Okay, this is one of those things where you notice it, talk about it with whoever is there, and then it lies dormant in your mind for a few days before you realize that you just have to tell the world about it... or... something like that.
Point is, A few days ago (Could have been a few weeks though given my memory) I was out and about, shopping like some people do. And I wandered over to the books section to see if there was anything that would catch my interest.
I came across a book entitled "The Wolf Gift" and while I can't be for sure what it is that really got my attention, The bright white cover with eyes that peered outward or the fact that the book was written by Anne Rice.
You see, I first got into reading Rice's work when I was a teen and loved the Vampire Chronicles. Even going so far as to state that her book Memnoch the Devil was one of the biggest influences on me to start writing myself. However, and this is where the name of this post comes from. I tend to wonder about where this book came from.
Most of you are at least somewhat aware of her bigger works like "Interview with the Vampire" or "Queen of the Damned" Some of you may even know of the Mayfair Witches or of Violin. These books represented Rice's peak in the literary world.
Sadly Stan Rice, Her husband, died from brain cancer in 2002,
The very next year Anne had herself many near fatal occurances that ultimately took her work in a new direction.
She returned to the Catholic church, Something I have no problems with from a spiritual perspective, But in this transitional period in her life she decided that the lives and worlds of her beloved characters were fit to bring to a close. But to the readers, there was no conclusion. While asked many times about the fates of her characters (Lestat in particular) she said that she felt the chronicles were "A complete work" but as for myself as a reader and fan, there was no true conclusion to either series which had blended together towards the end. I felt that there was no closure for the characters or for the reader.
In October 2005, while promoting her book, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, she announced in Newsweek that she would now use her life and talent of writing to glorify her belief in God -Taken from Wikipedia
This was a turning point, while she did not come out and renounce her earlier works, she did the next best thing, she simply ended them and refused to write of them anymore.
She began writing Christian fiction beginning with "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt"
She has written many works in this genre, I have not personally read any of them but have decided that with the Vampire Chronicles finished, I would wish her the best and hope that she does the subject matter justice as she had with Lestat and the other Vampires.
So, now to present day, figuring this book to be another of these I still took the time to open the cover and read the synopsis inside. I was pretty surprised, This was a book set in ages past, as is her general theme, about WEREWOLVES!
Okay, so I'm a bit confused. Perhaps 'm a bit biased in this but it seems like there is a conflicting scenario here in my mind. She gave up the Vampire Chronicles and put them behind her to write Christian works (Again, no gripe from me) but without any such fanfare returns to the scene with a book about a werewolf in a setting that could have been right out of the Lestat books. I'm not sure what's going on or what to think of this. Some people may call her a sell out for this, Some may be excited that she's back to writing the scenarios that made her famous in the first place, and some may feel that she is losing hold of her faith.
As for me?
I'm not even going to take a guess.
I wish her all the success in the world and hopefully will be able to bring myself to read the book. I'm sure that it will live up to her high standards and yet it comes across a little bittersweet.
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