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


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.


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.


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.


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?


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!


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.


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.


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.

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 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), 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 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


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.


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:


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


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.


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.

David Mcangus

I haven't read Anne Rice for almost a decade. We parted unfavourably after my third attempt to read Armand, and I haven't returned since. Pandora reminded of why I both loved her earlier works and why I found Armand impenetrable.The negatives, unfortunately, dominate the first three quarters of the novel. Much as I remember Armand, Pandora spends significant chunks of time locked in her own head. As a fan of first person narrative, this should represent a positive. But the way this is incorporated during the first 150 pages, is drastically different to the earlier Vampire Chronicles. Instead of using the device to gain access to the protagonist's reactions to characters or situations. The narrative seems more like riding a rail car, taking in the sights and sounds of the world but remaining disconnected. When interaction does occur, I simply found both the dialogue and internal monologue, more often than not, irritating. Around page 105 Pandora says: "This was very rude and irreverent, but I was in a full state of alarm"For the majority of the book this seems to be her character. Exclamation marks are used gratuitously and consequently everything appears overly dramatised. I suspect this was all done to best imitate translation from the romantic languages and show how Pandora has changed over the centuries. But, personally, I was more interested in learning of Pandora throughout her life, not just the early off shoot where her brash impulsivity seemed alien to what I remember of her character. The positive aspects of the story and the author's writing, appear once she has received the Dark Gift. At this point the story turns back to the vampire's mythology and this reminded me why Anne Rice's version of vampire lore remains my favourite. It was particularly interesting to witness the fall of Rome and the rise of Christianity through Pandora's eyes. These sections highlight Anne Rice's ability to integrate historical events into a fictional word and I was impressed at her understanding of how and why Christianity took over as it did. It just seems a waste that we spent so much time one minute part of history when there was the potential of a sweeping narrative and intense character study. An opportunity that is unique to character who has lived for 2000 years. 2.5 stars Ultimately disappointing, but I do still feel the desire to spend further time in this mythology. Hopefully an increase to my age will allow me to enjoy Armand (the next book) in the way I always hoped I would.

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