I’m a complete sucker for reading, I literally read any book that comes to hand. So I can’t believe I still haven’t mentioned books!
I just finished re-reading(for the 10ths time) Anne Rice’s “Blood and Gold“. Excellent book. It’s so rich in history, culture, and of course, beautiful writing. Did anyone ever try reading an Anne Rice?
Her insights are very interesting as well. She’s a very religious Catholic, and she tends to attack and dismantle her own beliefs in her books. She does extremely interesting(indirect) comparative studies of religions since the pagan times like Gods of the Grove, Isis, and all the Roman and Greek deities.
She uses vampires to explore the centuries, and her research is always so thorough its almost freaky(she has 2 Palestinian characters who’s names are actually derived from 2 ancient Palestinian families that are deeply related.)
“Blood and Gold” is almost my favorite book(can’t decide between it and “The Vampire Armand”), mostly because it’s from the point of view of my favorite vampire, the wise 2,000-year-old Roman-born Marius (I’m also always attracted to smart people).
So if you don’t mind some blood, do read this book. Trust me, her books have nothing to do with her movies.
Here’s the back flap:
“Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, Marius is kidnapped and forced into that dark realm of blood, where he is made a protector of the Queen and King of the vampires–in whom the core of the supernatural race resides. Through his eyes we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine, the horrific sack of the Eternal City at the hands of the Visigoths, and the vile aftermath of the Black Death. Ultimately restored by the beauty of the Renaissance, Marius becomes a painter, living dangerously yet happily among mortals, and giving his heart to the great master Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand. But it is in the present day, deep in the jungle, when Marius will meet his fate seeking justice from the oldest vampires in the world. . . . “
Ahhh :) You should see why I love it! So rich! Now, I want to read it again.
Other book reviews on AndFarAway:
The Mists of Avalon
All My Friends are Superheroes
The Lord of the Rings
His Dark Materials
Blood and Gold
The Time Traveller’s Wife