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      24.01.2012 11:00

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      A must have for horror fans and Vampire lovers!

      This is the first novel of Anne Rice's that I have read after having it recommended to me by a friend and after hearing so many wonderful things about this book, I simply had to see for myself what all the fuss was about--I was certainly not disappointed! I have always had a soft spot (one could call it a morbid fascination) for Vampires and the like, and Anne's characters are written with such life, depth and passion infused in their personalities that you can picture for yourself what the life of a vampire would feel like with little effort at all.

      And though the tormented and conflicted Louis is the main character--as well the man who serves as the book's narrator--Lestat and Claudia are the two who really stand out. You can tell just by reading even the smallest section of the book that Rice puts her all into fleshing out her creation in order to evoke as many emotions from the reader as humanely possible, and her way with words is so profound and magnificent that you'll find putting the book down to be extremely difficult!

      What struck me, however, was how utterly unsettling this book was at times, and how horrific it would be to be one of the creatures of the night Anne has written so passionately about. Her description of their minds, their insatiable blood lust and their very nature as unholy creatures is sometimes a vaguely frightening one, but that is part of her skill as a writer. To become a vampire is to gain ungodly power and strength, to surrender your old life for the life of a hauntingly beautiful hunter, and that is made more than apparent on many an occasion. If you're anything like me, you will not envy Louis, but instead pity him and shudder at the thought of becoming what he has.

      All in all, this book is a masterpiece of its genre, and even now to me seems like it was years ahead of its time--truly one of the greats. It manages to effortlessly blend horror, conflict, angst and even sexual frustration together to create a piece that is quite obviously a very personal look into Rice's mindset, thoughts and fears. Her own struggles and doubt when it comes to her religion are referenced in the book yet spoken from Louis' point of view, adding a strange new depth to the novel the likes of which most authors tend to avoid for fear of judgement.

      But because of this book I have now seen the movie adaptation and also have The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned (the second and third books in Rice's Vampire Chronicles series) in my collection and very much look forward to reading them!

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      27.09.2011 15:22
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      The beginning of the Vampire Chronicles and a great opening to them.

      This was the first Anne Rice book I read although I have always been interested in Vampires and it made sure that I was hooked and I have since read the many more she has written. This could be said to be the book that started the more recent interest that seems to have sprung up.

      It concentrates around the life of Louis a former landowner who was turned 200 years ago and his story is told to a reporter Daniel Molloy in the present day. As the starting point for The Vampire Chronicles - a further 9 books following the lives of the characters - it sets the scene perfectly.

      It traces Louis life from the time he was turned in 1790 in New Orleans and leads through the centuries from the unhappy start he had to the present time. Louis tries to be the moral vampire and it is with this character that a lot of the new ideas about Vampires are created and it may be why they are now so popular as the Nosferatu image seems to be being replaced. There are a number of differences to the Dracula type of Vampire such as they are not affected by garlic, but they are still very much creatures of the night. Lestat who is Louis' creator and often his companion seems to be the new face of the genre.

      The book shows Louis and his friends including Lestat travelling through Europe and meeting a variety of other vampires. There are a number of twists and turns in the years that follow but all seem totally feasible - to the extent that a Vampires life is feasible. As the book is well written and all ends are tied up before the next section begins, it left me believing that Anne Rice really has put so much time and effort into making the book enjoyable.

      There are times when it seems as if the events are going on around me and it is hard to put down at times as the author makes such an effort to make the next phase seem as interesting as the last. Some of the characters are much more likable than others but all are important to make the book as interesting as it is.

      If you have seen the film it is still worth reading the book although there will clearly be the mental images of the leading characters. I found this with Armand played in the film by Antonio Banderas, as he did not fit the mental picture I had of the character.

      I have now read the book three times - it was published in 1976 so it's not that bad and I am sure I will read it again.

      The book has 352 pages and a recent report I read says that it has sold over 8 million copies.

      ISBN-10: 0345337662
      ISBN-13: 978-0345337665

      Prices vary and it available on places such as Amazon second hand for a couple of pounds.

      This also appears on Ciao under the name of Muppetbabe

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        10.08.2010 17:19
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        An interesting and richly detailed take on the vampire novel.

        I finished reading this book for the second time recently and enjoyed it as much as the first time. I don't generally read a lot of vampire fiction but this was recommended to me by a friend so I gave it a go - the novel tells the story of the 'life' of a vampire, Louis, over the span of several centuries. Louis' experiences are recounted in the form of an interview and are therefore told in the first person.

        The main good point about this book is that it has a real atmosphere to it, I felt that the author managed very well to convey both the power and the horror of being a vampire. The book is very descriptive and seems to focus less on action scenes and more on considering the 'reality' of being one of these creatures. Louis, for example, begins the book refusing to feed on humans and struggling to come to terms with the nature of what he is. The constant naval-gazing is, however, balanced out by the character of the other vampire, Lestat, who revels in the power being a vampire has given him and provides much of the excitement early on in the book.

        The book can be rather description-heavy but I found this helped to create an atmosphere for the events that were taking place. The author successfully paints a picture of these sophisticated characters living lives of luxury but committing horrific acts night after night, mostly without remorse. In that sense the book is fairly strong as a member of the 'horror' genre, especially given how the 'kills' are glamourised in several scenes and in particular the way the character Lestat turns from gentleman to monster in the blink of an eye.

        The pace does pick up a bit more later on in the book as more things begin to happen however if it has a weakness it is that the book is a little long. I found it tough-going in places as it seemed to take a long time for things to start properly happening, though once it does the book is quite action packed as it heads towards a very unexpected finale.

        I'm aware there are other books in this series but I haven't heard so much good things about them as I have with this one - if you like vampire fiction it's certainly worth a read, though don't expect blood-sucking action at every turn.

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          25.11.2009 12:43
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          I had to get this book after watching the film (which you may have read my review about), but I kept on forgetting to keep a look out for the book, then I was both surprised and happy to notice that a new bookring on this book appears on "BookCrossing" and I just HAD to sign up, other wise I would have forgotten about it.... (I know this may not have anything to do with this book, but I can just imagine your facial expressions when you came across the word: 'bookring' so I shall explain... For people who don't know, Bookcrosdsing.com is a website that encourages people to send books for people to borrow; their aim is to make the whole world a library. A bookring is all about a specific book that someone decides to send off, however, they make a list of people who their book will be sent to, and then they submit the list onto the forum, so that others can join... Then the first person creates the order due to the satisfaction of others. Then the book is passed around the list, finally ending back up where it started with the owner. This means the book went on its travels in some sort of disproportionate ring or circle.)

          The author happens to be someone called "Anne Rice", who I had never ever heard of until I received this book through the post. She has published quite a few books, which many may come my way and end up in my hands within time as I have joined a book ring to nearly every book. Anne Rice is one clever author, and even though I am basing this fact purely on this book that doesn't mean I'm wrong. I can surely say that you only need to read one of her books to see that I'm right (possibly). The reason being is that this book is set out in such a unique way it would be hard for any author to have to set a story out this way. The only author that comes to mind that has not only a weird way of telling a story, but who is such a clever author is Meg Cabot... However Cabot has yet to write a book quite like this one in the same format... And I sure hope Anne Rice's books get better and better.

          The story line is pretty simple. You start off by following this young interviewer who is also a journalist. Recently a guy, called Louis, is claiming to be a vampire, told this interviewer that he wants his story to be known. So we follow the interviewer who is going to see this vampire.

          Louis then decides to tell the interviewer about his life, how he was before and how he was when he turned and then the rest of his life up until now. However the interviewer wants more and more and so therefore Louis tends to go into more and more detail. This story concludes with a surprising end, that I didn't expect at all, and just goes to show that you should always read the book before watching the film.

          The weird way in which I have mentioned is that the structure of this book is in an interview sort of way, so if I decided to be analytical, I'd probably find a few archaic and slang words hidden in the book, based on the fact that most of the book is in speech in which Louis tells his story. This is annoying at times because you don't know whether Louis is recollecting or he's actually talking to the interviewer. Sometimes he jumps out of the story and quickly talks to Daniel Malloy (the interviewer), and that is really annoying at times as you are soooooooo wrapped up in Louis' story that you don't even realise he has swapped tenses (past to present).

          Were there any other annoyances I found in the book? I really honestly don't think there I did, the fact that Louis kept on swapping tenses was blatantly really obvious and so that may have clouded my judgement upon other things that may not have been so common in this book. On the other hand I had noticed that the film is very different in terms of specific going-ons. And I do realise that the book was released before the actual film and therefore it is the film's fault, but to be honest it is also mine, but I didn't even realise there was a book for the film until I actually came to writing that film's review.

          Initially I would have put 4.5 stars out of 5 as it is an amazing book and one that is worth reading no matter who you are. Unfortunately Dooyoo does not do half stars so therefore this book gets 5 out of 5 stars but you all know that it isn't worth that much!

          I don't know what else to say apart from thank you for reading, and I sure hope I have helped you out in a massive way!

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            30.10.2008 22:36
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            I actually read this book after reading the rest of the vampire chronicles because a friend of mine told me that the film was pretty much the same as the book. After reading all of the other chronicles I went back and read this book and I was a bit disappointed.
            I just didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other books. It wasn't that it was a bad book. I was still completely hooked on it and couldn't put it down but afterwards I didn't feel that it was as good as the other books.
            I think it was perhaps because Louis was my least favourite of all of the vampires. I liked him enough in the other books when he was just a secondary character but I found him entirely too melancholy as a main character.
            I did enjoy this book and I wish that I had read it before the other books. It was very well written and usually I don't like narrative written in the first person but Anne Rice seems to be able to get away with it. However, it just wasn't as good as her other novels (with the exception of Tale of the Body Thief which I didn't like much at all).
            Anne Rice is a wonderful storyteller and she has made this story very interesting. I think one of the best things about the book was Claudia, the vampire trapped in a child's body. While her body can never change her mind does and she's basically an adult who looks like a child and is percieved as being a child. This part of the story was truly horrorific and while there is some glamour to the book I felt that Rice didn't glamourise this part and really made the reader feel how awful Claudia's existence had become and how awful it was for her to suffer so much in her childhood and be so exposed to the horrors of vampire life at such a young and vulnerable age.

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            02.10.2008 18:08
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            Great vampire story, one of the best.

            I am a walking cliche.
            I am *one of those*
            Whenever I have a *favorite book list* to fill in, *interview with the vampire* is always in my top ten.

            Interview with the vampire was published in 1976, written by Anne Rice. Even though it was written in the 70's this book hasnt lost any relevance.


            In San Francisco, Louis, is telling his story to a reporter.
            His story is a little different to the average persons mind, as Louis is a vampire, and he has a lot of story to tell.
            In 1791, Louis owned a plantation in Louisiana.
            Louis is very sad over a family death, and when approached by a bloke called Lestat, who wants his plantation, he surrenders to him.

            Lestat is a vampire, and looking for a playmate.
            He turns Louis into a vampire, moves into the plantation, and they play happy families.

            Louis slaves however are not so happy. They think that Lestat is a monster, and run them both out of the plantation.

            Louis is sad. He is struggling morally with his vampirism, and doesnt want to feed on humans to live. He struggles to relate to Lestat, who seemingly has no problem killing people. In fact, he rather seems to like it.

            In New Orleans, Louis and Lestat find a sick young girl, whos mother is dead from the plague.
            Lestat decides he wants another playmate. a daughter, so he turns her into a vampire also, naming her Claudia.

            Claudia is a very happy little vampire. she likes biting people, and takes to it marvellously.
            She realises however that she will never grow up, and begins to resent Lestat for turning her. Pretty silly really considering she would have been dead from the plague if he hadnt, but anyhoo.

            Claudia takes her revenge. she poisons Lestat, and cuts his throat, then coerces Louis into helping her dump his body in a swamp.

            Lestat is not quite so easy to dispose of though, and just before Claudia and Louis plan to go to Europe, he turns up, horribly rotted, and attacks them.

            Louis and Claudia burn their house down, and flee. escaping him.

            *phew*.

            Claudia and Louis go on a vampire hunt. they want some friends.
            They search all through Europe, and eventually find some fellow blood suckers in Paris.

            Armand, and his coven, run a theatre. Louis kind of loves Armand, and Claudia is a bit jealous.

            Claudia finds her own friend, a doll maker, who would serve as a mum for her. being so little though, Claudia cannot turn her by herself, so she gets Louis to do it.
            Louis doesnt want to, but feels generally guilty, so agrees.

            Happy family again.

            But, oh dear, not for long.

            Armands coven comes after Louis, Claudia, and Claudias dollmaker lady.
            You see, Louis is back, and has told Armands coven all about Louis and Claudias murder attempt.

            The coven isnt happy about this, and pop Claudia and dollmaker lady in an open courtyard, to burn when the sun comes up.
            Louis himself cant do anything about it, as he is locked in a coffin.

            *sob*

            Louis is later released by Armand, and finds Claudias ashes.
            Poor Claudia.

            In a rage, he burns down the theatre, and all the rotten vampires inside it.

            Louis eventually returns to America, sad and lonely, and dissillusioned, with no friends, and no family.

            So he tells his story to this reporter bloke.

            He probably just wants someone to talk to.

            The reported then goes off to search for Lestat, because really, Lestat seems far more interesting than simpering sad Louis.

            This book is wonderful. Incredibly. Beautifully writter, weaving from modern (well, modern for when it was written) times, and the 18th century.

            The characters are well formed, and charismatic, with the deliciously dreadful Lestat completely stealing the show...which is probably why Anne Rice has written so many more books about him.

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              07.05.2008 17:10
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              About ten years ago or so now there was a film made of this book starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. So even if you've never heard of Anne Rice before, I bet you'll have heard of the film that was based on her book! I think it's very important to note that the film differs quite a lot from the book though so it's best not to have too many expectations based on the film when you think about reading this book.


              The story is basically that of two central vampire characters called Louis and Lestat. I think it's important to note from the outset that Anne Rice has made vampires into more than the blood sucking horror characters we've previously been accustomed to. Louis and Lestat don't just drink blood - why they read books, play the piano and visit art galleries too even. Basically, they're sophisticated beings. And this story is all about introducing us to them through the means of an interview between Louis and human reporter David.


              I loved this book when I read it back in the eighties and again when I decided to pick the series back up in more recent years. In all fairness, I don't think this is a typical mature man's book but because I originally read it in my younger days, it makes it that bit more accessible to me. By and large, I'm not one for artsy things and try to avoid culture with a bargepole (head in the clouds and all that). But every now and again I like to secretly indulge in something a bit more intellectual than James Patterson and when I read books like this, that's one of those times.


              The only drawback to this sophisticated take on things is that it can draw out a bit. When I was a young red blooded male, I rushed through this and loved every word of it. Now I'm older and less susceptible to the erotic tactics employed in this book, I find some of it dwindles a bit in places because I don't 'get off' on the thrill side of this book anymore. I should probably point out at this stage that though the central characters are male, there are plenty of women involved too! The drinking of their blood is made into something extremely sexual and that's where the erotic thrills come from primarily.


              I think this is ideally suited to those who are able to open their minds to new ideas and enjoy reflecting on moral dilemmas (lots of those in here). I'd give it four it and half stars if I could but as I can't, I've gone for five. I think it's unfair to mark it down just because I'm getting old!


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              Price: Around £5.99 in the shops or £4.99 online
              Pages: 352
              Publisher: Time Warner

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                04.12.2003 23:49
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                Why I chose this book. Being a bit of a strange vampire loving woman. I had always wanted to read these ubiquitous Anne Rice novels. Having enjoyed Rices version of Sleeping Beauty and about to embark on a long journey Interview with the vampire The first volume of the Vampire Chronicles seemed to be a natural choice. · Don?t judge a book by it?s cover? This black tome features golden gothic writing and an eerie picture of a pale man with gushing tributes strewn all over the back, ? One of the most wonderful, erotic, sensual books ever written~ Sting This quote alone almost had me starting to read in the middle of the WH Smith queue. (Warner book, £6.99) · Are you sitting comfortably? And so my journey into the darkest recesses of Rices mind and the altogether sunnier realms of London began. The main character Louis begins narrating his tale to the keen, young journalist and I can almost feel a Dictaphone in my hand. The story begins many years before in New Orleans with Louis and his sire (a sire is the person who makes somebody a Vampire) Lestat. From the onset we are given a glimmer of the sharp tension between the men , whether this is charged by hatred or homo erotic attraction is never made clear, but this aspect permeates and grows throughout the novel. The plot then continues to place the men in conflict. Racial, financial and personal tensions come to the fore and they soon realize they must leave in order to survive. This is all delivered in a beautiful way , Rice certainly has a craftsmans eye for language and detail and up to this point in the novel I was absolutely enthralled. But the introduction of the child vampire Claudia, left me with mixed feelings. Having finished the book I can say , hand on heart that she truly is an enigmatic character. Her seeming contradictions prove both fascinating and yet repulsive at the same time. I was shocked
                that Louis has this perverse relationship with a child, but Rice somehow justifies this by proving that Claudia is much more than her innocent body. Her mind and cunning are everything. I have to say that I would have loved to delve further into the character of Claudia and perhaps the phenomena of children vampires, but rather we focus upon Louis, who I steadily despised more and more as the novel progressed. Louis criticizes Lestat, but somehow I cannot help but feel a smile play on my lips at when I think of this lavish evil dandy. Louis is a weak figure in a crisis, a weak man who cannot even live in death. And although there are moments where Rice transcends gorgeousity, I still sat there in a state of angry interest. Dont look back in anger My main problem with this novel is that I could not connect or indeed sympathise with any of the characters. There are instances where I felt like I was walking into a Hammer horror movie. Maybe the fault lies with my imagination but the clan of Parisian vampires seemed to be roughly delineated and bordering on cliché. The sensuality spoken of on the cover was brief and fleeting and strangely detached. Louis meets an older vampire in the formidable figure of Armand and Rice paints the idea of a great attraction . But once again rather than feeling chemistry, I simply find myself thinking that Louis is a vile , pathetic creature. I close the book , enraged with a fictional character and wonder if our paths shall cross in the future. All in all I found this a fascinating book , but also hugely problematic as I have tried to show in this opinion. Buy it and wrestle with it if you have the patience or simply dabble and go to the library.

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                  · Why I chose this book Being a bit of a strange vampire loving woman. I had always wanted to read these ubiquitous Anne Rice novels. Having enjoyed Rice’s version of Sleeping Beauty and about to embark on a long journey Interview with the vampire – The first volume of the Vampire Chronicles seemed to be a natural choice. · Don’t judge a book by it’s cover? This black tome features golden gothic writing and an eerie picture of a pale man with gushing tributes strewn all over the back, ‘ One of the most wonderful, erotic, sensual books ever written’~ Sting’ This quote alone almost had me starting to read in the middle of the WH Smith queue. (Warner book, £6.99) · Are you sitting comfortably? And so my journey into the darkest recesses of Rice’s mind and the altogether sunnier realms of London began. The main character Louis begins narrating his tale to the keen, young journalist and I can almost feel a Dictaphone in my hand. The story begins many years before in New Orleans with Louis and his sire (a sire is the person who makes somebody a Vampire) Lestat. From the onset we are given a glimmer of the sharp tension between the men , whether this is charged by hatred or homo erotic attraction is never made clear, but this aspect permeates and grows throughout the novel. The plot then continues to place the men in conflict. Racial, financial and personal tensions come to the fore and they soon realize they must leave in order to survive. This is all delivered in a beautiful way , Rice certainly has a craftsman’s eye for language and detail and up to this point in the novel I was absolutely enthralled. But the introduction of the child vampire Claudia, left me with mixed feelings. Having finished the book I can say , hand on heart that she truly is an enigmatic character. Her seeming contradictions prove both fascinatin
                  g and yet repulsive at the same time. I was shocked that Louis has this perverse relationship with a child, but Rice somehow justifies this by proving that Claudia is much more than her innocent body. Her mind and cunning are everything. I have to say that I would have loved to delve further into the character of Claudia and perhaps the phenomena of children vampires, but rather we focus upon Louis, who I steadily despised more and more as the novel progressed. Louis criticizes Lestat, but somehow I cannot help but feel a smile play on my lips at when I think of this lavish evil dandy. Louis is a weak figure in a crisis, a weak man who cannot even live in death. And although there are moments where Rice transcends gorgeousity, I still sat there in a state of angry interest. · Don’t look back in anger? My main problem with this novel is that I could not connect or indeed sympathise with any of the characters. There are instances where I felt like I was walking into a Hammer horror movie. Maybe the fault lies with my imagination but the clan of Parisian vampires seemed to be roughly delineated and bordering on cliché. The ‘sensuality’ spoken of on the cover was brief and fleeting and strangely detached. Louis meets an older vampire in the ‘formidable’ figure of Armand and Rice paints the idea of a great attraction . But once again rather than feeling chemistry, I simply find myself thinking that Louis is a vile , pathetic creature. I close the book , enraged with a fictional character and wonder if our paths shall cross in the future. All in all I found this a fascinating book , but also hugely problematic as I have tried to show in this opinion. Buy it and wrestle with it if you have the patience or simply dabble and go to the library.

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                    Interview with the Vampire is a compelling read, although I do think that it is a little depressing and leaves you feeling a bit empty once you finish it. I've actually read this book in one night. It is the first book of the vampire chronicles by Anne Rice. The story is told through Louis, a vampire who has lived for two hundred years. He is immortal and the novel starts with him telling his story to a journalist. The way the story unfolds is at times quite complex. Louis tells the whole story about how he became a vampire. The whole story is told in the interview, hence the name of the novel! Anne Rice skilfully questions religion and the existence of vampires in this novel. The reader doesn't feel repulsion for the vampire, I feel more of a fascination. The old myths associated with vampires come up and most are discarded as being untrue. Louis is unlike most vampires, he is sensitive- prefers to live on the blood of animals. He is tortured and slowly becomes detached from human emotions. He doesn't ever become ruthless and always questions what he is, in his quest to find out more about himself and other vampires he even travels to Europe. Lestat is the vampire who 'made' Louis into a vampire. Through Louis we see Lestat as being more evil and mean. Throughout the novel the characters are mostly described as being beautiful, fascinating and having a heightened sense of feeling. Lestat is seen as extremely selfish. He even turns a small child into a vampire to 'keep' Louis living with him. Claudia's life is difficult as she is also immortal, so her mind matures throughout the years but she's trapped in a child's body. Claudia does however possess an instinct similar to Lestat- she feels no remorse when killing. I don't want to give any more of the story away, as it may spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet. I'd recommend this novel to anyone who en
                    joys reading horror or thriller type books. Also anyone with an interest in gothic culture should definitely read this. This book does draw you into a deep, dark world and Rice does make you think that maybe vampires could exist. I don't think I have the stomach to watch the film though!

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                      Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice will without doubt be one of the most memorable pieces of fiction in its genre this century. I originally read this book in the eighties, long before it became famous with the making of the film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, subsequently, I have read this many times. For those of you who don?t know the story, a brief synopsis: "It is more than a mere horror tale. This is the account of a man gifted with immortality who has lived 200 years as a vampire. In a darkened room, he tells the story of his life to a young journalist, for whom it is the story of a lifetime. He recounts how he departed from human existence and became a vampire, but reluctant to take human life, he sustained himself on the blood of animals. As the years pass, however, he embraces the habits of the vampire-the detachment, the hardened will, the sensual pleasure. He embarks on a perilous journey across Europe to search for others like himself, more desperate to find out why he has become what he is. At last he comes into intimacy with the most decadent society of vampires-an intimacy which becomes terror as he is compelled to confront what he fears most." This is a beautifully crafted tale set in different periods of history as we are taken through Louis?s initiation into vampirism by the charismatic Lestat, right up until present day. The description of Louis making the transition from human to vampire is other-worldly, as it is intended to be. Right from the beginning, these creatures are portrayed as romantically different and tortured souls. Louis especially is a sensitive soul whom Lestat tortures and goads. This is a book packed with atmosphere. Beginning in eighteenth century Louisiana and New Orleans, Anne Rice describes plantation life and a historical period perfectly through her character?s mannerisms, reminisces and lifestyles, of them and their victims. The ordeal of Claudia, the child vampire
                      killed by Louis and 'made' by Lestat is heart-wrenching as her mind matures into womenhood trapped within a childs form. Claudia is strong and Louis is weak and when she exacts her revenge on Lestat, Louis cannot resist, but it is eventually her undoing and then Louis must take his own revenge. The seductive tenderness with which some of the vampires interact is alurring and for a book described as horror, instils a curious sentimentality for them. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good writing. Anne Rice?s writing pulls you into the story and you are very reluctant to put this book down. This book is enough to make you wish these horrible yet glorious creatures really exist and what?s more, makes you want to become one. This was the first book in the vampire chronicles, so you can reacquaint yourself with these wonderful characters and new, older beings, time and time again.

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                        19.09.2001 17:18
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                        "Interview with the vampire" inspired not only an excellent film, but also Sting's song "Moon over Bourbon street" and changed the face of vampire fiction. It is a strange blend of horror, angst and guilt - a very Catholic nightmare, and one that was very personal for the author. "Interview" is the first in a long series of vampire chronicals - the others being "The Vampire Lestat" "The Queen of the Damned" "The tale of the body theif" ""Memnoch the devil" "Pandora" "Armand" plus at least one new one, which I have yet to read. These are gothic tales, seductive in their approach to a horror that has always been at least a little erotic. It was Bram Stoker's "Dracula" novel that first equated blood sharing with sex, and in Rice's work, sex is entirely replaced by feeding - a love that must inevtiably bring death. There is an eroticism to her writing, especially where blood is concerned. (But she did start out writing erotica under a different name...) A bit about the plot. A young reporter called Daniel is offered an interview with a man who claims to be a vampire. At first daniel is sceptical, but as the evening wears on, he begins to change his mind. The man who talks to him is a vampire called Louis, who had once been a plantation owner. brought down by despaire after the loss of a loved one, Louis has no desire to live, but when a vampire offers him an eternal life of death, he takes this. The vampire is Lestat. There is a strong love hate bond between these two - Louis fears, loathes and adores the vampire who changed him, and in this first novel, you don't get much insight into how Lestat feels about Louis. Their little family is completed when, between them, they make a child Vampire, Claudia. Seeking to escape from Lestat, Claudia and Louis attempt to kill him, flee to the old world, where they meet the paris vampires, and
                        their grotesque theatre. Armand offers Louis the answers he has long been craving, but Armand is jealous of Claudia, and seems to know something of Lestat. I shall elave the rest for you to find out when you read it, and will only add that i cried copiously over several scenes, and that tis book is much worse once you've read "Armand". "Interview" is far darker than the other books, which follow the escapades of Lestat. Louis is a troubled soul, filled with angst, guilt and awkward questions. He retains too much of his humanity and does not cope well with the continual feeding. Sting captures Louis well in "Moon over Bourbon street." "Why must it be this way, when I pray to god above, why must I love what I destroy and destroy the thing I love...." Anne Rice had a young daughter who died of Leukemia, a daughter whose nickname, (Inspired by her husky voice) had been Claudia. This book is an act of mourining, filled with references to Rice's own grief - a subject explored in more detail in "Violin." I did not know this when I first read the text, but the knowledge certainly coloured later readings. It is also worth noting the presence of a strong catholic influence in Rice's work - many of her tales take us into the realms of Catholic faith, and the guilt permeating the book seems to echo this. About the film - there are some significant differences between the film and the book - some inevitable cuts for the sake of the screen. The rest derive from the fact that Lestat's view is encorporated into the film, whereas in the book, we only really know what Louis thinks. On a personal note, I was given this book for my seventeenth birthday, with a second book that I was told not to unwrap until I'd read the first. These days, most people approach the books having seen the film and aware of the other titles, but I did not. Nor had I read much horror before then. I w
                        as catapulted into a dark an erotic world that has since fired my imagination. I efel in love with Louis, then with Lestat, and was later to find that Armand is the vampire who I relate to the best. Durning my teens, the books suited my own dark emotions well, and I used to wander the streets at night imagining things.... Having gone back to the books repeatedly, I begin to find them bleak, troubling, depressing. I love reading them - they are like old friends (even if they didn't make it to my top ten books list.) but there is something about Rice's writing that always leaves me feeling a little bit let down - she tries to answer the questions of life, the universe and everything, and I rather wish she wouldn't because it can't be done, and she ends up exposing more awkward questions. This isn't easy reading, but it is very good.

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                          24.05.2001 21:22

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                          I have just finished reading an interview with a vampire. And god do I feel strange in the pit of the stomach. The story is about guess what vampires and there lives. This has been made in to a film but I a can't remember all of it. But bit of it stick in my mind as I read the book. The vampire who is called Louis is being interviewed by a reporter who is called the boy. This interview takes place all in one night. There is lots of details and sometimes I found I got a bit lost and had to re-read a passage to work what was going on. As he talking to the boy as well as telling the boy what the people said. The story starts with Louis saying how he must tell his story. He then tells how he was turned in to a vampire in New Orleans. And how he family problems. Lestat is the one who turned him to vampire. They shack up together with Lestat's father in Louis old family home. Louis sends his mother and sister away in to the city of New Orleans to leave. So that he can live as a vampire. Lestat binds Louis to him by telling him that he needs to learn from him. As there are many things that he needs to know. You are never sure if the relationship is more than just vampires or not. As turning someone in to a vampire is very sensual. First you have to bite the person. In this book most bites seem to be on the neck. You draw the blood until they nearly die. You let them recover then you let them drink your blood. Once they recover they should be a vampire. Louis has a problem with killing people to live. So he resorts to killing cats and rats. Then one night he find a little girl and turns her in a vampire. She becomes their daughter. They name her Claudia. She stays with them and ask lots of questions. I will not give much more away at this stage. Did you know that a vampire is not afraid of crosses and garlic. A vampire is very pale white in colour. And only take on a more
                          pink colour once they have eaten. As I said before it is very sensual. But there is no sex in this book. Only sun light, burning and not being able to fit in with the age will kill a vampire. Bugger I had all this garlic and a house full of crosses. Better keep my lighter handy just in case. And I might just read the next one in the set.

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                          12.03.2001 19:26
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                          I haven’t read any books for years, I can’t remember exactly the last time I did, maybe as long as 20 years ago! Shame on me. And I can’t even remember the name of the last book. Anyway, after reading opinions about all sorts of different books, I decided that I must be missing out, so decided to choose a book to read. I enjoyed the film, Interview with the Vampire, and my sister was raving how good the books by the author were. Anne Rice has written quite a few books, which she calls The Vampire Chronicles, and Interview with the Vampire is the first volume in the series. It took just under a week to read. I spent a couple of hours each night on it, until I had finally finished it. I had forgotten how much description from an author goes into a book, and this book was no exception. It helped that I had seen the film, so the characters were fresh in my mind. If I had read the book first, I think I would have had to picture my own characters on the way that Anne Rice had described them. The book is based on an interview with a vampire and a reporter in modern day. They are referred to as ‘the vampire’ and ‘the boy’. The vampire begins to tell his story to the boy, who at first is very nervous of the vampire, but after the vampire assures him that he is not about to attack him, he gradually feels at ease. Louis (the vampire), was a young man that had settled on a Plantation in Louisiana. He came to the new world from France, with his mother, sister and younger brother. An accident happened; his brother had fallen down some stairs and was killed. Louis had blamed himself, and did not handle his brothers death at all well. He wanted to die himself. He went out and hoped that he would be attacked by robbers; he just wanted to die. Then, one night, as if he heard Louis’ pain, a vampire answered his call. He watched his last sunrise, and then became a vampire himself. Vampires will drink the
                          ir victim to the point of death, but to become a vampire, you must also drink the blood of your Master, the one that is making you the vampire. Louis’ master had to teach him how to survive as a vampire. He learnt that you must never drink from a victim when the heart stops beating, that you can drink from animals if there are no mortals, and that the steak through the heart and the crucifix were old wives tales. Only by beheading, burning and sunlight, could they be killed. They became companions for many years, but Louis could not face drinking the blood of humans, to cause their death in order for him to survive, so he mainly drank from rats and other small creatures. He was also inquisitive, and wanted to know where vampires had originally come from. Were there any more of them? Were they the servants of the devil? But Lestat (his vampire master), is hesitant to tell him these things. After a while, the servants on the Plantation are becoming suspicious, so they move to a town house in New Orleans. Louis begins to despise Lestat, for not telling him things that he wants to know, and because he hates the way he laughs at his kills. The great plague hits the area, and one night, whilst out looking for rats, Louis hears a child crying. He looks through a window to see a 5 yr old girl crouched at her mothers feet. The mother had been dead for days, taken by the plague. Louis feels sorry for this child, and wants to put her out of her misery, so he drinks from her. He feels the child’s heart is strong. Then, he hears Lestat laughing at him. He drops the child to the floor and runs. Louis can only think about the innocence of this beautiful young girl, how he wanted her. Lestat brings the child back to their home and makes her a vampire. A gift, from him to Louis. Louis watches as the pair, Lestat and Claudia, feed together, as she learns the way of the vampire. Time passes, and Louis and Claudia have a special bond
                          between them. She then wants to know who made her into what she is. Who has doomed her to stay a child for eternity? She begins to despise Lestat as Louis does, and wants the two to run away together. But they are afraid of what Lestat might do. There is only one way to escape him, they must dispose of him, kill him. Not even Louis could contemplate that, and he begs Claudia to put it out of her mind. Do they kill him? That would spoil the story if you haven’t read it. But as time goes on they eventually travel Europe in search of other vampires and answers to their questions. And the boy? Well there’s a little twist at the end regarding him. This is the first book I have read by the author, and I thoroughly enjoyed every word of it. Her words are very descriptive and she writes in such a way that I started to fall in love with the master vampire, Lestat. It isn't written in a gruesome way, she tells of love and loyalty between the vampires. I am now starting to read the second volume, The Vampire Lestat. (368 pages)

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                            This is the first novel in Anne Rice's series entitled THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES. It is written in the form of a vampire giving an interview to a writer (hence the title of the book). The vampire's name is Louis, and his story spans two centuries. He was once a mortal man, but was made into an immortal vampire by Lestat. Together they become vampire 'parents' to Claudia, who they turn into a vampire when she is only five years old. This means that she will never physically become a woman, and she finds this hard to deal with. The story spans continents, from America through various places in Europe, although the most significant developments take place in New Orleans and Paris. Rice's writing style is engrossing and she captivated me right from the beginning of the novel. I have seen the film version previously, although not for many years, and still found it hard to not picture Brad Pitt in my mind as Louis and Tom Cruise as Lestat. The series is continued in many later novels, the one most immediately following this being titled THE VAMPIRE LESTAT. I am looking forward to continuing with the stories.

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