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Hotel Transylvania (Saint-Germain #1)

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France 1743 (Sun King era). Le Comte de Saint-Germain - cultured, well-traveled, articulate, elegant, learned, honorable, an alchemist, and a man of many secrets - he is a mystery to the court of Louis XV. For Madelaine de Montalia, making her debut in society, he is as fascinating as he is enigmatic, an admiration he returns. But others are interested in her as well. The ...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published January 2nd 1979 by Signet (first published 1978)
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DeAnna Knippling
I wanted to like this, but no. For a book with a sympathetic vampire,character (which I generally find lame), the idea wasn't bad: a vampire who could use a crucifix against his enemies.

The pacing I found too slow and the characters too similar--everyone melodramatic and vain, in complete denial of the Satanists among them, who themselves were ignorant of vampirism. I had trouble caring about various characters who were too stupid to live, and it seemed as though many elements of the plot were n
Jamie Collins
This is the first book about the ancient, noble, lonely vampire Saint-Germain, but I'm glad it wasn't the first one I read because I might not have have continued with the series. It's not terrible, but the two later books I've already read were better than this one.

For one thing, the plot is Saint-Germain vs. Satan worshippers in 18th century France, and I just don't buy the motivation of Satan worshippers. Why would a bunch of French nobleman spend their time horrifically sacrificing virgins?
Jun 16, 2011 Brandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
Si no estoy mal informada, este es el primer libro de Chelsea Quinn Yarbro que llega a España. Le ha costado, puesto que está escrito en 1978, aunque tengo que reconocer que el paso del tiempo no le ha afectado. Alucinada me quedé cuando buscando información sobre la novela y sus continuaciones vi que la serie constaba de nada menos que de 23 libros, más otros dedicados a algunos de los personajes que van apareciendo, por ejemplo, Madelaine es protagonista de dos títulos de una serie anexa a la ...more
Dec 10, 2008 Ladiibbug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction / Hist. Vampire Fans
Actual Publication Date: 1978

#1 Count St. Germain Historical Vampire series

A truly memorable read from 2000 - one of my favorite books.

Count St. Germain is a very old vampire, a good vampire. Hotel Transylvania was a stunning eye opener for me in terms of how truly & deeply satisfying a detailed historical book can be.

I've read several more since HT (MUST find Path of the Eclipse in my TBR!). CQY is a master at meticulously detailing the history of the various time periods. In each book, St.
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well...I had heard about Chelsea Quinn Yarbo for many, many moons. I found this one (and the next) at a used book store and jumped on it. it had been spoken of very highly. sorry everyone, but I'll stick with the beloved Mrs. Rice. St. Germain sure makes a big fuss about his clothes! I know this was published a long time ago and it probably was new then but I felt like I'd read/seen this all before. i'll read the next one then we'll see...
Ryan Patrick
Nov 05, 2011 Mervi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The first book in a historical fantasy series about the very old vampire who is currently called the Comte de Saint-Germaine. The first book is set in the year 1745 and in Paris.

Comte de Saint-Germaine is a mysterious man who has recently taken his place among the Parisian nobles. Some think that he’s a fraud but others, particularly the women, are charmed. He seems to be interested in them as people, and not just to get (sexual) favors, and he keeps the confidences he’s told.

In a sense, those t
Nov 11, 2011 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning I did not like it at all; the writing-skills were indifferent, the story itself was not intriguing nor interesting, the characters were quite vain. The reason why I read a lot of vampire books is that besides being a fascinating myth; I really enjoy reading the different kinds of perspectives on vampire-ism. The book by Yarbro, actually, contains a separate segment at the end of the book about the different aspects of vampire-ism depending on culture and religion, which is exact ...more
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Jul 09, 2016 Timmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the historical fiction of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, comes the first of her St. Germain vampire series, in all it's Gothic and well paced storytelling. It centers around the true-life mysterious Germain that actually lived, but Yarbro delves into a "what-if" tale of vampire fiction that has ample bite. Any fan of the coffin dwellers should welcome this work, and appreciate how well researched and written this book is, and understand that she has been copied by lesser authors since the publication ...more
Dec 24, 2014 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb Vampire Series

Saint Germaine returns to France and reclaims his former residence, the Hotel Transylvania. This is book one in what looks like a superb vampire series and I am looking forward to reading the rest. The historical research and the style of writing are most faithful to the period of Louis xv and the action takes place in 1743. The characters display the thoughts and sentiments of this period, and the romance is done likewise. I loved the descriptions of the clothes and the ver
Alexis Drake
Nov 09, 2015 Alexis Drake rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-ci-siamo, vampiri
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I thought this one was pretty good. Saint Germain manages to teeter the line between being a fleshed out character and an emo Ann Rice vampire. I liked that the enemies were Satanists--it contrasted nicely with the perception of vampires as evil. If you don't go into this expecting high art, you'll be pleased by a fun story. The writing is choppy at times, POV leaps from one character to the next, but nothing that compromises the fun of the book.

I have to say, though, and this doesn't impact my
May 10, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had written down the title of a book, and when I looked it up I discovered it was part of a series. Further research led me to the author's website, where I discovered there are over 20 books in the Saint-Germain series, each taking place in a historical time period or setting that I would enjoy reading. Being the nerd I am, I had to start at the beginning, and Hotel Transylvania is the first book in the series.

This story takes place in the fall of 1743 in Paris, France. All of the characters
Jun 13, 2012 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

I just finished this book and am only going to put a few quick things down for now while I let my thoughts simmer a bit. I enjoyed this book but it was not as enthralling as I had hoped. I was a bit disappointed that the lore for these vampires completely sublimates lust into the bite, in fact it's not even the bite but the act of sharing the blood. The author's prose tries to elevate the experience to a spiritual event but instead calls attention to the lack of candor used in its desc
Comte Saint Germain is an elegant,charismatic and mysterious foreigner, in mid-18th century Paris.Saint Germain is one of the million names he has acquired throughout his existence, which basically counts back to the beginning of time.He is, of course, a vampire.However, he's unlike any vampire I have ever read.What came as a complete surprise to me, is his character.He is good.He is THE hero.He is there to save the damsel in distress because he feels it's his obligation, as a noble and gallant ...more
Jun 26, 2009 Bondama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Out of all the current rage in "vampire" books, This is truly leagues above the crowd. Ms. Yarbro's books are always meticulously researched. The Comte St. Germain WAS an actual historical personage. She takes this person, around whom many, many stories circulated, and turns him into a vampire (albeit an extremely courteous one!)

Her books started out as epistolary novels, but have over time come to evolve into more. The Comte and his faithful ghoul, Roger, travel extensively throughout the world
David Anderson
Jun 24, 2015 David Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been meaning to check out this series for some time and finally got around to it. As a young man I read this collection of Yarbro's short stories, Cautionary Tales, and loved it (as creepy as some the best Harlan Ellison stories). While quite different from that book, this was well worth the effort and wish I'd read it sooner. I liked it better Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, which was solid but I was not really tempted to read any more Anne Rice. I feel quite different about this. ...more
Eric Ruark
May 08, 2014 Eric Ruark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
Before there was Anne Rice... before there was Stephanie Meyer... there was Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and her Saint-Germain series. She is a grand master of horror. Read the entire series and you will marvel at the scope of her imagination. I can't praise her enough. I had a chance to meet her once at a Mystery Writers meeting out in San Francisco back in the 1970s. She was our guest speaker and displayed a wealth of knowledge that makes her books so enjoyable. To be brutally honest, no one comes clo ...more
Oct 18, 2015 Sofie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3,5 stars. G
Charles Daniel
Nov 09, 2015 Charles Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Short, Seductive, Sensual Vampire Who Isn't A Sparkling Dog.

This book predates the travesty of "sparkling vampires," so it's probably unfair to compare it to the more modern vampire fiction, but I don't get as many opportunities to trash the "Twilight" novels as much as they deserve, so I'm manufacturing one. Unlike "Twilight" this is a good novel. The protagonist is an intelligent, caring, "human" and humane man who is as aware of his weaknesses as he is of his strengths. He plans ways to of
Renee Babcock
Nov 21, 2015 Renee Babcock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different take on a vampire novel set in mid 18th c. Paris among the nobility.
Vaguely disappointing in that I was recommended this book on the basis of its vampiric elements, of which there are few. However, as I read it, I found that was best; the hints of vampiric action enticed me to read an amazing historical fiction novel I would not have otherwise picked up, not being interested in this particular time period.
Oct 28, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are curious about the myth, but who don't care about the text.
Recommended to Sarah by: Nobody
L'histoire de ce roman est complètement invraisemblable, et cela n'a rien à voir avec le fait qu'un des protagonistes soit un vampire. Les clichés s'enchaînent les uns à la suite des autres. On a, d'un côté, les méchants sorciers satanistes qui prennent plaisir à sacrifier des jeunes vierges et à s'adonner à toutes sortes de perversions (selon le narrateur) lors de messes noires. De l'autre, on a le mystérieux vampire qui, dans le fond, est gentil et qui s'amourache de la prochaine victime de la ...more
I've read other Saint-Germain books and loved them, but I'm glad this wasn't the first one I read, even though it was the first written. Clearly CQY was still developing her skills as a writer. I swear, if CQY and GRRM ever had a child who wrote a book, it would be 100% descriptions of clothing and heraldry. I love the historical details, but man did she go overboard in this book.

This is the first book with Madeline I've read, and I really didn't find her an intresting character, nor could I rea
Nov 13, 2015 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it. Very different from your typical vampire novel. Strong narrative and interesting characters. Will probably read the next one in the series.
Matteo Pellegrini

Parigi, 1743. Nobiluomo, avventuriero, spia, alchimista, il Conte di Saint-Germain è tutto questo ed anche qualcosa di più... una creatura della notte, un non-morto, un vampiro! Ma quando la giovane Madelaine de Montalia si trasferisce a Parigi per rifinire la propria educazione, viene insidiata da mali ben peggiori e sarà proprio Saint-Germain ad ergersi a suo protettore, affrontando un'arcana cospirazione ordita da poteri infernali. Combinando l'erotismo tenebroso del Vampiro con il fascino de

Jun 29, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having grown up in the country, young Madelaine de Montalia arrives in 18th-century Paris to be introduced to society while living in her aunt's opulent household. She is immediately whisked from event to lavish event, all the while catching the attentions of numerous eligible men, including some with potentially sinister intentions. She finds she is inexplicably drawn to the charming, kind Comte de Saint Germain, who seems vastly different in some way from all of the others.

I'd never heard of t
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(As posted on my blog, see "Book Blog" dated July 8, 2011)

In this novel, Yarbro has taken a historical person, Count of Saint Germain, and written him as a heroic vampire. Hôtel Transylvania is also a real place. As Yarbro writes in her notes at the end of the novel, "Built in the reign of Loius XIII, Hôtel Transylvania stands today at 9 Quai Malaquais in le Faubourg Saint-Germain. Its name was taken from Prinz Franz Leopold Ragoczy, who stayed there from 1713 to 1717, due in part to his role in
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A professional writer for more than forty years, Yarbro has sold over eighty books, more than seventy works of short fiction, and more than three dozen essays, introductions, and reviews. She also composes serious music. Her first professional writing - in 1961-1962 - was as a playwright for a now long-defunct children's theater company. By the mid-60s she had switched to writing stories and hasn' ...more
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