The Vampire Chronicles, et al.

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.

The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice | The Parody - Online Journal of Sasha Manuel

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, The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice | The Parody - Online Journal of Sasha Manuel
Interview with the Vampire (1976)

The Vampire Lestat, The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice | The Parody - Online Journal of Sasha Manuel
The Vampire Lestat (1985)

The Queen of the Damned, The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice | The Parody - Online Journal of Sasha Manuel
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.

Stardust
Neil Gaiman
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
Mitch Albom
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.

Sputnik Sweetheart
Haruki Murakami
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?

Comments

  1. says

    Yay! Enjoy your new books. Murakami is always a good read. And, yes, the smell of a book (old or new) is the best! I get allergies from mold every time but never mind that. I’d take a good book any day.

    I haven’t had the chance to purchase new fiction lately. I still have lots of unread fiction in the basement shelf. I’ve been reading stuff for work – info marketing and ghostwriting. I hope to do some leisurely reading during the holiday break.

    Your eager reader of posts on books,
    Connie :o P
    Connie´s last [type] ..25% off everything in the DaisyTrail shop!

    • says

      I reckon I might bring the Murakami book with me on my trip. And can I just say this? I was just on the first page and I wanted to grab my journal and write down the stuff he wrote. I’m quite excited what else I’d discover as I read it!

      On other books we read, yea, I do that as well. There are times when I’d prefer reading business books than fiction. Let me know if you get around to reading some of the latter over the holidays!

      And thanks, Connie! :D

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