Vittorio, the Vampire (New Tales of the Vampires #2)

ISBN: 0345422392
ISBN 13: 9780345422392
By: Anne Rice

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A LUSHLY DESCRIBED STORY OF HOW VITTORIO DI RINIARI BECAME A VAMPIRE ... In the year 1450, he witnesses the massacre of his entire family by a band of demons. Fleeing from the primal scene, he follows the fiends in search of vengeance, and instead is overcome by the devastatingly beautiful 'strega,' the bare-shouldered Ursula. His desire for revenge --- and his desire for Ursula --- propels him in a dizzy descent to religion's darkest side.

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Vittorio the Vampire presents a differing picture of vampires than what Anne has presented with her seminal Vampire Chronicles Series (which I'm slowly working through). The story begins with young Vittorio and his family living in regal elegance in Lordship over the hamlets and farmland of their valley located somewhere in Italy within proximity of Florence. The story quickly escalates taking the reader on a harrowing journey. I don't want to say too much ruining the story, but Vittorio becomes enraptured with a vampire woman, Ursala who he falls madly in love with. Her toothy bite disposing him to unparalleled rapture and ecstasy. It's also a story of faith for young Vittorio grapples with his deep draw and feelings towards a demon and his own Christian faith. The vampires themselves in this novel are of a decidedly Satanic and ritualistic variety. Eventually Vittorio decides he must seek out and destroy these creatures of the night, but has to come to terms with potentially having to destroy Ursala the creature he is so drawn to by "love." Angels come to Vittorio's aide about half way through the novel coming as a complete surprise to me. Basically it's a story of good and evil and the young man coming to terms with the fact that people and life isn't always so black and white. Definitely a good read, written in Anne Rice's usual descriptive and beautiful prose.

S.K. Nicholls

I read the lives of the Mayfair Witches series before I read The Vampire Chronicles. I liked that she connected the two series through the Talamasca, an Observational Order of the Occult. Her seductively descriptive writing style got me hooked. I fell in love with Rowan and all of the family ghosts. I did not have a fancy for vampires but loved Rice's writing style so very much that I read the whole series and all of the books she added regarding the individual histories of each of the significant Vampires, and became quite a fan. Her writing of late doesn't carry the same passion and thus not the same appeal as her previous series. The Life of Christ series is rather stale and short. Although, in her graceful style she researches and relates the history and culture of the traditions of the ancient Jews quite well. Her more recent work, The Songs of the Seraphim, including "Angel Time' and "Of Love an Evil" are bit better to me.


That it I'm afraid. I'm finished with Anne Rice after following her since the first - there's only so much angst you can take before depression sets in. Early Anne Rice novels, the first Lestat books in particular, carried you along in wonderment at a new view of the world, but that wonder has grown stale and stagnant, and lanquid posing while waiting for the next sexual frisson does not, for me anyway, make for interesting reading.Wondering about your place in the world is all very well, but most of us grow out of it in our teens. Maybe that's why these Vampires do little more than gaze at their own navels - they are emotionally stunted. Too much new-gothic lounging and not enough plot.


This one was interesting mostly for the section where the main character is held prisoner along with dozens of other humans by a coven of vampires. The coven is basically "farming" the humans; keeping them barely alive with vampire blood mixed into their food, harvesting the ones who get too weak and turning the stronger survivors into vampires themselves. It's an odd concept. The rest of the book? Convoluted and boring.

John Gaster

Could not finish it… I got to the part where there were angles, and I said, self, this story sucks…

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Anne Rice'in yazdığı Vittorio nihayet okundu, bitti. 300 sayfa; geliyoruz gidiyoruz ağlıyoruz. Hala bi gıdım yol alamamışız. Kitap bitti de şükür dedim yaw. Anne Rice sen naptın bacım ? Patladım okurken, olacak iş değil :-( Rönesans İtalya'sını anlatıp durmuş, öküz can Vittorio'nun ağzından. Vittorio'da şeytan dediği Ursula'ya anında -cidden anında- nasıl kapılıyor anlamış değilim. Senin kardeşlerinin kafası koptu gözünün önünde... Ananı babanı tüm sülaleni gömdün bi destur de !!! Şeytan da şeytan. Al bak sende oldun vampir sonunda, gerzek. Sıkıntıdan patladım okurken, yarım bırakmayı sevmem o yüzden bitirdim bu kitabı. Romeo ve Juliet'in vampir versiyonu yazıyor ya arka kapakta alakası yok. Uff valla isterseniz okuyun ben beğenmedim...


i cannot believe that this is from anne rice. o.O i love all the books of the vampire chronicles! i have read lestat, interview, queen, blood and gold and pandora. all of them were marvelous. so it was a mere shock to read this one. most of the book is too religious for me, i have to admit that. i didn't like the emphasis on it. also the short span of time that is told annoys me greatly. there is nothing interesting in it! it is how vittorio was made, that is all. also the vampires are so unlike rice's vampires. they are truly only demons. there is nothing of the depth of characters as in the other books. i simply don't care about those characters! it also bugged the hell out of me that vittorio, the oh so rightly, just and whatever human suddenly forgets all about this and goes rampaging with his beloved. no remorse there, right? this was ridiculous. also the golden halo is just mentioned in the end. it's so anticlimatic. this is basically the thing he suffers from, but he does not seem to suffer at all? i do not get the sense of it. i would have given only one star, but the second one is for the angels. i did like them and i loved them as characters. it's a shame they don't appear in other books.


The truth is that I really wanted to finish with all the Chronicles and "Vittorio" managed to convince me that I am right by doing just that. I barely managed to get through the entire book and very often I wanted to put it aside, and only my persistence kept me going. I think I got tired of the writing style, with the same descriptions and lack of engaging action. The mixing of the vampires and angels is a bit peculiar, for some it all falls in the supernatural category, but for me is a bad mixture for this kind of book. It shows too much about the author, the questioning about religion, good and evil, angels, and I was left with the feeling that vampires were just stuffed in the tale. However, this time just didn't work for me and I'd rather keep the distance from now on. Moreover, there was some eroticism involved in the story which seemed awkward and wrong. Vittorio was really annoying, he kept talking and was quite slow in understanding the circumstances. Another thing I disliked was the fact that he just couldn't decide if he was fascinated by the vampires or if he considered them demons, if he was attracted or repugnant by them. I comprehend the compulsion, the feeling that you can't stop staring, but this was ridiculous. In my opinion, the story didn't really have a solid frame and by the end it just fell off.

David Gillis

I found that this novel was a bit of a disappointment. On the one hand, Vittorio is a deep character with enough angst coursing through his body he could put Edward Cullen to shame. Vittorio is angry, lustful, depressed, and confused as he moves throughout the story, and Rice manages to capture that rather well. However, many of the scenes are described rather dreamily. This could be on purpose, as Ursula seduces Vittorio, and we the readers are taken along for the ride. If so, then it is an interesting technique that has a lot to offer. However, given how slow the pace is throughout the story, trying to actually get with the plot is a struggle because of this affect. Furthermore, I think that the novel suffers from the amount of angst Vittorio goes through, especially because of how slow the story can seem at times.

Austin James

Vittorio the Vampire is the second (and final) book in the series "New Tales of the Vampires" by Anne Rice. It's different from the previous novel, Pandora. This novel has entirely original characters. Whereas Paganism played an important role in Pandora, Christianity is the focus in this novel.And I think that's the part of the novel that shines. By this time in the series, the vampire thing is kind of old. I still enjoy the vampire aspect, but I found the angels in this book to be a refreshing and a complimentary addition to the "Anne Rice" take on vampires.Like all of Rice's novels, history and art are important to the story. This novel features the work of Fra Filippo Lippi, an artist during the time of Cosimo de' Medici, as well as the writings of Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine. All of it flows effortlessly through the story, enriching the experience just as I've come to expect from a Rice novel.The novel is short (My hardcover was 288 pages) and it's a quick read (took me two days), but it's worth it. I think it's best to view this story on it's own. It's completely different from the other vampire books. I didn't find it to be better or worse - only different. And that's what makes it special.


Her tightest plot, this is the story of Vittorio, a Renaissance nobelman who is forced to make a deal with a vampire. Rice shines with her historical description. The ending reminded me of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, but with vampires and blood. I felt like I was inside the authors head.


In Vittorio, the Vampire, Anne Rice tells yet another vampire story, but tries to disconnect from the familiar set of characters by introducing a completely new character in a new setting. The young Vittorio is an Italian noble raised in the time of the Medici's Florence--15th-century Italy. One night, his family is butchered by vampires and he is spared by a seductive female vampire named Ursula. Vittorio commences a quest to discover who or what killed his family and he discovers the town of Santa Maddalana, which has quietly agreed to sacrifice its children to the same vampire horde that slaughtered Vittorio's family. Vittorio is disgusted with the townspeople and their horrible bargain and disgusted at the horror of the vampires themselves. He sets out find the vampires' lair and exact his revenge, as well as free the town. In the process, he ends up falling in love with Ursula. Also typical for one of Rice's main characters, he of course ends up a vampire himself.In Vittorio, Rice manages to detach herself from the standard vampiric cast of characters–Lestat, Louis, Marius, et al. Vittorio stands fine on its own, telling the origins of the vampire Vittorio and relating his love story with Ursula. But the basic premise–young vivacious human becomes a vampire and wrestles with many demons associated with the transition to immortality–remains pretty much unchanged. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, since Rice does such a good job of entertaining, with a great mix of mystery, supernatural events, and steamy romance. And though the novel is a fairly typical example of the Rice formula, it ought not to disappoint either longtime Rice fans or new readers.


Strange and somewhat different in style than Anne Rice's usual vampire writing. This means that it was exciting wondering what horror was going to unfold next, but the character was not full of passion and wonder and dear to my heart the way her Vampire Chronicles characters are. But I think Anne Rice meant for it to be that way; seems she just wanted to get out of her comfort zone.My biggest problem with this story was the repetition of each of her vampires: why do they all have to come from wealthy, if not royal, backgrounds? No beautiful homeless youths for an older vampire to fall in love with? And secondly, why do they all have to reflect her Roman Catholic views (even the pre-Christian vampires, to some extent)? You're telling me none of the vampires can be Lutheran or something? What are the odds?In any case, I still had some fun with the book, and I think maybe if I had read this by any other author, I might have felt better about it.


I just didn't like it as much as the original vampires. I missed the original characters, honestly. It just didn't feel complete without them, and I was almost expecting them all to appear behind every page. Sure, Vittorio was a good character, and the part about the angels was fascinating...but this book went more mature than my previous reads with Rice (Other than this one I've only read Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat) and this is my personal taste...but I just wasn't a fan. Sure, let them sex it up. It didn't really make sense at that point in their "relationship" but I suppose Ursula can do whatever she wants. That doesn't bother me all that much. It's just...I don't want to get a description as in-depth as this book gave me. I'm not a smut-novel fan and I was really worried that this book was going to turn into one. Give me biting and maiming any day...just keep the smut in its own genre.((This book did not turn into a devastatingly smutty novel. It, truth be told, kept itself very respectable. It was just too close for my personal comfort zone. Romance is whatever, just keep the private life private.))

Mayara Arend

** spoiler alert ** Whoever knows Anne Rice, knows they can only expect one thing from her: Surprise.Despite her several books about vampires, each character is completelly unique, with different characteristics, fears and powers.Vittorio is another one of them. Even though he's similar, on some points, to Louis (from Interview with a Vampire), he has a much more warrior-like disposition, because, unlike Louis, Vittorio was born during the Italian Renaissance period, being educated as a knight, to protect his land.The story starts telling about Vittorio's life and his family, who owns some land in Italy, in which several families live, protected by Vittorio's father.Some vampires show up and propose that they handle to them the children, old and sick, people no one would miss, to them, but Vittorio's father refuses and that causes the death of all his family except, of course, our main character, whose life is saved by Ursula, a beautiful and seductive vampire.That's when the hunt starts: Vittorio wants revenge for his family, because their deaths made him shocked and unsettled, but, at the same time, starts Ursula's hunt to Vittorio, who, obviously, saved him for a reason.Well, I'm not telling the whole story here. Of course we know that Vittorio becomes a vampire or that wouldn't be the title of the book (at least in Brazil that's the title), but what I liked, specially, was that we didn't know WHEN it was going to happen! Each moment, each part of the story, we are caught wondering "is it now?".There are beautiful parts, conversations with angels, beautiful descriptions of the paintings Vittorio loves so much, of the Rubi Graarl Court (hopefully the English name is the same), of Ursula. But also there are parts extremelly irritating, where we think "STOP, DON'T DO THAT", because we know exactly what's going to happen - even though he doesn't see it.Do not expect a "Twilight" love: Vittorio and Ursula love eachother on a passionate, physical, sad, full of guilt way, after all, she did help to kill his family. After Vittorio is changed, he, unlike Louis menioned above, understands his new situation and accepts it - it's irremediable, and his love for Ursula keeps him alive.It's a wonderful book, exciting and different from most vampire books you've read, that talks about love and hate, of how close they can be and how can someone be, at the same time, full of hate and completelly good, innocent and benevolent.After "the tale of the Body thief" I thought Anne Rice had lost it, because Lestat was incredibly boring, sounding more like a dumb Superman and the story was very weak, but with Vittorio, you see clearly it wasn't her, but Lestat that had lost it and me who "had enough of him".@

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