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Una reportera de televisión desaparece en Rumanía en circunstancias confusas. La épica de Drácula adaptada al siglo XXI.

Evangeline Harper, productora de uno de los programas más vistos de la televisión norteamericana, es enviada a Rumanía para investigar la figura del legendario criminal Ion Torgu. Una vez allí, Evangeline acepta la invitación de Torgu para pasar unos día
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Hardcover, 507 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Roca (first published 2007)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Apr 13, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
See the shelves I placed this book on class? That's right I placed the book on the "read" shelf. It was on my currently reading shelf... So what does that mean?

This means that I'm finished with the book (believe me I'm REALLY finished with this book).

I've also placed the book on my horror shelf boys and girls. So that means that the book is a horror story.

In this case it also means that the book is a "horror" in other ways...like plot, characterization, pacing.

Do you understand those words child
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R.J.
Mar 12, 2008 R.J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While some of it was fun . .the Don Hewitt character yelling "the Network" at the time when consummate evil was overtaking the pseudo-60 Minutes television show. . it was a bit of a misfire. I didn't even really understand what Torgu was doing? was he the physical embodiment of eviL? And really the lead character doing a striptease is what undid him? I mean on one hand that is terribly funny as men do stare dumbly at naked girls but really, that's all she had to do? And what happened to her afte ...more
Jen
Feb 13, 2008 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment! The pacing left a lot to be desired, for all the suspense that Marks was trying to create, I left feeling like not much really happened. I get what he was trying to do with the different points of view and journal/email/first person formats, but there wasn't enough grounding in each point of view character to make me care about what they had to say. Also, some wildly inefficient use of language- I don't need two long sentences about a pashmina scarf to get that a character ...more
Wendell
I cannot honestly say that Fangland is the worst novel ever written, but I grant Marks the benefit of this doubt solely because I have not read every novel ever written. (In private, however, I maintain my suspicions.) The characters are foolish, inarticulate, pompous, and criminally overwritten (this is the only real horror the book contains), and the plot is so unnecessarily convoluted and fragmented that a reader can be forgiven for harboring the paranoid conviction that Marks is trying to dr ...more
karenbee
Jan 26, 2009 karenbee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a strange little book Fangland is. I was initially intrigued because Audrey Niffenegger had a blurb on the back, but quickly got caught up in the actual story once I started reading it.

Don't get me wrong, it does get off to a slow start, and is confusing at points in the beginning. As the story winds on, though, it's easy enough to figure out that you're supposed to be a bit confused, as it adds to the atmosphere.

The first half of Fangland reminds me of Dracula, as far as suspense goes. I w
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Clarice
Mar 22, 2015 Clarice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
This novel started out with so much promise. I really liked the fact that Marks was telling the story with emails, journals, newspaper clippings, etc. in the style of Bram Stoker. Unfortunately, it was soon apparent that EVERY character spoke in the EXACT same voice. Even worse, emails were so lengthy and written in such elegant prose that it was just unbelievable. And a personal journal that one of the characters was being FORCED to keep as a therapy tool by his psychiatrist, (again, written in ...more
Marsha
While moments in this book shine with artful displays of metaphor, adjectives and melodramatic scenes that just cry out for cinematic translation, somehow it fails to add up to a coherent or even enjoyable storyline.

The book is a swamp of deceit, misdirection and obfuscation. It’s even unclear just what kind of novel it is. Is it a horror novel about vampires? A ghost tale? A satire about the stress and backbiting in the broadcast industry? A cautionary tale about computer viruses that can atta
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Bryan Alexander
Dec 07, 2013 Bryan Alexander rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic
What a strange, ambitious, and frustrating book. Fangland is a retelling of Dracula in the present, with the twist of adding a tv news show as the novel's focal point.

The Dracula version is interesting for readers of Stoker's novel. The similarities are numerous. Fangland begins with a character named Harker who travels to Transylvania to connect with a mysterious, powerful man about a business deal, then things go awry. The villain travels to a powerful imperial city - here, New York - and begi
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Stephanie
Jun 18, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
1.5/5

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 sound
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Jennifer
Jul 25, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-vampires
Fangland was a very slow read. Usually when a book includes emails, journal entries, and other forms of communications, it helps to move the story along. While these inclusions brought other viewpoints into the story, they didn't do anything to actually liven up the story.

The main character, Evangeline, was all over the place. She was unreliable and unsympathetic. She wasn't the only one. None of the characters gave much of a reason for the reader to care about them at all.

Fangland's version of
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David
Aug 08, 2011 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is Dracula updated. Set in the present day, using current technology, it shows that your not safe from ancient evil even in the modern age. In the book, Evangeline Harker is a producer for the long running, New York-based, television show The Hour. She isn't happy that her current assignment is to go to Romania, and do background on a well known, but little seen, criminal, Ion Torgu. Part of the unhappiness is that she just got engaged. The other part is that she is an associate produc ...more
Badseedgirl
Feb 20, 2016 Badseedgirl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not really care much for Fangland: A Novel by John Marks. I listened to the audio version performed by the author John Marks, Ellen Archer, and Simon Vance. The audio book is performed as best as can be with such weak tea.

This is supposed to be a “reimagining” of the classic Dracula story. I don’t mind over much an author updating a novel if it brings something new, but this novel was just boring. The characters were so random and inconsistent it was absolutely impossible for me to care a
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Nicole Roberts
Feb 15, 2012 Nicole Roberts rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book. I understand that the author was trying to give a new perspective on vampires, but honestly? A vampire that has been around for centuries and seen all different kinds of massacre and death, has to use a bucket for blood drinking? You would think he would've figured out something a bit more sophisticated than that. There are characters that are brought into the story that are never explained or expanded upon. Can someone please tell what was with the Greek brothers that Torgu h ...more
Miriam
Aug 25, 2008 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tv producers and disaster junkies
Shelves: fantasy
I was expecting a far more light-hearted story here. The title, cover image, and plot line which sounded like a modernization of Dracula reset in a NYC production studio (heroine even surnamed Harker!) led me to expect a cute and perhaps somewhat humorous, fairly traditional vampire story. This is not that. If you want that, don't read this because this is a morbid, dark, rather gruesome exploration of the human potential for violence and destruction and the relationship of life and death. Which ...more
Raven Carluk
I've been wondering why this book is getting a movie.

It was sent to me by someone telling me it was really good, and I had to read it. So I struggled through the lame story, and the lack of explanations about what was really happening, to a very disappointing end.

And then she told me she didn't like it either, and was hoping maybe I'd "get it", and could help her understand.

Instead, this was an unrewarding book, with a stupid take on a classic book. No horror, no reasons for the activities or ch
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Kimberly
Sep 23, 2008 Kimberly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Kimberly by: saw it in Book Page
Really stupid book. The first section of the book, Evangeline's description of her trip to Romania and the creepy hotel where Torgu takes her, is really good. It was totally scary. The whole build up with the Greek brothers and that crazy elevator-contraption was incredible. But then the book just tanks. I actually didn't mind so much the behind-the-scenes descriptions of the news show; it was the characters that killed this book. With the exceptions of Austen Trotta and Julia Barnes, the charac ...more
Hitzuji
Oct 30, 2015 Hitzuji rated it it was ok
Sufrí la segunda mitad, lo terminé sólo para no dejarlo a medias.

Se supone que es una adaptación moderna de Drácula, pero se me hizo malísimo e inecesariamente largo.
Mary
Jul 27, 2014 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The premise: a modern re-writing of Dracula. And it’s immediately clear this isn’t like the current batch of vampire novels. So far so good. As soon as our “heroine” Evangeline Harker arrives in Romania and heads to Transylvania, it takes on the flavor of a David Lynch film—specifically, Lost Highway. (It’s been a long while since I’ve seen it, and I’m not a film aficionado, but I think it’s an apt comparison.)

Anyway, this carries the reader along for a fair bit. At the same time, like Lost High
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Monique
May 01, 2014 Monique rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sigh I DID NOT want to give this book one-star seriously! I found this book on a shelf and was intrigued by the cover and the blurb and picked it up review unread and decided to try it because hey that's just me :) and after reading a few others and blah blah I picked it up and then read more about it and was astounded by the low ratings, everyone rated it badly on here and Amazon but there were bright ones too so I was conflicted and even more intrigued to read it and find out what I thought..a ...more
Laura Roberts
Apr 14, 2009 Laura Roberts rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very painful to read. I stuck with it because it had its hopeful moments but over all I was terribly disappointed and was never so happy to have a book end in my entire life.
Pachy Tarari
May 28, 2015 Pachy Tarari rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Este libro es una versión actualizada del Drácula de Bram Stocker, pero con una nueva visión del vampirismo, con ataque psicológico incluído. La verdad es que la historia pierde todo su interés en el trasvase. El protagonista que va a casa del vampiro es en este caso una mujer y americana, no inglesa, y todo el libro está lleno de referencias al 11-S, que a mi modo de ver sobran.
Se toman los pequeños detalles del libro de Stocker (el apellido de la protagonista, el viaje hasta los Cárpatos, la p
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Dimmy-jimmy
Jul 18, 2011 Dimmy-jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
awesome book, i loved the story in europe but,when it moved to america it really became boring and tedious.
Ashley
I've owned this book since about 2008/2009; got it from a clearance sale at my local B.A.M. for about $1.... for a hardback. That should have been enough warning for me.

In the 6-7 years that I have owned this book, I've lugged it to about 4 states and attempted to read it around 3 times. Today, I was perusing my bookcase for something to read and stopped on this...again. I pulled it off and skimmed back through the first couple of chapters up to where I had left a random "bookmark" (aka.. whatev
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Scotty Sarafian
This book is horrendous. A real let down. First off, I found this book via recommendation from a vampire literature blog. A modern retelling of Dracula? All about that. I incorporated it into my college independent study (also on vampire literature) per several online recommendations. My oh my. This book is a mess. It starts off well. Actually, the beginning is brilliant. Following Evangeline through Romania--that whole part is well done. Suddenly, it switches back to NYC and the book goes to he ...more
Suzanne Moore
This book is a 21st century take on Dracula. The main character is Evangeline Harker, correspondent for The Hour .. a TV news show. She is on assignment in Romania to interview an underground crime boss who we discover to be "immortal" and very evil. Along the way she picks up Clemmie, a pretty girl looking for a ride. This part of the story had my interest, and it wasn't until pages later, when I began to suspect Evangeline had a hand in Clemmie's demise. Resembling characteristics of a vampire ...more
Sonia
Jan 23, 2010 Sonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have
I'm a bit conflicted about how much I liked and/or disliked this book. I was definitely interested in finding out what would happen, but there were a lot of things I didn't like about this book.

I didn't like that the very beginning seemed a modern update to Stoker's Dracula. The meeting between Evangeline, coincidentally also surnamed Harker, and Torgu was too much like that of Jonathan Harker and the Count. I didn't really understand what eventual relevance the whole induction of Clemmie Spence
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Thomas Edmund
With more than a few nods to Bram Stoker Fangland introduced Evangeline Harker, a journalist working for 'The Hour' who travels to Transylvania to interview a rumored crime boss (and finds more than rumors of crime once she arrives)

Initially Marks creates a strong story of suspense, and despite vampire tropes abound the first 'book' of the novel shows great promise.

Problem is things quickly go haywire - the prose of the action is clunky and odd, the 'seduction' of the vampire seemed as if Anita
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pinknantucket
It’s been a long time since I read any horror, because, you know, me and horror don’t get along so well, so I’m not sure if I’m correct here, but I think this book might, well, be sneaking over into the horror genre. There are no ice picks involved, or chainsaws or people being skinned or anything (not directly, anyway) and the book cover doesn’t make use of dripping blood; the horror it contains is more of an intellectual quality - the horror that has been inflicted on real persons throughout t ...more
Sam
Sep 17, 2012 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
While this is an inventive re-telling of Stoker's classic Dracula it lacked much of the original story's subtle creeping and tension building. The opening scenes of Evangeline Harker's experiences in Romania are chilling, right up to the point that she has to do a strip-tease to escape. I mean while it is extremely amusing that men cannot help but stare at a woman gyrating and removing her clothing, was this really the best that Marks could come up with? Surely there could've been something a li ...more
Anya
Dec 26, 2008 Anya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The editors press their buttons, scrubbing, cutting, recutting, the cacophony of their labor rising in bizarre noises from the dark back hallways, the blips, blurts, hisses, and jolts of sound that arise when the human voice gets ripped apart by machines, voices transformed from a conversation between two people into a series of mutilated moments that can be twisted, baked, and sauteed until the tension pops and the meaning fries."

This is a weird, disquieting book. The first 80 pages or so are
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