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~DOWNLOAD BOOK ♖ Memnoch The Devil ☿ In The Fifth Vampire Chronicle, Lestat Is Searching For Dora, The Beautiful And Charismatic Mortal Daughter Of A Drug Lord Dora Has Moved Lestat Like No Other Mortal Ever Has, And He Cannot Get Her Out Of His Visions At The Same Time, He Is Increasingly Aware That The Devil Knows Who He Is And Wants Something From Him While Torn Betwen His Vampire World And His Passion For Dora, Lestat Is Sucked In By Memnoch, Who Claims To Be The Devil Himself Memnoch Presents Lestat With Unimagined Opportunities To Witness Creation, To Visit Purgatory, To Be Treated Like A Prophet Lestat Faces A Choice Between The Devil Or God Whom Does He Believe In Who Does He Serve What Are The Element Of Religious Belief Lestat Finds Himself Caught In A Whirlpool Of The Ultimate Choice
MEMNOCH THE DEVIL is a brilliant reinvention of good and evil I still think about this book 16 years after I read it One of my all time favorites Rice was at the top of her game here. At the time that I read this book I was an agnostic, pagan, ex catholic, confused about religion person Anne Rice s technique and passion is so persuasive that I was a true believer after reading this book And this was before she converted back to Catholicism She is just so powerful, her narrative technique is, I want to say, loving towards her reader I think her love for the characters she s created makes that happen Anyway, this one is a must for followers of the chronicles and fans of Lestat My copy of this book is signed by the author and it was a pleasure to meet someone who s imagination was so unhampered that she could walk into the judeo christian mythos with a vampire I would say that this book forshadows her eventual work with the Jesus story. Memnoch the Devil takes Lestat on an extremely long tour of the past, creation, angels, evolution, the passion of Christ and because he has a job proposition for the Brat PrinceMemnoch the Devil, also known as the Bible according to Anne Rice or Anne Rice s theological musings Perhaps even Memnoch lectures you endlessly while Lestat practices his melodrama.What it isn t, is much of a story or a plot For a story or a plot to happen, well, things have to happen Things do not happen Oh there s something tucked at the beginning There s something tucked at the end a teeny tiny something But that s itThe rest of lecture Info dump ONE LONG INFODUMP One horrendously long, unbelievably unnecessary info dump An info dump that I cannot even imagine having even the slightest relevance to the series It really is just one long exposition on what the Bible could mean or a spin on it or on the nature of god It s a vast amount of world building that is utterly irrelevant to anything the vampires do in their daily livesIf Lestat weren t being dragged around to occasionally declare himself impressed awed horrified it wouldn t be relevant at all The vampires are utterly superfluous to this story All of the characters are utterly superfluous to this story It may as well have been one long the logical lecture inly told in the most long winded, dullest way possible.I d like to write on this since it is the vast majority of the book, but there really is nothing to say It s just a big splurge of theological theory pretending to be a novel It s completely irrelevant, not very interesting and probably better suited to analysis in a seminary than actually read as a novel in the ongoing vampire series.But looking at the bits that actually involve the vampires rather than some of the dreariest and long winded exposition I have ever had the displeasure to ready, and it s not much better or sensible Perhaps because these little add ons have just been forced to try and drag this info dump into her worldLestat fell in love with his victim I can buy that s imply because within 10 seconds of meeting just about anyone, Lestat falls in love with them It s what he does, it allows even pointless melodrama So we get a really long and pointless backstory on this man and some books he read which seem to be part of the endless theological debate that basically comes down to sex and pleasure and love are not bad things Suffering is not valuable Seriously, that s this entire damn theological diatribe that took an entire book to relate summed up in one sentence which is never gain relevant This goes on for countless pointless pages where we learn the pointless minutiae of someone who DOES NOT MATTERAaargh, this is something I ve seen in Anne Rice s novels time and again especially n Queen of the Damned and The Witching Hour every character briefly mentioned will get this endless examination of their lives We do not need this much detail about every irrelevant side characterAnd there s Dora, I m going to leave aside the bizarre menstruation feeding, and just ask what is wrong with this woman Lestat comes to her having killed her dad and she starts calling him darling Where did darling come from What Why And she goes from not caring about relics because they re just physical objects and faith comes from within, to being completely enraptured and obsessive about a relic Her characterisation didn t even begin to make senseWe do have the everyone is bisexual continuation since even Lestat s victims were But it s, again, not conveyed well For a start the whole religious monologue that consumes this book puts the love for men and women as a dramatic holy amazing experience and it s always men and women The divine heterosexual is really strong there.And his new bisexual victim, Roger, slept with women and boys Why are we expressly saying boys there And the only partner we learn any detail about is, of course, a woman which is very reminiscent of the same problems in The Tale of the Body ThiefRead More Finishing this book was a chore A sad realization considering how much I loved Anne Rice s previous books, but boy am I happy to be done with this one My reading experience can be summarized the following way Yay Lestat , ok I m bored, holy mother of vodka this is dull, should I drink maybe if I had a drink this would be easier, oh well heaven sounds interesting, yup still bored, ARE YOU KDDING ME , boooooooooreeeeeeeeeeed, OMFG EW and IS IT OVER YET There is virtually no narration Instead there are chapters upon chapters upon chapters of Memnoch the Devil s real name, didn t you know talking about creation and how God doesn t really care about humans, how he, Memnoch, wants to save all the human souls and take them to heaven and how he s winning his bet against God but God is really the ultimate winner either way Yes, from chapter 6 until chapter 21 I kept count , it was all one big monologue with some tedious, unnecessary interruptions by a whiny Lestat My theory This book is not really a novel but Ms Rice s essay on cosmology A really long, boring, rambling essay on cosmology with some characters thrown in Half the time I was rolling my eyes at the implausibility of what written in the pages before me, like Memnoch asking Lestat to be his lieutenant Why What made Lestat so special Why on earth would Christ tell Lestat to suck his blood Would a woman really let a man vampire she barely knew get under her skirt, between her legs and suck the period right out of her Was there a point to all of this Still don t know the answer to that one Lestat cries so much in this book that I felt obligated to create a drinking game Take a shot every time Lestat bursts into tears Had I actually gone through with it, I would ve ended up in the ER with some severe alcohol poisoning I refuse to believe Lestat transformed into this whiny child I fondly remember him from my teenage years as this bad ass vampire with a killer sense of style, a wicked sense of humor and an ability to be lovable in spite of all his obvious flaws That Lestat is completely absent in this book so if you re looking for that, you definitely won t find it here Forget my bitching and moaning This book is magical It made time slow to a crawl for nearly five days That s some serious sorcery right there Was there an unnecessary dump of description Oh sweet Moses, YES Is Ms Rice s writing style still beautiful and haunting Absolutely Did my migraine finally dissipate Almost. This was the last Anne Rice book that I ever personally plan to read, because after reading this I went into a three month fit of depression.The events in this book were just so powerful and terrible in some cases that my mind couldn t take it While I m not going to say that I wouldn t recommend the book to people, I would at least put up the warning that a person may want to be weary about it if they aren t of any particular religion Also, by the end of the book, Lestat had changed in many ways, and some terrible things had happened to him, making me feel horribly sorry for him, which was probably the oddest part of all. In Memnoch the Devil, Anne Rice has allowed herself to indulge in an orgy of purple prose We hear so much about the lush greenery of the early Earth that we begin to forget what the story is about And because of this, not much actually happens in the story If this book were made into a film, in fact, it would probably be no than 20 minutes long.Aside from that, this isn t much of a vampire chronicle The purpose of this book seems not to be to tell a tale of the vampires, but only to further Rice s latent agenda to besmirch Christianity Albeit, there s nothing wrong with that in itself but I was expecting to hear about vampires, and instead I hear about nothing but God and The Devil.If you plan to read this book and perhaps you should if you plan to read the rest of the chronicles which are worth a read, btw , I would highly recommend skimming through the 250 some pages at the middle of the book, paying close attention only to the beginning and end of the tale. 5.0 stars Except for This is one of Anne Rice s best works in my opinion It is part of the vampire series, but you should be able to understand enjoy the book without reading the others.The vampire, Lestat, is taken to heaven, hell, and back in time to creation and during the Christ era by Memnoch, the devil The story told is one very different than the Bible, but it s good I love Anne Rice s books because she tells the story in a way that it could be true Anyways, it s a good book, but if you get upset by people twisting the stories of the Bible, it s probably not for you Go read one of her new books like Christ the Lord Anything she wrote after she was born again. Phfft Flarp Argghh This book was so stupid I was really looking forward to reading the entire Vampire series especially after I really enjoyed Tale of the Body Thief but this one is just terrible 3 4 of the book is a monologue by Memnoch which is so boring and parochial he just keeps repeating himself It s like Anne Rice forgot how to write Lestat does almost nothing the whole book Notable hilarious exception involves a woman s menstrual blood which is mentioned about 6 times throughout the whole book with one final paragraph long sentence that describes him drinking this blood The word nethermouth is used The writing is atrocious but I will press on with the next book.