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Vampire City by Paul Féval père
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Dec 04, 2012

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bookshelves: blackcoat-press, classic-monsters

Odd mish-mash of vampire story, gothic melodrama and fantasy.

Very meta, as the gothic writer, Ann Radcliffe is one of the characters in the book. Yet, despite being talked about like she's the hero, she spends the whole book acting like a damsel.

Most of the work, and hero-ing is done by the stereotypical Irish servant of one of the other main characters.

I have the vague feeling this was originally done as a satire, as all the characters are such obvious 'types' from gothic novels, but the suspense is real, the vampires are treated like real menaces and the idea of the vampire city itself is a great piece of fantasy.
So, it might be Feval was more an ideas man than a strong character writer.

Fun read and an interesting look at the vampire novel from the days when it was still being invented.

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