Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
About Traditional Art / Hobbyist MizukiHong Kong Groups :icongazette-lovers: gazette-lovers
 
Recent Activity
Deviant for 9 Years
Needs Premium Membership
Statistics 1,570 Deviations 8,561 Comments 44,282 Pageviews

Newest Deviations

Activity


Book Review: Prince Lestat, The Vampire Chronicles #11, by Anne Rice

Premise took from Goodreads: The vampire world is in crisis – their kind have been proliferating out of control and, thanks to technologies undreamed of in previous centuries, they can communicate as never before. Roused from their earth-bound slumber, ancient ones are in thrall to the Voice: which commands that they burn fledgling vampires in cities from Paris to Mumbai, Hong Kong to Kyoto and San Francisco. Immolation, huge massacres, have commenced all over the world.

Who – or what – is the Voice? What does it desire, and why?

There is only one vampire, only one blood drinker, truly known to the entire world of the Undead. Will the dazzling hero-wanderer, the dangerous rebel-outlaw Lestat heed the call to unite the Children of Darkness as they face this new twilight?


I love Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles and Lives of the Mayfair Witches, the first three books of The Vampire Chronicles, together with books such as The Vampire Armand and Blood and Gold, and the first two books of the Mayfair Witches have always been my all time favorite, but this one...this Prince Lestat is just a big no-no.

But at first, I was okay with this book, we get a brief reminder of the history of the vampires, we get the mysteries of The Voice and the young vampires around the world being burnt to death, we get different characters telling their different stories. I like the mentions of young vampires such as Benjamin Mahmoud and how the blood drinkers deal with the modern age of Internet and technology. It's actually nice to see Leastat in all his Brat Prince's glory, it's actually nice to get into Rice's world of supernatural once again, I like her worldview and the voice of the characters, I even like the few twists in the book **************spoiler********************such as how Lestat somehow fathered a son and so on************************end of spoiler**********************.  

However, by page 250 I started to get annoyed and become dissatisfied with how the story and the characters are going, such as:

(1) It bugs me that most of the narrations are done by the male characters, only one young woman named Rose manages to get her own narration, although Rose's story is interesting to an extend, it is not very engaging and it offers us no insight whatsoever.

(2) The longer I read the book, the more all of those male vampires and their stories bled together into a blur.

(3) There's no sparkle nor eroticism to be found within the interaction and love between different male vampires. Guy vampire loves another guy vampire? It was groundbreaking and highly erotic when Interview With the Vampire first came out, but by now it's old news.

(4) Of course, Rice can still not write about female loving another female, to save her life.

(5) I absolutely hate what Rice had done to **************massive plot spoiler********************Maharet and Mekare. I mean, Maharet doesn't deserve to die so miserably after being separated from her twin and suffered for so long. It's disappointing for Mekare to be viewed by her twin and everyone else as nothing but a mindless monster!********************end of spoiler****************

(6) Jesse Reeves and David Talbot become nothing more than bystanders by the middle of the book, and Talamasca has only be mentioned in passing.

(7) It's annoying that women cannot be an active and successful ruler even when she possesses the power, **************spoiler********************because only men can be active and ruling and be comfortable with his position as ruler/leader.******************end of spoiler*************

(8) In the end, I don't like how the vampires are supposed to be 'a tribe' and everyone just "Yes, we're vampires, we kill people for a living, and we're fine and productive people, actually". Suddenly vampires are all positive now instead of being creatures who are struggling to deal with their nature and their dark past and failure and flaws.

Hell, no.

(9) Lestat becomes a massive Gary Stu. *sighs* It's too painfully obvious that Rice loves Lestat too much, ways too much.

(10) The Voice and its thoughts are as annoying as a spoiled teenager.

(11) I hate the ending, I hate how ******************massive plot spoiler******************Lestat becomes the Prince of vampires and how the mortals Viktor and Rose just become vampires and live Happy Ever After after this.**************************spoiler*********************

(12) Last but not least, I also don't like how Rice insists on showing Marius as a good guy without any flaws. It's tiresome.

If the ending part of the book isn't so disappointing, i would have enjoyed this book more.
Book Review: Prodigy, book 2 of Legend trilogy, by Marie Lu

Premise from Goodreads.com: Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

Things you need to know before reading my review:

(1) I'd read Legend last year, it's my first ever Marie Lu's book, and right after reading I've decided to blacklist this author and her books. However, after finding a copy of the Chinese translation of Prodigy in the library, I'd decided, despite of my lack of enjoyment with the first book, to give this series a second chance, hoping Marie Lu would proof me wrong.

My review for book 1 Legend: www.goodreads.com/review/show/…

(2) I can appreciate Marie Lu for trying to deliver some political messages and trying to work her way up to decent writing and decent plots. I can at least appreciate her effort, if not the ending result.

(3)  I read from the Author's Introduction that Legend is supposed to be inspired by Les Misérables (the relationship between the police official and the criminal) and one of my GR friends informed me about Marie Lu supposedly mentioned Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananme…) as an inspiration/reference. Well, all I can say is I'm glad authors are actually still giving a damn about real-life tragedies around the world, but I still hope authors can write better books when they got their inspiration from/based their books on real-life tragedies.

Then, actual review here:

I'm not impressed. In the end, I found I don't care enough about this book to do a full review, so let me do it in points-form:

(1) I notice the writing (or at least the translated version of it) and the attempt at world building are actually decent, still it probably doesn't say much.

(2) The Main Characters, Day and June, they are supposed to be prodigies, but in the story not only they acted stupid and I simply cannot find one single reason to root for them.

(3) I can always appreciate a story about teenagers rebelling against a suppressing evil government, but not when the supposedly heroic Main Characters are so shallow and poorly written.

(4) I simply cannot believe people from over the entire nation are fangirling/fanboying over Day and June and are looking up to them as heroes.

(5) I see no reason for the citizens to give a damn about Day and June when for most of the time they only care about their own families and loved ones, and they hardly lift a finger to help the people who're in need.

(6) Politicians and rebel leaders (Think: V from V For Vendetta, Che Guevara) have to give speeches and send out tons of propaganda to gain support from the citizens (aside from actual fighting that is...), neither Day and June have to do any of these but already the citizens are all over them. It's unrealistic. Goodness, why would anyone care about these two? Especially when they're plagued by wars and virus?

(7) The speech given by Day at the end of the story is a joke, ************************massive spoiler warning***************** you just can't stand in front of a bunch of angry citizens and tell them they should put their anger aside and trust the new Elector?******************************end of spoiler************************ It is not how things are done, it isn't.

(8) Marie Lu fails to write a charismatic rebel even when Day is supposed to be one (I don't even want to be bothered by June, she is as charismatic as a piece of wood), according to Lu, you would believe a sexy body, a handsome face, a bad boy attitude are all it takes to make a charismatic rebel.

(9) The love triangle among Day, June and Tess is annoying.

(10) Not to mention, the handsome new Elector, the most powerful man in the country, is hand over heels for June. *roll eyes*

(11) Not to mention, I am very sick of Day's “ I am poor, but she is a rich girl, I'm not good enough for her...” BS.

(12) ************************massive spoiler warning*****************Day suddenly decided he didn't want to follow through the rebels' plan to assassinate the Elector because he chose to trust June, instead of seeking revenge for his family and saving his brother?!****************end of spoiler********************** Fucking Bullshit!

(13) In the end, the war between the Republic and the colonies is just the matter of State Dictatorship vs State Capitalism? huh....I honestly am not that impressed.

(14) ************************massive spoiler warning*****************In the end, it's the same-old, same-old "both the government and the rebels are bad" unoriginal plot twist all over again, ******************************end of spoiler************************ just like The Hunger Games.

(15) As a whole this book isn't as awful as I'd feared, but it still can't message up to be a good book.

(16) But at least the author admits gay people exist...

(17) Had I mentioned that both MCs are supposed to be superhumans or some unrealistic Mary Sue characters from badly written Japanese manga? Oh yes, and they are both drop dead gorgeous too, it's just like manga!

(18) Finally, I'm not impressed by the notion that "As citizens, we should unify...and trust the 'good' politicians to do the right things." Miss Lu, if it's the insight you want to share with us, I'm out of here.

(19) The one word which can sum up this book is 'mediocre'. It is not awful enough to hate but not good enough to leave much impression in my mind.
how the same book got considerably thicker by vampirekiki
how the same book got considerably thicker
This photo shows how how the same book got considerably thicker throughout decades.

The title is 'Ningen No Somei' (The Human Proof), by Seiichi Morimura


Loading...

deviantID

vampirekiki's Profile Picture
vampirekiki
Mizuki
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
Hong Kong
Hi everyone:

You will find Jrock fanart, fanfics and a lot of Yaoi in here among many other things, some of the deviations are NC-17 for one reason or another.

There’s chance that you might not like what you see here, so bear in mind that whenever you click and look at the deviations it is all up to your own decision, no one forces you to read/look at them at gunpoint. Understand?

PS: if you don’t even know what ‘Yaoi’ is, then I won’t suggest you to check my deviations.


Current Residence: a sad place called reality
Favourite genre of music: rock
Favourite style of art: manga, does it count?*winks*
MP3 player of choice: some made in China thing, cheap and useable...^^;
Wallpaper of choice: i sucked posting wallpaper!
Favourite cartoon character: Johnny from JTHM, does he count?
Interests
I finished the new chapter of my Despairsray fanfic.............but somehow I had decided to separate it from the main series and give it a new title.

And right now I can't figure out the new title. =__= 

AdCast - Ads from the Community

Groups

Comments


Add a Comment:
 
:iconlacewingedsaby:
LaceWingedSaby Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello!
I'm passing here to thank you so much for being my watcher!
It really means a lot for me, and also for my art!
Your support is really appreciated!!
Have a nice day!

LaceWingedSaby
____________________________________________________________

FacebookFacebook.:Bullet:. PatreonPatreon  TwitterTwitter :youtube: Youtube Tumblr Icon Tumblr
Reply
:iconvampirekiki:
vampirekiki Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad to know you valued my Watch, thank you *hugs*
Reply
:iconlacewingedsaby:
LaceWingedSaby Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, without your and others support I would not be anyone! :hugsback:
Reply
:iconvampirekiki:
vampirekiki Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
Reply
:iconhe-xie:
he-xie Featured By Owner May 14, 2015   General Artist
thank you for fav, dear <3
Reply
:iconvampirekiki:
vampirekiki Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcomed~
Reply
:iconcommndershepard117:
CommnderShepard117 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the fave!
Reply
:iconvampirekiki:
vampirekiki Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcomed~
Reply
:icone-no91:
e-no91 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the faves~! XD
Reply
:iconvampirekiki:
vampirekiki Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcomed~
Reply
Add a Comment: