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Anno Dracula: The Bloody Red Baron (Anno Dracula #2)

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Praise for  Anno Dracula :

"Kim Newman's Anno Dracula is back in print, and we must celebrate. It was the first mash-up of literature, history and vampires, and now, in a world in which vampires are everywhere, it's still the best, and its bite is just as sharp. Compulsory reading, commentary, and mindgame: glorious." - Neil Gaiman

"Politics, horror, and romance are woven to
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ebook, 320 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Titan Books (first published 1995)
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F.R.
Apr 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Graf Dracula is back! Having been thrown out of power in Britain at the end of Anno Dracula, the Transylvanian bloodsucker has now gained the good graces of Kaiser Wilhelm and launched the world into an all encompassing war. Now it’s 1918 and both sides are anxious to make a big push to end the combat, but this being the newly modern world, the true heroes are the ones who fight in the sky.

Essentially this should be the dirt and grime of the Victorian age swapped for the dirt and grime and terro
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Baal Of
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this volume as much as the previous, primarily because of my specific anti-fascination for world wars I and II. Once I got past the first third of the book, and the story had developed beyond the bounds of aerial warfare, I found the story more interesting. The concept of the vampire shape-shifted flying squadron was well-executed, and made this more interesting than a typical WWI alternate history tale of the kind that typical doesn't interest me. The best horrific scene in the b ...more
Mark
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second novel in this series sees us move on from the events of England in 1888 and Jack the Ripper.

It is now 1914. The Great War is underway between Germany and the rest of Europe. Count von Dracula has fled England after The Terror (in Book One) and is now Graf von Dracula, commander in chief of Germany and Austria-Hungary. Fighting against England and his old enemies Charles Beauregard and the secret Diogenes Club, vampires and humans (‘warm bodies’) are dying in the trenches though the la
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Dan
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: monsters
After the events of Anno Dracula, Dracula has moved to Germany and is effectively running their Great War campaign. Although characters from the first book and indeed various parts of fiction and history do appear, this is a much more enclosed story.

The main focus is on Edwin Winthrop, a member of the Diogenes Club instructed by Charles Beauregard, is sent to investigate the Red Baron. Meanwhile, the vampire Edgar Allan Poe has been employed as the biographer of the Red Baron himself and discov
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Oscar
Nos encontramos en una Europa que nunca fue, una Europa en la que Vlad Tepes, Drácula, ha extendido el vampirismo. Estamos ante una ucronía que empezó con ‘El año de Drácula’ (Anno Dracula), donde Drácula se casaba con la Reina Victoria, convirtiéndose el Londres victoriano en su refugio, y donde vampiros y cálidos llegaban a convivir. Se podía decir que el vampirismo era un factor social más, una opción. De esta manera, Kim Newman mezcla ficción y realidad, personajes históricos y ficticios, en ...more
N.P.
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
This is the second in Kim Newman’s imagining of a world where vampires are now a part of society and Dracula is a major political figure. He has brought the action forward to the tail end of World War 1 for this. The story revolves around a young spy in the Diogenes Club called Edwin Walthrop who does the bidding of Charles Beauregard, the main protagonist from the first Anno Dracula. He has to try to work out what Dracula, who is now a close consort of the Kaiser, is planning as it becomes evid ...more
Jade
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely liked it less than the first Anno Dracula book, but I'm still giving it four stars, mainly because the bonus novella at the end was a lot of fun.

Regarding The Bloody Red Baron itself, I liked that Kate Reed and Edwin Winthrop, who can be said to take the place of Geneviève and Beauregard, are less stereotypical, more human and more flawed. I liked seeing how people of Beauregard's generation made the transition from the Victorian era to the 1910s (I believe in this AU they have a Ki
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Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to OCTOBER IS LOVECRAFT COUNTRY by: Hearts on Fire Reviews
Reviewing for Hearts on Fire Reviews.

Review: My great thanks to Titan Books, who have reprinted the “Anno Dracula” series by outstanding author Kim Newman. The title translates, of course, from Latin, as “Year of Dracula” (as in “Anno Domini,” or “Year of Our Lord,” the medieval Roman Catholic designation on the calendar). This series takes Dracula, that inimitable, ubiquitous, and arrogant former Eastern European tyrant, from Victorian England (where he was, temporarily, Prince Consort to belov
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Nigel
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A ridiculously enjoyable book in a ridiculously enjoyable series. This is the sequel to Anno Dracula, which had Genevieve and Charles Beauregard chase Jack The Ripper through the fog-choked streets of Victorian London, as ruled by the Prince Regent, Dracula. Not to spoil it or anything, but at the end of the book revolution was kindled and Dracula ejected from Britain. Now he's in Germany, running the War for Kaiser Wilhelm. Warm and dead alike are chewed up in the muddy fields of France as the ...more
Riju Ganguly
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I had read this book in its previous "Avatar", this edition, brought out by the good folks at Titan Books, really works much better. Since the core concept of this novel, set in the alternate universe which is so unlike ours (because Dracula had won there) and yet so similar (we have nearly everything of "this" universe, including Americanised pop-culture!) is rather well-known, I would confine myself simply in gushing about the new things that have been incorporated in this version by ...more
Alejandro Vasquez
Perhaps the best book in the series. It's got everything: vampires, revenge, sex, dogfights, Kafkaesque bureaucracy with Kafka himself, Edgar Poe as a proto-Nazi, goddamn Dracula, and references to like a hundred books and movies. Newman's writing is vivid and clear enough that I could understand and visualize the aerial battle scenes without knowing anything about plane fights. He also goes full pulp with this one, crafting a story of German mad scientists making the Red Baron and other pilots ...more
Zack
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably more 3.5 stars than a full four, but I enjoyed this; Newman's ability to mash in hundreds of references to various movies, books, and historical personages augments a strong, unsettling story about the possible realities of a vampire-dominated Great War. And he does a great job conveying the subtle, unsettling -wrongness- of a world infested with the nosferatu, without making vampirism a villainous quality in and of itself. Great, grim fun, and I look forward to the next in the series.
Dave
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second volume in the Anno Dracula sequence, this lacks the depth of the first volume. What it lacks in that regard it makes up for in narrative drive and excitement. In a novel take on the Red Baron, Dracula has moved from The UK to supporting the German war effort for his own ends.
An intense and fun addtion to the corpus of vampire fiction.
Nicole
He writes rather slowly - I mean, it takes forever for things to happen. The descriptions are overly long. And the last part of the book - it was just tacked on to the end - nothing to do with the main story. But interesting.
Simon
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
One thing I really liked about this was the way in which its retelling of the First World War in the vampiric alternative of our actual history is remade in the image of the Second World War in many ways... a kind of telescoping that was very effective.
Jennie
Apr 21, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I won it on Goodreads!
Philip Boyes
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Nice idea and world-building, but Newman's not the best writer in the world, by any stretch. The bonus novella's fun, though.
John Bleasdale
Move him out of the sun

The horror of the first World War matches well with the horror of vampires in Newman's blood slick thriller. A cunningly crafted entertainment.
Rui
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rui by: Lady Entropy
To me The Bloody Red Baron would be the test on how well the awesome ideas brought fourth in the first Anno Dracula could be used in a series. You see, now I will admit I had my doubts when I stared and I bought the first three books together more on a whim than thinking reasonably. But again my scepticism was proved unfounded. In fact, now that I've read this book I actually think it might be even better than the first on a few aspects, because while the first novel was an original concept and ...more
Larou
Kim Newman may not have invented the mash-up genre (but then, he possibly may) but he is undoubtedly its premier virtuoso: In his seminal novel Anno Dracula he presents readers with an appropriately grimy and realistic Victorian London, and then fills it with vampires and a whole host of literary characters. I hesitated quite a while before reading the novel, because even though the concept seemed like fun, I was not sure whether the execution would live up to it. As it turned out, it did, and t ...more
Rob Cook
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A blistering sequel to Anno Dracula's colourful Victorian mayhem, The Bloody Red Baron is a more brutal and serious-minded work. Still huge amounts of fun, of course, particularly for the inter-meta-textual pulp/vampire fiction aficionados (like me), but the conflation of vampirism with the gung-ho, leading-from-the-rear, bloody-minded idiocy of Haig, Churchill et al is genius. There's a chapter near the end where they're all pushing coloured blocks around on a gigantic map, revelling in the sla ...more
Margaret
Excellent addition to the Anno Dracula series. This time, it's World War I and vampires are fighting on both sides of the conflict.

As per usual, the cost of drop in characters is high and fairly funny.

An excellent read. I sat down and read it all the way through.

Lele
In realtà per questo libro non c'è niente di diverso da dire rispetto al commento che ho fatto per il primo libro della serie, stessi pregi e stessi difetti. Anche qui quindi una buona riuscita nel creare questa realtà alternativa, nonostante il periodo storico scelto stavolta non fosse dei più facili, ma c'è sempre la sensazione di un lavoro frettoloso. Mi sembra di avere notato stavolta un numero minore di citazioni storiche e letterarie, ma è anche possibile che alcune mi siano sfuggite.
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Toby
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's fine, but not as good as the first one.
Sam Piper
After reading a couple of extremely well-written, moving but rather serious books, picking up The Bloody Red Baron was intended to be a welcome piece of light relief: a bit of fun vampiric horror.

Kim Newman takes up the reigns of his alternate history some thirty years after the events in the previous Anno Dracula. Having fled from England in the conclusion of that book - as a result of Charles Beauregard’s effective device of giving the enslaved Queen Victoria the knife with which to kill herse
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Matt Mitrovich
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creatures from our darkest nightmares are unleashed on the closest thing to hell on Earth from human history. Monsters own the skies and tanks can be brought down by a single, blood-thirsty soldier. Women surrender their silver for the war effort and creatures lurk in No Man's Land that you could not imagine. This is World War I envisioned by horror and alternate history author Kim Newman. This is Anno Dracula: The Bloody Red Baron.

Some backstory for those not familiar with the Anno Dracula seri
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Lizbeth Gabriel
Good book, but oh my goodness, painfully slow. Took me a year and a two hours' wait at a doctor's office to finish it. I love the use of actual historical persons and popular characters from other books alongside the author's own creations. A strong woman is a central character which is a plus for me. Beautiful language too. Anyone with a preference for history and the supernatural will probably enjoy it.
Thomas
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, history, 2015
Anno Dracula was an incredible book that took the lore of vampires and meshed it rather perfectly with the real world of its time while also being a compelling, intriguing story (which, when you think about it, is pretty impressive in and of itself, since most readers would already know how the events of Jack the Ripper ended). With The Bloody Red Baron, Kim Newman continues the chronology of a real world with Dracula in it, this time taking the vampire and his mythology straight into World War ...more
Jerry Kimbro
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Book Review:
The Bloody Red Baron
by Kim Newman

This book is the startling sequel to the now classic Anno Dracula- the book that re-imagined Bram Stoker’s vampire tale with the premise that Dracula was not defeated by Van Helsing and his friends- but in fact triumphed and ceased control of the British Monarchy.

This is thirty years later and it is now 1918. And we find that Dracula survived the bloody civil war that forced him off the British Throne and he has fled to Kaiser Wilhelm’s Germany. B
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Matthew Kresal
Imagine that sometime in the 1880s, Dracula came to Britain and defeated the forces of Van Helsing. With that effort behind him, he marries Queen Victoria, becomes Prince Consort and introduces vampires into the world at large. That was the premise for Anno Dracula, Kim Newman's stunning alternate history novel that combined fact and fiction so brilliantly. Moving forward thirty years in time to the First World War, The Bloody Red Baron certainly looks promising. But is it really?

The answer is y
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Note: This author also writes under the pseudonym of Jack Yeovil.
An expert on horror and sci-fi cinema (his books of film criticism include Nightmare Movies and Millennium Movies), Kim Newman's novels draw promiscuously on the tropes of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. He is complexly and irreverently referential; the Dracula sequence--Anno Dracula, The Bloody Red Baron and Dracula,Cha Cha Cha--not onl
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