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Dracul by Dacre Stoker

1Author: Dacre Stoker
Title: Dracul
Series: –
Genre: Gothic, Historical
Pages: 512
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I’m a little overwhelmed. “Dracul” by Dacre Stoker definitely made me re-think all the books about vampire Dracula that I’ve ever read. And it got me real interested in Bram Stoker himself, so I hope to find books on the man, not just articles online that I’ve read extensively for hours after finishing this.

About: The book, at least at the start of it, is a loosely biographical on Bram Stoker. He was a very sickly child, bedridden. At age seven he almost died of fever, saved in a wicked dream by their mysterious nanna Ellen Crone. After he woke up, strong, and even able to get up, all healed and cured, everyone denied any help from Ellen, and claimed he was cured by his uncle and his leeches. Only his sister Matilda believed him. To add to the mystery, nanny herself packed up and disappeared without a word or anyone noticing, leaving kids on a wild investigation full of nightmares and more questions than answers, up until they had to abandon the cold trail. Nanna Ellen was gone for good. But only a few decades later Matilda spotted her in the streets of France, not aged a day, and the nightmares began again.

Mine: The whole search for Ellen Crone reminded me of Kostova’s “Historian“, and annoyed me to no end. There’s a lot of clue following, and a lot of nonsense too, like memories where you can look upon something from a different angle. What’s next, you open a locked door and know what’s behind it, all in a hypnotic memory? Dracul was a very childish and childishly stubborn idiot too, clever in his ways, but making no sense in his actions. There’s a lot of the “you’ll learn to love me” action that bothered me to no end too. And then the whole book was redeemed by author’s final word, which again makes me wonder: is the joke that had to be explained to be funny – really funny?

I will give this book a 4 out of 5, merely because it made me think and research things on my own. Anything that can evoke action or emotion in you in a book – is a well made thing. But honestly, make sure you love gothic classics, and that you don’t mind Kostova’s “Historian“, before picking this one up.

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Kim Newman – Anno Dracula [1]

  Thus, finished reading Kim Newman book “Anno Dracula“. It’s strange how every time I return from England, I bring back with me a book of Dracula, no matter fictional or historical figure of his. This one was a gift for me.

Kim Newman managed to use a damn load of all kinds of historical and fictional characters in his book, where plot rolls around in time, as I understood, somewhat right away after Bram Stoker’s book ended (not including the last chapter where Harker family already has a child). Just, in this book, Dracula didn’t lose a silly little fight with a hand-full of mortal men. As my vampiress once noted- even his brides were harder to kill, so why did Dracula die of a hunting knife stab?

Book is interesting, seeing how and what was used, say, story tells of Jack the Ripper who is also known as Silver knife. The man hunts whores, yes, but they’re all vampires-girls. Queen Victoria married Vlad Dracula. Oscar Wilde gladly took the immortality. And so on, and on, and on. Yet there are so many names and tiny little mentions, that me, being not an amateur in book reading, was left pondering of why the hell did all that matter? Some actions were explained by author himself at the back of the book, and he seemed to rejoice his clever ways of naming a list of borrowed characters, even when they were mentioned in the book by other characters. Well, Mr Newman, I’m glad you know so many of them, but I kind of… Don’t care. It filled this wonderful deep-blood-red balloon with too much cold air and didn’t let it rise above.

I can’t say the book was bad, no, I enjoyed it plenty. I enjoyed the classical view onto vampires, the Vampire the Masquerade type of depends-on-the-bloodline bloodsucker types and such. Dracula was a scary monster, a Dragon-Bat who could fill the night sky and cover the moon entirely. And I do like alternative-reality/history type of books, plus the writing style was so fancy!

Now I’m not sure if I told what about the book is. Vampires in the book stepped out of the dark, following their great leader, and live among the living people. Immortality can cost a penny, if you ask a common whore, she’ll be your Mother-in-Darkness even for less, so to say, for a good feeding that it will give her. Dracula’s bloodline is the most polluted of all, thus those vampires, and there are more and more of those vampires, are a dark trouble, dark plague onto the face of Britain. And the murderer who is killing vampire girls? Who is that monster, who is that madman? Or is he a hero, trying to clean the streets? Trust me, it’s a fine question, not an obvious statement that “yea, yea, he’s a hero”.

If I was to rate this book, I’d give 4 out of 5. And I already ordered second book from BookDepository.co.uk and preordered the third. Will wait for fourth to come down on the price tho.

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