A Novel

Book - 2000
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An unknowing descendant of both the gens de couleurs libres and the Mayfair witches, Merrick follows adventures through the Guatemalan jungles, Mayan ruins, and New Orleans, as told from the perspective of vampire scribe David Talbot.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2000.
Edition: 1st trade ed.
ISBN: 9780679454489
Branch Call Number: FIC RICE, ANNE
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 25 cm.


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Aug 20, 2016

Too much of the narrator, not enough story.
David is the (rather creepy) narrator of this vampire's tale. David is a dirty old man in the body of an eternally young vampire, fixated on Merrick, a young witch he has known and lusted after since she was fourteen. He asserts, with little evidence, that Merrick is "good", but the story doesn't actually show her being generous or thoughtful in any way and many of her actions (i.e. stealing priceless antiquities) are ethically dubious.
Descriptions of creamy skin and large nipples glimpsed under diaphanous blouses replace actual characterization. Lestat and Louis appear but stay very much in the background.

Quimeras Jun 15, 2014

I don’t know which was more troubling: Merrick’s scheming or David’s gullibility? Even so, “Merrick” is not without the sensuous beauty that often characterizes Rice’s writing.

btmslt Mar 30, 2012

Rice gives us another winner.


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