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Dracula (Dracula of Stoker Family #1)

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When young solicitor’s clerk Jonathan Harker goes to the remote castle of Count Dracula to oversee a property transaction, he is ready to encounter some quaint beliefs and customs. After all, the Count’s home is in the great Carpathian mountains in the heart of Transylvania, where ‘every known superstition in the world is gathered’. But nothing can prepare Harker for the h ...more
Hardcover, The Folio Society, 355 pages
Published 2008 by Folio Society (first published 1897)
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Zakle You might be confused through out it since it IS an older book. There are a lot of words that are not apart of todays typical language, but I…moreYou might be confused through out it since it IS an older book. There are a lot of words that are not apart of todays typical language, but I absolutely loved it when I first read it. Of course there were a lot of words I didn't know, and I often found myself at a lost, but I do believe that was because I was young when I first read it. Around fifteen or fourteen. It's a great classic though and I do recommend it. (less)
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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Managed to finish this :) Second time studying, but first successful read-through.
I enjoyed it more this time around, mainly because I actually read the last quarter or so of the book, which was the most enjoyable in my opinion.
Jonathan

This review can now be seen in a video form here for anyone wondering what I sound or look a little like . Enjoy!

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
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Lola  Reviewer

I turned the first page of this universally loved classic thinking that I was going to plunge into one of the world’s best love stories ever written, between Dracula and a lovely lady.

Say what? Love story? BOUAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Right. I blame modern TV shows and movies for growing that thought into my mind over the years. Oh and this, too: (view spoiler). You're one deceiving cover. Dracula is such a romanticized character nowadays that being exposed to his true – Bram Stoker style –
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Bookworm Sean
Dracula is, of course, one of the most renowned horror stories, and the most well-known vampire novel. Bram Stoker set the ground rules for what a vampire should be, and set the benchmark for all other writers of the vampire afterwards. Indeed, if tyrannical villains are a necessity of Gothic fiction then Count Dracula is the father of all gothic villains, in spite of it being one of the last Gothic fiction novels to be written. It’s a work of genius that his presence is felt so strongly in the ...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'
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Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}
4.5 Bloodsucking Stars!


"Once again... welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring."


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"I want you to believe... to believe in things that you cannot."


I’m not a big scary book fan, but I have been known to read some spooky stuff. Two books that I found most terrifying were Peter Straub's 'Ghost Story,' which is also one of my all-time favorites, and Stephen King's 'Different Seasons.' Ok the last one isn't that scary but it's my favorite Stephen K
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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
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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Carmen
Oct 13, 2015 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone on Earth
No man knows till he experiences it, what it is to feel his own life-blood drawn away into the veins of the woman he loves.

This seems to be my first time reading Dracula, and I LOVED IT. I say "seems" because I swear I've read it before. However, that would have been ages ago. Or a byproduct of seeing 10 million different Dracula interpretations before the age of 20. o.O So it was fresh and relatively new to me. I was surprised by the twists and turns. I thought I would be able to reasonably pre
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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
S.A. Parham
Aug 13, 2007 S.A. Parham rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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.
Sarah Actually
Here are some thoughts on this book.
1. I would have been all OVER this in 1897.
2. Van Helsing needs to be quiet.
3. I can suspend disbelief for the vampires but not for the blood transfusions
4. I know it was 1897 and blood types weren't discovered until 1901 (according to wikipedia) but I still cannot get past it
5. The Texan would go outside and just randomly shoot things for fun, including things sitting on windowsills of windows in rooms where live people are hanging out, so he was clearly the
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Jason Pettus
Apr 19, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
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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
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J.G. 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
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Paul Bryant
Dec 04, 2013 Paul Bryant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spooky-ookums, novels
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
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Apatt
Jan 20, 2016 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, classics
“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.”

This iconic quote illustrates the unfathomable depth of Dracula’s evil. Not only does he have terrible taste in music (wolf metal, anyone?), he is keen to inflict his awful taste on poor Jonathan Harker who is already regretting his visit to Dracula’s castle. If the novel was set in the present day the Count probably would have put on a “Yoko Ono’s Greatest Hits CD”. “Listen to her. Nice Japanese lady. What music she makes.”. At which
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Madeline
Mar 09, 2009 Madeline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-list
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
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Denisse
Apr 06, 2015 Denisse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read for the 2015 Reading Challenge: #23 A book more than 100 years old. And for my 2015 Reading Resolutions: 5 classics (2/5)

The vampire book par excellence. Most definitely, not for vampire lovers but historical fiction fans, or just history fans. Yes, you love vampires? Well, that does not mean you’ll love Dracula. Excellently well set with a great writing. A little low-paced but it’s always moving. Really liked the original vampire mythology.



Bueno, bueno, bueno, que lectura tan interesante.
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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
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Charlene
I believe this was my third read of this book, but the only time I've listened to it on audio. This was a full cast performance and it was excellent. I highly recommend it to horror fans that dislike reading in epistolary form, the voicing here really brings the diary entries and letters to life.

Highly recommended for fans of classic horror stories!
Nandakishore Varma
Jan 19, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, classic
This book taught me what horror is. I read it first in translation (and it was such a beautiful translation!) at the tender age of eight - and learnt the meaning of "delicious nightmare". I read it again in the original English in my twenties, and found that the story had not lost any of its power, for me.





I know many people do not find the Count frightening nowadays: I daresay I wouldn't either, if I read it for the first time now. Our palate has been jaded by heavy dosages of horror since this
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F.R.
Jul 20, 2015 F.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kim
May 13, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

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
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Edit: Holy comma splice, Batman! I just noticed this old, error ridden review, as some of our pantless brethren began reading Dracula for a Spooktober side read. I suppose that's what happens when you write a review off the cuff, three years late, and three sheets to the wind. In the immortal words of Steve Martin, "Some people have a way with words, and other people...oh, uh, not have way."

Slightly corrected original review:

I think Dracula was the absolute biggest disappointment out of all of
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Fernando
Feb 18, 2016 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“¡Sea bienvenido a mi morada! Entre por su propia voluntad, entre sin temor y deje aquí parte de la felicidad que lleva consigo.”
Pocos mensajes de bienvenida son tan geniales como este en la literatura. Considero que junto con la recepción que le hace el gato de Cheshire a Alicia en el país de las maravillas ("Estamos todos locos aquí. Y si tu estás aquí, es porque también estás loca") transforman en algo imborrable el recuerdo que uno tiene de libros estos tan clásicos, brillantes y queridos p
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Franco  Santos
Feb 11, 2016 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bienvenido a mi casa. ¡Entre con libertad y por su propia voluntad!
No soy aficionado a los vampiros, de hecho no me gustan, pero este libro significa tanto para la literatura que me daba vergüenza no tenerlo en mi estantería.

El comienzo es oscuro, etéreo y Stoker nos esboza cómo será el relato: estremecedor y escalofriante. Desde la primera página ya me relacioné vehementemente con la historia. Imposible detenerme.

En la vida hay tinieblas, mi niña, pero también hay luces. Y tú eres la luz de
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Barry Pierce
Oct 27, 2013 Barry Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy Gothic Horror
If you're looking for a novel which contains weird mist, some nosy ass bats, a "bloofer" lady, a mental guy who eats flies, a mysterious ship with only the captain left on board, blatant racism against Slovak people, a Transylvanian Spider-Man, that woman from "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", Hugh Jackman, a guy named Quincey, and lots of messing around in graveyards then you'll LOVE this.
Cris
Jan 24, 2016 Cris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La obra de Bram Stoker no es ni la primera aparición del mito del vampiro en la literatura ni desde luego la última, pero sí podemos decir que es la más conocida en la cultura popular. A pesar de ello, si las únicas referencias previas que tenemos son las de algunas de las versiones cinematográficas, el libro sorprende y mucho.

Para empezar, las apariciones del conde Drácula a lo largo de la novela se pueden contar con los dedos de una mano, a excepción de en la primera parte, donde lo conocemos
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
3.5-4 stars

This wound up being better than I'd initially imagined, which mainly accounts for its rating. For some reason (ahem classic horror) I always seem to lump Dracula together with Frankenstein which, as far as the books go, I should NEVER EVER do. Frankenstein, from what I remember, was a horribly dry, overlong story. And Dracula, while perhaps a bit overlong as well, was a much better story. Admittedly, I actually lost track of who was narrating around the halfway mark because the POVs c
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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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