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Author: Anne Rice
Title: Blood and Gold
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Rated: *****

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This particular chronicle details the life of the vampire Marius. Here we learn more about his love for painting and how he cared for Those Who Must Be Kept. It chronicles much in regards to his relationship with Amadeo (aka Armand), Pandora and Bianca as well as his enemies among the Satanic vampires. We learn of Marius' love for Rome and how like his great city he too was nearly destroyed by fire.

As this is a chronicle of Marius' life much like others this one, to me, is one of the best narrated tales of a life history in the Vampire Chronicles. The entire tale is told to a Norseman vampire who was made by Maharet and only this part of the tale and the events that follow after the telling are a bit odd. For the most part this is an excellent book in which one truly begins to understand the nature of the relationship of Marius' love for Akasha, The Queen of the Damned. It also does not spend too much time retelling things told in other books but instead goes over them briskly which makes it easier for those who are avid readers of the series like myself while not leaving out the information necessary for a logical chronology for those who are not.

The vampire Marius is one of the most intrigueing characters in the series and this book truly brings him to life. Oddly enough there is a song by Dead Can Dance called "The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove" which sounds like this could have been written by Marius in regards to his relationship to Akasha. I'm not sure if this is just a strange coincidence or if one artist influenced the other and if so who influenced who. See for yourself:

The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove

I thought that you knew it all
Well you've seen it ten times before.
I thought that you had it down
With both your feet on the ground.
I love slow...slow but deep.
Feigned affections wash over me.
Dream on my dear
And renounce temporal obligations.
Dream on my dear
It's a sleep from which you may not awaken.

You build me up then you knock me down.
You play the fool while I play the clown.
We keep time to the beat of an old slave drum.
You raise my hopes then you raise the odds
You tell me that I dream too much
Now I'm serving time in disillusionment.
I don't believe you anymore...I don't believe you.

I thought that I knew it all
I'd seen all the signs before.
I thought that you were the one
In darkness my heart was won.

You build me up then you knock me down.
You play the fool while I play the clown.
We keep time to the beat of an old slave drum.
You raise my hopes then you raise the odds
You tell me that I dream too much
Now I'm serving time in a domestic graveyard.
I don't believe you anymore...I don't believe you.

Never let it be said I was untrue
I never found a home inside of you.
Never let it be said I was untrue
I gave you all my time.


Odd huh! ;-)



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