Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Interview with the Vampire [Rice]

Book: Interview with the Vampire [The Vampire Chronicles book #1]
Author: Anne Rice

Review: Vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac tells a reporter the story of his almost 200 year life. His story begins in 1791 as a plantation owner living near New Orleans. When his brother suddenly dies, Louis cannot cope with his death and engages in destructive behavior. He is eventually attacked by the vampire Lestat and begs to be killed, but Lestat decides to turn Louis into a vampire. Lestat and Louis become immortal companions, although Louis struggles with being a vampire. **spoiler alert** Lestat eventually turns a young girl into their vampire daughter, setting off a chain of events that has lasting effects on both Lestat and Louis.  

This is my first Anne Rice book and I had high hopes. It is extremely well written, the characters are layered (Rice leaves enough mystery with several of the characters to encourage reading the rest of the series) and everything in the novel is very detailed. Overall, I liked this book, however the plot is extremely slow and excruciatingly boring in several sections. There were several nights where I started reading at 9pm and was in a deep sleep before 9:30pm. As a mother of an almost 4 year old, the character of Claudia was extremely disturbing and creepy, especially the sexual undertones. 

Even though this was boring, I still liked the book and will give the next book in the series a try. 

Grade: B-

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