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When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula with the purchase of a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client and his castle. Soon afterwards, a number of disturbing incidents unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck; and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published 2016 by Arcturus Publishing Ltd. (first published May 26th 1897)
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Bogdan Valentin Haha, yes! 400 pages book, ends in one paragraph. It was like the author was being pushed by someone.. "Finish already, we have to go fishing!! Everyo…moreHaha, yes! 400 pages book, ends in one paragraph. It was like the author was being pushed by someone.. "Finish already, we have to go fishing!! Everyone is waiting for you! Damn it, Bram, the sun will rise any minute and we're not on the lake by then.." Oh, wait.. (less)
Zakle You might be confused through out it since it IS an older book. There are a lot of words that are not apart of todays typical language, but I absolute…moreYou might be confused through out it since it IS an older book. There are a lot of words that are not apart of todays typical language, but I absolutely loved it when I first read it. Of course there were a lot of words I didn't know, and I often found myself at a lost, but I do believe that was because I was young when I first read it. Around fifteen or fourteen. It's a great classic though and I do recommend it. (less)
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Matthew
Two things about this book:

1. It is a really great and creepy story that deserves classic status
2. Everything is repeated soooooo much without any obvious benefit.

Here is actual footage of Bram Stoker writing this novel:



If Stoker had just got to the point, this book would have been much more exciting and suspenseful. I understand the exact same mysterious thing happens night after night. I understand that Dracula has some boxes of dirt. I get that you brought Winchester rifles along for protecti
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Kat
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(edit: soz lol but i’m going down to a two bc i now that i have read the other “quintessential gothic monster novel” ummmmm this shit did not compare js)

this was all i could think about whenever they talked about dracula's dirt boxes lol

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an actual review?? the first half was waaaay more interesting to me than the last half (idk if that's weird) basically, once the plot line with lucy was finished i cared a lot less. in the end, it definitely was not what i expected, but i'm still glad that i rea
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Jonathan Terrington
Dracula: the very name instantly brings to mind visions of vampires, stakes, garlic, and crucifixes. Yet, when one bothers to read the novel, it becomes self-evident how twisted modern vampire fiction now is.

Vampires are not meant to inhabit the roles of heroes. Go back a few hundred years and men believed truly that the vampire was a real immortal, cursed to quench his undying thirst with a living mortal’s blood. The very idea of a blood drinker should, therefore, inspire the image of a villain
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Elle (ellexamines)
I find Victorian horror so interesting because it’s a clear reaction to social norms of the time, to the buttoned-down and repressed social climate of the time, to the “new moral standards” of the church and the new questions brought up and hidden away by scientific thought. But under the fabric of late Victorian society lay wide ranges of change; the increased marriage rate and idea of the domestic sphere for women giving way to the New Woman, the upper class vs. lower class divide giving way t ...more
Anne
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Grumpy Old Vampires
Recommended to Anne by: Jeff
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Shockingly, not a whole hell of a lot of vampire stuff up in this bitch.
Mostly, it read like a dull travelogue with lots of emotions - bro love everywhere! All the men loved all the women (platonically or otherwise) to the point they were willing to give their lives for whichever lucky lady was getting snacked on by Dracula at the time.
It was quite the love fest. <--I'm not buying it, Stoker!

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And Dracula?
Not since Gary Olman's beehived old woman portrayal have I been less scared of this character
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megs_bookrack
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A truly timeless MASTERPIECE.



Believe it or not, I am still considering how to best write a 'review' for this, one of my very favorite novels of all time.



I annotated this most recent time reading, in the hopes that it would help when it came to composing my final thoughts.



What I am really struggling with is the idea of little ole' me 'reviewing' a masterpiece.

I guess my goal is more to compel people to pick up this amazing piece of world literature and give it a shot, as opposed to providing an
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Caz (littlebookowl)
Managed to finish this :) Second time studying, but first successful read-through.
I enjoyed it more this time around, mainly because I actually read the last quarter or so of the book, which was the most enjoyable in my opinion.
Sean Barrs
Dracula is, of course, one of the most renowned horror stories, and the most well-known vampire novel. Bram Stoker set the ground rules for what a vampire should be, and set the benchmark for all other writers of the vampire afterwards. Indeed, if tyrannical villains are a necessity of Gothic fiction then Count Dracula is the father of all gothic villains, in spite of it being one of the last Gothic fiction novels to be written. It’s a work of genius that his presence is felt so strongly in the ...more
S.A. Parham
Aug 13, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I was rather disappointed by this classic. It started out with promise, especially the Jonathan Harker bits. Then all the male characters descended into blubbering worshippers of the two female characters, and by the end of the novel, I was wishing Dracula could snack on all of them and be done with it. I kept having to put it aside and read chapters in between other books, but I managed to finish it at last.
Nayra.Hassan
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
مصاصي الدماء..ما اكثرهم في واقعنا..تأمل قليلا في المقربين منك..و ستكون محظوظا حقا لو لم تجد فامبير جفف مشاعرك و مواردك أولا باول؛قبل ان يجفف الدماء من عروقك مرارا Screenshot-2018-11-02-14-51-41-1

هي رواية تغذي بداخلك ذلك الشعور الموروث غير مبرر : الخوف بلا منطق ولا نهاية. .
بل ونجد فيه متعة و ندفع المال لنرتجف بين صفحات تلك الرواية الدموية التى تحكي و تحكي و تظل تحكي عن ذلك الوغد الروماني السادي الذي يضع رؤوس اعداؤه على مائدة افطاره! !ا💀

دراكولا تعني "الشيطاني " بالرومانية فقد فاز الكونت فلاد الولاشي باللقب بعد ان سعى اليه كالخر
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Dracula (Dracula of Stoker Family #1), Bram Stoker

Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. It introduced Count Dracula, and established many conventions of subsequent vampire fantasy.

The novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and a woman led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

The story is told in epistolary forma
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Mike (the Paladin)
I believe this may be the edition I read "first". This is an amazing book. I've read reviews by those who disagree and reviews by those who hated the format. But I was swept up in it the first time I read it as a teen and have been every time since.

My advice is don't worry about all the psychological baggage that has been tacked on over the years...and please don't confuse the movie "Bram Stoker's Dracula" with the actual plot, story, and characters in the book. It doesn't remotely resemble the
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Martine
'Welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely. And leave something of the happiness you bring!'

These are pretty much the first words spoken to Jonathan Harker, one of the heroes of Bram Stoker's Dracula, upon his arrival at Count Dracula's castle in Transylvania, just minutes after a nightmare journey through the landscape of gothic horror: darkness, howling wolves, flames erupting out of the blue, frightened horses. Within a few days of his arrival, Harker will find himself talking of the Count'
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Matt
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This is a classic monster tale I have enjoyed before, but could not wait to revisit as the season is rife with haunted ghouls and bloodthirsty readers!

Young solicitor Johnathan Harker finds himself travelling through the Hungarian countryside and into Romania, on his way to a castle in the heart of Transylvania. There, one Count Dracula awaits Harker and proves to be an odd, yet amenable, host. Seeking to finalise a land deal in England, Harker and Dracula talk long into the night, though the fo
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El Librero de Valentina
No hay mucho que decir, es un clásico y es ¡una joya!
JV (semi-hiatus)
"There is reason that all things are as they are, and did you see with my eyes and know with my knowledge, you would perhaps better understand. [...] But there are things that you know not, but that you shall know, and bless me for knowing, though they are not pleasant things."
Nothing lasts forever.

Or so they say... at least for this particular being with protuberant teeth itching for yet another slice of an extra rare slab of steak and some bloody juice.



Isn't it a wonder that, once, there
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Luffy
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
Dracula, the book, struck a chord with me. In it was a fight between good and evil. Modern vampires have great seduction powers. I never liked that. I also didn't like vampires in many Urban Fantasy books. The Hollows series spring to mind. The greatest change in the villainous vampires arises in Anne Rice's books. It was a perfect case study of an idea done to the death.

In Dracula, several people record their impressions. I 'pretend' to know that the women in the books, Lucy and Mina, have the
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Henry Avila
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Children of the night what music they play" ; Jonathan Hawker hears those chilling, famous words from the inhuman appearing Count Dracula, in the remote Castle Dracula , Transylvania (Romania) . What started out as a simple real estate deal by an English solicitor and a foreign nobleman, becomes a blood sucking nightmare.
The shell shocked Jonathan is imprisoned by the creepy Count, a " person" you wouldn't want to see in a dark alley on a moonless midnight walk. Three strange , bizarre , but v
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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Guille
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Los libros rara vez me provocan carcajadas y nunca miedo, algún desasosiego quizás, pero miedo nunca, por lo que no me ha extrañado que este tampoco me lo produjera. Por el contrario, sí me han sorprendido las pinceladas de humor que aparecen de vez en cuando (“las mujeres parecían guapas, si no te aproximabas a ellas”) o la descripción que hace del conde y que contrasta tanto con la iconografía cinematográfica. La verdad es que soy incapaz de imaginarme a Drácula con bigote y con manos anchas y ...more
Emily May
I've grown to appreciate this more with age - especially as I've put more distance between myself and the time I studied Dracula at school. But I still think it's overrated. Dracula isn't nearly scary enough, Jonathan Harker is a wet mop of a protagonist, Mina is annoying and the best character [spoiler alert!] gets killed less than halfway into the book. . ...more
Carmen
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone on Earth
No man knows till he experiences it, what it is to feel his own life-blood drawn away into the veins of the woman he loves.

This seems to be my first time reading Dracula, and I LOVED IT. I say "seems" because I swear I've read it before. However, that would have been ages ago. Or a byproduct of seeing 10 million different Dracula interpretations before the age of 20. o.O So it was fresh and relatively new to me. I was surprised by the twists and turns. I thought I would be able to reasonably pre
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Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.



Despite being hailed "the most famous figure of seductive evil" in literature, Count Dracula proves to be neither scary nor seductive.

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Paquita Maria Sanchez
This was neither as bad as I assumed it would be or (nor?) as good as I eventually started thinking it could be. Much as I love receiving real mail, whether it's a letter, present, post card, or even just a book I ordered (Shucks, for me? Thanks, me!), the epistolary form just doesn't generally jiggle my jolly parts. This is especially true when a lot of what you're reading is the journals of a bunch of people you'd never even want to have passing conversations with, Dr. Van Helsing and Dr. Sewa ...more
Henk
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
The start was intriguing enough but around halfway, after one of the main characters died, it’s just the 19th century equivalent of conference call after conference call on how to destroy Dracula
How can woman help loving men when they are so earnest, and so true, and so brave! And, too, it made me think of the wonderful power of money!

Quite contrary to what I'd expected beforehand is that Dracula is not that creepy.
The book is almost soap like, in how the friends of Lucy are constantly frustrate
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«Η εκδίκηση μου μόλις άρχισε. Πέρασε στους αιώνες και ο χρόνος είναι στη δική μου μεριά».


Ο Κόμης Δράκουλας με τη γοητευτική και οδυνηρά ιδιόρρυθμη προσωπικότητα είναι ένας ευγενής, γόνος αριστοκρατικής και πανίσχυρης οικογένειας, υπηρέτης του μακάβριου και του σκοτεινού.

«Καλώς ήρθες στο σπίτι μου! Μπες ελεύθερα. Έλα με ασφάλεια, και άφησε λίγη απ' την ευτυχία που φέρνεις».

Η μορφή του, ψηλή, λιγνή, υπνωτιστική, σατανικά ζοφερή και ικανή για αποτρόπαιες και ανατριχιαστικές πράξεις.

Ένας χιμαιρικ
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Julia Ash
A classic literary masterpiece!!!

Here's a example of Stoker's writing, from Jonathan Harker's journal shortly after he was taken prisoner by Count Dracula in his castle:

"I looked out over the beautiful expanse, bathed in soft yellow moonlight till it was almost as light as day. In the soft light the distant hills became melted, and the shadows in the valleys and gorges of velvety blackness."

and then...

"But my feelings turned to repulsion and terror when I saw the whole man slowly emerge from th
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Ginger
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ginger by: Terry
Shelves: 2018, audio
I want to suck your blood!!
What an amazing Gothic classic to listen too!

So, I finally did it. I took on the granddaddy of all vampire books. I decided to listen to this one instead of reading it due to a great recommendation from a friend on here.
Thanks Terry!

I think this was a great decision to do since the characters in the audio book were excellent, especially Susan Duerden. Her voice was beautiful and mesmerizing as Lucy Westenra! All the narrators did such a great job with each character.

Th
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Mohammed Arabey
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
في ويتباي الهادئةالساحرة،تحاول لوسي مع مينا تهدئة قلقها علي خطيبها الغائب برومانيا

**دكتور نفسي يعاني رفض لوسي لخطبته، يشغل نفسه بمتابعة مريض من نوع خاص..يهوي صيد الذباب والعناكب..مهووس بالحيوات
**سفينة غامضة ترسو بويتباي في عاصفة عاتية وأجواء كئيبة غامضة..بدون أي طاقم علي سطحها الا ربان..ربان مقيد بدفتها،ميتا
**أقتحام بيوت بلندن..رحلة بقطار الشرق السريع..وأخري نهرية..ذئاب وخفافيش وعالم مهووس بالخرافات والاساطير..وثوم
ماذا كنت تظن؟ أكنت تعتقد أنك ستظل قابعا بقلعة ما بترانسيلفينا تكتب مذكراتك فحسب؟؟

د
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Meh, it wasn’t as great as I was hoping. Sucks too because I love this beautiful little door stopper of a book. I hugged it often! Bastards! Making something so adorable that’s going in the trade in box. Sigh. I really loved the beginning, and don’t get me wrong, it was still good ....just not fantastic for me. I’m glad most everyone else in the world loved it 😃

Happy Reading!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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He was born Abraham Stoker in 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent – then as now called "The Crescent" – in Fairview, a coastal suburb of Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham Stoker and the feminist Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornely. Stoker was the third of seven children. Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Clontarf Church of Ireland parish and attended the parish church (St. John the Baptist lo ...more

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