Pandora (New Tales of the Vampires #1)

ISBN: 0345422384
ISBN 13: 9780345422385
By: Anne Rice

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Anne Rice, creator of the Vampire Lestat, the Mayfair witches and the amazing worlds they inhabit, now gives us the first in a new series of novels linked together by the fledgling vampire David Talbot, who has set out to become a chronicler of his fellow Undead.The novel opens in present-day Paris in a crowded café, where David meets Pandora. She is two thousand years old, a Child of the Millennia, the first vampire ever made by the great Marius. David persuades her to tell the story of her life.Pandora begins, reluctantly at first and then with increasing passion, to recount her mesmerizing tale, which takes us through the ages, from Imperial Rome to eighteenth-century France to twentieth-century Paris and New Orleans. She carries us back to her mortal girlhood in the world of Caesar Augustus, a world chronicled by Ovid and Petronius. This is where Pandora meets and falls in love with the handsome, charismatic, lighthearted, still-mortal Marius. This is the Rome she is forced to flee in fear of assassination by conspirators plotting to take over the city. And we follow her to the exotic port of Antioch, where she is destined to be reunited with Marius, now immortal and haunted by his vampire nature, who will bestow on her the Dark Gift as they set out on the fraught and fantastic adventure of their two turbulent centuries together.

Reader's Thoughts

Amber

Wow! I love reading stories about vampires and Anne Rice has it going on! I've had this book sitting on my bookcase back home since 8th grade and for some reason I never read it! Well luckily for me, I found this gem the other weekend while I was visiting my parents and am so happy that I finally read it. In short, this book is about a 2,000 year old vampire named Lydia (aka Pandora) who lived during the height of the Roman Empire (15 B.C.) She is approached by a young vampire named David in the streets of Paris to write down her mortal days leading up to her immortal change. Pandora is reluctant to disclose her past life with this stranger but his charms talk her into complying. This novel read as she is writing her story for David. Pandora is a strong female lead character who is not only smart and witty, but years before her time in the areas of women's rights and feminism. She approaches religion with such curiosity yet skepticism that I find myself trying to absorb her words straight from the page (or screen he he). I honestly can't wait to read more of her works on vampires!

Mark

It has been a long long time since I read any of Anne Rice's vampire books and I certainly use to have a soft spot for them, willing to overlook problems with them. However this time I find the writing painfully over indulgent in an attempt to make the writing feel intense and then the story jumps along, never stopping for a moment to allow us to take anything in. It boom-boom-booms along, and then the story just stops and we jump centuries in sentences. It feels to me a little that if the story slowed down or took a few detours, it would have engaged me a lot more. Instead Pandora feels like a constant victim of circumstances, who gets swept along all the way, despite being highly intelligence, resourceful and determined.

Mariana

4 starsFirst of all, I have to say that this is my very first Anne Rice experience. I have only contacted with her vision of vampires through the "Interview with the Vampire" film, which is why I knew who Lestat was (he is mentioned throughout "Pandora"), but had never heard of Marius and Akasha. This is a stand alone, so I didn't need any "Vampire Chronicles" knowledge to understand the novel, yet I felt intrigued about these characters and their evolution.Meet our main character: "Pandora" isn't, as advertised, an epic love story between Marius and Lidia (Pandora's birth name). Yes, they met twice in Rome as mortals, and found each other again later in Antioquia, when Marius was already a vampire and protector of Isis and Osiris (or Akasha and Enkil, Mother and Father to vampires), but there is more to this story than their assexual relationship.This is a two thousand year-old vampire's testimony of the world and its many metamorphosis. Of Augustus' prosperous Imperial Rome and the later sucession of delirious emperors. Of Rome's fall. Of the dawn of Christianity among the pagan cults. Of merciless beings who drink blood to survive and are condemned to walk the Earth across eternity. Of human and supernatural cruelty.I'll leave you with my beloved Lestat:

I am Cat。

I've been reading all the Vampire Chronicles and New Tales of the Vampires in order, which means I took a break from the main series to read this one. It has Rice's flawless style which I love so much. But if comparing to the Vampire Chronicles, it's really totally quite different. Whereas the other novels tell the stories as they are happening, the New Tales of the Vampires is told in a sort of "diary" format or retelling of their past up to the present. (However, having started The Vampire Armand, the next in the Vampire Chronicles, it's written that way too.)Personally, Pandora is my favorite vampire so far. She's such an eloquent, classy, and intelligent woman who doesn't buy into all the gender roles and does as she pleases. She's quick to outwit anyone but isn't boastful about it nor does she consider it to be fun and games—it's just her nature. Therefore, I truly recommend this to anyone that loves Rice's vampires and wants a more personal, first hand account into one of their lives.

Sa

Ever since I discovered a used bookstore in my district, I've read a lot of books by different authors but I didn't like the style of writing at all and what little I read of the story was so uninteresting.I'm glad I didn't spend a lot of money or time on it.Also, you know that thing we're not supposed to talk about here? http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/11/boo...;http://www.the-digital-reader.com/201...http://www.journalfen.net/community/f...

Carrie Slager

Pandora is part of Anne Rice’s New Tales of the Vampires (although they’re not that new anymore) and there is virtually no difference in writing quality or style from her more popular The Vampire Chronicles. What is different, though, is that we finally see the stories of formerly minor characters who aren’t really connected to Lestat. Lestat, although he is a very interesting character, does get annoying after a couple of books, so a book from the point of view of Pandora was perfect for me.Pandora is a woman during Pax Romana, or the golden age of Rome during the later years of Augustus. Anne Rice paints a picture of a strong-willed woman very much in control of her own life and doted on by a loving father who is far from the average pater familias. She is a free spirit, a dreamer and when she falls in love with Marius, the logical, cold Roman man, it makes for an interesting relationship. The dynamics are definitely not that of a traditional one!As with all of her novels, Anne Rice has done the research and paints a believable picture of ancient Rome in its glory and during its fall. From the reign of terror of Sejanus to the murderous paranoia and sadism of Tiberius all the way to the spread and eventual acceptance of Christianity, Anne Rice takes readers on an amazing introspective adventure. Pandora is actually my favourite book about Anne Rice’s vampires not just because I love Roman history, but because Pandora herself is one amazing three dimensional character.I give this book 4.5/5 stars, rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads rating purposes.

Sean

In Pandora, Anne Rice presents another vampiric coming-of-age story. We are introduced to Pandora, the daughter of a senator in ancient Rome who is forced to flee to Antioch when her family is murdered by the emperor. In Antioch, she is reacquainted with Marius--another vampire originating from ancient Rome that we were introduced to in Queen of the Damned as the keeper of the original mother and father blooddrinkers. Marius ultimately makes a vampire of Pandora and much of the story relates their time together.As with Rice's other novels, Pandora is more than just an adventure story about vampires. It delves deeply into the psyche of the main character, Pandora, and her exploration of the differences between the rational thought of ancient Rome and the mysteries and occult of the East. The result is a richly fleshed out vision of the worlds of ancient Rome and Antioch.The book ends up telling the entire story of Pandora's journey through history, spanning 2,000 years. The result is a great mix of history, adventure, and psychological exploration. "Pandora" will be a joy to read, both for existing fans of Rice's books, looking for new stories of the blooddrinkers, and for readers not already familiar with her rich world of vampires.

Carolyn

It's been a looong time since I've read any of the books in this series, and I didn't remember 'Pandora' even though it was on the bookshelf. No bells of recognition went off in my head while reading, but I didn't find the story that memorable either. I think Pandora is the first female vampire that Rice has given a starring role to (with the somewhat exception of the child-vampire Claudia), and it seemed that Rice was wandering in unfamiliar territory with her. Pandora was not nearly as enigmatic, glamorous, or interesting a character as her male predecessors, but more of a bratty, whiny, spoiled, often childish figure. She may have been intended to come across in a more positive light than that (meaning, I don't think Anne Rice meant for her to be annoying), but if so I failed to see it. I was also unimpressed with the role of Marius in this book. He was basically a frustrated baby-sitter to Pandora, which was almost as irritating as Pandora herself. As usual, Rice presented the tale against a historic backdrop, this one being Rome and Antioch during the reign of Caesar Augustus. The manner in which this history was laid out was kind of droll and unexciting. I didn't absolutely detest this book (it was quick-paced and ran in a similar vein as the rest), however I don't think that it would make the most positive impression or be a great starting point for someone who's new to this series. Any of the others would outshine 'Pandora'. One last thing that left with me with some minor confusion is that this book is labeled as being 'Book 1' in the 'New Tales of the Vampires'. I didn't quite see (or remember) why this book signaled a new starting point as far as the vampire series went. It referenced many of the old characters and didn't appear to veer off into any new directions. So I'm left wondering, at what point did the "old tales" end and the "new tales" begin?

Trish

Because Anne Rice has been writing vampire books for years, I have to assume that Stephenie Meyer got some of her vampire characteristics from her work. Rice does a better job of describing the exquisite beauty of her vampires - like comparing their eyes to jewels while Meyer gets repetitive with vague words like "perfect" or "godlike" or describing the physiological reaction to such beauty. I noticed that Rice also used the word "dazzle" once which is a huge Twilight reference now. Both have vampires concerned about the morality of killing humans in order to live.Rice's work is more serious and is heavily researched since her characters are placed in the real world, and real history - the vampires in this story are Romans. And maybe that contributes to the dramatic quality to the way they speak and think. I was a bit confused at the main characters' hostility towards each other, seemingly without provocation and because they love each other so. It was kind of like guessing the meaning of a word by the surrounding words and context... you kind of get it, but not entirely. I kind of like that, though, and don't mind having to come up with my own conclusions without the author leading me by the hand.There were a lot of references to other characters from other stories, so I think I may have ruined the outcome of some of the earlier books, but I'll probably forget by the time I read them. There are a LOT of them, though, so maybe I'll just keep going with this series. It's obvious that Rice had to give it up to her fans by creating chronicle after chronicle of new vampires. Interview With the Vampire was her first book, so maybe I'll just read that one and then go on from Pandora.I liked the book for the way history was portrayed - as seen through the eyes of a Roman. I got a little sucked in when Pandora had to leave Rome. The story picked up and I wanted to see how she comes across Marius again. I think, in the end, that I had more questions than understanding and the book ended up just being OK.

Nick

I think I'm seriously in a reading slump. I'm hardly enjoying anything I'm reading lately. One of the first problems I probably had with this, is that I've only read "Interview with the Vampire", so I don't know most of these characters. The first chapter was a summary, I believe, of the previous books in the series; which was simultaneously helpful, and rather annoying. It seemed a tad long and unimportant, at least to me. Maybe it is for those that have read the previous books, but in that case, shouldn't the reader already know what had happened?From there, the rest of the book (at least where I got up to) was Lydia/Pandora writing out her life story. It was sort of cool, considering it was set in Rome, but not much happened in the two-hundred pages I read; and I really just wanted to get to the vampires. Pandora herself, I wasn't super fond of. For somebody who seems so astonished, and amazed by the world (there were so many exclamation marks) she was really detached. Or at least, her writing was. It wasn't in the first chapter (when she was telling David everything they had talked about, just in case he forgot, or wasn't actually there) but after that, it just got very boring.I think one of my main issues was not seeing Rice's usually beautiful style. I have read some of her truly bad books, but read the entire thing, because the writing was just so gorgeous. It was not in this book. It was so basic and boring. Ultimately, I found myself not wanting to read this book, even when I had absolutely nothing better to do. (Seriously, I had two hours until my next class started, I had the book with me, and after about a page or two, decided that doing nothing was more entertaining than reading the book.)I will continue to try Rice's books, because two of them ("Interview with the Vampire" and "The Mummy") are some of my favorite books. I think I might just be more wary of her vampires though.

Elizabetha Souvré

Como he señalado hay ciertas cosas de Anne Rice como escritora que me disgustan mucho, pero no los aburriré repitiéndolas nuevamente.Aun cuando encuentro alguna de sus obras predecibles , agotadas dentro de su temática, hechas en "serie", es decir, de un mismo molde sin variaciones ostensibles...la seguiré leyendo...^^..¡¡¡es que adoro los vampiros!!!.No puedo evitarlo desde que leí hace siglos, "Dracula". Y ,para que estamos con cosas, ella tiene toda una mitología y construcción "teórica" acerca de estos seres sobrenaturales, lo cual es loable ( y de la cual Stephanie Meryer carece..o para ser magnánima, "posee escasamente"...creo que estoy siendo MUYYYYYYYY MAGNÁNIMA ¬¬)Como ya he mencionado mi regalón es Marius, así que cuando vi "PANDORA" en la librería, me la llevé automáticamente...claro que tardé en terminarla por la maldita tesis >_ esto es un dato Freak ), y quien, para esa época en que ella tiene 35 años, ya ha sido trasformado en vampiro.Las horribles pesadilla que Akasha (la madre de todos los vampiros) le envía telepáticamente, producirán su conversión final en un ser de la noche y en la compañera del solitario Marius quien guarda un pesado secreto.Es el guardián de la "Madre y el Padre" (Akasha y Enkil ), a quienes trajo de Egipto y custodia reverentemente, aunque a veces con rabia y desesperación...Volviendo a Lydia, es en Antioquía donde cambia su nombre por el de"Pandora," lo cual ,para ser franca , me disgusta bastante.Lo encuentro rimbombante y poco "elegante",de mal gusto para este (a ratos) fascinante personaje.La historia es escrita por la propia Pandora para David Talbot,antiguo lider de la Talasmasca, quien puede ver espíritus , ha cambiado su anciano cuerpo por uno más joven (eso queda para el otra reseña), y...adivinen...se acaba de convertir en vampiro recientemente...Realmente el personaje de Pandora es el de una mujer admirable, (al menos para mi , que gusto de las heroinas fuertes y orgullosas) es enérgica, culta, independiente, resuelta, libre pensadora y apasionada...algo muy alejado de la idea que se tenía en aquellos tiempos del papel que debía desempeñar en el mundo una verdadera "Domina Romana",..pero en fin, las licencias históricas me cuadran cuando los personajes son interesantes ( y también si recuerdo todas las tropelías de las emperatrices y CIA.). El problema es que con el correr de la hojas , el personaje tan atrayente en un comienzo , se hacen un poco repetitivo y predecible, tanto en su personalidad como sus acciones...Especial mención debo hacer de Flavius, el culto esclavo griego con una prótesis de marfil en una de sus piernas , a quien Pandora compra en Antioquía y quien le sirve fielmente hasta que ella, antes de que el esclavo muera , lo convierte e vampiro, en ausencia de Marius y por ende en contra de su voluntad. Flavius, es un personaje interesante y estoy curiosa por saber si es desarrollado en otra obra de Rice.Marius como siempre encantador ,con toques de melancolía a pesar de su racionalidad...realmente un personaje para amar...^^Me pareció inteligente la mención del culto de la diosa Isis y su "mezcla" en la mente de Pandora con la de la bebedora de sangre Akasha... mmm...inteligente y cautivante...(otro dato Freak --> las imagenes de Isis y su Hijo Horus , fueron el molde para las de la Virgen Mría y el niño Jesús, es como clara su diferencia con Akasha si tenemos en cuenta este dato ...)Las páginas que más disfrute fueron las post-conversion de Pandora en vampiro.Me parecieron las muy entretenidas, menos la poco creíble mención de un fantasma que se le aparece a Pandora al final del relato.Eso me descuadró el libro, fue innecesario , poco ocurrente , "irreal" incluso para ese mundo mítico y no encajó para nada ne la trama.Fue un lastimoso agregado.Al terminar el libro, dejamos a Pandora partiendo a Nueva Orleans en Busca de Lastat quien ha caido en una especie de trance luego de conocer el cielo y el infierno...¿que sucederá?No es una gran obra...no se equipara a la Gran "Entrevista con el Vampiro",la cual he devorado por lo menos siete veces y que idolatro (¡¡¡AMO A LOUIS!!!!)...pero se las recomiendo para pasar un rato en compañía, de como la llama MI QUERIDA AMIGA HELLEN "nuestros amigos vampiros"^^Yo, por mi parte, espero que me guste más "Armand, el Vampiro" , "quien" me espera en mi anaquel hace dos meses...^^...muahahahah!!Escrito el 23 de julio 2009

Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia

Reseñado en mi blog Nanny BooksTenía entendido que la saga Nuevas historias de vampiros era posterior a la saga principal de la autora, Crónicas vampíricas, pero resulta que no es así. ¡Atención! Esto es muy importante para todos los que estén siguiendo libro por libro de Rice (como yo). El orden ideal para leer estos tomos sería así:° Crónicas Vampíricas #5: Memnoch el diablo- Nuevas Historias de Vampiros #1: Pandora° Crónicas Vampíricas #6: Armand el vampiro- Nuevas Historias de Vampiros #2: Vittorio el vampiro° Crónicas Vampíricas #7: Merrick y demás tomos.¿Se ha entendido? Eso espero, jajaja. Además de las sagas de vampiros, también se debería intercalar la lectura con la saga Las brujas de Mayfair, pero esto sería a partir del séptimo tomo de las Crónicas. Y ya es un terreno más opcional.Como siempre ocurre conmigo, he leído la saga en mal orden. Se suponía que no debía leer Armand el vampiro hasta que terminara con Pandora, pero lo hice totalmente al revés... Bueno, de todas formas no es que el personaje del vampiro con rostro de angelito me guste mucho, como ya saben...La historia de esta novela, inicio de una saga paralela a las Crónicas que la autora abandonó prontamente, comienza justo al final de Memnoch el diablo y nos encontramos con un peculiar David Talbot que busca recolectar las historias de los vampiros antiguos. No avanza para nada en el hilo argumental de las Crónicas, por lo tanto es un spin off en toda regla.Es algo extraño y resulta muy increíble que el inglés David vaya a conocer a los vampiros ancianos, que son más fuertes y antiguos (por algo se llaman Los Hijos del Milenio) que todos los demás, debido a que, en primera instancia, es super peligroso; en segunda instancia, él es una creación de Lestat, y no todo el mundo quiero a nuestro héroe; en tercero, ¿para qué?, ¡está loco!. Si logramos superar nuestro escepticismo al respecto, resulta grandiosa la historia que se nos contará:Pandora es una protagonista excepcional, una mujer que de humana ya era fuerte y controvertida... de vampira promete muchos dolores de cabeza, para nuestro querido Marius especialmente. Por primera vez en mucho tiempo, Rice nos concede a una narrador femenino. Sin embargo, como suele suceder con todos sus personajes, termina siendo un tanto ambiguo.La novela, narrada en primera persona a estilo de diario, pronto nos sorprenderá con sus descripciones históricas y paisajistas realmente documentadas hasta el dedillo. Y esto se los puedo confirmar, Rice se esmeró muchísimo con su trabajo de investigación.Lo romántico se mezcla con lo histórico, con lo sobrenatural y con el thriller. Oh, sí, aquí hay de todo, incluso se hace lugar para hablar de religión (una vez más). Veremos el lado masculino de Marius, ¡lo veremos incluso humano! Sabremos de los enredos amatorios de Pandora, tanto como vampira como humana. Y en medio de todo eso, tendremos un par de detalles acerca de nuestra antigua reina caída, Akasha.El libro es realmente corto, al menos para lo que nos ha acostumbrado Rice. No llega a las trescientas páginas, y la mayoría del contenido es acerca de la vida humana de Pandora. Y ahí se encuentra el fallo único que tiene: deja varias cosas inconclusas y otras tantas las apura.En fin, me ha gustado, pero no es lo mejor que he leído de Rice. Es de rápida lectura, más breve que otros tomos, igual de interesante. Se los recomiendo solo a aquellos que vienen siguiendo la saga.

Kathryn

My favorite Anne Rice books are probably "Children of the Damned", and "The Vampire Lestat". And yet I keep pulling down this one to re-read. It's a little dry sometimes (Pandora and Marius argue on and ON about the meaning of their lives and Pandora's attmpts to worship creatures that Marius can only see as a burden), but there's a lovely, antique feel to this book. Pandora is probably the strongest and most likable female character that Anne Rice has created, and yes, I'm going to stand by that statement. Gabrielle's a cold schemer, I lost ALL respect for Rowan at the end of "The Witching Hour", and every other female falls somewhere along the line between pretty victim and aloof goddess. Pandora is likeable, clever and strong-willed, (with the self-knowledge that "clever and strong-willed" for a woman in Roman times generally meant "unbelievably annoying" to everyone else). She charges blithly into danger more than once, but come on, she lost her entire family, has been dragged across the world, and she's being sent endless visions of drinking blood. "Headstrong and careless" is arguably better than "catatonic and drooling".Even better, we get to see more of the history of Marius, who is probably my favorite male character that Rice has created.

Austin James

Let me start off by saying, I love the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (I'm reading them in the order they were published). And I have to say Pandora was different than the others - not in a bad way (I quite liked the book). And it was more than just the lack of Lestat in the story (although he is discussed) or the fact that it's set during Ancient Rome (which was well researched, as always, by Anne Rice), No... this story is different because it's Pandora's story, and she's not like a character we've encountered before.I generally don't like the female characters Anne Rice creates as much as the men (they don't seem to have that same pizazz or edge), but Pandora changed this for me. She has that fire (that edge) and her story doesn't disappoint.I didn't find the story to be as soul searching as the others... but it still dives into new territory. For one thing, Pandora is mortal most of the story (that's what really makes this story different)... and it makes this book different from the others (deserving of the title "New Tales").One last thing about the book... is the writing. I thought the writing style in this book was the best of what I've read so far... It's not as overwritten as her other books - and the result is this book is easier to read, easier to understand, and less repetitive than her earlier books.I give the book 4 out of 5 because I enjoyed every bit of the book (I read it in one day) - I still think "The Vampire Lestat" is the best book in the series, but this one holds up well too.- Austin James (http://www.AustinJamesHere.blogspot.com)

Emily

Pandora wanted to set the record straight about Lestat's version of what Marius said about her. She does so, but not much more was revealed to us about her thousand-year life than the beginning and her transformation into a vampire. She wandered Europe for centuries, but chooses to spend 400 pages on the first 35 years of her life. It was still interesting to read about, but I was hoping for more than a rehash of things we pretty much already knew.

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