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"For the first time, an annotated edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula examines all of the evidence, including contemporary travel books, scientific texts, Victorian encyclopedias, as well as Stoker's own notes for the narrative and manuscript itself."
Readers will encounter over 1,500 illuminating annotations that provide fascinating background information on the language, cu
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Hardcover, 613 pages
Published October 13th 2008 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published 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!!…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…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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Sarah
Here are some thoughts on this book.
1. I would have been all OVER this in 1897.
2. I would like Van Helsing to be quiet.
3. I can suspend disbelief for the vampires but not for the blood transfusions
4. I know it was 1897 and blood types weren't discovered until 1901 (according to my very in-depth research) (wikipedia) but I still cannot get past it
5. The Texan would go outside and randomly shoot things for fun, including things sitting on windowsills of windows in rooms where live people were han
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Jonathan Terrington
Dracula: the very name instantly brings to mind visions of vampires, stakes, garlic and crucifixes. But when one bothers to read the novel they may realise how twisted modern vampire fiction has become.

Vampires are not meant to exist as 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 inspires the very image of a villain to the mind. And that is what
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
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
Catriona (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 the Bookdragon
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
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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Ana O
4.5 Bloodsucking Stars!


"Once again... welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring."


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"I want you to believe... to believe in things that you cannot."


I’m not a big scary book fan, but I have been known to read some spooky stuff. Two books that I found most terrifying were Peter Straub's 'Ghost Story,' which is also one of my all-time favorites, and Stephen King's 'Different Seasons.' Ok the last one isn't that scary but it's my favorite Stephen K
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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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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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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.
Matt
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matt by: BAM The Bibliomaniac
Another re-read, perfect for Horror Week on Goodreads:

A classic monster tale I have enjoyed before, but could not wait to revisit. 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 former feels that ther
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Luffy
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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megs_bookrack
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A true masterpiece.



Believe it or not, I am still considering how to best write a 'review' for this, one of my 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 read this amazing piece of world literature as opposed to providing a critique of Stoker's work. Let me th
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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.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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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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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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
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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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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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. .
Lola

I turned the first page of this universally loved classic thinking that I was going to plunge into one of the world’s best love stories ever written, between Dracula and a lovely lady.

Say what? Love story? BOUAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Right. I blame modern TV shows and movies for growing that thought into my mind over the years. Oh and this, too: (view spoiler). You're one deceiving cover. Dracula is such a romanticized character nowadays that being exposed to his true – Bram Stoker style –
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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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Jason Pettus
Apr 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

The CCLaP 100: In which I read a hundred so-called "classic" books for the first time, then write reports on whether or not I think they deserve the label

Book #13: Dracula, by Bram Stoker (1897)

The story in a nutshell:
To best understand the storyline of Dracula, it's important to imagine yourself as a
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J.G. Keely
Almost every author will fall into one of two camps: the active, and the reactive. The active author looks at the world around them and decides to write about what they see. They sit down and think: "I'm going to write a story, the subtext of which will provide my analysis of Victorian sexual mores". They then construct the story around this theme, creating characters to show different aspects and constructing a plot which moves from general observations to specific insights.

Then there are the r
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Lyn
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I talked to my high school English teacher about my experience reading this, and how it compared to the racy Canterbury Tales, she made an erudite and astute observation, "Human nature doesn't change".

This changed the literary landscape of horror writing since. Sexual, sensual, creepy and still terrifying today.

This review, published in June 2015, is dedicated to a truly great man, Sir Christopher Lee, who passed away in 2015. Sir Christopher portrayed Dracula in the 1958 film Horror of Dr
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Paul Bryant
Sep 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spooky-ookums, novels
If I was Bram Stoker I’d remake the old Melanie hit – remember this one?

Look what they done to my song, ma
look what they done to my song
well it's the only thing that I could do half right
and it's turning out all wrong ma
look what they done to my song


Which the Count would have sung as

Uite ce au facut sa ma cantec, mama
Uite ce au facut cintecul meu e singurul
lucru care i s-ar putea face jumatate
dreptate si e intorcandu-se in toate regula mama
uite ce au facut sa ma cintec


Reviewing Dracula in
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Madeline
Feb 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-list
FINALLY finished it. Assigned reading, in addition to being painfully boring, takes away serious time from The List.

Anyway, on to the bit where I review the book: it wasn't exactly what I was expecting (for instance, the whole novel consists of diary entries and letters written by the main characters - not Dracula, though), and no one even says the word "vampire" until page 165. And they're talking about the bats.
It was genuinely creepy, but the towards the end of the book the pace suddenly ov
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Tahera
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved how the entire book was so atmospheric, especially the beginning and end portions even though the entire book was written in the form of journal entries by all the major characters involved.

The only thing I could not get my mind around though was the Lucy Westenra's blood transfusion episodes....that did defy logic a bit.
Ashley Daviau
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This right here is what vampire stories are supposed to be. Dark and sinister with the evil lurking in the night around every corner. This wasn’t bloody and gory but it was absolutely perfect how it was, it made it all that much more scary! I honestly can’t believe I haven’t read this before now and I’m kind of kicking myself because it’s bloody brilliant and I couldn’t have possibly loved it more!
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