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The Jewel of Seven Stars

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"Hither the Gods come not at any summons. The Nameless One has insulted them and is forever alone. Go not nigh, lest their vengeance wither you away!"

The warning was inscribed on the entrance of the hidden tomb, forgotten for millennia in the sands of mystic Egypt. Then the archaeologists and grave robbers came in search of the fabled Jewel of Seven Stars, which they found
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 15th 1999 by Tor Classics (first published 1903)
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Nayra.Hassan
Mar 03, 2016 Nayra.Hassan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror

من عباءة هذه الرواية خرجت كل مومياء فرعونية ملفوفة في الاربطة في القرن العشرين و الواحد و العشرين ..هكذا يكون برام ستوكر هو الاقوى أثرا على عالم الرعب ..شرقا و غربا

تبدأ الرواية بشكل فيكتوري تقليدي..مارجريت تطلب المساعدة من المحامي لينجد والدها الذي تعرض لاعتداء وحشي بهدف القتل لكنه نجا باعجوبة..و في غرفة نومه: مسرح الحادث نجد ان رائحة المومياوات تملأ المكان..عطور مصرية و قار و ناردين و صمغ و طيب..حقا يا له من مستكشف بريطاني احمق. .قرر ان يقلق راحة مومياء الملكة تيرا..احمق لدرجة أنه لم يهتم ان ا
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Cornelia
Apr 16, 2013 Cornelia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has two endings. When originally published in 1903 and in second publishing in 1904 it had an ending that was critics at the time as being too gruesome so when Stoker published it again,shortly before his death in 1912, he was forced by the publisher to add a new ending. I read this at Project Gutenberg which had the changed ending http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3781/3... but I was able to read the original ending also at http://bramstoker.org/novels/08stars.... - you can read it free ...more
Marvin
Apr 21, 2012 Marvin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Yes, I know Bram Stoker is a god among the horror writers. Dracula is deservedly a classic if only for its vast influence. The Jewel of Seven Stars is considered the first modern mummy novel just as Dracula set the stage for every vampire novel to follow.

But I gotta say it.

Bram Stoker can't write worth beans.

I find the dialogue in this novel especially excruciating; stiff and sometimes unintentionally hilarious. The plot drags like a corpse in a body bag and the characterizations are cardboard a
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Karen Witzler
A very long time ago, I read this as a young teen in my post- Dark Shadows 1970s world. Idiotic plotting sometimes gives way to atrocious writing -- there is a reason that Dracula is the more renowned work -- but undeniably influential on the horror genre. Love Margaret's dual nature, the descriptions of the tomb, the inane attempts at scientific discussion, and the gas masks, most of all the gas masks. I must seek out the alternate "conventional" ending. Long live Queen Tera. (Hatshepsut was to ...more
Oscar
Malcolm Ross es requerido con urgencia una noche para que acuda a casa de Margaret Trelawny. Al llegar, se le comunicará que el padre de ésta, coleccionista y arqueólogo, ha sido agredido y permanece inconsciente. Alrededor del enfermo se irán reuniendo un grupo de personas: además de Malcolm y Margaret, también están el doctor Winchester, el sargento Daw, y el servicio de la casa. Todos ellos, en una carta del arqueólogo, tienen instrucciones de vigilarle constantemente. Un misterio se cierne s ...more
Sam
Apr 23, 2016 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another classic Victorian Gothic tale from one of my favourite writers of the time and embraces everything I love about Stoker's style, characters and flare for story-telling. And as an added bonus it throws in a load of Egyptian mythology, the fascination of which I gladly share with the Victorians. The story follows Margaret Trelawney and Malcolm Ross as they try to unravel the mystery of what has happened to her father while they try to protect him from further harm by a mysterious pr ...more
Pranta Ghosh Dastider
বইটির কাহিনী শুরু হয় এক ভদরলোককে নিয়ে। লোকটার মেয়ের সাথে গলপের নায়কের খাতির। মেয়েটাকে ভালোবাসে ও। মেয়েটাও ওর পরতি সমভবত দুরবল, কিনতু নিশচিত হতে পারে না নায়ক! যাকগে। ভদরলোক অজঞান হয়ে আছেন। তার চারপাশে অদভুত সব ঘটনা ঘটছে। অজঞান হবার আগে মেয়ের জনয চিঠি লিখে রেখে গেছেন। যেন কোনও অবসথাতেই তাকে নিজের ঘর থেকে সরানো না হয়। এমনকী তার ঘরের কোনও জিনিশও যেন সরানো না হয়। অদভুত এই আদেশ পালন করতে বযতিবযসত হয়ে উঠল সবাই। এঁকে এঁকে ঘটে চলল আরও ঘটনা, যোগ হল আরও লোক। এগিয়ে চলল কাহিনী।

গলপটা শুরুর থেকেই আকরষণীয়। তবে
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A Bookworm Reading (Plethora)
Probably really a 3.5 but rounding this one up to a 4. This is my first Stoker, I keep picking up Dracula but getting sidetracked. So I can't compare this to his most notable work. I found this to remind me of The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins in tempo and oddity. I did not know that Stoker was such an Egyptian Mythology buff, he weaved his knowledge into this story. While some aspects of the story may seem to have happened to easily and conveniently overall I brushed over that fact. Parts were a ...more
Rumana Nasrin
বরাম সটোকার কম হেনরী রাইডার হযাগারড বেশী লেগেছে! বেশ ছোট বেলায় এরকম কাহিনীরই একটা বই পড়েছিলাম আমি, "অভিশপত মমি" বা এর কাছাকাছি নামের। যেখানে ছেলেটার নাম রবারট ছিলো সমভবত! বিশেষ কিছু মনে নেই তবে এটার অনুবাদ না হলেও রুপানতর ছিলো হয়তো! ...more
Perry Whitford
Aug 06, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ever wondered why Bram Stoker is only ever remembered for Dracula?

Wonder no more. Read The Jewel of the Seven Stars and it will become abundantly clear just why. Better still, don't read it, just take my word for it, this is a wretchedly awful novel.

A renowned Egyptologist is found by his daughter after being attacked in his room and placed in a cataleptic state seemingly induced by - I kid you not - 'mummy smell'.

His room is crowded with ancient artifacts from the tomb of a sorcerer queen named
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Sachiko Ishikawa
My first Bram Stoker novel was, as most people's, "Dracula". For some reason, I have always loved Victorian Horror books, even the clichéd ones. I never minded having a weak female character, even though I consider myself to be a feminist (as in, I believe in equality, not superiority); and I kind of enjoyed the stereotyped male character who is dragged unfortunately in a dire situation, the clever yet lonely doctor, the rough and focused law-enforcement officer, and finally the wise elder man. ...more
Katy Mann
Oct 04, 2016 Katy Mann rated it really liked it
Spooky, classic Victorian thriller.

Stoker set up all the mummy stories to follow, with one that has seldom been surpassed for sheer creepiness and atmosphere.

Victorian household, mysterious comas, desert travels...love it.
Justin Howe
Decent Victorian-era horror novel where people sit around and talk a lot. Also, this novel reinforces my general belief that all Victorian men were not only perverted weirdos but hypocrites about it, too.
Priya
Jul 11, 2014 Priya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very curious to read another book by Bram Stoker, needless to say, I love Dracula. The Jewel of Seven Stars is a curious intriguing book. But it suffers from the pesky The Casual Vacancy syndrome, and is underrated, because, well - it's not Dracula.

Of course it isn't Dracula, but you can see it's the same writer. The switching of perspectives is smooth, we slip easily into two long stories - one by an old explorer when he first unearthed Queen Tera's tomb and the other by Mr. Trelawney's f
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Vasileios
Aug 24, 2015 Vasileios rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-greek
http://dreamersandco.com/2015/11/%CF%...

Τον Μπραμ Στόουκερ τον γνωρίζουμε όλοι (είτε είμαστε φανατικοί αναγνώστες ή μη) για τον δημοφιλή Δράκουλα που μεταφέρθηκε και στη μεγάλη οθόνη με εξαιρετική επιτυχία. Στο πετράδι των επτά αστεριών (εκδόσεις Αίολος, 2015) συναντούμε ένα βιβλίο γεμάτο μυστήριο, με φόντο την Αρχαία Αίγυπτο, μια βασίλισσα και ένα φυλαχτό.

Το βιβλίο κυκλοφόρησε πρόσφατα από τις εκδόσεις Αίολος, είναι ένα μείγμα φαντασίας της Βικτωριανής Αγγλίας με την αρχαία Αίγυπτο. Μπλέκει περ
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Shaun
The Jewel of Seven Stars is one of a dozen lesser known works of the late Bram Stoker, who is primarily known for his Gothic horror tale, Dracula.

Like Dracula, The Jewel of Seven Stars also has an occult theme, though it is much shorter and is not an episolary novel. Furthermore, it deals with mummies and not vampires.

Offering almost no action, this book is very heavy on dialogue, much of which deals with ancient Egyptian mythology and symbology. Add to this the style of writing and it is not t
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Marikiya
Apr 11, 2017 Marikiya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goticosos
Empieza muy gótico y genial, con sus misterios egipcios, paranoias e intrigas... pero después se desarrolla más flojillo y pierde esa fuerza inicial. La prosa de Stoker es una delicia, pero en esta novela algunos capítulos se hacen muy densos. Y por último, el final es muy abrupto; me hubiera gustado que lo hubiese explicado un poquito más. Ains, con lo que podía dar esta historia de sí... pero qué le vamos a hacer...
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
1st, let's get this misunderstanding out of the way that Bram Stoker invented the Mummy story ("the curse of the Egyptian mummy formula which it introduced" - Keith Deutsch's afterward in the edition I have; "He did invent the Mummy story, and this is the book that started it." - a quote from another Goodreads review). Theophile Gautier, a French author who died in 1872 (long before "The Jewel of Seven Stars" was written & published) wrote "One of Cleopatra's Nights", "The Evil Eye", &, ...more
Althea Ann
It seems a little strange to me that Jewel of the Seven Stars is so much less well-known than Dracula. I mean, yes, it's managed to stay in print, and it's even been adapted into a couple of low-budget horror movies, but the book certainly isn't a household name (and neither are any of Stoker's other books, for that matter.)
However, it's every bit as entertaining and dramatic a read.
The narrator is summoned by a young woman in distress, a recent acquaintance of his whom he is quite taken with. H
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Anastasia
So... yeah. I read Dracula recently and was very impressed. I enjoyed the first person narrative and started looking for other books by Stoker. I am not a horror buff in the least. In fact, I will change the channel, leave the room,leave the theatre just because I don't find scaring myself that entertaining. Oh, the masochistic masses. Anyway, I did enjoy The Mummy popcorn flick and figured, why not see if this book was anything like the movie...

I wasted days on this book. days. DAYS. I cringe a
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Bill
Jul 23, 2015 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, classic
I bought this because one of my goodread club members had read it and not really being aware of any others of Bram Stoker's books, besides Dracula, I got a copy to try it out. I was a bit underwhelmed. The story is supposedly the inspiration for today's Mummy movies. Basically, it deals with the acquisition of a number of articles, including a sarcophagus, ancient jewels and many other items from a crypt in The Valley of the Sorcerors in Egypt. The story starts in London with an attack on the ma ...more
Maren
Jun 11, 2009 Maren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Jewel of Seven Stars is a flawed yet compelling book by Stoker. I have found stoker creates interesting female characters, especially for the era in which he lived. They are often educated brave and profoundly forward thinking and at other times (or in other characters) in need of saving.

The plot involves a man in a mysterious trance after a mysterious attack all of which seems to be linked to the Egyptian artifacts he has spent his life studying. As in Dracula, Stoker is interested in the
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C.L.
Apr 23, 2011 C.L. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are two endings to this book and I have problems with both of them. The unhappy ending, I have no idea what happened. Although I do like the last line of the end. Creepy and sad. The happy ending isn't much better. Doesn't jive with the rest of the book. Too bad. I liked most of the book itself the endings were just strange, and not in a good way. But Dracula was the same way. I mean he died from a guy sticking a knife in his heart? What about the wooden stake? Maybe Mr. Stoker just couldn ...more
Xarah
Dec 02, 2007 Xarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
I was kind of disappointed after finishing this book. I'm not really sure what I expected, but it didn't really meet that "goal." Though, overall, I did enjoy the story!

I guess I had a hard time with the Egyptian aspect of the tale. Since I've done some research on ancient Egypt, I caught myself catching things in the book and telling myself that it wasn't correct - which probably isn't the best way to read a book. Oh well, that's my own fault!
Beav
Apr 22, 2008 Beav rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. What a bore. A shitty plot, and boring love story interwoven. I actually only finished this book so i could dissect it and shred it here. Yes, i know, i have no life. But now that i've read it, it still sucks, but i don't even want to write or think about it anymore. do read dracula tho because that was actually good, i know nothing of his other works, but after this one i'm a bit leery to explore any more during this life, so we'll what happens in the next.
Deanne
Apr 18, 2013 Deanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Get the sense that Stoker could have done so much more with this than he did, feel like I could write, 'Could try harder' on his school report. Not Dracula, but there is a good idea there, but it feels as though he got bored or fed up and just wanted it over with.
The build up takes a while, and then in about 10 pages it's over.
Dannii Elle
Not a bad read by any stretch of the imagination but I think my absolute adoration for Dracula led to some disappointment whilst reading this book. A good book, but, for me, it is just not on par with his other great Classic novel.
Chris
Mar 03, 2010 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Charles
Dec 28, 2013 Charles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A definite meh. Depending on which version of the end you read it's either saccharine and insulting or tragic and open ended. The latter ending is the original. It's far better, but nothing can make up for 300 pages of exposition followed by 5 or so pages of plot.
Sam  Bright
La-ame. A long, mostly uneventful leadup to an ending that you think will finally be exciting and ... it fizzles. Very lame. It had its moments, but overall quite dull. Disappointing, especially from the author of Dracula. 2 stars.
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