Punishing Pandora And A Surprising Opinion On Anne Rice

Edit: It has come about that this post has been shared by Anne Rice herself, leading to a lot of angry comments (though also some very thought provoking ones). Please note that I am a small scale blogger, with less that 100 followers. Whilst I’m sorry to offend the masses of Anne Rice fans now flooding my page, please keep this in mind. My original intention was to buy a beaten up book second hand to turn into craft once reading it. This happened to be Pandora. I’m sorry for not mentioning this from the word go but I can’t believe that Anne Rice has been so affronted to share this to her Facebook Page knowing how biased her fan base would be when reading my post and the result that this would cause. At this time I choose not to remove this post or the comments, the only difference is that a well-known author has singled out a single post from a tiny blog for her followers to demonize. Thank you for your time.

Last night, I took a craft knife to Anne Rice’s Pandora and I took out every page. I was left with the gutted remains of the cover itself and threw that away. It’s the first time I have ever desecrated a book in such a way and I can’t deny that it wasn’t made all the more enjoyable by how much I really and truly loathed that book.

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As you can see…

Pandora is the second Anne Rice novel I have attempted to read and, as with the last time, I really did expect more. Novels such as Interview With a Vampire I’d always heard were excellent. I was a goth in my earlier years and learnt inherently that Anne Rice is an excellent novelist and I’d simply accepted such things without actually reading the novels myself. I’ve never even seen the movie of Interview With A Vampire, vampires simply never interested me when I was younger but I carried around the assumed knowledge that I would enjoy Anne Rice if I ever saw a copy in a charity shop (my main way of coming across the books I read).

So, It Turns Out I Was Wrong About Anne Rice

I don’t want to offend any big fans of Anne Rice but I would be curious to ask… why? I read Pandora, which I’ve heard is certainly one of her weaker novels and that gives me some comfort. The story revolves around the high romanticized reminiscing of an ancient vampire called (funnily enough) Pandora, who was turned during the Roman empire. Of course, it takes a freakin’ long time for this to happen, she isn’t even turned until the latter half of the book. Most of the story seems to be about how freakin’ amazing Pandora is. She’s so cool and we should want to be her because she’s clever and witty and also gorgeous. She has no flaws, I looked, unless you count her later unwavering dedication to the ancient god who helps give her vampirism. And Pandora is followed around (both in her mortal and vampire life) by Marius, who is so transparently going to become her lover that it’s amazing Anne Rice believes herself to be dancing around the subject.

What staggered me the most about this vampire novel was the complete lack of… any vampiric behavior. Not only because Pandora isn’t a vampire for the longest time but she only seems to crave blood when she’s human. The dreams that pursue her thanks to this ancient god are the only time we experience a genuine blood lust that disconcerts her. I suppose this could be natural to her once turned but why would you do that? Blood drinking is quite possibly the MOST NOTABLE ASPECT OF A VAMPIRE! Later on she makes a throwaway comment about drinking from soldiers but that’s essentially it. The only time we really see her as the monster is in our modern day, before her meeting with David, never after. She never seems distressed by her need for blood and the focus isn’t even on her transformation. Why? Because it turns out that Pandora was tempted to this land so that she’d reunite with Marius, giving him a reason to continue his endless, eternal life. This is because they are meant to be, though they seem to do nothing but endlessly bicker once they are both vampires. He mourns her humanity, though Pandora clearly doesn’t care about it. They struggle, talking in ridiculously flowery and contrary language when something straight forward might well end their relationship problems. And really, they’re not presented as vampires, they’re presented as eternal humans who will be able to love from whatever distance for all time.

There’s a word I really want to start throwing around now, Anne Rice fans, and it begins with a T.

Don’t be mad at me, even if Pandora really is one of the worst Anne Rice novels then it’s still better written than Twilight. Just not by as much as you think. Whilst Stephanie Meyer traps us inside a character’s head, dictating to us how this character thinks and that her interactions are good and even normal, Anne Rice traps us in these falsely grand environments that she won’t stop describing in every detail. She forces us to see the world in the way she wants us to, unrelenting in the narrow vision we are seeing. And both Bella and Pandora are too blank and perfect, though Pandora much less so than Bella. Neither one of them is a complete character, she’s a woman who is to be loved/ obsessed with by the leading male and little else. It may have taken a goddess to bring Pandora to Marius’ side but the result is the same: eternal marriage thanks to being vampires. It’s also not interesting. Their relationship is trapped in meaningless bickering and their apparent “devotion” to one another that Anne Rice demands we believe in but we never see any example of. It’s meant to be a great romance but it falls flat for me just as much as Bella and Edward a la Twilight. If all her books are written in such a way then I’d even go so far as to say that Anne Rice was very fortunate that the internet wasn’t widespread when she was this popular.

I also get the feeling that Pandora depends on the other vampire novels that surround it to give it substance. There are endless references in the opening chapter about what’s been happening in the vampire world, which never really seem to matter to Pandora’s own story so they don’t seem relevant. Perhaps Anne Rice felt she didn’t want to go over common themes that she’d visited in previous vampire stories but it certainly makes this one the weaker for it. There’s no substance to the relationship between the characters or the world around them and when the book ended, I didn’t care what would happen to them after.

And that’s why I took a scalpel to my copy of Anne Rice’s Pandora and started making decopatch with it instead!

2,238 thoughts on “Punishing Pandora And A Surprising Opinion On Anne Rice

  1. HOW DARE YOU EVEN COMPARE SHITTY ASS STEPHANIE MEYER TO THE QUALITY WORK THAT IS ANNE RICE HOW DARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU FUCKING HAG, I HOPE YOU GET HERPES

      • I’m an Anne Rice fan and frankly I think the comments are insensitive, rude and uncalled for! There’s just no justification for the downright evilness! Of course the nastiest comments are made by avatars and graphics.

      • It was necessary to say that you took a scalpel and destroy her work? a book? do you really enjoy destroying books? I wouldn’t destroy a book even the ones i didn’t like

      • This was a very well written blog. I love your point of view and the way you state it. The Mary Sue had a little article about your blog and the hell hounds that have been unleashed upon you (too Anne Riceish?). I wanted to drop by and read it and see your work. Glad I did, and looking forward to reading more of your work.

      • You should not destroy books. That’s so not cool, regardless of your opinion of them. You could have made decopatch with a newspaper and it would have looked the same. Destroying books for crafts is totally immature. Seriously, something a child would do.

      • On one thing and one thing only do I agree with your blog, and that is if you only read Pandora then you short changed yourself. It is a book that comes after a lot of other books in the series and relies on the fact you have read some of the other books. Pandora was never meant as a stand alone book, and that’s how you reviewed it. So I don’t agree with your review, based on the fact that you have no real knowledge of the author, series of books, or as you put it and understanding of vampires. Who picks up a book from the middle of a series, and then reviews it as if that persons has any knowledge about the book, or series. Knowledge is power….Unknowledgeable is disrespectful of the author and her fan base. And you are completely unknowledgeable about Anne and her series. Next time you review a book how about you don’t start in the middle to end of the series, and give people a real review.

      • I’d go with “troll” if I were you. If she’s not, then she needs a healthy dose of Xanax for that anxiety/bipolar problem… or perhaps some Lithium would suffice? :P

      • This writer is entitled to her own opinion on her own blog. If you don’t agree, you could offer your opinion about what was good, btu simply being abusive doesn’t prove your point. Just sayin.’ Can’t we all get along…even IF we don’t agree?

    • Anne Rice fans have too much free time and aren’t very clever in their insults.

      Herpes? Really? At least wish something on this poor woman that goes away after a cycle of antibiotics.

    • Wow, seriously? How rude! I love Anne Rice as much as the next person, but to insult the blogger for having an opinion? How dare YOU.

    • You insolent fool, as if your opinion means anything. Bloggers always have high opinions. How about you become an actual writer, so that we may dissect your work.

      • Oh yeah, no one who’s never published a book is qualified to review books, that’s why ALL book reviewers have such numerous publications, and why ALL movie critics have directed and starred in so many movies, and why ALL art critics are world-famous artists…oh wait. Actually, it seems like having an opinion gives you a right to have an opinion.

      • Ellen, are you seriously suggesting that the only reason a reviewer would dislike a book is out of pure jealousy, and not because the book itself is badly written?

      • Heather: you don’t have to be the president to have an opinion about politics. The assertion that you should write a better book before negatively reviewing one you don’t like is absurd and childish.

        Ellen: that says more about you than about the original poster.

        Miss Articulate: I’d be happy to send you more Anne Rice books for fodder, but I already rid of them via BookMooch. On a related note, I won’t even list her books on BookMooch or other book swap sites because EVERY SINGLE TIME I gave one away, the recipient bitched about how they weren’t in perfect magic condition even if it was noted in the description. Anne Rice and her fans are a world unto themselves. Rock on.

    • Thanks SO much for starting an internet flame war, you stupid twit. You made the author you love look like a total bitch. Nice job. What’s next, pissing on a hero’s grave? Outing a CIA agent? Invading Iraq?

      • Actually, the author made herself look bad. She could have put her big girl pants on and accepted the fact that no matter who you are, no matter how good you are at your craft, someone isn’t going to like your work. Instead Anne chose to take her hostility out on a blogger (probably because she wouldn’t dare attack a ‘real’ critic) and sent her demented minions over here to terrorize the blogger. Nice work Anne. You stay classy.

        And SAJE, you really need to grow up. Guess what? I don’t like Anne Rice’s writing, I’ve never liked it, and I never will. Not everyone likes the same things. That’s life. Deal.

      • My apologies. I thought you were referring to the blogger not the initial comment. You are right to call her out on it.

        • I try to use quotes to try to denote to whom I’m referring but it seems that no matter what methods I use there are just some things that are likely to be misunderstood. My wife is no Anne Rice fan either. Describes her as “too wordy.” (A charge she also levels at Tolkein, as it happens). I like Ann’s turn of phrase and, in general, her politics. In such cases as this, I am allowing myself to think she did not expect this sort of response. She welcomes debate on her page, though she expects civility, and might well have not seen it to its inevitable conclusion.

          People need very little excuse to make asses out of themselves.

  2. HOW DARE YOU EVEN COMPARE SHITTY ASS STEPHANIE MEYER TO THE QUALITY WORK THAT IS ANNE RICE HOW DARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU FUCKING HAG, I HOPE YOU GET HERPES

    • Really? How ‘original’ can you get?!? I mean, seriously. Would you call your mom a bitch? Would you call your dad an asshole? How about your little brother? Little sister? Cousin? Aunt? I don’t think so, so why are you calling her a bitch?

    • The pattern of gender-slur insults is really bothering me, as a feminist. Why are people calling Miss Articulate the B word and a hag? These are attacks on her gender. So not cool. Yes I am a fan of Anne Rice.

      • I love most Anne Rice’s books, especially the Vampire Chronicles and the New Tales of the Vampires (include Pandora here), but I am so upset about her implicitly sending her hordes of fans against this blogger girl. I find it so incredibly infantile of her to do that. I even left her facebook page. I’m not destroying her books lol but I’m not a fan of her as a human being anymore. Greetings Miss Articulate :) Don’t be sad, you’re famous now and above all: most of us know that our favorite writer is a bully when it comes to criticism. When she read a particular review of Blood Canticle she went frantic about the reviewer and viciously attacked them. You’re not alone, honey – you just upset the Queen of the Damned!!! ;)

      • Sumiko, it’s the nature of the internet. Misogynists are pretty much all over. Not just among Anne Rice’s fans, but I was searching around to find info on her Amazon incident a few years ago, and found a blog calling Ms. Rice the C word. I don’t agree with a lot of things she says and does, but that is absolutely not justified.

    • Really? How ‘original’ can you get?!? I mean, seriously. Would you call your mom a bitch? Would you call your dad an asshole? How about your little brother? Little sister? Cousin? Aunt? I don’t think so, so why are you calling her a bitch?

    • The pattern of gender-slur insults is really bothering me, as a feminist. Why are people calling Miss Articulate the B word and a hag? These are attacks on her gender. So not cool. Yes I am a fan of Anne Rice.

      • I love most Anne Rice’s books, especially the Vampire Chronicles and the New Tales of the Vampires (include Pandora here), but I am so upset about her implicitly sending her hordes of fans against this blogger girl. I find it so incredibly infantile of her to do that. I even left her facebook page. I’m not destroying her books lol but I’m not a fan of her as a human being anymore. Greetings Miss Articulate :) Don’t be sad, you’re famous now and above all: most of us know that our favorite writer is a bully when it comes to criticism. When she read a particular review of Blood Canticle she went frantic about the reviewer and viciously attacked them. You’re not alone, honey – you just upset the Queen of the Damned!!! ;)

      • Sumiko, it’s the nature of the internet. Misogynists are pretty much all over. Not just among Anne Rice’s fans, but I was searching around to find info on her Amazon incident a few years ago, and found a blog calling Ms. Rice the C word. I don’t agree with a lot of things she says and does, but that is absolutely not justified.

  3. I would agree its not her best work, but the novel is written as a separate series that expects you to know the character(she was introduced in Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned). I can accept your opinion as these novels aren’t for everyone and I certainly agree that Anne Rice is better than Stephanie Meyer(although, I’m a guy and those books are clearly written for women). I actually found this article when Anne Rice herself shared it on her facebook. Hope if you do read the rest you go in order as it makes the world more effective

      • I disagree, these particular books are allowed to be in order because the story line is absolutely beautiful, mean’t to capture and lead you on to the next. Sequels leave you hanging around for more, for example dean Koontz the odd Thomas series, seriously a great series and more books with series are the best kind of books in my opinion, i like a story line to flow. There is amazing books that stand alone as well but, these books are suppose to be like this, can’t please everyone.

        • I appreciate that but if these books are so dependent on one another then maybe they should be numbered? Like Vampire Chronicles Number X: Pandora? A single title made an almost-virgin reader like me assume that it would work alone and I don’t think I’m unfair for assuming that. Thanks for the comment :)

      • Would you read breaking dawn and not read the first books of the Twilight Series first? And if you read the book would it stand on its own the same way it would if you read the series in order. If you don’t like reading things in order, why would you read a book that is clearly part of a series of books, that requires the reader to read other books in order to fully appreciate the story being told. You are a silly woman for writing a blog like this and not expecting critique.

      • I am totally on your side re: Ms. Rice and her books. There are a few really good ones and a lot of dreck. Clearly the one tou read is the latter. But this? C’mon. Books sometimes have sequels or are written in a series. This is nothing new in the world of publishing. To say that books shouldn’t be that way, that they should all stand alone, is just silly. You don’t always get it the way you want it.

        And if you want a series of books that can stand alone, try the Alex Delaware books by Jonathan Kellerman. Please do try them and let me know how much you love reading the same character introductions in every damn book, being told the same things over and over again. Dull!

          • yes, actually. Anne didn’t just write the Vampire Chronicles. She also wrote the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, a very erotic trilogy about the famed Princess’ fate after being woken up. Also, there are the Mayfair Witches Chronicles. Those I consumed one after another like lightning!! Anne Rice is more diverse than you’d believe, and after reading through the thread of comments I’m surprised no one would mention these. Good luck, and best wishes… P.S. I loved the decopatch! What did you use the container for?

          • yes, actually. Anne didn’t just write the Vampire Chronicles. She also wrote the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, a very erotic trilogy about the famed Princess’ fate after being woken up. Also, there are the Mayfair Witches Chronicles. Those I consumed one after another like lightning!! Anne Rice is more diverse than you’d believe, and after reading through the thread of comments I’m surprised no one would mention these. Good luck, and best wishes… P.S. I loved the decopatch! What did you use the container for?

          • yes, actually. Anne didn’t just write the Vampire Chronicles. She also wrote the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, a very erotic trilogy about the famed Princess’ fate after being woken up. Also, there are the Mayfair Witches Chronicles. Those I consumed one after another like lightning!! Anne Rice is more diverse than you’d believe, and after reading through the thread of comments I’m surprised no one would mention these. Good luck, and best wishes… P.S. I loved the decopatch! What did you use the container for?

          • I’m surprised you didn’t like The Vampire Lestat. If you didn’t then I doubt you will like any of the books in the series. Personally, I loved Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat. After that, I think the series went downhill.

          • I’m surprised you didn’t like The Vampire Lestat. If you didn’t then I doubt you will like any of the books in the series. Personally, I loved Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat. After that, I think the series went downhill.

          • I’m surprised you didn’t like The Vampire Lestat. If you didn’t then I doubt you will like any of the books in the series. Personally, I loved Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat. After that, I think the series went downhill.

          • If you didn’t like Vampire Lestat, I would say you probably won’t like any of her other work. No matter how many fans tell you to give her a chance, that doesn’t mean you’re going to like her. I loved the book when I read it 17 years or so ago, but I think my tastes have evolved since then and I’m not so sure it would hold up anymore. Really, I wouldn’t bother. Life is too short to read bad books. :)

          • If you didn’t like Vampire Lestat, I would say you probably won’t like any of her other work. No matter how many fans tell you to give her a chance, that doesn’t mean you’re going to like her. I loved the book when I read it 17 years or so ago, but I think my tastes have evolved since then and I’m not so sure it would hold up anymore. Really, I wouldn’t bother. Life is too short to read bad books. :)

          • If you didn’t like Vampire Lestat, I would say you probably won’t like any of her other work. No matter how many fans tell you to give her a chance, that doesn’t mean you’re going to like her. I loved the book when I read it 17 years or so ago, but I think my tastes have evolved since then and I’m not so sure it would hold up anymore. Really, I wouldn’t bother. Life is too short to read bad books. :)

          • If you didn’t like Vampire Lestat, I would say you probably won’t like any of her other work. No matter how many fans tell you to give her a chance, that doesn’t mean you’re going to like her. I loved the book when I read it 17 years or so ago, but I think my tastes have evolved since then and I’m not so sure it would hold up anymore. Really, I wouldn’t bother. Life is too short to read bad books. :)

          • It wasn’t an insult, it was a fact. Also I’ve been reading this whole thread with interest, and the only books you’ve referred to as being good are terry Pratchett and red dwarf, while good books, they don’t take much to read, and you don’t really need any intellect to follow them, which you do need for Anne Rice. Maybe the problem, apart from having started at a middle point is a lack of intellect. Pandora was the first Anne Rice book I ever read, and though starting towards the end can be difficult, it still lured me in. If you’re looking for something that matches up to the red dwarf series why not just stick to the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy?

        • I’ve read plenty of sequels and close knit series’ but they all had numbers and references about what came before. The Vampire Chronicles seemed like the world it was set in, like discworld rather than a warning that I needed to start from…. Where? Thanks for the comment though, I’ll try to keep in kind that this is my opinion , not a fact if literature

      • No problem, I’m a completest(which is why I was one of the few who didn’t read comics as a kid). I do apologize for all the ignorant and ridiculous comments other Anne Rice fans have been posting. You brought the book, so if you wanna tear it up than go ahead. Its you opinion to compare the two novelist and no one has the right to be cruel to you. Anne Rice does like to post positive and negative reviews, but I think she expects to hear her fans POV on her page, not spamming the reviewer. Have fun with whatever book you may read next and if you don’t like it, craft away

      • It is a series. Many authors have books that follow a series. You should have known this since Anne Rice’s books are well publicized. The author cannot rehash everything that was written in individual books in this series. One that you could read as a stand alone is Tale of the Body Thief even though it is within the series you really don’t have to know about all the characters in detail to understand the storyline. People always have favorites but it is a matter of personal taste and nothing more.

      • (not in reference to Pandora, which I have not read)

        Sadly, series are very, very popular in fantasy and science fiction and quite often the sort where each volume is more an installment in an on-going series rather than a set of closely related stand-alone books.

        For example, I don’t recommend reading George RR Martin’s A Feast for Crows if you’ve only read A Game of Thrones back in 1997. Or Jordan’s Knife of Dreams if you’ve never read any of the other books in the series. You may ask “do publishers make a point of keeping all the parts in print so someone getting into the series late can catch up?” No, not unless it is a best seller.

        There are some publishers that don’t clearly label when a book is part N of X parts, which is even more annoying.

        • I hadn’t considered that but I suppose not numbering Pandora does encourage people to read the book rather than being put off because its so far into a series. Thanks for the comment :)

      • I really like vampires, mostly because I started reading Anne Rice when I was 17. I have read A LOT of vampires series and it seems to be the culture to have one book lead to another and often they really don’t stand alone. I tried to read Pandora about 13 years ago and I was not able to finish it. It never grabbed me, and it is one of the few books I have ever started and not finished. One thing you mentioned in your blog which I have often complained about is Anne’s obsession with detail. Sometimes it’s enough to describe a room without also describing the dust on the curtains. BUT what she does is give you such an intense relationship with the room and the characters that you really feel as if you are that character. I am sure this experience has left a bad taste in your mouth but if you are ever curious to try another of her books I would suggest Servant of the Bones. It stands alone, and is incredibly unique. I think to have said anything that would attract the attention of such a famous and accomplished author as Anne Rice must make you kinda proud. There is no such thing as bad publicity for either of you. Congratulations and well done on your craft project.

      • I can’t speak for other writers, but I know that as I am launching myself into writing a novel (my first), I am fighting with the concept of the numbers game. I worry that by numbering something, or even pushing a “series” concept into the titles (i.e. Chronicles of Riddick; Riddick Wears a Tutu) may put off some readers simply because it doesn’t stand alone – that the series idea is played out for all intents and purposes. I like Anne Rice, but some novels are better than others, I love The Mayfair Witches, and Taltos. Wasn’t a huge fan of Servant of the Bones, but it was a damn side better than Fifty Shades… I’ve not had the opportunity to read Pandora as of yet.

      • I disagree with you that all books should be able to stand alone. I enjoy a lot of series. At one point in time, I enjoyed the Vampire Chronicles. That said, Pandora was meandering and repetitive. Even read in context with the rest of the series, it just isn’t very good. I had a crush on Lestat when I was in high school, but I coudn’t even get through some of these later ones. I quit somewhere in the midst of the child porn within The Vampire Armand. Perhaps if she allowed editors to touch her work they’d have been readable.

      • “all books should be able to stand alone.”????? Don’t like reading them in order????? Where did you graduate with your literature degree??? Most novels were published serially until the 20th century. Did you read Great Expectations backward, you rebel? Did you even read Dickens? While much of your criticism of Pandora is understandable, considering it’s widely considered to be one of her weakest, it loses its authority when you reveal that you don’t understand the context in which it was written. To compare Rice with the commercial and juvenile fiction writer of the Twilight series only reveals your shallow approach to literature. That’s like comparing Stephen King and R.L.Stine. I like your approach of only reading what the universe puts in your hands, but the stuff of criticism is a much more scholarly and systematic pursuit. It requires due diligence so that, at least, the critic is stating an informed opinion. So, I’m not criticizing you because I saw your post on Rice’s facebook page and am mindlessly defending her. I’m reviewing your review and it gets an F.

    • Sorry, you don’t need to care about my opinion though. I’m just a chick with a blog and Anne Rice has tons of fans. This was written as a light silly piece and I truly didn’t mean to offend anyone. The copy I had was torn up mostly because it was breaking anyway, not because of my hatred of it.

      • To Jan C, not everyone who reads a book has to enjoy just because others do. A blog is for personal opinion, she shouldn’t have to justify why she made this post. She has freewill to do whatever she likes. If you like the book, good for you, if you don’t then also good for you. Get off your high horse and realize just because you have one view on something doesn’t mean that it the only view possible and acceptable.
        Personally I think what Rice did with this post on her FB was appalling. “Oh a bad review, well I’m famous and have much more fans, Better get them to attack the poster.”
        Dick move Anne, this kind of power play has actually made me rethink my view of her as an author. Was never a huge fan but being an uptight egotistical bully like this is saddening. Does she not have better things to do with her time?

    • Sorry, you don’t need to care about my opinion though. I’m just a chick with a blog and Anne Rice has tons of fans. This was written as a light silly piece and I truly didn’t mean to offend anyone. The copy I had was torn up mostly because it was breaking anyway, not because of my hatred of it.

      • I realize that you think you are just a “chick with a blog” but in this age of Google, you are now probably one of the top (and maybe few or only) reviews of this book that would come up if someone googled “reviews on Pandora by Anne Rice” or something similar. (I haven’t looked to see) So when you write these “silly” blogs that are so completely derogatory about a book (that most of us enjoyed just fine) then you may well influence thousands of potential readers into not even attempting to read it or much less buy it.

        I have never understood the need that some people have to want to be so nasty about books and things that they don’t enjoy. I do book reviews on Amazon all the time, and the only time I’ve ever really said anything negative is when I pay $7-10 and get a book that only has 20 pages. If you don’t like a book, then why bother to write about it at all? Why would you get so very angry-seeming and vindictive over this one small book in the hundred that she has written. Some are excellent, some are good, some are just ok. But why such venom? That is what I would question more than I would why it would upset Ms. Rice that your poison pen is probably all over the search engines for her book.

      • To Jan C, not everyone who reads a book has to enjoy just because others do. A blog is for personal opinion, she shouldn’t have to justify why she made this post. She has freewill to do whatever she likes. If you like the book, good for you, if you don’t then also good for you. Get off your high horse and realize just because you have one view on something doesn’t mean that it the only view possible and acceptable.
        Personally I think what Rice did with this post on her FB was appalling. “Oh a bad review, well I’m famous and have much more fans, Better get them to attack the poster.”
        Dick move Anne, this kind of power play has actually made me rethink my view of her as an author. Was never a huge fan but being an uptight egotistical bully like this is saddening. Does she not have better things to do with her time?

      • “I really and truly loathed that book.” Yes I can see how this was written “as a light silly piece” Might I suggest a career in politics. You seem to have the back pedal down pat.

      • Seriously Jan, the way you describe your reviewing makes it sound like the type that annoy me the most. When I look for reviews, I want honest opinions from people with critical minds, not someone whom cannot/won’t separate trash from quality. Why? To score some imaginary karma points, or what? Yet you have no problem coming here and criticizing someone’s blog. Can you be more hypocritical? Who are you to decide what should or shouldn’t be on the internet, I wonder…

      • “…then you may well influence thousands of potential readers into not even attempting to read it or much less buy it.”

        Spot on: in this time and age anybody can write a book review and be heard and that is a big responsibility! And please don’t forget that every book is the work of a sensitive, devoted human being who spent months and sometimes years of their life to write that book.

        I do sometimes wonder whether readers and consumers appreciate the generosity of writers (and artists in general) enough… or do they take it for granted that there will always be people happy to entertain them, for nothing if the book was bought secondhand?

        So if you buy your books second-hand Miss Articulate, please be extra careful how you influence an author’s on-line ratings and therefor livelihood as a ‘chick with a blog’

        Just a thought…

        WordPress.com / Gravatar.com credentials can be used.

        • Not everyone is going to give a book a good review. Writers are aware of this and are generally prepared for any problems that may occur because of it. Writers also cannot grow if every review is positive. If they don’t have any negative feedback then how else are they going to grow and learn as a writer and as a person?

      • Jan C. – Why would she write it? Because this is HER BLOG. Because this is HER OPINION. This is HER RIGHT. Furthermore, Anne Rice bumped this post up into the stratosphere herself, so you can thank your idol for that. She’s clearly a megalomaniac. I’ve never read any of her books, although I’ve been tempted. However, her treatment of a regular person that had an opinion has turned me off to anything she has, or will, produce. She could be the best author on earth, but she’s a terrible person, obviously.

      • Darla, I mean no offence..but Anne has done nothing wrong, it was a minority of her fans! something which she cannot control.. Anne posts links to reviews of her books , both good and bad..to see if other fans agree with the reviewers..

        She thanks people who review her work in professional, and courteous manners, whether the review is good or bad! She also asks that people treat each other with dignity and respect when discussing thiongs on her page..She in NO WAY asked her fans to come here and comment or condoned people doing so!

        I am a long time fan of Anne’s Mayfair Witches books and her Vampire Chronicles, as well as the two companion books..and a few of her stand alone books..

        Do I like all of her work ? Probably not.. I say that, because I have read the back covers of several of her other books and they didn’t seem like the kind of book that I would enjoy..I have brought them from second hand / thrift stores though when I have seen them for cheap, and will get around to reading them one day..

        Also many of the fans of the from here have behaved in just as an unsightly manner as some of the Anne Rice fans have! Shame on you all!

        Neither this young woman, nor the other young woman who blogs about book reviews are very old..Some might say they are old enough to know better, they may be adults legally, but that doesn’t mean that they are super mature..people keep on maturing as they age, you dont stop when you hit 18!

        Although this blogger is much more mature than the other one who posted some pretty nasty stuff about Anne, and attacked her personally. times are changing as is the way we communicate with one another..Its all too easy to sit behind a monitor and say nasty things, and forget that it could be seen by thousands of people and invoke passsionate feelings and emotions amongst the people reading it…not all of the people who see it will be mature and act adult.. Heck, many “adults’ do not act their age nowadays.. The days of respecting your elders and each other seem to have dissapeared into the annuls of history..:(

        To the young lady who owns this blog, I am sorry that you have recieved so much negativity from a small minority of Annes fans…I hope that you realize that it IS a minority that have behaved badly, and that Anne doesn’t condone it..and nor do a good number of her fans either..(The majority don’t)

        In regards to the Vampire Chronicles, they are best read in order.. although, there is no order perse! lol Basically read them in teh order they were released in.. They are meant to book that you can pick up and read without having read the others in teh series, although they will make much more sense and be more enjoyable if you do read them in order.. Each book is basically ‘one’ of the vampires own version of events, and /or their lifestory.. I didn;t like Interview with a vampire as much as I should have, basically because I had seen the film..before I read the book.. and found it slower going than the movie (Obviously) I have since re read it though and found I enjoyed it a heck of a lot more second time around..

        My fav ones are the 2nd and 3rd books, they are more like two halves of the same book..”The Vampire Lestat”, and “The Queen of The Damned”, they chart the whole of teh history of the vampires and go right back thousands of years.. I love history so found these to be my favorite.. They are all very good imo though..:) Some are wayy better than others though.. .

    • With all due respect, why should you, as a reader or fan, have any need, or right, to get ‘kinda mad’ over a negative review? Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and thoughts. Taste is, after all, subjective, and there are bound to be things that you don’t like that others love. It’s okay to have different opinions, and it’s okay to state those opinions without anyone feeling the need to get arsey about it.

  4. INSANE. To destroy a book like that is honestly the most disrespectful, idiotic thing anyone could ever do. An opinion is an opinion, but to do that… loved the rich descriptive narrative and historical context and character development (the other reason I read them).

    • I bought a second copy of my favourite book to use for an art project, and created something I love with the pages. Not disrespectful at all, a homage to the piece. I’ve also used books I bought but didn’t care a hoot for in art works too.

      • Lisa, as you say you did that to something you loved, allowing you to enjoy your favorite thing even more. I personally don’t believe in destroying books but I can see your point of view. You are taking something you love and making it even more a part of your life.

        The thing here is that’s now what the author has done. They have taken a book they didn’t like and destroyed it. The title of the blog entry “Punishing Pandora” really had me thinking that the destruction was spitefully, but since the backlash they have updated to indicate they always planned the craft project. Of course this doesn’t fit with the tone of the article after all the last line is, “And that’s why I took a scalpel to my copy of Anne Rice’s Pandora and started making decopatch with it instead!”

        I think that is a very different thing and obviously so do a lot of other people. Not only is it disrespectful to the ingrained idea that books should be well cared for but its petty, childish and completely out of character for a true critic. I could care less what the author thinks about the book but honestly to give the impression it should be cut up and destroyed because they dislike is really shameful to me. The author gave the audience the impression they destroyed the book out of spite and now they have to man up and take the consequences instead of blaming it on the fans.

    • Seriously? Ripping the pages out of a mass-market paperback and turning them into another peice of art is the “most disrespectful, idiotic thing anyone could ever do?” It’s just paper.

  5. INSANE. To destroy a book like that is honestly the most disrespectful, idiotic thing anyone could ever do. An opinion is an opinion, but to do that… loved the rich descriptive narrative and historical context and character development (the other reason I read them).

      • Yeah, it’s not like MA took an exacto to a mint condition, first edition of David Copperfield or something – quit being so dramatical. There are probably as many Pandora’s in the landfill as there on the bookshelves.

      • I’m not an Anne Rice fan but I really enjoy reading books. Taking a book and creating something else out of it is not, by far, a ridiculous thing at all. People use books for art projects all the time.

        And the fact that you didn’t like the book doesn’t really change this. More power to you for writing an honest review that doesn’t sit with the masses.

        I also saw most of your other comments, and again, more power to you for staying calm. When one of my own articles blew up and I started getting shit left and right, it was a difficult time to bear it.

        Anyways, hope you at least got some decent followers from this craze!

    • Carissa, want to know whats really insane and disrespectful?

      Cutting down a tree to print an Anne Rice book on it.

      oh Snaps!

    • I bought a second copy of my favourite book to use for an art project, and created something I love with the pages. Not disrespectful at all, a homage to the piece. I’ve also used books I bought but didn’t care a hoot for in art works too.

      • Lisa, as you say you did that to something you loved, allowing you to enjoy your favorite thing even more. I personally don’t believe in destroying books but I can see your point of view. You are taking something you love and making it even more a part of your life.

        The thing here is that’s now what the author has done. They have taken a book they didn’t like and destroyed it. The title of the blog entry “Punishing Pandora” really had me thinking that the destruction was spitefully, but since the backlash they have updated to indicate they always planned the craft project. Of course this doesn’t fit with the tone of the article after all the last line is, “And that’s why I took a scalpel to my copy of Anne Rice’s Pandora and started making decopatch with it instead!”

        I think that is a very different thing and obviously so do a lot of other people. Not only is it disrespectful to the ingrained idea that books should be well cared for but its petty, childish and completely out of character for a true critic. I could care less what the author thinks about the book but honestly to give the impression it should be cut up and destroyed because they dislike is really shameful to me. The author gave the audience the impression they destroyed the book out of spite and now they have to man up and take the consequences instead of blaming it on the fans.

    • Seriously? Ripping the pages out of a mass-market paperback and turning them into another peice of art is the “most disrespectful, idiotic thing anyone could ever do?” It’s just paper.

    • It’s her book and she can do with it what she wants. I’d say that making an art project out of it is one of the least offensive things you could do with it. Grow up. This isn’t defacing a holy book or vandalizing someone’s home. Anne got her money for it, and really that’s all she’s entitled to.

    • No. The most disrespectful thing to do, is to harm a human being. Not words on a page that are being recycled. Get ur priorities straight.

    • It’s paper, who cares? If you want to be technical she was recycling for an art project, and that makes her awesome.

    • “I can’t express myself without swearing, I’m so grown up right now.”

      Geez, leave the poor girl alone. I’m sure you have an opinion on something that other people would disagree with too.

  6. WOW! While I agree that Pandora is one of the weaker of the Vampire Chronicles, perhaps you should start reading a series of books with the FIRST book?! It is a good place to start, and allows you to gain perspective on many things you will not understand in these books if not read in order.

  7. WOW! While I agree that Pandora is one of the weaker of the Vampire Chronicles, perhaps you should start reading a series of books with the FIRST book?! It is a good place to start, and allows you to gain perspective on many things you will not understand in these books if not read in order.

    • I just feel that books should always be able to stand alone, look at Terry Pratchett for example. Or Red Dwarf. Those are self contained stories that reference those that came before and I feel that that is a better way of story telling than Anne Rice managed in Pandora.

      • ‘fore I start this comment, just want to support what you did and – without having read Anne Rice or Meyer – I do share your distaste for those types of characters.

        But I just need to nitpick. The vast majority of Discworld books don’t stand-alone too well. Discworld’s a conglomeration of linked series, basically. You don’t have to read each one to understand the others, certainly, but they’re (mostly) too tightly-linked to be truly standalone. If you read, say, Thud!, it wouldn’t make anywhere near as much sense (and as such not be as good a read) as if you’d read the previous City Watch novels.

        In other words, maybe one or two Discworld novels “truly” stand-alone. The rest are so interwoven and linked (directly and arbitrarily) to each other that you can’t really call them stand-alones. You can read them out of order, yes, but they don’t make half as much sense if you do that.

        • I’ve had a think about this and you may be right, certainly I have to accept I happened to read the first of his prominent arcs (going postal, guards guards’) in the right order. I may need to give the first of THIS series a go before I can really compare. Thanks for the comment :)

      • In this area I disagree. I like to get wrapped up in a series of books and drawn into them. I think it is part of the wonder of a good series to feel like you know the characters, and have walked with them through their lives. Also, take Stephen King for instance. He has many, many books that have absolutely nothing to do with one another, but he may reference a work he created 20 years ago and you will have absolutely no idea what he is talking about if you have not taken the time to read his books in chronological order. I personally prefer a series of books to a stand alone, and I think that is because it doesn’t feel so final when I finish a book. I know there will be more to come and I can find out more about the characters I have become attached to.

        Also, while I did not agree with many of your comments, I have to apologize for the crazed portion of Anne’s fans out there. Many were just down-right rude (and that is putting it lightly). People can’t stand when an opinion differs from that of their own! Also, while I would never destroy one of my personal books, I can see creating a useful or pretty craft out of a book that will more than likely end up in a dumpster outside of the thrift store because of its state of decomposition. It is actually a great idea and would make an interesting background. I am now thinking about creating some interesting picture matting for some miniature twilight posters my daughter has! Thanks for the idea!

        One final note. Thank you for not stooping to the same level of some of these irate people, and making your replies in a mature and respectful manner, even though some of these people do not deserve it!

      • Yes! I love Terry Pratchett books. They are very well done. Each book can be read alone since the events in each book involve the same place and same people but there is no real time line in which his books must be read and the plots are completely independent from each other. Piers Anthony’s books are great in the same way. Neither of those authors rehash past books every single time. Robert Aspirin’s MythAdventures series is also very well written; each book stands alone and gives just enough information to make the past understandable but not boring. I read some of Anne Rice’s books as a teenager and found some better than others. I liked the Witch books. All of her books were a bit creepy at times when it came to sexual relationships. I read her Sleeping Beauty series as an adult. It was a bit rapey.

  8. My dear:
    Even if you dont like a book i dont get why you have to destroy it, Nazi memories perhaps? What you may dont get it is that a vampire is different from one another and a vampire drink less blood when he or she become more powerfull specially after the fight with Akasha, You even read the entire saga? You say is the second novel so i think no is the answer, anyway an interesting way to ask for atention to you and your blog.

    • The book was dying anyway, it would have been thrown away if I’d given it to a charity shop and I clearly underestimated the offense people would take. Relating it to Nazi’s is incredibly disrespectful to what people went through during WW2, including my own family so please don’t throw that around. Thanks for the comment.

      • I feel I must reply to the comments here, both regarding Nazi’s and intellect. Calling someone a Nazi, even through the drawing of an inference, is an insult. It’s a go to response to someone you don’t like based on nothing but spite. It’s especially vile because of the very real tragic effect the Nazi’s had on the world and to people. FYI, they burned entire libraries of books, not just destroyed one copy.

        As for needing intellect to ‘get’ Anne Rice, I’m sorry, but no. Just…no. I have read quite a few books by her and whilst I enjoyed the first three vampire novels, I could see they were slowly becoming something trite and without substance. While I think I remember reading Pandora with ease, it was not very memorable. As for the Witches books, please. Intellectual these books are not and again, another thinly veiled insult on another, just because you don’t agree with their opinion. I have read thousands of books of all types. There’s very little that’s intellectual about four page descriptions of flowers.

        Ironically, Hitch-hikers is used in an attempt to throw up a ‘lowbrow’ series. Douglas Adams was highly intellectual man and his novels are filled with interesting ideas and riffs on science, philosophy and sociology. I can assume, therefore, that Lillybeth hasn’t read the books and is forming an opinion based on either the film or her own preconceptions. Bravo.

      • Fair enough, I simply wanted to point the discrepancies I read in this particular post. My main issue was with the Nazi comment, as anyone with any knowledge of both history and social interactions should know how potentially inflammatory and offensive it can be.

        As for the intellectual side of things, it’s just bringing a discussion low, which frankly, most Anne Rice fans seem happy to do. If you read the blog, there are no personal insults there, just a passionate criticism of the book, and yet she has been accused of something akin to baby murder. Look at the sort of comments she’s receiving from those who accuse her of vitriol. So, she is not entitled to her opinion, yet it’s OK to insult someone personally because of that opinion? Is there no end to the irony?

        I understand the compulsion to defend something you love, but people need to not mistake an opposing opinion for a personal insult.

        Intellectualism isn’t about flowery language and long drawn out passages about flowers and what people are wearing, it’s discussion of ideas, philosophy, science, politics, social concerns, new information etc. (similar to what we’re doing here, without recourse to personal attacks) and I think both Hitch-hikers and the Discworld do this in spades.

        Peace out :-)

    • Godwin’s Law. You lose the argument automatically. Take your umbrage and go back to whatever rock you crawled under.

    • False equivalence – turning an already falling apart book into an art project is not an effort to stamp out literature. It’s an Ann Rice book to boot, barely even literature.

  9. My dear:
    Even if you dont like a book i dont get why you have to destroy it, Nazi memories perhaps? What you may dont get it is that a vampire is different from one another and a vampire drink less blood when he or she become more powerfull specially after the fight with Akasha, You even read the entire saga? You say is the second novel so i think no is the answer, anyway an interesting way to ask for atention to you and your blog.

    • The book was dying anyway, it would have been thrown away if I’d given it to a charity shop and I clearly underestimated the offense people would take. Relating it to Nazi’s is incredibly disrespectful to what people went through during WW2, including my own family so please don’t throw that around. Thanks for the comment.

      • It’s merely stating that destroying books is one of the things Nazis did, why get so personal? I respected your apology for offence caused, but that is yet another petty, attention-seeking remark. Did anyone refer to the other horrors the Nazis did? No. Therefore your response is irrelevant.

          • It wasn’t an insult, it was a fact. Also I’ve been reading this whole thread with interest, and the only books you’ve referred to as being good are terry Pratchett and red dwarf, while good books, they don’t take much to read, and you don’t really need any intellect to follow them, which you do need for Anne Rice. Maybe the problem, apart from having started at a middle point is a lack of intellect. Pandora was the first Anne Rice book I ever read, and though starting towards the end can be difficult, it still lured me in. If you’re looking for something that matches up to the red dwarf series why not just stick to the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy?

      • I feel I must reply to the comments here, both regarding Nazi’s and intellect. Calling someone a Nazi, even through the drawing of an inference, is an insult. It’s a go to response to someone you don’t like based on nothing but spite. It’s especially vile because of the very real tragic effect the Nazi’s had on the world and to people. FYI, they burned entire libraries of books, not just destroyed one copy.

        As for needing intellect to ‘get’ Anne Rice, I’m sorry, but no. Just…no. I have read quite a few books by her and whilst I enjoyed the first three vampire novels, I could see they were slowly becoming something trite and without substance. While I think I remember reading Pandora with ease, it was not very memorable. As for the Witches books, please. Intellectual these books are not and again, another thinly veiled insult on another, just because you don’t agree with their opinion. I have read thousands of books of all types. There’s very little that’s intellectual about four page descriptions of flowers.

        Ironically, Hitch-hikers is used in an attempt to throw up a ‘lowbrow’ series. Douglas Adams was highly intellectual man and his novels are filled with interesting ideas and riffs on science, philosophy and sociology. I can assume, therefore, that Lillybeth hasn’t read the books and is forming an opinion based on either the film or her own preconceptions. Bravo.

        • Actually I love hitchhikers :) and also I already apologised to writer of blog for jumping on it like a rabid dog, lmao

      • Fair enough, I simply wanted to point the discrepancies I read in this particular post. My main issue was with the Nazi comment, as anyone with any knowledge of both history and social interactions should know how potentially inflammatory and offensive it can be.

        As for the intellectual side of things, it’s just bringing a discussion low, which frankly, most Anne Rice fans seem happy to do. If you read the blog, there are no personal insults there, just a passionate criticism of the book, and yet she has been accused of something akin to baby murder. Look at the sort of comments she’s receiving from those who accuse her of vitriol. So, she is not entitled to her opinion, yet it’s OK to insult someone personally because of that opinion? Is there no end to the irony?

        I understand the compulsion to defend something you love, but people need to not mistake an opposing opinion for a personal insult.

        Intellectualism isn’t about flowery language and long drawn out passages about flowers and what people are wearing, it’s discussion of ideas, philosophy, science, politics, social concerns, new information etc. (similar to what we’re doing here, without recourse to personal attacks) and I think both Hitch-hikers and the Discworld do this in spades.

        Peace out :-)

      • How many Christians have held book burning events for things like Harry Potter? A series that I find to be far more entertaining than just about anything Rice has written. You seriously need to get over it.

      • Dear WINOSANDBAR,

        After hearing about the hulabaloo this blog post incited, I decided to distract myself from actual work and read it & its comments. I just wanted to tell you that your contribution has made me actually LOL. Well done!

    • Godwin’s Law. You lose the argument automatically. Take your umbrage and go back to whatever rock you crawled under.

    • Yes, it’s just like the Nazi’s, except its not. My dear, much of my family perished in Nazi concentration camps. Comparing using Anne Rice’s book as an art project to the Nazi’s book burning is vile. In fact, your trying to shut this blogger down is a lot more in line with the repressive nature of the Nazi regime than her expressing an opinion. Maybe you should do a little reading of something other than vampire novels before you make comparisons to history that you know nothing about.

    • False equivalence – turning an already falling apart book into an art project is not an effort to stamp out literature. It’s an Ann Rice book to boot, barely even literature.

  10. “Perhaps Anne Rice felt she didn’t want to go over common themes that she’d visited in previous vampire stories”. I’m glad you’ve considered this possibility. I’m not a big fan of Pandora the novel, either, but please don’t give up on the author. The first few chronicles are everything Pandora isn’t- engaging explorations of vampirism, evil, and immortality, with well drawn characters that the reader can not only care about, but love.

  11. “Perhaps Anne Rice felt she didn’t want to go over common themes that she’d visited in previous vampire stories”. I’m glad you’ve considered this possibility. I’m not a big fan of Pandora the novel, either, but please don’t give up on the author. The first few chronicles are everything Pandora isn’t- engaging explorations of vampirism, evil, and immortality, with well drawn characters that the reader can not only care about, but love.

    • Thanks for the advice, I really didn’t realise how far into the chronicle it was until I look after I’d finished. I’ll check out some of her earlier works and thanks for the comment :)

      • I came upon Miss Rice by happy accident and fell in love with her descriptive style as at the time I needed the escape. I enjoyed her writing so much I went to the library for an accurate list of her intire works; to insure the correct order of consumption. ( I tend to be a binge reader.) This was about 18yrs ago and when waiting on her new novels I discovered her early works and was agin enraptured within whr uncanney ability to transport me beyond so completely. Ther is so much information givin and such thorough maticulate detail that without this prior arsonal of information it is understandable you were left wanting after your read. Do not disparage; for as you have seen, though quick to defend our author you may find if you would but read her in depth from Interview With a Vampire forward , that you too would feel protective. Just “my opinion”. Oh’ I nearly forgot; have you ever read McCafferty and her Dragon Riders of Pern series? Agin though it is more binnificial to go in order just like Edger Rice Burroughs Tarzan series which I also would recommend. Even if not to your taste I guess it takes all kinds. You have just gotten more information out of me with your silliness than I have been compelled to share in a very long time in the defense of Anne. Well done. People must understand your actions have nothing to do with them and stop taking it so personally. Read & write on!

          • yes, actually. Anne didn’t just write the Vampire Chronicles. She also wrote the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, a very erotic trilogy about the famed Princess’ fate after being woken up. Also, there are the Mayfair Witches Chronicles. Those I consumed one after another like lightning!! Anne Rice is more diverse than you’d believe, and after reading through the thread of comments I’m surprised no one would mention these. Good luck, and best wishes… P.S. I loved the decopatch! What did you use the container for?

          • I’m surprised you didn’t like The Vampire Lestat. If you didn’t then I doubt you will like any of the books in the series. Personally, I loved Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat. After that, I think the series went downhill.

        • If you don’t like vampire stories (which I see you said is the case) you might try one of her historical dramas, “Cry to Heaven” or “Feast of All Saints”… “Feast of All Saints” was definitely more of a literary fiction and out of the gothic horror genre. I would recommend it.

          • +1 on the “Cry to Heaven” rec. Having read nearly 8 books by Rice, “Cry” is by far my favorite; “Interview” is a close second.

            I may get burned for saying this, but Rice climbed into the “insufferable egotist” category for me when she declared that she no longer needed an editor for her books in her response to the less-than-glowing Amazon reviews of “Blood Canticle.” Her post has disappeared from Amazon, but a web search of “From the Author to the Some of the Negative Voices Here, September 6, 2004″ brings up many references to her reply, and several bloggers have copied and pasted her post verbatim to their blogs.

          • Jesus, haven’t the homeless suffered enough? Aren’t prisoners supposed to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment?

            Shame on you, have you no heart?

          • Jesus, haven’t the homeless suffered enough? Aren’t prisoners supposed to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment?

            Shame on you, have you no heart?

          • Jesus, haven’t the homeless suffered enough? Aren’t prisoners supposed to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment?

            Shame on you, have you no heart?

          • Jesus, haven’t the homeless suffered enough? Aren’t prisoners supposed to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment?

            Shame on you, have you no heart?

          • The “right to judge” is not earned by reading someone’s entire collective work. For example, you are very comfortable with your “right to judge” the author of this blog, but I would bet you haven’t so much as read one other post on this blog in order to earn that right. You don’t like this blog entry, chances are you won’t read any of the other entries on this blog. The author didn’t like a book by Anne Rice, she reserves the right to not seek out any more Anne Rice books. That is the nature of putting art out into the universe. Clearly, the owner of this blog can handle the consequences while Rice has cry into her stacks of money and sick her fanbase on someone over a withering opinion on one book.

          • The “right to judge” is not earned by reading someone’s entire collective work. For example, you are very comfortable with your “right to judge” the author of this blog, but I would bet you haven’t so much as read one other post on this blog in order to earn that right. You don’t like this blog entry, chances are you won’t read any of the other entries on this blog. The author didn’t like a book by Anne Rice, she reserves the right to not seek out any more Anne Rice books. That is the nature of putting art out into the universe. Clearly, the owner of this blog can handle the consequences while Rice has cry into her stacks of money and sick her fanbase on someone over a withering opinion on one book.

          • The “right to judge” is not earned by reading someone’s entire collective work. For example, you are very comfortable with your “right to judge” the author of this blog, but I would bet you haven’t so much as read one other post on this blog in order to earn that right. You don’t like this blog entry, chances are you won’t read any of the other entries on this blog. The author didn’t like a book by Anne Rice, she reserves the right to not seek out any more Anne Rice books. That is the nature of putting art out into the universe. Clearly, the owner of this blog can handle the consequences while Rice has cry into her stacks of money and sick her fanbase on someone over a withering opinion on one book.

          • The “right to judge” is not earned by reading someone’s entire collective work. For example, you are very comfortable with your “right to judge” the author of this blog, but I would bet you haven’t so much as read one other post on this blog in order to earn that right. You don’t like this blog entry, chances are you won’t read any of the other entries on this blog. The author didn’t like a book by Anne Rice, she reserves the right to not seek out any more Anne Rice books. That is the nature of putting art out into the universe. Clearly, the owner of this blog can handle the consequences while Rice has cry into her stacks of money and sick her fanbase on someone over a withering opinion on one book.

        • If you don’t like vampire stories (which I see you said is the case) you might try one of her historical dramas, “Cry to Heaven” or “Feast of All Saints”… “Feast of All Saints” was definitely more of a literary fiction and out of the gothic horror genre. I would recommend it.

          • +1 on the “Cry to Heaven” rec. Having read nearly 8 books by Rice, “Cry” is by far my favorite; “Interview” is a close second.

            I may get burned for saying this, but Rice climbed into the “insufferable egotist” category for me when she declared that she no longer needed an editor for her books in her response to the less-than-glowing Amazon reviews of “Blood Canticle.” Her post has disappeared from Amazon, but a web search of “From the Author to the Some of the Negative Voices Here, September 6, 2004″ brings up many references to her reply, and several bloggers have copied and pasted her post verbatim to their blogs.

        • I tried reading an Anne Rice book once. I was in college and had this huge crush on this gothic girl down the hall in my dorm. I got to page 45 before I realized the girl couldn’t be awesome enough to warrant me reading such drivel.

        • I tried reading an Anne Rice book once. I was in college and had this huge crush on this gothic girl down the hall in my dorm. I got to page 45 before I realized the girl couldn’t be awesome enough to warrant me reading such drivel.

  12. This review is badly written, boring, and insists on a singular view of Anne Rice’s Pandora without citing any example from the book itself to support it. I’d really rather read real writers, like Anne Rice, than boring blogs like these.

    • I appreciate this comment. Dislike of a book does not mean that one should rip it to shreds (figuratively or literally) on the internet. This did not feel like a critique, it felt like a witch-hunt.

      • I think you’re taking this writer’s opinion just a little too personally then. I also really appreciate reviews like the author’s, because it steers me away from things I may not enjoy so I have more time to persue the things I might enjoy. Comparing one vampire series to another vampire series is no blasphemy, it’s good literary cirticism. “I read this, let me compare it to other books in the genre I have read,” is a totally valid and educated approach to reviewing a book.

    • NOTANANNERICEFAN, if Anne Rice is a real author, who are the “fake” ones? Are they on sale at Walmart?

      Anne Rice is a person who doesn’t write literature, she writes “by numbers”.

  13. This review is badly written, boring, and insists on a singular view of Anne Rice’s Pandora without citing any example from the book itself to support it. I’d really rather read real writers, like Anne Rice, than boring blogs like these.

    • I appreciate this comment. Dislike of a book does not mean that one should rip it to shreds (figuratively or literally) on the internet. This did not feel like a critique, it felt like a witch-hunt.

      • I think you’re taking this writer’s opinion just a little too personally then. I also really appreciate reviews like the author’s, because it steers me away from things I may not enjoy so I have more time to persue the things I might enjoy. Comparing one vampire series to another vampire series is no blasphemy, it’s good literary cirticism. “I read this, let me compare it to other books in the genre I have read,” is a totally valid and educated approach to reviewing a book.

    • NOTANANNERICEFAN, if Anne Rice is a real author, who are the “fake” ones? Are they on sale at Walmart?

      Anne Rice is a person who doesn’t write literature, she writes “by numbers”.

  14. Yeah reading Pandora before you have read so many of the other books, i can see why you would say all that. The truth is, that if you had read all the books in the order they should be read in, you would see that Pandora is really just fodder for us fans who want more of the universe Anne Rice has created. We as the fan readers already know most of what happens in the story of Marius and Pandora, it’s just a more complete version. Same thing with the book The Vampire Armand. We already know most of everything in it, its just a more complete version of the story of Marius and Armand. I encourage you to start from the beginning and read the books in order. Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned, Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, Blood and Gold. I then suggest you take a detour to her “Witch” series at this point as her vampire and her witch series start to converge. Next read The Witching Hour, Lasher, and Taltos. You should then go back to the vampire series with Merrick, then Blackwood Farm (her best book in my opinion) and finally Blood Canticle. Those are the main books and as you have already experienced Pandora, you could also read The Vampire Armand and Vittorio the Vampire, though it is not necessary. I also highly suggest my other two favorites which are stand alone books, The Wolf Gift and Ramses the Damned. I promise that if you read those books you will find a new and wonderful world that i think will surprise and amaze you…DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!…lol

  15. Yeah reading Pandora before you have read so many of the other books, i can see why you would say all that. The truth is, that if you had read all the books in the order they should be read in, you would see that Pandora is really just fodder for us fans who want more of the universe Anne Rice has created. We as the fan readers already know most of what happens in the story of Marius and Pandora, it’s just a more complete version. Same thing with the book The Vampire Armand. We already know most of everything in it, its just a more complete version of the story of Marius and Armand. I encourage you to start from the beginning and read the books in order. Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned, Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, Blood and Gold. I then suggest you take a detour to her “Witch” series at this point as her vampire and her witch series start to converge. Next read The Witching Hour, Lasher, and Taltos. You should then go back to the vampire series with Merrick, then Blackwood Farm (her best book in my opinion) and finally Blood Canticle. Those are the main books and as you have already experienced Pandora, you could also read The Vampire Armand and Vittorio the Vampire, though it is not necessary. I also highly suggest my other two favorites which are stand alone books, The Wolf Gift and Ramses the Damned. I promise that if you read those books you will find a new and wonderful world that i think will surprise and amaze you…DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!…lol

  16. As a “big fan” of Anne Rice, I am not at all offended by your comments and perspective. However, I do wonder which other novel of Ms. Rice’s you read or attempted to read – you talked about Interview with the Vampire but you never specified that it was the other novel of hers that you’d read. As for your question regarding why fans of Ms. Rice enjoy her writing and her work, it many ways, it’s for the exact reasons you state – Anne humanizes the vampires and witches in her novels. Instead of focusing on those things that make them less human in their “other” form(s), she writes about those things which connect her vampires to their human form (or what remains of it), both mentally and physically. This makes perfect sense to me – since all vampires were once human (as Ms. Rice interprets the vampire legend), it makes sense to me that many trappings of their humanity remain in tact, both the positive traits and the negative traits. I like and thoroughly enjoy Anne’s very human vampires – which is why I love her work. Also, just a thought – when reading a novel such as Pandora, it really helps to have known much, if not all, that came before. Marius, for example, has a lot of history that’s worth knowing before you read Pandora.

    • If you don’t like vampire stories (which I see you said is the case) you might try one of her historical dramas, “Cry to Heaven” or “Feast of All Saints”… “Feast of All Saints” was definitely more of a literary fiction and out of the gothic horror genre. I would recommend it.

      • Once again, books is series’ don’t get a pass. I have started many book series in the wrong place and still loved them. This was an example where it didn’t and I feel that is a lacking on the author.

        No, tearing up a book to decorate stuff is not akin to pissing in a font in my opinion, unless the book is unique for some reason. Books get tired, that book was falling apart so I made something from it. If I’d given it to charity shop it would have been thrown away, I know because I used to volunteer at one.

        Thanks for the comment :)

      • +1 on the “Cry to Heaven” rec. Having read nearly 8 books by Rice, “Cry” is by far my favorite; “Interview” is a close second.

        I may get burned for saying this, but Rice climbed into the “insufferable egotist” category for me when she declared that she no longer needed an editor for her books in her response to the less-than-glowing Amazon reviews of “Blood Canticle.” Her post has disappeared from Amazon, but a web search of “From the Author to the Some of the Negative Voices Here, September 6, 2004″ brings up many references to her reply, and several bloggers have copied and pasted her post verbatim to their blogs.

    • I tried reading an Anne Rice book once. I was in college and had this huge crush on this gothic girl down the hall in my dorm. I got to page 45 before I realized the girl couldn’t be awesome enough to warrant me reading such drivel.

  17. As a “big fan” of Anne Rice, I am not at all offended by your comments and perspective. However, I do wonder which other novel of Ms. Rice’s you read or attempted to read – you talked about Interview with the Vampire but you never specified that it was the other novel of hers that you’d read. As for your question regarding why fans of Ms. Rice enjoy her writing and her work, it many ways, it’s for the exact reasons you state – Anne humanizes the vampires and witches in her novels. Instead of focusing on those things that make them less human in their “other” form(s), she writes about those things which connect her vampires to their human form (or what remains of it), both mentally and physically. This makes perfect sense to me – since all vampires were once human (as Ms. Rice interprets the vampire legend), it makes sense to me that many trappings of their humanity remain in tact, both the positive traits and the negative traits. I like and thoroughly enjoy Anne’s very human vampires – which is why I love her work. Also, just a thought – when reading a novel such as Pandora, it really helps to have known much, if not all, that came before. Marius, for example, has a lot of history that’s worth knowing before you read Pandora.

      • yes, actually. Anne didn’t just write the Vampire Chronicles. She also wrote the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, a very erotic trilogy about the famed Princess’ fate after being woken up. Also, there are the Mayfair Witches Chronicles. Those I consumed one after another like lightning!! Anne Rice is more diverse than you’d believe, and after reading through the thread of comments I’m surprised no one would mention these. Good luck, and best wishes… P.S. I loved the decopatch! What did you use the container for?

      • I’m surprised you didn’t like The Vampire Lestat. If you didn’t then I doubt you will like any of the books in the series. Personally, I loved Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat. After that, I think the series went downhill.

      • If you didn’t like Vampire Lestat, I would say you probably won’t like any of her other work. No matter how many fans tell you to give her a chance, that doesn’t mean you’re going to like her. I loved the book when I read it 17 years or so ago, but I think my tastes have evolved since then and I’m not so sure it would hold up anymore. Really, I wouldn’t bother. Life is too short to read bad books. :)

      • The “Sleeping Beauty” series is not good erotica. The characters are one-dimensional; the sex scenes are by the numbers and the descriptions read like a ‘60’s sex manual. Its biggest flaw is it is incredibly misogynistic. Maybe, if you are seriously into BDSM you will like it, otherwise, do not bother.

    • If you don’t like vampire stories (which I see you said is the case) you might try one of her historical dramas, “Cry to Heaven” or “Feast of All Saints”… “Feast of All Saints” was definitely more of a literary fiction and out of the gothic horror genre. I would recommend it.

      • +1 on the “Cry to Heaven” rec. Having read nearly 8 books by Rice, “Cry” is by far my favorite; “Interview” is a close second.

        I may get burned for saying this, but Rice climbed into the “insufferable egotist” category for me when she declared that she no longer needed an editor for her books in her response to the less-than-glowing Amazon reviews of “Blood Canticle.” Her post has disappeared from Amazon, but a web search of “From the Author to the Some of the Negative Voices Here, September 6, 2004″ brings up many references to her reply, and several bloggers have copied and pasted her post verbatim to their blogs.

    • I tried reading an Anne Rice book once. I was in college and had this huge crush on this gothic girl down the hall in my dorm. I got to page 45 before I realized the girl couldn’t be awesome enough to warrant me reading such drivel.

  18. I also despised “Pandora”, and I am definitely not fond of Anne Rice’s books, but you could have given that book away or donated it to a library. Someone else would have enjoyed reading it. Destroying a book is disrespectful, uncalled for, extreme and quite distasteful for someone who is an English Literature graduate. As much as I hate her books I am aware that she is an excellent writer. She wouldn’t have such a large fan base if she was a horrible. I enjoy reading your posts on your blog, but this shows your lack of respect for books and the craft, and shows your immaturity.

    • 35% of mass market paperbacks end up in landfills in the US. I really don’t see whats so bad about using one for “found” art….

      Anne Rice fans are wound up far too tight.

    • I am going through this thread and getting weary of the “cutting up/desecrating books = immaturity” argument. Not all bibliophiles worship the physical object of a book. You can get a large number of Anne Rice books in digital format nowadays, actually, and read from a large library wherever you go. There is no social code that requires a respect for books as a physical object, there is no norm to be violated, and honestly, the fact that she read the book before using it for the purpose she bought it for shows an amount of respect for the author that frankly, the author has not returned in her response to this review. Crafting is not immature, cutting up objects that you value is not immature, recycling is not immature. Commenting on someone’s blog attacking them personally for crafting, well, an argument could be made that that is very immature.

  19. I also despised “Pandora”, and I am definitely not fond of Anne Rice’s books, but you could have given that book away or donated it to a library. Someone else would have enjoyed reading it. Destroying a book is disrespectful, uncalled for, extreme and quite distasteful for someone who is an English Literature graduate. As much as I hate her books I am aware that she is an excellent writer. She wouldn’t have such a large fan base if she was a horrible. I enjoy reading your posts on your blog, but this shows your lack of respect for books and the craft, and shows your immaturity.

    • The book was falling apart and I was being overly flippant with my writing. I really didn’t expect people to get so upset as there are so many copies out there and I used to work in a charity book shop so I knew this wasn’t likely to sell. I love book craft and I will happily chop up books I enjoy to make art of them providing I know I can get another copy :) I just like seeing text on things, which is why I made that pot. Thanks for the comment

    • 35% of mass market paperbacks end up in landfills in the US. I really don’t see whats so bad about using one for “found” art….

      Anne Rice fans are wound up far too tight.

    • I am going through this thread and getting weary of the “cutting up/desecrating books = immaturity” argument. Not all bibliophiles worship the physical object of a book. You can get a large number of Anne Rice books in digital format nowadays, actually, and read from a large library wherever you go. There is no social code that requires a respect for books as a physical object, there is no norm to be violated, and honestly, the fact that she read the book before using it for the purpose she bought it for shows an amount of respect for the author that frankly, the author has not returned in her response to this review. Crafting is not immature, cutting up objects that you value is not immature, recycling is not immature. Commenting on someone’s blog attacking them personally for crafting, well, an argument could be made that that is very immature.

    • Speaking as a librarian, most library donations end up at the book sale. Those that aren’t sold are often pulped. Since I suspect there’s no shortage of used copies of Pandora for sale, the latter fate was the most likely one.

  20. Interesting. I personally have always been fond of “Pandora” and wasn’t aware of this criticism you’ve heard about it – but, I was familiar with her and Marius from other stories before I read it, so I was already aware that her relationship with Marius did not last. They were constantly bickering and their relationship was doomed – rather than eternal marriage, they had a 200 year marriage followed by eternal divorce. It is true that Marius is obsessed but he also has a bad temper. Pandora left him, fyi.

  21. Interesting. I personally have always been fond of “Pandora” and wasn’t aware of this criticism you’ve heard about it – but, I was familiar with her and Marius from other stories before I read it, so I was already aware that her relationship with Marius did not last. They were constantly bickering and their relationship was doomed – rather than eternal marriage, they had a 200 year marriage followed by eternal divorce. It is true that Marius is obsessed but he also has a bad temper. Pandora left him, fyi.

  22. Interesting. I personally have always been fond of “Pandora” and wasn’t aware of this criticism you’ve heard about it – but, I was familiar with her and Marius from other stories before I read it, so I was already aware that her relationship with Marius did not last. They were constantly bickering and their relationship was doomed – rather than eternal marriage, they had a 200 year marriage followed by eternal divorce. It is true that Marius is obsessed but he also has a bad temper. Pandora left him, fyi.

    • Ah, that actually makes me feel relieved! I’ve not encountered them anywhere else I was wondering how their relationship played out in the other books. I guess the ending was a little dependent of that prior knowledge because I finished it assuming that were bound together for all eternity and kinda feeling bad for both of them! Thanks very much for the comment :)

  23. Interesting. I personally have always been fond of “Pandora” and wasn’t aware of this criticism you’ve heard about it – but, I was familiar with her and Marius from other stories before I read it, so I was already aware that her relationship with Marius did not last. They were constantly bickering and their relationship was doomed – rather than eternal marriage, they had a 200 year marriage followed by eternal divorce. It is true that Marius is obsessed but he also has a bad temper. Pandora left him, fyi.

    • Ah, that actually makes me feel relieved! I’ve not encountered them anywhere else I was wondering how their relationship played out in the other books. I guess the ending was a little dependent of that prior knowledge because I finished it assuming that were bound together for all eternity and kinda feeling bad for both of them! Thanks very much for the comment :)

      • You’re welcome. If you read the books in chronological order (of when they came out) first you meet Marius – he isn’t with Pandora and she isn’t even mentioned. He’s Armand’s maker and I think he’s introduced as such in the first book (Interview). Pandora doesn’t show up until later, I believe in Queen of the Damned. When she shows up, Marius is her ex, he seems like he’s totally into her, but she’s basically kind of ignoring him. So – the first books take place long after they already broke up, and all the bickering in “Pandora” shows why they broke up. Also if you read QOTD, you get the impression that Marius was pretty much always a lot more into Pandora than she was into him. “Pandora” was a stand out because Anne Rice rarely wrote any of the Vampire Chronicles from a female protagonist’s POV. They are almost all from male vampires’ viewpoints. I read some of these books 20 years ago so my memory is a little rusty.

  24. Yes, it was one of the bad novels. I am a fan of her books and have some of them in my own library. Rice has a tendency to think that every word is going to be gold, which is what happens to all celebrities at some point but that’s normal. The problem is finding a real passion for the characters like she did in “Interview”. This book didn’t have it and it was pretty terrible. There are other bad pieces in her repertoire. She is a “good” writer, but certainly not a great one. In a hundred years, she will still be around but won’t be nearly as visible. She has a bad habit of falling off right around the climax of her stories with long descriptions that leave the reader having to reread to figure out what happened (Memnoch the Devil for example). She often uses very light characters as the protagonists and stars of novels like this one that leave us really bummed out that we wasted our time. She had taken a lot more care early on with “Interview” and “Queen of the Damned”. Then she started on the Mayfair series the first of which in itself is often a muddle and kind of icky. She’s complletely abandoned the best three characters she has ever had (Lestat, Louie, and Armand). We won’t ever get a really solid series with a satsifying conclusion. The people who can’t divorce themselves from their fandom are left with “fan fiction” which is just bastardized and is of no use to true readers who need the words from the actual author. It’s like “Gone With The Wind”‘s sequel “Scarlett” which was a total failure in so many areas, that it should have killed off fan fiction devotees forever. But Star Trek kept it going and so it goes…

    Overall she has some very entertaining reads. It’s unfortunate that the movies are so bad. “Interview” doesn’t hold up as well with Tom Cruise as the lead mainly because over time people can’t see him as a character and only as Tom dressed up in costume. So his Lestat becomes weak and laughable when compared to the description in the book. It’s lacking in development and one can see how it needed less of the Hollywood blockbuster touch and more gritty realism.

    There are gems of writing. Obviously she wouldn’t have been given all the money for her books had the publishers not thought they wouldn’t be able to cash in on them. But as a study over time, she is inconsistent. Entertaining for a light read but inconsistent nonetheless.

  25. Yes, it was one of the bad novels. I am a fan of her books and have some of them in my own library. Rice has a tendency to think that every word is going to be gold, which is what happens to all celebrities at some point but that’s normal. The problem is finding a real passion for the characters like she did in “Interview”. This book didn’t have it and it was pretty terrible. There are other bad pieces in her repertoire. She is a “good” writer, but certainly not a great one. In a hundred years, she will still be around but won’t be nearly as visible. She has a bad habit of falling off right around the climax of her stories with long descriptions that leave the reader having to reread to figure out what happened (Memnoch the Devil for example). She often uses very light characters as the protagonists and stars of novels like this one that leave us really bummed out that we wasted our time. She had taken a lot more care early on with “Interview” and “Queen of the Damned”. Then she started on the Mayfair series the first of which in itself is often a muddle and kind of icky. She’s complletely abandoned the best three characters she has ever had (Lestat, Louie, and Armand). We won’t ever get a really solid series with a satsifying conclusion. The people who can’t divorce themselves from their fandom are left with “fan fiction” which is just bastardized and is of no use to true readers who need the words from the actual author. It’s like “Gone With The Wind”‘s sequel “Scarlett” which was a total failure in so many areas, that it should have killed off fan fiction devotees forever. But Star Trek kept it going and so it goes…

    Overall she has some very entertaining reads. It’s unfortunate that the movies are so bad. “Interview” doesn’t hold up as well with Tom Cruise as the lead mainly because over time people can’t see him as a character and only as Tom dressed up in costume. So his Lestat becomes weak and laughable when compared to the description in the book. It’s lacking in development and one can see how it needed less of the Hollywood blockbuster touch and more gritty realism.

    There are gems of writing. Obviously she wouldn’t have been given all the money for her books had the publishers not thought they wouldn’t be able to cash in on them. But as a study over time, she is inconsistent. Entertaining for a light read but inconsistent nonetheless.

  26. This review is garbage. If you get this emotional then you are not reviewing a book, you are having a mental breakdown. I am left wondering not what is not right about the novel by Anne Rice, but what is mentally wrong with the

    • Jesus Christ, Steven. If you are going to troll some poor woman’s blog at least have the god damn courtesy to speak in complete sentences (yes I see your dumb ass posted another comment finishing your aforementioned comment, just wanted to be the first one to point at you and laugh is all)

  27. This review is garbage. If you get this emotional then you are not reviewing a book, you are having a mental breakdown. I am left wondering not what is not right about the novel by Anne Rice, but what is mentally wrong with the

    • Jesus Christ, Steven. If you are going to troll some poor woman’s blog at least have the god damn courtesy to speak in complete sentences (yes I see your dumb ass posted another comment finishing your aforementioned comment, just wanted to be the first one to point at you and laugh is all)

  28. To judge Anne Rice as an author without reading her earlier works is, pointless. Anne Rice Fans are that because of her early works. The first three Vampire books and the Witching Hour books are what people got hooked on, and the promise of getting even little glimpses of that level of writing in other books, keeps fans coming back. I can’t even imagine reading one of her later books and looking for the genius that wrangles people into becoming devoted fans – it’s just not there.

    • So JLWELL, what you’re saying here and please correct me if I am wrong is all I have to do is write three good books and then I can write poo-poo of the keyboard for my adoring fans?

  29. To judge Anne Rice as an author without reading her earlier works is, pointless. Anne Rice Fans are that because of her early works. The first three Vampire books and the Witching Hour books are what people got hooked on, and the promise of getting even little glimpses of that level of writing in other books, keeps fans coming back. I can’t even imagine reading one of her later books and looking for the genius that wrangles people into becoming devoted fans – it’s just not there.

    • But then why write the books unless she’s happy for them to stand alone? I just can’t get my head around this. Books need to be able to work in their own right, they can’t just lean on everything that came before. I read a lot of series’ in my time and almost all can work alone or at least intrigue me enough to read those that came before, not with Pandora and I consider that a failing. Thanks for the comment.

      • I understand that this book was not of your liking, and that is okay given that it is one of Anne Rice’s weaker novels, but when you claim that it is necessary for books of series to be able to stand on their own, you also seem to be implying in that it is necessary to hold all authors of book series to this particular standard. From this review, it appears that you have judged the entire collection of literary works of Anne Rice as poorly written and transparent based on your feelings about “Pandora”. This is not the best way to tackle the review of any author who has created a series that seems to hold a large following. Take for example Tolkien, who has been celebrated as one of the greatest writers of all time. There are reviews on the internet of his books “The Children of Hurin” and “The Silmarillion” that condemn the author as a poor user of prose and as an awkward writer. Reviews like these are limited and biased due to minimal knowledge of the author’s other works and the fact that one of the purposes of these specific books (like “Pandora”) is to reward those who are fans of the series and answer specific questions about details or characters of the major books.

        In response to your overall opinion of Rice’s vampires all I can really say is that you need to read her novels. That might clear up a few things, but from what you have mentioned in the review, you also appear to have preconceived notion of what all vampire genre is supposed to include. Generalization of what vampire literature is unfortunate when writing reviews of it because you are not considering the development of vampire literature from Dracula to now and the elements and authors that influence its transformation. In Anne’s case, the vampires are not simple blood-drinkers, they are used to represent complex themes such as love and guilt, religion, redefinition of sensuality, and much more.

        Also, I understand that you did not predict that the reaction or readership of your blog to be very large and thus felt that it would be acceptable to post an amateur review, however since you have gained so much publicity because of this post it might be advisable to compose your next book review with better writing and structure.
        Your review would also be less of a target to Rice followers if you stopped playing the victim card with the edit-statement at the top of the page.

        • I think I’m going to stand by my ‘books standing alone’ opinion but accept that it’s a subjective opinion rather than a truth of literature. You’re very right about this blog post not intended for a huge audience, I’m blushing at how badly it’s structured, thanks for the comment though and the advice :)

    • So JLWELL, what you’re saying here and please correct me if I am wrong is all I have to do is write three good books and then I can write poo-poo of the keyboard for my adoring fans?

  30. Wow talk about tearing a book apart (literally and figuratively)
    You mention that the story overviews previous books, personally that would make me want to read the previous books. I have read many (unfortunately not all) of Anne Rice’s books and what you have done is jumped into the middle of a series without knowing the beginning. To write a review like that without reading the previous books is like walking into the middle of a movie and trashin

  31. Wow talk about tearing a book apart (literally and figuratively)
    You mention that the story overviews previous books, personally that would make me want to read the previous books. I have read many (unfortunately not all) of Anne Rice’s books and what you have done is jumped into the middle of a series without knowing the beginning. To write a review like that without reading the previous books is like walking into the middle of a movie and trashin

  32. LOL I hit the wrong button on my phone before I was finished. What I was trying to say is – it’s like walking into the middle of a movie Ans trashing it because you don’t know the whole story. I never respond to things like this, but the person who wrote that and showed off her “arts and crafts” made from the book needs to hear how disrespectful they are.

    • That’s fair enough, I do see how my tearing it apart could be viewed as disrespectful but I did just get my copy for 20p in a charity shop and there are plenty of other copies :) I do know that Anne Rice’s vampire world is huge and complex but I didn’t feel that there were enough hooks to make me want to read the other books, just dense parts of referencing previous books that were hard to understand, let alone pique my interest. Thanks for the comment :)

  33. LOL I hit the wrong button on my phone before I was finished. What I was trying to say is – it’s like walking into the middle of a movie Ans trashing it because you don’t know the whole story. I never respond to things like this, but the person who wrote that and showed off her “arts and crafts” made from the book needs to hear how disrespectful they are.

    • That’s fair enough, I do see how my tearing it apart could be viewed as disrespectful but I did just get my copy for 20p in a charity shop and there are plenty of other copies :) I do know that Anne Rice’s vampire world is huge and complex but I didn’t feel that there were enough hooks to make me want to read the other books, just dense parts of referencing previous books that were hard to understand, let alone pique my interest. Thanks for the comment :)

    • Um, you’re an Idiot. She didn’t read ten pages and go all apeshit tearing apart Anne Rice. She read the book and she shared her opinion and your buddy Anne Rice started acting like a little kid with a skinned knee on her Facebook page.

      Either Anne Rice has self esteem issues or she needs to learn how to have thicker skin.

      When you create something, writing, painting, music, what have you… and share it with the public you have to understand in advance that not everyone is going to love it. I mean, even Babe Ruth Struck out.

  34. LOL I hit the wrong button on my phone before I was finished. What I was trying to say is – it’s like walking into the middle of a movie Ans trashing it because you don’t know the whole story. I never respond to things like this, but the person who wrote that and showed off her “arts and crafts” made from the book needs to hear how disrespectful they are.

    • That’s fair enough, I do see how my tearing it apart could be viewed as disrespectful but I did just get my copy for 20p in a charity shop and there are plenty of other copies :) I do know that Anne Rice’s vampire world is huge and complex but I didn’t feel that there were enough hooks to make me want to read the other books, just dense parts of referencing previous books that were hard to understand, let alone pique my interest. Thanks for the comment :)

    • Um, you’re an Idiot. She didn’t read ten pages and go all apeshit tearing apart Anne Rice. She read the book and she shared her opinion and your buddy Anne Rice started acting like a little kid with a skinned knee on her Facebook page.

      Either Anne Rice has self esteem issues or she needs to learn how to have thicker skin.

      When you create something, writing, painting, music, what have you… and share it with the public you have to understand in advance that not everyone is going to love it. I mean, even Babe Ruth Struck out.

      • When you create something, writing, painting, music, what have you… and share it with the public you have to understand in advance that not everyone is going to love it. I mean, even Babe Ruth Struck out.

        As the author of this review should also understand.

  35. I truly appreciate your desire to express your opinion but you realize that you have now removed a book from the world. Some person down the road will not be able to find this at a used book store or thrift shop, you have cost future readers the pleasure of having their own opinion.

    I would also like to suggest that since you are not a vampire fan you try one of the other character types that Anne Rice writes about before you make any judgement about her writing. If you do not appreciate the subject matter it is hard to appreciate the interpretation. Do yourself a favor the next time you wish to review a book don’t start in the middle of the series and wonder why you have no passion for the subject, these characters are more developed that most ever become before the first page of the novel you selected. Would you read Pride and Prejudice from the middle?

    Might I suggest the Sleeping Beauty series if you can handle erotica. My personal favorites are the Mayfair witch series as well as The Mummy.

    • I’ll have a look into that, though I feel my point still stands. Anne Rice shouldn’t depend on my starting at the beginning of her world, all her books should interest me in it. Red Dwarf certainly did that for me and I started at the end! Thanks for the comment :)

    • You do realise that, according to the edit, this book was falling apart? No-one wants a book that’s falling apart, unless it’s incredibly rare – which a mass-market paperback isn’t. And anyone who desperately wants to read the book isn’t going to be handicapped by the destruction of this one copy; it’s available for Kindle as well as being available in the dead-tree format.

  36. I truly appreciate your desire to express your opinion but you realize that you have now removed a book from the world. Some person down the road will not be able to find this at a used book store or thrift shop, you have cost future readers the pleasure of having their own opinion.

    I would also like to suggest that since you are not a vampire fan you try one of the other character types that Anne Rice writes about before you make any judgement about her writing. If you do not appreciate the subject matter it is hard to appreciate the interpretation. Do yourself a favor the next time you wish to review a book don’t start in the middle of the series and wonder why you have no passion for the subject, these characters are more developed that most ever become before the first page of the novel you selected. Would you read Pride and Prejudice from the middle?

    Might I suggest the Sleeping Beauty series if you can handle erotica. My personal favorites are the Mayfair witch series as well as The Mummy.

    • I’ll have a look into that, though I feel my point still stands. Anne Rice shouldn’t depend on my starting at the beginning of her world, all her books should interest me in it. Red Dwarf certainly did that for me and I started at the end! Thanks for the comment :)

    • You do realise that, according to the edit, this book was falling apart? No-one wants a book that’s falling apart, unless it’s incredibly rare – which a mass-market paperback isn’t. And anyone who desperately wants to read the book isn’t going to be handicapped by the destruction of this one copy; it’s available for Kindle as well as being available in the dead-tree format.

  37. You really haven’t read enough of her books to make an opinion so harsh. Its not even constructive criticism… from one English Lit’ Grad to another – you clearly did not think this through enough. Anne Rice not only wraps around the environment, which may I add, she knows history, the details of the era are amazing; She has a way of making the reader feel like the character of the story… in depth. So you had a bad experience with a couple of books, not feeling satisfied – understandable! keep in mind it was ‘two’ books you read…there are more out there which are breathtaking, right from the beginning; a person can’t put the book down. To mention a few, ” Vittorio” & “The Vampire Armand” & “Merrick” absolutely deep and beautifully written. I mention the three books in particular because, they were the first 3 I read and was sucked in. I felt what the characters were feeling. From there on, I read all of them. Yes, I too was a little disappointed with Pandora; However, your opinion on two books does not speak of all her books. To give constructive criticism is one thing but to write maliciously is another. You did not only attack the book, you attacked the writer, I quote “So, It Turns Out I Was Wrong About Anne Rice.” It’s a poor ethic to have really, as one who likes to write herself. Stick with constructive criticism of a book if you expect any form of respect at all. I am confident with your style, you can do that. ~Cordially

    • I’m happy to read more, I know I’ve been wrong in the past (my previous blog on Terry Pratchett demonstrates that) so I’ll probably do that. I don’t think Anne Rice knows that much about history, though clearly she has done a level of research. She talks about vomitariums though, which never existed as places to … ahem… empty your stomach to carry on eating. And the Greeks in the story being happy to be slaves? Seems kinda…. rose tinted to say the least. I’m sorry if you felt I was too harsh, I was trying to be lighthearted and I seem to have upset rather a lot of fans! Thanks for the comment

    • So let me get this straight… before someone can have an opinion on single, stand alone novel… you have to read all the authors others works before forming an opinion of the first novel?

      I think Truman Capote just rolled over in his grave.

  38. You really haven’t read enough of her books to make an opinion so harsh. Its not even constructive criticism… from one English Lit’ Grad to another – you clearly did not think this through enough. Anne Rice not only wraps around the environment, which may I add, she knows history, the details of the era are amazing; She has a way of making the reader feel like the character of the story… in depth. So you had a bad experience with a couple of books, not feeling satisfied – understandable! keep in mind it was ‘two’ books you read…there are more out there which are breathtaking, right from the beginning; a person can’t put the book down. To mention a few, ” Vittorio” & “The Vampire Armand” & “Merrick” absolutely deep and beautifully written. I mention the three books in particular because, they were the first 3 I read and was sucked in. I felt what the characters were feeling. From there on, I read all of them. Yes, I too was a little disappointed with Pandora; However, your opinion on two books does not speak of all her books. To give constructive criticism is one thing but to write maliciously is another. You did not only attack the book, you attacked the writer, I quote “So, It Turns Out I Was Wrong About Anne Rice.” It’s a poor ethic to have really, as one who likes to write herself. Stick with constructive criticism of a book if you expect any form of respect at all. I am confident with your style, you can do that. ~Cordially

  39. You really haven’t read enough of her books to make an opinion so harsh. Its not even constructive criticism… from one English Lit’ Grad to another – you clearly did not think this through enough. Anne Rice not only wraps around the environment, which may I add, she knows history, the details of the era are amazing; She has a way of making the reader feel like the character of the story… in depth. So you had a bad experience with a couple of books, not feeling satisfied – understandable! keep in mind it was ‘two’ books you read…there are more out there which are breathtaking, right from the beginning; a person can’t put the book down. To mention a few, ” Vittorio” & “The Vampire Armand” & “Merrick” absolutely deep and beautifully written. I mention the three books in particular because, they were the first 3 I read and was sucked in. I felt what the characters were feeling. From there on, I read all of them. Yes, I too was a little disappointed with Pandora; However, your opinion on two books does not speak of all her books. To give constructive criticism is one thing but to write maliciously is another. You did not only attack the book, you attacked the writer, I quote “So, It Turns Out I Was Wrong About Anne Rice.” It’s a poor ethic to have really, as one who likes to write herself. Stick with constructive criticism of a book if you expect any form of respect at all. I am confident with your style, you can do that. ~Cordially

    • I’m happy to read more, I know I’ve been wrong in the past (my previous blog on Terry Pratchett demonstrates that) so I’ll probably do that. I don’t think Anne Rice knows that much about history, though clearly she has done a level of research. She talks about vomitariums though, which never existed as places to … ahem… empty your stomach to carry on eating. And the Greeks in the story being happy to be slaves? Seems kinda…. rose tinted to say the least. I’m sorry if you felt I was too harsh, I was trying to be lighthearted and I seem to have upset rather a lot of fans! Thanks for the comment

    • I too am an English Lit graduate and I think there is a marked decline in quality in Rice’s work. You can hardly compare the silly, silly book that was Blood Canticle with Interview With the Vampire, for example. Taking ten pages to describe a room does not a great author make.

    • So let me get this straight… before someone can have an opinion on single, stand alone novel… you have to read all the authors others works before forming an opinion of the first novel?

      I think Truman Capote just rolled over in his grave.

  40. I have read the entire vanpire collection, and honestly I don’t even remember pandora. Its been so long that titles are escaping me, but if you do some research I’m sure you can find them : there are a few books that are very interesting, one telks you the story of the beginning of vampires, of how it came about and I loved it, it may have been queen of the damned ( please under no circumstances EVER watch that movie), another tells of Lestat meeting the devil, and him trying to convince Lestat that he is not a bad guy at all, it speaks of his disent from heaven and huminizes him. He is trying to get lestat to take his job, it is actually my favorite and I highly recommend it, I believe it was memnoch the devil b. Please google, ( it’s late and I’m a mother and I’m too tired to think lol) lastly, the vampire armond tells how he became a vampire, and has interesting historical references and uncommon sexual themes that I had never encountered previously without being offend. It really made me more open minded, because in that time period it was exceptable. Granted I was a teenager, so who knows if they would still pull me in like they did then, but I urge you to look those up and keep trying. And honestly interview with the vampire was pretty damn good, its sad. But good. Good luck, I do hope you consider taking my advice and that you
    find one you enjoy

  41. I have read the entire vanpire collection, and honestly I don’t even remember pandora. Its been so long that titles are escaping me, but if you do some research I’m sure you can find them : there are a few books that are very interesting, one telks you the story of the beginning of vampires, of how it came about and I loved it, it may have been queen of the damned ( please under no circumstances EVER watch that movie), another tells of Lestat meeting the devil, and him trying to convince Lestat that he is not a bad guy at all, it speaks of his disent from heaven and huminizes him. He is trying to get lestat to take his job, it is actually my favorite and I highly recommend it, I believe it was memnoch the devil b. Please google, ( it’s late and I’m a mother and I’m too tired to think lol) lastly, the vampire armond tells how he became a vampire, and has interesting historical references and uncommon sexual themes that I had never encountered previously without being offend. It really made me more open minded, because in that time period it was exceptable. Granted I was a teenager, so who knows if they would still pull me in like they did then, but I urge you to look those up and keep trying. And honestly interview with the vampire was pretty damn good, its sad. But good. Good luck, I do hope you consider taking my advice and that you
    find one you enjoy

  42. “Anne Rice felt she didn’t want to go over common themes that she’d visited in previous vampire stories”

    And because you were too lazy in your ‘goth’ youth to actually dig in to the author that effectively *made* modern vampires, nor start at the beginning at an older age, you desecrate a book. Well done.

    Since it’s still better than Twilight in your opinion though, I’m curious if you desecrated those books as well (which I could care less about actually). If so, then by all means, I’m glad that at least the paper isn’t completely wasted on you.

    • Anne Rice did no such thing! She made her vampires which are not very different from the movie ones. (And when did Goth start having anything to do with vampires? I’m showing my age here, aren’t I?) And if you’ve read her erotica and her porn, you really can see what she’s getting at in the vampire books and it’s not about vampirism as done by anyone else. So if you like BDSM vampires, go for it! Anne Rice is your woman! But I think you may want to start with Interview, as far as I can tell that’s the one non-fans say is actually interesting.

      And in order to desecrate something it has to be sacred. Books are not sacred. Some of us are terribly fond of them and have trouble watching them taken apart, but sacred? No. Also mass market paperbacks have been ‘returned’ to the publisher by stripping them, forever. It’s less done now, I believe, but that’s how it used to be done. Stripping is stripping off the cover, sending the cover back and throwing away the cover-less book. That’s why you get notices to not buy a book without a cover.

  43. “Anne Rice felt she didn’t want to go over common themes that she’d visited in previous vampire stories”

    And because you were too lazy in your ‘goth’ youth to actually dig in to the author that effectively *made* modern vampires, nor start at the beginning at an older age, you desecrate a book. Well done.

    Since it’s still better than Twilight in your opinion though, I’m curious if you desecrated those books as well (which I could care less about actually). If so, then by all means, I’m glad that at least the paper isn’t completely wasted on you.

  44. “Anne Rice felt she didn’t want to go over common themes that she’d visited in previous vampire stories”

    And because you were too lazy in your ‘goth’ youth to actually dig in to the author that effectively *made* modern vampires, nor start at the beginning at an older age, you desecrate a book. Well done.

    Since it’s still better than Twilight in your opinion though, I’m curious if you desecrated those books as well (which I could care less about actually). If so, then by all means, I’m glad that at least the paper isn’t completely wasted on you.

    • Anne Rice did no such thing! She made her vampires which are not very different from the movie ones. (And when did Goth start having anything to do with vampires? I’m showing my age here, aren’t I?) And if you’ve read her erotica and her porn, you really can see what she’s getting at in the vampire books and it’s not about vampirism as done by anyone else. So if you like BDSM vampires, go for it! Anne Rice is your woman! But I think you may want to start with Interview, as far as I can tell that’s the one non-fans say is actually interesting.

      And in order to desecrate something it has to be sacred. Books are not sacred. Some of us are terribly fond of them and have trouble watching them taken apart, but sacred? No. Also mass market paperbacks have been ‘returned’ to the publisher by stripping them, forever. It’s less done now, I believe, but that’s how it used to be done. Stripping is stripping off the cover, sending the cover back and throwing away the cover-less book. That’s why you get notices to not buy a book without a cover.

  45. Anne’s novels are amazing. She goes to great creative lengths to tell the stories of each of her characters lives. For one, you can’t start reading the Vampire Chronicles with a book in the middle. To understand the story in its entirety you must begin with book one…. Each book is a continuation of the last. The series is the story as a whole. So you bashing her after reading one book, that you couldn’t have understood due to not reading any of the ones that came before it makes your opinion obsolete. Don’t judge an amazing author if you do not have the proof to back it up. As for the defacing of the book, that just shows your immaturity…. You could have donated it to a shelter or even a correctional facility…next time you feel the need to insult a world renowned author….make sure you have read enough of their work to have the right to judge.

    • Jesus, haven’t the homeless suffered enough? Aren’t prisoners supposed to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment?

      Shame on you, have you no heart?

    • The “right to judge” is not earned by reading someone’s entire collective work. For example, you are very comfortable with your “right to judge” the author of this blog, but I would bet you haven’t so much as read one other post on this blog in order to earn that right. You don’t like this blog entry, chances are you won’t read any of the other entries on this blog. The author didn’t like a book by Anne Rice, she reserves the right to not seek out any more Anne Rice books. That is the nature of putting art out into the universe. Clearly, the owner of this blog can handle the consequences while Rice has cry into her stacks of money and sick her fanbase on someone over a withering opinion on one book.

  46. Anne’s novels are amazing. She goes to great creative lengths to tell the stories of each of her characters lives. For one, you can’t start reading the Vampire Chronicles with a book in the middle. To understand the story in its entirety you must begin with book one…. Each book is a continuation of the last. The series is the story as a whole. So you bashing her after reading one book, that you couldn’t have understood due to not reading any of the ones that came before it makes your opinion obsolete. Don’t judge an amazing author if you do not have the proof to back it up. As for the defacing of the book, that just shows your immaturity…. You could have donated it to a shelter or even a correctional facility…next time you feel the need to insult a world renowned author….make sure you have read enough of their work to have the right to judge.

    • Jesus, haven’t the homeless suffered enough? Aren’t prisoners supposed to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment?

      Shame on you, have you no heart?

    • The “right to judge” is not earned by reading someone’s entire collective work. For example, you are very comfortable with your “right to judge” the author of this blog, but I would bet you haven’t so much as read one other post on this blog in order to earn that right. You don’t like this blog entry, chances are you won’t read any of the other entries on this blog. The author didn’t like a book by Anne Rice, she reserves the right to not seek out any more Anne Rice books. That is the nature of putting art out into the universe. Clearly, the owner of this blog can handle the consequences while Rice has cry into her stacks of money and sick her fanbase on someone over a withering opinion on one book.

  47. Not liking a book and writing your opinion on it? That’s all good and well. Trashing the author? Not even remotely okay. Keep the criticism of the book objective and pertinent to it. No need to bring in the writer in a personal manner.

    I cannot help but wonder why you read this one if you knew it was part of a larger, encompassing story arc. Yet you seem upset that she made “unexplained” references to things mentioned in other books of the Vampire Chronicles; that is what the other books are for. Most people when embarking on reading a series generally start at the beginning. If you want to know what Anne Rice is referring to, read the other books first! It would be like if someone started reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and was confused by references to Harry’s dead parents and being “The Boy Who Lived.” That is common sense to most people, but what can we expect from someone who ritualistically destroys a book because they lack a not-fully formed opinion of the author and her other works? Methinks that you are merely trying to be contrary to popular opinion, and in Anne Rice’s case she deserves her popularity. The woman is a gifted and successful writer, one who has sold many copies of her work.

    Read a few more of her books to get a fully-matured opinion, then review it.

    P.S. Put away the scalpel knife. I know you did not like the book but that sort of desecration is akin to someone pissing in a baptismal font.

  48. Not liking a book and writing your opinion on it? That’s all good and well. Trashing the author? Not even remotely okay. Keep the criticism of the book objective and pertinent to it. No need to bring in the writer in a personal manner.

    I cannot help but wonder why you read this one if you knew it was part of a larger, encompassing story arc. Yet you seem upset that she made “unexplained” references to things mentioned in other books of the Vampire Chronicles; that is what the other books are for. Most people when embarking on reading a series generally start at the beginning. If you want to know what Anne Rice is referring to, read the other books first! It would be like if someone started reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and was confused by references to Harry’s dead parents and being “The Boy Who Lived.” That is common sense to most people, but what can we expect from someone who ritualistically destroys a book because they lack a not-fully formed opinion of the author and her other works? Methinks that you are merely trying to be contrary to popular opinion, and in Anne Rice’s case she deserves her popularity. The woman is a gifted and successful writer, one who has sold many copies of her work.

    Read a few more of her books to get a fully-matured opinion, then review it.

    P.S. Put away the scalpel knife. I know you did not like the book but that sort of desecration is akin to someone pissing in a baptismal font.

    • Once again, books is series’ don’t get a pass. I have started many book series in the wrong place and still loved them. This was an example where it didn’t and I feel that is a lacking on the author.

      No, tearing up a book to decorate stuff is not akin to pissing in a font in my opinion, unless the book is unique for some reason. Books get tired, that book was falling apart so I made something from it. If I’d given it to charity shop it would have been thrown away, I know because I used to volunteer at one.

      Thanks for the comment :)

      • Okay so I’m pretty sure someone will think I’m nuts for part, it not all of what I’m going to say….

        You’re right, This is one of the weaker ones in her series and doesn’t work well as a stand-alone…HOWEVER, I will say, if you decide to give her earlier work a go, you will find that because they are stronger, it is not necessary to read them in series – I didn’t. I’m from a country where you came across her books few and far between. Therefore I read them as I got them and though I am an avid fan of Ms Rice, I will not lie and say that all of her books are amazing, the latter books in the new chronicles didn’t have the same spark….maybe it’s a refection of things in her life at that time, I dunno….it just wasn’t the same….but how can we expect every book to be a gem to everyone???

        Also, while I hold books most sacred, I think the fact that you gave it a ‘new life’ is pretty cool. You bought a second-hand book that someone else didn’t want, read it…tired to love it…didn’t, but turned it into something you would at the very least like. kudos to you for doing that. What would they are preferred you do? Chuck it? Burn it? You up-cycled it. I bet if you hadn’t blogged about not liking the book and posted the stuff you made out of the pages on etsy folks would be all “OMG so cool!!” “Shut up! Take my money!”

        All this hate is literally spawned from the fact that you are expressing your own fucking opinion.

        I must say this though – comparing Rice to Meyer….NO! ….just…NO! Vampires don’t sparkle…that was the worst attempt at reinventing the vampire….EVER.

  49. Ahhhhh there is nothing like the irony of the blogger aka wannabe writer criticizing the work of a successful published author… you say that you think that Anne Rice was very fortunate that the internet was not widespread when she was popular? I say that you are very fortunate that the internet exists at all as where else would you get the opportunity to post your thoughts and flawed opinions? Certainly no one would ever pay a cent to read your writings :)

    • So where did you get published, Steve? Oh wait… on a blog. Airing your own flawed opinion on someone else’s flawed opinion. Logic bomb in Aisle Five!

  50. Ahhhhh there is nothing like the irony of the blogger aka wannabe writer criticizing the work of a successful published author… you say that you think that Anne Rice was very fortunate that the internet was not widespread when she was popular? I say that you are very fortunate that the internet exists at all as where else would you get the opportunity to post your thoughts and flawed opinions? Certainly no one would ever pay a cent to read your writings :)

      • Anne Rice has a track record of being hypersensitive about criticism of her work – arguing with reviewers etc. For an example of what I mean Google the words “interrogating this text from the wrong perspective”.

        Unleashing the ravening fans on you is unprofessional but, sadly, entirely in character.

        I loved “Interview”, liked the first half of TVL, then dragged myself to the end of QotD before giving up hope that it would improve again. Much the same problem that you identified: it turned into hagiography about Lestat. But if you want something about actual vampires who drink blood and kill people, and you haven’t been completely turned off AR by this incident, I recommend reading “Interview” and telling yourself there were no sequels.

    • So where did you get published, Steve? Oh wait… on a blog. Airing your own flawed opinion on someone else’s flawed opinion. Logic bomb in Aisle Five!

  51. You cant really judge an author by just one book or two. Different books are written in different ways. You cant say she isn’t good at writing just because of one simple book. That would be like saying J.K.Rowling is the best author because of Harry Potter series, that would be judging an author without reading their other works.

  52. You cant really judge an author by just one book or two. Different books are written in different ways. You cant say she isn’t good at writing just because of one simple book. That would be like saying J.K.Rowling is the best author because of Harry Potter series, that would be judging an author without reading their other works.

  53. You cant really judge an author by just one book or two. Different books are written in different ways. You cant say she isn’t good at writing just because of one simple book. That would be like saying J.K.Rowling is the best author because of Harry Potter series, that would be judging an author without reading their other works.

  54. You cant really judge an author by just one book or two. Different books are written in different ways. You cant say she isn’t good at writing just because of one simple book. That would be like saying J.K.Rowling is the best author because of Harry Potter series, that would be judging an author without reading their other works.

    • But the issue is that I didn’t really WANT to read the other books. Even if it’s towards the end of a series then the author still needs to make it able to stand up alone. Look at The Babysitter Club books, I used to hate how every character is introduced in EVERY BOOK but that made it very accessible. I know that it would be dull and tedious to read a lot about the actions and feelings of being a vampire in every book but by leaving that out I kinda feel like it made the story less dynamic and interesting. Red Dwarf is a great example of a series of books where any of them make you want to read more, and I started at the end. Thanks for the comment :)

      • To reply in regard to Anne Rice sending her fans here: Yes she posted the blog article location, but she in no way asked anyone to make a comment here whatsoever. I don’t know if she initially found the blog. Many things she posts are originally sent to her by others. All she asked was for people to state how they felt, not here but in FB. At no time did she say make comments one way or another to you directly. Some of us chose to do so. Personally I like the Witching Hour books the best. I didn’t like the way you did your review. No one needs to make a personal attack directed at the author when doing a review. You didn’t like it fine. I am sure she is aware that there will be people who will not like this book. For me it was the way you went about it. I’m sure if I did that in regard to any well known author I would get reactions as well.

        • I completely disagree with this analysis of this review. This review is written in a style very common to modern reviews, which understands that the reader is automatically biased and that there is no true objectivity in literature. It’s also a fairly good example of new-critical approaches in the way that it expects each book written by this author to stand on its own rather than believe she needs to read the author’s entire work or know the author personally to understand the book itself.

          Your claim of maliciousness in this post makes me feel that the only person who is lacking the neccesary objectivity is you. The author of this post puts up a very common approach to analyzing a peice of art, which is to compare it to another peice of art they are familiar with within the same genre. She has entirely suceeded in doing that, and if you were looking for direct and attributed citations from the text, well, to be blunt, you probably shouldn’t have wandered away from JSTOR. She is not disagreeing with the crowd to disagree, she even says she fully expected to enjoy this book, and was dissapointed when she didn’t. She was even respectful enough to articulate the various reasons why she might not have enjoyed this book, and cast doubt on her own opinion by explaining her lack of perspective on the series.

        • I do agree with part of that quote you post about taste in books coming from what you enjoy and not what you detest. But in my experience, it’s not really what they like or don’t like that matters; it’s the why that matters. What makes something appealing or not? What makes you turn the page or makes you quit reading before the end? The blogger shared her why. She was respectful, mentioned something that she later received clarity on (the fact it was in a series, the fact the series isn’t numbered and possible reasons for and against numbering books in a series). But critiquing her critiquing style on a personal blog and only-slightly-indirectly questioning her education? That makes you sound pompous.

      • While I am not happy with your review of Anne Rice’s Pandora, I cannot completely disagree with your point that a book needs to stand alone.

        Being an Anne Rice fan since the age of nine (almost 20 years ago – oh how time flies by!), I have since then fallen in love with her evocative, and at most times, erotic form of writing, whether it was her vampire/witch series, her orphan books, or her Sleeping Beauty series.

        I first read The Vampire Lestat, and it was the story and evolution of Lestat that lured me into the vampire-verse. I liked Interview just as much, and Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Armand just a little bit less.

        I have just read Pandora about a year ago, and I don’t know if it was just the time that passed since my last Rice book or the scarcity of time I have left since taking on a full time job that has led me to finish just less than half of the book. I honestly had to drag myself through the first five chapters by telling myself “This is part of the story, therefore I must like this book.” But I just couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it still had all the aspects of the other books that I liked: the style of writing, the pacing, the deeply written characters, but to me there was something missing. A spark that I used to have with her other books.

        I can honestly say that if I had been introduced to Pandora before TVL, I might have had second thoughts about the whole series, only because I find Lestat to be a more engaging (and deliciously seductive) character. But my personal taste would have still allowed me to find time to read her other works.

        On a different note, her standalone novel, Belinda, is also good. Nothing to do at all with any of her other books. Violin is another that I really liked.

        In response to people calling Anne Rice “hypersensitive”, it must be known that most of the time, reviews, whether good or bad, are sent to her by other readers. She posts them all and asks for her followers’ opinions. As an author managing a Facebook page, it is important to always keep things interactive to not lose interest (but the discussion of Facebook’s questionable advertising methods should be discussed in a different thread). As most tech-savvy people know, as simple comment or question on the internet can be interpreted into so many things. It just so happened that Ms. Rice has a lot of rabidly loyal readers that take negatives to the extreme. If she had only posted raving reviews on her page, I bet she would be labelled “overly Narcissistic” by now. This goes for any other author on the planet.

        I don’t know if you are a fan of fantasy Miss Articulate, but I would like to point out “The Belgariad” by David and Leigh Eddings (a five book series) as a personal choice for a series that does not exactly have standalone books, but reading them out of order still made me want to read more. Also, I would say The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. While I did not rave over every book, most of them still made me want to finish each and start another if just for closure of certain points.

        This publicity for MA should die down in a week or two. But at least you’ve opened up a whole new number of possible readers (beyond this topic) because of this post. :)

  55. I have this book and the whole point of the book is to tell Pandora’s story, the means suprisely all aspects of her life. The boring everyday things. Instead of cutting it up like you did, why didn’t you just give back to the charity store as a donation? Instead of cutting it up like a child who was upset.

    • I wasn’t upset, or rather, that wasn’t the reason I chopped it up. I intend to do this with a lot of books, including ones I enjoy (providing they’re not out of print). Books get tired out and that copy already had pages falling out.

  56. I have this book and the whole point of the book is to tell Pandora’s story, the means suprisely all aspects of her life. The boring everyday things. Instead of cutting it up like you did, why didn’t you just give back to the charity store as a donation? Instead of cutting it up like a child who was upset.

    • I wasn’t upset, or rather, that wasn’t the reason I chopped it up. I intend to do this with a lot of books, including ones I enjoy (providing they’re not out of print). Books get tired out and that copy already had pages falling out.

  57. Interview with the Vampire is the first novel in the series. It’s themes and characters have been replicated in countless movies, TV shows, and novels since its publication in 1976, including the Twilight Saga. Pandora is one of the later novels and even fans say it isn’t one of her best. That being said, Anne Rice at her worst is nowhere near as bad as Stephanie Meyer at her best. The Twilight novels are badly written, even for teen fiction. Meyer’s lack of basic detail and overuse of certain metaphors and similes ruins any attempt for the reader to relate to the setting or characters. Not that any one would want to, her characters are flat, lifeless, and unbelievable. Anne Rice, on the other hand, is renowned for her ability to create rich and historically accurate settings for her characters. Rice’s characters are so well developed that you almost believe you could run into one of them if the circumstances were right. I could go on but, I’m sure legions of Rice’s Facebook followers have already had this conversation with you. And, even though I disliked Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and LOATHED Breaking Dawn, I would never destroy the books. It seems like such a waste, when you could have just given it back to a charity bookstore, donated it to local library, or sold it at a yard sale. You paid for it, so you have the right to do with it as you please, but why would you create a work of art you’ll look at every day with words you loathed reading?

  58. Interview with the Vampire is the first novel in the series. It’s themes and characters have been replicated in countless movies, TV shows, and novels since its publication in 1976, including the Twilight Saga. Pandora is one of the later novels and even fans say it isn’t one of her best. That being said, Anne Rice at her worst is nowhere near as bad as Stephanie Meyer at her best. The Twilight novels are badly written, even for teen fiction. Meyer’s lack of basic detail and overuse of certain metaphors and similes ruins any attempt for the reader to relate to the setting or characters. Not that any one would want to, her characters are flat, lifeless, and unbelievable. Anne Rice, on the other hand, is renowned for her ability to create rich and historically accurate settings for her characters. Rice’s characters are so well developed that you almost believe you could run into one of them if the circumstances were right. I could go on but, I’m sure legions of Rice’s Facebook followers have already had this conversation with you. And, even though I disliked Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and LOATHED Breaking Dawn, I would never destroy the books. It seems like such a waste, when you could have just given it back to a charity bookstore, donated it to local library, or sold it at a yard sale. You paid for it, so you have the right to do with it as you please, but why would you create a work of art you’ll look at every day with words you loathed reading?

    • I’m really surprised at the level of annoyance I’ve created with my craft side to this review. This is not a rare book and I love words in general, so I simply don’t see the harm. I’ve really enjoyed making my new tub and I’d happily use books I really love if I know I can get another copy quickly.

      With regards to Anne Rice vs Stephanie Meyer, Anne Rice is a better writer but I just felt that the two were very similar in the lead characters interactions. In neither case does one really “get to know” the other and the annoying problems with frustrating conversations was just something I really remembered in the interactions between Bella and Edward. The two just seemed very similar to me.

      Thanks for the comment!

      • I’m late to this party, but I have a suggestion for you. You might consider doing a post on altered books or book sculpture with links to appropriate pages. I recall some time ago seeing stories on the web about exquisite book sculptures left anonymously at the Boston Public Library and other locations. I’ve also seen posts on Facebook and on library blogs about creative ways to give life to old books.

        I am a library worker and a book lover, but I have to say that donations to libraries, like charity shops, prisons, hospitals, etc. are the sops people give their consciences when they need to clean the shelves and can’t make the hard decisions themselves. I hate weeding, but it has to be done and if an art school teacher takes the weeds and uses them to nurture her student’s creativity, more power to her. Anyway, that’s my long-winded way of saying that repurposing a mass market paperback is not desecration. So, snip away.

        BTW, I’m not a Rice fan, though I did read Interview & Lestat, and I have to say that your review seems completely legitimate to me. I doubt that reading the early work would improve your opinion of Pandora if the main character reminded you of Bella in any way at all. Nor did I think you attacked the author personally in your review. So please stop apologizing. Just send Ms. Rice a thank you note and get on with your life.

  59. I recommend reading The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned (and the ones that follow if you like). I did not like Interview either and I heard it is perfectly alright to skip ahead and come back to it later if you want. As for Pandora, I think you were right when you said that some things had been left out, probably because Anne didn’t want to go into it again. One thing mentioned in other books is that women for whatever reason seem to be incomprehensible to the male vampires after they are turned. They just don’t get us. lol. There was also a slight lack of depth in Pandora, the book, that, I think, is in the other books, but the way Anne describes a room stays throughout the series. I know you’ve given it two goes, but I recommend a third as those two books are the two that are the least fun in my opinion. :)

  60. I recommend reading The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned (and the ones that follow if you like). I did not like Interview either and I heard it is perfectly alright to skip ahead and come back to it later if you want. As for Pandora, I think you were right when you said that some things had been left out, probably because Anne didn’t want to go into it again. One thing mentioned in other books is that women for whatever reason seem to be incomprehensible to the male vampires after they are turned. They just don’t get us. lol. There was also a slight lack of depth in Pandora, the book, that, I think, is in the other books, but the way Anne describes a room stays throughout the series. I know you’ve given it two goes, but I recommend a third as those two books are the two that are the least fun in my opinion. :)

  61. I recommend reading The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned (and the ones that follow if you like). I did not like Interview either and I heard it is perfectly alright to skip ahead and come back to it later if you want. As for Pandora, I think you were right when you said that some things had been left out, probably because Anne didn’t want to go into it again. One thing mentioned in other books is that women for whatever reason seem to be incomprehensible to the male vampires after they are turned. They just don’t get us. lol. There was also a slight lack of depth in Pandora, the book, that, I think, is in the other books, but the way Anne describes a room stays throughout the series. I know you’ve given it two goes, but I recommend a third as those two books are the two that are the least fun in my opinion. :)

  62. But why would you start with Pandora?
    You yourself admit that you’ve heard it’s one of the weaker novels. Why start with that and then judge everything from what you read in that book?

    How about this. You mail me your adress and I will mail you my copy of interview with the vampire? : ) Then you won’t have to wait for it to show up in a charity shop and when you are done with it you can chop it up and turn it into a hat!
    And no, I’m not trolling.

  63. But why would you start with Pandora?
    You yourself admit that you’ve heard it’s one of the weaker novels. Why start with that and then judge everything from what you read in that book?

    How about this. You mail me your adress and I will mail you my copy of interview with the vampire? : ) Then you won’t have to wait for it to show up in a charity shop and when you are done with it you can chop it up and turn it into a hat!
    And no, I’m not trolling.

    • That’s so sweet! I only found out that Pandora was considered the weakest after I read it when I was trying to gauge if it was a fair look at Anne Rice’s work. Apparently it’s not :) I’m looking out for my own copy of Interview with a Vampire to get a fairer idea. But my point about series’ still stands, I’ve read final books of series’ that I’ve loved so much I’ve had to go back and read more on more than one occasion. I simply assumed I’d find that with Anne Rice.

      • Sadly on the vampire chronicles in general I have to agree with your blog. I have been a Rice fan since discovering the Mayfair Witches many years ago. I really enjoyed them with the exception of Taltos which I felt didn’t quite have the same flow as the other 2 books. I was excited to find the Vampire Chronicles thinking they would be as good as the Mayfair Witches series. But alas it was not to be. I did enjoy Interview with a Vampire, but found the Vampire Lestat tedious and after many months am still struggling through it. It is the sort of book you read a few sentences then get bored and put it down! I have been put off reading the remaining Vampire Chronicles books. I love that you have up-cycled this book into something useful. I am a great lover of books and value my books highly, but I think your re-use of the damaged book was clever! It is certainly not akin to burning a bible or what ever other ridiculous suggestions have been made above! Not all books can be saved as not all people hold them with the same air of respect as others. You have saved this book from becoming just another item in the landfill we are filling our world with. I will not be pursuing the Vampire Chronicles but there are a great many other Anne Rice books out there (I don’t think I will waste my money buying them until I have read them first though!). I will say with regards to the author’s reaction I am most disappointed. There are a great many critics out there and to take such offense to a small blogger is a bit silly – and to sic hordes of fans onto said blogger is disgraceful and embarrassing. I have unliked Anne Rice’s facebook page as I do not wish to be seen as a part of the attacking horde, nor do I wish to be seen to support such childish carry on.

        Best of luck with your future reviews and up-cycling projects! Oh and for the entertainment value provided by the ridiculous little rants and childish “I hope a dragon eats your scissors” HAHAHA!!

  64. Okay I respect your views on the book, but you’ve just made yourself look like a 2 year old having a temper tantrum. I wouldn’t even call this a review, id call it a mix of spite, attention-seeking and PMT. Why cut a book up and post pictures otherwise? Judging by this and the language used, you’ll never be a decent reviewer or writer.
    I actually cringed for you reading this.

    • I am going through this thread and getting weary of the “cutting up/desecrating books = immaturity” argument. Not all bibliophiles worship the physical object of a book. You can get a large number of Anne Rice books in digital format nowadays, actually, and read from a large library wherever you go. There is no social code that requires a respect for books as a physical object, there is no norm to be violated, and honestly, the fact that she read the book before using it for the purpose she bought it for shows an amount of respect for the author that frankly, the author has not returned in her response to this review. Crafting is not immature, cutting up objects that you value is not immature, recycling is not immature. Commenting on someone’s blog attacking them personally for crafting, well, an argument could be made that that is very immature.

  65. Okay I respect your views on the book, but you’ve just made yourself look like a 2 year old having a temper tantrum. I wouldn’t even call this a review, id call it a mix of spite, attention-seeking and PMT. Why cut a book up and post pictures otherwise? Judging by this and the language used, you’ll never be a decent reviewer or writer.
    I actually cringed for you reading this.

    • I am going through this thread and getting weary of the “cutting up/desecrating books = immaturity” argument. Not all bibliophiles worship the physical object of a book. You can get a large number of Anne Rice books in digital format nowadays, actually, and read from a large library wherever you go. There is no social code that requires a respect for books as a physical object, there is no norm to be violated, and honestly, the fact that she read the book before using it for the purpose she bought it for shows an amount of respect for the author that frankly, the author has not returned in her response to this review. Crafting is not immature, cutting up objects that you value is not immature, recycling is not immature. Commenting on someone’s blog attacking them personally for crafting, well, an argument could be made that that is very immature.

  66. Okay I respect your views on the book, but you’ve just made yourself look like a 2 year old having a temper tantrum. I wouldn’t even call this a review, id call it a mix of spite, attention-seeking and PMT. Why cut a book up and post pictures otherwise? Judging by this and the language used, you’ll never be a decent reviewer or writer.
    I actually cringed for you reading this.

    • I am going through this thread and getting weary of the “cutting up/desecrating books = immaturity” argument. Not all bibliophiles worship the physical object of a book. You can get a large number of Anne Rice books in digital format nowadays, actually, and read from a large library wherever you go. There is no social code that requires a respect for books as a physical object, there is no norm to be violated, and honestly, the fact that she read the book before using it for the purpose she bought it for shows an amount of respect for the author that frankly, the author has not returned in her response to this review. Crafting is not immature, cutting up objects that you value is not immature, recycling is not immature. Commenting on someone’s blog attacking them personally for crafting, well, an argument could be made that that is very immature.

  67. I think the main problem you’ve encountered is that you’ve built up such hype for an author in your head, without actually reading any of her work, that by the time you’ve picked up one of her books it couldn’t possibly live up to your idealised version of her vampire literature. I do wonder what you were expecting though, to be so disappointed as to resort to vandalism.

    The other problem is that you’ve essentially jumped into the middle of a series with a novella – it’s not a full novel – that is meant as an accompaniment to the Vampire Chronicles. Pandora gives you the back story of one of the lesser known vampires, it is not an account of her vampire years, it’s meant to give us some understanding of her love/hate relationship with Marius. Pandora never had a full novel, I wish she had, but this is just a little bit of background to add to the rest of the Vampire Chronicles.

    If you’ve read any book series, you’ll know that to jump in the middle and randomly pick up a book can greatly diminish the story of that book as there will be assumed knowledge, not to mention giving you spoilers for earlier books. It’s quite common for authors of long series to give us novellas to fill in the gaps that aren’t covered in the main novels. These novellas follow the sequence of the main story and, as such, should also be read in order. Would you do the same with a TV show, watch it out of order and then complain that it didn’t make sense or didn’t explain things enough for you?

    And Twilight? Really? Again, it’s a novella and it’s nothing like Twilight. You’re getting a particular view of the world because it’s Pandora’s story in Pandora’s words, ie a first person account. The destruction of a book like that is deplorable. I briefly thought of destroying Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ but stopped because I couldn’t bring myself to destroy a book in such a way. It’s a book I hated but destroying a book is a symbolic action that I don’t think I could bring myself to do.

    • Ann, the book was hers to do with as she pleased. She didn’t shred it and discard the shreds. She turned it into a work of art she could feel good about. While the comparison to twilight is a bit harsh for an Anne Rice fan to read, she is entitled to her own opinion. If they seem similar to her, then she can certainly share that observation.

      In your reply to BIGBOBBIEK, you quote the sensational opening statements the blogger used in the original post. Although she didn’t expect this large of a response, she certainly wanted to catch the interest of those who might view the post. If you don’t catch the audience’s attention in the first few lines of text, you won’t hold their interest through an entire article. This is especially true of a blog post. A sensational opening statement is actually a good writing strategy. It clearly got your interest. And when it comes right down to it, good reviews/replies or bad, the fact that someone actually read what you wrote is a step in the right direction.

      I will probably be back to see what else Miss Articulate has to say. I never would have known about the blog if it were not for Anne Rice’s facebook page, but anyone who can stir up this much controversy with a single book review is worth reading.

  68. I think the main problem you’ve encountered is that you’ve built up such hype for an author in your head, without actually reading any of her work, that by the time you’ve picked up one of her books it couldn’t possibly live up to your idealised version of her vampire literature. I do wonder what you were expecting though, to be so disappointed as to resort to vandalism.

    The other problem is that you’ve essentially jumped into the middle of a series with a novella – it’s not a full novel – that is meant as an accompaniment to the Vampire Chronicles. Pandora gives you the back story of one of the lesser known vampires, it is not an account of her vampire years, it’s meant to give us some understanding of her love/hate relationship with Marius. Pandora never had a full novel, I wish she had, but this is just a little bit of background to add to the rest of the Vampire Chronicles.

    If you’ve read any book series, you’ll know that to jump in the middle and randomly pick up a book can greatly diminish the story of that book as there will be assumed knowledge, not to mention giving you spoilers for earlier books. It’s quite common for authors of long series to give us novellas to fill in the gaps that aren’t covered in the main novels. These novellas follow the sequence of the main story and, as such, should also be read in order. Would you do the same with a TV show, watch it out of order and then complain that it didn’t make sense or didn’t explain things enough for you?

    And Twilight? Really? Again, it’s a novella and it’s nothing like Twilight. You’re getting a particular view of the world because it’s Pandora’s story in Pandora’s words, ie a first person account. The destruction of a book like that is deplorable. I briefly thought of destroying Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ but stopped because I couldn’t bring myself to destroy a book in such a way. It’s a book I hated but destroying a book is a symbolic action that I don’t think I could bring myself to do.

      • In a legal sense, yes. But to a writer, their words are their art. This was a public display of someone saying “this is what I think your art is worth”. Just because someone is free to do something that’s perfectly legal doesn’t mean they should. After all, the people aiming insult after insult at the reviewer are free do do this legally, but do you think they should, or should they consider their actions more carefullly?

        If she’d been honest and said the book was falling apart so she decided to be creative with it, I really don’t think the reactions would have been as strong. What people are reacting to (and this does not excuse the bullying in any way) is the reviewer making a post entitled “Punishing Pandora” and starting with this:

        “Last night, I took a craft knife to Anne Rice’s Pandora and I took out every page. I was left with the gutted remains of the cover itself and threw that away. It’s the first time I have ever desecrated a book in such a way and I can’t deny that it wasn’t made all the more enjoyable by how much I really and truly loathed that book.”

        That isn’t someone throwing away an unwanted book, it’s vandalism. Perhaps not in a strict legal sense, but then I don’t judge everything form a ‘legal/not legal; point of view.

    • Ann, the book was hers to do with as she pleased. She didn’t shred it and discard the shreds. She turned it into a work of art she could feel good about. While the comparison to twilight is a bit harsh for an Anne Rice fan to read, she is entitled to her own opinion. If they seem similar to her, then she can certainly share that observation.

      In your reply to BIGBOBBIEK, you quote the sensational opening statements the blogger used in the original post. Although she didn’t expect this large of a response, she certainly wanted to catch the interest of those who might view the post. If you don’t catch the audience’s attention in the first few lines of text, you won’t hold their interest through an entire article. This is especially true of a blog post. A sensational opening statement is actually a good writing strategy. It clearly got your interest. And when it comes right down to it, good reviews/replies or bad, the fact that someone actually read what you wrote is a step in the right direction.

      I will probably be back to see what else Miss Articulate has to say. I never would have known about the blog if it were not for Anne Rice’s facebook page, but anyone who can stir up this much controversy with a single book review is worth reading.

  69. Mama Rice saw what you did to her book and sent all us minions out to defend her honor. Mean mean old blogger. >:( You should be ashamed acting like a priest destroying the books he doesn’t like shame!

    • She only asked us to read the blog and then start a discussion about how we felt in Facebook and not here. People chose to post as I did, a long time reader of Anne Rice books who knew that you cannot judge an author by one book. Critiquing the book is fine but critiquing the writing ability of the author was only opinion but done in a nasty way. Read Queen of the Damned. I was very impressed by that book and the movie did not do it justice but all the same I knew that before I watched it because of the detail of the book. I liked both.

      • Look, I don’t agree with either this review (it’s misinformed) or the cyber bullying by fans of the series but I really do have to respond to your comment. Like the initial review, it’s the misinformation that bothers me.

        1. No author “HAS” to number their books just because they’re in a series. In fact, most authors don’t do this. The numbers usually get attached informally as fans of a series come to know them as “Book 7″, etc. If you look at the books themselves, there is usually little or no indication that they’re part of a series, unless you know the author or read the blurb.

        2. Pandora is a novella, not a novel. Whilst being more indepth than a short story, it’s meant purely as a companion to the Vampire Chronicles, giving background information on a minor character in the series. As a stand alone book it just doesn’t work well as you’re presumed to have some previous knowledge of this character and her relationship to others.

        This third point is just my opinion and I’m sure many would disagree with me: I’m not entirely comfortable with the whole “if I buy it , I can do what I want with it” concept. Yes, legally speaking you are indeed correct. And yes, many books are destroyed by libraries and book stores. But I think the point some people are making is that this was a very public display of “this is what I think your art is worth”, kind of like buying a painting and then trashing that painting on the internet because you didn’t like it. I know the analogy doesn’t quite stand up, but to a writer their words are their art. I honestly think if the reviewer had just been honest and said that the book was falling apart so she decided to do something creative with it there wouldn’t have been such a strong reaction. So yeah, in a legal sense any paper book you buy is yours but, to me, sometimes the consideration of others is a little more valuable and important that making a statement. Not that any of this excuses the bullying, of course. That’s just a plain nasty part of human nature.

      • Look, I don’t agree with either this review (it’s misinformed) or the cyber bullying by fans of the series but I really do have to respond to your comment. Like the initial review, it’s the misinformation that bothers me.

        1. No author “HAS” to number their books just because they’re in a series. In fact, most authors don’t do this. The numbers usually get attached informally as fans of a series come to know them as “Book 7″, etc. If you look at the books themselves, there is usually little or no indication that they’re part of a series, unless you know the author or read the blurb.

        2. Pandora is a novella, not a novel. Whilst being more indepth than a short story, it’s meant purely as a companion to the Vampire Chronicles, giving background information on a minor character in the series. As a stand alone book it just doesn’t work well as you’re presumed to have some previous knowledge of this character and her relationship to others.

        This third point is just my opinion and I’m sure many would disagree with me: I’m not entirely comfortable with the whole “if I buy it , I can do what I want with it” concept. Yes, legally speaking you are indeed correct. And yes, many books are destroyed by libraries and book stores. But I think the point some people are making is that this was a very public display of “this is what I think your art is worth”, kind of like buying a painting and then trashing that painting on the internet because you didn’t like it. I know the analogy doesn’t quite stand up, but to a writer their words are their art. I honestly think if the reviewer had just been honest and said that the book was falling apart so she decided to do something creative with it there wouldn’t have been such a strong reaction. So yeah, in a legal sense any paper book you buy is yours but, to me, sometimes the consideration of others is a little more valuable and important that making a statement. Not that any of this excuses the bullying, of course. That’s just a plain nasty part of human nature.

        • Perhaps you’re right that authors don’t “have” to number their series, but take a random look around you, most successful authors DO number their series. Or list the reading order of a series which is tantamount to numbering anyway. Certainly ALL the authors I read do this – Nora Roberts, Nalini Singh, Jeaniene Frost, Jim Dresden, Kresley Cole, Robert Jordan to name a few off the top of my head. If not the author, then certainly the team that works with them does. Perhaps it offends the idea of “artististic” sensibilities, but realistically, if you want to sell books, then you have to list them.

          These same authors provide the same courtesy to novellas as well. Their novellas are treated with as much importance as their full-length novels. And I am always told at what point in the series arc does any particular novella belong. Or if it belongs to the series world but not in any specific arc. Maybe the point here is that with the kind of reach Ms. Rice already has, she does not think she needs to bother with such courtesies. It’s her prerogative of course, but then she runs the risk of a negative review such as this one.

          As to your final point of “consideration of others is a little more valuable and important that making a statement”, how about this? You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time. And if you read my comment again, you’ll see that I don’t agree with what she has done with the book either. However what I support is her RIGHT to do what she wishes with her personal property.

          People who don’t read books (I’ve been told such creatures do exist ;-) ), or worse can’t read, would not care about who does what with books. For them, this controversy would be like a storm in a teacup. For few other people, what Ms. Articulate has created is art and they would never have gotten this art in their lives if she had just quietly thrown the book away. You gotta be true to yourself, and THAT is what I’m supporting here.

          Thanks for you point of view, cheers!

      • Look, I don’t agree with either this review (it’s misinformed) or the cyber bullying by fans of the series but I really do have to respond to your comment. Like the initial review, it’s the misinformation that bothers me.

        1. No author “HAS” to number their books just because they’re in a series. In fact, most authors don’t do this. The numbers usually get attached informally as fans of a series come to know them as “Book 7″, etc. If you look at the books themselves, there is usually little or no indication that they’re part of a series, unless you know the author or read the blurb.

        2. Pandora is a novella, not a novel. Whilst being more indepth than a short story, it’s meant purely as a companion to the Vampire Chronicles, giving background information on a minor character in the series. As a stand alone book it just doesn’t work well as you’re presumed to have some previous knowledge of this character and her relationship to others.

        This third point is just my opinion and I’m sure many would disagree with me: I’m not entirely comfortable with the whole “if I buy it , I can do what I want with it” concept. Yes, legally speaking you are indeed correct. And yes, many books are destroyed by libraries and book stores. But I think the point some people are making is that this was a very public display of “this is what I think your art is worth”, kind of like buying a painting and then trashing that painting on the internet because you didn’t like it. I know the analogy doesn’t quite stand up, but to a writer their words are their art. I honestly think if the reviewer had just been honest and said that the book was falling apart so she decided to do something creative with it there wouldn’t have been such a strong reaction. So yeah, in a legal sense any paper book you buy is yours but, to me, sometimes the consideration of others is a little more valuable and important that making a statement. Not that any of this excuses the bullying, of course. That’s just a plain nasty part of human nature.

  70. Mama Rice saw what you did to her book and sent all us minions out to defend her honor. Mean mean old blogger. >:( You should be ashamed acting like a priest destroying the books he doesn’t like shame!

    • This thread has left me with a mental image of Anne Rice obsessively googling her own name twice a day in case anybody out there has failed to appreciate her GENIUS. “o noes! a blogger has disrespected my shiny shiny words! DISPATCH THE MINIONS AT ONCE!”

      I recommend Neil Gaiman as an example of how authors should deal with criticism without looking painfully insecure.

    • She only asked us to read the blog and then start a discussion about how we felt in Facebook and not here. People chose to post as I did, a long time reader of Anne Rice books who knew that you cannot judge an author by one book. Critiquing the book is fine but critiquing the writing ability of the author was only opinion but done in a nasty way. Read Queen of the Damned. I was very impressed by that book and the movie did not do it justice but all the same I knew that before I watched it because of the detail of the book. I liked both.

  71. Mama Rice saw what you did to her book and sent all us minions out to defend her honor. Mean mean old blogger. >:( You should be ashamed acting like a priest destroying the books he doesn’t like shame!

    • This thread has left me with a mental image of Anne Rice obsessively googling her own name twice a day in case anybody out there has failed to appreciate her GENIUS. “o noes! a blogger has disrespected my shiny shiny words! DISPATCH THE MINIONS AT ONCE!”

      I recommend Neil Gaiman as an example of how authors should deal with criticism without looking painfully insecure.

    • She only asked us to read the blog and then start a discussion about how we felt in Facebook and not here. People chose to post as I did, a long time reader of Anne Rice books who knew that you cannot judge an author by one book. Critiquing the book is fine but critiquing the writing ability of the author was only opinion but done in a nasty way. Read Queen of the Damned. I was very impressed by that book and the movie did not do it justice but all the same I knew that before I watched it because of the detail of the book. I liked both.

  72. Mama Rice saw what you did to her book and sent all us minions out to defend her honor. Mean mean old blogger. >:( You should be ashamed acting like a priest destroying the books he doesn’t like shame!

      • To reply in regard to Anne Rice sending her fans here: Yes she posted the blog article location, but she in no way asked anyone to make a comment here whatsoever. I don’t know if she initially found the blog. Many things she posts are originally sent to her by others. All she asked was for people to state how they felt, not here but in FB. At no time did she say make comments one way or another to you directly. Some of us chose to do so. Personally I like the Witching Hour books the best. I didn’t like the way you did your review. No one needs to make a personal attack directed at the author when doing a review. You didn’t like it fine. I am sure she is aware that there will be people who will not like this book. For me it was the way you went about it. I’m sure if I did that in regard to any well known author I would get reactions as well.

      • To reply in regard to Anne Rice sending her fans here: Yes she posted the blog article location, but she in no way asked anyone to make a comment here whatsoever. I don’t know if she initially found the blog. Many things she posts are originally sent to her by others. All she asked was for people to state how they felt, not here but in FB. At no time did she say make comments one way or another to you directly. Some of us chose to do so. Personally I like the Witching Hour books the best. I didn’t like the way you did your review. No one needs to make a personal attack directed at the author when doing a review. You didn’t like it fine. I am sure she is aware that there will be people who will not like this book. For me it was the way you went about it. I’m sure if I did that in regard to any well known author I would get reactions as well.

      • While I am not happy with your review of Anne Rice’s Pandora, I cannot completely disagree with your point that a book needs to stand alone.

        Being an Anne Rice fan since the age of nine (almost 20 years ago – oh how time flies by!), I have since then fallen in love with her evocative, and at most times, erotic form of writing, whether it was her vampire/witch series, her orphan books, or her Sleeping Beauty series.

        I first read The Vampire Lestat, and it was the story and evolution of Lestat that lured me into the vampire-verse. I liked Interview just as much, and Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Armand just a little bit less.

        I have just read Pandora about a year ago, and I don’t know if it was just the time that passed since my last Rice book or the scarcity of time I have left since taking on a full time job that has led me to finish just less than half of the book. I honestly had to drag myself through the first five chapters by telling myself “This is part of the story, therefore I must like this book.” But I just couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it still had all the aspects of the other books that I liked: the style of writing, the pacing, the deeply written characters, but to me there was something missing. A spark that I used to have with her other books.

        I can honestly say that if I had been introduced to Pandora before TVL, I might have had second thoughts about the whole series, only because I find Lestat to be a more engaging (and deliciously seductive) character. But my personal taste would have still allowed me to find time to read her other works.

        On a different note, her standalone novel, Belinda, is also good. Nothing to do at all with any of her other books. Violin is another that I really liked.

        In response to people calling Anne Rice “hypersensitive”, it must be known that most of the time, reviews, whether good or bad, are sent to her by other readers. She posts them all and asks for her followers’ opinions. As an author managing a Facebook page, it is important to always keep things interactive to not lose interest (but the discussion of Facebook’s questionable advertising methods should be discussed in a different thread). As most tech-savvy people know, as simple comment or question on the internet can be interpreted into so many things. It just so happened that Ms. Rice has a lot of rabidly loyal readers that take negatives to the extreme. If she had only posted raving reviews on her page, I bet she would be labelled “overly Narcissistic” by now. This goes for any other author on the planet.

        I don’t know if you are a fan of fantasy Miss Articulate, but I would like to point out “The Belgariad” by David and Leigh Eddings (a five book series) as a personal choice for a series that does not exactly have standalone books, but reading them out of order still made me want to read more. Also, I would say The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. While I did not rave over every book, most of them still made me want to finish each and start another if just for closure of certain points.

        This publicity for MA should die down in a week or two. But at least you’ve opened up a whole new number of possible readers (beyond this topic) because of this post. :)

      • While I am not happy with your review of Anne Rice’s Pandora, I cannot completely disagree with your point that a book needs to stand alone.

        Being an Anne Rice fan since the age of nine (almost 20 years ago – oh how time flies by!), I have since then fallen in love with her evocative, and at most times, erotic form of writing, whether it was her vampire/witch series, her orphan books, or her Sleeping Beauty series.

        I first read The Vampire Lestat, and it was the story and evolution of Lestat that lured me into the vampire-verse. I liked Interview just as much, and Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Armand just a little bit less.

        I have just read Pandora about a year ago, and I don’t know if it was just the time that passed since my last Rice book or the scarcity of time I have left since taking on a full time job that has led me to finish just less than half of the book. I honestly had to drag myself through the first five chapters by telling myself “This is part of the story, therefore I must like this book.” But I just couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it still had all the aspects of the other books that I liked: the style of writing, the pacing, the deeply written characters, but to me there was something missing. A spark that I used to have with her other books.

        I can honestly say that if I had been introduced to Pandora before TVL, I might have had second thoughts about the whole series, only because I find Lestat to be a more engaging (and deliciously seductive) character. But my personal taste would have still allowed me to find time to read her other works.

        On a different note, her standalone novel, Belinda, is also good. Nothing to do at all with any of her other books. Violin is another that I really liked.

        In response to people calling Anne Rice “hypersensitive”, it must be known that most of the time, reviews, whether good or bad, are sent to her by other readers. She posts them all and asks for her followers’ opinions. As an author managing a Facebook page, it is important to always keep things interactive to not lose interest (but the discussion of Facebook’s questionable advertising methods should be discussed in a different thread). As most tech-savvy people know, as simple comment or question on the internet can be interpreted into so many things. It just so happened that Ms. Rice has a lot of rabidly loyal readers that take negatives to the extreme. If she had only posted raving reviews on her page, I bet she would be labelled “overly Narcissistic” by now. This goes for any other author on the planet.

        I don’t know if you are a fan of fantasy Miss Articulate, but I would like to point out “The Belgariad” by David and Leigh Eddings (a five book series) as a personal choice for a series that does not exactly have standalone books, but reading them out of order still made me want to read more. Also, I would say The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. While I did not rave over every book, most of them still made me want to finish each and start another if just for closure of certain points.

        This publicity for MA should die down in a week or two. But at least you’ve opened up a whole new number of possible readers (beyond this topic) because of this post. :)

    • This thread has left me with a mental image of Anne Rice obsessively googling her own name twice a day in case anybody out there has failed to appreciate her GENIUS. “o noes! a blogger has disrespected my shiny shiny words! DISPATCH THE MINIONS AT ONCE!”

      I recommend Neil Gaiman as an example of how authors should deal with criticism without looking painfully insecure.

    • She only asked us to read the blog and then start a discussion about how we felt in Facebook and not here. People chose to post as I did, a long time reader of Anne Rice books who knew that you cannot judge an author by one book. Critiquing the book is fine but critiquing the writing ability of the author was only opinion but done in a nasty way. Read Queen of the Damned. I was very impressed by that book and the movie did not do it justice but all the same I knew that before I watched it because of the detail of the book. I liked both.

    • “Mama Rice saw what you did to her book and sent all us minions out to defend her honor.” Really?! You don’t think ‘mama Rice’ can defend her own honor? LOL

  73. I love all of the Anne Rice novels, however, I know a lot of people that don’t enjoy her Vampire Chronicles because they are too different from what they love about OTHER vampire novels. If you truly want to try to read more from her, I would suggest The Witching Hour…. It’s quite long, and very detailed, but it’s the first of The Mayfair series so you don’t need to read anything else for it to come together. I also enjoyed Cry to Heaven and Servant of the Bones a great deal, and those both stand alone as they are not part of a series. I’m sorry that so many people have felt compelled to attack you for your opinion, I love Anne Rice and have a hard time understanding it when people don’t enjoy her novels, but everyone has their own idea about what makes a good book. As for cutting up the book, just remember, most of the nay sayers probably wouldn’t have cared if you had cut up Mein Kampf….

  74. I love all of the Anne Rice novels, however, I know a lot of people that don’t enjoy her Vampire Chronicles because they are too different from what they love about OTHER vampire novels. If you truly want to try to read more from her, I would suggest The Witching Hour…. It’s quite long, and very detailed, but it’s the first of The Mayfair series so you don’t need to read anything else for it to come together. I also enjoyed Cry to Heaven and Servant of the Bones a great deal, and those both stand alone as they are not part of a series. I’m sorry that so many people have felt compelled to attack you for your opinion, I love Anne Rice and have a hard time understanding it when people don’t enjoy her novels, but everyone has their own idea about what makes a good book. As for cutting up the book, just remember, most of the nay sayers probably wouldn’t have cared if you had cut up Mein Kampf….

  75. I just wanted to say that I admire your courage to keep this blog up after all the hateful comments. I did get here from Anne Rices fan page and I just wanted you to know not all of us are crazy rabid fans who can’t appreciate someone else’s point of view, even if we don’t totally agree with it. I would like to defend Anne herself though. Not being one of her fans you may not realize that she shares quite a few bad reviews of her book, I could be wrong but I believe she does this not because she wants to have her followers to attack you(although I see they have) but to show that even someone as popular as her has critics and maybe room to grow and change. Thant seems to me to be the way she talks about critics to me anyway. Also I can’t fault you review of Pandora too much except to say I believe if you had read some of the other books you may have enjoyed it a little more. If you do give Anne another chance please don’t read Interview as I believe you will have the same problems with that book. I would suggest The Vampire Lestat It’s a good one and does have quite a bit of the vampire feel that I think you were expecting. Thank you for being honest in your review, that’s the whole point, and the world would be very boring if we all agreed.

  76. I just wanted to say that I admire your courage to keep this blog up after all the hateful comments. I did get here from Anne Rices fan page and I just wanted you to know not all of us are crazy rabid fans who can’t appreciate someone else’s point of view, even if we don’t totally agree with it. I would like to defend Anne herself though. Not being one of her fans you may not realize that she shares quite a few bad reviews of her book, I could be wrong but I believe she does this not because she wants to have her followers to attack you(although I see they have) but to show that even someone as popular as her has critics and maybe room to grow and change. Thant seems to me to be the way she talks about critics to me anyway. Also I can’t fault you review of Pandora too much except to say I believe if you had read some of the other books you may have enjoyed it a little more. If you do give Anne another chance please don’t read Interview as I believe you will have the same problems with that book. I would suggest The Vampire Lestat It’s a good one and does have quite a bit of the vampire feel that I think you were expecting. Thank you for being honest in your review, that’s the whole point, and the world would be very boring if we all agreed.

  77. I just wanted to say that I admire your courage to keep this blog up after all the hateful comments. I did get here from Anne Rices fan page and I just wanted you to know not all of us are crazy rabid fans who can’t appreciate someone else’s point of view, even if we don’t totally agree with it. I would like to defend Anne herself though. Not being one of her fans you may not realize that she shares quite a few bad reviews of her book, I could be wrong but I believe she does this not because she wants to have her followers to attack you(although I see they have) but to show that even someone as popular as her has critics and maybe room to grow and change. Thant seems to me to be the way she talks about critics to me anyway. Also I can’t fault you review of Pandora too much except to say I believe if you had read some of the other books you may have enjoyed it a little more. If you do give Anne another chance please don’t read Interview as I believe you will have the same problems with that book. I would suggest The Vampire Lestat It’s a good one and does have quite a bit of the vampire feel that I think you were expecting. Thank you for being honest in your review, that’s the whole point, and the world would be very boring if we all agreed.

  78. I’m honestly a bit surprised by how cruel some of these comments have been. Everyone has their own opinion, and this just happens to be yours. I’m personally kind of an on-again off-again fan of Anne Rice, and haven’t read this book, or a good chunk of her others. What I have read, I enjoyed, though it could be wordy and over-done at times.
    No matter though, as it’s just an opinion! I honestly came to say, don’t think she singled you out, I’ve seen many reviews of her works, both good and bad, that she’s shared. I’ve always thought she did it to get people to take another look, with someone else’s opinion in mind? And to try getting conversations going about what different people think, rather than to cause to poster to feel singled out. Unfortunately, these things happen with such a large fan base. Just keep doing what you’re doing though, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and it’s incredibly thoughtless and rude that others are being so forgetful of that.

  79. I’m honestly a bit surprised by how cruel some of these comments have been. Everyone has their own opinion, and this just happens to be yours. I’m personally kind of an on-again off-again fan of Anne Rice, and haven’t read this book, or a good chunk of her others. What I have read, I enjoyed, though it could be wordy and over-done at times.
    No matter though, as it’s just an opinion! I honestly came to say, don’t think she singled you out, I’ve seen many reviews of her works, both good and bad, that she’s shared. I’ve always thought she did it to get people to take another look, with someone else’s opinion in mind? And to try getting conversations going about what different people think, rather than to cause to poster to feel singled out. Unfortunately, these things happen with such a large fan base. Just keep doing what you’re doing though, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and it’s incredibly thoughtless and rude that others are being so forgetful of that.

  80. I’m honestly a bit surprised by how cruel some of these comments have been. Everyone has their own opinion, and this just happens to be yours. I’m personally kind of an on-again off-again fan of Anne Rice, and haven’t read this book, or a good chunk of her others. What I have read, I enjoyed, though it could be wordy and over-done at times.
    No matter though, as it’s just an opinion! I honestly came to say, don’t think she singled you out, I’ve seen many reviews of her works, both good and bad, that she’s shared. I’ve always thought she did it to get people to take another look, with someone else’s opinion in mind? And to try getting conversations going about what different people think, rather than to cause to poster to feel singled out. Unfortunately, these things happen with such a large fan base. Just keep doing what you’re doing though, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and it’s incredibly thoughtless and rude that others are being so forgetful of that.

  81. I’m honestly a bit surprised by how cruel some of these comments have been. Everyone has their own opinion, and this just happens to be yours. I’m personally kind of an on-again off-again fan of Anne Rice, and haven’t read this book, or a good chunk of her others. What I have read, I enjoyed, though it could be wordy and over-done at times.
    No matter though, as it’s just an opinion! I honestly came to say, don’t think she singled you out, I’ve seen many reviews of her works, both good and bad, that she’s shared. I’ve always thought she did it to get people to take another look, with someone else’s opinion in mind? And to try getting conversations going about what different people think, rather than to cause to poster to feel singled out. Unfortunately, these things happen with such a large fan base. Just keep doing what you’re doing though, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and it’s incredibly thoughtless and rude that others are being so forgetful of that.

  82. I’m honestly a bit surprised by how cruel some of these comments have been. Everyone has their own opinion, and this just happens to be yours. I’m personally kind of an on-again off-again fan of Anne Rice, and haven’t read this book, or a good chunk of her others. What I have read, I enjoyed, though it could be wordy and over-done at times.
    No matter though, as it’s just an opinion! I honestly came to say, don’t think she singled you out, I’ve seen many reviews of her works, both good and bad, that she’s shared. I’ve always thought she did it to get people to take another look, with someone else’s opinion in mind? And to try getting conversations going about what different people think, rather than to cause to poster to feel singled out. Unfortunately, these things happen with such a large fan base. Just keep doing what you’re doing though, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and it’s incredibly thoughtless and rude that others are being so forgetful of that.

  83. I’m honestly a bit surprised by how cruel some of these comments have been. Everyone has their own opinion, and this just happens to be yours. I’m personally kind of an on-again off-again fan of Anne Rice, and haven’t read this book, or a good chunk of her others. What I have read, I enjoyed, though it could be wordy and over-done at times.
    No matter though, as it’s just an opinion! I honestly came to say, don’t think she singled you out, I’ve seen many reviews of her works, both good and bad, that she’s shared. I’ve always thought she did it to get people to take another look, with someone else’s opinion in mind? And to try getting conversations going about what different people think, rather than to cause to poster to feel singled out. Unfortunately, these things happen with such a large fan base. Just keep doing what you’re doing though, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and it’s incredibly thoughtless and rude that others are being so forgetful of that.

  84. My goodness, Anne Rice fans! Lighten up. She’s just expressing an opinion and has added a funny twist to the post. The book was FALLING APART! She can do whatever she wants with it. Anne Rice does not need this kind of defence. She’s a talented and successful author and this one blogger doesn’t have the power to take her down.

  85. My goodness, Anne Rice fans! Lighten up. She’s just expressing an opinion and has added a funny twist to the post. The book was FALLING APART! She can do whatever she wants with it. Anne Rice does not need this kind of defence. She’s a talented and successful author and this one blogger doesn’t have the power to take her down.

  86. My goodness, Anne Rice fans! Lighten up. She’s just expressing an opinion and has added a funny twist to the post. The book was FALLING APART! She can do whatever she wants with it. Anne Rice does not need this kind of defence. She’s a talented and successful author and this one blogger doesn’t have the power to take her down.

  87. My goodness, Anne Rice fans! Lighten up. She’s just expressing an opinion and has added a funny twist to the post. The book was FALLING APART! She can do whatever she wants with it. Anne Rice does not need this kind of defence. She’s a talented and successful author and this one blogger doesn’t have the power to take her down.

  88. My goodness, Anne Rice fans! Lighten up. She’s just expressing an opinion and has added a funny twist to the post. The book was FALLING APART! She can do whatever she wants with it. Anne Rice does not need this kind of defence. She’s a talented and successful author and this one blogger doesn’t have the power to take her down.

  89. I just wanted to let you know (not that you care at all) that I think you may have missed the draw of simplicity and beauty in this book. Try another of hers just so you can say you’ve been fair before you form your final opion.
    BUT as a follower of Anne’s (that IS how I found your page).. Rock on! Everyone has their own opinon, you most certainly are entitled to yours! Good for you for keep up your evaluation despite the ignorant, tawdry and down right rude posts that are coming to you. Don’t stop!
    PS… good for you for recycling :)

  90. I just wanted to let you know (not that you care at all) that I think you may have missed the draw of simplicity and beauty in this book. Try another of hers just so you can say you’ve been fair before you form your final opion.
    BUT as a follower of Anne’s (that IS how I found your page).. Rock on! Everyone has their own opinon, you most certainly are entitled to yours! Good for you for keep up your evaluation despite the ignorant, tawdry and down right rude posts that are coming to you. Don’t stop!
    PS… good for you for recycling :)

  91. I just wanted to let you know (not that you care at all) that I think you may have missed the draw of simplicity and beauty in this book. Try another of hers just so you can say you’ve been fair before you form your final opion.
    BUT as a follower of Anne’s (that IS how I found your page).. Rock on! Everyone has their own opinon, you most certainly are entitled to yours! Good for you for keep up your evaluation despite the ignorant, tawdry and down right rude posts that are coming to you. Don’t stop!
    PS… good for you for recycling :)

  92. I just wanted to let you know (not that you care at all) that I think you may have missed the draw of simplicity and beauty in this book. Try another of hers just so you can say you’ve been fair before you form your final opion.
    BUT as a follower of Anne’s (that IS how I found your page).. Rock on! Everyone has their own opinon, you most certainly are entitled to yours! Good for you for keep up your evaluation despite the ignorant, tawdry and down right rude posts that are coming to you. Don’t stop!
    PS… good for you for recycling :)

  93. I just wanted to let you know (not that you care at all) that I think you may have missed the draw of simplicity and beauty in this book. Try another of hers just so you can say you’ve been fair before you form your final opion.
    BUT as a follower of Anne’s (that IS how I found your page).. Rock on! Everyone has their own opinon, you most certainly are entitled to yours! Good for you for keep up your evaluation despite the ignorant, tawdry and down right rude posts that are coming to you. Don’t stop!
    PS… good for you for recycling :)

  94. I just wanted to let you know (not that you care at all) that I think you may have missed the draw of simplicity and beauty in this book. Try another of hers just so you can say you’ve been fair before you form your final opion.
    BUT as a follower of Anne’s (that IS how I found your page).. Rock on! Everyone has their own opinon, you most certainly are entitled to yours! Good for you for keep up your evaluation despite the ignorant, tawdry and down right rude posts that are coming to you. Don’t stop!
    PS… good for you for recycling :)

      • Duchess,
        Anne Rice did with this review what she has with hundreds before – good, bad or indifferent she holds them up to the light. One of her Facebook followers found the blog and called it to Anne’s attention. Anne posted the link, invited debate and asked her fans to be civil. She use this word several times a week. If you were a member of her Facebook page you would know your post is dead wrong and you are weighing in when your opinion is anything but informed. She asked no one to defend her work. I know Anne and several other authors and don’t know many who enjoy getting a bad review. That’s called being human. It’s certainly not Anne’s fault that this particular reviewer should probably return her literature degree. Even though multiple people have explained that Pandora is a Novella meant to be a companion to the Vampire Chronicles she insist that this story should stand on its own. I have news for the blogger. She didn’t write Pandora for you. She wrote it for us! How would one of her teachers have reacted if she reviewed Professor Tolkien’s Return of the King without having read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings or The Two Towers? I would think she would be told to go back to the drawing board. I would politely suggest you do the same.

      • Duchess,
        Anne Rice did with this review what she has with hundreds before – good, bad or indifferent she holds them up to the light. One of her Facebook followers found the blog and called it to Anne’s attention. Anne posted the link, invited debate and asked her fans to be civil. She use this word several times a week. If you were a member of her Facebook page you would know your post is dead wrong and you are weighing in when your opinion is anything but informed. She asked no one to defend her work. I know Anne and several other authors and don’t know many who enjoy getting a bad review. That’s called being human. It’s certainly not Anne’s fault that this particular reviewer should probably return her literature degree. Even though multiple people have explained that Pandora is a Novella meant to be a companion to the Vampire Chronicles she insist that this story should stand on its own. I have news for the blogger. She didn’t write Pandora for you. She wrote it for us! How would one of her teachers have reacted if she reviewed Professor Tolkien’s Return of the King without having read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings or The Two Towers? I would think she would be told to go back to the drawing board. I would politely suggest you do the same.

      • Duchess,
        Anne Rice did with this review what she has with hundreds before – good, bad or indifferent she holds them up to the light. One of her Facebook followers found the blog and called it to Anne’s attention. Anne posted the link, invited debate and asked her fans to be civil. She use this word several times a week. If you were a member of her Facebook page you would know your post is dead wrong and you are weighing in when your opinion is anything but informed. She asked no one to defend her work. I know Anne and several other authors and don’t know many who enjoy getting a bad review. That’s called being human. It’s certainly not Anne’s fault that this particular reviewer should probably return her literature degree. Even though multiple people have explained that Pandora is a Novella meant to be a companion to the Vampire Chronicles she insist that this story should stand on its own. I have news for the blogger. She didn’t write Pandora for you. She wrote it for us! How would one of her teachers have reacted if she reviewed Professor Tolkien’s Return of the King without having read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings or The Two Towers? I would think she would be told to go back to the drawing board. I would politely suggest you do the same.

  95. Really, sorry people are flooding you page with extremist comments.
    I’ve read almost all Anne Rice’s books, including Pandora, and I have to say Pandora, even in context, was absolutely horrible.
    I hated it.
    And it was exactly because of what you said, because of how unreal it seemed in the fantasy world. How Pandora as a character didn’t transmit a thing to me.
    Finally, having said that, I did enjoy a lot almost every other novel I read of her. You should give a chance to novels such as Interview With a Vampire, and if you’re not so interested in vampires then novels such as Violin or the witches saga (The WItching Hour is the first).
    Regarding the discussion of wether the book should be able to stand alone or not, I believe it quite an issue. I had read many books of the other series before coming across it and still I didn’t understand many of the references. Anyway I cannot say that books written in “saga” format should not rely on the information given on previous books so as not to repeat themselves.

    I apologize if I made any mistakes, English is not my mother tongue :).

    • For English not being your mother tongue, you are the most articulate and sensible person on here so far with what you write. I agree with this 100%. Interview was great. Lestat was good. Queen of the Damned was ok. Beyond that it just gave me a very ‘meh’ feeling.

  96. Really, sorry people are flooding you page with extremist comments.
    I’ve read almost all Anne Rice’s books, including Pandora, and I have to say Pandora, even in context, was absolutely horrible.
    I hated it.
    And it was exactly because of what you said, because of how unreal it seemed in the fantasy world. How Pandora as a character didn’t transmit a thing to me.
    Finally, having said that, I did enjoy a lot almost every other novel I read of her. You should give a chance to novels such as Interview With a Vampire, and if you’re not so interested in vampires then novels such as Violin or the witches saga (The WItching Hour is the first).
    Regarding the discussion of wether the book should be able to stand alone or not, I believe it quite an issue. I had read many books of the other series before coming across it and still I didn’t understand many of the references. Anyway I cannot say that books written in “saga” format should not rely on the information given on previous books so as not to repeat themselves.

    I apologize if I made any mistakes, English is not my mother tongue :).

  97. Really, sorry people are flooding you page with extremist comments.
    I’ve read almost all Anne Rice’s books, including Pandora, and I have to say Pandora, even in context, was absolutely horrible.
    I hated it.
    And it was exactly because of what you said, because of how unreal it seemed in the fantasy world. How Pandora as a character didn’t transmit a thing to me.
    Finally, having said that, I did enjoy a lot almost every other novel I read of her. You should give a chance to novels such as Interview With a Vampire, and if you’re not so interested in vampires then novels such as Violin or the witches saga (The WItching Hour is the first).
    Regarding the discussion of wether the book should be able to stand alone or not, I believe it quite an issue. I had read many books of the other series before coming across it and still I didn’t understand many of the references. Anyway I cannot say that books written in “saga” format should not rely on the information given on previous books so as not to repeat themselves.

    I apologize if I made any mistakes, English is not my mother tongue :).

    • For English not being your mother tongue, you are the most articulate and sensible person on here so far with what you write. I agree with this 100%. Interview was great. Lestat was good. Queen of the Damned was ok. Beyond that it just gave me a very ‘meh’ feeling.

  98. Really, sorry people are flooding you page with extremist comments.
    I’ve read almost all Anne Rice’s books, including Pandora, and I have to say Pandora, even in context, was absolutely horrible.
    I hated it.
    And it was exactly because of what you said, because of how unreal it seemed in the fantasy world. How Pandora as a character didn’t transmit a thing to me.
    Finally, having said that, I did enjoy a lot almost every other novel I read of her. You should give a chance to novels such as Interview With a Vampire, and if you’re not so interested in vampires then novels such as Violin or the witches saga (The WItching Hour is the first).
    Regarding the discussion of wether the book should be able to stand alone or not, I believe it quite an issue. I had read many books of the other series before coming across it and still I didn’t understand many of the references. Anyway I cannot say that books written in “saga” format should not rely on the information given on previous books so as not to repeat themselves.

    I apologize if I made any mistakes, English is not my mother tongue :).

    • For English not being your mother tongue, you are the most articulate and sensible person on here so far with what you write. I agree with this 100%. Interview was great. Lestat was good. Queen of the Damned was ok. Beyond that it just gave me a very ‘meh’ feeling.

  99. Really, sorry people are flooding you page with extremist comments.
    I’ve read almost all Anne Rice’s books, including Pandora, and I have to say Pandora, even in context, was absolutely horrible.
    I hated it.
    And it was exactly because of what you said, because of how unreal it seemed in the fantasy world. How Pandora as a character didn’t transmit a thing to me.
    Finally, having said that, I did enjoy a lot almost every other novel I read of her. You should give a chance to novels such as Interview With a Vampire, and if you’re not so interested in vampires then novels such as Violin or the witches saga (The WItching Hour is the first).
    Regarding the discussion of wether the book should be able to stand alone or not, I believe it quite an issue. I had read many books of the other series before coming across it and still I didn’t understand many of the references. Anyway I cannot say that books written in “saga” format should not rely on the information given on previous books so as not to repeat themselves.

    I apologize if I made any mistakes, English is not my mother tongue :).

    • For English not being your mother tongue, you are the most articulate and sensible person on here so far with what you write. I agree with this 100%. Interview was great. Lestat was good. Queen of the Damned was ok. Beyond that it just gave me a very ‘meh’ feeling.

  100. Really, sorry people are flooding you page with extremist comments.
    I’ve read almost all Anne Rice’s books, including Pandora, and I have to say Pandora, even in context, was absolutely horrible.
    I hated it.
    And it was exactly because of what you said, because of how unreal it seemed in the fantasy world. How Pandora as a character didn’t transmit a thing to me.
    Finally, having said that, I did enjoy a lot almost every other novel I read of her. You should give a chance to novels such as Interview With a Vampire, and if you’re not so interested in vampires then novels such as Violin or the witches saga (The WItching Hour is the first).
    Regarding the discussion of wether the book should be able to stand alone or not, I believe it quite an issue. I had read many books of the other series before coming across it and still I didn’t understand many of the references. Anyway I cannot say that books written in “saga” format should not rely on the information given on previous books so as not to repeat themselves.

    I apologize if I made any mistakes, English is not my mother tongue :).

    • For English not being your mother tongue, you are the most articulate and sensible person on here so far with what you write. I agree with this 100%. Interview was great. Lestat was good. Queen of the Damned was ok. Beyond that it just gave me a very ‘meh’ feeling.

  101. You are indeed a “small scale blogger” and for that I will forgive you. Not for you under-informed and inaccurate review. You are entitled to your opinion and the expression of that opinion. However, no true writer would ever physically destroy someone else’s work and then add insult to injury by publicizing they did such a thing. You do not have to like everything you read. In fact, you would be a poor reviewer if you did; but respect the pen! And yes that goes for Mein Kampf too…

    • But the alternative would have been it most likely thrown in a bin. That makes me sad, no matter what the book is. I have kept and tried to save so many books, beautiful vintage books that smell of heaven and contain information that is no longer published. Not comparable to a flimsy paperback from a popular author. Thank you for the comment, though it does come across as a bit condescending, but I’ll forgive you :)

    • Do you know how many unsold, unsellable, and ridiculously out-of-date books get chucked by bookstores, secondhand shops, and even charity organizations? I know I’ve personally dumped hundreds of thousands of books into bulk recycling, and I was one employee in one store where pretty much *everyone* was an avid reader to one extent or another. Sometimes books just reach a dead end and it’s better that they get recycled in one way or another than end up in a landfill.

      Would I chuck Mein Kampf just because it was Mein Kampf? No; as abhorrent as the ideas it contains are it’s a key part of understanding that period of history, and learning from it can help prevent other atrocities. Would I chuck Mein Kampf because that copy was missing fifty pages out of the middle/the binding was falling apart/it was covered in mold/it reeked of cat piss/ AND oh look, there are literally a dozen more copies in stock just in this one store alone, with several million copies in worldwide circulation? Of course, and since it it’s fucking HITLER, why not relish it a little as I rip it up to go into recycling?

  102. You are indeed a “small scale blogger” and for that I will forgive you. Not for you under-informed and inaccurate review. You are entitled to your opinion and the expression of that opinion. However, no true writer would ever physically destroy someone else’s work and then add insult to injury by publicizing they did such a thing. You do not have to like everything you read. In fact, you would be a poor reviewer if you did; but respect the pen! And yes that goes for Mein Kampf too…

    • Do you know how many unsold, unsellable, and ridiculously out-of-date books get chucked by bookstores, secondhand shops, and even charity organizations? I know I’ve personally dumped hundreds of thousands of books into bulk recycling, and I was one employee in one store where pretty much *everyone* was an avid reader to one extent or another. Sometimes books just reach a dead end and it’s better that they get recycled in one way or another than end up in a landfill.

      Would I chuck Mein Kampf just because it was Mein Kampf? No; as abhorrent as the ideas it contains are it’s a key part of understanding that period of history, and learning from it can help prevent other atrocities. Would I chuck Mein Kampf because that copy was missing fifty pages out of the middle/the binding was falling apart/it was covered in mold/it reeked of cat piss/ AND oh look, there are literally a dozen more copies in stock just in this one store alone, with several million copies in worldwide circulation? Of course, and since it it’s fucking HITLER, why not relish it a little as I rip it up to go into recycling?

    • “No true writer…” Is that like “No true Scotsman”? So you don’t have to confront the terrible, awful fact that not everyone worships the physical form of the book – instead, you can just dismiss what they’ve got to say? I’m getting close here, aren’t I?

  103. You are indeed a “small scale blogger” and for that I will forgive you. Not for you under-informed and inaccurate review. You are entitled to your opinion and the expression of that opinion. However, no true writer would ever physically destroy someone else’s work and then add insult to injury by publicizing they did such a thing. You do not have to like everything you read. In fact, you would be a poor reviewer if you did; but respect the pen! And yes that goes for Mein Kampf too…

    • Do you know how many unsold, unsellable, and ridiculously out-of-date books get chucked by bookstores, secondhand shops, and even charity organizations? I know I’ve personally dumped hundreds of thousands of books into bulk recycling, and I was one employee in one store where pretty much *everyone* was an avid reader to one extent or another. Sometimes books just reach a dead end and it’s better that they get recycled in one way or another than end up in a landfill.

      Would I chuck Mein Kampf just because it was Mein Kampf? No; as abhorrent as the ideas it contains are it’s a key part of understanding that period of history, and learning from it can help prevent other atrocities. Would I chuck Mein Kampf because that copy was missing fifty pages out of the middle/the binding was falling apart/it was covered in mold/it reeked of cat piss/ AND oh look, there are literally a dozen more copies in stock just in this one store alone, with several million copies in worldwide circulation? Of course, and since it it’s fucking HITLER, why not relish it a little as I rip it up to go into recycling?

  104. You are indeed a “small scale blogger” and for that I will forgive you. Not for you under-informed and inaccurate review. You are entitled to your opinion and the expression of that opinion. However, no true writer would ever physically destroy someone else’s work and then add insult to injury by publicizing they did such a thing. You do not have to like everything you read. In fact, you would be a poor reviewer if you did; but respect the pen! And yes that goes for Mein Kampf too…

    • But the alternative would have been it most likely thrown in a bin. That makes me sad, no matter what the book is. I have kept and tried to save so many books, beautiful vintage books that smell of heaven and contain information that is no longer published. Not comparable to a flimsy paperback from a popular author. Thank you for the comment, though it does come across as a bit condescending, but I’ll forgive you :)

    • Do you know how many unsold, unsellable, and ridiculously out-of-date books get chucked by bookstores, secondhand shops, and even charity organizations? I know I’ve personally dumped hundreds of thousands of books into bulk recycling, and I was one employee in one store where pretty much *everyone* was an avid reader to one extent or another. Sometimes books just reach a dead end and it’s better that they get recycled in one way or another than end up in a landfill.

      Would I chuck Mein Kampf just because it was Mein Kampf? No; as abhorrent as the ideas it contains are it’s a key part of understanding that period of history, and learning from it can help prevent other atrocities. Would I chuck Mein Kampf because that copy was missing fifty pages out of the middle/the binding was falling apart/it was covered in mold/it reeked of cat piss/ AND oh look, there are literally a dozen more copies in stock just in this one store alone, with several million copies in worldwide circulation? Of course, and since it it’s fucking HITLER, why not relish it a little as I rip it up to go into recycling?

    • I am going through this thread and getting weary of the “cutting up/desecrating books = immaturity” argument. Not all bibliophiles worship the physical object of a book. You can get a large number of Anne Rice books in digital format nowadays, actually, and read from a large library wherever you go. There is no social code that requires a respect for books as a physical object, there is no norm to be violated, and honestly, the fact that she read the book before using it for the purpose she bought it for shows an amount of respect for the author that frankly, the author has not returned in her response to this review. Crafting is not immature, cutting up objects that you value is not immature, recycling is not immature. Commenting on someone’s blog attacking them personally for crafting, well, an argument could be made that that is very immature.

    • “No true writer…” Is that like “No true Scotsman”? So you don’t have to confront the terrible, awful fact that not everyone worships the physical form of the book – instead, you can just dismiss what they’ve got to say? I’m getting close here, aren’t I?

  105. I like Anne Rice. That being said, I also like having the freedom to express myself! Way to go.

    P.S.your craft is cute

  106. I like Anne Rice. That being said, I also like having the freedom to express myself! Way to go.

    P.S.your craft is cute

  107. Ok, so I am an Anne Rice fan, but as I also was not a big fan of Pandora, do not argue your review. I do think these comments say something sad about fans that everyone is acting like a gang.

    As I also like to craft, I have to compliment you on the lovely decopatch. I have been known to desecrate books in the past, in the name of crafts of course.

    Keep up the good work and don’t let the harsher points of the internet get you down!

  108. Ok, so I am an Anne Rice fan, but as I also was not a big fan of Pandora, do not argue your review. I do think these comments say something sad about fans that everyone is acting like a gang.

    As I also like to craft, I have to compliment you on the lovely decopatch. I have been known to desecrate books in the past, in the name of crafts of course.

    Keep up the good work and don’t let the harsher points of the internet get you down!

  109. I was also directed here by Anne Rice’s FB page. However, she did NOT say “go here and harass this woman”. Anne often posts negative reviews of her books and often asks her fans to give feedback – even negative – on her books. It has always been my impression from what she has said that she welcomes the criticism as well as the compliments. She is the kind of person who thinks about every subject from all sides. I think she would be sad to see some of the vitriol directed at you by her fans. I, admittedly, didn’t read all of the comments here. But I read enough to get the gist and I see many people are under the impression that Pandora is part of the vampire series which it is not. It WAS meant as a companion novella to the series to give a little more back story on a lesser character within the series. I am a long time fan of Anne’s. In fact, I have been a fan so long that I remember going into bookstores looking for her next book and the people in there not knowing who she was. So I guess I’ve been a fan since before it was cool to be so. I’ve been fortunate to meet her many times and have read everything she has written. Honestly, I don’t love all of her books. There are some that are much better than others and a few that are great. I’ve always said that she is the kind of writer that you either love or you hate but can rarely be ambivalent about. It might have drawn less ire if you had mentioned at the beginning that you intended all along to use the pages of the book for an art project but I imagine your initial urge to not do so was that you were employing a bit of dramatic license. I certainly don’t fault you for that. Even if you had though, there are those that would still be up in arms about cutting up a book; any book. These are the same people that show disdain for those of us who use Kindles for reading rather than “real” books. Nevermind that if I owned every book I have read there would be no room for furniture in my house. I’m not imploring you to read more Anne Rice so that you come to the “right” opinion of her. I’m not suggesting that you have no literary taste because she’s not your thing. You have every right to your opinion and Anne would fight for you to have the right to exercise that opinion. That, in essence, is why I am commenting. While I won’t profess to be her best friend or even someone who’s name she would even remember; I have met Anne quite a few times and had some very good conversations with her. She is strident and passionate about those things she believes in but I truly don’t believe she “sicked” her fans on you. When someone in comments on her FB page said they weren’t aware Pandora was a “weak” novel Anne replied, “I didn’t know it was a weak novel either, but the author is some times not the best judge.”. She certainly has a sharp tongue when she wants to and she certainly could have employed it in this circumstance. But as you see, she did not.

    • Anne Rice did all but flat-out direct her fans to come here. She posted to Facebook and Tweeted about it, When she posted on Facebook, the first person who disagreed with Rice and said the blogger bought the book, so “she can do whatever the hell she wants with it” received a personal response from Rice, who quoted Miss Articulate’s About page, directly encouraging her fans to personally insult Miss Articulate. A few minutes later, Anne Rice thanked everyone for a “spirited discussion” — i.e. mostly negative, personal attacks on Miss Articulate — then said ” I hope Miss Articulate is pleased with the numbers who have discovered her blog.”

      She could hardly have been more obvious about her intent. She has left comments up on her Facebook account calling Miss Articulate a stalker, a Nazi, mentally ill, and there are even a few threats in there. Many fans claim Miss Articulate just wanted the attention, which, as you know, Anne Rice herself suggested very early on.

      Rice also suggested Miss Articulate was sexist, saying “This is not the first time I’ve seen a reader offended by Pandora’s strength and confidence” but her male characters are “received” differently.

      I do not in the least believe Rice would be sad to see this vitriol. I am firmly convinced this is exactly the reaction she wanted. It’s not as though this is the first time she has flown off the handle about a poor review.

      • Thanks for the comment, I did see her post my bio on her FB which was odd and unnecessary. I want unaware she herself had gotten involved, don’t particularly get how I’m a stalker :P thanks for the comment

  110. I was also directed here by Anne Rice’s FB page. However, she did NOT say “go here and harass this woman”. Anne often posts negative reviews of her books and often asks her fans to give feedback – even negative – on her books. It has always been my impression from what she has said that she welcomes the criticism as well as the compliments. She is the kind of person who thinks about every subject from all sides. I think she would be sad to see some of the vitriol directed at you by her fans. I, admittedly, didn’t read all of the comments here. But I read enough to get the gist and I see many people are under the impression that Pandora is part of the vampire series which it is not. It WAS meant as a companion novella to the series to give a little more back story on a lesser character within the series. I am a long time fan of Anne’s. In fact, I have been a fan so long that I remember going into bookstores looking for her next book and the people in there not knowing who she was. So I guess I’ve been a fan since before it was cool to be so. I’ve been fortunate to meet her many times and have read everything she has written. Honestly, I don’t love all of her books. There are some that are much better than others and a few that are great. I’ve always said that she is the kind of writer that you either love or you hate but can rarely be ambivalent about. It might have drawn less ire if you had mentioned at the beginning that you intended all along to use the pages of the book for an art project but I imagine your initial urge to not do so was that you were employing a bit of dramatic license. I certainly don’t fault you for that. Even if you had though, there are those that would still be up in arms about cutting up a book; any book. These are the same people that show disdain for those of us who use Kindles for reading rather than “real” books. Nevermind that if I owned every book I have read there would be no room for furniture in my house. I’m not imploring you to read more Anne Rice so that you come to the “right” opinion of her. I’m not suggesting that you have no literary taste because she’s not your thing. You have every right to your opinion and Anne would fight for you to have the right to exercise that opinion. That, in essence, is why I am commenting. While I won’t profess to be her best friend or even someone who’s name she would even remember; I have met Anne quite a few times and had some very good conversations with her. She is strident and passionate about those things she believes in but I truly don’t believe she “sicked” her fans on you. When someone in comments on her FB page said they weren’t aware Pandora was a “weak” novel Anne replied, “I didn’t know it was a weak novel either, but the author is some times not the best judge.”. She certainly has a sharp tongue when she wants to and she certainly could have employed it in this circumstance. But as you see, she did not.

    • Anne Rice did all but flat-out direct her fans to come here. She posted to Facebook and Tweeted about it, When she posted on Facebook, the first person who disagreed with Rice and said the blogger bought the book, so “she can do whatever the hell she wants with it” received a personal response from Rice, who quoted Miss Articulate’s About page, directly encouraging her fans to personally insult Miss Articulate. A few minutes later, Anne Rice thanked everyone for a “spirited discussion” — i.e. mostly negative, personal attacks on Miss Articulate — then said ” I hope Miss Articulate is pleased with the numbers who have discovered her blog.”

      She could hardly have been more obvious about her intent. She has left comments up on her Facebook account calling Miss Articulate a stalker, a Nazi, mentally ill, and there are even a few threats in there. Many fans claim Miss Articulate just wanted the attention, which, as you know, Anne Rice herself suggested very early on.

      Rice also suggested Miss Articulate was sexist, saying “This is not the first time I’ve seen a reader offended by Pandora’s strength and confidence” but her male characters are “received” differently.

      I do not in the least believe Rice would be sad to see this vitriol. I am firmly convinced this is exactly the reaction she wanted. It’s not as though this is the first time she has flown off the handle about a poor review.

      • Thanks for the comment, I did see her post my bio on her FB which was odd and unnecessary. I want unaware she herself had gotten involved, don’t particularly get how I’m a stalker :P thanks for the comment

      • Stacia~
        Wrong, wrong and wrong. You don’t have a clue what you are talking about. Anne has posted more than 100 reviews and links to reviews over the last few months. Good and bad and she always asks people to be decent. She can’t help that so many of her fan are like you – ignorant! Pull your head out and don’t pretend you know what Anne’s intentions are. I have been on her page since day one and know you are DEAD WRONG!

  111. I was also directed here by Anne Rice’s FB page. However, she did NOT say “go here and harass this woman”. Anne often posts negative reviews of her books and often asks her fans to give feedback – even negative – on her books. It has always been my impression from what she has said that she welcomes the criticism as well as the compliments. She is the kind of person who thinks about every subject from all sides. I think she would be sad to see some of the vitriol directed at you by her fans. I, admittedly, didn’t read all of the comments here. But I read enough to get the gist and I see many people are under the impression that Pandora is part of the vampire series which it is not. It WAS meant as a companion novella to the series to give a little more back story on a lesser character within the series. I am a long time fan of Anne’s. In fact, I have been a fan so long that I remember going into bookstores looking for her next book and the people in there not knowing who she was. So I guess I’ve been a fan since before it was cool to be so. I’ve been fortunate to meet her many times and have read everything she has written. Honestly, I don’t love all of her books. There are some that are much better than others and a few that are great. I’ve always said that she is the kind of writer that you either love or you hate but can rarely be ambivalent about. It might have drawn less ire if you had mentioned at the beginning that you intended all along to use the pages of the book for an art project but I imagine your initial urge to not do so was that you were employing a bit of dramatic license. I certainly don’t fault you for that. Even if you had though, there are those that would still be up in arms about cutting up a book; any book. These are the same people that show disdain for those of us who use Kindles for reading rather than “real” books. Nevermind that if I owned every book I have read there would be no room for furniture in my house. I’m not imploring you to read more Anne Rice so that you come to the “right” opinion of her. I’m not suggesting that you have no literary taste because she’s not your thing. You have every right to your opinion and Anne would fight for you to have the right to exercise that opinion. That, in essence, is why I am commenting. While I won’t profess to be her best friend or even someone who’s name she would even remember; I have met Anne quite a few times and had some very good conversations with her. She is strident and passionate about those things she believes in but I truly don’t believe she “sicked” her fans on you. When someone in comments on her FB page said they weren’t aware Pandora was a “weak” novel Anne replied, “I didn’t know it was a weak novel either, but the author is some times not the best judge.”. She certainly has a sharp tongue when she wants to and she certainly could have employed it in this circumstance. But as you see, she did not.

    • I concur. Anne did not direct anyone here with the intention of bashing the reviewer. And I do also find it interesting that the people who are very loudly commenting that everyone is entitled to their opinion, are essentially bashing those giving opinion on an opinion. The curse that is the internet.

    • Anne Rice did all but flat-out direct her fans to come here. She posted to Facebook and Tweeted about it, When she posted on Facebook, the first person who disagreed with Rice and said the blogger bought the book, so “she can do whatever the hell she wants with it” received a personal response from Rice, who quoted Miss Articulate’s About page, directly encouraging her fans to personally insult Miss Articulate. A few minutes later, Anne Rice thanked everyone for a “spirited discussion” — i.e. mostly negative, personal attacks on Miss Articulate — then said ” I hope Miss Articulate is pleased with the numbers who have discovered her blog.”

      She could hardly have been more obvious about her intent. She has left comments up on her Facebook account calling Miss Articulate a stalker, a Nazi, mentally ill, and there are even a few threats in there. Many fans claim Miss Articulate just wanted the attention, which, as you know, Anne Rice herself suggested very early on.

      Rice also suggested Miss Articulate was sexist, saying “This is not the first time I’ve seen a reader offended by Pandora’s strength and confidence” but her male characters are “received” differently.

      I do not in the least believe Rice would be sad to see this vitriol. I am firmly convinced this is exactly the reaction she wanted. It’s not as though this is the first time she has flown off the handle about a poor review.

      • Thanks for the comment, I did see her post my bio on her FB which was odd and unnecessary. I want unaware she herself had gotten involved, don’t particularly get how I’m a stalker :P thanks for the comment

      • Stacia~
        Wrong, wrong and wrong. You don’t have a clue what you are talking about. Anne has posted more than 100 reviews and links to reviews over the last few months. Good and bad and she always asks people to be decent. She can’t help that so many of her fan are like you – ignorant! Pull your head out and don’t pretend you know what Anne’s intentions are. I have been on her page since day one and know you are DEAD WRONG!

  112. I’m really disappointed in my fellow Anne Rice fans. You have just as much right not to enjoy the book as any one of us has to dislike any other book out there. What upsets me is how immature those who have commented have been. I had assumed we were a little more civilized than some other fan presences on the internet, but I guess I’m wrong. I’m almost disgusted to the point of not wanting to be associated with such a group. I was so inspired by The Vampire Chronicles as a teen and I thought if there was ever a group of people I could always relate to, it was my fellow fans of these books. I’m so sad to realize that isn’t true. This is a damn book review and that’s fine that you didn’t like it, and I’m impressed that instead of throwing the whole book away, you used the pages for crafts. That really is impressive to me, to use words you disagreed with as a tool in a creative outlet of your own. I’m glad I always borrowed these books from my mother. Because now I don’t have to go through the heartbreak of giving them away.

  113. I’m really disappointed in my fellow Anne Rice fans. You have just as much right not to enjoy the book as any one of us has to dislike any other book out there. What upsets me is how immature those who have commented have been. I had assumed we were a little more civilized than some other fan presences on the internet, but I guess I’m wrong. I’m almost disgusted to the point of not wanting to be associated with such a group. I was so inspired by The Vampire Chronicles as a teen and I thought if there was ever a group of people I could always relate to, it was my fellow fans of these books. I’m so sad to realize that isn’t true. This is a damn book review and that’s fine that you didn’t like it, and I’m impressed that instead of throwing the whole book away, you used the pages for crafts. That really is impressive to me, to use words you disagreed with as a tool in a creative outlet of your own. I’m glad I always borrowed these books from my mother. Because now I don’t have to go through the heartbreak of giving them away.

  114. I’m really disappointed in my fellow Anne Rice fans. You have just as much right not to enjoy the book as any one of us has to dislike any other book out there. What upsets me is how immature those who have commented have been. I had assumed we were a little more civilized than some other fan presences on the internet, but I guess I’m wrong. I’m almost disgusted to the point of not wanting to be associated with such a group. I was so inspired by The Vampire Chronicles as a teen and I thought if there was ever a group of people I could always relate to, it was my fellow fans of these books. I’m so sad to realize that isn’t true. This is a damn book review and that’s fine that you didn’t like it, and I’m impressed that instead of throwing the whole book away, you used the pages for crafts. That really is impressive to me, to use words you disagreed with as a tool in a creative outlet of your own. I’m glad I always borrowed these books from my mother. Because now I don’t have to go through the heartbreak of giving them away.

  115. I’m really disappointed in my fellow Anne Rice fans. You have just as much right not to enjoy the book as any one of us has to dislike any other book out there. What upsets me is how immature those who have commented have been. I had assumed we were a little more civilized than some other fan presences on the internet, but I guess I’m wrong. I’m almost disgusted to the point of not wanting to be associated with such a group. I was so inspired by The Vampire Chronicles as a teen and I thought if there was ever a group of people I could always relate to, it was my fellow fans of these books. I’m so sad to realize that isn’t true. This is a damn book review and that’s fine that you didn’t like it, and I’m impressed that instead of throwing the whole book away, you used the pages for crafts. That really is impressive to me, to use words you disagreed with as a tool in a creative outlet of your own. I’m glad I always borrowed these books from my mother. Because now I don’t have to go through the heartbreak of giving them away.

  116. I’m so sorry that Anne’s fans have descended on your blog like a pack of hungry wolves. I’ve read most of the comments on Anne’s Facebook page and they are terrible. I’ve always been a huge fan of hers, but after this stunt, I will not be purchasing any more of her books. I don’t like how Anne has handled this at all and her fans are showing very little class. There are more productive ways of venting about a negative book review. They didn’t need to make this so personal.

    • Anne always posts these reviews and then acts surprised when the blogger is attacked. It’s a vile, nasty trick of hers to manipulate some pretty dim people into being her attack dogs. TIme and time again, decent fans have asked her to stop doing this or at least tell her fans not to come at the reviewers with ad-hominem attacks; she never does.

    • This is the reason people posted here. You are blaming Anne Rice for the opinions of others. She had nothing to do with anything anyone chose to write here. The blog article was very personal. That is why others made their comments personal. Why have a comment section if people cannot say what they really think. This person surely did so. I see a double standard. Name calling was not mature but if you read articles in the news some of a certain age do that sort of thing. If you are going to have a blog on the net that is very critical expect that to happen but don’t blame Anne Rice for something she couldn’t control. The discussion was for FB but people got mad. I don’t think they would have if it was merely an ordinary critique but it was very hateful. Sorry but that is how I saw it and I think others as well.

      • She didn’t have to come here. She didn’t have to link this blog on her Facebook page. She could have discussed the contents of this blog without actually naming it. Anne WANTED people to come here and tell this blogger off. She certainly didn’t ask them not to. This is THIS blogger’s blog. Not yours. Not Anne’s. She can do whatever she wants here and frankly, it’s not Anne’s business to “out” people who do not like her books. This isn’t the first time Anne has pulled this kind of stunt on reviewers. She needs to learn to grow a thicker skin. Over 739,000 fans of Anne’s against one reviewer. It’s pathetic. It’s fine not to agree with the reviewer, but some people on here and MANY people on Anne’s page have taken this way too far.

  117. I’m so sorry that Anne’s fans have descended on your blog like a pack of hungry wolves. I’ve read most of the comments on Anne’s Facebook page and they are terrible. I’ve always been a huge fan of hers, but after this stunt, I will not be purchasing any more of her books. I don’t like how Anne has handled this at all and her fans are showing very little class. There are more productive ways of venting about a negative book review. They didn’t need to make this so personal.

    • Anne always posts these reviews and then acts surprised when the blogger is attacked. It’s a vile, nasty trick of hers to manipulate some pretty dim people into being her attack dogs. TIme and time again, decent fans have asked her to stop doing this or at least tell her fans not to come at the reviewers with ad-hominem attacks; she never does.

    • This is the reason people posted here. You are blaming Anne Rice for the opinions of others. She had nothing to do with anything anyone chose to write here. The blog article was very personal. That is why others made their comments personal. Why have a comment section if people cannot say what they really think. This person surely did so. I see a double standard. Name calling was not mature but if you read articles in the news some of a certain age do that sort of thing. If you are going to have a blog on the net that is very critical expect that to happen but don’t blame Anne Rice for something she couldn’t control. The discussion was for FB but people got mad. I don’t think they would have if it was merely an ordinary critique but it was very hateful. Sorry but that is how I saw it and I think others as well.

        • Tim, you are demonstrating a lack of familiarity with just how females engage in bullying. Males may like to go directly to blows, but female bullies routinely use words and proxies. “That girl’s being mean to me. What do you think about that, friends? Be civil, now…” is plausible deniability, but unquestionable directive. The wink/nudge are not actually needed; they are understood. As someone who experienced it from my childhood peers, I find your willful blindness severely grating. Further, Anne Rice has a history of vicious, over-the-top personal attacks against anyone she feels has wronged her, no matter how slight the offense. She is a bully with the emotional maturity of a six-year-old, and I would certainly go tell her that, except that she also has a history of deleting comments that she dislikes.

          http://www.angelfire.com/rant/croatoan/

          http://www.journalfen.net/community/fandom_wank/tag/person:+anne+rice

          and just for the amusement value:
          https://encyclopediadramatica.se/Rice_out

          and to Miss Articulate: I salute you for your patience and grace in this. Long may you blog.

        • “Once again you are completely wrong about how the blogger got the attention of Anne’s fans.”

          Let’s see:

          1. Miss Articulate, a blogger, bought an already falling apart copy of “Pandora” to use in a craft project. Said blogger read the book, didn’t like it, and posted her opinion on it before cutting it for her project.

          2. Anne Rice, somehow, got a sniff of this and posted a link to Miss Articulate’s blog on her own FB–melodramatically stating that Miss Articulate had “loathed the book so much she cut it to pieces.”

          3. Soon enough, some of Rice’s rabid fans came here to spit abuse at Miss Articulate–who had her personal information displayed on Rice’s FB by Rice herself. I suppose that was necessary to keep the bashing you have called “discussion” classy.

          4. You believe that Rice’s stalkerish behaviour is somehow justified. Therefore you, the Bearer of the Truth, have come here, several times, to explain how everyone is “completely wrong.”

          “PEOPLE, I AM GOING TO KEEP POSTING THE TRUTH UNTIL YOU GET IT THROUGH YOUR THICK SKULLS.”

          Please, don’t. Most of us are quite capable of adding 2 + 2, thank you very much. Besides, you and your pals have spammed this blog for days. Have you nothing better to do? Get a life, for God’s sake!

          Marianella (from Brazil)

  118. I’m so sorry that Anne’s fans have descended on your blog like a pack of hungry wolves. I’ve read most of the comments on Anne’s Facebook page and they are terrible. I’ve always been a huge fan of hers, but after this stunt, I will not be purchasing any more of her books. I don’t like how Anne has handled this at all and her fans are showing very little class. There are more productive ways of venting about a negative book review. They didn’t need to make this so personal.

    • This is the reason people posted here. You are blaming Anne Rice for the opinions of others. She had nothing to do with anything anyone chose to write here. The blog article was very personal. That is why others made their comments personal. Why have a comment section if people cannot say what they really think. This person surely did so. I see a double standard. Name calling was not mature but if you read articles in the news some of a certain age do that sort of thing. If you are going to have a blog on the net that is very critical expect that to happen but don’t blame Anne Rice for something she couldn’t control. The discussion was for FB but people got mad. I don’t think they would have if it was merely an ordinary critique but it was very hateful. Sorry but that is how I saw it and I think others as well.

      • She didn’t have to come here. She didn’t have to link this blog on her Facebook page. She could have discussed the contents of this blog without actually naming it. Anne WANTED people to come here and tell this blogger off. She certainly didn’t ask them not to. This is THIS blogger’s blog. Not yours. Not Anne’s. She can do whatever she wants here and frankly, it’s not Anne’s business to “out” people who do not like her books. This isn’t the first time Anne has pulled this kind of stunt on reviewers. She needs to learn to grow a thicker skin. Over 739,000 fans of Anne’s against one reviewer. It’s pathetic. It’s fine not to agree with the reviewer, but some people on here and MANY people on Anne’s page have taken this way too far.

  119. I’m so sorry that Anne’s fans have descended on your blog like a pack of hungry wolves. I’ve read most of the comments on Anne’s Facebook page and they are terrible. I’ve always been a huge fan of hers, but after this stunt, I will not be purchasing any more of her books. I don’t like how Anne has handled this at all and her fans are showing very little class. There are more productive ways of venting about a negative book review. They didn’t need to make this so personal.

    • Anne always posts these reviews and then acts surprised when the blogger is attacked. It’s a vile, nasty trick of hers to manipulate some pretty dim people into being her attack dogs. TIme and time again, decent fans have asked her to stop doing this or at least tell her fans not to come at the reviewers with ad-hominem attacks; she never does.

    • I also unfortunately read the first few pages of comments on the FB post, distressing stuff to be sure. But I don’t mind, it’s just the Internet and I’m getting lots of helpful recommendations and critique from it :)

    • This is the reason people posted here. You are blaming Anne Rice for the opinions of others. She had nothing to do with anything anyone chose to write here. The blog article was very personal. That is why others made their comments personal. Why have a comment section if people cannot say what they really think. This person surely did so. I see a double standard. Name calling was not mature but if you read articles in the news some of a certain age do that sort of thing. If you are going to have a blog on the net that is very critical expect that to happen but don’t blame Anne Rice for something she couldn’t control. The discussion was for FB but people got mad. I don’t think they would have if it was merely an ordinary critique but it was very hateful. Sorry but that is how I saw it and I think others as well.

      • She didn’t have to come here. She didn’t have to link this blog on her Facebook page. She could have discussed the contents of this blog without actually naming it. Anne WANTED people to come here and tell this blogger off. She certainly didn’t ask them not to. This is THIS blogger’s blog. Not yours. Not Anne’s. She can do whatever she wants here and frankly, it’s not Anne’s business to “out” people who do not like her books. This isn’t the first time Anne has pulled this kind of stunt on reviewers. She needs to learn to grow a thicker skin. Over 739,000 fans of Anne’s against one reviewer. It’s pathetic. It’s fine not to agree with the reviewer, but some people on here and MANY people on Anne’s page have taken this way too far.

      • For the hundreth time. No one on the Anne Rice Facebook page was directed to attack the blogger. Anne Rice did with this review what she has with hundreds before – good, bad or indifferent she holds them up to the light. She posted the link, invited debate and asked her fans to be civil. She use this word several times a week. If you were a member of her Facebook page you would know your post is dead wrong and you are weighing in when your opinion is anything but informed.

  120. I agree with Dawn’s post above. (I did not bother to read all posts, skimmed the majority which appeard negative.) The Mayfair Witches were my favorite of Anne’s novels and would also suggest you give them a try. I also found this article from Anne’s post on FB and I’m quite disappointed in her fans being so negative in their remarks to you. Regardless of what your personal opinion (& we are all entitled to our opinions!) was of this or any of her novels, did no one see the beautiful craft you made from her words? People, Please! We should be asking for you to post how you made this beautiful thing full of her words and our favorite character names!! For those of you so enamored with Anne’s work, wouldn’t you like a heart shaped pendant with perhaps Anne’s name & Lestat’s that you could wear near your bleeding heart? Or how about a pen cup on your desk emblazoned with the titles of all of your favorite Anne Rice novels? As a crafter and lover of books, I would spare a title page from my paper backs to create a work of art to keep on my desk to remind me of all things I love (& sometimes hate) about Anne’s work. I thank you for your post, your opinion and your craftiness. Please do not assume that all of Anne’s fan are such hateful people. Keep up the good work and never be afraid to share your opinion and your work.

  121. I agree with Dawn’s post above. (I did not bother to read all posts, skimmed the majority which appeard negative.) The Mayfair Witches were my favorite of Anne’s novels and would also suggest you give them a try. I also found this article from Anne’s post on FB and I’m quite disappointed in her fans being so negative in their remarks to you. Regardless of what your personal opinion (& we are all entitled to our opinions!) was of this or any of her novels, did no one see the beautiful craft you made from her words? People, Please! We should be asking for you to post how you made this beautiful thing full of her words and our favorite character names!! For those of you so enamored with Anne’s work, wouldn’t you like a heart shaped pendant with perhaps Anne’s name & Lestat’s that you could wear near your bleeding heart? Or how about a pen cup on your desk emblazoned with the titles of all of your favorite Anne Rice novels? As a crafter and lover of books, I would spare a title page from my paper backs to create a work of art to keep on my desk to remind me of all things I love (& sometimes hate) about Anne’s work. I thank you for your post, your opinion and your craftiness. Please do not assume that all of Anne’s fan are such hateful people. Keep up the good work and never be afraid to share your opinion and your work.

  122. I agree with Dawn’s post above. (I did not bother to read all posts, skimmed the majority which appeard negative.) The Mayfair Witches were my favorite of Anne’s novels and would also suggest you give them a try. I also found this article from Anne’s post on FB and I’m quite disappointed in her fans being so negative in their remarks to you. Regardless of what your personal opinion (& we are all entitled to our opinions!) was of this or any of her novels, did no one see the beautiful craft you made from her words? People, Please! We should be asking for you to post how you made this beautiful thing full of her words and our favorite character names!! For those of you so enamored with Anne’s work, wouldn’t you like a heart shaped pendant with perhaps Anne’s name & Lestat’s that you could wear near your bleeding heart? Or how about a pen cup on your desk emblazoned with the titles of all of your favorite Anne Rice novels? As a crafter and lover of books, I would spare a title page from my paper backs to create a work of art to keep on my desk to remind me of all things I love (& sometimes hate) about Anne’s work. I thank you for your post, your opinion and your craftiness. Please do not assume that all of Anne’s fan are such hateful people. Keep up the good work and never be afraid to share your opinion and your work.

  123. I agree with Dawn’s post above. (I did not bother to read all posts, skimmed the majority which appeard negative.) The Mayfair Witches were my favorite of Anne’s novels and would also suggest you give them a try. I also found this article from Anne’s post on FB and I’m quite disappointed in her fans being so negative in their remarks to you. Regardless of what your personal opinion (& we are all entitled to our opinions!) was of this or any of her novels, did no one see the beautiful craft you made from her words? People, Please! We should be asking for you to post how you made this beautiful thing full of her words and our favorite character names!! For those of you so enamored with Anne’s work, wouldn’t you like a heart shaped pendant with perhaps Anne’s name & Lestat’s that you could wear near your bleeding heart? Or how about a pen cup on your desk emblazoned with the titles of all of your favorite Anne Rice novels? As a crafter and lover of books, I would spare a title page from my paper backs to create a work of art to keep on my desk to remind me of all things I love (& sometimes hate) about Anne’s work. I thank you for your post, your opinion and your craftiness. Please do not assume that all of Anne’s fan are such hateful people. Keep up the good work and never be afraid to share your opinion and your work.

  124. I agree with Dawn’s post above. (I did not bother to read all posts, skimmed the majority which appeard negative.) The Mayfair Witches were my favorite of Anne’s novels and would also suggest you give them a try. I also found this article from Anne’s post on FB and I’m quite disappointed in her fans being so negative in their remarks to you. Regardless of what your personal opinion (& we are all entitled to our opinions!) was of this or any of her novels, did no one see the beautiful craft you made from her words? People, Please! We should be asking for you to post how you made this beautiful thing full of her words and our favorite character names!! For those of you so enamored with Anne’s work, wouldn’t you like a heart shaped pendant with perhaps Anne’s name & Lestat’s that you could wear near your bleeding heart? Or how about a pen cup on your desk emblazoned with the titles of all of your favorite Anne Rice novels? As a crafter and lover of books, I would spare a title page from my paper backs to create a work of art to keep on my desk to remind me of all things I love (& sometimes hate) about Anne’s work. I thank you for your post, your opinion and your craftiness. Please do not assume that all of Anne’s fan are such hateful people. Keep up the good work and never be afraid to share your opinion and your work.

  125. I’m an Anne Rice fan and I even like Pandora. To see all these people getting so worked up about one persons opinion literally made me LOL. Seriously. Comparing not liking a book and using it for a craft to being a nazi is just insane in my mind. This is the Internet. People can have their own opinions. Even if they’re comparing Twilight to an Anne Rice novel. That also made me LOL

  126. I’m an Anne Rice fan and I even like Pandora. To see all these people getting so worked up about one persons opinion literally made me LOL. Seriously. Comparing not liking a book and using it for a craft to being a nazi is just insane in my mind. This is the Internet. People can have their own opinions. Even if they’re comparing Twilight to an Anne Rice novel. That also made me LOL

  127. Let me start this by saying I am a die hard Anne Rice fan. I’m also a former Pagan and current “born again Christian”. I’m not sure what you know of the author personally, but here works and the story of her life have closely mirrored my own experiences and I feel a close bond to her work and the feeling and soul she has laid bare in them. Having said that, I also understand that her work is not for everyone. When I first started reading her work I couldn’t finish a novel. Her detailed descriptions and immense character development including her “humanization” of monstrous supernatural creatures was a bit over bearing for me at first. What kept me

    • Sorry, I got cut off. What kept me going back was her love of her caracters and her ability to bear her soul through them. I don’t blame you at all for disliking her work. She’s not an easy read. It took me years to really appreciate and love her, but once that connection is made, it’s a lifelong love. As far as destroying the book after reading it goes, what’s wrong with some art made from art? You say you bought the book with tho intention to red it then craft with it. Wether that’s true or a cover up, you did indeed make art with it before posting this blog. I say good for you. Any time art is created through inspiration, wether positive or negative inspiration, it’s an act of self expression. All art is wonderful!!!! Regardless of wether we share the same opinion, you, Anne Rice and myself all have a right to voice it without threat of being accused of equivelancy with murderers and Nazis. You didn’t piss on the torn pages and burn it, you made art with it after all. If there’s any chance some of it may still be around I’d actually be very interested in buying some. Thanks for your time reading my comments. :)

  128. Let me start this by saying I am a die hard Anne Rice fan. I’m also a former Pagan and current “born again Christian”. I’m not sure what you know of the author personally, but here works and the story of her life have closely mirrored my own experiences and I feel a close bond to her work and the feeling and soul she has laid bare in them. Having said that, I also understand that her work is not for everyone. When I first started reading her work I couldn’t finish a novel. Her detailed descriptions and immense character development including her “humanization” of monstrous supernatural creatures was a bit over bearing for me at first. What kept me

    • Sorry, I got cut off. What kept me going back was her love of her caracters and her ability to bear her soul through them. I don’t blame you at all for disliking her work. She’s not an easy read. It took me years to really appreciate and love her, but once that connection is made, it’s a lifelong love. As far as destroying the book after reading it goes, what’s wrong with some art made from art? You say you bought the book with tho intention to red it then craft with it. Wether that’s true or a cover up, you did indeed make art with it before posting this blog. I say good for you. Any time art is created through inspiration, wether positive or negative inspiration, it’s an act of self expression. All art is wonderful!!!! Regardless of wether we share the same opinion, you, Anne Rice and myself all have a right to voice it without threat of being accused of equivelancy with murderers and Nazis. You didn’t piss on the torn pages and burn it, you made art with it after all. If there’s any chance some of it may still be around I’d actually be very interested in buying some. Thanks for your time reading my comments. :)

        • Dear WINOSANDBAR,

          After hearing about the hulabaloo this blog post incited, I decided to distract myself from actual work and read it & its comments. I just wanted to tell you that your contribution has made me actually LOL. Well done!

        • Dear WINOSANDBAR,

          After hearing about the hulabaloo this blog post incited, I decided to distract myself from actual work and read it & its comments. I just wanted to tell you that your contribution has made me actually LOL. Well done!

        • Dear WINOSANDBAR,

          After hearing about the hulabaloo this blog post incited, I decided to distract myself from actual work and read it & its comments. I just wanted to tell you that your contribution has made me actually LOL. Well done!

        • Dear WINOSANDBAR,

          After hearing about the hulabaloo this blog post incited, I decided to distract myself from actual work and read it & its comments. I just wanted to tell you that your contribution has made me actually LOL. Well done!

      • Godwin’s Law. You lose the argument automatically. Take your umbrage and go back to whatever rock you crawled under.

      • Godwin’s Law. You lose the argument automatically. Take your umbrage and go back to whatever rock you crawled under.

      • Godwin’s Law. You lose the argument automatically. Take your umbrage and go back to whatever rock you crawled under.

      • False equivalence – turning an already falling apart book into an art project is not an effort to stamp out literature. It’s an Ann Rice book to boot, barely even literature.

  129. Look, you might like one Anne Rice book better than another or not at all. I don’t like Stephen King’s writing much but I do not make the assumption he is not a good writer. Stephanie Meyer has been hyped by those who think vampires and what they are should be always written by Victorian Eastern European standards but that simply is not true. Vampires as far as those most think of, are fictional. The author can make the vampires be any way they so choose and if it is not to your liking then don’t read the book or watch the movie. I’m wondering why people who have blogs continuously put down the Twilight Saga? For some reason, people have it in their heads that only teenagers liked the books and movies which is entirely untrue. It was widely popular yet many love Dracula that barely sold when it came out and was so unpopular that it was never copyrighted in the United States. People should not hold vampire stories up to that standard or any other writer’s version of a vampire.

    I have all the Hunger Games books but haven’t read them all because I don’t like the authors writing style. That is what this is actually all about. Just because some people don’t like a book or even an author does not mean the book is bad or the writer is not a good author. Anne Rice is a very detailed writer. I like her writing and I write that way too. Some cannot read through a book where the author actually has something to say in depth. So you make the choice to not like a particular book for whatever reasons but to generally bash the book is not in good taste because for everyone that doesn’t like something there are many who do. I like many authors and Anne Rice is a good one among the many including Stephanie Meyer. I am not a kid but a senior and I don’t take kindly to people on blogs who grandstand. Most of the time someone else posts on Ms. Rice’s page and she reposts it when she sees it. She doesn’t go around the net looking for trash like this. I see no need for anyone posting such a scathing article unless you are wanting attention. I’m sorry and even though I like Anne Rice and her books I wouldn’t put me on the top of the list of crazy fans. It’s your right to post what you wish but this article is classless and immature in my opinion.

  130. Look, you might like one Anne Rice book better than another or not at all. I don’t like Stephen King’s writing much but I do not make the assumption he is not a good writer. Stephanie Meyer has been hyped by those who think vampires and what they are should be always written by Victorian Eastern European standards but that simply is not true. Vampires as far as those most think of, are fictional. The author can make the vampires be any way they so choose and if it is not to your liking then don’t read the book or watch the movie. I’m wondering why people who have blogs continuously put down the Twilight Saga? For some reason, people have it in their heads that only teenagers liked the books and movies which is entirely untrue. It was widely popular yet many love Dracula that barely sold when it came out and was so unpopular that it was never copyrighted in the United States. People should not hold vampire stories up to that standard or any other writer’s version of a vampire.

    I have all the Hunger Games books but haven’t read them all because I don’t like the authors writing style. That is what this is actually all about. Just because some people don’t like a book or even an author does not mean the book is bad or the writer is not a good author. Anne Rice is a very detailed writer. I like her writing and I write that way too. Some cannot read through a book where the author actually has something to say in depth. So you make the choice to not like a particular book for whatever reasons but to generally bash the book is not in good taste because for everyone that doesn’t like something there are many who do. I like many authors and Anne Rice is a good one among the many including Stephanie Meyer. I am not a kid but a senior and I don’t take kindly to people on blogs who grandstand. Most of the time someone else posts on Ms. Rice’s page and she reposts it when she sees it. She doesn’t go around the net looking for trash like this. I see no need for anyone posting such a scathing article unless you are wanting attention. I’m sorry and even though I like Anne Rice and her books I wouldn’t put me on the top of the list of crazy fans. It’s your right to post what you wish but this article is classless and immature in my opinion.

  131. Look, you might like one Anne Rice book better than another or not at all. I don’t like Stephen King’s writing much but I do not make the assumption he is not a good writer. Stephanie Meyer has been hyped by those who think vampires and what they are should be always written by Victorian Eastern European standards but that simply is not true. Vampires as far as those most think of, are fictional. The author can make the vampires be any way they so choose and if it is not to your liking then don’t read the book or watch the movie. I’m wondering why people who have blogs continuously put down the Twilight Saga? For some reason, people have it in their heads that only teenagers liked the books and movies which is entirely untrue. It was widely popular yet many love Dracula that barely sold when it came out and was so unpopular that it was never copyrighted in the United States. People should not hold vampire stories up to that standard or any other writer’s version of a vampire.

    I have all the Hunger Games books but haven’t read them all because I don’t like the authors writing style. That is what this is actually all about. Just because some people don’t like a book or even an author does not mean the book is bad or the writer is not a good author. Anne Rice is a very detailed writer. I like her writing and I write that way too. Some cannot read through a book where the author actually has something to say in depth. So you make the choice to not like a particular book for whatever reasons but to generally bash the book is not in good taste because for everyone that doesn’t like something there are many who do. I like many authors and Anne Rice is a good one among the many including Stephanie Meyer. I am not a kid but a senior and I don’t take kindly to people on blogs who grandstand. Most of the time someone else posts on Ms. Rice’s page and she reposts it when she sees it. She doesn’t go around the net looking for trash like this. I see no need for anyone posting such a scathing article unless you are wanting attention. I’m sorry and even though I like Anne Rice and her books I wouldn’t put me on the top of the list of crazy fans. It’s your right to post what you wish but this article is classless and immature in my opinion.

      • I’m an Anne Rice fan and frankly I think the comments are insensitive, rude and uncalled for! There’s just no justification for the downright evilness! Of course the nastiest comments are made by avatars and graphics.

      • This was a very well written blog. I love your point of view and the way you state it. The Mary Sue had a little article about your blog and the hell hounds that have been unleashed upon you (too Anne Riceish?). I wanted to drop by and read it and see your work. Glad I did, and looking forward to reading more of your work.

      • You should not destroy books. That’s so not cool, regardless of your opinion of them. You could have made decopatch with a newspaper and it would have looked the same. Destroying books for crafts is totally immature. Seriously, something a child would do.

      • On one thing and one thing only do I agree with your blog, and that is if you only read Pandora then you short changed yourself. It is a book that comes after a lot of other books in the series and relies on the fact you have read some of the other books. Pandora was never meant as a stand alone book, and that’s how you reviewed it. So I don’t agree with your review, based on the fact that you have no real knowledge of the author, series of books, or as you put it and understanding of vampires. Who picks up a book from the middle of a series, and then reviews it as if that persons has any knowledge about the book, or series. Knowledge is power….Unknowledgeable is disrespectful of the author and her fan base. And you are completely unknowledgeable about Anne and her series. Next time you review a book how about you don’t start in the middle to end of the series, and give people a real review.

      • This writer is entitled to her own opinion on her own blog. If you don’t agree, you could offer your opinion about what was good, btu simply being abusive doesn’t prove your point. Just sayin.’ Can’t we all get along…even IF we don’t agree?

    • I’m sorry you feel that way. I was trying to be flippant and silly and seem to have accidentally slipped over into offensive. I did intend for this post to be about just Pandora but many seem to feel I wrote about the Vampire Chronicles as a whole. Thank you for the comment regardless :)

    • Anne Rice fans have too much free time and aren’t very clever in their insults.

      Herpes? Really? At least wish something on this poor woman that goes away after a cycle of antibiotics.

    • Anne Rice fans have too much free time and aren’t very clever in their insults.

      Herpes? Really? At least wish something on this poor woman that goes away after a cycle of antibiotics.

    • Wow, seriously? How rude! I love Anne Rice as much as the next person, but to insult the blogger for having an opinion? How dare YOU.

    • Wow, seriously? How rude! I love Anne Rice as much as the next person, but to insult the blogger for having an opinion? How dare YOU.

    • Wow, seriously? How rude! I love Anne Rice as much as the next person, but to insult the blogger for having an opinion? How dare YOU.

    • You insolent fool, as if your opinion means anything. Bloggers always have high opinions. How about you become an actual writer, so that we may dissect your work.

    • You insolent fool, as if your opinion means anything. Bloggers always have high opinions. How about you become an actual writer, so that we may dissect your work.

    • You insolent fool, as if your opinion means anything. Bloggers always have high opinions. How about you become an actual writer, so that we may dissect your work.

  132. I saw a link on Anne Rice’s Facebook posting and followed it to this blog. I read the original blog post and ALL the replies that followed….

    I like Anne Rice’s work. I started with the vampires, moved on to the witches, then read the mummy. Loved most (though not all) of the Anne Rice books I read. Despite that, I feel that you are entitled to your opinion. I am sorry so many Anne Rice fans were so mean to you about this. Not everyone likes the same things. I do agree that you might like some of Anne’s other works, but it is up to you if you want to try another Anne Rice book. She is not the only author you can choose from.

    As for the craft work using the cut up book, I think it is very clever. If you had planned to cut it up for crafting when you bought it, you probably should have made that very clear. You are right that there are other copies. You are right that a book which is falling apart probably would have been tossed in the trash. You found a clever way to recycle the paper. I think some of those who posted replies here blew that whole thing out of proportion.

    I do think you might want to be less personal in your criticism in the future (never know who might read it, lol) , but don’t stop sharing your unique viewpoint. Your opinion is as valuable as anyone else’s.

    • If id had any idea how many people were to read this, I’d have rephrased everything! :P I admit I’m far to flippant and make sweeping statements, ill certainly write with a wide audience in mind in the future. Thanks for the comment :)

      • Sometimes flippant is a good thing. Sometimes flippant is fun! Just remember that you never know who might stumble on your humble blog page.

  133. I saw a link on Anne Rice’s Facebook posting and followed it to this blog. I read the original blog post and ALL the replies that followed….

    I like Anne Rice’s work. I started with the vampires, moved on to the witches, then read the mummy. Loved most (though not all) of the Anne Rice books I read. Despite that, I feel that you are entitled to your opinion. I am sorry so many Anne Rice fans were so mean to you about this. Not everyone likes the same things. I do agree that you might like some of Anne’s other works, but it is up to you if you want to try another Anne Rice book. She is not the only author you can choose from.

    As for the craft work using the cut up book, I think it is very clever. If you had planned to cut it up for crafting when you bought it, you probably should have made that very clear. You are right that there are other copies. You are right that a book which is falling apart probably would have been tossed in the trash. You found a clever way to recycle the paper. I think some of those who posted replies here blew that whole thing out of proportion.

    I do think you might want to be less personal in your criticism in the future (never know who might read it, lol) , but don’t stop sharing your unique viewpoint. Your opinion is as valuable as anyone else’s.

    • If id had any idea how many people were to read this, I’d have rephrased everything! :P I admit I’m far to flippant and make sweeping statements, ill certainly write with a wide audience in mind in the future. Thanks for the comment :)

      • Sometimes flippant is a good thing. Sometimes flippant is fun! Just remember that you never know who might stumble on your humble blog page.

      • LMFAO @ “freedom of speech.” You’re delusional. If good ol’ Mater really welcomed discourse and fans interacting with one another, perhaps she wouldn’t have begun suing said fans over fanfiction and roleplay websites – harmless endeavors, never once meant for profit – 15 years ago?

        She is NOT a “wonderful woman.” She’s petty and hateful and feeds on attention like a lamprey. She must be thrilled to death that so many of her Facebook “friends” stirred up the pot in her name because it means she’s relevant for an extra ten minutes.

    • Really? How ‘original’ can you get?!? I mean, seriously. Would you call your mom a bitch? Would you call your dad an asshole? How about your little brother? Little sister? Cousin? Aunt? I don’t think so, so why are you calling her a bitch?

    • Really? How ‘original’ can you get?!? I mean, seriously. Would you call your mom a bitch? Would you call your dad an asshole? How about your little brother? Little sister? Cousin? Aunt? I don’t think so, so why are you calling her a bitch?

    • Really? How ‘original’ can you get?!? I mean, seriously. Would you call your mom a bitch? Would you call your dad an asshole? How about your little brother? Little sister? Cousin? Aunt? I don’t think so, so why are you calling her a bitch?