Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
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Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1)

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Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.
Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published 1976)
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Gus
I hate Anne Rice's writing so much that if it and I were in a romantic comedy together we'd be destined to fall in love and be married by the end of the movie.
Kat Kennedy
If you would kindly look at my shelves, you might notice that I've read a good chunk of vampire novels written in the past two decades. It seemed strange to me, though, that I still hadn't read one of the more important ones.

Now, I don't think it's because this book is particularly brilliant or a masterpiece. Yet it does represent an important paradigm shift in the representation of vampires in modern literature. Whilst Vampires are still unaccountably evil in this novel, they are also relatabl...more
Mark
One of the rare few books I couldn't finish. I could not empathize with the lead character at all - once he turned into a vampire I would be regularly bombarded with paragraphs describing how goddamn beautiful everything was now that he could see them with his vampire eyes. The forest was beautiful, the night sky was beautiful, the homeless people were beautiful...not normally, mind you, only when seen through vampire eyes.

These special vampire eyes might be the reason why Louis (narrator) and L...more
Ren
I first read this book in High School and my sad gothic self immediately fell in love with its beautiful, damaged characters. For years this book haunted me. The rest of the Vampires books were pulpy fun but this book really had something. She captured something here and her almost baroque prose really carries the story.

Later in life, I came to realize that Interview is a kind of Catcher In The Rye for goths. Louis is turned into a vampire and continues his search for the answers: who he is, wh...more
Shovelmonkey1
Mar 08, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who think that the history of Vampirism starts and ends with edward cullen
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
Poor vampires. Such a bad press over the years what with all the blood sucking, neck snapping and general ravaging of virgins, maidens and anyone with a taste for Gothic-style bedroom furniture and an open window.

Still, now that Edward Cullen and his pan-faced fan base of moody teens have infiltrated popular culture, replacing the stereotypical images of pale, foppish young men in lacy cuffs and brocaded velvet jackets with a utilitarian Gap-Style wardrobe of urban wear (and a slightly sulky lo...more
Gaijinmama
I am going to confess that I didn't read this book until 1993, after I'd seen the movie. I couldn't handle horror movies or scary books at the time, but Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and a surprisingly good Tom Cruise really got my attention.
Now I'm a bona fide fan. I'm working toward reading everything Rice has written, and now I enjoy many other authors who write about vampires.
It wasn't just that the vampire dudes were soooo totally hot in the movie. As is usually the case, the book turned ou...more
Jason Pettus
Okay, I confess, I've actually read the first three of the novels in this fantastical series; but that they declined in quality so rapidly and profoundly that I just couldn't continue after that. Still, though, this first book of the series continues to be surprisingly strong, even if it single-handedly brought about an entire "goth industry" that threatens to turn all of Rice's original material into parodies of itself. A sprawling epic that is as much a vivid fictional history of the multicult...more
Madeline
Damn you straight to hell, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, for what you made me do. You made me read a goddamn vampire book. Not only that, you made me read a vampire book with a cover made entirely of shiny ostentatious material that shouted to everyone in the library as I checked this out, "Look everyone! Madeline is reading a book about vampires! SHINY SHINY SHINY LOOK AT ME! I CONTAIN SEXY BROODING VAMPIRES AND I AM SO EFFING SHINY."

(I cannot stress how shiny-gold this cover is. Li...more
C.
Jun 24, 2009 C. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to C. by: Books not bongs
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
You begin.
It seems like it might be fun.
A little bit trashy, but fun.
Not so well written.
Disappointing.
Already, you know it won't be up to much.
You keep reading.
Why this way?
You read, wondering why.
It seems pointless.
You are bored, your mind wanders.
You keep reading.
You cannot stop.
It is dark.
So dark.
The atmosphere.
Dark. Macabre. Gothic. Haunting.
Erotic.
You are trapped.
Trapped in someone's twisted fantasy.
Kinky.
Until pain and suffering and anguish and loneliness are beautiful.
Alluring.
Seduct...more
Joelle
I thought it was slow, difficult to read. I finished it only by sheer determination, not out of pleasure.
Brad
Jan 24, 2009 Brad rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ruzz and anyone who wants to feel the world more intensely
Recommended to Brad by: Pat Gulmick
Shelves: horror, vampire, faves
Twenty winters ago I read Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire for the first time. I read it again just before Neil Jordan's film version came out, and then I let it slip into the recesses of my personal mythology, only letting the memory of it pop out once in a while for some wistful nostalgia and a vow to read it again.

This year's glut of filmed Vampire adaptations -- HBO's True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books, and Stephanie Meyer's Twilight -- got me longing for...more
Becky
Oy... Can a book be disappointing if I expected not to like it? Or, rather, can I be disappointed in it?

Yep.

This was seriously boring. And repetitive. And boringly repetitive. And unexciting and also it rehashed the same things over and over. And over. Did I mention it was boring? Because it was. Even more than I expected. At about 100 pages in, I was like "OK, this isn't terrible, that's good." And then... It just stayed right there. At "Not Terrible" level. Nothing interesting happened, noth...more
Tracy
Nov 17, 2008 Tracy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who tends to read a little slower
This book was a slow read, and I didn't find it very interesting. The narrative drifts in and out of metaphorical prose, making it difficult to understand what was really happening and what was artistic expression. The author became so caught up in the love of her own prose that she afflicted the reader with the mental haze of her storyteller. I tend to read at a faster pace, and many passages required re-reading to grasp what really was going on. If this was the only problem with the book, I mi...more
Marvin
You need to get here right away. This whole event has a Lovecraftian feel. But when you get here it will have an Anne Rice feel. Because you're gay.

The above quote, which is recited as well I can remember it, is from John Dies at the End by David Wong. I quote it in this review of Interview With the Vampire because it evokes a certain atmosphere that Rice has created in her version of vampire lore. Not that I think Louis, Lestat or anyone who reads Ann Rice is gay. Well, I always wondered about...more
Christina
This is my first Anne Rice novel and her writing reminds me of Stephen King - they both drag you into their worlds and keep you there, making you race though it to the end as fast as possible to find out what happens.
Interview with the Vampire is the story of Louis mostly, how he became a vampire at the hands of Lestat, how they together made the child vampire Claudia, how Claudia and Louis parted ways with Lestat and went out into the world to search for other vampires and finally found what t...more
Cecilia
Aug 15, 2013 Cecilia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire lovers
Shelves: anne-rice, vampires
Este fue el libro que hizo que, durante varios años de mi vida, anne rice fuera una de las escritoras que más leía. Y no tenía nada que ver con ser "gótico", si no que, simplemente sus personajes me parecían sumamente reales. La soledad, la miseria, el odio y el amor, son emociones humanas, no vampíricas, por lo tanto, no es difícil comprender por qué tantas personas se "enamoraron" de sus vampiros y siguieron toda la saga de novelas vampíricas que esta mujer creo. Otro de los puntos importantes...more
Nicole Green
Okay Twilight fans, and fans of all other modern vampire novels, THIS IS WHAT VAMPIRES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE! They are not supposed to sparkle, they are not supposed to be teenagers, they are not supposed to be angsty, and they DO NOT fall in love with bland, whiny, seriously mentally handicapped girls. They are supposed to be scary, they are supposed to be mysterious, they are supposed to be mesmerizing (not as a romantic interest, but in their interest of you being their next meal).

Louis and...more
Paul
Oh God, I'm going to have to do this. Oh well, here I go. Hmm – he looks a bit fierce.

"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned."

Silence… erm – now what am i supposed to say ? oh yes…

"I confess to God almighty, to blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to all the Saints, and to you Father, that I have sinned very much in thought, word, deed and omission, by my fault, my fault, my most grievous fault. Especially since my last confession which was ....... approximately 23 years and several months ago. Er. Hmm. I...more
Rumi
May 05, 2011 Rumi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rumi by: Vennie
"Interview with the Vampire" is a truly remarkable book. Without claiming to be a fantasy know-it-all, I'd like to say that the characters in this book are probably some of the most well-developed fantasy creatures out there. Each one has their own doubts, fears, hopes, and a whole system of values. They might not always act as expected from them, but then again, do they have to be perfect, all-knowing, wise and so very distant from humans every single time? What Anne Rice has created is not onl...more
Crystal Starr Light
“The world changes, we do not, therein lies the irony that kills us.”

Louis approaches a young reporter and begins to tell the boy his tale - how he became a vampire, back in the 18th century by the hands of Lestat, his growing love for Claudia, a vampire woman stuck in a 5 year old body, and his desire to learn more about the beast he had become.

This is one of those modern classic vampire tales, one that I've been meaning to read ever since I got interested in vampires back with "Twilight". But...more
Cristal Marie
Louis's world is somber, lush, beautiful and heartbreaking. This wasn't the first book in The Vampire Chronicles I read, I picked up Merrick first and immediately was most intrigued by Lestat de Lioncourt, so I purchased Tale Of The Body Thief and then read The Vampire Lestat, Queen of The Damned and the rest of the series in order.

This book, the first in the saga, was ironically the last one I read. I guess I avoided it because Louis struggles so much with being a vampire, while Lestat makes b...more
Brooke Hargett
Interview with a Vampire was a completely different kind of book than anything I have ever read. I probably never would have picked it up, but it was the book of choice for bookclub this month. I was very surprised by how much I liked it because typically I don't read vampire books (with the exception of the Twilight saga, and come on, EVERYONE read those) and I would have thought this book would be too slow for my liking. But for some reason, I found myself really enjoying it.

The way it is writ...more
Emily  O
May 24, 2009 Emily O rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emily by: my mom
It was... ok. The writing was ok and it was an easy read, but the past tense thing got a little boring after awhile, and honestly, I just couldn't make myself like any of the characters. I mean, really. Am I the only one who wanted to smack Louise and tell him to get over himself already? I know he was upset over being a vampire and all, but he complained about it for like 200 years! You'd think he'd get over it by then. So, while I thought the book was mildly entertaining, I think it would have...more
Star
I'd loved that you get a person talking to a vampire and there is no threat that it will go at you and that it's telling you it's life story or actually how it became what it is. the journey it had taken over the centuries and knowing who actually turned it to what it is now. plus wanting to know of it's origin and the oldest of the old of it's kind.
Daniel Marcos
I really wanted lo like this book, my hopes where high, because I LOVE vampire books and this is one of the most important, and it is without a doubt, the most boring one.

I hate Anne Rice's writing, it makes me want to cut my veins.

Let me give you an example:

My keyboard is very beatiful, I like how the "Q" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "Q" I also like how the "E" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "E" I also like how the...more
Black Elephants
I proudly spent the first part of my weekend with the undead, meaning that I watched episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a television show that is glorious, an example of genius and just neat-o. I enjoy my cheese. So, it seemed logical to delve further into the vampiric canon and finally buy Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire.

First, it must be understood that I have a history with this book. Aside from already seeing the movie (which I thought was fine) and reading Rice's Mayfair trilogy, I...more
Clint
I'm so fucking sick of sexy, depressed vampires. Maybe it was creative for this old prune to have written this book from the point of view of the vampire way back then, and maybe it's not the book itself but everything surround it (the fans, the repuation, the cult!) that makes me hate it so much. I liked the movie a lot more. This is for stupid goth kids who are too fat to have sex as much as they'd like. Vampires in my opinion should be badass scary monsters that drink the hell out of everyone...more
Anne
It's hard to admit that a movie with Tom Cruise in it could actually be less boring than a book.
But there you go.
I read this when I was a teen, and I had a much higher tolerance for meandering bullshit plots than I do now, so my review was originally 3 stars. However, on reflection...
Yeah. This was pretty much crap.
Sorry if this offends any Rice fanatics.
Hmmm. No, on reflection I really don't care who it offends.
Stephen
3.5 stars. Only fails to get 4.0 stars because of how much better the succeeding books are. A good first novel in one of the better vampire series ever. This is the one that forever redefined the image of the vampire.

Nominee: British Fantasy Award (1977).
Kitiara
Dec 07, 2008 Kitiara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cualquier lector interesado en vampiros
Recommended to Kitiara by: My sister
Esta primera novela vampírica de Anne Rice, es un claro ejemplo de lo que la literatura gótica es. Hubo un antes y un después en los libros de vampiros, después de esta trilogia.

Si bien el resto de sus novelas de vampiros tienen una fluidez, una rítmica y un estilo totalmente diferentes, no se puede apreciar la trilogía sin llegar a amar y a odiar a este libro.

Es oscuro y angustioso. La acción sucede muy lentamente, y sin embargo cuando ocurre es casi violentamente rápida.

Te deja con un regusto...more
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold near...more
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