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Preview — Hotel Transylvania by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Hotel Transylvania (Saint-Germain #1)
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 ...more
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? ...more
#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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I have to say, though, and this doesn't impact my ...more
This story takes place in the fall of 1743 in Paris, France. All of the characters ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is the first book with Madeline I've read, and I really didn't find her an intresting character, nor could I rea ...more
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...more
I'd never heard of t ...more
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 ...more