Vlad Dracula III

Jeaniene Frost – Bound by Flames | Night Prince 3

BoundbyFlames-coverI love the way Jeaniene Frost weaves a web for the reader, one I can never get out of, for it seems, what, just another page, just another chapter. I couldn’t put “Bound by Flames” (Night Prince 3; ISBN 0062076086; 342p.; Goodreads), the third book in a series of four. To add to the pretty great plot, the character development keeps getting better. Yes, yes, especially Prince Dracula.

This is a far darker, and far greater book than the previous two. The pace is perfect, with one episode following the other one closely, with only this much room to sit and talk it out. Szilagyi continues to harass Vlad and his household, pushing wedges where he can’t pull allies. A turncoat thus soon appears in prince’s flock. And in disguise of napalm bombing of his home, they steal his wife away, where she successfully get’s tortured physically, and mentally. Szilagyi is confident that he found a way to break the prince once and for all, thus he speaks, and we find out why he’s such a disgusting rat’s ass. But little does this bastard know, that he’s dealing with people who do not believe in limitations, and who dearly trust in one another.

Vlad spares nothing in search for Leila, trusting she’ll do all it takes to survive until he does find her. This is officially a war between the two vampires, and maybe that’s just for the best. Vlad pulls favors, finds people, and lets us in on his past, all the while keeping a sharp, if a bit rude eye on Leila’s family, still caring for their safety. There is no doubt in his heart that he’ll find the bastard, and at last squish him. But of course, surprises await, bad and good for both sides. Curses, bindings, and unexpected family members from the old Dracul line of Basarabs.

So, yes. This was amazing. I loved it to bits. Which, sadly, means I’ll keep the final one unread for as long as I can. This one pulled me out out of a very dark place. 5 out of 5, well deserved.

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Jeaniene Frost – Twice Tempted [2]

x2You didn’t think I’ll quit Night Prince series by Jeanine Frost just because it was a silly-ish romance, did you? That never happened, and there where’s Dracula – never will. So let’s get into the “Twice Tempted” (Night Prince 2; ISBN 0062076108; 360p.; Goodreads), the second book on Leila the lightening woman, and Vlad Basarab Dracula, the fire-starting vampire.

As much as Leila loves Vlad and his people, the treatment he’s offering is rubbing her the wrong way. He disappears without a word on why, where, when. He acts a bit cold. Makes her adjust to his vampiric life, making little effort to adjust to hers. And the final straw – he offers her vampirism in a party he threw, before all his subjects, when both she, and her sister thought really, he’s going to propose. In a state of anger Leila rage-quits everything, sparing no words or actions. She packs up, breaks it off, and leaves. And if she thought her broken heart was bad enough, wait ’till she finds out Vlad’s ex is back on the radar.

Not too late after this whole nasty drama, an explosion meant to kill Leila nearly succeeds, in her stead killing innocents, her friends. Who’d want her dead, and who’d take such indirect, gruesome measures to kill her? Well, honestly the list isn’t all that short, and she can put Prince of the Darkness on it too. Lucky for her, Vlad’s right arm man is ready to help her, and defend her if need be, even from Vlad himself…

This one, to be honest, was pretty good. While the petty things author tried to make you believe are not very believable, the other stuff, like that small little plot twist, gets the job done. Apparently there’s more than just vampires, heck, there’s whole witchcraft and wizardry thing going on. I can give this book a well deserved 4 out of 5.

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Jeaniene Frost – Once Burned [1]

7039218Geez, I’m a sucker for Dracula, and so I read anything with him in it, even the questionable romance books. Like “Once Burned” by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince 1; ISBN 006178320X; 346p.; Goodreads). It wasn’t bad, but it’s one of those romances. Like stand-alone’s by Nora Roberts or Jude Deveraux. Vampires were pretty cool thou, and Dracula wasn’t a complete disaster. Heck, it feels like author actually did some research before writing, which I respect.

After an accident in her childhood Leila carries a physical scar on her body, and one in her psyche too. She pumps actual electricity out of her arms, and if she wishes to touch someone – she has to first let the charge out into some lightening rod or something. And even then she’s doubtful, because touching a person means seeing their greatest sin. And sometimes their future, which soon gets her into trouble. For after warning a woman of hey boyfriend’s plans to murder her, she’s soon kidnapped by a vampire gang. They want her to find another of their kind. Yes, no other but the prince of the darkness himself, Vlad Draculea.

The problem arises when Leila actually finds him mentally, and sees him. For he opens his eyes, and looks right at her… Leila needs to decide, and decide fast with whom she has better chances at survival.

It’s not a good book, but by far not a bad one either. I will read the other ones, gladly even. They’re simple, vampires are quite alright, and as I said before – Dracula had some research done on him. Author knew important details, and used them to her advantage well. I can give it 3 out of 5, but that’s not a bad rating.

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Patrick Sheane Duncan – Dracula Vs. Hitler

draculavshitleOh happy day for me! I’m a fan of Dracula stories, always in want of new, good ones. It was impossible to not notice “Dracula vs. Hitler” by Patrick Sheane Duncan (ISBN 1942645082; 441p.; Goodreads), so I saw it, I took it, and I’ve read it. And I loved it. I believe anyone who loves action-packed movies with Dracula, Van Helsing movie, or Hellsing in any form, will also appreciate it.

Monsters in human form roam the earth, Nazis. Bit by bit they’re occupying Europe, same tactics, same alternative facts on importance of “racial purity” bullshit. Their brutality is unmatched. And as Van Helsing watches guerrilla not only fail, but get slaughtered, as he watches his daughter Lucile, named after a tragic heroine, risk her all for it, he has to make a decision: could a monster vs monster work?

Some years ago he, and a few brave men, captured Dracula, overpowered, and imprisoned him. Not many know he is not really dead thou. And while Van Helsing often thought of coming back to the sarcophagus with the immortal creature within, he always thought it’d be for science sake, for experiments, research. By far he did not expect himself to stand over the prince’s body, prepared to wake him from the possibly eternal slumber, in hopes that Vlad the Impaler will be willing to defend his homeland once again, against a new enemy.

It’s a very amusing, action filled, and fast paced book. Dracula is well written, and I love that once again he is portrayed as a relentless reader. He muses about new creations humans have made, and doesn’t smell of rot. But then he kills like a walking fortress. I can give it full 5 out of 5, and hope to someday add a physical copy to my collection, for this is a worthy piece to my shelves.

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Dr Gregory L. Reece – Creatures of the Night

CreaturesOfTheNight   Such a vast topic and yet such a narrow book. I bought Dr Gregory L. Reece‘s book “Creatures of the Night” (isbn 978-1-84885-385-0) on sale in the beloved free-shipping Book Depository site. It cost around two euros at the time, so I figured – another book that mentioned Dracula will not be of harm.

As the greatly scribbled on cover claims – this books grabs on the topic of “so where where the hell did all the vampires, werewolves and demons come from”? Why are we afraid of them? And since we know we are – why do we keep telling stories of them? Don’t expect many answers, for author, sadly, bit off more than he could chew.

Through the well broken chapters we visit ghosts, vampires, werewolves, demons and religions that might or might not worship the devil himself. It starts pretty well too, much alike to the famous series Supernatural – all well and good, demons and shit, but a few seasons/chapters in and suddenly we find ourselves torn between heaven and hell. I mean, don’t get me wrong, author himself asks all the right questions: why Lord Byron is so very alike Lord Ruthven, the famous vampire? Or how Mary Shelley, this admirable woman, wrote something like Frankenstein? Again, I found no valid answers beside one: We’re irrational beasts. We’re scared and we want more. We don’t know what scares us, but we want more. And when we do know what scares us, we turn into beasts of terror ourselves and then, obviously, we want more. Our heartbeat dictates how many movies of Dracula we shall see and which religion we shall turn to, apparently.

All in all, I’d say that the literature and movie list this book provides is of a lot greater value than the book itself. Yet I’m happy I bought it. Sure, I’m more happy I only paid a couple of euros for it, but am happy nonetheless. I’ll give it a 3 out of 5, for it wasn’t all that bad, lots of great quotes and sources are given and author was thorough, if narrow.

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Timothy E. Rodrigue – Vlad Dragwlya: Son of the Dragon

Dracula_  So, the usual. Went to UK, found myself a book of Dracula. Never heard of it, but here it is, Timothy E. RodrigueVlad Dragwlya: Son of the Dragon, done and done. A historical… novel or what is this… A historical book, yes, historical book, of Draculesti family.
So far no one tops me C.C. Humphreys book on Vlad, so I just have to value each one of these by what they are and try my best to not compare authors. My respect goes to mr Rodrigue too, for he definitely worked his way through history to write this. It all begins with Vlad Dracul being introduced to the White Knight, the Bane of misBelievers, I’d say. Soon into the story he has to admit, Vlad and his elder son Mircea are stubborn and don’t really work well with him, but the man is a power to be cautious of. Thus using the fact that Dracul left two of his sons for the turkish to take care, as a weight that he shall not take up arms against Ottoman Empire, White Knight began plotting and scheming (as the -crows- do, if you know what I mean), until he finally set boyars against the older Dragon and his son and had them slaughtered in a terrible manner.
The news eventually reached Vlad Draculea or Vlad Dragwlya if you so please, and Murad, the then-sultan, allowed him to go and reclaim his throne if he sees it fit and is able to. Now that’s the problem, isn’t it? How can a boy reclaim his father’s throne? Thus Vlad fights and fights vigorously to take what he sees as his. And not a drop more, just that, just Wallachia. And then fights twice as much to keep it and most importantly – to clean it. Of filth, or rot. Eventually – of turk.
The last quarter of the book is always the best when you read a historical pieces of Dracula. Because this is when the author has to decide who Dracula is. A sadistic bastard who sated his cravings on the battlefields and beyond. Or a strategic-genius who was simply a pain in the ass for too many greedy bastards who later wrote the history pages. Thus I give the book 4,5 out of 5. Mr. Rodrigue, this isn’t perfect, no where near. But You’ve done a great job and I appreciate your liking to our Warlord. The ending was great. And, funny thing it was, to watch how they fought Draculas when they didn’t fight the Turk and fought them when they did fight the Turk…

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Things to remember, Things to forget

Let me start with pretty little pictures for my mother, for she won’t read this in English anyways. I’ll remind you that I will be back on April 1st, but probably will write a blog only on around the 2nd, mostly because we usually return home very late in the night. Hope for good weather for us, okay?

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The Car Boot Sale in Swanley gave me plenty of great book-y treasures. Like the one above. These are first ten Charlaine Harris books on Sookie Stackhouse, I paid 5 pounds for all pack of brand new, unopened pack. And some part of me still whispers I should’ve tried cutting the price. But the lad looked so very cold… It was windy, drizzly and I really wanted these.
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Earlier in the week got these for a friend. He made a great logo for my sister’s project, and since he’s a fan, this is my thanks. Not just this, but other Doctor-Who item I can’t show, mostly because I don’t want to tease other Whovians in my friend list.

Now, the stuff here. First days were the most adventurous for me, I guess. I heard a granny claim she liked Retro before it was fashionable. Then I saw a girl fall backwards on an up-going escalator and black out (she received all the help possible and I didn’t stand gawking there either). I drank a ton of Energy Drinks but didn’t find my Relentless Passion. Found the Immortal one thou, which is just as good. Plus, RockStar made some new ones, like sour green apple, which is pure marvel. Then I ate Wonka bar, yes, Wonka chocolate bar. Then another one. And another one. And then I figured I’m fat and  shouldn’t have, but… Who am I kidding, I don’t regret a bit! Eitherway I’m walking a lot, I get plenty of exercise! And the weather is warm and nice.

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Second-hand stores are the greatest. I got a luggage worth of books, neither more expensive than 5 pounds (10 dollars or so), which I paid for my own stupidity of not taking the change, out of excitement, I guess. Even today I came back home with 13 books in hands and I am getting worried of how will they all be packed and sent back home. Or where I’ll put them when I’m back. Many are meant for friends thought, so it’s not that bad. Like half the Sookie’s lot will go to friends, Hannibal, Vampire Rites and so on. Then again, best of the best are for me. Like Dracula! The book so far is not too great, Humphrey made a better job, but I won’t look the gifted horse in the teeth – I found it, I bought it, I will love it and cherish it.

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What else, what else? Well, today as I went back home, I decided I’ll pick out the change out of my broken-apart wallet and go around the second-hand stores nearby, and maybe get myself another energy drink (don’t get me wrong, I care non for the energy or caffeine. It’s the taste that I love!), so I fish out 1.30, and since 10 cents are in fives and I’m afraid to lose them, I take 1.20 and go out. First goal – the second-hand store, the only one I didn’t go into today (actually, it’s all “yesterday” now), because I will always, always rather buy books than unnecessary treats for myself. Book is a greater treat. But there I am, looking and looking and nothing good catches my eyes. Hard-cover are 0.30 and the paperbacks are 0.20 and THERE! Fourth book of Anne Rice‘s Vampire Chronicles The Body Thief. I’m trying to collect all ten books (and the plus ones if I can find those, like Vampire Vittorio and Pandora) for TWO of my friends, so since I found only the first one (Interview with the Vampire), it’s an obvious choice that the fourth one will go to the girl who already has three of her own. The cover is all battered and book seems… Believe it or not – sandy (and sand doesn’t look like anything from Gobi…), but 0.20 is not a price you seek high quality of material in. It’s the inside that matters for any price. I went to cash-register and the lady there was putting hangers on this metal rod, trying to slide a ton of them at once. As I came closer she probably assumed she needs to move faster to get to me and accidentally dropped most of them. She turns to me, with a smile and says: You’ve been waiting for me to do that, weren’t you? We laughed and I went off with my book! And thus, since I only found one book, I did indeed get a RockStar and finished it with a cup of sour watermelon gummies, while watching Sherlock (BBC) with commentaries. “THE WOMAN WOMAN!”.

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I need to write the stuff down

So many random little and big things happen daily and I just forget half of them before I got the time to write about it. There’s books, theatre, tv series, tea, birthday presents and all that jazz, including the last episode of “Free!“. Not to mention the video games. So lets make this very short and I’ll just go deeper onto these or those things later on in separate posts!

I don’t celebrate my b-day, even thought I was born just one day after the famous late j-artist Hide (Hideto Matsumoto). I love his music, so I like to think that birth day does matter thus. Maybe I’ll create something as wonderful too! Anyways, I tend to take out my birth date out of all the possible places just to avoid the “Congratulations!”. Why? Because the more people congratulate me, the more annoying things happen the day after. Nevertheless, some people know, some people remember and thus I still get the congratulations and even presents, which, lets face it, are always nice to receive. This year was a bit different for I was allowed to chose what I wanted in either a general area (book, game, item of sorts), or even something specific, so I spat to it all and went for it. I’ve got books and gorgeous notebooks, and true wax candles, and tea, of course! And first time ever I had too much home-made sushi, made by a friend who actually knows how to make sushi! But what about the day after? Yes. Sucked. But it’ll pass, as all passes in this world.

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Now, the video games. As you know, or maybe you don’t, Steam had a black-friday sale week-or-two. Around the time I bought Lovecraft book I mentioned two posts below, it all was happening and I spoiled myself a little bit. There were reasons for me to do so, worry not, I’m not a big-bad-waster. I already finished the “The incredible adventures of Van Helsing” once and will play it the second time around, for it was great. I’m half way through first Trine too, for a game that didn’t cost a full euro – heck, I did not expect so much awesomeness (and the same voice actress for a thief-rogue in there, as in DA2, the Isabela actress, I recognized her on the spot), second one coming up. And I began the “Dishonored“, which so far was pretty damn nice. Obviously the “Dracula: Origin” and “Dracula: Love Kills” were the first I bought and finished. I can’t help it, I want everything with Dracula in it. All of these games were on discounts of at least 75%, one below an euro. And no, I don’t feel anymore guilt over playing video games. They break the layer of chalk I get covered in while reading stuff other people wrote, and I can write my own stories more freely at the end of the day. So far it’s going pretty good!

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  I’ve also been drawing a lot with water colors. Trying to gain a level, sort of. I’m on a project, for a long time now, but I’ll make it good even if I have to paint a hundred pages every day. Beside the painting I finished the “Free!” anime. Ending was a little funny and dumb, but I’m okay with it. And then my evil friend spoke me into watching Sherlock (yes, the one with Benedict Cumberbatch). Evil of her to do so, for not only I’m an addict from the very first serie, I already have dreams of it too. It’s amazing. The first thing that struck me was how nicely it was made/filmed. The second thing that lured me was the voice of Cumberbatch. And then the mad geniuses, obviously. Everyone loves the smart ones, right? Everyone but the stupid ones, I think… Those feel offended when someone’s showing more light than they are.

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  Did I tell you that I watched Hamlet and Paganini plays? Lithuanian ones, Hamlet was amazing, all the little details, the expressiveness of the actors. Paganini had good singing voices, but side-roles lured me more than the main ones. I do love theatre…

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Top Ten Video Game Vampires

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Work and how it affects the life

I’m a freelance translator here, in Lithuania. I translate texts out of English into Lithuanian and I do it well enough for people not to go disappointed. Last week, to be precise, I worked for 6 days in a row, 12hrs each day. I’m my own boss and I’m one strict ass… Now, thing is, today is the first day when I am fully, absolutely done with everything from that order and… I kinda forgot what I used to do when waiting for orders. I guess I read and read more, and probably play minecraft, for I sit at PC up until around 8-9PM, when I go sit at my laptop and play video games for as many hours, as I can bear to do so (depending on when I should get up tomorrow, if there’s a hours I need to be up at). But, really, anything else? And, don’t get me wrong, I read a lot, it’s not a small feat for me to say “I’ve been reading“.

I guess, few days prior to this particular order (two texts with 3300 words and one text with 6600 words, well, more, but I round it up for the sake of the client), I spent a lot of time in Amazon. Why? Coz they have this weird thing, called 100% discount for kindle edition books. I don’t have a kindle, I have a prestigio multi-tablet (or tablet pc), but they serve you with an app too. So, now, I’m a proud owner of several hundreds of books… And hey, some I bought for money, not just… Took them coz they gave them free. Eitherway, a great thanks to them and a sarcastic thanks too, because I wasted many, many long hours picking through their books.

Next thing I tend to waste time on is Minecraft. Oh yes. On laptop it works funny, sometimes dropping about random lag, while my laptop is more powerful than my pc, and, say, can work skyrim smooth, when pc can’t even turn skyrim on. On pc minecraft works smooth tho. Anyways, I can live with that. Thing is, that while messing about in settings, trying to get perfect balance to play on laptop, I accidentally clicked on 3D thingy. And, Maker, was I stunned. I do have 3D glasses, so I put them on and Glorious Mother of Cubes! It. Was. Beautiful. Right to the point when I turned around to make sure cow is still following me into it’s place and saw a creeper. Here, look at random picture I made in 3D, if you got blue/cyan & red glasses – put them on and maybe it’ll tease you into trying it out. On ebay you can get 3D glasses for like 0.99$.

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  And of course, more things happened. Say, some days ago I received a newsletter from BookDepository. I really like them, they ship books free, even if prices slightly (really, not much) vary from country to country, but I haven’t been buying much books lately. Mainly because I don’t have enough room to store them and first want to figure out what to do with the ones I have without the worry of where to put the new ones. So they sent me a letter, with this witty little poem, asking why I’m gone and such and I felt guilt-driven into using their 10% discount. They sum up such discounts, so… I bought what I said I won’t buy. Kim Newman’s fourth Anno Dracula book “Johnny Alucard“. Honestly? No regrets. It had 10% off of itself, plus the 10% off they gave me and here comes the most gorgeous hardcover I ever seen… And on the back it says “Dracula comes to New York”. I won’t tell you anything, but if you’ll read the third book – you’ll know why I doubt the sentence and this you’ll know why I didn’t want to buy the book. But I am intrigued. Kim Newman REALLY did a great, amazing, fantastic job in writing his books and giving justice to Dracula’s character as needs be (he’s still a monster, but Maker, what a monster he is! Perfect balance). And if he did what I hope he did in this book, I hereby swear I’ll write him the nicest, the most praising fan letter ever.

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  As for BookDepository.com – I’d never leave you, people. Never worry. And the bookmark they added is, as always, amazing. My favorite so far is still the one they sent me last year, around halloween time, that hand glow-in-the-dark monsters drawn on it from classic literature, but this one is the most practical I ever had. It has this hole in it, meant for putting over a quote, so that you could take a picture and share it, without having to blur out the rest of the text with photoshop or whatever it is you do in cases like that.

  Past two days I feel a little sickly. Nose is slightly runny, temperature is kinda on the side of “hm, I think we’re to start the heating season today”, and throat is a little bit achy. Not yet a flu, but definitely something hovering around it. So today I went to get some instant soup, because when my throat hurts – I kinda don’t feel like having tea, it makes it more dry than it should be. I found this marvelous one, but that’s not the point. The point is, how simple little drop of caring can be all it takes to make a day seem brighter. I sneezed while standing by the soups (not on the soups, I do the Dracula motion and sneeze into my elbow), and lady who wasn’t far with her daughter said “bless you” (in our language it’s “to your health”, actually). That was kind of her, for I’m a complete stranger, sneezing two steps away. Oh, and I found the perfect size metal pot for clay bead boiling, and it was on sale too. So today gets thumbs up!

  When I feel less rushed by the fact that I didn’t update my blog in a while, I’ll tell you all about the books I finished in the mean time. Not many of them, but at least one of them is real interesting.

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