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The Rice is done.

I admit it, I have crap taste in literature. I like the stuff that makes snobs look down their noses at me. I don't care. That said, Anne Rice has gotten too crappy even for me! I finally forced myself to finish Blood Canticle. It was bloody awful! She had been going downhill since her husband died, and now I wonder how much he had to do with helping her. lately her books are more about describing the rooms and fabrics in disgustingly over descriptive detail. The story part of the book could have fit on ten pages. the other 300 were just pages describing shoes and such. Don't get me wrong, I like the sensual description, but I can only handle so much without any advancement of the story before I begin to despise the OCD of it all. No more Anne Rice for me, I'm done.

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I admit it, I have crap taste in literature. I like the stuff that makes snobs look down their noses at me. I don't care. That said, Anne Rice has gotten too crappy even for me! I finally forced myself to finish Blood Canticle. It was bloody awful! She had been going downhill since her husband died, and now I wonder how much he had to do with helping her. lately her books are more about describing the rooms and fabrics in disgustingly over descriptive detail. The story part of the book could have fit on ten pages. the other 300 were just pages describing shoes and such. Don't get me wrong, I like the sensual description, but I can only handle so much without any advancement of the story before I begin to despise the OCD of it all. No more Anne Rice for me, I'm done.

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mickeytor
Jul. 13th, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC)
I gave up on Anne Rice years ago. I liked the Vampire books (at least the first four) and the first Witch book, but the rest, as you say, was just too much description about nothing.

monkeyx3
Jul. 14th, 2004 03:55 pm (UTC)
I liked the first three and I loved Pandora (my favorite one) which kept me coming back hoping for another hit... sadly it takes me a while to learn my lesson. I hated Blood and Gold and Merrick yet I still read Blood Canticle.
punkbassoon
Jul. 13th, 2004 02:17 pm (UTC)
hmmm...

for some reason, I'm guessing maybe that's a novel Imelda Marcos could love.

Ironic, as I was able to recommend Stanford University Libraries to purchase Christopher Rice's A density of souls, and I'm now reading it, having checked it out from Green Library. not my cup of tea, but it's a fast read, apparently.
monkeyx3
Jul. 14th, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
It was good to talk to you last night... sorry if I was anxious, you called during a very intense part of Nip/Tuck.
redarius
Jul. 13th, 2004 02:25 pm (UTC)
She lost it years ago ..
I'm glad other people are finally fed up with reading sixty three pages about lace curtains and how the velvet was worn on the edge of the settee and other ridiculous nonsense about furniture people outside of new orleans HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF ..

*yawn* very done with her.

emarosan
Jul. 13th, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC)
You should read her son's work; it's very good.

Christopher Rice doesn't write vampire stories, he writes mystery thrillers which, in my opinion are VERY good and should one day be made into TV mini series (in the case of his first book, A Density of Souls) or movies (in the case of his second book, Snow Garden.)

His third book is coming out I think February and I can't wait. He's also gay, so he's got gay characters in his book and deals with some gay issues, which serves to up the interest factor for me.

All in all, pick up one or both his books, I don't believe you'll regret it.
monkeyx3
Jul. 14th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
Several people have told me this and I believe I do have his first book, it's in my "to read" pile. Sad thing is I think my friend Lanny lent it to me, so I really should read it and return it. Bad Monkey!
emarosan
Jul. 14th, 2004 04:13 pm (UTC)
*nods* His two books have differing styles in the way the story is presented, in my opinion, which leads to my different opinions of media formats for each. The first book is episodic in nature, jumping between narrations about each character and places in the timeline to tell back stories of each character and their relationships with each other. The style would lend itself very well to a mini TV series that would certainly kick ass.

The second book is much more linear in its story telling, focusing more tightly on one character and his story and feelings. It also is more dramatic and... I can't think of the word right now... just movie like- cinematic, lol. It would make an excellent movie.

Read the first book and tell me what you think. Hopefully you'll love it as much as I do. =)
3appleshigh
Jul. 13th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
she lost me way back at Lestat. that was the first one for me that was just plain tedious.
monkeyx3
Jul. 14th, 2004 04:03 pm (UTC)
Interview and Pandora were definitely her best work with Queen of the Damned and Lestat being acceptable in my eyes... but the rest have been complete crap!
3appleshigh
Jul. 14th, 2004 04:15 pm (UTC)
erg. i didn't mean lestat... i meant armand. lol. i liked the first couple.
monkeyx3
Jul. 14th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
Armand was by far the worst book she has ever written... it was so slow and painful. Not one detail for any of the hundred handcrafted eggs was left out. Damn you Faberge.
_kaiser_
Jul. 13th, 2004 06:49 pm (UTC)
hurray for you! if you like horrorish (i know that's not a word) books, check out some classic clive barker (weaveworld & imajica are my favorite). another really creepy book is Perfume by Patrick Suskind (i read that last term for my german lit course). Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper, and Wicked by Gregory Maguire are good as well. hmmmmm... off the top of my head, those are the best fantasy/horror books that i've recently read. you can always try some william gibson (a local vancouver author, by the way) for some good ol'reliable cyberpunk. if you want some older more "classic" literature i can suggest some stuff too, all you have to do is ask...
monkeyx3
Jul. 14th, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC)
hmmm I haven't read any of those, I add them to my shopping cart soon. Have you ever checked out Christopher Fowler from London... He is a very twisted man. I really enjoyed Spanky and Soho Black but I haven't read any of his newer stuff. Tom's TV habit and the crappy books I’ve been reading have really slowed me down. I am uninterested in finishing them and TV has an evil power over me. If the TV is on it steals my attention.
amirrorstwin
Jul. 14th, 2004 02:52 pm (UTC)
I'm sleepy.
I was just passing through, and I saw the Autobiography cover on your info page, which just made my day today. I figured I should tell you that. :)

Anyway, so this isn't completely a dumb comment, I understand the whole Anne Rice bit. I've tried reading her things, but like 3appleshigh mentioned earlier, it was bad at Lestat. I hate to say it, because I've usually been one for the books, but the movie was more enjoyable than the books, and the rest of her books were just too tedious, with insanely slow progression. The only thing I remember giving her credit for at the time was her ability at writing some character introspection well, which I don't often see in some writers.
monkeyx3
Jul. 14th, 2004 04:25 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm sleepy.
Glad you enjoyed the Autobiography... maybe someday I will actually write an autobiography and use that as the cover... doubtful.

I was a gothy teen with almost no pallet and ate the vampire stuff up. I really love the book Pandora, that was what fooled me with hope. But like I said I have really bad taste, so you know if I hated something it has to be really awful.
amirrorstwin
Jul. 14th, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm sleepy.
I think you SHOULD use that as a cover. It would be beautiful.

I also used to be the whole gothy teen person, and am still trying to get over it, but eh. I heard about the Pandora stuff, and the... Sleeping Beauty books? I just remember the premise sounding interesting, but I'm sure they weren't as good as I would have hoped.

Eh. As for the taste thing, I figure if you enjoyed it that is all that matters. :)
q_knox
Jul. 14th, 2004 04:28 pm (UTC)
Have you ever read anything by Poppy Z Brite? She blows Ann Rice out of the water when it comes to gay horror and romance.
monkeyx3
Jul. 14th, 2004 05:10 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I'm trying to remember what happened, I know I started reading her first book and I was enjoying it but I don't think I got farther than the first few chapters... I wonder what happened. I will have to check her out again.
q_knox
Jul. 14th, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
One of my all time favorite books is Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite. I recommend starting with this one first if your going to read anything of hers except I could be just saying that because it’s my preferred book yet all of her books are an excellent read to start with.
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