Beatricia: Right after “The Witching Hour,” Anne Rice jumped to “Lasher,” the second in her massive “Witches of Mayfair” trilogy. Michael Curry is left bereft in New Orleans. His wife, the allegedly powerful witch Rowan Mayfair, has disappeared to Europe with her lover, her kidnapper, her son, and the father of her son- which are all one and the same entity: Lasher, the spirit which has haunted the Mayfair Family for centuries. Meantime, back at home, 13-year old Mona emerges as the family’s most energetic member, giving Michael a new reason to live and spending a lot of time “inputting memory files” and “booting up her directories” on a sad little computer that doesn’t even have Internet access. Also, Aaron Lightner has been kicked off the Talamasca, but that doesn’t mean the Talamasca isn’t watching. They are always there.
Trent: Anne Rice’s “Lasher” is a truly epic tale of sin and redemption, and who can’t relate to all the scenes in which Lasher lashes out with his magical eyelashes? Cherry!
Tracey: I squirmed through the multitude of scenes of Michael being “seduced” by a 13-year-old nymphet, and of Rowan being savagely raped and beaten by the “dashing” Lasher. I squirmed ONCE because these “rape fantasies” were squirmy, and TWICE because it’s impossible to shake the feeling that they provided self-pleasuring material for ‘90s housewives- not that they would ever own up to it when they ran into each other at the PTA.
Cousin Franz: Here’s a telling quote! “By dark something was becoming obvious. There was not a sense of proportion to (her) tale-telling. (She) might describe for forty-five minutes all the colors which Charlotte had worn, and how vague they had looked and how he could imagine them now, those fragile, dyed silks, and then in two sentences describe the flight of the family from Saint-Domingue to America.” – And there, two thirds of the way through “Lasher,” you find Anne Rice’s moment of clarity and awareness, when she subconsciously flagellates herself for her own rambling, undisciplined style. There IS one thing to say for that style: it is rarely an easy feat to predict what will happen next in an Anne Rice novel.
Hank: Pretty lengthy, rehashing many things we already knew from the first book. The scenes in which Rice waxes technological are even more painful than the ones involving corporal punishment. “Mona opened the secret C:// directory of Java in her state-of-the art Macintosh with full OS-Tetris compatibility, an astounding machine that could process 5 whole MEGAbytes! You heard right, not mere ”kilos,” MEGA! Technology that advanced is indistinguishable from magic!” I gotta admit that the eventual “historical” revelation of Lasher’s origins comes as a wholly unpredictable surprise.
Grandpa Felicius: Quite likely because the author conjured it at the very last minute out of the shadowy depths of her ass.
Blurbarella: “Reason to Live:– Magical– Fantasies– Of– All the Colors– Of– Tetris.”
3 out of 6 Cherries