I want to read Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, but I was told I shouldn't read the first one. I was told that the second one is better. So, do you have to read them in order, or are they separate stories?
No its not necessary to read the books in chronological order, but easier because certain books actually happen BEFORE others. However, Anne Rice herself somewhat cancels the first book out by having Lestat refer to Louis as a liar and say in the second book that most of what Louis says is misinformation due to his lack of telepathic ability or lies and his account is the true account and what he says is the Real truth...only the happiness and love they shared was true.