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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...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 15th 1999 by Tor Classics (first published 1903)
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Cornelia
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
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
Maren
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...more
C.L.
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
Grace Harwood
I read the free Kindle edition of this which is the 1912 edition where the ending may (or may not!) have been written by Stoker. As a result, it's not as good as the original version which descends into absolute chaos and is utterly inconclusive except that nearly everyone is dead.

The story starts with a dream sequence whereby our narrator and hero, Malcolm Ross, Barrister, dreams of the lady he has recently fallen in love with at a boating party. That lady is Margaret Trelawney and as he wakes...more
Brian
This book has two versions. The version I own, what I call the children's version, lacks one chapter of and includes a different ending than the other, original, version. At the suggestion of someone in the Classics group, I searched for the original online and quickly found it. So now, having read the story as it was intended to be read, I am able to review this book.

One other note: The difference between the two versions is striking. One is a romance of far-away places and supernatural wonder,...more
Beav
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.
Xarah
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!
Julia Brumfield
My sister recommended me into reading this story for up until now I didn't know that it existed as I am not a big Classics author reader. Anyway just like the Oz series, which I had finished up in March I started off on this book without any idea what it was going to be like or how it was going to end up.

The book was very slow and somewhat like Dracula, in my opinion, had spots where it dragged. Being read on a Kindle I noticed that you had to be about 50% of the way into the book until you ac...more
Charleslehmann
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.
Deanne
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.
Chris
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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.
Laura
The book had a really great set-up . . . thousands of years old mummy, dark magic, creepy London setting, Egyptologists and a beautiful girl in danger. It built up to a suspenseful climax and then . . . nothing.
Sarah
I did like this book, tense at times, mysterious, creepy- but the ending was rewritten and there's a note about it and i have to say i was a bit confused by the finish. Now i want to go check out tales of mummies :)
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
Melanie
It was not nearly as good as Dracula. It was still scary, but the ending felt really abrupt. I'm still wondering if the copy I had was missing the last chapter.
Glenn Moyer
Love it, very mysterious and psychological, I actually prefer the mystery ending to the cleaned up happy ending of the later publishing.
Jared Detter
If the ending was better, I would have given it 4 stars.
Mashell
Good book, but the ending is missing something
Daniel2
Great book, but a very odd and abrupt ending.
Lucy Sisk
http://lola-kiss.blog.cz/1310/klenot-...

Jako zakladatele fenoménu o upírech považuji Brama Stokera, který se proslavil svým dílem Drákula. Málo lidí četlo knihu, ale určitě většina populace ví, o čem kniha je.

Pídila jsem se tedy po této knize, ale místo ní jsem narazila na Klenot sedmi hvězd, knížku, která hlásala, že je od stejnojmenného autora, co napsal Drákulu. Zariskovala jsem a koupila si ji. A nelituji.

Bram Stoker popisoval příběh s určitým nadhledem a nenechal se vyvést z rovnováhy medic...more
Nádia Batista
Um livro de Bram Stoker é sempre apetecível. E explorar os recantos da sua imaginação para além do sempiterno Drácula é uma aventura, para a qual não sabemos se estamos preparados. E posso adiantar desde já que não, não estamos preparados para A Joia das Sete Estrelas.
Antes de ler este livro, é importante saber separar o terror como o conhecemos em 2014 e o terror como era conhecido em 1903, data da primeira edição deste livro. Com os limites sabidos e estabelecidos, podemos então entregar-nos p...more
Kody Farnsworth
I had initially been interested at the idea of reading this book because I knew nothing about it. I have read Dracula, but most people are familiar with it's storyline never having read it themselves. I will say that as I was reading the book I was proactively trying to think out the plot in advance to try to guess what the conclusion would be. So I was initially captivated by its mystery and intrigue. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in the ending...because nothing happened. I guess movies lik...more
Mel
I did enjoy the style of this book a great deal. It read somewhere between, Dracula, Denis Wheatley and a Hammer Horror film. A nice little occult story about an Egyptologist, his daughter, a dead Egyptian Queen and a QC. The narrative was quite slow and introspective, not a great deal seemed to happen and the ending was unexpected, and a little disappointing. But the unexplained mystery and beauty of the book made it well worth reading. I liked the scientific turn of the century approach to mag...more
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