I, Vampire

I, Vampire

by Michael Romkey

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Overview

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. . . .

“Women are my weakness. Or to be more accurate, I should say they are my greatest weakness, for I have many. Travel. Books. Classical music. Art. Excellent wine. And, formerly, cocaine. I admit these things without a sense of guilt. I am, as my friend from Vienna says, a man with a man’s contradictions. I am neither good nor bad, neither angel nor devil. I am a man. I am a vampire.”—From I, Vampire

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449146385
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1990
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 606,166
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 5.88(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Michael Romkey is a newspaper editor and author of the cult classic I, Vampire, as well as The Vampire Papers, The Vampire's Violin, The Vampire Princess, The Vampire Virus, Telluride Blood, and others. He lives in Bettendorf, Iowa.

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I, Vampire 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Justin Ball More than 1 year ago
I wont bore you with the details, but i will say this is in my top 5 favorite books of all time. I have read it a dozen times and it is always a great read, I never tire of it! Put down your teeny angsty vampire book and read this one, you wont regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Romkey delivers a vivid and thought provoking novel. The combination of: excellent character construction smooth flowing plot and the insertion of many quotes from literature makes this a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Actually, I am quite pleased with this vampire book. Michael Romkey was able to put together characters (e.g. Jack the Ripper, Tatiana Nicholeiva Romanov, Mozart, and Cesare Borgia) without making the story be ridiculous or too fake. Everything was well written and beautifully put together. Unlike many cheesy vampire novels, this one is a great read. I highly recommended this book for any true vampire lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The fight between good and evil. An old story, yet Michael Romkey makes it new, romantic, and exciting all at the same time. This action packed, fast paced story of David's Parkers initiation in the world of the vampires, his unexpected thrust into the battle between good and evil, blew me away. I'm an avid reader of Anne Rice, and this novel ranks up there with the best. There was not one boring moment that I had to push through to understand what was going on. A must read for any Vampire lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, it took me on a journey that I never wanted to end. I have'nt read a book from start to finish since I was a kid, and that was Star Wars. Write more Michael!!!
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NJBookGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can usually tell how much I like a book by how much I can't wait to read it. In this case, I sometimes went days without picking it up. A good book, I can't go hours without reading. This story definately had potential. Even as I started it, I was interested in the characters & anxious to see how it progressed. Unfortunately, it just fell flat. It was a mixture of a rather boring vampire's life mixed with some gore here & there. It's not a "bad" book but there definately wasn't any desire to recommend this to friends.
thioviolight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think I would have better appreciated this novel had I read it around the time I bought my copy (12 years ago!), when I was at the height of my vampire obsession. Nevertheless, it was nice to read a different take on the vampire lore, and to follow the initiation of this modern vampire into his new life. The story is also filled with interesting vampire characters such as Mozart, Jack the Ripper and the Borgias.
Penforhire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I felt it was a middle-of-the-road reimagining of the vampire mythos. Not bad, but also not as stirring as, say, Anne Rice's work.I think my biggest issue is the characterization of our main protagonist. He is too vanilla/bland/nice guy-ish. I felt his emotions much better before he became a vampire. Romkey did an excellent job visualizing his life's setting and turmoil. But after the transformation it felt too detached, emotionally. It was fascinating, learning about vampirism as he goes along, but not as gripping.I also got a sour taste near the end with the whole "walking in sunshine" thing. That just makes the Illuminati too, um, sparkly (alluding to the "good" vampires of Meyer's Twilight).
iluvvideo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, but not as much as I wanted to. I followed the story to the climax, but was overwhelmed by the characters (good AND bad) and the myriad story lines. By the end I just wanted to finish, having lost any sense of caring what would happen to the main characters.Now don't get me wrong. I did enjoy the book for the most part and was really interested in the vampire 'coming of age' process. There were some incredible sections of the book that just flew by. I also felt however, that the author kept adding characters and plots to what would have been a great read if left to complete the story with just the main characters.I WILL recommend this to others seeking intriguing vampire fiction. I will also seek the authors other works. He has a unique voice that I want to read more of.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in 1989, David Parker is a frustrated musician whose wealthy family wanted him to become an attorney. He marries the boss's daughter and lives to regret it. While he's working his tush off, she's having fun with his office mate. He is lonely, addicted to cocaine & hits bottom. Soon afater he is fired from his job, divorced, and meets up with a gorgeous Russian woman named Tatiana. He falls for her almost immediately; unbeknownst to him, she is a vampire. Eventually he decides he can't live without her and begs her to make him a vampire as well. That's when the story REALLY begins. The story is done in diary format so the reader can get into David's head and know his feelings as well as the events that led him to Europe. Once he is in Europe, he finds a nemesis in the form of another vampire, whose identity I will not disclose here. Suffice it to say that David, the fledgling vampire, has unknowingly stepped into a struggle between two different vampire factions. Although set in the 1980s, Romkey made this book interesting by including within its pages several real historical figures, each with his own story to tell and his own role to play in the fight between factions. I liked this novel, and now I want to find the sequels. Very smooth writing; David's character is nicely developed and it is a fun read. Recommended.
skillz4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was - in my mind - quite an incredible book. I Think Romkey took past figures (good and bad), and twisted them into an amazing design of "oh yeah..." kind of thinking. I love this book. Please read it if you get a chance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading many reviews I decided to read this book. I found it to be very slow. The book was not exciting, put it down often for days and could not wait to finish it just to get it over with. It did have some gruesome parts dealing with the vampire Jack the Ripper. Those pages will get your attention and just may give you nightmares as it did with me. Overall not a very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got about a third of the way through and couldn't read anymore. It was all talk and very little action. David is too much of a goody goody little sissy vampire. Vampires are supposed to be evil killers. I'll take salems lot over this any day.
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iluvvideo More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, but not as much as I wanted to. I followed the story to the climax, but was overwhelmed by the characters (good AND bad) and the myriad story lines. By the end I just wanted to finish, having lost any sense of caring what would happen to the main characters. Now don't get me wrong. I did enjoy the book for the most part and was really interested in the vampire 'coming of age' process. There were some incredible sections of the book that just flew by. I also felt however, that the author kept adding characters and plots to what would have been a great read if left to complete the story with just the main characters. I WILL recommend this to others seeking intriguing vampire fiction. I will also seek the authors other works. He has a unique voice that I want to read more of.
Nicole_Bradly More than 1 year ago
This is an old, but great book! I have read just about every vampire book there is- except for the romance vamp books. This is by far one of the top 3! I read it a couple years after it came out- when Anne Rice was still writing amazing stories of vamps, and I have never forgotten how great it is. I amactually breaking it out to read agaion. Highly recommended!