MUSINGS OF A STORY MERCHANT

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

DRACULA THE UN-DEAD RECEIVES ITS FIRST REVIEW, A RAVE, FROM www.sherlocksbooks.com!

Dracula The Un-Dead
As chance would have it, I acquired an Advanced Reader Copy of this title at the Book Expo in New York where I was fortunate enough to meet the author and get my copy signed.

After reading Dracula The Un-Dead yesterday, it is unlikely I will lend or relinquish my copy to anyone. They will simply have to buy their own! Generally everyone knows my tastes run to horror and sci-fi so this fits perfectly in my immense library at home. I was eager to read this upon my return to Nashville after the book show since I've been a fan of the original Dracula since my childhood (when it scared me nearly to death). This volume by the great grandnephew of Bram Stoker has to be one of the best sequels I have ever read in my life! It easily makes the top ten of world's best sequels ever written. I read it in virtually one sitting as the plot unfolded and could not put it down.

The story follows the aftermath of the original Dracula twenty five years later when all of the parties have now gone their separate ways. Unbeknownst to them, a much darker evil intent on murderous revenge begins hunting them and their offspring. Once again we meet Van Helsing, Mina and the rest of the characters in an intriguing mix of personalities and utterly gruesome malevolence. What is even more remarkable than the plot is the method in which the authors intertwine facets from the original Dracula (and Bram Stoker's own personal notes) into a time period 25 years hence.

The authors take slight liberty with the original novel's date in order to make their novel take place in 1912. Not a big deal but one of which you should be aware. Remarkably, usage of this date allows them to gather together a complex series of real historical events and persons including the Titanic, Jack The Ripper, setting of the London-Paris air speed record and famous stage actors such as Henry Irving and John Barrymore. Even the original author, Bram Stoker, makes an appearance!!! I urge both fans of the original and newcomers to read this book. Our store will be keeping this one in stock for sure. Now if I can only get a signed copy when the real one comes out around Halloween. Stephenie Meyer look out... Steve Guynn Sherlock's Book Emporium http://sherlocksbooks.com/

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