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Fangland Paperback – January 29, 2008
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Starred Review. Former 60 Minutes producer Marks (The Wall) puts his experience on the legendary TV news magazine to good use in this highly inventive reimagining of Bram Stoker's Dracula. His naïve protagonist, Evangeline Harker, a young producer for the TV news show The Hour, reluctantly accepts an assignment into the wilds of Romania to explore doing a segment on a legendary criminal figure, Ion Torgu. Evangeline soon finds herself at the very outskirts of civilization, and after hearing a missionary's account of a supernatural plague that affected a whole community in Africa, she's accosted by Torgu himself, doing an excellent impersonation of the vampire count. Her subsequent imprisonment in a deserted hotel also parallels Stoker's tale, but Marks manages to make the familiar fresh, so that even devotees of the original will find themselves rapidly turning pages and being drawn into Evangeline's fate and the stories of her friends and colleagues at The Hour. (Jan.)
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Professional and personal aspirations collide when Evangeline, an ambitious associate producer of The Hour ("the most successful news show in American television history") accepts Robert's wedding proposal just before jetting off on an assignment she would rather dodge. Her uber-producer dismisses her protestations, so it's off to Transylvania to evaluate a possible story on Romanian reputed crime lord Ion Torgu. Marks' sense of place (a horse and wagon in front of a Coke sign symbolizes the transition from communism) and tone-setting emphasis on blood and bloodlines kick in early as Evangeline mulls over blending her Italian Irish heritage and Robert's mix of Creek Indian and the U.S. marshals who fought them, a union represented for her by the engagement ring she insists on wearing to meet the small, pale Torgu, who proves a kind of terrorist, and who infects her "like a virus" when she is abducted. She resurfaces months later, recuperating in Transylvania and recalling nothing. A scary twenty-first-century take on the stuff of Dracula, worthy of its rightful place among others. Whitney Scott
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Evangeline Harker, producer for a popular news show, The Hour, is sent to Transylvania to investigate a renowned crime boss, Torgu. She discovers that Torgu is not who... or what... he seems, and she is in grave danger. Back home in New York, months have gone by with no word from Evangeline who has mysteriously disappeared. Then she shows up, wandering in Transylvania with total memory loss. Once she returns, very strange things start happening at the office of The Hour, including strange sounds on their recordings, the appearance of large mysterious crates at the office, and very odd and frightening behavior from several of the employees. Evangeline, though frightened, knows that the dangerous Torgu must be involved, and that he's in New York. This has been hailed as a modern retelling of Dracula.
Okay... how to begin. Well, this story was quite disorienting for me... not from fear though, like is intended, but from total confusion. This book was a bit of a jumbled, dragging mess and very strange, though not in a good way, because believe me, I LOVE strange and different novels, just not this one. The characters were not well drawn out, and I felt no connection to, or understanding of, any of them. So much happened in this story, and much of it made no sense and left me with a feeling of "wtf?!", such as Evangeline's strange striptease/seduction of Torgu in order to save her life in a moment of danger which made him run off for some unknown reason. The vampires didn't really seem like typical vampires, more like some random combination of vampire/monster/creature of some sort. Anyways, this book was really quite slow and took me far too long to read, as I never really wanted to read more than a few pages at a time. Much as this book didn't capture my attention, and confused the heck out of me, I did want to know the ending. I do give the author props for stepping out of the norm, and shooting for something different; it just didn't work for me, and mostly left me with a feeling of "hmm?!"