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“Whatever else Aldiss may be, predictable he is not.” —The Guardian
About the Author
- ASIN : B00V7I1ASU
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (May 19, 2015)
- Publication date : May 19, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2652 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 228 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #792,433 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If this book had been written by Tomb of Dracula's Marv Wolfman, it might actually have been ok. Or even if it was a Stan Lee Fantastic Four tale and Dracula was Dr Doom.
It wasn't, and it isn't. Frankenstein Unbound is certainly far superior, and there is too much silliness with ghost trains and the like in this book as Stoker and the guy from the earlier novel team up to stop Drac and his dastardly undead doings.
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!
Top reviews from other countries
There was enough pace in the book to keep me reading but I had a feeling that I was also hoping for the story to pick up or improve in ways that it did not deliver before its conclusion. As such its an alright, just alright, time travel caper in which Aldiss was able to work out some of own thinking about how vampires may have evolved as a separate, parasitic species, their spread of a kind of degenerative brain disease to humankind and photophobia related to sense impressions and ancestoral memories of a heat flash from a super bomb. Some of this working out is great, like the photophobia thing (which explains how Dracula could go about in the day while other vampires could not) but others seemed a little bit convoluted, like theorising about the terror vampires possessed of the Christian crucifix being to do with individuation, Christ being a true individual, vampires not possessing any true individuality and Dracula's own indication that humans with imaginative prowess are the greater threat.
It is more action novel than horror, especially since the vampiric vulnerability to silver bullets is accepted allowing for shoot outs between the vamps and the humans (pretty far removed from the original exorcism premise in Stoker's novel, involving wooden or metal stakes through the heart, which itself has its roots in an eastern myth about keep corpses in their grave long enough to decompose, beheadings, with garlands of garlic flowers surrounding the body, and garlic bulbs stuffed in the mouth). For a time travel novel the author does succeed in providing enough information about the mechanism of time travel and attendant ideas like paradoxes without this becoming boring and distracting.
I was not able to give it more stars as I did find it a little uneven, for a good part of the book the story switches between the present and contemporary protagonists fighting vampires and the past with protagonists teaming up with Stoker, the past was more interesting than the present. I felt Aldiss' heart was more in the Stoker tale, as evidenced by his citation of biographies at the end of the book, and less in the present day cast of the book. Although that said there were still events involving Stoker which seemed a little peripheral to the main plot but maybe would matter to someone who was a big fan of Stoker.
There is another novel, Frankenstein Unbound, by Aldiss which was featured in Cinemassacre's October Monster Movie Madness as it spawned a movie (described by some as a B-Movie but which seems like a standard 80s monster movie from the clips on youtube), I plan to read it as I own a copy, but read this one first, I hope it turns out to be the better of the two. I have read some short stories of Aldiss' before now, such as the one about Supertoys which inspired the film AI, which I thought were better than this. Still Aldiss' worst work is better than a lot of other authors best work.