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1.0 out of 5 stars In a word, dreadful, July 1, 2010
This review is from: Dracula in Love (Hardcover)
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Call me naive, but I expected a book entitled Dracula in Love to prominently feature Dracula. But I am 250 pages in and he has yet to appear in the flesh.

Instead, there has been a lot historical colour and a lot of talking about folklore. Frankly, it all comes across as filler, doing little to advance the plot.

Protagonist Mina Murray spends a lot of time wandering around in a dream state. I sympathise; following the abrupt, often awkward, turns of the plot left me a bit glassy-eyed too.

I'm not sure why this book was written. As a reworking of Bram Stoker's classic story, it fails. As an interesting read in its own right, it fails. However, if its goal was to make me fling it aside in disgust, it succeeded admirably.

I'm not overly squeamish and I am definitely no prude and have long said that I will read anything. I was wrong. I will not read something that repeatedly demeans both the intelligence and sexuality of women (even if it does reflect a historically accurate viewpoint) and I will not read about a woman being needlessly tortured.

I find nothing erotic or even likable about this story. It's perversely prurient and it makes my skin crawl.

Sorry but I won't be sticking around to see if Dracula and his lover live happily ever after.
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Initial post: Jul 19, 2010 7:29:29 PM PDT
Misfit says:
"However, if its goal was to make me fling it aside in disgust, it succeeded admirably."

Lol! Thanks for the laugh :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2010 8:28:37 AM PDT
S. A. W. says:
You are most welcome. Thanks for leaving a comment.

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 12:23:07 PM PDT
Sharilyn, I am 205 pages in and I am in total agreement with you. I kept asking myself as well as you did "Just where the heck IS Dracula". I also feel the story jumps around too much and doesnt really focus on anyone person, and I also agree with you that there is a ton of FILLER of just random thoughts going nowhere. I was deciding on whether to finish it and felt i'd see what the bad reviews had to say, now my decision is made. My reviews usually tend to agree with your other commenter Misfit an awful lot, so your opinion of this book is right on target.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2010 12:29:46 PM PDT
S. A. W. says:
Jeannie,
Thanks for sharing your views. Sometimes after writing a negative review I find myself wondering if I was just being grumpy. It's nice to know that, at least in this case, my observations are shared by other readers.
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