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A richly-illustrated adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with their insistence upon treating her like a little girl, even though she has l A richly-illustrated adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with their insistence upon treating her like a little girl, even though she has lived as long as any mortal man...and her lust to kill is certainly no less than theirs...


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A richly-illustrated adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with their insistence upon treating her like a little girl, even though she has l A richly-illustrated adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with their insistence upon treating her like a little girl, even though she has lived as long as any mortal man...and her lust to kill is certainly no less than theirs...

30 review for Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fabian

    Simply gorgeous manga-style cartoons, with an expanded story within the "Interview/Vampire Chronicles" saga. Like, for instance, did you know that vampire Lestat has an accomplice with him once he gets out of the Louisiana swamps to get his revenge on the vampire tyke? Or that he was about to make a companion for the threesome? Or that he tells the coven of vampires in Paris that Claudia was responsible for his "death"? This is only for fans of the movie and the novel. And the illustrations by W Simply gorgeous manga-style cartoons, with an expanded story within the "Interview/Vampire Chronicles" saga. Like, for instance, did you know that vampire Lestat has an accomplice with him once he gets out of the Louisiana swamps to get his revenge on the vampire tyke? Or that he was about to make a companion for the threesome? Or that he tells the coven of vampires in Paris that Claudia was responsible for his "death"? This is only for fans of the movie and the novel. And the illustrations by Witter? They can be of aesthetic value for both Rice fans and non alike! (The redness of the blood...! The faux-cuteness of really lethal Claudia...! The sexiness of Louis, Armand, Lestat...!)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)

    4 Stars Review: This was a beautiful, little graphic novel adaptation of Claudia's life from Interview with the Vampire. The illustrations were beautiful (manga-like, but not too extreme). The splashes of red blood against the sepia artwork was striking. The stained look of the pages, and then the burned look during the fire, really added to the mood. There was so much detail in everything. Louis and Lestat were easy on the eyes ;-) The artwork overall was just lovely. I can't say this book added a 4 Stars Review: This was a beautiful, little graphic novel adaptation of Claudia's life from Interview with the Vampire. The illustrations were beautiful (manga-like, but not too extreme). The splashes of red blood against the sepia artwork was striking. The stained look of the pages, and then the burned look during the fire, really added to the mood. There was so much detail in everything. Louis and Lestat were easy on the eyes ;-) The artwork overall was just lovely. I can't say this book added anything to the story or gave me much insight into Claudia that I couldn't already figure out, but, oddly enough, it did give me a touch more insight into Louis. (Note: I read this after rereading just Interview, so as of the time I'm writing this, I don't know what gets revealed about characters later in the series.) It was as though seeing through Claudia's POV allowed me to see things I couldn't when I was in Louis's POV, things that Louis either didn't know or didn't want to admit about himself, or maybe just things he didn't quite explain. I also hadn't realized just how manipulative Armand was. I guess it was easy to overlook and forget the things Claudia said about him and even the things he told Louis himself when I was in Louis's POV. That just goes to show how well Interview was written, how everything Louis said was tainted by his bias and how I really was in his head while reading. I also thought Ashley Marie Witter did a wonderful job of adapting the novel though and that the characters were portrayed well. I am especially fond of the face of exasperated resignation Louis makes in this panel here when Lestat won't stop talking: And did anyone else happen to think Morgan, the guy at the inn, was particularly attractive? I want a graphic novel about him. Why couldn't he have been one of the vampires? I'm getting a little off-topic though... I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who hasn't read Interview since this is NOT the graphic novel version of that, this is just, well, Claudia's story. I also wouldn't recommend it to anyone who's looking for new stuff or a lot of new insight. But if you're a fan of the Vampire Chronicles, want to spend some more time with these characters, want to connect to the characters in a new way by seeing them in graphic novel form, and/or like pretty artwork, then I think you'll enjoy this. Recommended For: Anyone who likes Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles and graphic novels. Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight --------------------- Initial Thoughts: Huh. I feel like I didn't gain much insight into Claudia that I couldn't already figure out, but I did gain some insight into Louis, things he either didn't know or didn't want to admit about himself and that I didn't realize, and I'm kind of questioning a lot of the thoughts I had about Interview.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Claudia's Story......"Orphan, Daughter, Victim, and Monster"Poor, beautiful Claudia.....imprisoned in a child's body for eternity unable to satisfy the desire for her precious Louis.....but the little vampirene does get to quench her thirst with a bit of revenge in this fun to read graphic novel (view spoiler)[ before submitting to the peace of first light and the end to her suffering. (hide spoiler)] If you enjoyed Interview with the Vampire you will probably enjoy Claudia's Story, told from her Claudia's Story......"Orphan, Daughter, Victim, and Monster"Poor, beautiful Claudia.....imprisoned in a child's body for eternity unable to satisfy the desire for her precious Louis.....but the little vampirene does get to quench her thirst with a bit of revenge in this fun to read graphic novel (view spoiler)[ before submitting to the peace of first light and the end to her suffering. (hide spoiler)] If you enjoyed Interview with the Vampire you will probably enjoy Claudia's Story, told from her own viewpoint too....I did!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    "Her lips were red....her looks were free...her locks as yellow as gold...her skin was as white as leprosy...the Night-mare LIFE-IN-DEATH was she...who thicks man's blood with cold." For those of you that enjoyed Anne Rice's magnificent Interview with a Vampire (a MUST read before reading this GN), I must highly recommend Claudia's Story. Claudia, is the little girl that was turned into a vampire by Lestat. Ashley Marie Witter takes words right off the pages of Interview with a Vampire, adds some "Her lips were red....her looks were free...her locks as yellow as gold...her skin was as white as leprosy...the Night-mare LIFE-IN-DEATH was she...who thicks man's blood with cold." For those of you that enjoyed Anne Rice's magnificent Interview with a Vampire (a MUST read before reading this GN), I must highly recommend Claudia's Story. Claudia, is the little girl that was turned into a vampire by Lestat. Ashley Marie Witter takes words right off the pages of Interview with a Vampire, adds some exposition on Claudia's part and ,finally, tops it all off with lavish illustrations. The writing is excellent, in that the prose is a pleasure to read and I savored every bit. The look inside Claudia's mind ,as her mental faculties develop from a child to an adult, is a dark mirror of Lestat and Louis. Claudia's desire to be an adult and enjoy some measure of equality is palpable. Ashely Witter does a commendable job of finding that which motivates Claudia. Through her we ask ourselves- "What would we have done, in her position?". Though, I must admit, by the end of the story I did not like nor care for Claudia. However, she does engender a measure of sympathy on my part due to the rather unfair nature of her being trapped for eternity in the body of a child. THAT has to have an effect on her, especially as the decades go on and she remains the same. I shall not go over the rest of the plot. It should be well known to anyone. This is for those who want deeper insight into Claudia and her mental conflicts. It also shows another side of Louis and Lestat-as seen from her viewpoint. The writing style is excellent and it flows exceedingly well. But the true genius of this GN is the absolutely beautiful almost pencil art quality of the work. Subtly shaded in monochrome colors the only time color is introduced is when there is blood. Absolutely gorgeous artwork. I took time to often just sit and appreciate some truly beautiful drawings. Thus if you enjoyed Interview with a Vampire, or were curious as to the who/what/why of Claudia's internal dialogue throughout her existence-then buy this book, enjoy this book and treasure it. Even peiople with NO background in the Anne Rice novels will enjoy this dark, grim and gorgeously illustrated Graphic Novel . But, bear in mind, that without knowing the original story you'd miss much of the nuance behind Claudia's motivations and intentions. Well written, lavishly illustrated and a joy for any Anne Rice fan or vampire fan. Highly recommended!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn)

    27th August 2013: My long awaited book finally arrived from Bookdepository today. Took over a month for it to reach me. Thank god it's in great condition. Usually my orders would reach me in around 1 to 2 weeks max. This round it made me so anxious with worry that it might have been lost in transit. Maybe, it's because this order is shipped from UK instead of US? I ordered all my previous books from US website and this round I took a chance with UK website. I am now in the process of lovingly wra 27th August 2013: My long awaited book finally arrived from Bookdepository today. Took over a month for it to reach me. Thank god it's in great condition. Usually my orders would reach me in around 1 to 2 weeks max. This round it made me so anxious with worry that it might have been lost in transit. Maybe, it's because this order is shipped from UK instead of US? I ordered all my previous books from US website and this round I took a chance with UK website. I am now in the process of lovingly wrapping it up with a nice clear book cover ( ^◡^)っ✂❤ ******************************************************** 19th July 2013: BUYING THIS BOOK NOW from Bookdepository. I love discounts and I love amazing artwork and of course Vampirism is still my favorite genre. At this very moment I am finalizing my purchase of the hardcover of this beautiful book over at Bookdepository website - http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Inter... Before discount, it's USD20, after 11% discount, it's USD17.61 and then I top it up with another promo coupon of 5%, I am getting it at USD16.72. Horray!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Autumn

    This book is beautiful to look at, Ashley Marie Witter is very talented. I love the antique sepia look and the way the red blood popped. I have nothing against new and hopeful authors & illustrators trying to make it and putting out an homage of something they are a fan of . I just feel like the target audience for this book {Anne Rice fans} are promised something more than this book gives. There is nothing new here for rabid fans of the Vampire Chronicles {like me}. The story is basically a rou This book is beautiful to look at, Ashley Marie Witter is very talented. I love the antique sepia look and the way the red blood popped. I have nothing against new and hopeful authors & illustrators trying to make it and putting out an homage of something they are a fan of . I just feel like the target audience for this book {Anne Rice fans} are promised something more than this book gives. There is nothing new here for rabid fans of the Vampire Chronicles {like me}. The story is basically a roughly hewn summation of what someone thought were the "key" points between the Claudia/Lestat/Louis dynamic. I however, feel that it is something that you would give teens today to let them read to decide if they would like to expend the effort to gather & read The Vampire Chronicles books. This is a beautifully rendered pocket guide to what awesome vampires are really like for the sucky Twilight-loving generation. I hope Anne Rice gets some of my money out of this, and I have to say, Ashley Marie Witter will probably make a killing from this book; but I doubt most of those fans will stay with her because they may feel a little used like I do right now.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda Rawlinson

    I'm creating a new shelf for this book, the 'do-not-want-to-read' shelf. I did love the Vampire Chronicles, but really? She couldn't find a new story? Dull. In it for the money. Countless talented authors out there who want to break through with original and well-written stories, and this sort of cash-cow gets priority. It's disgusting. This is exactly the kind of stuff that packs the shelves, leaving little room for the new and good stuff, and it's difficult not to feel disillusioned. Hoping to I'm creating a new shelf for this book, the 'do-not-want-to-read' shelf. I did love the Vampire Chronicles, but really? She couldn't find a new story? Dull. In it for the money. Countless talented authors out there who want to break through with original and well-written stories, and this sort of cash-cow gets priority. It's disgusting. This is exactly the kind of stuff that packs the shelves, leaving little room for the new and good stuff, and it's difficult not to feel disillusioned. Hoping to cash in on some of Ms Meyers success, Ms Rice? I think so.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Auroralumi

    Hey everyone! You can get the 1st 32 pages free for the nook and nook app! go here! Anne Rice just sent it out! http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/inter... Hey everyone! You can get the 1st 32 pages free for the nook and nook app! go here! Anne Rice just sent it out! http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/inter...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie Zelos

    Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story. Anne Rice. I was supplied with this copy by publisher but as always on the basis that my opinion is honestly held and not influenced by whether the book was free or paid for. Integrity of reviewers is important to me, and false reviews do no favours to authors or readers. This is my first ever graphic novel so I wasn't sure what to expect. I've reviewed how to do the artwork for graphic novels as part of my arts book reviews but never actually seen a Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story. Anne Rice. I was supplied with this copy by publisher but as always on the basis that my opinion is honestly held and not influenced by whether the book was free or paid for. Integrity of reviewers is important to me, and false reviews do no favours to authors or readers. This is my first ever graphic novel so I wasn't sure what to expect. I've reviewed how to do the artwork for graphic novels as part of my arts book reviews but never actually seen a complete book so its was something I was looking forward to. I've never read any of the Anne Rice novels either – I'd love to (like may others I’ve a thrall for vampire novels) but only some are on kindle and I now only buy kindle books as I love reading this way rather than traditional novels. Of course a graphic novel needs to be in traditional format I think – this one is in hardback and I feel that’s good as one would want to preserve the beautiful images it holds. On to the book itself – well I don't know why people want graphic novels but if its for the beautiful illustrations then this one is just right. The storyline is covered in other reviews and the preview so I'll focus on this aspect mainly. The paper is a heavy glossy type and feels good to the hand. The images are in a beautiful monotone of sepia and cream mainly, with of course, highlights of rich, dark, Alizarin red for the blood. This means is really stands out and lends a touch of drama suitable to the storyline. I felt for poor Claudia in that she was condemned to remain a child when turned by Lestat even though mentally she became over time an adult. I'm sure that didn't help her mental state although we see that she took to the blood and violence right from the start, she was still childlike in many ways and it wasn't until after several decades that she became discontented. The way she is drawn is reminiscent to me of the Japanese Manga style with huge emotive eyes and dainty features. It works well I think, and adds to the doll-like feeling of her, where the contrast is between her beautiful appearance and horrific bloodthirsty nature. She runs rings around poor Louis convincing him that what he wants is what she wants and he's despair at times is very evident in the way he is drawn, clearly dejected and depressed compared to Claudia's domineering ways and Lestat's arrogance. The clothing they all wear is typically historical in appearance with flamboyant frills and flounces on Claudia's dresses with extravagant shirts and tight breeches and boots for the men. The rooms and buildings are also clearly depicted from the past with vast rooms, blazing open fires and chaise lounge type sofas. When outside the buildings seem overshadowed by gloom except when brightness is needed, such as the theatre in Paris where even through using monotone we can imagine the blazing lights shining out of the windows. The story takes very little time to read and for a quick reader such as myself it doesn't offer much by way of storyline entertainment but the value in these books ( I assume ) is the exquisite illustrations which must have taken unimaginable time to do. Each page is constructed a bit like a comic with between mostly 3 and 6 separate illustrations on each page, with the characters speaking via traditional balloon text. Here I do have a criticism as I found the text a little too small and also very faint to be able to read it easily. I know the value is in the drawings but I would have liked clearer text too. The book is priced at £9.65 for 256 pages on Amazon, although its recommended price is higher. I can't say how this is for value as its not a field I have experience in. I can also see the value in graphic novels of encouraging reluctant readers to enjoy books with its “comic” style format and easy to follow drawings and to me anything that gets people reading is to be encouraged – books are a magical world of imagination. If you've a reluctant reader in the family or you love graphic novels, vampires and gorgeously illustrated books then this is one worth buying.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

    Fiiiiiiinallllyyyy! How long have Anne Rice fans suffered on the comic front? I mean, has anybody actually SEEN the Vampire Lestat comic? I'm still scrubbing my brain clean of the Liberace front band and flying naked Lestat pics. But this is just pure cream. The art work is gorgeous. I couldn't believe my eyes when my copy arrived today - if you have the cash for the hardcover edition, please rest assured that it is anything but a waste of money. Lastly, to all the naysayers screaming IN IT FOR T Fiiiiiiinallllyyyy! How long have Anne Rice fans suffered on the comic front? I mean, has anybody actually SEEN the Vampire Lestat comic? I'm still scrubbing my brain clean of the Liberace front band and flying naked Lestat pics. But this is just pure cream. The art work is gorgeous. I couldn't believe my eyes when my copy arrived today - if you have the cash for the hardcover edition, please rest assured that it is anything but a waste of money. Lastly, to all the naysayers screaming IN IT FOR THE MONEY, please take an actual look through the comic before saying anything else. It's a slap in the face of Witter's art to dismiss this on such childish notions. The comic is beautiful, enough said.

  11. 5 out of 5

    erin

    Hmmmm. I would've thought that Anne Rice had mined as much gold as possible from this genre, but apparently I was wrong. I'm curious if this is going to be an impetus to release the first few Vampire stories as graphic novels, which could be really neat (seeing how the movies weren't exactly good). Recently, I purchased an illustrated adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" - which could have been called a graphic novel back in the early 1970s when I bought it as an elementary-aged reader. I've bee Hmmmm. I would've thought that Anne Rice had mined as much gold as possible from this genre, but apparently I was wrong. I'm curious if this is going to be an impetus to release the first few Vampire stories as graphic novels, which could be really neat (seeing how the movies weren't exactly good). Recently, I purchased an illustrated adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" - which could have been called a graphic novel back in the early 1970s when I bought it as an elementary-aged reader. I've been looking for my copy in the boxes that came out of my parents' house because I remember loving the story and the illustrations. Unbelieveably, I found the book online and picked up a copy for $3 and will use it to introduce the story to my kids! ghastly.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Horace Derwent

    OH, IT'S SO SO GOOD, BASICALLY THE MANGA STYLE, THE CHIAROSCURO IS VOLUPTUOUS & GORGEOUS SOME METICULOUS TINY PARTS ARE MORE DELICATE THAN THE ONES IN THE FILM, SUCH AS CLAUDIA'S EYES, EXPRESSIONS AND HER FRENCH HAIRSTYLES THINK I COULD EVEN HEAR HER TALKING PEEVISH, SEE HER MAKING CAPRICIOUS BEHAVIORS IN ORDER TO BE SPOILED BY HER TWO FATHERS OH, IT'S SO SO GOOD, BASICALLY THE MANGA STYLE, THE CHIAROSCURO IS VOLUPTUOUS & GORGEOUS SOME METICULOUS TINY PARTS ARE MORE DELICATE THAN THE ONES IN THE FILM, SUCH AS CLAUDIA'S EYES, EXPRESSIONS AND HER FRENCH HAIRSTYLES THINK I COULD EVEN HEAR HER TALKING PEEVISH, SEE HER MAKING CAPRICIOUS BEHAVIORS IN ORDER TO BE SPOILED BY HER TWO FATHERS

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    oh this baby will soooo be mine!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mandilyn

    While the sepia tone illustrations are breathtaking, I do not feel like this novel did anything other than lift a few chapters of a book I already read and pasted pretty pictures on the page. I could buy a used paperback of 'Interview' for two dollars less than what I paid for this digital download and do roughly the same thing with my box of oil pastels, only the whole story would have pictures and you would have to identify the crudely drawn characters by hair color or if one is wearing a dres While the sepia tone illustrations are breathtaking, I do not feel like this novel did anything other than lift a few chapters of a book I already read and pasted pretty pictures on the page. I could buy a used paperback of 'Interview' for two dollars less than what I paid for this digital download and do roughly the same thing with my box of oil pastels, only the whole story would have pictures and you would have to identify the crudely drawn characters by hair color or if one is wearing a dress or not. In this case, I choose to identify Claudia by her bow. See how easy this could be for me? Also, I am contemplating taking another star down for the fact that it did not answer the ultimate question. The ultimate question being how vampires in romantic tales manage an erection. Any theories can be sent to me via: [email protected] The winning theory will be put into a self-published book I am writing called "Undead Tumescence and How it Occurs". Don't let the scientific title frighten you. I assure you there will be fucking.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    Claudia is just a child when the vampire Lestat turns her, condemning her to an eternity trapped in a child’s body. As her love for Louis strengthens, so does her hatred of Lestat. This is her story. Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story is a graphic novel adapted from Anne Rice’s novel by Ashley Marie Witter. I would imagine that the target audience for this book are going to be existing fans so I won’t go into the story too much. Claudia’s very nature is contradictory; her childhood is st Claudia is just a child when the vampire Lestat turns her, condemning her to an eternity trapped in a child’s body. As her love for Louis strengthens, so does her hatred of Lestat. This is her story. Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story is a graphic novel adapted from Anne Rice’s novel by Ashley Marie Witter. I would imagine that the target audience for this book are going to be existing fans so I won’t go into the story too much. Claudia’s very nature is contradictory; her childhood is stolen from her yet she will never grow into a woman. Inside she is a predator, but the world still treats her as a child. It really is a heartbreaking tale. The beautiful sepia artwork has a sketchy feeling but Ashley captures expressions perfectly. The splashes of blood red are vivid and really do make the pages look bloody. I absolutely love this use of colour, it’s so effective. One thing that is a little weak is her representation of hands. Sometimes they look like deformed claws and whilst not the focus of the images, once I noticed them my eyes kept going there. If you were inclined to pick up this book with no knowledge of Interview with the Vampire, you might find Louis a bit of a wishy washy character. I imprinted what I already knew onto him as I read but I don’t think he is developed at all except for Claudia’s feelings. The emotion in the drawings of Lestat convey a lot more; enough to fill in the gaps.

  16. 5 out of 5

    M A

    Very enjoyable reading for Anne Rice fans. Claudia is perhaps one of the most intriguing tragic characters ever penned and this effort to tell her side of things in a beautifully illustrated graphic novella is a great attempt and remains surprisingly evocative and relevant decades after "Interview with the Vampire" first captured legions of fans. It lost a star because I didn't feel the writing went deep enough. This is basically the retelling of "Interview" in Claudia's viewpoint and voice. I w Very enjoyable reading for Anne Rice fans. Claudia is perhaps one of the most intriguing tragic characters ever penned and this effort to tell her side of things in a beautifully illustrated graphic novella is a great attempt and remains surprisingly evocative and relevant decades after "Interview with the Vampire" first captured legions of fans. It lost a star because I didn't feel the writing went deep enough. This is basically the retelling of "Interview" in Claudia's viewpoint and voice. I wanted to know more about Claudia's feelings and motivations. This information was touched on here and there, but not enough for me to feel I understood Claudia better. She came across as quite two-dimensional and doesn't evolve beyond her original portrayal, a beautiful, helpless-looking predator, cunning, manipulative, violent, and desperate to survive. It's a graphic novella portraying all the major events in "Interview" during Claudia's lifetime. The story's beautiful, evil, and tragic. It is also quite romantic though this is no conventional romance. Stories like this remind me why vampire fiction had a golden age before the more recent trends of YA fluff. This is definitely worth a look.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Absolutely beautiful illustrated version of the Interview with the vampire story. I've disliked Claudia's character for so long that I considered buying this new story, but I am so very glad I did. It's a new point of view, telling things with her eyes. And the illustrations, ah, so incredibly beautiful, this is a book I am going to re-read over and over again. Absolutely beautiful illustrated version of the Interview with the vampire story. I've disliked Claudia's character for so long that I considered buying this new story, but I am so very glad I did. It's a new point of view, telling things with her eyes. And the illustrations, ah, so incredibly beautiful, this is a book I am going to re-read over and over again.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    Beautifully written and illustrated. It's the story of Lestat and Louis' coming of age in a way. Claudia was their binding to one another and the ultimate catalyst to find their own path in life/death. I love the new take on this family and how it came to its heartbreaking ending. Beautifully written and illustrated. It's the story of Lestat and Louis' coming of age in a way. Claudia was their binding to one another and the ultimate catalyst to find their own path in life/death. I love the new take on this family and how it came to its heartbreaking ending.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    Remember Claudia, enternal life is useless to us if we do not see the beauty around us.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hanna (lapetiteboleyn)

    This is really all about the art, there's nothing new in terms of narrative, and the art is about as lush and gorgeous as you would hope from an illustration of an Anne Rice book. This is really all about the art, there's nothing new in terms of narrative, and the art is about as lush and gorgeous as you would hope from an illustration of an Anne Rice book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katrine Austin

    Enjoyed the graphic artistry, but didn't really add much beyond the Anne Rice lore already known (reason not a 5 star). Enjoyed the graphic artistry, but didn't really add much beyond the Anne Rice lore already known (reason not a 5 star).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story Author: Anne Rice Art and Adaption: Ashely Marie Witter Publisher: Yen Press - Hachette Book Group Date: 2012 Pgs: 224 Dewey: 741.5973 WIT Disposition: Irving Public Library - South Campus - Irving, TX _________________________________________________ REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS Summary: Graphic adaptation of a backstory tale of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. Claudia the “daughter” of Louis and Lestat, “born” in old New Orleans out of a time of plague an Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story Author: Anne Rice Art and Adaption: Ashely Marie Witter Publisher: Yen Press - Hachette Book Group Date: 2012 Pgs: 224 Dewey: 741.5973 WIT Disposition: Irving Public Library - South Campus - Irving, TX _________________________________________________ REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS Summary: Graphic adaptation of a backstory tale of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. Claudia the “daughter” of Louis and Lestat, “born” in old New Orleans out of a time of plague and pestilence. A daughter of death with a cherub’s demeanor visiting death upon the unwary. The decades old woman trapped in the perpetual body of a little girl. _________________________________________________ Genre: Vampire Horror Comics Graphic Novels Why this book: Was a huge fan of the Vampire Chronicles when they were new. _________________________________________________ Favorite Character: Lestat is fiendish in all his delight. Louis is a long suffering martyr. Claudia is a monstrous hunger made flesh. The Feel: Anyone who read and loved Interview With The Vampire should read this. It is beautifully interpreted and illustrated. I had forgotten what a gut punch Claudia’s story. Awesome, but tragic and dark. This caught the flavor and feel of Claudia’s presence in interview. The reason I never finished The Vampire Chronicles is because of the huge melancholy that invades me as I read of these immortal monsters feeding on humanity trapped inside their dark psyches. Don’t get me wrong, the stories are awesome, but there’s no light, no hope. This was definitely not a light Christmas read. Knowing the beginning and the ending, the coming of The Theatre and it’s players onto the scene ratchets the foreboding. Favorite Scene / Quote: Morgan and Emily’s European vacation did not quite go as planned. I wonder how extant the staking of the dead ritual was in those times in that part of the world. And the digging up of corpses already laid to rest months before. These two aspects are told so often I wonder how much truth there is to the ritual and how extensive a geographic area theses actions were taken in. Claudia and Louis’s intrinsic vampire arrogance blinds them to the idea that the fate of Morgan and Emily could come for them in a karmic balancing. Hmm Moments: Claudia’s question to Louis abotu how could he know if he had accidentally shared the “gift” with one of his victims is every metaphor for unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, and other consequence of actions that extend beyond your direct control. Stuff happens. Beautifully illustrated. If Louis and Lestat hadn’t spent a century treating Claudia as the child she only appeared to be, I wonder if it would have turned out differently. Did Anne Rice’s vampires intentionally remain trapped in adolscence? The Lestat generation seems to anyway. _________________________________________________ Last Page Sound: A tragedy from post to post. There’s no hope here...only monsters. Author Assessment: Rice’s stories always get inside my head and take me off down the primrose path. Knee Jerk Reaction: glad I read it _________________________________________________

  23. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    I'd been looking forward to this for months, with a mixture of excitement and trepidation ever since I heard it was coming out. I shouldn't have worried. The book is a beautiful hardcover edition and the art is gorgeous. I love the decision to make it all sepia with the only color the red of blood and blood tears (and how happy the blood tears made me! Finally!) I was especially happy that Armand was drop dead gorgeous. Except for the narration interspersed here and there, there is no new text. I'd been looking forward to this for months, with a mixture of excitement and trepidation ever since I heard it was coming out. I shouldn't have worried. The book is a beautiful hardcover edition and the art is gorgeous. I love the decision to make it all sepia with the only color the red of blood and blood tears (and how happy the blood tears made me! Finally!) I was especially happy that Armand was drop dead gorgeous. Except for the narration interspersed here and there, there is no new text. A lot of people seemed unhappy that the dialogue is all taken straight from the book, but I wouldn't want it any other way. I love the dialogue of Interview. That said, the new narration, while it the right tone, didn't really shed much light on Claudia. It felt almost superfluous because it didn't give any real new insight into her thoughts and feelings.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Edmund

    Not to surprisingly Claudia's story depicts her part in Interview with the Vampire, told via the graphic novel format. The story is a little awkward in the sense there is little new for anyone familiar with the book, while simultaneously an Anne Rice virgin is unlikely to pick this book up and enjoy it as a stand-alone piece. The artwork is nice especially the depiction of little Claudia, however I felt was overall un-dynamic. Aside from a few key scenes, the piece felt essentially actionless. In s Not to surprisingly Claudia's story depicts her part in Interview with the Vampire, told via the graphic novel format. The story is a little awkward in the sense there is little new for anyone familiar with the book, while simultaneously an Anne Rice virgin is unlikely to pick this book up and enjoy it as a stand-alone piece. The artwork is nice especially the depiction of little Claudia, however I felt was overall un-dynamic. Aside from a few key scenes, the piece felt essentially actionless. In summary, an interesting little diversion for fans of the Anne Rice novels but not worth going out of your way for...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I got this because I am a big fan of the Vampire Chronicles and look for anything that can expand on their stories. This fleshed out Claudia's story a lot more so that you have more of an understanding of why she was as she was. The art work is nice and I like the way it was done in black and white. It did make Louis appear to be nothing more than a pawn to Claudia after she became an adult in a child's body. I think any Anne Rice fan will enjoy this. I got this because I am a big fan of the Vampire Chronicles and look for anything that can expand on their stories. This fleshed out Claudia's story a lot more so that you have more of an understanding of why she was as she was. The art work is nice and I like the way it was done in black and white. It did make Louis appear to be nothing more than a pawn to Claudia after she became an adult in a child's body. I think any Anne Rice fan will enjoy this.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    An incredibly beautiful rendering of Anne Rice's vampire classic. While it offers nothing new to the storyline, the artist extracted the essence of the tortured characters in exquisitely detailed artwork. A book to savor. An incredibly beautiful rendering of Anne Rice's vampire classic. While it offers nothing new to the storyline, the artist extracted the essence of the tortured characters in exquisitely detailed artwork. A book to savor.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

    Finally aviable for preorder on the nook color/ tablet comes out this nov..

  28. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Ruiz

    Gorgeous artwork ..the best I have ever seen in my opinion

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brydon

    This graphic novel is a must have for fans of Anne Rice and The Vampire Chronicles !! I loved this, and that’s saying something as I never particularly liked Claudia a whole lot. Though I do think her story is tragic and I don’t blame her at all for feeling the way she did towards her vampire fathers. Seeing Louis, Lestat, Armand, and Claudia all illustrated was so nice. The art in this is beautiful. I loved the sepia tones of the manga with the occasional burst of colour whenever there was bloo This graphic novel is a must have for fans of Anne Rice and The Vampire Chronicles !! I loved this, and that’s saying something as I never particularly liked Claudia a whole lot. Though I do think her story is tragic and I don’t blame her at all for feeling the way she did towards her vampire fathers. Seeing Louis, Lestat, Armand, and Claudia all illustrated was so nice. The art in this is beautiful. I loved the sepia tones of the manga with the occasional burst of colour whenever there was blood or fire. While reading this though I found I kept wanting to just see a graphic novel with the full story of Interview with the Vampire, but that may just be because I was interested in Louis and Lestat far more than I was in Claudia while reading the original book. Regardless, I still enjoyed this immensely.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Szewczuk

    Beautiful art to accompany what is essentially a fanart retelling of IWTV from Claudia's point of view. However, there was no deep delve here; Claudia's inner monologue wasn't really any more illuminating than her dialogue in the actual novel. Many of the visuals for the scenes seemed taken right from the movie, which isn't a bad thing, just an observation. The thing that really really bothered me though was Louis' apparent insistence on knickers long after their time had passed. Trousers, Louis Beautiful art to accompany what is essentially a fanart retelling of IWTV from Claudia's point of view. However, there was no deep delve here; Claudia's inner monologue wasn't really any more illuminating than her dialogue in the actual novel. Many of the visuals for the scenes seemed taken right from the movie, which isn't a bad thing, just an observation. The thing that really really bothered me though was Louis' apparent insistence on knickers long after their time had passed. Trousers, Louis, trousers. It was a minor historical inaccuracy that bothered me on every page.

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