Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) by Anne Rice

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

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.


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

TitleInterview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
ISBN9780345476876
Author
Release DateAug 31st, 2004
PublisherBallantine Books
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages342 pages
GenreFantasy, Horror, Fiction, Paranormal, Vampires, Gothic, Urban Fantasy, Historical, Classics, Supernatural
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Reviews Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)

  • Kat Kennedy
    2011-08-27
    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 unacco...
  • Ana
    2015-11-05
    It's probably more a 3 1/2 star book, but I'm going to go for four stars because of the amazing characters. “The world changes, we do not, therein lies the irony that kills us.” Twilight jokes aside, I really enjoyed reading this novel.Make room on your book bucket lists because Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire is a must read. One of my casual resolutions this year was to catch up on some of the books I've been meaning to read for a...
  • Mark
    2007-08-09
    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 e...
  • C.
    2008-09-23
    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 an...
  • Antonio
    2013-12-21
    He caminado por las calles de Nueva Orleans como el Segador Maldito y me he alimentado de vida humana para mantener mi propia existencia. No soy un mortal, padre; soy inmortal y condenado, como los ángeles puestos en el infierno por Dios. Soy un vampiro. Hacía tiempo que no leía sobre vampiros, y quería darle una oportunidad a los famosos vampiros de Rice, conocidos por algunos (como yo) por la icónica película de “Entrevista con el vamp...
  • Ren
    2008-02-10
    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 c...
  • Madeline
    2012-02-23
    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."...
  • Shovelmonkey1
    2011-07-20
    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-Sty...
  • Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    2014-10-02
    3 Stars I hereby dub Louis “Sir Broods-A lot”!*snores* My biggest problems with this story stem from timing – mine! Had I read Interview with the Vampire back when it first came out, or in some close approximation thereafter, I would probably have truly enjoyed it. As it stands I have been exposed to far too many broody, I-am-a-monster-look-at-me-punish-myself vampires to feel much of anything for Louis. This breed of vampire is overdone fo...
  • Gaijinmama
    2009-08-29
    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...
  • Vessey
    2014-05-02
    I admit that I couldn't get through the rest of "The Vampire Chronicles", but this one stays a favourite.Why do you like it so, oh, vampire crazy Vessey? Really, I do like vampires. Even though I'm not a "Twilight" fan. I even have my own set of teeth. A real goth girl inhabits my body and she hungers for dark adventures. I'm a sinister person, I know. :)First, I really like Anne Rice's prose. It is so beautiful and enchanting. The whole story co...
  • JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
    2014-10-22
    *** 4.5 'Shut Up,Louis' Stars *** . .. . . Okay, okay, I haven't actually read the twilight series but you have to admit Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt make a much hotter couple than Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart. . . Or not. ** liars!**To those who haven't read Interview with the Vampire ( 'the' ?.. . all this time I thought it was "Interview with a Vampire") because you've already watched the film---> READ IT. While Hollywood managed to captu...
  • Jason Pettus
    2007-07-09
    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 ...
  • Joelle
    2008-09-19
    I thought it was slow, difficult to read. I finished it only by sheer determination, not out of pleasure.
  • Heidi The Hippie Librarian
    2016-12-29
    Halfway through reading this one, it occurred to me that I read Interview with a Vampire in high school, but it left so little impression that I promptly forgot about it until 16 or so years later when, as I was reading it again, I began to recall some of it as I went along. This is a cerebral treatment of the vampire genre, an examination of good vs evil, what immortality really means, the first of its kind in "vampire books" and an allegory of ...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    2015-07-16
    I really regret seeing the movie version of this prior to reading it because it spoiled the ending of the book. Anne Rice has Louis tell his entire life story to some idiot journalist that reflects the reader's supposed ignorance to the world of the vampire. This device worked to an extent, but I just knew how it was going to end so a lot of the magic was wasted on me. I sincerely regret watching the movie because it hindered my enjoyment of the ...
  • Brad
    2008-03-28
    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...
  • Becky
    2009-10-16
    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 T...
  • Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
    2015-06-28
    Anne Rice's vampire chronicles made me love reading books. I mean, it didn't exactly start there. I can go back further in my childhood to other books, but as a "young adult" in my late teens, this series nailed it for me. I was captivated. They stayed with me and I thought about them for DAYS, weeks even. In retrospect, it was probably my first experience of "book depression." I wanted Lestat to turn me into a vampire. I think he was my first bo...
  • Anna
    2014-10-27
    Κλασικό βιβλίο βαμπιρικού ενδιαφέροντος, όπου οι λάτρεις του είδους θα πρέπει να έχετε κάνει εικόνισμα! Πρωτοεκδόθηκε το 1976, έγινε ταινία το 1994 (σε ένα καστ όπου χώρεσαν ο Τομ Κρουζ, ο Μπραντ Πιτ και ο Αντόνιο Μπαντέρας και μάλιστα ήταν πολύ καλοί),...
  • Crystal Starr Light
    2010-07-11
    “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...
  • Cecilia
    2008-12-05
    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 vam...
  • Anne
    2008-11-15
    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.
  • Olivier Delaye
    2012-06-09
    A masterpiece of gothic literature. Well worth reading and re-reading.OLIVIER DELAYEAuthor of the SEBASTEN OF ATLANTIS series
  • Marvin
    2012-06-04
    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 rea...
  • Paul Bryant
    2007-11-17
    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 ..........
  • Christina
    2007-12-16
    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 ...
  • Tracy
    2008-11-17
    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...
  • Daniel Marcos
    2012-03-18
    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 ...
  • Rumi
    2009-09-02
    "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 ...