There are very few books out there that can force me to stay up at ungodly hours just to be able to finish it up... this was one of them. Blackwood Farm is full of what you might expect from Rice: erotica, history and attention to details. A great read!
Another of Rice's Vampire books, this one is very enjoyable. Lestat is back as a mentor of sorts to a young man named Quinn Blackwood. I was unexpectedly pleased with this book. It was a return to her style of Gothic Louisiana Swamp Revival Drama.
Although this book is included in the Vampire Chronicles it is a bit different than any of her others in this series. Unlike the others this book doesn't 100% focus on vampires, there are witches and ghosts included, which in my opinion made the book a lot more interesting. There is truly no end to Anne Rice's imagination. This book focuses on two different families (the Mayfair witches included)tells a little bit of their seedy past and follows a new vampire. I thought it was a very good read and because of this book I went on to read the Mayfair Witches series.
Bleh. Tarquin takes spoiled, self-centered rich boy with entitlement issues to an extreme. Yes, Lestat is quite selfish and spoiled as well, but at least it's packaged up in a lovable personality, so that you WANT to indulge him and spoil him a little yourself. With Quinn, the only desire I had was to send him to the time-out chair for his numerous tantrums and endless bellyaching. If you can suffer through page after page of his rambling and whining, by all means, read away. I wish I had skipped straight to the parts with Lestat instead of slogging through all the childishness of Quinn.
I loved Blackwood Farm. It was one of my favorites in the vampire chronicles. Tarquin Blackwood was a wonderful character, one of my favorites. I'd have to place him right beside Lestat on my best loved characters of all time.
I've never been a big fan of the Vampire Chronicles. I liked the Mayfair Witches series better. However, this book is a mix between her Vampire Chronicles and her Mayfair Witches books. The two series comes together in this hauntingly tragic tale about a man who gets 'turned' against his will and has to give up everything and everyone he loves while he gets his thirst for blood under control...and is left with an entity he at first has mixed feelings about, but then it quickly becomes a danger to those he loves. That's where the Mayfair Witches part comes in. This story is well written and is definitely an unforgettable one.
Ron B. (asher71) reviewed Blackwood Farm (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 9) on
Anne Rice is at her best when she writes about the vampires. Quinn Blackwood is an interesting character and is most enjoyable when he sets out to find the legendary Lestat to help get rid of a spector named Goblin you will really enjoy this book.
Having read almost the full series of vampire chronicles from author Rice, I have a special fondness for Blackwood Farm. Yes, Lestat shows up in this one, too, and is even likeable in it, but it is the main character, Quinn, who is the draw here. Although a vampire, he's one with a conscience (but not the eternally gloomy, torn conscience of Louis, Lestat's companion of most of the chronicles). Atmospheric, brings in characters from the rest of the series in fresh ways, you feel as if you've visited Blackwood Farm and lived to tell about it.
notrtivv as good as the witching and earlier vampire chronicles but when you focus on his preternastural skin matching that of the cfamo fpr the upmteenth time, i don't think Ms rice loves lestat and other vampsas she used to she's on autpilot. However the narratve is still interesting and has interesting twists.
I was shocked to love this book. It wasn't at all what I thought it was going to be. A great mystery, character piece and downright pleasant read. I took it on vacation and was sorry when I had finished.
Set in the contemporary south, it references back to earlier times and makes you wonder where it will eventually take you. I've definitely added more of Rice's books to my "TBR" list.
626 pages of her best. I truly loved the tale of Quinn Blackwood who dared to approach the Vampire Lestat for help in doing away with a spirit he calls Goblin. The Mayfair Witches are an important part of this story too!
In the past few years, many fans have sworn off Anne Rice, flinging her later novels against the wall with cries of "First draft!" and "Never again!"
But these same fans may want to take a chance on her Southern gothic Blackwood Farm, a fast-paced and erotically charged, though uneven, novel of the Vampire Chronicles. Blackwood Farm has an unusual flaw: it isn't long enough."
A very good read. It's odd that this book came out just as I was falling in love with cameos. My friends and family thought I only liked them because of the book. In any case, it's very good. Unfortunately, I lost the dust jacket. I may find it before (if) it gets shipped. Let's hope. It's very pretty.
Welcome to Blackwood Farm; soaring white columns, spacious dining rooms, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelganger, a spirit known as Goblin. When Quinn is made a vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, Goblin becomes even more vampiric and terrifying that Quinn himself. Desperate, Quinn seeks out the legendary Vampire Lestat in the hope of freeing himself from the specter that draws him inexorably back to Sugar Devil Swamp--and to the secrets it holds...
In her new novel, perennial bestseller Anne Rice fuses her two uniquely seductive strains of narrative -- her Vampire legend and her lore of the Mayfair witches -- to give us a world of classic deep-south luxury and ancestral secrets.
Janet reviewed Blackwood Farm (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 9) on
"Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing rooms, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelganger, a spirit known as Goblin, a spirit from a dreamworld that Quinn can't escape and that prevents him from belonging anywhere. When Quinn is made a vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, his doppelganger becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself." As the novel moves backward and forward in time, from Quinn's boyhood on Blackwood Farm to present-day New Orleans, from ancient Pompeii to nineteenth-century Naples, Quinn seeks out the legendary Vampire Lestat in the hope of freeing himself from the specter that draws him inexorably back to Sugar Devil Swamp and the explosive secrets it holds."
From the Library Journal:
"Fledgling vampire Quinn Blackwood makes a desperate appeal to the older, stronger Lestat to save his loved ones from Goblin, a doppelganger out to destroy them. Since Quinn entered the dark world of the undead, the once caring and protective Goblin has amassed tremendous strength and a ruthlessness that cannot be controlled. Lestat is intrigued but refuses to make a decision until Quinn tells his life story. Slowly, the dark, Gothic settings and eccentric characters that make Rice's fiction so fascinating emerge. Quinn, along with his mirror image, Goblin, resides on Blackwood Farm, an immense Louisiana estate. His was an isolated childhood but not an unhappy one. Then, while in his teens, he learns of an ancestor's horrifying crime, one that continues to attract vengeful ghosts. The brightest light in Quinn's life is Mona Mayfair, a delicate, pretty girl who blithely admits to being a witch. With the introduction of Mona, Rice deftly brings together her two popular series, the "Vampire Chronicles" and the "Mayfair Witches." The result is at least as good as Rice's earliest novels because she centers her story on new characters with interesting stories of their own. Using lush, voluptuous prose, Rice tells a complex and mesmerizing story.