Well I guess it's finally time for me to make a review about The Vampire Armand. Let me see... Let me see... I've been holding up on continuing this book for weeks now not because it's not good; as a matter of fact, it is. *points at 4 stars. real rating is 3.5*I guess it's just that I'm not feeling all 'I wanna read more Anne Rice books tonight' kind of thing. And also, I guess, I've loved Lestat so much with all of his haughtiness in narrating that I wasn't ready for Armand's personality. But, really! That's great cause you see how good Anne Rice is. She wrote something that makes me think that this time it's Armand that's speaking, not Lestat. Do you get me? It's a completely different character! Moving on... The story revolves around Armand who was kidnapped and sold and/or saved by Marius. It focuses more on Armand's past wherein he became Marius's student and how he turned into a vampire and such. It also talked about his life before he was kidnapped - How he just wanted to be buried beneath the earth until death in order to serve God better. Contrary to The Interview w/ the Vampire, Armand is Russian. Yes, you heard me. He's Russian. So, it makes me wonder... uh... Antonio Banderas? Uhhh... Anne Rice, what happened? Also, his name was first and foremost, Amadeo. This name was given to him by Marius before all hell broke loose and before they were separated.I do ever so wonder how his named changed to Armand - It was never really explained or discussed in the book. :< Also, I wonder what happened to Bianca! She's such an interesting character! Anne Rice, what happened to her? It became apparent to me midway that I should have read Memnoch the Devil first before this, but eh... I've already started it. There were many flashbacks so I wasn't all that confused. Like I said before, Armand has a completely different personality compared to Lestat. Lestat is this haughty, naughty, flamboyant, strong, and charming vampire; while Armand is this beautiful-faced, very dependent on people, hard-headed and usually confused cherub who likes to know many things. In many situations, I wanted to smack Armand's head on the floor just cause he was being stupid again but that thought wavers when I see how helpless he is. UGH. ARMAND. So, yeah. Good book, many gay moments, light read. Recommended to people 18 and up!Mark
This was the last book I read in the vampire chronicles as I felt with the vampire Armand the series had slipped too far into homo erotica and further away from a strong story.As other reviewers have noted The Vampire Armand crosses a line, the previous chronicle books had sex as part of the narrative pushing the story along, not just there to invoke shock and challenge the readers sensibilities.The quality just seems to fade in this book away from the excellent writing of the first four books, into a poor excuse for Anne to write about her fantasies.Kathryn
Overall, my favorite part of this book doesn't even begin until more than three-quarters of the way through. Armand has a VERY tragic story, and I do enjoy getting to see exactly how he became the immortal monster he is today. And Venice of any age is a great setting for a story. But so often things get bogged down in the details. Armand's love affair with Marius, his fight to keep from remembering his life as a poor Russian artist and Marius' fight to resist making Armand into a vampire too early, it's all so DENSE. I think one read of his whole drawn-out vision involving a Russian Easter Egg will last me a lifetime.No, the best part is when Armand gives a point-by-point description of all the other vampires in the series. It's very short, but I love getting to see these characters through Armand's eyes. In some ways it turns everything I've thought about some of them sideways. And there's one description of what REALLY happened in a previous book that is probably one of the most shocking things I've read in this series. I'm a little hesitant to reccommend this book to anyone who loved "Interview with the Vampire", just because I'm afraid that one scene will ruin it for them.My next favorite section is Armand's platonic love affair with two young human children. I think we see here more of Anne Rice's daydreams about using fantastic amounts of money to turn life into a playground for people who have grown up poor or abused. I can't even say anything more about this part without giving away major parts of the story, but it's definitely a section I can read over and over again.Jorge
Una historia aburrida, que no despega nunca quizás porque no hay un hilo argumental que lleve la historia, quizás porque los personajes son contradictorios, débiles y poco interesantes, quizás porque hay una combinación de todo esto. El conflicto religioso de Armand/Amadeo/Andrei no tiene ni pies ni cabeza y sus cambios de personalidad son tan violentos que resultan incomprensibles.La única razón por la que le doy dos estrellas en lugar de una es porque Anne Rice sabe muchísimo de historia, arte y arquitectura, y eso se trasluce en sus libros. Su recreación de la Venecia de fines del siglo XV es maravillosa y sus escenarios son soberbios. Sin embargo, la descripción de personajes es realmente patética... Ya estoy aburrido de que cada vampiro es más "bello", "angelical", "hermoso" y "poderoso" que el anterior. Y (SPOILER) estoy hasta la coronilla de que cada vez que introducen un personaje humano interesante, lo transformen en vampiro.Ljubov Rybinskaja
Some time ago i decided to read all the Vampire Chronicles. I started with "Interview With The Vampire" and "Blood and Gold". These books were great, i was so fond of Anne Rice's works. I liked everything in her books - characters, stories, all the dark romantism. So i went on with "The Vampire Lestat" and "The Queen of the Damned". I was very inspired, and wanted to know all the stories about all the characters.After some time i've got "The Vampire Armand" into my hands. Armand- very mysterious and somber, with his own ideals and secrets. I looked forward to find his story interesting and exciting. This was a great dissapointment for me, to find the book about him so boring. I looked for strong character with difficult fate, but found only little, always crying boy. He started weeping almost after every ten pages. He was too annoying to feel sorry for him, inspite of the difficulties he had. Second thing, that dissapointed me was sex. Too much sex!! I don't mind if there are erotic scenes in the books, moreover very tastily written scenes, with beautiful people acting in the gorgeous places, as these are in Anne Rice's books. But! All the first part of book there are sexual scenes with men, women, boys and girls, other specifical people from the pleasure-houses. Ok, i still don't mind, that it could be described, because of the age the story is about and the morals adopted that times. But what for were these descriptions so long, that i almost fell asleep while reading?Little more about descriptions. That's very good for the characters to be described in detailes, when we see them first time. But author is doing that every time, when she mentions ones. By the end of the book i almost hated "cobalt-blue eyes" of Marius, and even the word "cobalt".The worst is that even after 500 years of his life Armand remained a 17-years old teenager, with all his psyhological problems, and still looking for someone to love him.Robert Negut
Same awesome style, but everything else is simply not the same. Armand is not Lestat.And besides that, I never liked Armand, at all! From what I got from here, as a human he wasn't half bad, but as a vampire... Power corrupts, and so does the desire to survive, whatever the cost.(view spoiler)[Two things bothered me about the writing though:1. Armand saying that Lestat fixed his eyes on them when telling them about his journey through Heaven and Hell, when he only had one eye at the time.2. Marius making two new vampires apparently in a single day. From her other books I gathered that a vampire cand make a powerful offspring only once per century, and Lestat's blunders were enough proof of that. Not to mention that Marius actually took two days to fully make Armand, Amadeo at the time, so it's not his style to make two in one day even if he could. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>Erick
An enchanting tale of horror and lust, a marvelous descriptive paradise for those who adore the words of Anne Rice.When we read this book, we all become angels and demand to be painted with black wings.Not at all for those who cannot open themselves to the bizarre, the lustful, and terrible & dark parts of the human and vampiric sexuality. But, a magnificent find for all those who do.E.p.
Let's start with the good. I really enjoyed the anthropology of the Byzantine empire contrasted to the modern human situation. One again, Rice has a gift for lush description and a blending of history into a modern story. She does serve a constant reminder that despite all of the castles and glamour of past history, the majority of us in the human condition have never been so healthy and fairly treated. Society is evolving to make a more perfect system. Yes, it's slow progress, but, nevertheless it is progress and nostalgia is often a false memory.The bad: historically Rice did a wonderful job of being loyal to the language of the time, as is the case when she writes for Lestat. This was not the case for Armand. She uses modern cliche and colloquialism. It's really annoying when she does this in a historical scene. It's just lazy and poor writing. Now for the character. OMG, Armand is soooo annoying! He is so emo and whiny I would never be friends with the guy. He has nothing to offer to conversation or to a scene except to add whinny emo drama. He's weak, pampered, over sexual (in a homosexual no sex way?), and self obsessed. I might be turned off on auburn hair now after reading so many lush descriptions of a Botticelli Angel. I get it, he's a slightly androgynous, titillatingly child looking, exotic sex toy. Bat those eyelashes and be coy you sexy man child, but all the looks in the world won't make up for your super boring personality.Laura deLuna
ive seen a few reviews about this book that complain about the whole "older vampire guy having sex with a 'boy'" and I think I should explain/clarify something for those people why it actually isn't that big of a deal (to me at least).first of all weve got the historical context. Marius is from ancient Rome. Romans adopted a lot of their sexual practice from the ancient Greeks. in ancient Greece a very important part of a child's transition from boy to man was having an older (dominant) male mentor. there is much debate as to the sexual nature of these relationships but seeing as catholic priests do that sort of thing with the boys they mentor I don't think that it was all that uncommon for those relationships of boys and their Roman mentors to be lovers. neither was it socially unacceptable for them to be lovers. in fact it was glorified as a man's assertion of his masculinity to have sexual relations with anyone considered weaker than himself (non-citizens, slaves, women). Romans also glorified rape culture. just look at the myths about the creation of Rome and you can find all sorts of deities raping and pillaging and creating little baby half-gods who triumph over evil monarchies.what does this have to do with anything?well now that you understand the context you can understand Marius's obsession with "mentoring" little boys much in the Roman manner but in a modernized fashion(for the Italian renaissance period). the dual nature of vampires and their relationship with sexuality further completes the cycle of reasoning. to vampires (of the Anne Rice association) all (and I mean ALL) relationships between humans and vampires and even vampires and other vampires is highly sensual and erotic. the nature of vampires themselves is even sensual and erotic.it is no wonder that Marius would quickly form a sexual relationship with a boy that, not only did he save thus giving the saved/savior dynamic to the relationship but that he also decides to mentor, giving it the added dynamic of the mentor/student relationship with which Marius would be familiar as a Roman man.Marius's attraction to boys should be no great mystery and no great shock to any of Anne Rice's readers. neither should Armand's attraction to Marius.Armand is from Kiev Russia. Russia was a country who, at the time, was highly religious. not only is Armand from Russia though, he was a monk from Russia. he dedicated his life to his religion and his "christ". this heightens the saved/savior dynamic to Armand because while he is in the company of the kidnappers he views his surroundings as dirty and morally repellent. when Marius buys him from the man and takes him to a place where he is not being raped and forced to perform acts he finds repellent, a place which Armand (in a fit of fever) believes to be heaven itself and Marius his long lost savior, Armand becomes obsessed with Marius. this is especially so when he realizes Marius is not human.each of these elements combined contribute to the concept that the physical and emotional relationship between Marius and Armand was inevitable. contemporary morality has nothing to do with anything in the book. contemporary morality has nothing to do with anything in any Anne Rice book.if youre looking for a book on contemporary morality go read a book about contemporary morality.if youre looking for a book without homoerotic sex between an older man(vampire) and a younger male then go read those Sookie Stackhouse books or some other trashy vampire novel with hetero crap in it.I can assure you that none of those authors will EVER write a scene of sex as sensual and erotic as those of Anne Rice.I first read this book when I was fifteen. I first read Interview with the Vampire when I was fourteen. I love Anne Rice's writing. I love the eroticism of it and the hypnotic quality. I love how her stories immerse you in another way of live and another culture and other sets of beliefs.i understand Armand and relate to him in a way that i cannot with anyone else of my acquaintance. i know how it feels to have people treat you like a child when you feel like an adult. i understand how it feels to be confused about sexuality at a young age. until i read this book i thought i was a freak for finding spanking arousing. the reading of this novel was therapeutic in a way that no other book has been for me in my entire life.Anne Rice taught me so many things about myself as i read her novels. i feel guilty that i cant bring myself to read her "Christian" novels. i cant read them because i don't want to see her change. i understand that she did change and i accept that. but i don't want my opinion of her to change so i am not going to read them.the Vampire Armand was an amazing book and i will never be able to thank Anne Rice enough for the opportunity to read her writing. i hope she publishes many more books that the world (especially myself) can continue to enjoy.Cydalima
Amé cada momento del libro, desde el principio hasta el punto final. Finalmente conocí la historia de Armand, quien se ha convertido, oficialmente, en mi segundo vampiro favorito de la saga, después de Lestat, evidentemente. Después de leer Memnoch el diablo (igualmente sublime), el único trago amargo que me quedó fue lo que sucedía con Armand, al final del libro. No planeo spoilear a quien no ha leído la saga (eso es algo que está muy mal ¬¬), así que sólo diré que saber, finalmente, lo que sucedió con Armand, me tranquilizó. Es realmente fascinante la forma como Rice nos transporta durante la lectura, a través de la vida de Andrei, la muerte de Amadeo y la inmortalidad de Armand. Mis partes favoritas, la primera debido a mi mente slasher, son las del principio, cuando Amadeo aún era un joven mortal; y la otra es el final, las últimas páginas, cuando regresa Lestat. Eso último me arrancó una enorme sonrisa y me dio bastante tranquilidad.Emily
The 'autobiography' of the Vampire Armand, from his birth in Kiev Rus up to and including the events of Memnoch the Devil.While Armand's life and history were interesting, and something I've been curious about since I read Interview with the Vampire, I was not entertained by the theological discourses Rice has seen fit to engage her characters in more and more frequently in the last couple Vampire Chronicles. Also, an odd juxtaposition, a lot of the description of Armand's sexual relationships with Marius, Bianca, and others. Overall, it was okay, and I suppose essential to the series.Karen
I have no words for how unendurably horrible and boring this book is. Armand knows only how to cry, beg people to love him and seemingly can't get his head around Christ. He is a pathetic wanker that can do nothing on his own, with an unhealthy obsession with Lestat...whom he both loves and hates. He's 17 when turned a vampire, but when he's 500 years old and still 17 in his head, all you want is to strangle him. Apart from that - the narrator being an idiot and a madman - the book lacks plot. Absolutely nothing happens. When alluded to things of interest, Armand/Anne Rice is quick to let the reader know that the matter has already been told in this or that book, and anyway Armand Is Too Jealous Of Lestat to bother recounting it all. The ending is also absolute shit. I had hope until the very end, but...No, Armand is still a whiny wanker that needs to grow a backbone.Greg
This is where I stopped in the series. Anne Rice had the habit of making all her characters extremely homo erotic from the beginning, but I could deal with it because the stories were excellent. I had to draw the line at this book though. Reading about ancient vampires giving and receiving head from little boys is not my idea of entertainment.Rhiannon Elward
I was given this to read by my friend Azhar, I hadn't read any of the series up to that point and I'd seen the film of Interview with a Vampire and hadn't been that impressed with it. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much, I wouldn't have picked this book up in a shop or library because its not my usual genre.I have to say I was very impressed though, I've read this twice and I don't remember ever re-reading a novel. There isn't much of a story, but there wouldn't be really, its a biography of a vampire essentially, there doesn't need to be much plot. I loved how deep the characters are, Marius especially is brilliant, and the analysis of immortality and how they come to terms with having to kill to survive is really interesting. I think maybe this series could be marketed better, they're not just horror novels, and the blurb on every single one of the series I own does not do the novel justice.As far as the sex scenes go, yes they're quite shocking, but this is a vampire novel and there's going to be things happening that people don't like. Marius comes from a time when that sort of behaviour was normal, and I think it's only right that his character reflects that.Lisa
** spoiler alert ** And so it seems I may have been a little premature in my heartbreak at the end of Memnoch the Devil.....Armand didn't die after all, but survived to dictate his story to David Talbot, as seen here.Having only seen Armand through Louis and Lestat's eyes (through the previous books), this made incredibly interesting reading and fleshed out one of the more enigmatic and fascinating vampires of Rice's world. Born in Russia and kidnapped into slavery in Constantinople before being taken under the wing of Marius in Venice and then becoming leader of a fanatical vampire group in Paris, Armand's life is far more epic and utterly different to most of those we've come across before. Deeply sensual and erotic, some readers may want to beware if they find themselves put off by graphic sex as Armand (or should I say, Rice) revels in his descriptions of his education in his young life (both intellectual and carnal). I, however, really enjoyed this aspect (sick little puppy!) Things take a darker, more tragic turn from when he is made, with the inevitable separation from Marius that we all knew was coming and his brainwashing at the hands of the vamps living under Les Innocents until his way of life is smashed utterly after meeting Lestat (he would have that effect). The only slightly 'wuh?' part for me was near the end when Armand comes across Sybelle and Benji, and takes them under his wing much like the boys mentored by Marius. It wasn't that it didn't fit, but rather all seemed to fly by so quickly so I didn't get to really understand how Armand could have felt the way he did about Sybelle (I understood he & Marius, and even Bianca, but had half a book to do so, not just a piece tacked on at the end). I'm still not seeing the decline in quality that many people have flagged up with the continuation of this series, and can't wait until I get to the next book.