Pandora New Tales Of The Vampires

ISBN: 1568656963
ISBN 13: 9781568656960
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


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!


He de admitir que en 'Pandora' me he encontrado lo que me esperaba, es decir, la historia de la vampira Pandora, de cómo llegó a convertirse en bebedora de sangre y a vivir más de dos mil años, pero contada de una manera algo insulsa y con poco brío. La historia está narrada en primera persona por Pandora, que la está escribiendo para ser leída por el vampiro neófito David Talbot. Gran parte de la historia transcurre en la Antigua Roma y se trata más de novela histórica, donde se habla de las costumbres y la cultura de la época, que una historia de vampiros. Esto no significa que sea una trama aburrida, es interesante, pero no es la Anne Rice que me gusta, la que desvela las aventuras y desventuras del vampiro Lestat.


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.


Pandora is one of my favorites in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles.


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.


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:

Charlotte Phillips

Anne Rice is one of my favorite authors, however I found this book to be a bit if a disappointment as there didnt seem to be a lot of depth nor detail within it to keep me interested and I soon became bored. I found myself skimming over pages rather than wanting to read into them and my feeling on this, is that the book lost imagination, creativity and adventure. Other books by Anne Rice have had a lot more mystery and care placed ionto them and this is why they are usually more engaging and inviting, making me want to read. However this one seemed to be very very mild in comparrisson to her other novels. One thing that does annoy me about Anne Rice's novels is the way that she advertises her other novels within the book, such as lasher and the vampire lestat. its almost as if she is using her novels as a cheaper form of advetising rather than letting her style of writing attract her readers in.I just felt that with this book there was a lot of focus on her life before she came a vampire and when she did become a vampire it seemed to be not so important at all. I would have liked to have known about the complications she came across as she got adjusted with her life, but instead it merely skimmed over those and I was quick to find myself at the end wondering what the point of the novel even was. I will try not to let this novel put me off reading others written by anne rice, but this probably one of the most boring books that I have read in a while. I just feel that there was a lot of room for improvement and potential here. Perhaps it was a book that was quickly written merely for the sake of it, as it does feel rushed and not very much cared about.I am trying to find some positive things about this book but I am unavble to find any. In so many ways I was waiting for the book to actually end so that I could move onto the next one. hopefully one of her other books will restore my faith in her writing.


This is the first and only book I've read by Anne Rice, and from what I've been told, it's not a good representation. It's a good example of what I mean when I say, "You can feel when the wuthor hasn't been there." At times she focused too much on the history and not enough on the moment. It got boring in some parts, and just seemed too blah blah blah. I thought the plot and characters were unbelievable and too... off, like too dramatic or responding to things in an emotional way I don't understand, I'm not sure what it was. But part of my distaste for this book might be due to my lack of a love for vampire stories. Even so, I still think the whole thing was a bit contrived.


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?

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.


Pandora is the first of the two New Tales of the Vampires, the second being Vittorio. We've met Pandora in the Vampire Chronicles as one of the ancients, and alas, this is her story.Pandora is a patrician from ancient Rome during the time of Augustus. Her father is a Senator, and she is well educated and literate. Rice brings her laudable talent of recreating distant times and places to bear on this wonderful addition to her vampire catalogue. Pre-Christian Rome operated under an entirely different value system then what came after. Whether one is Christian or not, the Western paradigm is rooted in Christian values, and we rarely realize how these color our lens. Rice is really able do delve into and analyze some of these disparities in Pandora, and I must admit she does quite an admirable job of this. An ancient Roman protagonist that rides the ages up to the modern day allows for an epic contrast and commentary that is rare in a work of fiction. One does not have to read all the Vampire chronicles to enjoy and grasp Pandora, as she can be thought of as a type of Prequel to them. However, I would suggest beginning with Interview and following them chronologically. If you enjoy reading, it is rare to have a quality series that spans 12 books. Savor them.


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.

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 (


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?;


Una recensione in cinque punti.1. Il libro è interessante nei capitoli in cui descrive la vita da romana di Pandora - per quanto questi siano evidentemente in più punti frutto di una ricerca solo approssimativa e superficiale - ma poteva anche evitarsi il primo e l'ultimo capitolo. Noiosi, inutili e fatti decisamente male.2. Pandora entra con prepotenza della classifica dei personaggi femminili più odiosi di sempre (per me). Una donna che si vanta della sua mente retorica, arguta e intelligente quanto e più di quella di un uomo e poi si perde in capricci e accuse ormonali con il suo uomo che cerca esclusivamente di farla ragionare, si merita tutto il mio disprezzo.3 La rivelazione - nemmeno poi tanto - principale di questo libro è stata: lascia nell'adolescenza ciò che era nell'adolescenza. Certi vasi è sempre meglio non riaprirli più.4. Mi mancano più o meno otto libri in mezzo alla saga tra l'ultimo che ho letto - La Regina dei Dannati - e questo. Non commettete il mio stesso errore, potrebbe venire voglia di continuare una saga pressochè inutile esclusivamente per ricomporre i tasselli mancanti e capire di che diavolo parlava Pandora all'inizio.5. L'eccelsa boiata del libro. Premettendo che la saga dei vampiri della Rice l'avevo apprezzata particolarmente per la ragionevole incapacità dei vampiri di accoppiarsi, in questo volume ci si dimentica che nei volumi passati Lestat aveva descritto il proprio organo come morto e inutilizzabile, e Marius si trova una potenza indistruttibile tra le gambe, che Pandora pretende continuamente di possedere. Ok, effettivamente non provano piacere fisico, e grazie al cielo non procreano, ma ugualmente, e forse a maggior ragione, trovo inutile e avvilente questa improvvisa trovata.

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