The Jewel of Seven Stars
The fabled Jewel ofSeven Stars has been stolen and the ancient Egyptian queen Tera has risen from her tomb to take it back at any cost! The author of Dracula wrote this enthralling novel of a mummy's curse, a spellbinding blend of Eastern lore and classic horror fiction....more
*** warning, there be spoilers! ***
what intrigued me and motivated me to read this was the fact that stoker had to change the ending and removed one chapter from the book when it was republished in 1912 because the original ending was too gruesome. so i read both endings to make a comparison, but we'll get back to that later.
the character's in the book are stereotypical victorians. they are so one dimensional that the reader will find it difficult,...more
I wasted days on this book. days. DAYS. I cringe a...more
The Jewel of Seven Stars is a story about Mr.Trelawney (which reminded me of Sybil Trelawney from Harry Potter and I wonder if it is confidence or if J.L. Rowling used the name intentionally) who is an Egyptian enthusiastic who basically curses himself and everyone around him by bringing Queen Tera's mummy and possessions into his home. The book mostly revolves aro...more
The 1912 review is my original post; the 1903 is what made me alter my review from 2 to 4 stars.
1912: Purely reeks of gasbag dialogue. This is a decent first draft -- but someone needed to EDIT THIS SHIT DOWN. It's too draw...more
I could not, however, like this book. I was enjoying it for the first few chapters. It was your standard Victorian horror, people sitting around talking and yet there was some evil lurking in the peripherals, and it intrigued me. But then nothing happened. At all. The evil never presented itself, it just kept lu...more
The plot involves a man in a mysterious trance after a mysterious attack all of which seems to be linked to the Egyptian artifacts he has spent his life studying. As in Dracula, Stoker is interested in the...more
Para quem ainda não tenha percebido eu adoro história e os meus livros preferidos são os que envolvem a mesma. Romances históricos, policiais históricos, terror histórico! E sendo Bram Stoker o autor de "Dracula" contribuiu largamente para a minha vontade em ler este livro.
"A Jóia das Sete Estrelas" é um livro que nos leva a viajar até ao Egipto e que no...more
Like Dracula, The Jewel of Seven Stars also has an occult theme, though it is much shorter and is not an episolary novel. Furthermore, it deals with mummies and not vampires.
Offering almost no action, this book is very heavy on dialogue, much of which deals with ancient Egyptian mythology and symbology. Add to this the style of writing and it is not t...more
I seriously had a hard time putting this one down to do other things. Great stuff.
(I notice that other reviewers keep comparing this to old horror movies. But this book was published before those movies were made, and the horror, like Poe's, is psychologic...more
I liked this book, and would recommend it to anyone. This...more
But I gotta say it.
Bram Stoker can't write worth beans.
I find the dialogue in this novel especially excruciating; stiff and sometimes unintentionally hilarious. The plot drags like a corpse in a body bag and the characterizations are cardboard a...more
Not my usual werewolf/vampire/witch type but a good read. If you like and old set story and are after a good mystery with...more
However, it's every bit as entertaining and dramatic a read.
The narrator is summoned by a young woman in distress, a recent acquaintance of his whom he is quite taken with. H...more
The story was very detailed, there was even unnecessary details in my opinion. And the love scenes or parts or whatever was hugely ridiculous! I actually laughed at them.
Especially when Margare...more
Er fällt ins Koma. Einzige Hinweise auf das was geschehen sein könnte sind Kratzspuren einer Katze an seinem Handgelenk, aber das kann auch die Hauskatze gewesen sein und auch einige weitere Ungereimtheiten deuten auf etwas anderes als einen Unfall. Vor allem ein Brief des Archäologen, in welchem er diesen Zustand...more
Everything was going great until almost halfway through, when I found myself wishing that the mummy would suddenly spring to life or someone would get possessed. This is classic Victorian horror- not as quite as captivating as Dracula or Frankenstein- but if you can stick with it through to the last few chapters you will be...more
The mystery was interesting as well, and even though here and there I found the pacing a bit too slow or a bit of an interlude that went on for too long. Thoroughly enjoyable for me were the bits and pieces about Egyptian lore and culture, though I have not the slightest idea if any of it is true. It was presented as genuine and felt genuine, which is all I need while immersing in a story.
I am very glad to have decided to re...more
Extra star for general bizarreness and as recognition to the original 1903 version, which had an additional, philosophical chapter ("Powers Old and New") and a much better ending. Too bad Stoker was forced to rewrite it due to negative reactions to its pessimism and gore. Avoid the 1912 version and stick to the original one if you're going to read this!
There's a delicious little murder mystery, gorgeously vivid images, and all kinds of Victorian charm.
I was spurred to read this novel (which I did in one sitting, one dark, cool night in college) when I learned that Victorians were intrigued by all things Egyptian in America in those days, and Stoker tapped into that fascination beautifully. It's perfect for anybody who loves all things exotic.