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These are the first two volumes in Yarbro's series of vampire novels. In Hotel Transylvania, Le Comte de Saint-Germain, the newest member of Louis XV's court, catches the eye of Madelaine de Montalia, but the young lady has attracted others as well, not all of whom mean her well. The Palace is the home of nobleman Francesco Ragoczy da San Germano, who collects the finest art and also dabbles in the black arts. Good titles to recommend to readers who have done all of Anne Rice and are looking for other gothic vampire tales.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044661100X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446611008
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,680,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A professional writer for more than forty years, Yarbro has sold over eighty books, more than seventy works of short fiction, and more than three dozen essays, introductions, and reviews. She also composes serious music. Her first professional writing - in 1961-2 - was as a playwright for a now long-defunct children's theater company. By the mid-60s she had switched to writing stories and hasn't stopped yet.

After leaving college in 1963 and until she became a full-time writer in 1970, she worked as a demographic cartographer, and still often drafts maps for her books, and occasionally for the books of other writers.

She has a large reference library with books on a wide range of subjects, everything from food and fashion to weapons and trade routes to religion and law. She is constantly adding to it as part of her on-going fascination with history and culture; she reads incessantly, searching for interesting people and places that might provide fodder for stories.

In 1997 the Transylvanian Society of Dracula bestowed a literary knighthood on Yarbro, and in 2003 the World Horror Association presented her with a Grand Master award. In 2006 the International Horror Guild enrolled her among their Living Legends, the first woman to be so honored; the Horror Writers Association gave her a Life Achievement Award in 2009.

A skeptical occultist for forty years, she has studied everything from alchemy to zoomancy, and in the late 1970s worked occasionally as a professional tarot card reader and palmist at the Magic Cellar in San Francisco.

She has two domestic accomplishments: she is a good cook and an experienced seamstress. The rest is catch-as-catch-can.

Divorced, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area - with two cats: the irrepressible Butterscotch and Crumpet, the Gang of Two. When not busy writing, she enjoys the symphony or opera.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Annath on May 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you like historical fiction, vampires and romance, you are in for a treat. Hotel Transylvania is the first in a long line of novels featuring le Comte de St. Germain, an exiled nobleman trying to survive in a world not ready to accept him. Old when Christ walked the earth, St. Germain is a compelling character presented with style, grace and a compassion. In this first novel St Germain meets the woman of his dreams. A woman compassionate enough to accept what he truly is and strong enough to embrace him.
For more than 20 years I have been a fan of this series. This is the first novel I took out from the library when I got my "Adult reader card" long long ago, and it's the one that got me hooked. Though many of the subsequent novels are set earlier in history and can be read out of order without losing anything in the story, this one starts the wheel turning. Each book also contains a little bit of St. Germain's history that none of the other's do. Trying to piece together the chronology of this character's life, where he has been and who he has known, is almost as much fun as the stories themselves. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 25, 2005
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I'm hooked on Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Comte de Saint-Germain series. Saint-Germain is just one of the many names our protagonist has gone by over the millennia. He is a vampire, you see. However, if you envision a being like those who people Anne Rice's or Laurell Hamilton's novels you will have a surprise coming. Just an aside here...I love many of Ms Rice's and Ms. Hamilton's books and characters. Ms. Yarbro's hero is simply different. He IS a hero, not an anti-hero. You won't find fangs, gore, horror and supernatural violence in "Hotel Transylvania." Our vampire is an exceptionally nice guy, sophisticated - quite civilized really - who just happens to have walked the earth since the beginning of time, practically. He does not personify evil, and, unlike other vampiric creations, he is able to stroll about in daylight as long as he carries soil from his homeland in his shoes. He does need blood to survive - but the human donor must be willing to give a pint or two or he won't drink. And true emotional attachments nourish Saint-Germain as much as the blood he takes. So the concept of "love" and affection figure strongly here. He is also extremely smart with a good intellect and love of the arts. As a matter of fact, he personifies the Renaissance man - with the added attraction of various super-human qualities.

"Hotel Transylvania" is the first novel in the series, originally published in 1978. I believe there are 16 Saint-Germain novels with a 17th due out soon. I don't know how important it is to read the books in order of publication as the stories do not take place in chronological order historically. I began with "The Palace" which is set in Renaissance Florence. "Hotel Transylvania's" setting is Paris, 1743, where Saint-Germain is a relative newcomer to the City of Light.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michele Patterson on January 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Everything Chelsea Quinn Yarbro writes will hold youspellbound. You can't help but fall in love with her vibrant prose andrealistic characters. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA is the first book in theSaint-Germain series of vampire novels. Thanks to Stealth Press, it'savailable once again in a beautiful hardback edition.
Le Comte deSaint-Germain. A charismatic and mysterious aristocrat in mid-18thcentury Paris. Women can't resist him, men are suspicious ofhim.
Madelaine de Montalia. An intelligent, beautiful young womanwith a sharp mind and wit, making her debut in Parissociety. Immediately, she is drawn to the Comte. While other young menvie for her affections she only has eyes for the alluringSaint-Germain.
Madelaine's past is not so innocent as she mightbelieve. A father's indiscretions mark her for sacrifice in a satanicritual run by a group of aristocrats known as The Circle. This is thedarker side to Paris life.
Faithful fans of the adventures ofSaint-Germain will surely fall in love with these characters all overagain. New readers will see how easily Yarbro's writing cancaptivate. Order a copy of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and allow her to lureyou into her romantic and seductive world.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro isthe author of more than 40 novels in the fantasy, science fiction andhorror genres...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Hotel Transylvania (Signet, 1978)

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has been doing her thing for quite a while now, and doing it rather successfully. Nothing has brough her more success, or a wider readership, than the Comte de Saint-Germain chronicles, a series of books about an ageless vampire set against different timeframes. The whole series is well-known for its attention to detail and stunning descriptions of life at the various times and in the various places where Saint-Germain (and the main characters in the spinoff series that have sprung from this) has his adventures.

The series' first novel in set in France in 1743, as Saint-Germain meets one of the great loves of his life, Madelaine de Montalia. Madelaine's reaction to Saint-Germain's rather bizarre history isn't the usual fainting-and-horrified-looks one expects in a vampire novel, and thus the framework here lends itself more to gothic romance than it does to straight-out horror. However, the horror elements find their way into the book in a subplot involving the renewal of a thirty-year-old enmity between Saint-Germain and another French petty noble, Saint Sebastien.

While there is certainly enough going on here to make Hotel Transylvania a stand-alone novel in itself, it's obvious that Yarbro was gearnig up to make Saint-Germain into a series character, and so many passages in the book have the sense of being a setup for a larger picture. This is not necessarily a bad thing, though other authors have drawn out the necessary setup into more than one novel to make it less obtrusive. The longstanding success of the series shows that the fans don't have a problem with it; it's doubtful readers of horror fiction new to Yarbro and/or Saint-Germain will, either. *** 1/2
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