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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 16 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 3, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005RTV54O
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As a long time horror fan, especially where vampires are concerned, I was glad that the "draculas" in this book weren't portrayed in a "Twilight" fashion - they were horrific creatures, blinded to all but their insatiable blood lust, which they sought at any and all costs.
Without revealing any spoilers, it was good to see the central "dracula", the one who started the roller coaster ride into hell, actually give a tip of the hat to the more traditional, Stoker-like vampire that we've all grown up with.
As a critique, however, and my reasoning for three, rather than four stars, too much of a good thing is not always a good thing. I'd have liked to see more interaction with the characters that didn't involve beheading, disemboweling, and other varied means of turning bodies inside out. I have no issue with a gory scene, as long as it fits and supports the story being told, but when these scenes basically become the story being told, I tend to become less interested and more jaded. I would very much have preferred to have seen less of these scenes, and had the authors focus more on that tip of the hat that I referred to above...I won't elaborate further, as I don't want to create any spoilers for those who want to read this, and have not yet had the chance.
Think of this as a literary Blu-ray boxed set. The novel ends around the 50% mark but the e-book version is chock full of extras. (The more expensive print version contains only the novel.) In addition to the novel, you get a short story collaboration from Konrath and each member of the writing team. I'm not a short story person but enjoyed each of these. "The Sound of Blunder" by Konrath and Wilson is one of the funniest stories I've read. There are also novel samples from each of the contributors. (I'd already read these novels--thumbs up for all.)
For writers, especially those working on collaborations, the bonus material alone is worth the price. Konrath includes e-mail exchanges from the team during the planning stages of the novel and later, a post-mortem e-mail forum on the completed project, including deleted scenes.