Dracula

Dracula

eBook - 1995
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The Dracula mythology has inspired a vast subculture, but the story has never been better told than by Bram Stoker. His myth is powerful because it allows evil to remain mysterious. The high virtue of Lucy can simply be drained away, like her blood, and scientific skill cannot resist the dreadful potency of the undead. Only the old magic is effective against the Count's appalling power.
Publisher: Salt Lake City : Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, 1995
ISBN: 9781470399108
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource :,multiple file formats
Additional Contributors: Project Gutenberg
Recorded Books, LLC.

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XGirl
Dec 02, 2017

Hello, darlings - Written in 1897 by Bram Stoker - Dracula introduced the world to a vile, despicable, and ruthless blood-sucking fiend like no other before.

acardona305 Nov 09, 2017

A solid read. One of the classics that needs to be read at least once. While Dracula himself does not appear to often to terrorize the various protagonists, the idea of Dracula does just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat and pushing to the end. The beginning of the story should be considered the highlight of the novel as Dracula inspires a true sense of terror in the reader.

I wish Stoker had not spread the story so thin across six individuals but, I can definitely recommend the book based on the quality of the writing and the fact that this book spawned Dracula, who has come to become one of the most iconic monsters of the current era.

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Blue_Raven_10
Jul 09, 2017

This book was especially interesting to read, considering that I had just finished the "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "Heart of Darkness". While reading, one could clearly see how conflicted Stoker was about sexuality and the values of the "stiff upper lip" of the Victorian Era. Considering the time, one can understand how certain parts of this book would have been absolutely horrifying. There were times when even I was on the edge of my seat. The best way to read this book is to have an open mind and just absorb everything. The introduction is also adds an interesting commentary on the work, and was a fantastic way to make me think about what I had just read. Overall, simply fantastic work.

BostonPL_LauraB Nov 22, 2016

Sometimes I was very into this story and other times it dragged pretty badly. Compared to other classics that are often difficult to get through or boring, this was on the more interesting end. Definitely want to watch the classic film of it now though, but maybe I'll wait for next Halloween?!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 19, 2016

The famous horror book introducing the infamous character of Dracula definitely does not let the reader down. This Gothic horror novel involves a group of six people, who were previously hunted by Count Dracula himself, becoming the hunter of this horrid vampire. The reader is given a view of each character's life through the use of various diaries and letters. Allowing the readers to become attached to the characters, each dangerous encounter with Dracula puts the readers on edge. Modern pop culture has, however, made the plot of the book somewhat predictable. Nonetheless, this book allows the reader to discover the changes that have occurred to the image of Count Dracula and vampires, creating a fun and interesting experience. Rating: 4/5.
- @ACowVan of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Dracula is the story following six people, who were wronged by the evil Count Dracula, band together and hunt down the monster in this piece of classic literature. The book has a variety of protagonists and the narrative switches between them to give the reader and deeper understanding of the story. The book is very well written although it is fairly slow in some sections and isn’t all that scary for a horror novel (probably due to a change in the times- people don’t scare as easily as they used to). The story will be fairly predictable due to the fact this book is essentially the origin of all vampire clichés, and although the story is still very well written, it just wasn’t up my alley. If you are a fan of classic English literature, this book is worth checking out. 3/5 Stars.
- @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Chickenzilla
Nov 19, 2015

I LOVE THIS BOOK!! Although it seems cliché in some parts, you have to remember that Dracula invented cliché horror stuff. Also, I am not a horror person, but this book is deliciously creepy (though I couldn't read it at night ;)), and does a wonderful job capturing the diabolical genius of its antagonist. Sometimes, you have to wade through sermon-like soliloquies, and sexist stuff, but that's kind of a given for Victorian fiction. I also enjoy the way that Stoker transitions from one perspective to another, by making several chronologically ordered documents. Overall a fascinating book, with an innovative style, and compelling characters. I just wish that they told some of the story from Quincey Morris, or Lord Godalming's perspective. By the way, Dracula is actually the nickname for a Wallachian noble named Vlad III Tepes, brother to Radu Bey. Not kidding. And when archeologists dug up his grave, they just found horse bones...

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SoftFire
Mar 14, 2015

Brilliant and clever I found this book an excellent read. It was very refreshing to read a story that manages to be engaging and dramatic without being saturated with lust and fights.

FindingJane Feb 01, 2015

Whittling down the 400-plus page of Stoker’s original novel into a book a tenth its size couldn’t have been easy. But Mr. Raven manages it with flair and style.

His Dracula is a sly seducer, achingly beautiful and eternally young. But the book omits mention of most of his supernatural powers, such as the ability to command the winds, create storms, summon animals or turn himself into fog, relying on his towering presence alone to display his menace and dangerous charm. Mr. Raven also creates a centuries-old feud between Vlad Tepes and gypsies, which is part of what leads to his downfall.

Other changes are made as well, one notable and welcome one that has Mina taking a firm stance beside her husband. Once Dracula bites her, she feels she is invested in this fight and refuses to stand aside and let the menfolk handle it. Her role as determined fighter is commendable, making this book a rare treat for girls as well as boys.

The illustrations are breathtaking, with pen marks that create humans and animals of excellent aspects. The bats and wolves in particular look so realistic; you expect them to leap off the page. While color appears to be muted or absent for the most part, it is utilized to startling effect when included. E.g., Dracula’s trio of brides, mentioned in the original novel as being two raven-haired women and one blonde, are here shown as having black, red or blonde hair, respectively. The illustration wherein this triad of lethal beauties attacks Jonathan Harker is one of haunting sensuality and their hair color punctuates the scene.

This is a glorious picture book that is sure to please vampire fans. I highly recommend it.

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wilqser
Jan 17, 2015

Classic novel on my reading list. Written in journal form and letters. Undercurrent of female sexuality, and social and intellectual change, and of the psyche of the mind. A must read for fans of the what the original "Dracula" meant to the author.

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ABenoit
Jul 26, 2014

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joshcarr Oct 15, 2009

Young Jonathan Harker's travels to Transylvania where he meets Count Dracula, a centuries old vampire.

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JihadiConservative
May 03, 2013

Violence: throat slashing goushing throats out and much more

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Laura_X Apr 04, 2016

There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.

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