes him more interesting.
The difference between Vittorio and other Vampires is one of the reasons I like this book so much. Anne Rice starts to move away from the things that most authors write about Vampires, but unfortunately it is not a path she continues in later books. It would have been interesting to see the ideas expanded upon and I think there could have been more of his new found talents covered in this book. With Vittorios other gifts there could have been a number of other avenues explored.
I don't know whether there were problems with the way the story was heading or if it was just that Anne Rice wanted to follow the conventional path, but if you want something a little different I would recommend this book. In order to fully follow it however, it would be best to read Pandora first.
Hardcover: 292 pages - it is now published in paperback.
Publisher: Knopf Canada; 8 Mar 1999
If you like Vampires but also want something a little different, then this will be the book for you. It is still available in hardback at around £13, but can also be bought in paperback for nearer £4.
Anne Rice creates a whole new story in Vittorio the Vampire. Although it's based on the 'Vampire Chronicles' and takes it's lead from them, this isn't actually a follow on so much as an original story based on the same concept. So although it's an advantage to know the previous books before you read this one - you really don't have to have read them.
The story of Vittorio is basically that of a young man who's life suddenly changes when his world collapses around him. But vampirism gives him the chance to change it all and make his world a better place. There are a lot of moral dilemmas that go on with him, and if you're familiar with the Anne Rice vampire character Lestat then you'll note the similarities between Vittorio and Lestat in this book.
I love the way Anne Rice has handled these issues on a light and entertaining level. Some of her books have been a bit too deep and artistic for me to really enjoy but I found this just right for me personally. The story kept moving throughout and there was enough detail without an overkill of it. For example I found the book 'Pandora' (written just before this one was) dragged on and on with oodles of pointless descriptions that frankly I didn't care about. But this book was more about the story, what the characters were doing and where everybody wanted to get to.
There was a really good ending in this book though I won't spoil it by giving any of it away. All I'll say is that unlike a lot of Anne Rice books, I felt I was kept in proper suspense right up to the final few chapters. I also liked how this was a bit more manly than some of her other books as there was more fighting than there was flirting for a change.
I think this is one of her better books when it comes to entertaining reads. Okay, it won't win any awards for being profound or totally original but it's still a brilliant page-turner. At 352 pages long it's a good length too. I think four stars is a fair rating for this one.
Publisher: Arrow Books Limited
Is good and evil as straightforward as Heaven and Hell? Are Lucifer’s disciples damned and God’s Angel’s saviours? Where does the human condition stand in relation to these? These are questions which are asked, and partially answered in ‘Vittorio, The Vampire’, which is the first in a series of New Tales of the Vampires. Set in Renaissance Italy, 16 year old Vittorio seeks revenge when his family is barbarically murdered by “demons”. Vittorio, the only survivor is prevented from being slaughtered by an “angel of death”, Ursula. His search takes him to Santa Maddalana, a small town that seems too good to be true: free of illness and crime. But Vittorio soon suspects that the town hides a sinister secret. As the title suggest Vittorio, becomes a member of the species in which he is seeking to avenge. Rice creates a suspense which is similar to a ‘who dunnit’ crime novel. The reader is led down paths ands confronted by Vittorio’s temptations. This is a story of willpower and of love, hate, good and evil. The novel thematically revolves around Vittorio’s love for Ursula and his moral obligation to humanity and his celestial angels. In doing so Anne Rice raises interesting points about how good and evil is distinguished: the assumption being that all vampires are unquestionably immoral and representatives of God are undoubtedly right an just. The reader however is left to decide. Controversially, Rice provides a picture of corrupt religion. In seeking help Vittorio is told by a Pastor to “Go away and take your misery with you!” and an artist monk who has a passion for women. What Rice conveys is the fragility of the human condition and a parody to the temptations of Adam and Eve. ‘Vittorio, The Vampire’ is not just a horror novel. In fact in categorising it as horror the novel would be taken at face value. This is no
t a work, which is only meant to provide a plot, suspense and adventure, but one that symbolises and offers a differing viewpoint to good and evil. The themes divulge into areas that are on a similar plain to Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ and Milton’s 'Paradise Lost'. This is an extremely enjoyably read, which will leave you hungry for more!
I have been following Anne Rice’s vampire novels for a couple of years now, and in all honesty I can say they are the best set of books I have ever read. Vittorio is her second to most recent vampire novel to date, and takes on a new direction to the others in that it introduces a completely new character who has little or no links to the other vampires we have grown to love in Anne rice novels. The story begins with the death of Vittorio's family and friends in a huge massacre at his home, a Tuscan palazzo of which he is sole survivor. He decides to seek out revenge on those who killed his brother in front of his very eyes. What he finds is a group of violent and deadly vampires one of whom he falls deeply but dangerously in love with. This novel is different to the other vampire chronicles, but that is not to say that it is not brilliant. Rice develops her novels on bases of history and knowledge of certain times and places which deepens and distinguishes her novels from other vampire trash. This novel has art, intrigue, romance, history, character, passion but above all vampires!!! Something for every type of nocturnal being.
This book doesn't have quite the same bite as Rice's Vampire Chronicles (pun intended). Vittorio is generally a much older vampire than Lestat and his companions. He comes from the time when the Italian city states were centres of trade and culture. The story concentrates on how Vittorio comes to be a vampire and is based almost entirely in the distant past. This is exactly what is wrong with the book. I find Anne Rice's attempt to capture the atmosphere of this old Italy unconvincing. I think the Chronicles based in New Orleans and relatively more contemporary times are a lot more vibrant and have a lot more vitality. The characters in the Chronicles: Lestat, Claudia,Armand and others are engaging and the dialogue is more fluid. In 'Vittorio' Rice seems to be more interested in providing an abridged version of Italian history than fully developed characters. In Rice's other books I have either liked or disliked the main characters, but to be honest I feel complete indifference towards Vittorio. He is not interesting enough to love or hate. This is a love story but one that doesn't quite tug the heartstrings. Vittorio's love, Ursula is just as weak and unformed as he is. It is difficult to see why either of them fell in love with each other. It is hard to feel any sympathy for either one. It is even harder to rejoice for them despite the 'they live happily ever after in the twilight' ending. This is not a bad book. It just isn't very good.
I think that Anne Rice is a very misunderstood author. Her works explore things she's interested in on a personal level, which doesn't always appeal to her readers, who in turn get angry because a book isn't what they expected. Ms. Rice states right out in the beginning of the book that Vittorio is not about the vampires with which we are so familiar. Instead, I believe she continues to explore her understanding of the spark of the divine in us all. This does not have the same lushness of Interview, or Lestat, or the witch series, or Belinda, or Cry to Heaven, nor quite the same erotic qualities, and I felt a little cheated because of that. It is, however, a good read, evoking wonderful pictures of the Italian hill cities and Renaissance Florence.
Anne Rice has left the world of Lestat behind as she takes you to Italy and to the life, death and immortal life of Vittorio the vampire. As always Anne Rice vision paints a beautiful landscape for her characters to exist within. This though is not the best of the vampire books but at under three hundred pages is relatively quick read that will propel you into her world where her increasingly expert knowledge leads you. like a well running bullet train, the writing is consistent and it takes you from start to finish without hindrance. If you have not ventured into this world before then it is probably best that you start at an early book but there are rewards for those who enjoy holidaying on her very special vampiric isle.
AWESOME is the best word to describe the book. This is the first Anne Rice book I've read and certainly not my last. Descriptions are vivid enough to make your imagination go wild without throwing you off track. I hadn't read a book this good in quite a while. Vittorio is a perfect example of a teen during his time, I can say this using previous research made before reading the book, this shows it is a well researched book. Once I picked it up I could let it go. I've always felt an atraction to reading about vampires and I think I just found the author to satisfy my craving. KUDOS TO ANNE RICE!
Described by the author, Anne Rice (of Interview with a Vampire fame) as her 'Romeo and Juliet' this story is part of a series of novellas about individual vampires. It is much shorter than previous works, which is a good thing in some ways. It is a tragic love story, simple, and very readable. There is no reference to the other vampire tales, so this would be a good book to introduce someone to Annes work. This book is alot less lurid in its descriptions than other books, and so is suitable for a large audience. I finished reading it very quickly, and found that not alot really goes on in the story, but it was an entertaining book, and I shall certainly be reading it again.
This book is the first by anne rice to introduce a completely new vampire into the chronicles with the focus entirely upon them. This is a much shorter novel than many of the previous novels, but it is euqally as good. It paints a sucinct and well told story of the young boy vittorio who was turned into a vampire in medieval Italy. It is more a love story perhaps than many of the others, but it is still fast paced and wonderfully written in a fast and flowing style that anne rice is loved for by many. It has no links to the other characters nor their times, although it is set within their world. Anne rice wanted to add a new dimension with this novel it seems, and i believe that she has done this. There are no grand feats of vampire power or the vanity of many of the other characters here. It is somewhat simpler. Well worth the read, and you certainly dont need to have read all of the other books to appreciate or understand this book.