As you all know, I’ve been re-reading Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles novels. The latest one I’ve read was Tale of the Body Thief. This book is also narrated by the Vampire Lestat, and tells the tale of how his body is stolen by a master thief. Poor Lestat has to live as a human for about a week as he and his human friend, David Talbot, try to get his soul back into its rightful body. This story is really quite fun, and is difficult to put down. Rice once again reminds you why Lestat is a popular literary character, and just when you think you have things figured out, she manages to surprise you.
What I liked about this book is how fast paced the story moves. From the very first chapter, the reader is swept up in this fascinating tale of what can happen if you believe your own hype. Ever since Lestat drank from Akasha, he has felt invincible. Having his body stolen is just the eye opener he needs to bring his ego back down to Earth. Another great thing about this book is that you really don’t have to read the four books that come before it since Lestat gives a rundown on what happened. Besides, David and Louis are the only other characters from the other books that make an appearance in any real way.
I actually finished this book last week, and am currently reading the next book in the series, Memnoch the Devil. This book isn’t as well liked as some of the other books in the series, but like Tale of the Body Thief, is another Lestat adventure that doesn’t really have anything to do with the other vampires, though they do pop up in the novel. This novel was always one of my favorites in the series, and I’ll get more into why many people doesn’t particularly care for it when I do my review after I finish. As for whether I’d recommend Tale of the Body Thief, I definitely would. It’s a great addition to The Vampire Chronicles, and can still be appreciated even if you don’t want to read the entire series.