Try to picture a wide grin on my face. Did I just happen to stumble on a good-looking copy of Anne Rice’ The Vampire Chronicles at a local NBS? Oh, my. I believe I did.
Hard-bound, sterling paper, gold-trimmed pages, it’s own ribbon marker, and best bit, it’s only a few pesos over a thousand. So, knowing it contains 3 books, it would mean they only cost a little over 300 pesos each. I reckon, I got it at a real bargain.
For those who aren’t familiar with the Vampire stories, with the first book that came into cinematic fame in the 90’s — fresh off watching Louis (Brad Pitt) and Lestat (Tom Cruise) — the Chronicles are composed of the following:
Interview with the Vampire (1976)
The Vampire Lestat (1985)
The Queen of the Damned (1988)
Have any of you read any of these? Save the spoilers, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!
I know, I know. I was at NBS on a Christmas shopping errand done early due to a trip scheduled this coming week but I then remembered why I’ve been steering clear of bookstores — I just can’t help myself sometimes, haha. I know I’ve been doing my part in going through the unread books and I know not to buy more books but like a kid in a candy store, I sheepishly queued up at the counter with an armful of new books, errand momentarily forgotten.
I absolutely love the story as adapted on screen. I watched that film a number of times and wouldn’t mind watching it again. I reckon it’s time to experience it as how it was originally written. Last Gaiman book I read was American Gods.
The Time Keeper
I have to admit that I know of Mitch Albom because of the book, Tuesdays with Morrie. I saw the movie version of that book but never read it. This is my first trek into his written work. I’m quite hopeful that it will be a wonderful read.
It was Connie’s comment that lead me to consider reading this book. Do you also get into a mood wherein there’s something specific you would want to be reading? I get that sometimes and one particular mood I was in a few weeks ago was I wanted to read a Haruki Murakami book. Though, I do have this odd habit of re-reading books if I want to, I didn’t want to go back down the well in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I had this strong need to read a new Murakami book.
What a dilemma. Here I am, with a 20 kg limit looming ahead of me, staring at a fresh stack of new books. How am I to choose which book to bring? Sorely tempted to bring the Anne Rice book but it seems heavier than the Gutenberg Bible. If only my reading habits evolved into the digital like how it is with my bestfriend who uses an e-reader / iPad to read but, heck, must be the old fart in me. I love reading books the conventional way: holding it in my hand, feeling the paper, turning the pages, and have you noticed the scent of books, both new and old?