Saturday, 21 January 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday (10)

Shelf Candy Saturday is an awesome weekly meme hosted by Five Alarm Book Reviews where each Saturday bloggers defy the saying "never judge a book by its cover" and showcase one that really catches their eye. Covers play a huge role in the books I choose so it's great to have the opportunity to showcase the pretties :)

My shelf candy for this week is Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.

In a darkened room the boy sits, waiting for the story to begin. His companion is a young man, cloaked in shadow, his voice low and soft. Only the pure white of his collar is visible in the gloom.

The story of this man's life is about to be told. A story of a vampire facing the dark stretch of eternity, cursed with an exquisite craving for human blood.

Confession time - I've tried Anne Rice's books a couple of times before and I've never really been able to get into them. I've always found them to be overly descriptive and have given up quickly, although weirdly I love the movie of Queen of the Damned.

Over Christmas I picked up a lucky dip of dark fantasy books from WH Smiths and this was one of the books included. I absolutely adore this cover and will definitely be trying to read it again purely based on the cover alone.

At first glance it looks like plain red writing on a black background, but then you notice the background looks like black silk and the writing is scattered with little doodles. It manages to be both incredibly simple and deliciously complex at the same time to stunning effect.

So what's your shelf candy this week?


  1. The cover is a beautiful example of what can be done with test base art. It is really terrific. Thank you for sharing it.
    I haven't read any of Ann Rice's books but I have an aunt who loves them. I keep meaning to give them a try. I hope you enjoy it.

  2. I agree it appears simple but it has a lot of depth and the contrast of tje red and the black is stunning. I have not read any Anne Rice either but I have seen this movie. I hope you can get into it when you give it another try.

  3. I really like this cover. It is simple yet the lettering is just dazzling. Great pick!

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  4. Awesome cover. Creepy, sexy and vampire like! :) Thanks for sharing!

  5. A classic so loved. Thanks for your review of this.

  6. I love it! I just finished Anne Rice's new book The Wolf Gift and it reminded me how much I used to love her books, particularly Interview. This cover it lovely with its sinister simplicity. Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Thanks for all the comments guys :) I'm really looking forward to trying this again and I've even ordered a cheap copy of the DVD (because Antonio Banderas = yay!)

  8. Try to hang in there when you're reading it. If you can get past the first florid few chapters, I think you'll enjoy it. I actually love the descriptive parts of it, but I know that's not everyone's cup of tea. It's truly a beautiful book. Research why she wrote the character of Claudia, it's quite touching.

  9. Thanks for the tip Carrie! I've started to appreciate more descriptive books lately so hopefully things will go better this time - plus I don't think I made it past the second chapter in the past. I'll definitely be looking up why she wrote Claudia :)


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