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From yesterday to a hundred years ago, he lives in the world and walks among us. He enjoys the finest things in life, including beautfiul women, well-aged wine, and the finest classical composers. He has no guilt -- he has no need of it. Neither good, nor bad, neither angel nor devil, he is a man, he is a vampire. And this is his story....
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  • Series: Fawcett Gold Medal
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (July 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449146383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449146385
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebekah Sue Carolla VINE VOICE on February 12, 2000
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After being referred to Anne Rice's INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, I bought every vampire book I could find. I was sorely disappointed; most of them were garbage, and not worth the paper upon which they were printed.
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.
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Although I have never read a Michael Romkey book before I am looking forward to reading more of his books. A friend gave me the book to read and I couldn't put it down. I like the fact that it was in a journal style of writing. Mr. Romkey made if very believeable that some of the historical figures that was in this book could in turn truelly be vampires. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
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I read this book years ago and lost it so I repurchased it via Amazon and it is still a very brilliant book. Ignore the people who post things like "it doesn't compare to Anne Rice" It isn't a competition so there is no need for comparison. Judge I Vampire on its own merit. Fascinating story filled with enjoyable historical figures added in.
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Its not really fair to compare I, Vampire with Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire. The latter pretty much redefined and (pardon the pun) brought back from the dead the Vampire mythos; the former by comparison seems bland.
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.
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I, Vampire has all the elements to be a solid novel but at just about every turn fails to hit the mark. The storyline, the characters, the twists and turns, and even the historical aspects all have the feel of a low-budget B rated movie.
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.
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I have read many vampire related fictions, including Anne Rice, the White Wolf novels (including the most recent to date), and this book still stands at the top of my list.
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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