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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
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Jan 31, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, historical, book-club
Recommended to Julie by: Bookclub
Recommended for: anyone interested in Dracula & vampires
Read in December, 2009 , read count: 1

I finished this book several days ago. There are things I Like that seem to work well in this book; I do like the 'letters' written by several characters that tell the tale throughout the book. I like how the chapters switch from one character's point of view to another, This technique works well in the beginning to the mid part of the book; from the mid-point on, there technique is used less as the plot begins to coalesce as the storyline concentrates forward movement basaed upon just a few of the main characters.

I love the Dracula legend and the intertwining of historical data along with the fictional premise of the book. I found this combination to be one of the things that intrigued me about this book.

One of the things I did not like was the anti-climatic confrontation between Dracula and the main characters. There were only a few pages devoted to this part - I would have loved for it to have been stretched out and developed a bit more, I was lured in by the interesting story, I just didn't get 'hooked' at the climax.

This was a good book and I am sure most folks would find it an interesting alternative to the typical novel about Vampires.

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Reading Progress

12/26/2009 page 346
53.89% "So far I like this book. We shall see how it turns out."

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