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I, Vampire: The Confessions of a Vampire - His Life, His Loves, His Strangest Desires ... (Fawcett Gold Medal) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1990
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NOT SO with I VAMPIRE. Romkey's characters bear similarities to Rice's, in that they are super-human but not supernatural, and that they are drawn to the arts. However, each author offers delightfully different characters to the genre.
If one is looking for a well-written vampire story geared towards the intelligent mind (and does not find this to be an oxymoron!), then I strongly recommend I VAMPIRE - to start. I plan to read all his books.
Buying I, Vampire I was hoping for a story similar to the Vampire Lestat - spanning the ages with rich sceneries/cities as a backdrop. What I got instead was a 'Sam Spade' type novel where boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy prevails against all and gets girl again.
Aside from being so formulaic, I found nearly all the characters including the protagonist to be incredibly shallow - this was a pity since one of the novel's 'twists' was to use famous historical characters (Mozart, Rasputin, Hitler etc) as vampires.
While Rasputin does get a background history, most everyone else just gets a name and a 'side' that they are fighting on.
The novel also uses a sequence similar to Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, where the reader is usually left hanging at the end of a chapter and forced to catch up with a separate event/time in the next chapter. While this is supposed to evoke tension/excitement, I found it merely annoying.
Bottomline, an average story, with a fairly poor conclusion and fairly average characters. If not for the fact that this is a 'Vampire' book it'd hardly be worth reading.
In a diary format, we learn about the facinating, yet barely believable life of David Parker. His path takes us from Chicago to Las Vegas to Paris and Germany. We get an interesting history of Russia from the Middle Ages to modern times. We're introduced to several famous historical characters, all of whom are Vampires that help David along the way.
It's almost like the author tried 'too hard' to make the story work, and in the process did an injustice to it. The choice of Mozart and the other historical characters takes away from the dark atmosphere and suspense and turns the book into an unintentional parody and in some cases a comedy, neither of which I believe was the attempt.
The book however, does stand on it's own and does lay the foundation for many sequels. I think the author has great potential to develop the character of David. I wouldn't put it at the top of the list of Vamp reads but definately take the time to read it when you can.
In fact, I once owned up to five copies of this book in soft back, just to give out to friends. The only other books I have ever done that with are "The Princess Bride" and "The Anubis Gates". Even then I only bought 3 of each.
This book is a wonderful blend of romance, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and a touch of history. This book, in fact, inspired me to reasearch the back ground on some of the historical figures. Contrary to some reviews I have read the historical background is fairly acurate (at the time it was written). When Mozart died, only seven people attended his funeral. It was raining, so they left quickly, never to remember the way back to his grave. Rasputin was shot, stabbed, poisoned, and drowned, yet it was never confirmed that he was actually killed. Some of it may require a little imagination, but if you lack that you shouldn't pick a fantasy/horror novel up.
I loved the diary format. It allowed for a more personal glimps into this man's motivations. The love, lust, fear, and obsessions of David were written in such a way that you felt an empathy with him through out the story. The man was an intellectual, a pianist, and a lawyer. At times he may use "big words", but that added a bit to the sense of voyurism, as if you were really reading someone elses dark secrets.
I was intrigued by the virus aspect of the vampires in "I, Vampire". I found it much more feasable than the "walking dead."
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Great book. I had read this years ago and enjoyed picking it up on my Kindle.Published 10 months ago by Irish Kirby
This was a fantastic book. I enjoyed it cover to cover. One moment thinking that you knew where the story was going and then the roller coaster ride begins.. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kathy Abrams
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I had this entire set in paperback years ago....and lost most in a move. Excited to see these in e-book and put my collection back together!Published on April 20, 2012 by Katie
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