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Science fiction harbors an unfortunate subgenre wherein time travel is used to explain away the creative genius of past artists. A sample of his work might be brought to a master before "he" has created it; he might be exposed to another era and thus to events that then inspire his (now unimaginative) work. Aldiss ( Greybeard ), winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards, here sails very close to that wind. Dracula sends assassins to kill Bram Stoker before he can write his novel about vampires. Joe Bodenland hijacks a time train from the vampires and rides it to London in 1896, where he teams up with Stoker. Together they set off to save humanity from the undead, with assistance from Stoker's gardener and Bodenland's family. The writing is drab, imparting none of the excitement expected from such fertile subjects. The introduction of time travel does nothing to enhance the original vampire story. Except for Stoker, the characters lack motivation and substance enough to make them attractive to the reader. Even Lord Dracula lacks bite.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755100786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755100781
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,334,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
The basic premise of the book is an interesting one and is similar to a theory put forward by Carl Sagan in his book, "The Dragons of Eden." In "Dragons . . ", Sagan argues that the innate fear that humans have of reptiles is a genetic remnant of the struggle for dominance that took place between reptiles and mammals millions of years ago. Aldiss explains the human fear of vampires as another relic of the development of the human species, describing vampires as a separate species, evolved from carrion eaters. While that is an interesting premise, the story line meanders too much to be consistent.
He introduces a train used by the vampires to move through time, and the humans capture it and use it to their advantage, ultimately via time loops that are not well explained. The capture of the train is simply too easy, a device this critical would be very well guarded by the vampires and they would have mounted an all-out offensive to recapture it. The ultimate bomb used to destroy the vampires exceeds the bounds of the number of "new devices" that are allowed in a science fiction tale.
I did enjoy the inclusion of Bram Stoker, the author of the original Count Dracula vampire story. The description of this man of Victorian times is without question the best part of the book.
This was not a book that kept my attention. The story meanders and the actions of the vampires in allowing the capture and possession of the time train while they are capable of sucking blood from the neck of the thief was just too much. I finished it, but this is one tale that did not excite me.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bjjoyhand@northstate.net on November 10, 1997
Format: Paperback
When I walked into my city's public library, I was looking for an interesting novel that I could read for pleasure. I love anything dealing with vampires, the supernatural, science fiction, and romance. I came across "Dracula Unbound, and was attracted to the beautiful cover, with the large skull, including the little picture of the sunset in the right, hollow eye socket of the cranium. I started reading, and I decided I wasn't going to read anymmore, because the situation in the beginning was too confusing, so it collected dust for several months. I was too lazy to return it to the library, so I broke down and read it. I was still confused, but I kept reading, and I was thrilled! It had mystery, suspense, laughter, and even a partial love scene. I cried, laughed, and was even on the edge of my seat as some say when they see or hear something riveting. I was taken through diffrent places and times, and had the honor and pleasure of meeting Bram Stoker, the master of gothic lore. I was introduced to complex and intriguing confrontations, with nemesis and people of good will. I would recommend this book to everybody and anyone who likes to guess what's going to happen next-that's exactly what I was doing in this marvelous novel. Brian W. Aldiss is a very creative, and knows his stuff. Anyone who can write something to the point that I'm literally in a dreamy state, is someone I consider to be a darn good writer. I was lost to all time and reality while reading this book, and sometimes I would lay on my soft bed, and catch myself reading for what would be hours. I haven't come across any novels lately that's more contemplating this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CV Rick on September 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
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There is so much wrong with this book that I couldn't even begin suspending disbelief. Vampires are an ancient species of shapechanging parasites who coexisted with dinosaurs. Time travel can occur on a ghost train and that train can be hijacked by humans who just barely learned of its existence. Hudson Bay was created by a powerful nuclear weapon from the future transported to the distant past in order to annihilate the vampire species . . . bleh!
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