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Dracula The Un-Dead – Spotlight & Review


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Dracula The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada ( Oct 13 2009 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670069868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670069866
  • At lastthe sequel to Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula. 

     

     ( Overview of Book)

    “Bram Stoker’s Dracula is the prototypical horror novel, an inspiration for the world’s seemingly limitless fascination with vampires.  Though many have tried to replicate Stoker’s horror classic-in books, television shows, and movies, only the 1931 Bela Lugosi film bore the Stoker family’s support. Until now.

    Dracula The Un-Dead is a bone-chilling sequel based on Bram Stoker’s own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original edition. Written with the blessing and cooperation of Stoker family members, Dracula The Un-Dead begins in 1912, twenty-five years after Dracula “crumbled into dust.” Van Helsing’s protégé, Dr. Jack Seward, is now a disgraced morphine addict obsessed with stamping out evil across Europe. Meanwhile, an unknowing Quincey Harker, the grown son of Jonathan and Mina, leaves law school for the London stage, only to stumble upon the troubled production of “Dracula,” directed and produced by Bram Stoker himself.

    The play plunges Quincey into the world of his parents’ terrible secrets, but before he can confront them he experiences evil in a way he had never imagined.  One by one, the band of heroes that defeated Dracula a quarter-century ago is being hunted down.  Could it be that Dracula somehow survived their attack and is seeking revenge? Or is their another force at work whose relentless purpose is to destroy anything and anyone associated with Dracula?

    Dracula The Un-Dead is deeply researched, rich in character, thrills and scares, and lovingly crafted as both an extension and celebration of one of the most classic popular novels in literature.”

    My Thoughts

    A truly fantastic sequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula! I was completely engrossed in the continuation of the tale and found the depiction of all the characters to be true to form. Told in several points of view provided the opportunity to “see through the eyes” of different characters. A wonderful plot mixed in with great story-telling kept me flipping the pages to see what would happen. I’m crossing my fingers that there will be another book to continue Quincey’s story.

    I’m thinking that Dracula The Un-Dead will become a literary classic much like it’s predecessor. Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt have definitely accomplished their quest to continue the story and do it with a distinctive style! Bravo!

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    October 12, 2009 - Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , ,

    3 Comments »

    1. Hi Judi

      Great review! I have read this book and like you found it to be a thrill a minute. Isn’t it nice to find novels you don’t want to put down?

      Comment by Patricia | October 12, 2009 | Reply

    2. I actually did not like it. I felt it was a bit insulting to the atmosphere, vibe and poweress of the original novel, so it was a different book that made not a lot of sense being connected completely with Bram’s novel. There were a lot of points about this sequel that over-shadowed the good parts I applauded, and I couldn’t believe any of the character’s development. The most surprising part that disappointed me was the ‘breaking the fourth wall’ with Bram’s novel being IN this novel. As such I consider this novel an interpretation rather than an official sequel. The book felt like an action movie that alienated the reader from the first novel too much. I cannot consider this book a real, proper sequel but can only judge it as a story trying to be the sequel but not REALLY the sequel.

      Comment by Sahkmet | September 5, 2010 | Reply

      • Thanks for sharing your opinion Sahkmet. It’s always interesting to hear differing views about a book. I do, however, disagree respectfully, with you.
        I feel that Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt, given that they were raised in this day & age and were only working with notes from Bram, did a phenominal job of writing the sequel. I wasn’t looking for another “Dracula” as that story has already been told, and with the sequel being written now instead of back then, by two completely different men, I think they did a great job in maintaining the original integrity of the characters and storyline.

        It’s fun to discuss or debate the topic though. 🙂

        Comment by sidhevicious | September 5, 2010 | Reply


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