Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
(The Vampire Chronicles)

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16 Critic Reviews

This is my favorite book. The first time I read it, I put it down only after falling asleep late at night. It is an addictive page-turner, and offers more surprises than one would think. I recommend this book to anyone who loves fiction rich in detail and emotion. A reader will become attached and not able to put it down.
-Teen Ink

Synopsis

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its publication

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.

The Vampire Chronicles continue in Prince Lestat. Look for a special preview in the back of the book.

Praise for Interview with the Vampire
 
“A magnificent, compulsively readable thriller . . . Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth–the education of the vampire.”—Chicago Tribune
 
“Unrelentingly erotic . . . sometimes beautiful, and always unforgettable.”—Washington Post
 
“If you surrender and go with her . . . you have surrendered to enchantment, as in a voluptuous dream.”—Boston Globe
 
“A chilling, thought-provoking tale, beautifully frightening, sensuous, and utterly unnerving.”—Hartford Courant


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About Anne Rice

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Anne Rice is the author of twenty-nine books. She lives in Rancho Mirage, California.
 
Published March 18, 1997 by Ballantine Books. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Erotica, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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All: 16 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 4

Pajiba

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Reviewed by Figgy on May 01 2012

There's actually some good scenes in the book, but in the end they're too few and far between to make the book a compelling read. I think my experience with Rice's vampires ends here.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Jan 28 2014

This is my favorite book. The first time I read it, I put it down only after falling asleep late at night. It is an addictive page-turner, and offers more surprises than one would think. I recommend this book to anyone who loves fiction rich in detail and emotion. A reader will become attached and not able to put it down.

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Reviewed by Floresiensis on Jan 28 2014

In a darkened room a young man sits telling the macabre and eerie story of his life - the story of a vampire...Anne Rice's compulsively readable novel is arguably the most celebrated work of vampire fiction since Bram Stoker's Dracula was published in 1897.

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Reviewed by solitasblack on Jan 28 2014

Although at times Rice is guilty of slight over-writing, her rich, luxuriant prose strongly evokes the sumptuous chambers and elegant clothes of the period. Her writing is vivid and effective, yet concise enough to fit a plot spanning almost two hundred years into just 368 pages.

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Fangs For The Fantasy

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Reviewed by Sparky on Mar 31 2014

I don’t think we can truly even appreciate this book now without looking hard at that – at how new and different Interview with a Vampire was when it was published even if it feels, in some ways, rather tired and done now. Yes there are a lot of vampires like these – but this was what they were imitating.

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on Jan 28 2014

However, one thing I did marvel at was the style of writing which was haunting, and yet descriptive and romantic to the point where it resembled a beautiful and delicate piece of art... I loved the book so much, I even did research on the net on it when I was still reading it...

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It's All About Books

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Reviewed by Suey on Oct 31 2011

All in all, I quite enjoyed this one, even thought it was actually a little slow in parts. It didn't gross me out overly much, except perhaps this weird play thing they went to. That was really quite awful. And I found the writing to be beautiful and poetic, so that was one of the things I didn't expect I suppose.

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Tiny Library

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Reviewed by Sam on Aug 13 2011

The actual story itself was wonderful. I've read quite a few books with vampires in them and I think Anne Rice strikes the right balance between human and monster...Some parts are essentially nothing more than an extended monologue on morality and self-pity, which got very repetitive and boring to read.

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I Was Angelized 1st

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Reviewed by Tiffany Brown on Jun 15 2012

This novel is important because it is the ancestor to all current vampire novels, film, and television today...I could go on more, because Interview with the Vampire is chock full of colorful characters, but I won’t. Why don’t you take my word for it and read it yourself?

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Cannonball Read IV

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Reviewed by alwaysanswerb on Apr 29 2012

At times, the novel comes off as kind of mopey and histrionic, particularly if you like your vampires cheeky and darkly humorous...It was also kind of slow at time...Overall, though, I did like this book, and I liked that it stayed true to traditional vampire mythology

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Warpcore SF

Excellent
Reviewed by Ros Jackson on Jan 28 2014

On one level Interview With The Vampire is a horror story full of the macabre and strange. But on another it's a love story...Powerful characters, the toughest of philosophical and moral questions, and frenzied bursts of action make reading Interview With The Vampire a terrifying and compelling experience.

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The Lone Writer

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Reviewed by Shannon Yarbrough on Mar 08 2012

At 309 pages, it took me just over 2 weeks to read it. Rice is extremely poetic and does tend to over romanticize descriptions...Though this book wasn’t completely my forte, I do have an appreciation and admiration for it just because it really did define the genre that we know today.

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What I Read and What I Thought

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Reviewed by TG on May 30 2011

I was quite sad that I didn't like this one. Vampire fiction would probably not be the force it is today if not for Anne Rice...I found the main character, Louie, and his existential crisis just tiresome...To be honest, what really made me dislike this book and made it a chore to finish was the writing.

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Spooky Reads

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Reviewed by Will on Mar 03 2011

Rice’s writing alone is fluid and strong, her subjects never boring or derived but carefully crafted vessels...Much of it has fallen far from the tree that Rice seeded with this beautifully written novel of the vampire, their morality and character. It’s a rich work, a classic, and definitely a must read.

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Reviewed by Tara on Oct 27 2012

The fact of the matter is, considering the length of this book, nothing happened. No, seriously, there were maybe three "conflicts" throughout, and each of them took up several pages...The book does make you think, though. And Anne Rice's grasp on description is admirable.

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Equus Phasmatis

Excellent
Reviewed by Heidi Cruz on Aug 12 2012

What I simply loved most about Rice's writing was her ability to create such a strong narration through Louis. From the first opening paragraphs I fell in love with this character...While Rice's writing is filled with a powerful place of setting, rich descriptions and a highly risky plot none of these compare to her strong talent for narration.

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