Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles, #9)

ISBN: 0345443683
ISBN 13: 9780345443687
By: Anne Rice

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In this luminous novel, Anne Rice fuses her seductive vampire legend and her lore of the Mayfair witches to give us a world of classic Deep South luxury and ancestral secrets....Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious dining rooms, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelganger, a spirit known as goblin. When Quinn is made a vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, Goblin becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself. Desperate, Quinn seeks out the legendary Vampire Lestat in the hope of freeing himself from the specter that draws him inexorably back to Sugar Devil Swamp - and to the secrets it holds....

Reader's Thoughts

Lisa

A 3.5, mixing The Vampire Chronicles with The Mayfair Witches, though this book definitely feels more like one from the latter series due to Quinn Blackwood's environs, large dysfunctional family, and spirit companion. Goblin, the spirit whom he has gone to Lestat for help with, feels very Lasher-like at times even though his origins and being turn out to be very different.Anyone who's read anything of this series will know what to expect from the writing which once again conjures up an atmosphere of sensual opulence, although as Quinn is a contemporary character we miss out on the sense of history that permeates most of the other entries, and given the amount of build-up that came with the narration of Quinn's life it seemed as though the climax was a little rushed. Quinn failed to charm me as Lestat had, and I did find his precociousness, melodrama and habit of falling instantly and perfectly in love with everyone and everything a little tiresome at times, particularly when it came to Mona (yes, we know that she rocks, but rein it in a bit lad!) That being said, this is still a decent entry in the series and, regardless of what my star rating may suggest, leagues ahead of Twilight and it's ilk.

Katie

I love the first five books of the Vampire Chronicles, my favorite of all time. They didn't seem cliche, hackneyed or recycled.However, I'm wondering if the description above was written by someone paid or high on acid. If anything, this book makes Rice's plot devices and recycled material completely obvious (plot devices are not noticeable in the first books). This book was entertaining and enjoyable at times, but the following about this book bugs me: - stumbling into the house of the past (ghost furniture, etc), like in Lasher- narration done by the main character telling his story to someone, like in the iconic Interview with the Vampire, and several other books from the Vampire Chronicles.- Goblin's simularities to Lasher (gaining strength, increasing learning ability, getting out of the "master's" control, sexuality, etc)- rambling explanations of genealogy and very minor characters that I couldn't care less about- descriptions of the ridiculous wealth of families(e.g., Mayfairs, Blackwoods) that only make me contemptuous instead of endeared- The description of Tarquinn's computer having a black screen with green text; apparently, Quinn still has an antique of a computer from the 80s, yet the other references in the story make it obvious that the novel is set in the present day (and he gets a fricken laptop in the hospital!) - Related to the above, I think Rice may be out of touch with modern technology (referring to a "car phone" and referring to a DVD as a "laser disc")- The dialogue: who actually talks like that?! Also, the dialogue between Quinn and Mona is just nausiating- All characters always using the phrase, "Don't you see?" ... it drives me nuts and I'm getting sick of it

Max Ostrovsky

Another book end book by Anne Rice. So, I get it. She likes to write stories about people telling stories. At least this book didn't got down the rabbit hole with people telling stories about other people telling stories about other people telling stories. I think her last one was like that. I can't remember - the formula makes it forgetable. This one, while a book end story, was enjoyable. It was simple and non-convaluted. It tied into the Mayfairs more than the others did. I've only read the first Mayfair book and hated how it ended. Perhaps, I'll have to give those books another shot. This is a story of a boy becoming a man. As is most stories. And then how this boy who becomes a man, becomes a vampire. And as a vampire, again, it basically becomes a story of a boy who becomes a man, only this time, in vampire form. He risks Lestats wrath with a request for help. Seeing Lestate through a new character's eyes was refreshing. This, I imagine, is how Lestate would like to be seen - a folk god-like figure whose word, or even glance, is dead. But wise and compassionate and loving. A true complex character. At the story's core, it is a ghost story, but, oh, it's so much more than that. The ending, while not blown away by what was revealed, was something I didn't expect - suspected maybe, but not expect. And it was satisfying.

Dawn

I couldn't have hated this book more. UGH. Big pile of poo. It was such a pile of drivel that i can't even being to say why i hated it so much - except, oh, the characters. And the writing. Horrific.

Sarah

I did it wrong, all wrong!This was the first Anne Rice book I read, not long after it came out. But part of the wonder that is Anne Rice, is that you can almost jump in on this series at any point and still be in for a rip-roaring and intense ride!There were some things I didn't quite get until I read the rest, like some of the smaller details, especially regarding Lestat. But after reading the rest of the series, I think this is one of the best. It's fresh and current and brings forht a whole new barrage of questions about the morals of 'immortality' etc etc.The Good BitsCharacterisation - Lestat and Quinn fight for centre stage, but you can't outshine Lestat. Ever. Plot - Such a capturing weave of intrigue and horror and that intense passion this series is known for.Setting - I think by now the 'historical' or 'ancient' vampire has been done to death (pun!!) and it's a releif to be put into a contemporary world.The not-so Good BitsThere is little in the way of criticism I can give for this book. I suppose, if you haven't read any of the series before, there is less excitement surrounding cameos from previous characters.~~~I still love this book, even now. I've read many of the series over and over, and I will continue to do so!5 by 5!^.^

Amber Tresca

I tried to read this book twice. Eventually I gave up! Probably the only book I started reading and never finished.

Marianneboss

You can only say you love someone(or a lot of people in this case)so many times until it just loses meaning. And boy, this Quinn guy seems to "fall in love" so easily that anyone could just wave at him and he would build a shrine for his eternal lurv and lust for it. Seriously, it's sickening. I found his narration very stilted and unsympathetic, and not believable at all to talk like that for a young guy in the modern era; for vampires like Lestat or Armand that have lived for centuries I can get them a pass, but for this rich kid from Louisiana? And for all the people in his life talking like that, even the servants? NOPE, not buying it. Rich kids are often the more uneducated ever because they don't need to learn anything, they just have everything handed to them in a silver platter. Also UGH, FUCKING RICH PEOPLE RUBBING THEIR WEALTH IN MY NOSE!!! The only thing missing there was a money bin where they could dive in (and hopefully break their bones in the process, I don't doubt Quinn would have done it as gullible as he was).I lost interest in this series after book 6 when the stories focused on new characters that weren't in the original "canon" nor had Lestat as a main character (let's be honest, this whole series is all about Lestat) and everytime a new book comes out it's become like an Emmanuelle kind of series where we get to know Lestat new boy toy but with less of him on the other hand. *Sigh* One more book to finish and then let's see what does Anne Rice come up with "Prince Lestat".

Ali

This book...(sigh)...I have to say broke Anne Rice's spell over me. Before this book I found all of her normal plot devices (strange bedfellows, supernatural creatures, really long flashbacks, narcissism) beguiling and entertaining. But usually she chooses one or two of these things and shapes a really awesome story around it. In Blackwood Farm she just decided to take everything she had EVER written about, mix it up together, and then multiply it by 1000. I mean, really?! Vampires, witches, AND ghosts? And they are all sleeping together? Oh, I turned the pages quickly enough. But when I finished, I looked at the book (and myself) in disgust and asked one question: Did I really just read that? This book made me feel used.

Meirav Rath

Anne Rice writes sex *gasp* who'd believe it. There once was a boy with a perfect family who has a spirit haunting him everywhere, but he becomes a vampire so everything's OK in the giant rich house the boy lives in, his trips to Europe, and his wonderful family. Crap Rice.

Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)

Marilyn Barclay

This story didn't engage me. I didn't finish reading it and I rarely to that. I'm probably done reading Ms. Rice.

Alex

** spoiler alert ** This is another attempt from Anne Rice liven up the old Vampire Chronicles series, by adding another vampire into the mix. Problem is, of course, it didn't really work...Lestat, instead of the defiant and beautiful brat that he was, became a plot device to turn the protagonist into a vampire. Lestat, who hunts serial killers for sport, who kicks everyone's ass, who, if he stayed true to form, wouldn't have even glanced at the protagonist.It's just so sad to see a beloved series turned into such garbage, sigh. And stupid me for still hoping for a miracle, that, well, to use Anne Rice's words, Lestat has returned to her.

Jerome Parisse

Rice's vampire novels are epics which take us into a world of their own. I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. The writing is great. Rice is able to paint vivid, colourful pictures in her readers' minds. The setting for Blackwood Farm is Louisiana, and after reading the book, I find I want to go there! Blackwood Farm tells the story of the Blackwood family, from the initial ancestor Manfred Blackwood and his first, beloved wife Virginia Lee, to Tarquin Blackwood (Quinn), the last one in the family, who also happens to be the narrator and the vampire. What I really liked is that there is very little blood drinking. It is in fact a subtle mix of supernatural characters (the vampires, the witches, the spirits and the ghosts) and totally ordinary citizens leading ordinary (or not always so ordinary) lives. You can't help falling in love with the Blackwood family and its unusual fate, and in particular sweet Aunt Queen. The plot is solid and you find you have to turn the pages until all is revealed - and there is a lot to reveal, trust me. I found myself so drawn into the story that I have already purchased the sequel (and last one in the series), Blood Canticle.

Troy Blackford

A great story that keeps you guessing unless you've read 'The Dark Half' (written over a decade before) by Stephen King in which case it simply seems familiar.

Strangerealms

** spoiler alert ** I read solely Anne Rice's vampire books, and then when it came to read this book, I decided to give a shot to the Mayfair Witches serie so I could understand the book. I read the first book and found it more like "Everything you ever wanted to know about the Mayfair family and more". While I thought the first part, the historical part, was quite interesting, I found the rest extremely dull, especially Rowan. So since I didn't want to read the other two books I read their resume on the internet, which I was happy about because the books sound crap, or I should say, extremely disappointing. There is a french expression that says "all this for this?", in other words to do all this intricate work to get crap result, that is how I feel about the Mayfair serie.So in this book I like the main character Quinn, Lestat, and the whole story, except all the additions of the Mayfair Witches, like Rowan. And that is the same thing for the next book Blood Canticle.Merrick is in the other hand really good even if she's a Mayfair Witch.

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