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Rest in Peace, Anne

Sunday morning, while finally logging onto my PC after a few days away from my office, I saw Christopher Rice’s post on Twitter and then Facebook became flooded by fellow writers talking about the passing of Anne Rice. I was devastated and thought about her, her work, and how much credit I’ve given to her and her work. It’s true, the credit I’ve given her.

The first book I ever read from her was Interview with the Vampire in my youth. I even took special care of that edition and still own it. I had read nothing like it before and it was a masterpiece to me. The way she laced her words together in a beautiful symphonic story blending modern time with historical reliving. I read it over and over until I could get the second book, The Vampire Lestat, and eventually Queen of the Damned. Over the years, my collection grew, and I favored certain ones over others, but that first book always held a special meaning to me as it was while reading it. I thought to myself maybe I could write too.

I never wanted to copy her work, but she inspired me to develop my style. It sparked the creative fire in me I didn’t know was there. She gave me a voice I felt I didn’t have at a time in my life. I knew I didn’t have. She gave me the ability to cope in a world I couldn’t control. Some have told me I always gave a perfect stranger too much credit without giving myself any, since it was me that started writing and developing characters, like Dante Angeloft from my series.

Perhaps they are right, but if I had never read that book, I don’t know if another writer’s work would’ve inspired me. As the internet came and eventually Youtube I found her interviews and her writing advice that further inspired me and guided me along the way. For example, I especially love her advice on writing what you love and an audience will come. It is true.

My heart goes out to her family. She touched so many lives, mine included.

The Books in Review for 2020

We’re at week 39/40 for book reviews with a goal of 53 this year. Friday a new review will go up as per usual, but I decided before that review to post how I came to the books I have been reviewing. Last year, when the prepping for this year on the website began, I tried something I hadn’t done before, at least not attempted.  I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. Sometimes, I admit, I didn’t pick up a book or read nothing new, but I had read a lot before and after these periods. I have a tendency to lean toward horror, non-fiction, fantasy, poetry, short story collection, biography, documentary-style, and even philosophical enlightenment sprinkled with religious study genre. I enjoy learning new things and if a book captured any ombre of the above listed; I was hooked. 
From Moby Dick by Herman Melville to Armand by Anne Rice I have already reviewed many… many books so far, but the list which there is one began when I started looking at all the books I had or remember having then shortened the list into what I have read and are still sitting on the shelf or in the kindle to-be-read. I wanted to review books publically that I enjoyed, but also do it honestly. I dislike reviewing things I didn’t like, not wanting to give it attention, but I knew going into this year-long challenge I would appear bias or ‘fake’ if I didn’t mention these types of things. I also knew going in that many of these books were obscure to a younger readership or even considered classics. 
I didn’t want to review just recent publications as this wouldn’t be realistic to me as I didn’t start reading in recent years. The list began with Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and will end with a book by American folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland, according to my list. Alongside the review, I also wanted to share how the book came into my life and share a bit of the book journey on a personal level.
 I hope that this year of reviewing has opened some minds to new books and given insight to the world of reading I have for myself. 


What are your thoughts? Have you enjoyed the reviewing so far this year?


Interesting Reads and Related Content

2020 Book Review: The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice

I’ve never hid my love of Anne Rice’s work. Reading Interview with the Vampire is what inspired me to try being a writer, taking it more serious. Her words have given me hope to challenge myself and to grow as I grew in my writing, perfecting my skills. I haven’t been truly excited to do a review as I am of this book.

The Vampire Armand is one of my most favorite books. I have re-read books, but this book along with Blood and Gold I’ve sat and read back to back. As if they’re two pieces broken apart that must be completed together. This review will only cover one of the books, obvious with the title.

This book engulfed me, like all of her work always has to me. I have read it many times and it all began when I was a teenager. The story of Armand, like any good life tales, has its ups and downs. From his creation until the end of the piece I felt like I was right there.

Rice has a style that is a testament to her skill. There is a reason she is a legend; why she is a beloved gem. Many have mimicked her, but no one work can ever be just like hers. This book is one of the ones I can for sure say if I had to compare. It reflects on her research, how you’re drawn into the historical elements in a believable way.

I could ramble for ages on her work, this book, get giddy and excited as my former self bubbles up, but I’ll keep it brief. Her work, this book, has been one I’ve recommended for years. I’ll recommend it again.


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.