Memnoch the Devil, the final installment of the Vampire Chronicles from Anne Rice. This book really differ from the other Vampire Chronicles that we would have read. The Lestat we know from the movies or the books that we have read, the cool, slick and charismatic vampire, that we have always imagined, could turn out to be a little dissapointment here. Memnoch the Devil, mostly projects Lestat as a lost soul, whimpering and whining softie, who feels like suddenly lost all his glory as the immortal.
Once an influential vampire, could have all his fans start running away because of this installment. A vampire who have religious conflict, by mean what is religion to a vampire? A tale of depression, anxiety and the only choice between God and Devil.
The earlier of the book saw Lestat being stalked by a creature, a dark shadow throughout the read. A creature even Lestat is unaware of, a creature even Lestat could not sense with his vampire sense. But what I like most is how Memnoch introduced himself. To paraphrase it, "I like to be called Memnoch, be it any other name that man and Him had gave me, be it Satan, Mephistopheles or the Devil, I would like you to call me Memnoch". Standing huge, with four legs with the feature of a goat, dark in colour and whispering like a snake.
The book brought Lestat face to face with God, which I believe Anne Rice could be teasing Him, when it showed God, subtlely begging Lestat to be on his side. Memnoch explaining the 13 revelation of life, almost sounding like the Holy Bible on how God created life after Adam and Eve. How Memnoch and his fleet of fallen angels were disgusted at the thoughts that God created a lifeform so similar to them, the angels. How Memnoch dragged Lestat to the very Cruxifician day, to see Jesus hanging on the cross, to unveil Veronica's veil to disclose the real face of the evil.
The book is like a nightmare for a vampire. Lestat in tears, losing an eye, so weak, gone are his glorious days. I should say this is not a read for those who are sensitive in religious issue. Maybe this is a book which reveals that being a vampire is not that cool anymore, where you will have a price to pay.
I would say, "Give in to your dark cravings, not to man made speculations on life". Don't have to hate me, educate me. * Ghoulish laughter* Vlad # 6:26 PM