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

Alannah

This was the first Anne Rice book that I read. If Pandora is the first book that you have read by this author, and you are considering making this you first and last Anne Rice book, than I have some advice for you. Don't. I almost gave up on Anne Rice after this but I'm glad that I continued on and read The Vampire Chronicles! Pandora is not horrible but it is not incredible and far from Rice's best work.

Crysalis

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.

Dereck

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

Tamcamry

• Oct. 22, 2006: This is really an outstanding story overall. There were very few things that took away from it, and even those didn’t bother me that much. Yeah, Pandora is another rich vampire from an aristocratic family. Yeah, Anne Rice said differently when she first mentioned Pandora. Again, that still didn’t take away from the story. This book also reinforced my belief that Anne Rice is really at her best when she is writing historical fiction. The way she brought ancient Rome to life was fascinating. The way she made things seem so normal, yet so interesting was outstanding. I look forward to reading more.

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)

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.

Shawna

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

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.

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.

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...

Monica Ong

This book was a light and a nice read. The main character, Pandora, has such an interesting personality. She has a quick wit and talks like a philosophical man. I love how she's such an adventurero and how she's so strong-willed. Also, she's quite opinionated - explains why the usual debates between Marius and Pandora happen. Haha!Needless to say, I've been wondering who Pandora was after reading The Vampire Lestat. She seemed like such an interesting character since she's the companion of Marius! Marius!!!! It's nice how the book had a lot of history in it and stimulating conversations and uh.. massacre. The only thing that I found a bit off was the fact that the parting of Pandora and Marius was squeezed into one chapter or maybe even half a chapter. I've always thought that that was a very important part of the whole series, so I was hoping for a longer explanation. And yeah, whatever happened to Flavius? All in all, it's a nice book that I might read again. Oh, Anne Rice, every single time I read one of your books some of my questions are answered, but more mysteries arise. Damn it.

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