Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Book Review: Interview With A Vampire by Anne Rice

Title: Interview With A Vampire

Author: Anne Rice
Release Date (England): 8th December 1994
Publisher (English): Sphere
Price (UK pounds): £7.99
Genre: Adult- Horror
Series: 1st book in the Vampire Chonicles
No. Pages: 352

Synopsis from Waterstones

In a darkened room a young man sits telling the macabre and eerie story of his life - the story of a vampire, gifted with eternal life, cursed with an exquisite craving for human blood. Anne Rice's compulsively readable novel is arguably the most celebrated work of vampire fiction since Bram Stoker's Dracula was published in 1897. As the Washington Post said on its first publication, it is a 'thrilling, strikingly original work of the imagination ...sometimes horrible, sometimes beautiful, always unforgettable'.

I can say that I am currently 100 pages excatly from the end of this book, and felt as though I couldn't carry on reading it without doing this review. I know I really shouldnt do this as I've not finished experencing the book but it just seems right to do this now.

I have currently been reading this 352 page book for a few months now, constantly on and off, and I hate to say this as it is one of the top vampire books, but i dont like it. Anne Rice's writing is great and the idea of the book sounds fantastic but i expected better, for me theres just soemthing about it that i dont like, and i cant figure out what it is.
Maybe its because i have read the book in one but keep stopping and starting or maybe its something else but i feel like i cant carry on reading this book.

Im not saying this is a rubbish book, because its not and i know people who have enjoyed it greatly, but i just didnt like it

I give this book...


  1. I am afraid I never cared for Rice's books. They were too long, too descriptive and not enough action. I will say that her characterization was interesting, which often is enough for me but in this book not so much.

  2. I grew up watching the movie! It's what made me a bit vampire obsessed. So, several years ago I thought I would read the book. Wow, was I disappointed! The pacing was so slow and the book was just too long. I completely agree with you! This is probably the only time I have ever liked a movie better than the book!

  3. With all of Anne Rice's books I just had to spread it out. I think she comes up with interesting characters, a great story line and fabulous settings, but her books are too descriptive and too full of a back story. I think they would be especially difficult for young readers of today when books are so much lighter reading. I read it when I was in High School (or Junior High, I can't remember) but we didn't have a lot of options for age appropriate reading so I read all adult books by then. I still remember having a hard time getting through it though.
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