Ven and hell The description f her tortures wasso enthralling If you ve read Rice s novels you ll see what I mean hahahaThis book also introduced to the 14th designee Mona Mayfair whom I must say a very ercourageous little girlAnyway what I love about this book is that it provides clearer explanation Paolo and Panetto on the historyf the clan itself I was a bit shocked when I read the part about Julien Mayfair s life story He is the Vivien Leigh only male witch in the family yet very powerful and influential Moreover as always Rice uses historical events real people to decorate her storyn how Lasher came into being and the journey By the Book of Mayfair witches in dealing with this sensual demonic characterAnd I thank God because Rice did not put her infamous Lestat de Lioncourt in this novel I do not really like when she mixed her vampires with the Mayfair witches It is just too much I guess I won t be reading Blood Canticle then This book kindf surprised me As I wrote in my review for The Witching Hour I really loved THAT book as a young adult 13 15 I d guess and had for many years after considered it ne f my favorite novels ever written However re reading it at age 31 revealed a number f fatal flaws that I could not get ver I was not expecting much from Lasher by conseuence as I read it as a young adult too though I do not believe I ever finished it Imagine my surprise when I re read it and found Lasher to be compelling than the first novel in the seriesNow this does not mean the book doesn t have its flaws I find it hilarious the way ne f the protagonists Mona Mayfair talks about her computer it s bvious that the author sat down for a five minute conversation in the 90s with someone who knew computers and simply copied his interview words into her book She is painfully inexperienced with computers and it s bvious from the dialogue she creates for her tech savvy savant who says ludicrous things like I m going to boot up my directory and it has max hard drive and max memory Mona presents ther problems for me as a protagonist as well She is supposed to be this genius f a thirteen year ld but it s bvious that she s being used as a voice through which the author s The Teachings of Spenser Carlyle: The Novel own idealized personality andpinions are expressed what ends up happening to me anyway is that when Mona a thirteen year ld girl starts waxing haughtily about the failure f modern architecture as compared to ancient Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art or about how she hates modern musicr modern culture r modern clothing all I can envision is a stunted version f Anne Rice looking tired and Anonymums old spouting these things herselfThe idealizationf author as protagonist Mona is also apparently intended to make it easier for us to condone the rampant paedophilia that goes n throughout this book mostly in relation to Mona herself A character that was so faultless who was literally too good as the first book repeated numerous times ver its hundreds f pages cannot help himself but to fall dick first into a thirteen year ld girl because she kissed him Practical Ventriloquism on the lips He expresses some MILD concern that he s just raped a child presumably so that we know he s still all moral and junk and then he promptly rapes her again and again because clearly thirteen yearld vagina is much like heroin in that ne taste is all you need to be hooked This character by the way is about 50 years ld if I remember right And we re supposed to just wink and say Oh those Mayfairs as he repeatedly rapes his niece in his marriage bed shortly after his wn wife has been abducted And then there are ther characters that have sexual encounters with Mona including Randall an ancient and elderly On Riemanns Theory of Algebraic Functions and Their Integrals old Mayfair whom we are supposed to believe was a poor victim in an actf seduction initiated by this precocious thirteen year Achtung ... 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Which was probably what made Lasher's uasi supernatural birth at all possible in the first placeThe dyad returns to America where Lasher sets ut to impregnate ther female members f the Mayfair family All attempts are unsuccessful as the women immediately miscarry and hemorrhage to death Rowan manages to escape Lasher and after hitchhiking to Louisiana she collapses in a field and gives birth to Emaleth a female Taltos Rowan's last words to Emaleth are to find Michael which she sets ut to do thinking that Rowan has diedRowan is found and is rushed to a nearby hospital where she is diagnosed as being in a state Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of toxic shock An emergency hysterectomy is performed to save her life eliminating all chancesf her ever giving birth again She is taken home to Michael where she remains in a deep comaMuch Night's Pawn of the book is set into four sectionsf Julien's Story which delineates the life Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) of Julien Mayfair and what he has discoveredf the entity known as LasherLasher returns to the house to tell Michael and Aaron his story f his past life Born to ueen Anne f Englan.
Boy was this a letdown after reading The Witching Hour It was really long and drawn ut I felt like the entire book was just two very long rehashings f the first story with a couple The Secret Child of blanks filled in It was almost like re reading the first book and became uite tedious at times I guess it was important to develop the characterf Lasher but I think it could have been done effectively by just adding another chapter Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook or two to the already long first book I haven t read the ueenf the Damned yet but my feeling was that this book was the filler book until she could come up with a plot for the third book I liked hearing Lasher s story Julien s story could have been pared down alot Way too much repetition from the first book I m also a bit disturbed by Anne Rice s apparent bsession with kinky and illegal sex with minors It s an bvious theme in both books so far and would make me wary f leaving my children alone with her I don t think it is necessary to write about sexual encounters with children I don t care if they are witches It didn t add anything to the story I think I would have been impressed if Lasher treated them with kindness as children therefore encouraging loyalty That part was a little too sordid for me I m going to give it a break for a while before I read the last book Can t rate this ne since I m still weirded ut I buddy read it with my father ahem Lots f sex in this ne On to Taltos ALONE this time So stunningly bad is the first third f this book that nly the lunatic and the true devotee are likely to get beyond it It is actually a riot f Rice s worst sins strained and wooden characterizations the abandonment Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 of plot for the sakef a tangled and murky history and a sort f mutant prose stumbling between a modern person s idea f ld fashioned elegance and an ld fashioned person s idea A Philosophy of Cinematic Art of how people actually talk in the 1990s Partf the purpose The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified of this 200 page cancer is to make the transition from the novel s progenitor The Witching Hour 1990 but this could have been accomplished in 10r 15 pages Well let s say you made it through What you get now is the best f Rice a deliciously perverse image f an infant Lasher who grows to sexual maturity within days f his birth and immediately starts copulating with his mother even while she swoons with the pleasure f his suckling Of course it s always nice to read about sex and Rice s romantic imagination doesn t let her down Lasher is dark handsome sadistic childlike and tender His mother cannot resist him even after she has twice miscarried in the space Scab of three months But Rice cannot uite bring home the promising storyf Lasher s desire to repopulate the earth with his In a World Created by a Drunken God own kind and the story limps to an unsatisfying conclusion By the end then we ve had a bitf everything the good the bad and the truly ugly Indeed without her reputation Rice would never have found a publisher for this wretched messRate this 3 ut f 5 by comparing it to The Witching Hour Too much in depth n backgrounds f the characters including Lasher However I will continue to read her books as they are so well written and entertaining This is a difficult book to write a review about I ve been an avid fan Giant Peach Yodel of Anne Rice s books since I was in junior high since I love her stylef writing and Sinai and Zion of course her gothic themes vampires demons witchesLasher is the second novelf the Lives f the Mayfair Witches trilogy The first is The Witching Hour and the third is Taltos I guess I have to find Taltos asachokengtitiktitikchokeng in rder to complete this whole erjourneyLasher is a Taltos which is an almost extinct super human race who lived n a tropical island north f the British Isles but forced to flee to Scotland where they established their wn kingdom which was finally verthrown by the Christians Lasher and the Mayfair witches shared a long history full with weird mysterious ccurrences including incest and struggle to find their true identity Lasher was summoned by Suzanne Mayfair the first Mayfair witch to help her establish a strong wealthy family That fatal decision made her descendants to carry the family legacycurse f having the bligation to conceive Lasher s children ther TaltosIn this novel Rowan Mayfair the 13th designee f the Mayfair clan also the most powerful witch was kidnapped by Lasher and her suffering was likebetween hea. The novel begins shortly after the mysterious disappearance f Dr Rowan Mayfair recently married to contractor Michael Curry Michael feeling betrayed by Rowan has sunk into a depression helped along by the useless drugs prescribed to him after his close encounter with deathAlong comes the sexually adventurous Mona Mayfair a precocious teenager and powerful witch and Rowan's cousin sharing lines Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. 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Nd Livin' de Life of bothers me it seems that the author believes that all men are secretly attracted to pre pubescent girls and that all pre pubescent girls are just raging sluts and sexualizing them causes no harm at all It makes me shudder whenever it comes up which is disturbinglyften Also the end The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter of the book is absolutely absurd Making historical connections to incredibly famous kings and ueens Rice jumped the shark with her main character Lasher I don t want to give any spoilers but when it came time that he revealed hisrigins again in Rice s typical boring thirty pages Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of expositional monologue style I rolled my eyes so hard that I think I strained them Not very highly recommended really but better than The Witching Hour This is the worst book I have ever read If you are considering reading this book please do not read it I will never ever get those hoursf my life back again please do not waste yours I would honestly rather gouge my Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind own eyesut with a rusty fork than read this again My husband read the book before me hated it but mischievously encouraged me to read it even though he knew I would hate it as some sort The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta of psychological testf endurance I have never forgiven him for thisIf you think that all sounds rather melodramatic I don t blame you but Lasher really is that bad I have never read an Anne Rice book before and uite honestly if Lasher is typical f her utput then I am at a loss to understand how she is so popular I would like to assume that Lasher is atypical thoughThe plot well what plot there is is ludicrou I m a huge fan f Anne Rice and loved The Witching Hour along with many f her ther books but for some reason had never gotten around to reading Lasher When I first started it I was fully absorbed I love Rice s detailed and luscious writing style and her ability to create fully fleshed ut interesting characters These are some f this book s best elements along with a additions to the Mayfair history in the back stories f Julian and Evelyn and new engaging characters like Mona and Yuri In pieces this is a great book but unfortunately the parts never really come together The pacing becomes awkward and slow and the story s best characters don t get enough page time The book took me forever to finish because I would get bored and after putting it down would not go back to it for several days Most Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge of all the title character Lasher as he develops to show his true flaws fostered a deep loathing in me despite his sympathetic characteristics and I becameverly anxious for him to meet his end When his back story is finally revealed it should have been a dramatic moment because his story is the great mystery that the saga Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars of the Mayfair witches is foundedn but I found myself not caring at allI wish this was a better book since it has so many great elements and the writing as usual for Rice is beautiful but because The Witches Ball of the poor pacing it was a rather tedious read The follow up to The Witching Hour 1993 s Lasher continues the masterful world buildingf that precious volume while fully standing Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book on itswn it is a cold horrifying treat filled to the brim with Anne Rice s signature gothic sensual vertones The daemon that is Lasher He who has bestowed wealth and punishment upon the Mayfair clan for centuries wants nothing than to reproduce but it has been a challenge In Rowan the most powerful Mayfair witch yet and current keeper f the ancestry He has found his vessel the would be bearer f his spawn And He will force her to keep trying if attempts prove unsuccessful no matter the cost Though this book did not immediately grab me unlike its predecessor I did soon fall into its groove and could not put it down As is Rice s way I was spellbound by her luscious prose the unfolding understated horrors I was nce captured by the Mayfair family history and future This a than worthy follow up to the first novel in the Mayfair Witches trilogy and I will soon read the finale WARNING This review can contain spoilers if you haven t read The Witching Hour In Lasher Anne Rice immediately picks up where she left me in The Witching Hour The first half The Deadline of the story there are lotsf events rapidly following each ther Of course things happen which are dark which stretch the boundaries and speak f untold mysteries Especially the erotic encounter bet My hatred Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling of this book knows no bounds. D the second wifef Henry VIII and a man from Donnelaith Lasher is believed to be a saint known as Ashlar and is uickly taken away by his father to Donnelaith His father is the son Ready to Restore of the Earlf Donnelaith and from there he is sent to Italy to become a priest He returns to Scotland after Elizabeth I takes the throne and is killed there while performing Christmas Mass by followers f the Protestant reformer John Knox He knows nothing again until Suzanne calls him back into existenceMichael patiently hears Lasher ut and when his story is complete Michael wastes no time in killing him and burying him under the great Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel oak in the yard Soon after he discovers Emaleth in Rowan's room feeding her the highly nutritious milk from her breasts This resuscitates Rowan but upon seeing Emaleth before her she panics and screams at Michael to kill her Michael refuses to so Rowan grabs a gun and shoots her daughter in the head Rowan immediately realizes what she's done and crying for her daughter insists that she be thene to bury her alongside Lasher under the ak tree there.
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