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The Jewel of Seven Stars

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Commonly believed to be Bram Stoker's most successful novel after 'Dracula', this story takes up the themes of immortality through supernatural and horrific means, and examines afresh the then current vogue of Egyptology.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 2008 by Penguin (first published 1903)
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Apr 16, 2013 Cornelia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has two endings. When originally published in 1903 and in second publishing in 1904 it had an ending that was critics at the time as being too gruesome so when Stoker published it again,shortly before his death in 1912, he was forced by the publisher to add a new ending. I read this at Project Gutenberg which had the changed ending but I was able to read the original ending also at - you can read it free ...more
May 02, 2012 Marvin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Yes, I know Bram Stoker is a god among the horror writers. Dracula is deservedly a classic if only for its vast influence. The Jewel of Seven Stars is considered the first modern mummy novel just as Dracula set the stage for every vampire novel to follow.

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
لقائي الثالث مع برام ستوكر ..من الجميل ان نقابله بعيدا عن مصاص الدماء الخبيث الشهير..كان من الاجمل التعرف على الجو المصري القديم بعيون ستوكر..و ان أفسده علينا بعنصريته البريطانية البغيضة. .الأسلوب مناسب لقصة رعب تقليدية ..جو لعنات الفراعنة المعهود ..وفكرة النهايتين تبدو لارضاء جميع الاطراف
Malcolm Ross es requerido con urgencia una noche para que acuda a casa de Margaret Trelawny. Al llegar, se le comunicará que el padre de ésta, coleccionista y arqueólogo, ha sido agredido y permanece inconsciente. Alrededor del enfermo se irán reuniendo un grupo de personas: además de Malcolm y Margaret, también están el doctor Winchester, el sargento Daw, y el servicio de la casa. Todos ellos, en una carta del arqueólogo, tienen instrucciones de vigilarle constantemente. Un misterio se cierne s ...more
May 10, 2016 Sam rated it it was amazing
This is another classic Victorian Gothic tale from one of my favourite writers of the time and embraces everything I love about Stoker's style, characters and flare for story-telling. And as an added bonus it throws in a load of Egyptian mythology, the fascination of which I gladly share with the Victorians. The story follows Margaret Trelawney and Malcolm Ross as they try to unravel the mystery of what has happened to her father while they try to protect him from further harm by a mysterious pr ...more
Pranta Ghosh Dastider
বইটির কাহিনী শুরু হয় এক ভদরলোককে নিয়ে। লোকটার মেয়ের সাথে গলপের নায়কের খাতির। মেয়েটাকে ভালোবাসে ও। মেয়েটাও ওর পরতি সমভবত দুরবল, কিনতু নিশচিত হতে পারে না নায়ক! যাকগে। ভদরলোক অজঞান হয়ে আছেন। তার চারপাশে অদভুত সব ঘটনা ঘটছে। অজঞান হবার আগে মেয়ের জনয চিঠি লিখে রেখে গেছেন। যেন কোনও অবসথাতেই তাকে নিজের ঘর থেকে সরানো না হয়। এমনকী তার ঘরের কোনও জিনিশও যেন সরানো না হয়। অদভুত এই আদেশ পালন করতে বযতিবযসত হয়ে উঠল সবাই। এঁকে এঁকে ঘটে চলল আরও ঘটনা, যোগ হল আরও লোক। এগিয়ে চলল কাহিনী।

গলপটা শুরুর থেকেই আকরষণীয়। তবে
Perry Whitford
Sep 24, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it did not like it
Ever wondered why Bram Stoker is only ever remembered for Dracula?

Wonder no more. Read The Jewel of the Seven Stars and it will become abundantly clear just why. Better still, don't read it, just take my word for it, this is a wretchedly awful novel.

A renowned Egyptologist is found by his daughter after being attacked in his room and placed in a cataleptic state seemingly induced by - I kid you not - 'mummy smell'.

His room is crowded with ancient artifacts from the tomb of a sorcerer queen named
Karen Witzler
A very long time ago...
Justin Howe
Decent Victorian-era horror novel where people sit around and talk a lot. Also, this novel reinforces my general belief that all Victorian men were not only perverted weirdos but hypocrites about it, too.
Nov 20, 2015 Vasileios rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-greek

Τον Μπραμ Στόουκερ τον γνωρίζουμε όλοι (είτε είμαστε φανατικοί αναγνώστες ή μη) για τον δημοφιλή Δράκουλα που μεταφέρθηκε και στη μεγάλη οθόνη με εξαιρετική επιτυχία. Στο πετράδι των επτά αστεριών (εκδόσεις Αίολος, 2015) συναντούμε ένα βιβλίο γεμάτο μυστήριο, με φόντο την Αρχαία Αίγυπτο, μια βασίλισσα και ένα φυλαχτό.

Το βιβλίο κυκλοφόρησε πρόσφατα από τις εκδόσεις Αίολος, είναι ένα μείγμα φαντασίας της Βικτωριανής Αγγλίας με την αρχαία Αίγυπτο. Μπλέκει περ
Jul 11, 2014 Priya rated it liked it
I was very curious to read another book by Bram Stoker, needless to say, I love Dracula. The Jewel of Seven Stars is a curious intriguing book. But it suffers from the pesky The Casual Vacancy syndrome, and is underrated, because, well - it's not Dracula.

Of course it isn't Dracula, but you can see it's the same writer. The switching of perspectives is smooth, we slip easily into two long stories - one by an old explorer when he first unearthed Queen Tera's tomb and the other by Mr. Trelawney's f
Sachiko Ishikawa
My first Bram Stoker novel was, as most people's, "Dracula". For some reason, I have always loved Victorian Horror books, even the clichéd ones. I never minded having a weak female character, even though I consider myself to be a feminist (as in, I believe in equality, not superiority); and I kind of enjoyed the stereotyped male character who is dragged unfortunately in a dire situation, the clever yet lonely doctor, the rough and focused law-enforcement officer, and finally the wise elder man. ...more
The Jewel of Seven Stars is one of a dozen lesser known works of the late Bram Stoker, who is primarily known for his Gothic horror tale, Dracula.

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
Dannii Elle
Not a bad read by any stretch of the imagination but I think my absolute adoration for Dracula led to some disappointment whilst reading this book. A good book, but, for me, it is just not on par with his other great Classic novel.
Rumana Nasrin
বরাম সটোকার কম হেনরী রাইডার হযাগারড বেশী লেগেছে! বেশ ছোট বেলায় এরকম কাহিনীরই একটা বই পড়েছিলাম আমি, "অভিশপত মমি" বা এর কাছাকাছি নামের। যেখানে ছেলেটার নাম রবারট ছিলো সমভবত! বিশেষ কিছু মনে নেই তবে এটার অনুবাদ না হলেও রুপানতর ছিলো হয়তো! ...more
So... yeah. I read Dracula recently and was very impressed. I enjoyed the first person narrative and started looking for other books by Stoker. I am not a horror buff in the least. In fact, I will change the channel, leave the room,leave the theatre just because I don't find scaring myself that entertaining. Oh, the masochistic masses. Anyway, I did enjoy The Mummy popcorn flick and figured, why not see if this book was anything like the movie...

I wasted days on this book. days. DAYS. I cringe a
1st, let's get this misunderstanding out of the way that Bram Stoker invented the Mummy story ("the curse of the Egyptian mummy formula which it introduced" - Keith Deutsch's afterward in the edition I have; "He did invent the Mummy story, and this is the book that started it." - a quote from another Goodreads review). Theophile Gautier, a French author who died in 1872 (long before "The Jewel of Seven Stars" was written & published) wrote "One of Cleopatra's Nights", "The Evil Eye", &, ...more
Jun 11, 2009 Maren rated it liked it
The Jewel of Seven Stars is a flawed yet compelling book by Stoker. I have found stoker creates interesting female characters, especially for the era in which he lived. They are often educated brave and profoundly forward thinking and at other times (or in other characters) in need of saving.

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
Eyad Darwish
Mar 02, 2016 Eyad Darwish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
برام ستوكر الأسطورة this novel had two ends stoker's real end is almost perfect
Apr 24, 2011 C.L. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are two endings to this book and I have problems with both of them. The unhappy ending, I have no idea what happened. Although I do like the last line of the end. Creepy and sad. The happy ending isn't much better. Doesn't jive with the rest of the book. Too bad. I liked most of the book itself the endings were just strange, and not in a good way. But Dracula was the same way. I mean he died from a guy sticking a knife in his heart? What about the wooden stake? Maybe Mr. Stoker just couldn ...more
May 13, 2015 Neil rated it liked it

Reminded me of watching a Hammer Horror film when i was ten. The Introduction is good though.
Apr 20, 2015 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A pretty tedious book, by and large, beset by ponderous post-Victorian sentimentality and great gobbets of exposition. Stoker had read a lot about Egyptology (and radium, and light, and meteorites, and...), so he decided to share it all with us. Sometimes the narrative spreads its wings, but it's only in the final chapter than anything very exciting occurs in 'real time'. Before that the only interesting parts of the novel occur in flashback, so to speak. Stoker was not a great wordsmith and his ...more
Grace Harwood
I read the free Kindle edition of this which is the 1912 edition where the ending may (or may not!) have been written by Stoker. As a result, it's not as good as the original version which descends into absolute chaos and is utterly inconclusive except that nearly everyone is dead.

The story starts with a dream sequence whereby our narrator and hero, Malcolm Ross, Barrister, dreams of the lady he has recently fallen in love with at a boating party. That lady is Margaret Trelawney and as he wakes
Feb 10, 2014 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has two versions. The version I own, what I call the children's version, lacks one chapter of and includes a different ending than the other, original, version. At the suggestion of someone in the Classics group, I searched for the original online and quickly found it. So now, having read the story as it was intended to be read, I am able to review this book.

One other note: The difference between the two versions is striking. One is a romance of far-away places and supernatural wonder,
Apr 22, 2008 Beav rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. What a bore. A shitty plot, and boring love story interwoven. I actually only finished this book so i could dissect it and shred it here. Yes, i know, i have no life. But now that i've read it, it still sucks, but i don't even want to write or think about it anymore. do read dracula tho because that was actually good, i know nothing of his other works, but after this one i'm a bit leery to explore any more during this life, so we'll what happens in the next.
Feb 06, 2008 Xarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
I was kind of disappointed after finishing this book. I'm not really sure what I expected, but it didn't really meet that "goal." Though, overall, I did enjoy the story!

I guess I had a hard time with the Egyptian aspect of the tale. Since I've done some research on ancient Egypt, I caught myself catching things in the book and telling myself that it wasn't correct - which probably isn't the best way to read a book. Oh well, that's my own fault!
Roomey Rahman
Sep 14, 2015 Roomey Rahman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
পূরণিমার চাঁদ তার রুপ দিয়ে যেমন অবিশবাসয রোমানটিক পরিবেশ সৃষটি করতে পারে তেমনি গা শিউরে দেয়া ভৌতিক পরিবেশ সৃষটিও তার জনয অসমভব নয়। পরিবেশ নিরভর করে গলপ কথকের উপর।
রকতপিশাচদের নিয়ে অমর সাহিতয সৃষটি "ডরাকুলা" থেকে শুরু করে আধুনিক মমি উপনযাসের জনক বরাম সটোকারের আরেক অনবদয সৃষটি "দা জুয়েল অফ সেভেন সটারস"। রহসযে ভরা এই উপনযাসটি বিবেচিত হয় পরথম আধুনিক মমি সাহিতয হিসেবে। উপনযাসের পরতি পরতে পরতে ছিল রহসয। এমনকি উপনযাস শেষ হওয়ার পরও রহসয পিছু ছাড়ে নি। এই উপনযাসের টি সমাপতি আছে। উপনযাসটি পরথম পরকাশিত হয়
Dec 28, 2013 Charles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A definite meh. Depending on which version of the end you read it's either saccharine and insulting or tragic and open ended. The latter ending is the original. It's far better, but nothing can make up for 300 pages of exposition followed by 5 or so pages of plot.
Jun 08, 2013 Deanne rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Get the sense that Stoker could have done so much more with this than he did, feel like I could write, 'Could try harder' on his school report. Not Dracula, but there is a good idea there, but it feels as though he got bored or fed up and just wanted it over with.
The build up takes a while, and then in about 10 pages it's over.
Mar 03, 2010 Chris rated it it was ok
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He was born Abraham Stoker in 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent – then as now called "The Crescent" – in Fairview, a coastal suburb of Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham Stoker and the feminist Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornely. Stoker was the third of seven children. Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Clontarf Church of Ireland parish and attended the parish church (St. John the Baptist lo ...more
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