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Dracula, the Un-Dead

3.06 of 5 stars 3.06  ·  rating details  ·  2,891 ratings  ·  589 reviews
Based on Bram Stoker's own notes, this authorized sequel is written by a direct descendant of Stoker and a well-known Dracula historian. Fast-paced, full of suspense and rich with historical detail Dracula: The Un-Dead will captivate admirers of gothic literature.

Quincey Harker, son of Jonathan and Mina, having left his law studies for the stage, stumbles upon the troubled...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by HarperCollins; Smithsonian Books (first published 2009)
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Margaret
Is there a way to give negative stars?

Against my better judgement and despite my ingrained wariness of “sequels” to classic novels, I ill-advisedly started Dracula The Undead in the optimistic hope that the author’s relationship to Bram Stoker might have inspired him to actually write something more or less worthy, as opposed to just exploiting his illustrious family connection for some quick cash.

Guess how that turned out.

This acorn has fallen so far from the tree that it can’t even see the f...more
Cathrine Bonham
Sep 30, 2011 Cathrine Bonham rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: No one
This book was horrible. If you have ever read the classic novel "Dracula" by Bram Stoker DO NOT READ THIS. It took me forever to read because I kept getting mad at it. I only finished it so that I could write this review with a clear conscience. This is nothing but one really long Fan Fiction written by Ian Holt and endorsed by Dacre Stoker.

First of all it can not be a sequal to the Classic novel if you rewrite the events of the Classic novel. They don't even follow the format established in "Dr...more
Sandi
Nov 29, 2009 Sandi rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Absolutely Nobody
Dracula The Un-Dead may easily be the worst book I ever read. The only reason I stuck with it to the end was to see how many atrocities one book could possibly contain. The grammar is horrific. The story is overly melodramatic. It was implausible. It reads like bad fan fiction. It tries to throw in every gee-whiz technological marvel of the era, including the Titanic. (One character speeds down the road in his automobile at 10 miles per hour.) The horror is repetitive, poorly-written, and downri...more
Roberta
I met Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt at BookExpo and got an autographed ARC copy of this book for free. That's the good news -- I got it for free. I liked Dacre Stoker (notice how I didn't mention Ian Holt...) and I wanted to like his book but I was disappointed. I was hoping for more Dracula and less Elizabeth Bathory and Jack the Ripper. Actually, there were about 400 characters in the book and the game of recognizing them started distracting me from the plot. Besides for characters from the origin...more
Anita
disappointed

a lot.


i feel like reading a crossover fan fiction by an amateur author who got a bit confused whether to make his own story or use his great grand uncle's famous character to sell the book.

you see, there's count dracula and there's countess Elizabeth bathory. both are generally known as blood drinker and sadist. but after reading the book title: dracula the un-dead, i do believe we all assume that this story is about count dracula, not bathory. hey, guess what? the book consist 90%...more
Richard
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Duncan
I'm a huge fan of the original Dracula, and I find this latest offering by Dacre to be paltry in comparison. I suppose the social context in which it was written has a lot to do with it. A lot has changed in the time between the two books, (the original was published in 1897 and the latter was published in 2009) and the sort of graphic sadism and demonized lesbianism prevalent in this book is indicative of a generation obsessed with shock value. For an example of this, please see any film in the...more
Courtney
When my dad told me that there was going to be a sequel to Dracula coming out and it was written by the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker I got excited. I could not wait to get my hands on Dracula Un-Dead. I was hoping that it would end the modernized verison of vampires that Stephanie Meyer created. But I was wrong.

I am going to first say that I am glad that I did not buy this book, instead I found it while I was looking through the shelves at the library for a good read. With eagerness I snat...more
Petra
Update. Finished listening to this tale about "the band of heroes" (a phrase heard endlessly over the course of this story). UGH!
Suffise to stay: give this book a miss. You won't be sorry. Everything you liked in Dracula will be missing from these pages. Just the opposite. Where Bram Stoker used words to mount tension, adventure and mystery, Dacre Stoker fills his pages with whiney, pale characters and lots of violence. And blood.
Run!


OMG the melodrama! Really, I don't see a high rating for this...more
Susan Garrett
Nov 04, 2009 Susan Garrett rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: absolutely diehard Dracula fans
Downloaded this from Kindle and thank the Lorhd I didn't pay hardcover price for it. What a frustrating book! The name-checking of entertainment types who have had something to do with Dracula - cheap, boring and distracting. Another apologist version of Dracula (misunderstood Wallachian Christian hero) - yaaaawn.

The action was frenetic - there are a few good 'race to get somewhere scenes' - but the characters' inner monologues were laughably bad. Quincey Morris (son of Jonathan and Mina Harker)...more
CaliGirlRae
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Gynger
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Caitlin O'Sullivan
Written by a Stoker family member and a Dracula researcher/screenwriter . . . and it shows. Between infodumps (I sometimes felt like I was reading a nonfiction combination of a Walking Guide to London, The Real Story of Dracula!, and The Real Story of Jack The Ripper!) and telling-not-showing description (please, please stop telling me about how much Quincy Harker resents Johnathan Harker) I was ready to chuck this book at the wall by about page 80. I kept reading, in hope that it would get bett...more
Blandine
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Cyndie
I loved this book. I did not go into the book expecting to be gripped by the literary writing style of Bram Stoker and perhaps that is why I was able to enjoy the book. If you want the classic, then go read the classic. Dracula the Un-Dead is a strong book that stands on its own.

Having just read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I was eager to learn what had become of the beloved characters. To be completely honest I was disappointed by the hum drum ‘they all lived happily ever after’ ending of the origina...more
Sam
Apr 19, 2010 Sam rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
This book pained me, when I first spotted it in my local bookstore I got somewhat excited at the prospect of a sequel to my beloved Dracula and written by a descendent of Bram himself so I had some high expectations. But then I started reading it and things went a bit wrong from there. To be fair to the book I'm going to review it in two ways, the first as a story in it's own right and the second as a sequel to Dracula.

As a stand alone story (that has obvious nicked a lot of the characters from...more
Keri
I wanted to like this book. Oh, you have no idea how badly I wanted to like this book. And I do, sort of, kind of, in a funny way.

I think I would like it if it was a movie and all the names were changed. Because that's what it read like: a movie. I could see each scene in my mind, the dramatic moments, the cinematic special effects... But to me, that wasn't what the original Dracula was about to me.

The characters, the original Band of Heroes, have fallen onto hard times. This is completely under...more
Konnersdad
So I read this after reading Dracula, which I throughly enjoyed. I forced myself through this turdfest of a book until the bitter end. So Dracula's a good guy, now? Oooookay? Jonanthan is now a drunk in a loveless marriage? Ooooookay? Mina got knocked up by Dracula and she's in love with Dracula? Seward's a morphine addict? Van Hesling (my favorite charter from the pervious book)is a tratious old codger? Lesbian incest with an old fat aunt? The Titanic? Okay stop!!!!! None of these characters sh...more
Lauren
I'm going to preface this review by saying that I didn't make the mistake of going into this expecting the original DRACULA. I was prepared for it to be not quite as good, I was prepared to be somewhat disappointed... but apparently that wasn't a sufficient lowering of expectations.

I wanted to like it, despite expecting I would also be slightly disappointed. I wanted to like it, and I tried hard to like it... and then I just tried hard to finish it.

It was tough.

First of all, this book was dra...more
Troy
When I read the last page and closed the book I had mixed emotions. First, relief that it was over. Second, sadness at the thought that my memory of the wonderful piece of literature that is "Dracula" will always be soiled by this book. Third, anger that Dacre Stoker made money off this book.
This book is a slap in the face to Bram Stoker and literature. The authors jumped on the bandwagon of Vampire mania by publishing amidst the frenzy of vampire novels. It is as if the two of them sat down, wa...more
Zephfire
Bram Stoker's Dracula has long been in my all time top 10 favourite books, and I had mixed feelings when I saw this billed as the true sequel. Written by a descendant of Bram's and Ian Holt and based on Bram's own notes, I wondered if it would be a worthy successor, it certainly seemed to have the pedigree. I found it to be very enjoyable, the inclusion of Elizabeth Bathory into the plot fit well, she is a captivating foe. Aligning the story into the Jack the Ripper crimes really added to my enj...more
Michael
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Ashley
Disaster. This book is a total train wreck - even though there are aspects that are awful, you cannot divert your eyes because you're wondering HOW it will blow up. I would have to say that the second half of the book is better than the first, but perhaps that's because I had gotten used to the historical figures popping up where they don't belong, the way that the book tries too hard in general, etc. Van Helsing as Jack the Ripper? Dracula as a famous Shakespearean actor? This isn't a sequel to...more
Debbie
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. "Dracula The Un-Dead" is a historical horror novel set in 1912 in France and England. It is a "sequel" to the original "Dracula" novel written by Bram Stoker. Overall, I enjoyed this fast-paced novel and thought it well-written. The world-building was excellent with historical details that brought the novel alive in my imagination.

If you don't know anything about the original "Dracula." a short summary of what happened in that book is giv...more
Preston
Jul 11, 2012 Preston rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Not a soul
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Carolyn Lessard
Long before Edward Cullen of the "Twilight" series and Bill Compton of HBO's "True Blood," there was the original vampire, Bram Stoker's Prince Dracula, in the gothic horror novel "Dracula."

Now, more than 100 years later, Dacre Stoker, the great-grandnephew of the famed Irish novelist, and Ian Holt, have written a sequel, "Dracula: The Un-Dead."

The sequel begins in 1912, 24 years later, and it revisits original characters Mina and Jonathan Harker, Dr. Jack Seward, Arthur Holmwood and famed vampi...more
Geraldine O'Hagan
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David
A badly written,badly researched non-sequel. Holt threw in everything he could to thrill the horror tastes of younger readers in 2012. He did this with no respect for the original, which he largely ignored in favour of 20th century movies, vampire trends and research books on Vlad the Impaler (which only sold because they cashed in on Bram's original book "Dracula" which had nothind to do with Vlad.Holt is merely an opportunist,Dacre a sell-out whose only contribution was his family name which H...more
Katie(babs)
Fans of the original Dracula will probably be up in arms in this sequel penned by Dacre Stoker, the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker, and screenwriter Ian Holt. Stoker and Holt take many liberties from this classic novel as well as combining them with Francis Ford Coppola’s vision that was shown in the 1992 movie, Dracula. In other words, I felt like I was reading a fan fiction and because of that, Dracula The Un-Dead can’t be taken seriously. The faithful readers of Bram Stoker’s original novel...more
Cheryl Marren
I know that many people have readily slated this book as being ridiculous. That's up to them. I like to take books as I find them and rate them on how well written and well-researched I think they are, whether I can learm anything from them, whether they show me a new way of looking at things and finally (and mostly) whether I enjoy reading them. For me, this ticked all the boxes in the affirmative. It's probably not perfect, possibly not the vision Bram Stoker would have imagined. But at the en...more
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Dacre Stoker, a Canadian citizen and resident of the U.S., is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker. He is also the godson of H.G. Dacre Stoker, the commander of the AE2 submarine, whose tactics were instrumental in Gallipoli in Word War I.

Dacre, who now calls Aiken, South Carolina home, was a member of the Canadian Men's Modern Pentathlon Team, Senior World Championships in 1979 and coach of the C...more
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