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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2009
Puffin Graphics: Dracula (Puffin Graphics (Graphic Novels))
I have never before seen such a superb graphic novel illustrated totally in pen and ink. Any lover of Bram Stoker, lover of pen and ink rendition and graphic novel should have this book in their collection. You will be glued to the book from the very first page. This graphic novel is a 100% adaptation of the benchmark horror novel. When Englishman Jonathan Harker is sent to Transylvania to visit his client, the mysterious Count Dracula, he uncovers the terrifing secret of his host. Dracula is a vampire, an immortal who feeds off the blood of the living. Dracula is moving to England in search of fresh victims to satisfy his blood lust. At the top of the list is Harker's own fiancee, the beautiful Mina Murray. Suddenly Harker and his friends find themselves in a race against sunset to stop Dracula before it's too late...I hope that new readers via the adaptation get enticed to savor Stoker's original work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2012
John Harker is a real estate agent visiting Transylvania to try and wheel and deal with a "Count Dracula," attempting to sell him some property in Harker's home--England. Harker doesn't realize that Dracula is a blood-thirsty ancient creature who Hungers after Harker's friends. Gary Reed's adaptation is absolutely wonderful. I'm an English major and still haven't read the full-length novel. However, I read the book in less than half an hour, and all it did was made me want to read the original. It's a spoiler, of course, because it's basically a summarized version of the book, but you get all the main-points and principles of the original story. If anything, I'll understand the novel better when I do read it. As a student going into the educational field, I'd say this book is appropriate for any child 10+, maybe younger if they understand the idea of Dracula. the drawings are not graphic or disgusting--they are tastefully done. As I said earlier, this book is a teaser and will make you want to read the original classic by Bram Stoker--the real "vampire" novel (I've never read/seen Twilight, nor do I plan to). Also, if you're interested, Gary Reed has another adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
As a collector of Dracula editions, annotated and/or illustrated, I cannot express my disappointment in the version of the novel. Cloonan's art is horrible - terribly childish. Her later work CAN be better but not always is. This one was a waste. Her Illustrated Classics edition of Dracula is considerably better but it, strictly speaking, is not a "graphic" novel.
Adaption of the text is typical - comparable with most other editions.
Bottom line - pass on this one.
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on June 8, 2013
I had to purchase this graphic novel to analyze it during my Graphics Media class. Dracula is a great story, and this graphic novel was a fun read. I loved the drawing style and enjoyed it from cover to cover. Even though it was for a class, it has earned a permanent spot on my bookshelf.
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on May 2, 2013
Found this in my high school library along with Frankenstein and The Wizard of Oz, I liked it so much that I wanted to buy it.
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