Friday, March 9, 2012
Book Review: Interview with the Vampire
Book: Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles #1)
Author: Anne Rice
Genre: Horror (Adult)
Page Count: 342 (Mass Market Paperback)
Favorite Character: Claudia.
Plot: (From Goodreads)
The time is now.
We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks, as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. . .
He speaks quietly, plainly, even gently . . . carrying us back to the night when he departed human existence as heir--young, romantic, cultivated--to a great Louisiana plantation, and was inducted by the radiant and sinister Lestat into the other, the "endless," life . . . learning first to sustain himself on the blood of cocks and rats caught in the raffish streets of New Orleans, then on the blood of human beings . . . to the years when, moving away from his final human ties under the tutelage of the hated yet necessary Lestat, he gradually embraces the habits, hungers, feelings of vampirism: the detachment, the hardened will, the "superior" sensual pleasures.
He carries us back to the crucial moment in a dark New Orleans street when he finds the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her, struggling against the last residue of human feeling within him . . .
This wasn't what I expected. I've started this book before, twice, and I just couldn't continue. I had to be in a certain mind set for it and needed the physical book, I think. It's just such a wonderful story, well, it is if you don't mind all the killing and such. I love vampires, really, I love learning about their worlds' mythology of them, so to read about some "old school" vampires was nice. These aren't the vampires that the loner girl falls in love with, these are the vampires that will rip that girls throat out and it's refreshing. (But I love those vampires, too. Shh don't tell Louise!)
This is, of course, an interview with a vampire. Louise. And that's, I think, what had me worried going into this book, but it doesn't make the story any less then it would of been, it might even make it better, because the person who is interviewing him rarely interrupts. This, of course, isn't a book for everyone. It's very dark, especially when Claudia comes into the picture, but it is an amazing story. So if you don't mind of blood, a lot of blood, and killing, then, I'd suggest you pick up this book.