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Dracula Cha Cha Cha

(Anno Dracula #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,682 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Written by award-winning novelist Kim Newman, this is a brand-new edition, with additional 40,000 word never-before-seen novella, of the popular third installment of the Anno Dracula series, Dracula Cha Cha Cha.

Rome. 1959. Count Dracula is about to marry the Moldavian Princess Asa Vajda - his sixth wife. Journalist Kate Reed flies into the city to visit the ailing Charles
Paperback, 480 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Titan Books (first published 1998)
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Apr 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why, why in the name of all that's profane was "Dracula Cha Cha Cha" retitled "Judgment of Tears" for the North American market? I would never read a book actually titled "Judgment of Tears." "Dracula Cha Cha Cha," on the other hand, that's a title with moxie!
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Dracula Cha Cha Cha’ is brilliant. It’s fun, exciting, tense and a fantastic addition to the ‘Anno Dracula mythos. The setting is Rome in the last 1950s, where Genevieve, Kate and Penny once again find themselves crossing paths with the most famous vampire of them all: Dracula. The setting itself is without a doubt borrowed from ‘Roman Holiday’ and Federico Fellini films (although I see this one in shiny Technicolor, rather than black and white), but that faded glamour of Rome works so well as ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: monsters
This is the third book in the Anno Dracula series, set in an alternate world where Dracula wasn't defeated in Bram Stoker's book and has spread vampirism across Europe. You can largely ignore The Bloody Red Baron for the purposes of this book as it follows more on from the events and with the characters of the original Anno Dracula.

Set in 1959, this book takes to Rome. Dracula hasn't been seen in some time but is about to get married to a Princess. Naturally, Charles Beauregard of the Diogenes
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Book Three of the Anno Dracula series we reach the late 1950’s and 1960’s. A time of European opulence and Mediterranean glamour, epic film making and spy thrillers such as Ian Fleming’s James Bond and Len Deighton’s Harry Palmer. Not to mention vampires.

Old Vlad (Count Dracula) is still around and at the start of the book due to marry again – this time to Asa Vajda, Princess of Moldova. Kate Reed, vampyrric super-reporter and erstwhile secret-agent for the mysterious Diogenes Club, is in
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Recommended to Reading Divergence by: Hearts on Fire Reviews
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Fans of Horror, especially of the Vampiric subgenre, and aficionados of excellent writing, can be thankful to Titan Books for bringing Author Kim Newman’s classic trio, the “Anno Dracula” series, to a broader readership, and introducing readers (like myself) who missed out on these at first publication, to an outstanding set of books. Mr. Newman knows his history about as well as any historian; and the details he brings to light and to life are
Four stars for 'Dracula Cha Cha Cha' and about 3 for the novella appended to this edition, 'Anno Dracula 1968-Aquarius'.

For 'Dracula Cha Cha Cha', I'm going to echo my update comment here and reaffirm that this is an exceptionally fun, campy, and lively piece of vampire fiction; anyone who loves the films of Fellini, Pasolini, even cinema giallo, will have a great time with this book. Well-etched little cameos abound and Newman continues to draw inspiration from both fiction and real life in a
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mr Newman does it again,excellent throughout, loved the writing,the carachters and the storybso clever and fresh, utterly brilliant!! My rating Excellent
Toby Turner
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
The third part of the Anno series. A solid and engaging story with the usual clever references. This however I found to be a slower and morre difficult read than previous and struggled to get through.
If you're a fan you'll love it, if it's not your usual choice of genre you possibly won't.
Merl Fluin
I wanted something fun, frothy and disposable to keep me entertained on a long journey. This book did the job perfectly adequately.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4,5
D.M. Dutcher
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I only gave this three stars because of the references. Let me explain.

This book is set in 1950s europe, surrounding the impending marriage of Dracula to another vampire royal. You see, vampires are mainstream here, existing among normal people in a manner vaguely echoing the upper class, jet-setters, and hoi-polloi in the real world. They are seen as glamorous, in control, and tend to be reacted to rather than just part of life. Kate Reed is a vampire journalist who gets caught up in the murder
The third installment in Newman’s wonderful Anno Dracula series(which I misread as Anna Dracula and avoided for years), but hopefully not the last. Offering the type of fun offered by Alan Moore or Mike Mignola comics or a hyper dense with cultural in jokes cartoon like the brilliant Venture Brothers (only good thing on Adult Swim), but with fully rounded characters. This time the novels of Ian Fleming and Patricia Highsmith,and the films of Dario Argento and Federico Fellini combine in a story ...more
Richard Wright
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Third book in the Anno Dracula series, and this time Newman takes his vampire heroines to Rome, 1959, to attend the wedding of the greatest vampire. Newman practically invented metatextual fiction, in which characters and images from other things are woven through new novels (Alan Moore gets the credit for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but Anno Dracula was there first). Here he pushes that almost to the point of exhaustion, with a myriad cameo appearances infecting the plot. Some are ...more
Baal Of
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
Newman continues to impress me with his ability to write in a broad range of styles, and continues to bring his characters through different times. I liked the fact that he allows Charles to die, holding on to his principles despite Genevieve and Kate both being desirous to turn him. His death added a more emotional form of cutting to all the gore that was portrayed elsewhere. I enjoyed the deepening of the relationships between Genevieve, Kate, and Penelope. I liked the Bava and Argento ...more
C.J. Bunce
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally published November 12, 2012, at

British spy Bond seduces readers as a vampire in Kim Newman Dracula novel

Review by C.J. Bunce

Re-released in book stores last month was Kim Newman’s alternate history/fantasy/steampunk-esque novel Dracula Cha Cha Cha (formerly published as Judgment of Tears), book three of the Anno Dracula series originally released in 1998. You need not read books one and two of the series to be able to fully dive into this incredible and bizarre parallel
Not as enjoyable for me as the first book. Maybe it's because I just don't find the 1950s that interesting.

Usual parade of amusing rain checks and in jokes, but not enough real plot to hold my interest for long.

A pleasant read for a quiet afternoon.
Not quite as enjoyable as the first two books in the series and I wonder if the premise is wearing thin. The second section of the book (set in London) moves the Anno Dracula world building on, but the actual story feels surplufluous and tacked on.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Skinny: 1959 in the Anno Dracula world created by Kim Newman. Charels Beauregard is well over 100 and dying. Kate Reed, a vampire turned in Charels's age, and part of a love triangle with him, the Elder Vampire Genevieve and his one time fiancé, turned vampire and serving the House of Dracula, Penny. Kate, Genevieve and Penny must come to terms with the two looming figures that have shaped them: the mortal Charels Beauregard and the infamous immortal Dracula.

The Good: This is a much more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A solid continuation of the Anno Dracula series. As with the first two books, this novel's chief pleasure is Newman's stunning ability to weave a tapestry of literary and cinematic references. Here he plays off the books' Rome setting to bring in a wealth of references to Italian cinema, from Fellini to Bava to Argento and so much more. Newman also delights in mixing genres. Two supporting characters appear who are not directly named, but who are immediately recognizable. First we have the ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it

I had not read any of the previous books in this series, an alternate history in which vampires became visible in society in the late nineteenth century when Count Dracula married Queen Victoria, and history runs more or less along the same course as we know, except with added vampires. The first part of the book is a novel, Dracula Cha Cha Cha, set in Rome in 1959, and the second a novella, Aquarius, set in swinging London in 1968. Both feature vampire
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Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This book overall for me gets a 3 star with the novel itself getting a 4 and the novella getting a 1.5. Of the novels so far in the Anno Dracula series I enjoyed this story the most. Kim Newman enjoys mashing together different fictional and pop cultural styles to tell a story, and in Cha Cha Cha he excellently melds together James Bond movies with early 20th century monster characters. I also enjoyed the story line of the three powerful vampire women and the three men circling through their ...more
Sarah Parkin
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I adored Anno Dracula and The Bloody Red Baron was great in a different way, but I know a couple of people who weren't fans of Dracula Cha-Cha-Cha so my expectations were tempered a bit. I can see where some of the criticisms came from: this book feels like it's more focused on the location and pop culture references than its predecessors, and I got quite annoyed by some of the characterisations of the female characters, especially in a few moments towards the end (women full of contradictions, ...more
Jason Payne
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Third in the series and still hitting on all cylinders. The stories of Charles Beauregard, Genevieve Dieudonne, Kate Reed, and others move to 1959--the series begins in an alternate Victorian England in which Dracula has survived Van Helsing et al. and is the Prince Consort to Queen Victoria--Rome, where Dracula, in another attempt to centralize power around himself, is marrying again, this time to a Central European princess. Rich and thoughtful characterizations, a couple of genuinely moving ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, audible, kindle
Am enjoyable read, Sracula and vampirism alive and well in Rome. A fun cast of characters with a return for Genevieve who was missing in the previous book.

Perhaps not as good as the previous two books but very enjoyable. Some funny moments and characters like all the books.

Charles will be very much missed by me, I found him to be my favourite character of the series so far, followed closely by Genevieve.

One tidbit in this gives away the title of the next one and I wouldn't have seen it even
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Listen. A book charactered by the likes of Tom Ripley and James Bond and Father Merrin from The Exorcist, that has Clark Kent dancing with Morticia Addams at a vampire club in the Rome of 8 and Roman Holiday? Like. Sold. I feel like even more than the earlier installments of the series this book just lets itself be aggressively cool and fun. Plot's a little thin but who cares. ...more
Michael Rickard
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kim Newman's "Anno Dracula" series has been a fun read. This isn't the best in the series, but it's still a fun read for vampire fans and Newman fans who like the many lawyer-friendly literary homages who show up in his works.
Tonya Mathis
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bond, Hamish Bond. I like it. The Addams make an appearance.I loved it. I'm loving this series.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not as great as the first one, but still a very fun read!
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Eh. Good, but dragged in places. Also there were a number of places where the font failed in the printing, leaving a random accented letter nothing more than a box.
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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

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