(E–pub) [Lasher Author Anne Rice]
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 one of the protagonists Mona Mayfair talks about her computer it s obvious that the author sat down for a f 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 hours of my ife back again please do not waste yours I would honestly rather gouge my own eyes out 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 of psychological test of 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 of her output then I am at a oss to understand how she is so popular I would ike to assume that Lasher is atypical thoughThe plot well what plot there is is Um Natal em Ardmore ludicrous Now obviously Anne Rice specialises in a genre that isn t exactly ground in realism so I was willing to overlook the notion of a family ghost the eponymous Lasher and even the idea that various family members would regularly have sex with said ghost despite the physical impossibility of an actual human being and a supernatural being being able to do so However the book is poorly written miss mash of miscarriages deaths and historical detours that never actually seems to go anywhere It s far tooong There are too many pointless meandering descriptions of stuff that isn t anything to do with the plot or perhaps they are in there to distract from the utterly nonsensical plot The incestunderage sex subplots are ridiculous I mean I know they re witches and all but really a 13 year old girl has sex with an 80 year old granduncle and no one bats an eye Really Even if she did seduce himI read afterwards that Anne Rice had a very strict Catholic upbringing and the overabundance of pseudo risue sex makes a Skeletons little sense in that it seemsike she is still rebelling against that upbringing However I think an adult would be a bit past that though there s nothing wrong with sex but the way Anne Rice writes about it come across as a sniggering 12 year old boy going Look everyone sex No ook sex SEX SEX SEEEEEX Looking back I should have given up when my instincts told me to about 100 pages in Instead I persevered thinking it had to get going some time I was wrong It never gets going Also my husband see above kept saying stuff ike Oh no you just haven t got to the good part yet it starts to get really good The So Far from the Sea lying scoundrel i don t know what happens in at the end though because I eventually gave up with about 100 pages to go only then did my husband finally admit he thought it was a s book tooI reiterate this is the worst book ever I have only given it one star because I cannot give it none I m a huge fan of Anne Rice andoved The Witching Hour along with many of her other books but for some reason had never gotten around to reading Lasher When I first started it I was fully absorbed I The Wolfs Healing Touch (Wolves of Stone Ridge love Rice s detailed anduscious writing style and her ability to create fully fleshed out interesting characters These are some of this book s best elements along with a additions to the Mayfair history in the back stories of Julian and Evelyn and new engaging characters The Draft 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 of all the title character Lasher as he develops to show his true flaws fostered a deepoathing in me despite his sympathetic characteristics and I became overly 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 of the Mayfair witches is founded on 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 of the poor pacing it was a rather tedious read. D the second wife of 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 of the Earl of 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 of the Protestant reformer John Knox He knows nothing again until Suzanne calls him back into existenceMichael patiently hears Lasher out and when his story is complete Michael wastes no time in killing him and burying him under the great 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 the one to bury her alongside Lasher under the oak tree there.
(E–pub) Lasher Author Anne Rice
Eeper in to the world of the Mayfairs It may not have made me eat sleep and breathe the story Bible Prophecy like The Witching Hour did but it was a worthy successor My hatred of this book knows no bounds Boy was this aetdown after reading The Witching Hour It was really Yaratma Cesareti long and drawn out I feltike the entire book was just two very The Astral Codex long rehashings of the first story with a couple of blanks filled in It was almostike re reading the first book and became uite tedious at times I guess it was important to develop the character of Lasher but I think it could have been done effectively by just adding another chapter or two to the already Here There Be Witches long first book I haven t read the ueen of 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 Iiked 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 obsession with kinky and illegal sex with minors It s an obvious theme in both books so far and would make me wary of Story of the Liberty Bell 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 encouragingoyalty That part was a Fake Mustache little too sordid for me I m going to give it a break for a while before I read theast book Can t rate this one since I m still weirded out I buddy read it with my father ahem Lots of sex in this one On to Taltos ALONE this time So stunningly bad is the first third of this book that only the Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog lunatic and the true devotee areikely to get beyond i This is a difficult book to write a review about I ve been an avid fan of Anne Rice s books since I was in junior high since I ove her style of writing and of course her gothic themes vampires demons witchesLasher is the second novel of the Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy The first is The Witching Hour and the third is Taltos I guess I have to find Taltos asachokengtitiktitikchokeng in order to complete this whole erjourneyLasher is a Taltos which is an almost extinct super human race who ived on a tropical island north of the British Isles but forced to flee to Scotland where they established their own kingdom which was finally overthrown by the Christians Lasher and the Mayfair witches shared a ong history full with weird mysterious occurrences 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 egacycurse of having the obligation to conceive Lasher s children other TaltosIn this novel Rowan Mayfair the 13th designee of the Mayfair clan also the most powerful witch was kidnapped by Lasher and her suffering was Drawing Straws likebetween heaven and hell The description of her tortures wasso enthralling If you ve read Rice s novels youl see what I mean hahahaThis book also introduced to the 14th designee Mona Mayfair whom I must say a very ercourageous ittle girlAnyway what I ove about this book is that it provides clearer explanation on the history of the clan itself I was a bit shocked when I read the part about Julien Mayfair s Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference life story He is the only male witch in the family yet very powerful and influential Moreover as always Rice uses historical events real people to decorate her story on how Lasher came into being and the journey 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 reallyike 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 kind of surprised me As I wrote in my review for The Witching Hour I really oved THAT book as a young adult 13 15 I d guess and had for many years after considered it one of my favorite novels ever written However re reading it at age 31 revealed a number of fatal flaws that I could not get over 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. Which was probably what made Lasher's uasi supernatural birth at all possible in the first placeThe dyad returns to America where Lasher sets out to impregnate other female members of 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 ast words to Emaleth are to find Michael which she sets out 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 of toxic shock An emergency hysterectomy is performed to save her Elizabeth Cady Stanton life eliminating all chances of her ever giving birth again She is taken home to Michael where she remains in a deep comaMuch of the book is set into four sections of Julien's Story which delineates theife of Julien Mayfair and what he has discovered of the entity known as LasherLasher returns to the house to tell Michael and Aaron his story of his past ife Born to ueen Anne of Englan.
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The follow up to The Witching Hour 1993 s Lasher continues the masterful world building of that precious volume while fully standing on its own it is a cold horrifying treat filled to the brim with Anne Rice s signature gothic sensual overtones The daemon that is Lasher WARNING This review can contain spoilers if you haven t read The Witching Hour In Lasher Anne Rice immediately picks up where she eft me in The Witching Hour The first half of the story there are The Doll and Her Friends (1893) lots of events rapidly following each other Of course things happen which are dark which stretch the boundaries and speak of untold mysteries Especially the erotic encounter between Michael and teenager Mona may go against the grain for some readers The storytelling holds this fusion of distinctive edgy characters in a strange situation that defiesogic which is all happening against the Septiņi lush setting of New Orleans that ensnares me so The vibe Anne Rice creates is unlike anything I have ever read Michael Rowan Aaron Lasher Mona all come alive via this authors voice I may not always understand their actions I may not always agree with them but the affect me nonetheless As the title of this episode suggest the focus is on Lasher Not only did I get his present but I also got his past While he may have held me betweenove and hate for his persona in The Witching Hour he has tipped that scale to hate in his own story Even when he relays his own past he fails to redeem himself And believe me Anne Rice gradually Nightbane World Book One laid all of him bare for me to take in Weighing his past his present his feeling and his actions But his actions are so self served The contempt Lasher shows forife and for the Mayfairs the very people he claims to The All New Jonah Twist love and serve is despicable He uses them as he sees fit and it made him an SOB of the first order I could only take in the strife and anguish he rained down on the Mayfairs in the hope he would get his comeuppance He was truly one of those formidable adversary who makes me cheer for the other side Anne Rice keeps adding or deepening the backstory of the main cameo of characters Especially all powerful Mayfair Julien has an important role to play Hisife intrigued me so in The Mayfair Hour but it wasn t told in depth until now Satisfying my everlasting curiosity In the second half of the story she peels away ayers of mystery and secrets in a anguid pace of storytelling It weaves its own kind of magic with rich settings various time periods and again the mesmerizing characters The mythology behind this second story in The Mayfair Trilogy speaks to my imagination I Legon Ascension (Legon Series love Celticore and though I don t know if it is based on an actual PMS lore Anne Rice makes me believe it is so The Mayfair family have aot to deal with but they also discover some truths about their own The Two of Swords lineage Michael the tragic hero was a true Irish bleeding heart His convictions and hisove for Rowan burns fierce even if he has his weak moment I wanted him to succeed to be reunited again because faults and all he is a man who is the veritable rock in the ocean I thought he could weather it all and through sheer tenacity could achieve his hearts desires All the other characters tribute to Michael and Rowan s journey in one way or another Even when Mona becomes a key characters in the future storyline even with other Mayfair women paying a steep price it is Michael and Rowan s ove for each other that becomes a shining beacon amidst all the hurt darkness and power play Lasher has uite a plan and part of the suspense is will he succeed or not There are three big parties involved namely Lasher himself the Talamsca and the Mayfairs Each has an own agenda and wants to find out certain truths And if they get in the way of one another well violence is also a part of Anne Rice s storytelling Casualties will fall but it only got me emotionally invested and rooting for various characters The Talamasca for all that I knew about them there was so much I didn t They definitely triggered my conspiracy button and I never trust them further then I can see them They are just as much an integral part as the Mayfairs and Lasher but only till the end truths were revealed that shed a different ight on the Talamasca I may not ike it but it gives fuel for thought and probably story 3 Taltos With Lasher Anne Rice gave me an attention grabbing story that takes me even The novel begins shortly after the mysterious disappearance of 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 ines of descent from Julien She seduces Michael causing him to snap out of his stupor and renew his vow to find his wife at all costs He is now convinced that she hasn't gone willinglyAnd though it was she who spirited her mutant child Lasher away from the house she is now a prisoner of the monster she has spawned His first two attempts at impregnating her are failures ending in miscarriage but he is successful the third time around As he accompanies her throughout Europe Rowan manages to send off DNA samples to colleagues in San Francisco They discover that Lasher is a completely different species and that Rowan herself has a genetic abnormality polyploidy or 92 chromosomes.
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