"BETWEEN. . FIENDON. . MEMNOCH'S TALE IS COMPELLING."–New York Daily NewsLike Interview Memnoch has a half-maddened, fever-pitch intensity with the vampires. . Narrated by the most cherished character of Rice, the Lestat vampire, Memnoch tells a story as old as the legends of Scripture and as modern... as the religious struggle of today.–Rolling Stone'SHOCKING. . A BRILLIANT BOOK."–St. Louis Post Dispatch"Rice has penned an ambitious close proximity to this long-running series, as well as a classic, horror-filled exit. The Washington Post Book World''MEMNOCH THE DEVIL OFFERS PASSAGES OF POETIC BRILLIANCE.'–Playboy'[Memnoch] is one of Rice's most intriguing and sympathetic characters to date. . Rice picks up the ante, taking Lestat where few writers ventured: into heaven and hell. In top form she carries it off."–The Seattle Times"RICHLY DESCRIPTIVE. . A HORRIFIC TOUR OF HELL."–Kirkus Reviews (starred)A MAIN SELECTION OF THE BOOK-OF-MONTH CLUB AND THE QUALITY PAPERBACK CLUB BOOK
I saw the Light,saw the myriad spirits flying loose up the Tunnel towards the celestial blaze, the Tunnel perfectly round and widening as they rose and for one blessed moment, one blessed tiny instant, the songs of Heaven resounded down the tunnel as if its curves were not made of wind but of something solid that could echo these ethereal songs, and their organized rhythm, their heartbreaking beauty piercing the catastrophic suffering of this place-Lestat
Do you know what I think about crying? I think some people have to learn to do it. But once you learn, once you know how to really cry, there's nothing quite like it. I feel sorry for those who don't know the trick. It's like whistling or singing.
Anne Rice makes references to ETHAN BRAND, a story of a man in search of the Unpardonable Sin and the journey Lestat is about to take is quite similar to the one taken by Young Goodman Brown, the title character in a Hawthorne short story.
Having survived his near-fatal reacquaintance with human mortality in The Tale of the Body Thief (1992), the world-weary vampire Lestat is recruited by the biblical Devil, Memnoch, to help fight a cruel and negligent God.
Just when the Tom Cruise-as-Lestat controversy has evaporated into a distant memory comes Memnoch the Devil, the most recent installment of Anne Rice's ''Vampire Chronicles'' and a book guaranteed to create even more eye-rolling outrage and comment than anything previously experienced.