Memnoch the Devil by Anne RiceMemnoch the Devil by Anne Rice

Memnoch the Devil

byAnne Rice

Mass Market Paperback | May 28, 1997

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--New York Daily News

"Like Interview with the Vampire, Memnoch has a half-maddened, fever-pitch intensity. . . . Narrated by Rice's most cherished character, the vampire Lestat, Memnoch tells a tale as old as Scripture's legends and as modern as today's religious strife."
--Rolling Stone

--USA Today

"Rice has penned an ambitious close to this long-running series. . . . Fans will no doubt devour this."
--The Washington Post Book World


"[MEMNOCH] is one of Rice's most intriguing and sympathetic characters to date. . . . Rice ups the ante, taking Lestat where few writers have ventured: into heaven and hell itself. She carries it off in top form."
--The Seattle Times
ANNE RICE lives in New Orleans with her husband, the poet and painter Stan Rice, and their son, Christopher.
Title:Memnoch the DevilFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 6.86 × 4.18 × 0.97 inPublished:May 28, 1997Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0345409671

ISBN - 13:9780345409676

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I really enjoyed this book; it is a bit different than her others ....but still outstanding story telling.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different, but good Expect this book to get you thinking about your beliefs and making you look at things from a different perspective. Not a whole lot of vampire action though.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hated it I just couldn't get into this one. It was long, boring and it was a struggle to get through it
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! What an amazing book! I'm not big on religion but it was definitely worth the read and going threw the adventure and excitement. Plus The Vampire Lastat is as always, captivating and enchanting!
Date published: 2014-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Done God Incarnate, Memnoch the Devil and Lestat the Brat Prime...OH MY!
Date published: 2014-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathless Couldn't stop reading until it was done. So relatable as crazy as that seems. Touched me in ways that I wouldn't dare put into words here. Thank you Ann Rice for this book & for Lastat...& for all the others. And thank you to my dear friend who was forever melded to me by our shared suffering for turning me on to this magnificent Author- like Roger's ghost describing Wynken Wilde to Lestat- I've started from the beginning of the series & will not quit until every one of her books have been read.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous read Highly recommended book for anyone who has read anything by Anne Rice or enjoy this genre.
Date published: 2010-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another wonderful Vampire book. I really do not know how Anne Rice does it. But this was another wonderfully vampire story. She really makes you believe that there is a possiblity that this is how the Christian God really happened. You will come to see that maybe that the devil we were lead to believe was all bad, may just be misunderstood. Get this book it will open your eyes to a different outlook on God and the devil.
Date published: 2008-03-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I'm so over it! I used to be first in line for the Anne Rice fan club but, I have to admit, I'm completely done with this vampire series. The lush descriptions of every minute detail are exhausting and I get the feeling she really is just "phoning it in" at this point. I was also kind of off-put by the intimate scene between Lestat and the daughter of the TV evangelist, I have to say. I slogged through it but this was will be the last AR book I read.
Date published: 2006-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome! By far Anne Rice's best novel. Although I love all of the vampire chronicles thus far this one really got me feeling a wide array of emotions throughout. It was intriguing, it made me angry and it made me sad sometimes all at once. Her depiction of heaven and hell is really fascinating and I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Anne Rice novels.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing This would have been the second book i had read by anne rice and i was Thoroughly Impressed. As is the usual she described the tale with beautiful vividness. It's a book that i will read again.
Date published: 2006-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection I adored this book, it's one of Rice's best yet!
Date published: 2005-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book!!! This is by far one of Anne's best books! For those who don't believe in God or Memnoch! heh! This book shall make you think on it for quite along time! I'm a really big fan of Anne Rice and I can say this book has made me an even bigger fan! I also advise you to read Armand The Vampire! another one of her great books!!
Date published: 2002-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well researched I found the book Memnoch The Devil to be very well-researched. The story line added up with the Bible, in terms of timelines, and suppositions of events. It created a new point of view on what the Bible is really all about, one which made me stop and think. I recommend the book to anyone who wants a challenge to their belief system, or just a new subject to mull over in their minds.
Date published: 2002-04-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NOT worth the read Being a Rice fan I was extremely disapointed after the 1st hundred pgs. This book by far is Rice's worst.Her interpretation about heaven and hell was very uninteresting and down right boring. The book draged, i only finished it because of the aparent 'death' of Lestat. I skimmed all the pgs, and chapters to basically get to the point. she definitly was beating around the bush with this one.It was like she ran out of things to say and had to make the book at least 400 pgs. this was a real dissapointment. you may find yourself too skimming the pgs just to get through the book.
Date published: 2002-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Descriptions I found Anne Rice's 'Memnoch the Devil' to be an excellent work, full of interesting descriptions of Heaven, Purgatory and Hell, and the other places Lestat visited with the fallen Archangel Memnoch. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2000-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing Tells an amazing story of Lestat's journey through heaven and hell guided by Memnoch. Captivating descriptions of all he sees and expiriences Leaves you guessing at the nature of good and evil
Date published: 2000-10-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from slooow and wasted I found this book a novel with at first a descent amount of class and quality to the story.I give 100 pages maximum to a book and if I don't like what I read in those 100 pages that book is history.I found this book to be very slow paced and the waste time I spent on it.I could have been reading something much beter.Some of her books that I recommend are PANDORA,VITTORIO,INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE.But this book here was an all time low for the vampire series and ANNE RICE.
Date published: 2000-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting portrayal of Lucifer The link between the human audience and Lestat, him being the pseudo-human eyes that get to see the Devil in his own, makes for an enjoyable perspective. Characters were excellent, but the story was dry for more than one part.
Date published: 2000-03-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Waste Your Time I've read almost all of Anne Rice's novels and have really enjoyed her work but I have to say this book was a BIG let down. The reviewer "Steve" from Toronto/Ontario pretty much says it all.
Date published: 2000-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lestat's well told story! I'm currently reading this book and I think it's one of Anne Rice's best books that I've read. She is an excellent writer and one of my favourites. I hope this will encourage you to read this book.
Date published: 2000-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HOLLY COW! This is by far the most complex of Anne Rice work. She describes a lot of religious beliefs that is here and there and brought together the questions that we have asked to faith and religion. It is a novel that will expand your view of religion only if you allow it. I think that she doesn't want to critize religion but just want to present to us another perspective of it. So along with her always elegant vocabulary, this novel is a must read.
Date published: 2000-01-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Religion springs forth In a dramatic departure from her earlier writing she decends into a preaching of faith and religious belief. I enjoyed the previous novels for what they were, a fantasy which expanded on the beauty and elegance of times gone by along with the struggle of eternal life (damnation). To find this novel going into a realm which is intensely private, personal and individual, namely religion, I found Anne Rice to be self indulgent. She should stick to areas of fantasy and not try and use this medium to espouse her own religious views. Anne seems to be trying too hard to expand the universe of the Vampire by comparing/associating them with God(s). Leave well enough alone and have them deal with more earthbound dilemmas.
Date published: 1999-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Anne Rice's "Memnoch The Devil" is an inspiring work which reaches into the depths of your personal faith and then takes your beliefs where you never thought possible.
Date published: 1999-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! As with all Rice novels, you get completely sucked in. I loved every page of this book.
Date published: 1999-07-21

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I SAW HIM when he came through the front doors. Tall, solidly built dark brown hair and eyes, skin still fairly dark because it had been dark when I'd made him a vampire. Walking a little too fast, but basically passing for a human being. My beloved David.I was on the stairway. The grand stairway, one might say. It was one of those very opulent old hotels, divinely overdone, full of crimson and gold, and rather pleasant. My victim had picked it. I hadn't. My victim was dining with his daughter. And I'd picked up from my victim's mind that this was where he always met his daughter in New York, for the simple reason that St. Patrick's Cathedral was across the street.David saw me at once--a slouching, blond, long-haired youth, bronze face and hands, the usual deep violet sunglasses over my eyes, hair presentably combed for once, body tricked out in a dark-blue, double-breasted Brooks Brothers suit.I saw him smile before he could stop himself. He knew my vanity, and he probably knew that in the early nineties of the twentieth century, Italian fashion had flooded the market with so much shapeless, hangy, bulky, formless attire that one of the most erotic and flattering garments a man could choose was the well-tailored navy-blue Brooks Brothers suit.Besides, a mop of flowing hair and expert tailoring are always a potent combination. Who knows that better than I?I didn't mean to harp on the clothes! To hell with the clothes. It's just I was so proud of myself for being spiffed up and full of gorgeous contradictions--a picture of long locks, the impeccable tailoring, and a regal manner of slumping against the railing and sort of blocking the stairs.He came up to me at once. He smelled like the deep winter outside, where people were slipping in the frozen streets, and snow had turned to filth in the gutters. His face had the subtle preternatural gleam which only I could detect, and love, and properly appreciate, and eventually kiss.We walked together onto the carpeted mezzanine.Momentarily, I hated it that he was two inches taller than me. But I was so glad to see him, so glad to be near him. And it was warm in here, and shadowy and vast, one of the places where people do not stare at others."You've come," I said. "I didn't think you would.""Of course," he scolded, the gracious British accent breaking softly from the young dark face, giving me the usual shock. This was an old man in a young man's body, recently made a vampire, and by me, one of the most powerful of our remaining kind."What did you expect?" he said, tete-a-tete. "Armand told me you were calling me. Maharet told me.""Ah, that answers my first question." I wanted to kiss him, and suddenly I did put out my arms, rather tentatively and politely so that he could get away if he wanted, and when he let me hug him, when he returned the warmth, I felt a happiness I hadn't experienced in months.Perhaps I hadn't experienced it since I had left him, with Louis. We had been in some nameless jungle place, the three of us, when we agreed to part, and that had been a year ago."Your first question?" he asked, peering at me very closely, sizing me up perhaps, doing everything a vampire can do to measure the mood and mind of his maker, because a vampire cannot read his maker's mind, any more than the maker can read the mind of the fledgling.And there we stood divided, laden with preternatural gifts, both fit and rather full of emotion, and unable to communicate except in the simplest and best way, perhaps--with words."My first question," I began to explain, to answer, "was simply going to be: Where have you been, and have you found the others, and did they try to hurt you? All that rot, you know--how I broke the rules when I made you, et cetera.""All that rot," he mocked me, the French accent I still possessed, now couple with something definitely American."What rot.""Come on," I said. "Let's go into the bar there and talk. Obviously no one has done anything to you. I didn't' think they could or they would, or that they'd dare. I wouldn't have let you slip off into the world if I'd thought you were in danger."He smiled, his brown eyes full of gold light for just an instant."Didn't you tell me this twenty-five times, more or less, before we parted company?"We found a small table, cleaving to the wall. The place was half crowded the perfect proportion exactly. What did we look like? A couple of young men on the make for mortal men or women? I don't care."No one has harmed me," he said, "and no one has shown the slightest interest in it."Someone was playing a piano, very tenderly for a hotel bar, I thought. And it was something by Erik Satie. What luck."The tie," he said, leaning forward, white teeth flashing, fangs completely hidden, of course. "This, this big mass of silk around your neck! This is not Brooks Brothers!" He gave a soft teasing laugh. "Look at you, and the wing-tip shoes! My, my. What's going on in your mind? And what is this all about?"The bartender threw a hefty shadow over the small table, and murmured predictable phrases that were lost to me in my excitement and in the noise."Something hot," David said. It didn't surprise me. "You know, rum punch or some such, whatever you can heat up."I nodded and made a little gesture to the indifferent fellow that I would take the same thing.Vampires always ordered hot drinks. They aren't going to drink them; but they can feel the warmth and smell them if they're hot, and that is so good.David looked at me again. Or rather this familiar body with David inside looked at me. Because for me, David would always be the elderly human I'd known and treasured, as well as this magnificent burnished shell of stolen flesh that was slowly being shaped by his expressions and manner and mood.Dear Reader, he switched human bodies before I made him a vampire, worry no more. It has nothing to do with this story."Something's following you again?" he asked. "This is what Armand told me. So did Jesse.""Where did you see them?""Armand?" he asked. "A complete accident. In Paris. He was just walking on the street. He was the first one I saw.""He didn't make any move to hurt you?""Why would he? Why were you calling to me? Who's stalking you? What is all this?

From Our Editors

The Vampire Lestat is offered a chance at redemption, but what will he choose? In Anne Rice's extraordinary fifth novel of The Vampire Chronicles, irresistible antihero Lestat encounters his most dangerous adversary - the mysterious being Memnoch, who claims to be the Devil. Ushered through the realms of Heaven, Purgatory and Hell, Lestat must finally decide if he can believe in the Devil or God - and which, if either, he will serve. Memnoch the Devil is a deviously engrossing story by Anne Rice, who really knows how to tell a tale that you can sink your teeth into.

Editorial Reviews

"[MEMNOCH] is one of Rice's most intriguing and sympathetic characters to date. . . . Rice ups the ante, taking Lestat where few writers have ventured: into heaven and hell itself. She carries it off in top form".

-- The Seattle Times