Penguin paperback, 426 p.
(#43 for 2007, R.I.P. II Challenge- #2)
When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries in his client’s castle. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck; and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his ‘Master’. In the ensuing battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries, Bram Stoker created a masterpiece of the horror genre, probing into questions of identity, sanity and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire.I was glad to finally finish this last weekend as it seemed like I’d been reading it forever! I had set it aside to finish off my non-fiction reads last month but still… I had it out from the library for 4 weeks! As I mentioned when I read Twilight, for years I’ve been avoiding vampire and horror novels in general, but the R.I.P. Challenge and the season put me in the mood to finally try it. When I started reading it, a little to my surprise, I found myself quite enjoying it. It was very atmospheric, especially at the beginning in Transylvania. However, as the story progressed, the rendering of Van Helsing’s accent and his excessive wordiness started to really annoy me and the story itself got bogged down in the niceties and purple prose. Thankfully they finally put two and two together and started to actively pursue the Count but then the ending was rather anti-climatic. I am glad I finally read this classic vampire story if for nothing else than now being familiar with the vampire lore that has come from it. But I’m equally glad that I borrowed it from the library as even though it’s a memorable story, it’s not one I think I’d bother to read again.
My Rating: 3/5
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