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Judgment of Tears: Anno Dracula 1959 (Anno Dracula #3)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,150 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Rome, 1959. Remember? The Via Veneto, la dolce vita. Coins in the fountain, trysts in cafes, midnight bacchanals, parties till dawn. We danced giddily to the music of the Dracula Cha Cha. Paparazzi were flashing bulbs everywhere, and the vampire press had gathered to cover the upcoming social event of at least several centuries: the October wedding of Vlad, Count Dracula, ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published 1998)
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Mike
Sep 18, 2014 Mike rated it liked it
Why, why in the name of all that's profane was "Dracula Cha Cha Cha" retitled "Judgment of Tears" for the North American market? I would never read a book actually titled "Judgment of Tears." "Dracula Cha Cha Cha," on the other hand, that's a title with moxie!
F.R.
Dec 01, 2015 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Dracula Cha Cha Cha’ is brilliant. It’s fun, exciting, tense and a fantastic addition to the ‘Anno Dracula mythos. The setting is Rome in the last 1950s, where Genevieve, Kate and Penny once again find themselves crossing paths with the most famous vampire of them all: Dracula. The setting itself is without a doubt borrowed from ‘Roman Holiday’ and Federico Fellini films (although I see this one in shiny Technicolor, rather than black and white), but that faded glamour of Rome works so well as ...more
Richard Wright
Nov 03, 2013 Richard Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Third book in the Anno Dracula series, and this time Newman takes his vampire heroines to Rome, 1959, to attend the wedding of the greatest vampire. Newman practically invented metatextual fiction, in which characters and images from other things are woven through new novels (Alan Moore gets the credit for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but Anno Dracula was there first). Here he pushes that almost to the point of exhaustion, with a myriad cameo appearances infecting the plot. Some are deligh ...more
Mark
Oct 27, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Book Three of the Anno Dracula series we reach the late 1950’s and 1960’s. A time of European opulence and Mediterranean glamour, epic film making and spy thrillers such as Ian Fleming’s James Bond and Len Deighton’s Harry Palmer. Not to mention vampires.

Old Vlad (Count Dracula) is still around and at the start of the book due to marry again – this time to Asa Vajda, Princess of Moldova. Kate Reed, vampyrric super-reporter and erstwhile secret-agent for the mysterious Diogenes Club, is in R
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Dan
Aug 08, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: monsters
This is the third book in the Anno Dracula series, set in an alternate world where Dracula wasn't defeated in Bram Stoker's book and has spread vampirism across Europe. You can largely ignore The Bloody Red Baron for the purposes of this book as it follows more on from the events and with the characters of the original Anno Dracula.

Set in 1959, this book takes to Rome. Dracula hasn't been seen in some time but is about to get married to a Princess. Naturally, Charles Beauregard of the Diogenes C
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Baal Of
Oct 06, 2014 Baal Of rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
Newman continues to impress me with his ability to write in a broad range of styles, and continues to bring his characters through different times. I liked the fact that he allows Charles to die, holding on to his principles despite Genevieve and Kate both being desirous to turn him. His death added a more emotional form of cutting to all the gore that was portrayed elsewhere. I enjoyed the deepening of the relationships between Genevieve, Kate, and Penelope. I liked the Bava and Argento influen ...more
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Fans of Horror, especially of the Vampiric subgenre, and aficionados of excellent writing, can be thankful to Titan Books for bringing Author Kim Newman’s classic trio, the “Anno Dracula” series, to a broader readership, and introducing readers (like myself) who missed out on these at first publication, to an outstanding set of books. Mr. Newman knows his history about as well as any historian; and the details he brings to light and to life are extraordinaril
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Adam
The third installment in Newman’s wonderful Anno Dracula series(which I misread as Anna Dracula and avoided for years), but hopefully not the last. Offering the type of fun offered by Alan Moore or Mike Mignola comics or a hyper dense with cultural in jokes cartoon like the brilliant Venture Brothers (only good thing on Adult Swim), but with fully rounded characters. This time the novels of Ian Fleming and Patricia Highsmith,and the films of Dario Argento and Federico Fellini combine in a story ...more
Tyler Dean
Mar 25, 2016 Tyler Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tyler by: Eric Luke
When I started the Anno Dracula series, I was looking for a series that fit my interests in the literary zeitgeist. As a teenager, I read Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as it was released, and I marveled at the idea that history and literature could be recombined to say important things about both. The first (eponymous) Anno Dracula novel certainly scratched this itch (I suspect it was a very clear influence on Moore in the first place). My lifelong love of Victoriana had made me ...more
Tony Mac
Feb 24, 2016 Tony Mac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know a fourth book in the series has since been published, but this one feels like it was meant to be conclusive and the end of a trilogy. The plot is less high concept and world threatening than the previous instalments, but Newman's trademark revisionism and humour are as strong as ever.

There is also a pleasingly elegiac feel to the book, bringing certain long-standing characters and their relationships to a conclusion that is quite touching at times, especially the Charles/Genevieve/Kate t
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Marc Jentzsch
Aug 26, 2014 Marc Jentzsch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, pulp, horror, noir
Newman's take on vampires integrating into society continues to be one of the smartest, most insightful, most creative implementations to date. The writing continues to be top-notch; engaging and compelling.

This is the book for the girls. The three primary female protagonists (Genevieve, Kate and Penelope) take center stage here, each of them getting significant time in the spotlight. The 60s and second-wave feminism loom and here the women of the character roster step up and are passed the torc
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Thomas
Jan 22, 2015 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, literary
As book titles go, Dracula Cha Cha Cha isn't the dumbest one I've ever seen, but it might be in the top ten, possibly the top five. I was surprised to see that this isn't even an original title; the title comes from a song that was part of a 1950s vampire movie, which was even covered by other artists. The title and its reference help give us the setting for this novel, which is Rome in 1959.

It's important to note the time frame, since it isn't as evident in this novel as it was in the first two
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Jonathan
Dec 04, 2014 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in Kim Newman’s weird and wonderful Anno Dracula is as original as ever, but isn’t quite as enjoyable. It’s still a great read, but the quality has dipped slightly. Dracula Cha Cha Cha is one of the most inventive novels of the genre and many authors will be envious of how effortlessly Newman pulls it off.
The set-up, almost a who’s who universe of well-known, and some lesser known, characters from cinema and literature is a brilliant idea. Even a famous secret agent features in
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Robb Bridson
Jun 03, 2015 Robb Bridson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Big changes are afoot as Newman's vampire history enters the Cold War era. Genevieve, Kate, and Penelope wind up in the center of a mess concerning a serial killer that targets elder vampires. Charles is on his deathbed and Dracula is hoping for one more big move.
Meanwhile underlying everything is the horror of an ancient spirit of Rome ( one of the three witches of Dario Argento's movies-- the one that didn't have her own movie at the time the book was written (and I wish that were still true t
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Rajit
Not quite as enjoyable as the first two books in the series and I wonder if the premise is wearing thin. The second section of the book (set in London) moves the Anno Dracula world building on, but the actual story feels surplufluous and tacked on.
bkwurm
Dec 21, 2015 bkwurm rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nowhere near as good as the first 2 books in this series.

But that could well be due to the fact that a long time has passed since the original story set during Queen Victoria’s reign and the Jack the Ripper murders and the author is transitioning to a new POV character.

So while far less engrossing compared to the first 2 books, it may be merely an interlude.

Again, a great deal of enjoyment is to be had in spotting the various pop culture references mixed together with actual historical charact
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Michel
Aug 30, 2015 Michel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Bond en Fellini en Europese films anno 1959, deze keer. Dracula, die zichna de Eerste Wereldoorlogwat teruggetrokken had, en in de Tweede Wereldoorlog dacht ik niet veel meer gedaan had dan officieel de kant van de geallieerden te kiezen tegen Hitler, leeft nu écht teruggetrokken in de buurt van Rome.

Tot nu, want zijn huwelijk met deMoldavische princes Asa Vajda wordt aangekondigd, enle tout, euh, tout le monde is uitgenodigd in Rome.

En dan --verrassing-- worden er vampieren vermoord. Door
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N.P.
May 30, 2015 N.P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
With Dracula Cha Cha Cha, Kim Newman has brought his tale of a world where vampires and humans have a shared existence up to 1959 in Rome. His take on La Dolce Vita is filled with references to characters both fictional and from real life and it is clear he was having great fun when writing this.

Whilst the book is a relatively light hearted affair, one storyline most certainly isn’t. We are reintroduced to the characters of Genevieve Dieudonné and Charles Beauregard but it’s bitter sweet as Char
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Joseph Teller
The third and final book of the Dracula stories by Kim Newman, this tells the tale of Dracula and his wedding to merge together two vampire blood lines and raise again the possibility of grand new vampire threat.

1959, Rome at the transition point again between decades, having survived WWII and become the place for jet setters to frolic and just outside its borders lurks the prince of darkness upon the earth.

This tale features the usual faces, including the Diogenes Club and its three 'friendly'
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D.M. Dutcher
Oct 21, 2012 D.M. Dutcher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I only gave this three stars because of the references. Let me explain.

This book is set in 1950s europe, surrounding the impending marriage of Dracula to another vampire royal. You see, vampires are mainstream here, existing among normal people in a manner vaguely echoing the upper class, jet-setters, and hoi-polloi in the real world. They are seen as glamorous, in control, and tend to be reacted to rather than just part of life. Kate Reed is a vampire journalist who gets caught up in the murder
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Jordan
Nov 05, 2012 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third installment of Kim Newman's Anno Dracula series! I really enjoyed this, for the most part. Still not as good as the first, original entry in the series, but at the same time it was better than the second book which I thought fell a little flat. Newman once again populates his world with a host of borrowed literary, film and historical characters, this time drawing heavily from Itallian horror and crime films in addition to the Bond franchise. (That's right--Bond! With that cover, are y ...more
Nigel
Oct 31, 2014 Nigel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Outrageously good third novel in Kim Newman's alternate world Anno Dracula series, where Dracula won and vampires were outed. After Victorian London and the trenches of France, this outing takes place in the bustling, lively, swinging city of Rome, 1959. Kate Reed arrives to see the aged and infirm Charles Beauregard one last time, only to find herself witness to the brutal murder of two vampire elders. Genevieve is also in Rome, caring for Charles, and Dracula himself is nearby, living out the ...more
Matt Mitrovich
Jan 27, 2013 Matt Mitrovich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I discovered a package containing Dracula Cha Cha Cha (originally titled Judgment of Tears) by Kim Newman my first thought was "I need to get some red wine." Weird, I know, but I always drank red wine while reading the first two books in the Anno Dracula series. It put me in the mood to really enjoy this horror/comedy/alternate history epic. Too bad they don't let you drink at work.

For those who don't know, the Anno Dracula series can be described as an "alternate fictional history". The he
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Jeff Raymond
First, to get it out of the way, this might be the worst title for a book I've ever encountered.

It makes sense in the story, as it's a reference to something somewhat specific, but still, I'm glad they did a change to the title later. The story actually completes (to a point, apparently) the story started back in the first book, where this takes place close to Dracula's impending wedding in the 1950s. A lot of loose ends are tied, some new ones created, but it's a complete story for the first ti
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Lincoln Wert
May 30, 2015 Lincoln Wert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
My favorite of the four books by far!

Kate, Genevieve, and Penelope (with Charles) made this book. Their interactions were fantastic and I ate it up. I felt the cameos went over better, as I recognized most of them immediately (Bond and the Addamses - too funny).

The ending surprised me, as I new the fourth book was out, but it tied things up quite nicely. The Mother of Tears made an excellent and unpredictable adversary.
Travis
Jan 04, 2009 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit under welmed by the book before this 'Bloody Red Baron', so was reluctant to pick it up.
Glad I did because it is every bit as good as the 'Anno-Dracula' the first book in the series.

Newman moves the action, and the literary references into the 50's for a really interesting wrap up to this series. I love playing spot the reference. These books are the 'League of Extrordinary Gentlemen' of vampire novels.
Lots of really great characters, several dozen from literature and history intermi
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Jp
Jan 11, 2015 Jp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As much as I loved Kim Newman's Anno Dracula, this was even better. Newman brought the fifties Rome to boisterous life with a gaggle of pop culture and literary references to make his world come to life.
Ian Clark
no where near as good as the first two books. spoiler-----
the final death of D was disappointing far too quick and easy, I found the idea that he would just give up after everything a bit of an imaginative cop out. also I didn't find the villains I.e the Catman, or the mother of Rome convincing. pity as Anno Dracula is one of my favourite books.
Sanjay Mathew
Read this as the collected "Dracula Cha-Cha-Cha".

Decent enough but somehow it didn't grip me as much as the two prior volumes. I suspect that this is because the period and the pastiche (deconstruction of Fellini's magical realist Rome) didn't hold as much personal interest for me as the 1880s or the Great War.
Luci
Dec 12, 2015 Luci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Anno Dracula series is inventive and full of homage. I like the scope and sweep of these books. They are fun reads. However, this one slightly dipped a little bit. It was still a good mystery with a bang up ending but it didn't have the verve that the original Anno Dracula novel had.
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