For all I adore this book and reread it whenever I feel down, underline some thought provoking passages and short phrases Anne Rice uses and admire her writing style for it s uniqueness, I still believe that Anne Rice showed her crazy in the second half of The Vampire Armand.Armand is the Botticelli angel, as many call him, and he delights in it, I think, purely so Rice can start the book by having him rip a victims scalp off and stomp on it to spite David Talbot, who asks his to stop He does present a rather interesting character of the Chronicles He is, perhaps, the personification of Rice s duality in religion He was a child of Satan at one point, akin to the yezedi muslims who worship a Satan like figure, knowing that without bad, there is no good, and that Satan tests all and thus works for God He does horrible things And yet he believes himself clear of conscience Armand is quite mad Becomes so as he ages into the New World He s very unique character in the series, if not for his age, then his personality.However the narration dissolves into religious raving at the oddest of times from mid way on At some points Armand is pulled from recounting his story to comment on things to David and it isjarring At this point Rice had no editors, I think, and it really does show Half way through the quality drops considerably and I ve found a few spelling errors Sentences that make no sense and the like Over time Rice has become as much of a character of these books as she is the author It s hard to ignore the religious overtones with Armand, because religion played such a huge role in his life She s everywhere in the characters and locations It s like she s sorting out her own philosophical and religious dilemmas through the characters I don t see the characters, sometimes, I only see her It makes it hard to relate to the characters, understand their reverence or fear I do not recommend this book to those who are new to the series The Christian influence is thick within the third section of the book, but the first sections of Armand and Marius formative years in Rome is very much something I adore and would like to think of as dear to me and I hope to others Theirs is such a strong bond, at that point in time, and it s clear that Anne enjoyed writing it Her grasp on history and atmosphere is, as always, absolutely wonderful She describes paintings, rooms, halls, people, with such an interesting way that it doesn t come of as fantasy type scenery porn at all This is the part I love to go back to and reread.For writers like myself, it s quite soothing to thumb through her pages and try to break down the book The paragraphs and sentences I could compare her prose to Stephen Kings, and yet she is somehow a little better paced than he is Not so drawn out but still descriptive It may also be the subject matter, but I still would ask if one likes the way Stephen King writes before recommending Rice for all she is, to me, an essential read to those wanting to know about the rise of vampire fiction.I can read this book again and again, and feel the same heartache for Armand every time It never gets old There s an incredible amount of charm to the book despite its brutal nature in parts, and other shortcomings that just really confused me. Armand es mi vampiro favorito de las cr nicas, y conocer su historia fue asombroso.Hubo muchas cosas que me gustaron, la forma en que est el orden del libro fue una de ellas, con ls frases en italiano que lo hicieron m s adorable.Me encanta como se plasmaron sus origines desde que fue humano en Rusia y todo lo que lo llev a conocer a Marius, ese antes y despu s luego de que la oscuridad llegara a l me fascin.Libro imperdible para los amantes de la saga. First of all, Armand is one of my favourite characters The way he showed himself in the first two books was utterly fascinating and captivating Second, I m confused why some people complain about the sexuality and erotic scenes with young boys It may not fit to our culture but it should be remembered that times were different then and this book was about that time also.Now, I don t know what went wrong but I didn t get the same feeling from this Armand s autobiography Though I liked the descriptive writing the story bored me every once in a while There was something missing and it s a real shame I wanted to weep for Armand and become hooked to his life but it did the complete opposite. Horrid Egg yoke Seriously She doesn t know the difference between yoke and yolk Armand is in a new room.She spends an hour describing that room.Then spends an hour describing the clothes they wear while standing in that room.Then spends an hour explaining how Armand feels about the clothes they are wearing while standing in that room.Halfway through the chapter she reminds you why they are in that room.Which is good because after all that useless filler bullshit I ve completely forgotten that Armand and Marius are still playing cat and mouse about their attraction to each other as they have been doing throughout the entire first half of the book.I didn t finish the second half.Instead I took an hour to describe the room I m sitting in Then another hour to describe the clothing I m wearing while sitting in this room Then another hour explaining how I feel about these clothes that I wear while sitting in this room just to remember I stopped reading this horrid book to find something better to do.Hate this book. Lestat lies in a coma like sleep in a chapel and while vampires gathers around him, Armand tells his story to David Talbot, Lestat s former Talamascan fledgling Armand takes us with him through his childhood in Kiev from where he is kidnapped and sold to slavery, to Venice where Marius saves him and eventually gives the dark gift and to Paris where he led his Satanic Vampire cult Maybe I should start this telling that this was 4th or 5th time reading this and yep, I still love it Armand s always been my favourite so it s no surprise I love this It s been over 8 years since I ve last read this, and long before I had even heard about blogs etc., so it was interesting to read it again And it seems my book taste hasn t changed since I was 15 And oh why it s so hard to write about books you loved When Armand lived in Kiev as a child he painted beautiful icons and was meant to join the monks so he had pretty religious upbringing, which shows through his life and is constant theme through the book I ve always loved the chapter where Marius takes Armand back to Kiev after turning him He could let the past go little after meeting his family and his father who was such a huge presence in his life.They didn t have that many years together with Marius but it was a big part of his life when he was loved and relatively safe And I was dreading to reach the part where it would all be ruined It s been told in previous books that he was the leader of the vampire cult that imprisoned Lestat but now we see how he became part of it You can see the growing theme with Christianity on Rice s books here and while I m not even remotely religious it didn t bother me I love the writing style and the descriptive writing but that may not be to everyone s liking. I m completely unable to like this book I just can t I only read it because I m a fan of Anne Rice s Vampires series I was never really Armand s fan and this book only made me hate him evenI even tried to see the story through his and Marius point of view, but no matter how beautiful may be the story of a mature man trapped in a angel like boy, the constant and exhaustive repetition of this fact is simply annoying Armand himself thinks he is too much of an adult, but during the WHOLE BOOK his acts contradict his thoughts And there are too many things that Armand does that you just can t understand and not even his moments of supposedly insanity explain, unlike what happens with Lestat The little flashback scenes of the red haired baby vampire were only enough to increase my hatred towards this childish character, that did nothingthan cry for his master duringthan half of the book so that he would abandon him for no plausible reason The only thing that made me want to finish reading this book was nearly the ending, when he finally realizes his own mistakes.Absolutely awful I d even read VIOLIN again, but won t ever want to look at this book ever again. Well, this is my second favorite book in the Vampire Chronocle series the first is Blackwood Farm, then this, then The Vampire Lestat The reason I love this book is not only the character Armand, who is without a doubt my favorite Sorry Lestat You re second , but also the fact that he dictates his story from when he was a boy and how he grew up for a few years in Venice, Itlay with Marius during the Renaissance That time happens to be my favorite modern 1500 s to present historical time period The Renaissance was the beginning of modern times and Anne Roce is able to capture it wonderfully For anyone who is into any history, you ll be pleasantly surprised at how accurate she was in her descriptions For those who aren t into history, the stroy is very captivating in itself to hold your attention It is a little morbid at times, but it goes along with the story A very very good book In The Latest Installment Of The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice Summons Up Dazzling Worlds To Bring Us The Story Of Armand Eternally Young, With The Face Of A Botticelli Angel Armand, Who First Appeared In All His Dark Glory Than Twenty Years Ago In The Now Classic Interview With The Vampire, The First Of The Vampire Chronicles, The Novel That Established Its Author Worldwide As A Magnificent Storyteller And Creator Of Magical RealmsNow, We Go With Armand Across The Centuries To The Kiev Rus Of His Boyhood A Ruined City Under Mongol Dominion And To Ancient Constantinople, Where Tartar Raiders Sell Him Into Slavery And In A Magnificent Palazzo In The Venice Of The Renaissance We See Him Emotionally And Intellectually In Thrall To The Great Vampire Marius, Who Masquerades Among Humankind As A Mysterious, Reclusive Painter And Who Will Bestow Upon Armand The Gift Of Vampiric Blood As The Novel Races To Its Climax, Moving Through Scenes Of Luxury And Elegance, Of Ambush, Fire, And Devil Worship To Nineteenth Century Paris And Today S New Orleans, We See Its Eternally Vulnerable And Romantic Hero Forced To Choose Between His Twilight Immortality And The Salvation Of His Immortal Soul This is where I stopped in the series Anne Rice had the habit of making all her characters extremely homo erotic from the beginning, but I could deal with it because the stories were excellent I had to draw the line at this book though Reading about ancient vampires giving and receiving head from little boys is not my idea of entertainment. I am giving this book two stars only because Anne Rice is a talented author, and I can t bear to give this a single star rating though, honestly, it might deserve it Man, what a bummer I loved the last four volumes in this series, but this was a mess Written after a short hiatus from the Vampire Chronicles, this volume follows Memnoch the Devil, which Rice said was supposed to be the series finale That would have made sense, and it would have been a fine note to end on Instead, three years later, this mess hit bookstore shelves First off, Lestat is almost nowhere to be found here I think because, up to this point, the Brat Prince features heavily in all the vampire novels that Rice wasn t sure where to go with this story Armand is certainly one of theinteresting immortals for his age, if nothing else but he makes for a booooooring narrator He lacks all the wit and humor of Lestat he has no personality of his own What a dud And don t get me started on the disjointed feel of the story first half is littered with awkward, heavy handed sex second half isI don t even know, dude Boring AF I can t remember a thing that happened Maybe that s for the best.They can t all be winners I will be taking an extended break from this series.