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All his life, Quinn had been befriended by a Doppleganger, his double, Goblin. Over the years Goblin became stronger and stronger, though still a spirit. When Quinn becomes a vampire he discovers that Goblin becomes one as well and is bent on hurting everyone Quinn loves. He looks to the legendary Lestat for help.
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Knopf, Oct 2002, 26.95, 528 pp.
ISBN: 0375411992

Heir to the wealthy Louisiana Blackwood Farm, Quinn Blackwood is a true son of the south, but has a secret that makes him quite different. He suffers nightmares caused by his spirit world doppelganger Goblin. Still he finds passion with teenage Mona Mayfair until Petronia converts him into a vampire.

Though he does not want to be a blood seeker, Quinn's worse phantasm is that his doppelganger is not only one too, but that Goblin plans to destroy everyone Quinn loves and cherishes especially Mona. Knowing he remains an ineffective tyro when it comes to the night life, Quinn seeks the aid of Lestat, who refuses to help until the young vampire explains his full life history.

Anne Rice cleverly intersects characters from her two favorite series ("Vampire Chronicles" and the "Mayfair Witches”) that have had runs longer than a vampire's life span though a fresh set of characters especially Goblin and Quinn make this work on of the author's best. The story line is typical of Ms. Rice filled with vivid detail and erotic elements with many scenes provided by Quinn describing his past. Though at times it seems Ms. Rice prefers to be a historical biographer, her myriad of fans will celebrate BLACKWOOD FARM due to the vigor of the Quinn vs. Goblin obsession war of supremacy.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Magically turned into another being Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's    -   long lived adults If magical mental powers:    -   can change shapes    -   mind reading    -   mind control    -   super strength    -   can fly    -   teleportation    -    Invisibility    -   is very quick    -   can read emotions

Setting

Earth setting:    -   general past    -   near future (later in 21st century)    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   description of breasts    -   descript. of private male anat. How much dialogue?    -   mostly dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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