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"Dracula," by Bram Stoker, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics" New introductions commissioned from today's...more
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Published June 1st 2009 by Barnes & Noble Classics (first published December 27th 1896)
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Jonathan

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Dracula: the very name instantly brings to mind visions of vampires, stakes, garlic and crucifixes. But when I bothered to read the novel I realised, sadly, how twisted modern vampire fiction has become.

Vampires are not meant to exist as heroes. Go back a few hundred years and men believed truly that the vampire was a real immortal, cursed to quench his undying thirst with a living...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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Mike (the Paladin)
I believe this isn't the edition I read "first" but I did have it. (and now I've actually changed that picture as apparently Goodreads lost the right to use that particular cover. I wanted a cover picture there so I went with this one...oh well.)This is an amazing book. I've read reviews by those who disagree and reviews by those who hated the format. But I was swept up in it the first time I read it as a teen and have been every time since.

My advice is don't worry about all the psychological b...more
Martine
'Welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely. And leave something of the happiness you bring!'

These are pretty much the first words spoken to Jonathan Harker, one of the heroes of Bram Stoker's Dracula, upon his arrival at Count Dracula's castle in Transylvania, just minutes after a nightmare journey through the landscape of gothic horror: darkness, howling wolves, flames erupting out of the blue, frightened horses. Within a few days of his arrival, Harker will find himself talking of the Count'...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

The CCLaP 100: In which I read a hundred so-called "classic" books for the first time, then write reports on whether or not I think they deserve the label

Book #13: Dracula, by Bram Stoker (1897)

The story in a nutshell:
To best understand the storyline of Dracula, it's important to imagine yourself as a...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
This was neither as bad as I assumed it would be or (nor?) as good as I eventually started thinking it could be. Much as I love receiving real mail, whether it's a letter, present, post card, or even just a book I ordered (Shucks, for me? Thanks, me!), the epistolary form just doesn't generally jiggle my jolly parts. This is especially true when a lot of what you're reading is the journals of a bunch of people you'd never even want to have passing conversations with, Dr. Van Helsing and Dr. Sewa...more
Emma
I first read Dracula as a teenager and it had a big effect on me. Stoker's suave monster fascinated me and sparked an interest in all things gothic and supernatural. After finishing the book for the first time I promptly ditched CS Lewis, bought some kohl eyeliner, decided to dress in black for the foreseeable future and devoted myself to studying Dracula. I don't think this book left my side for the following year.

Good-times.

Looking through my annotated notes in my copy from the 90s, the enth...more
Paul
If I was Bram Stoker I’d remake the old Melanie hit – remember this one?

Look what they done to my song, ma
look what they done to my song
well it's the only thing that I could do half right
and it's turning out all wrong ma
look what they done to my song


Which the Count would have sung as

Uite ce au facut sa ma cantec, mama
Uite ce au facut cintecul meu e singurul
lucru care i s-ar putea face jumatate
dreptate si e intorcandu-se in toate regula mama
uite ce au facut sa ma cintec


Reviewing Dracula in...more
S.A. Parham
I was rather disappointed by this classic. It started out with promise, especially the Jonathan Harker bits. Then all the male characters descended into blubbering worshippers of the two female characters, and by the end of the novel, I was wishing Dracula could snack on all of them and be done with it. I kept having to put it aside and read chapters in between other books, but I managed to finish it at last.
Kim

I want to make a confession. This is the first vampire book I've ever read. I've never been interested in vampires, ghosts, werewolves and other manifestations of superstition and the supernatural. Indeed, for as long as I can remember, I've avoided horror - gothic and otherwise - in both literature and film, basically because I hate being scared. So I've not read Dracula before. I've never seen a Dracula film. The closest I've come to watching anything featuring vampires on television was an ep...more
Madeline
FINALLY finished it. Assigned reading, in addition to being painfully boring, takes away serious time from The List.

Anyway, on to the bit where I review the book: it wasn't exactly what I was expecting (for instance, the whole novel consists of diary entries and letters written by the main characters - not Dracula, though), and no one even says the word "vampire" until page 165. And they're talking about the bats.
It was genuinely creepy, but the towards the end of the book the pace suddenly ov...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Now here's a novel that is perfect reading for autumn, and added a delicious tremor to the chill air and overcast sky, leaf-littered ground and rotting plants. Which is interesting, considering it's largely set over a long summer.

The story begins with Jonathan Harker, a young lawyer, travelling to Transylvania at the request of his company's client, Count Dracula. The previous lawyer, Renfield, had some kind of breakdown and retired from the business (otherwise known as, being locked up in an in...more
Hannah
Rating clarification: 4.5 stars

Welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely. And leave something of the happiness you bring!
Sounds like something fine living maven Martha Stewart would say, doesn't it? Or perhaps the Persian poet Omar Khayyam? Well, you'd be wrong on both counts, as this lovely little welcome speech is from none other then the Count of all counts: Dracula.


I'm sorry it took me so long to read this book. Gotta admit that after the Epic Fail that was Frankenstein, I was leary of pi...more
F.R.
I’ll be honest, I’ve only actually read ‘Dracula’ once before – when I was twenty or so – and didn’t really think much of it. Jonathan Harker’s opening narrative seemed to me, then, slow and uninvolving and I believe I thought the rest of the book not much of an improvement. One of the joys of art – be it books, films or music – is that you can come back to something with fresh eyes at a later point in your life and appreciate it in a whole different way. ‘Dracula’, this time around, has been a...more
Keely
Almost every author will fall into one of two camps: the active, and the reactive. The active author looks at the world around them and decides to write about what they see. They sit down and think: "I'm going to write a story, the subtext of which will provide my analysis of Victorian sexual mores". They then construct the story around this theme, creating characters to show different aspects and constructing a plot which moves from general observations to specific insights.

Then there are the r...more
Jasmin
What would happen if the most famous vampire, Count Dracula battled against the second most famous vampire, Edward Cullen?

Count Dracula VS Edward Cullen

1... 2... 3... Fight!



So we have a DRAW.

So I'll leave you with this question, since the victor if they battled to the death is hard to determine, so:

Who's the hotter vampire? instead?

VS

Count Dracula VS Edward Cullen

1... 2... 3... Fight!

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Lack of star is due to my answer to the last question. Totally Edward Cullen though he has zero horrifying...more
midnightfaerie
Dracula by Bram Stoker was...wow. Amazing. The book that all vampire and even horror stories are judged by, this gem doesn't even come close to touching any other that I've read or seen. Written in 1897, it introduces the epic supernatural creature, the vampyre, for the first time. Dark and vicious, creepy and sexually alluring, this is probably the epitome of all evil characters. I was never much a vampire fan. I passed by the Interview with a vampire with confusion on what all the fuss was abo...more
Werner
Apr 11, 2008 Werner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Any fan of vampire fiction, or of supernatural fiction in general
Actually, I read Dracula in a different edition than the Norton one (and so can't comment on that edition's critical features). I'd read a dumbed-down kid's adaptation of it as a child; but when I was in the process of writing my own vampire novel, I wanted to read the real thing, just to experience the roots of the literary tradition. I'm glad that I did!

Of course, Stoker's isn't the first treatment of the vampire theme in literature, though it became the first one to have world-wide popularity...more
Kay
I read this in the Frankfurt International Airport during a five-hour layover. In retrospect, it was fitting because I was pretty much among the living dead, operating on close to 20 hours of no sleep after being kept awake the entire flight from the US to Germany by my goddamn seat refusing to lean back for the first half of the trip, and then by a goddamn crying baby for the last half. It was a bright and early morning when I mercifully stepped out of the Lufthansa jet, and I was abnormally pi...more
Eric Althoff
All cliches were once new. Yet even in Bram Stoker's day, vampire lore had already been around for centuries (indeed, Stoker plundered earlier, though more forgotten, writers on the subject). It is all here in "Dracula": the dark and stormy night, the castle, the funny Eastern European accent, the sexualized nature of vampirism. We've seen it so many countless times by now that we forget that the horror of it all was once fresh...and still is.

"Dracula" remains fresh. Told as an epistlery through...more
Matt
There comes a point during every summer – a point unthinkable in February or March – when I start to get sick of it. I weary of the high electrical bills that come from running the air conditioner nonstop. I get tired of the high water bills as our landlord attempts to save the lawn from shriveling beneath a relentless sun. (Mission: Failure). I hate the fact that I start to sweat during the 70 yard walk from the parking garage to the entrance to my work. Also, I grow annoyed at the happy laught...more
Andrea
I've never been a huge goth/horror fan. I suppose werewolves and undead and all that are okay, as long as the heroes get to smack them good before the story's over. But if it gets too scary, I don't like it. I don't like being seriously scared, I guess. Suspense, that's great, and adventure, but not horror.

Anyway, I really loved this novel. I was a little leery at first, for the reasons mentioned above, and also because of the sometimes association of vampires with sex. I wanted to read it becau...more
Rowena
“What manner of man is this, or what manner of creature is it in the semblance of man? I feel the dread of this horrible place overpowering me; I am in fear - in awful fear- and there is no escape for me; I am encompassed about with terrors that I dare not think of…”


This book was a lot more enjoyable than I expected it to be. I am always hesitant to read books if I've already watched the movie or know the storyline, but this book is proof that no matter how great a movie is, it can't capture eve...more
Stephen
5.0 to 5.5 stars. Absolutely outstanding novel!!!! Being very familiar with the Dracula story, I did not expect to like this as much as I did. Much to my surprise, I thought the writing was superb, the story suspenseful and very well-paced and the atmosphere spot on. This is an excellent gothic novel and a piece of high quality fiction. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!!!!
Shovelmonkey1
Dec 20, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: horror fans and 1001 book readers
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list and bloedengel
As ageless as a vampire and still with as much bite, it is hard to believe that Dracula was written over 110 years ago. Presumably, not even in his wildest velvet clad fantasies did old Bram imagine that over a century later vampires would still be pulling in the crowds but this time as paragons of teen chastity rather than the ardent despoilers of heaving-bosom'd wenches.

Because Dracula is so brilliantly written it puts the hob nail boot into the limp wristed, dewy eyed, chastity promoting sulk...more
Henry Avila
"Children of the night what music they play". Jonathan Hawker hears those words from Count Dracula, in Castle Dracula ,in Transylvania.What started out as a simple real estate deal by an English solicitor and a foreign nobleman,becomes a blood sucking nightmare. Jonathan is imprisoned by the Count.Three strange, but beautiful women appear in his room looking not quite human.When Dracula arrives also, they fade away....Next day the Englishman can't decide if what he saw last night was real .The t...more
Juushika
When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to arrange for an English home purchase for Count Dracula, he becomes a prisoner in Dracula's castle and discovers horrific and unnatural facts about Dracula himself. Not long after, strange events occur in England—a unmanned ship beaches on shore, a madman awaits his master, and a young woman with unexplained puncture wounds on her neck becomes pale and ill. These events bring together a diverse cast of characters who tell the story through their diaries...more
Tina
The year 1992 was marked by two important events--I turned five and Francis Ford Coppola's movie adaptation to Bram Stoker's Dracula came out. And this is all perfect, and there is indeed a reason why I start this review by stating these facts. After finishing the book, there is this lingering feeling I have that a lot of people skip reading Bram Stoker's book because they feel competent enough after seeing the movie. Boy, are these people wrong. (In order to not make this introduction completel...more
Callum
Dracula's vast influence has made the novel somewhat impeachable in most societies of literature. Its Gothic style and long, eerie pacing has made it a work of joy and terror at its first release. Today, the book is a definite classic, but time has become a detriment to its iconic stature. The protracted chapters and paragraphs, the implausibly long dialogue sequences have certainly added to the novel's time wearied content. The novel's influential concept never aged, however, still remaining li...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
"I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things which I dare not confess to my soul."

I had never read Dracula; somehow, it slipped through all the classes I took and all the lists of books I read like vitamins. I was excited when it was on the reading list for the freeFantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World course I signed up for from Coursera. Another class is next week's assignment - Frankenstein, another book to add to the list of Never Reads.

I was...more
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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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