Dracula

eBook

English language

Published April 4, 2014 by Standard Ebooks.

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4 stars (43 reviews)

Dracula is one of the most famous public-domain horror novels in existence, responsible not just for introducing the eponymous Count Dracula, but for introducing many of the common tropes we see in modern horror fiction.

Count Dracula isn’t the first vampire to have graced the pages of literature—that honor is thought to belong to Lord Ruthven in The Vampyr, by John William Polidori—but Dracula is the vampire on which modern vampires are based.

Dracula wasn’t as famous in its day as it is today; readers of the time seemed to enjoy it as nothing more than a good story, and Stoker died nearly penniless. But its long-lasting influence is undeniable, and for all its age Dracula remains a gripping, fast-paced, and enjoyable read.

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reviewed Dracula by Bram Stoker

Even if you think you know Dracula, this still holds up!

4 stars

I had never given classic horror a go before, but this one was a pleasant surprise. The original Dracula story was something I thought I knew, elements like Dracula’s castle and the power possessed by that monster make an appearance here, but despite what you might expect of the original vampire, the book is still filled with great characters and moments that were truly nerve-wracking.

I couldn’t help but read faster and faster at times where the tension raised up, hoping for it to end when it was only getting worse. But its not all bad, there is always hope, and the determination of the characters to defend their loved ones and the future of humanity from the reign of the un-dead, is just great, but a few moments of old English were a little hard to read.

I listened to different audiobooks while reading, which was quite atmospheric too. …

Review of 'Dracula' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

The beginning was interesting enough. Jonathan Harker was a character I felt like I could follow. Once Dracula launched into his playful torture, I was excited and had high hopes for the story. But alas, Dracula is more of a presence than he is present in this story. I understand the whole thing is supposed to be about paranoia. I understand it, yet I detest it. Dracula is such a witty character and for him to be actually present for so little of the story bothers me to no end. Instead, we get to follow way too many characters which more or less serve the same purpose. We also get to read everything three times over since this book is not at all concerned with dulling out the reader with perpetual, senseless, and borderline indecent repetition. At least reading all of it was somewhat bearable considering the style is digestible …

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Subjects

  • Dracula, Count (Fictitious character)--Fiction
  • Transylvania (Romania)--Fiction
  • Vampires--Fiction
  • Whitby (England)--Fiction