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Anne Rice??? what???

 
 
cavfancier
 
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2004 03:31 pm
Well, I posted this earlier, but I am a fan of Nin, and would take her writing any day over Rice's. Not only did I really enjoy her erotic writing, I was also fascinated by 'Cities Of the Interior', which I think would make an amazing movie.
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Rayvatrap
 
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2004 04:11 pm
I like them both, but like anybody else, there are books that I don't like just because they are tedious and draggers and as much as I like difficult reading I don't like books where they sort of treat you like a child, walking you Rolling Eyes around and around the bushes Laughing .
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OCCOM BILL
 
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2004 05:33 pm
D'artagnan wrote:
The article mentioned she would start her book tours at a shop in the area, and how once she showed up for a reading in a coffin. I guess she has some fun with her image, eh?
My signed copy of Memnoch the Devil came with a 4X6 of her coffin picture. Apparently she couldn't make it to the original signing, so she gave everyone who showed up a copy of the picture as an apology.
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Jarlaxle
 
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Reply Tue 18 May, 2004 06:59 pm
Input from John's wife: Rice also wrote some crazy stuff as Anne Rampling.

Input from John/Jarlaxle: That's quite a statement coming from my wife, considering she thinks Steven King is tame.
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soserene
 
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Reply Wed 19 May, 2004 11:11 am
Rayvatrap wrote:
soserene wrote:
What I found disappointing was.. First of all, I'd heard about what an excellent author she was. I'd never read anything of hers before. If she wants to write porn.. that's great too! But.... her vocabulary (in this particular set, anyway) was horrible!! It is by no means soft core, so I don't understand why "nether mouth" is the only word she uses besides the general word "her sex" or "his sex"... It sounds like a sex ed teacher trying to write porn.


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Have you stop to think that those books were meant for adults and that the word "sex
" is the sum of the structural, functional, and behavioral characteristics of living things that are involved in reproduction by two interacting parents. Plus, the terms she uses in the books are not vulgar at all.

And if you think that way about Rice, don't ever try Anaïs Nin, you'll die on the spot! Laughing


Dang I have so many up there I want to quote and comment on. I'll start with this one. I was lost at first, because you seemed to be agreeing with me, then I realized you just misunderstood me, to the extreme.

Firstly, I don't necessarily feel like you were trying to be rude... (I should send you a link to my VERY first message I posted here, boy did I feel like a total jackass, come to think of it, it was a response to nimh lol) Granted, it did make a pretty lousy first impression, nice to meet you. Surprised
Anyway, I figured I'd try to explain where I'm coming from.. I'm really.. a kind of cut the crap kinda gal, so excuse me if I seem unladylike or politically incorrect or whatever but.... the point is...

Besides what Nimh clarified... that she refers to Rolling Eyes private parts Rolling Eyes an average of 4 times per page, and she never says anything other than nether mouth (I know that really turns me on Rolling Eyes ) and "my sex"... it gets REALLY REALLY old... ESPECIALLY when there are THREE books, and that's the ONLY thing she talks about.... I mean.. C'mon... think of your wildest sexual fantasy, what would you think if a woman was talking dirty about her nether mouth???

If you're gonna write about sexual fantasies ESPECIALLY for adults, then we are probably reading THAT kind of book for reasons other than INTELLECTUAL stimulation... we want DIRTY, we WANT VULGAR!! Save that bullsh*t for a romance novel......and that last part you wrote...

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Have you stop to think that those books were meant for adults and that the word "sex
" is the sum of the structural, functional, and behavioral characteristics of living things that are involved in reproduction by two interacting parents. Plus, the terms she uses in the books are not vulgar at all.

And if you think that way about Rice, don't ever try Anaïs Nin, you'll die on the spot! Laughing[/quote]

I'm trying to be easy on ya here, darlin' cuz it's obvious that you haven't read this particular series.. there was nothing about living things that are involved in reproduction by two interacting parents.... It's about sexual dominance, royalty forced into sexual slavery to be spanked and tortured while they learn to love, even crave it. Which is interesting....... but only for the first 150 pages. She also wrote about some things that I just don't find the least bit amusing for almost one entire book of the series. Continuing to use the SAME verbs, the SAME adjectives, the SAME nouns over and over and over and over to repeat the same story in a different setting over and over and over. I guess I expected a more intricate, elaborate plot, a deeper story, and was disppointed when I read the whole trilogy and could sum it up in like three sentences and not leave out much.... and as Nimh said, I was amazed that she could be so BLAND with her vocabulary, especially with such a .... unique imagination...

*Steps off the soapbox*

I'll check out Nin cuz I'm curious now that she's been mentioned a few times. Thank you for your input!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go find my whip...

(In case the cow catches me trying to tip him!!)
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Rayvatrap
 
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Reply Wed 19 May, 2004 12:35 pm
Soserene - Now you are talking!

Like I said to nimp, it would have been easier just to explain than to go off on me that way. Sad

Now I do know I misunderstood you and I apologize for that. I have read her books but I don't take them as just a reading but an incentive to myself to think out of the box and to use my imagination to the fullest.

There's no need to go easy on me ( but thank you), I try to use every experience and situation to learn something new - it helps me on my job and life - so, as long as it is nothing out of line, it will be welcome.
I'm learning in here!!! Twisted Evil

Thank you for clarifying your point.:wink:
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revel
 
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Reply Wed 8 Sep, 2004 09:20 am
I just happen to like Lestat. Also I found all that old southern themes to be romantic. I admit that I din't particulary care for taltoes part of the mayfire witches. I thought it was kind of silly and ruined the mystiqe of the ghost of the mayfire witches. I also didn't particulary like all that egyptian stuff and the "Queen of the Dead" but as usual, I love Lestat so I read it and liked it because of him. This may be unbelievable, but on general I find myself just skipping over the sex stuff in any book and just read the romance part of it. I also liked the good and evil philosphying of Ann Rice's books. In other words, I have read all the witch and vampire chronicles and some book about eneuches that I didn't particulary care for.

Guess I am a beach fluf type of a reader. My excuse is that when I sit down with a good book, I want to be entertained.
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claudia eve7
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2004 08:41 pm
I really enjoy most of Rice's novels. I have read all of hte Vampire books to date, I also think Rice should have stopped the Mayfair series at The Witching Hour. I've read Ramses the Damned, Cry to Heaven as well as the Beauty Trilogy. I fell in love with Lestat just as Revel did, I mean how can you not love The Brat Prince.
I'm also very disappointed that a majority of these posts have revolved around the Beauty series. Please don't misunderstand me, I believe that you have every right to be put off by her writing if that happens to be your first and only experience with her writing style. Trust me when I say that I am by no means a teenage goth of anything else that you would catagorize with as far as enjoying vampires and stuff. I'll read just about anything you lay in front of me, some of my favorite authors besides Anne Rice are James Patterson, Jean Auel, Poe, Dumas, John Sandford, and William Blake.
I appreciate her details to the times, geography ect. I am a huge fan of hers and I think perhaps some of you should perhaps give her a second chance.
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Incubusdreams315
 
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Reply Sat 19 Mar, 2005 02:42 pm
I have to agree with hobitbob; I prefer the Hamilton novels to Anne Rice. I've tried reading the Sleeping Beauty series (not the first by her I tried) and two of the Vampire Chronicles, but didn't enjoy them as much as I should have. I LOVE reading vampire stories, have since I was in the sixth grade, and I wasn't impressed with the Chronicles.

Personal favorites right now are Sherrily Kenyon (vampire romance), Mercedes Lackey (fantasy), Anne Bishop (fantasy), Diana Marcellas (fantasy), Tamora Pierce (Young Adult fantasy), and Christine Feehan (vampire romance).
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Tue 22 Mar, 2005 10:14 am
OCCOM BILL wrote:
soserene; Anne Rice isn't famous for those books. She is famous for writing the Vampire Chronicles and about the Mayfair Witches. I agree with Ceili that they are not really horror stories and you might be surprised how entertaining they can be. I thought the same as you when I started "Interview with the Vampire" for lack of an option at that exact moment, but found it quite entertaining. I devoured the other 4 books in the chronicals and now about a dozen of her books reside on my shelves. Good stuff for when you don't feel like thinking.

Very dark, but cleverly written. Rice's "The Mummy" started out a bit slowly, but was also good.
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OCCOM BILL
 
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Reply Tue 22 Mar, 2005 12:19 pm
Brandon9000 wrote:
Very dark, but cleverly written. Rice's "The Mummy" started out a bit slowly, but was also good.
I haven't read that one but wouldn't have read the dozen or so I have if she wasn't entertaining. Funny, I haven't done much "junk" reading since discovering A2K. <shrugs>
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Wed 23 Mar, 2005 11:58 am
OCCOM BILL wrote:
Brandon9000 wrote:
Very dark, but cleverly written. Rice's "The Mummy" started out a bit slowly, but was also good.
I haven't read that one but wouldn't have read the dozen or so I have if she wasn't entertaining. Funny, I haven't done much "junk" reading since discovering A2K. <shrugs>

My life, job, relationships, health, finances, and even personal grooming have fallen apart since I discovered A2K.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 23 Mar, 2005 05:09 pm
OCCOM BILL wrote:
Brandon9000 wrote:
Very dark, but cleverly written. Rice's "The Mummy" started out a bit slowly, but was also good.
I haven't read that one but wouldn't have read the dozen or so I have if she wasn't entertaining. Funny, I haven't done much "junk" reading since discovering A2K. <shrugs>


OY!!!! He said we are JUNK!!!!


But seriously, I have read a couple of Rice - but found them both turgid and febrile - though I did sort of like one of them - I think it was the one made into a film - I DID like the film - the one with Tom Cruise and co.

I have now eschewed her - but I accept that she has something, since so many people love her books.
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OCCOM BILL
 
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Reply Thu 24 Mar, 2005 01:34 am
Brandon9000 wrote:
My life, job, relationships, health, finances, and even personal grooming have fallen apart since I discovered A2K.
Laughing Laughing Laughing

dlowan wrote:
OCCOM BILL wrote:
Brandon9000 wrote:
Very dark, but cleverly written. Rice's "The Mummy" started out a bit slowly, but was also good.
I haven't read that one but wouldn't have read the dozen or so I have if she wasn't entertaining. Funny, I haven't done much "junk" reading since discovering A2K. <shrugs>


OY!!!! He said we are JUNK!!!!
NEVER you, dear bunny.


dlowan wrote:
But seriously, I have read a couple of Rice - but found them both turgid and febrile - though I did sort of like one of them - I think it was the one made into a film - I DID like the film - the one with Tom Cruise and co.
That would have been Interview with the Vampire which, IMO, wasn't as good as the next three books in the series. Very entertaining while doing tasks that interrupt you every other 5 minutes as you could never really get lost.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Thu 24 Mar, 2005 07:20 am
One of the charms of Anne Rice--like any other author in the series business--is that she creates an alternate universe in which all of the major and minor problems belong to someone else.

The reader is a visitor, not a resident. The reader is welcomed and diverted and treated as a godlike observer and the only real effort required is turning pages.

I'm not an Anne Rice fan, but there are plenty of other f/sf writers who offer multi-volume homes away from home.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 24 Mar, 2005 05:25 pm
They DO! I have never read one of these lengthy universe series - except my guilty - but greatly lessening pleasure - Jean Auel. (I now read her cos I once liked her first two books - and keep hoping)

They seem highly attractive - do they, perhaps, reproduce the "lost in a book" feeling one has as a child?
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Thu 24 Mar, 2005 06:58 pm
More than "lost in a book", you have entree to a special universe of high adventure and complete safety.

When the world is too much with us, late and soon....
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