While the book sounded hilariously bad in ways unique to Rice (purple prose galore, gushing constantly over Lestat who is unironically even referred to as "the James Bond of vampires" by another character, etc.) there were a few flaws cited that reminded me of LKH. For instance, apparently there's a billion characters and none of them do anything, there's no real plot, and the Big Bad just shows up for two seconds at the end and gets whipped instantly. Sounds a lot like the last few AB books, huh?
I was interested to find out that there are now a few POC vampires (but the review I saw that mentioned them didn't say who they were or how they were handled) but enraged at what I found regarding Zenobia. Zenobia is a very minor character who shows up in Blood & Gold, and was one half of a lesbian relationship with her maker, Eudoxia. Marius kills Eudoxia (well, technically Akasha does, but Marius pretty much might as well have, as he throws her to her) but Zenobia isn't mad, she's just perfect and docile and sweet and in love with Marius because he's perfect and she's helpless and she just follows him for a bit before disappearing entirely. This, by the way, is the ONLY lesbian relationship in the series, which is FRAUGHT with homoerotica between beautiful bisexual men. Again, sounding familiar?
Anyway, Zenobia reappears and now she's with a man and apparently the only mention poor Eudoxia gets is as being "the wicked female vampire" who made her. Fuuuuck your lesbophobia, Anne Rice. Guys get to have alllllll the gayness, but girl/girl is icky and bad and must be destroyed. Given the recent treatment of Jade, this is almost TOO perfectly coincidental, wow.
I have a habit of taking super duper minor villains from X-Men (like, 'minion that showed up in ONE issue during the 90s' minor) and privately concocting entire personalities/bios for them. I don't use it for fanfic or anything (well, stories in my head, but I never write them down into an actual project because I'm lazy) but I just like to imagine how *I* would have done them if I'd been in charge and they got more screen-time. I've always meant to do the same with a lot of AB characters---Melanie and the golden tigers, for instance---and now I think I'm gonna have to do that with Zenobia and Eudoxia (and Petronia but she's not in this that I can tell) So apparently Anne Rice brings out my WASTED POTENTIAL, MUST FIX impulses just like LKH too!