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Vampire City

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Some tell of a great city of black jasper which has streets and buildings like any other city but is eternally in mourning, enveloped by perpetual gloom. Some call it Selene, some Vampire City, but the vampires refer to it among themselves by the name of the Sepulchre... To destroy the dreaded vampire lord Otto Goetzi, writer Ann Radcliffe, Merry Bones the Irishman, and ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 16th 2003 by Hollywood Comics (first published January 1st 1867)
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Stuart
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Paul Feval's almost entirely unknown book (which I only found after researching a random reference in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) is a post-modern masterpiece before there was post-modernism. It's like a ridiculous episode of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, crossed with an Ann Radcliffe melodrama, as written with Voltaire's sense of humor. An ensemble cast of delightfully tongue-in-cheek stereotypes go on adventure in Eastern Europe when young Anna's childhood friends are kidnapped by green ...more
Wreade1872
A horror/comedy, supposedly showing events which led Ann Radcliffe to write 'Mysteries of Udolpho'. This is a pre-D(racula) vampire story and as such none of the usual vampire rules apply.
The story is told to the author by a servant, who heard it from Miss Radcliffe. These layers of removal from the actual events make it feel like reading myth or urban legend and allows the reader to easily ignore any errors or contradictions that might arrive in the plot.
You would think that this distance
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Niki
Jul 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @43%. Almost comically uninteresting and impossible to get into. PaRoDiEs don't work for me, at all.
Marissa
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Marissa by: Stuart
Vampire City is an obscure work of horror-comedy-metafiction written in France circa 1870, and if that description doesn't pique your interest, what are you doing on Goodreads?

Paul Féval imagines Ann Radcliffe, the English Gothic novelist, running away from home on the morning of her wedding day to rescue two of her childhood friends, who have gotten caught up in the schemes of a nefarious vampire. Féval's vampires glow green at nighttime, have their own civilization based in Vampire City, and
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Niki
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
même pas peur – par contre, je me suis plutôt ennuyée – j’ai trouvé que l’écriture de Paul Féval père avait un peu vieilli.
Quand je songe que l’on considère qu’il s’agit ici d’une comédie d’horreur, je commence à me demander si mon sens de l’humour m’échappe totalement, car je n’ai pas trouvé cela très drôle, à la rigueur, certains passages m’ont fait sourire, sans plus.
Sean O'Hara
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, french, gothic
When I read Blackcoat Press's edition of Feval's Knightshade, I was severely disappointed that the contents of the story couldn't match the surreal creepiness of the cover, but part of me doubted that any 19th Century author could come up with something that weird. Even Maupassant at his most insane didn't come up with imagery that could match that. But lo, Vampire City, which sports equally bizarre cover art, actually manages to deliver.

The story by itself is weird, featuring Gothic horror
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CalebCW
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I really need to read some of the works by Ann Radcliffe, because jumping into Vampire City without any background into her work was like trying mend a broken bone without any background in first aid. The narration of "97" drove me freaking insane, were it not for Merry Bones and my curiosity of Selene I am doubtful that I would have finished it. With that out of the way however the vampires were pretty interesting and unique to say the least, and the idea of an intradimensional city full of ...more
Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
“Η πόλη των βαμπίρ” γράφτηκε το πολύ-πολύ μακρινό 1875. Ο Feval πριν από αυτήν νομίζω ότι έγραψε δύο ακόμα ιστορίες με βαμπίρ, τις οποίες ωστόσο δεν έχω διαβάσει και δεν έχω άποψη. Επιστρέφοντας στη συγκεκριμένη ωστόσο, θα ομολογήσω ότι ήταν μια ιδιαίτερη εμπειρία. Διότι ήταν στιγμές που ο συγγραφέας κατάφερνε να με κάνει να τρομάξω και να χαμογελάσω ταυτόχρονα! Ολοφάνερα πάντως, αυτή ήταν και η δική του επιδίωξη. Θέλησε να μας δώσει μια σουρεαλιστική ιστορία γοτθικού ύφους, η οποία όμως συνάμα ...more
Travis
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Odd mish-mash of vampire story, gothic melodrama and fantasy.

Very meta, as the gothic writer, Ann Radcliffe is one of the characters in the book. Yet, despite being talked about like she's the hero, she spends the whole book acting like a damsel.

Most of the work, and hero-ing is done by the stereotypical Irish servant of one of the other main characters.

I have the vague feeling this was originally done as a satire, as all the characters are such obvious 'types' from gothic novels, but the
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Δημητρης Παπαγεωργιου
Η αποδομηση των γοτθικων μυθιστορηματων τρομου!χιουμορ-ειρωνει λιγο το τελος με χαλασε
Czarny Pies
Oct 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Les fanatiques du genre
Shelves: french-lit
Ajoutez trois étoiles a ma cotte, si votre but est d'étudier la génèse du genre Vampire. Autrement, la valeur de ce roman est à peu près nulle.
La ville vampire meme est un concept bien réussi. Dans les passages ou on visite visite cette macabre nécropole, l'auteur vous livre à une fantasmagorie peu commune. Egalement, Féval donne des attributs très intéresants a ses gouls. Chaque vampire possède un doppelganger dont il ne peut pas se séparer. En plus ses victimes qui se transforment en vampire
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Suzanna Gibbs
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: honors-thesis
Another 19th century vampire novel down! Vampire City contains some comical elements that were refreshing amongst the darker vampire texts I've been studying. It's not a difficult read, and I enjoyed the overly bizarre and coincidental events and characters. This text pre-dates Dracula; therefore, the normal vampire characteristics do not apply and Paul Féval père creates a unique type of vampire.
Mark
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a book written during the 1850s, this is a surprisingly modern absurdest parody of vampire and gothic fiction. Given the time period, it's a little offensive (the Irish stereotypes were a little off-putting) but saying that, it's still amazing relevant to the gothic/vampire genre. It's a pity then that I don't like such parodies or that it doesn't raise itself above modern pieces.
Justin Howe
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
A terrible book, but a very enjoyable one. Nothing beats 19th century French pulp horror fiction when it comes to crazy. Also interesting as a vampire novel written before Dracula and therefore free to make up much of its mythology.
Cai
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This book was wild.
Meredith
Jan 25, 2011 marked it as vampires-early-literature
Shelves: vampires
This review by Justin Howe sparked my interest. www.tor.com/blogs/2010/02/vampire-cit...

Clarisse
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bit-lit
3.5
Luz Alam
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiene sus buenos momentos, otros un tanto absurdos (era la idea supongo jajaj), pero me gustó el vampiro y la idea general, si que era algo moderno este señor. Luego habrá reseña en mi canal.
Rubén Soler Ferrer
Llegué al libro porque suelo leer lo que publica el Club Diógenes. No tenía ni idea de qué iba, quién era su escritor ni nada sobre la versión personal que se aprecia sobre el mito vampírico.
La historia, protagonizada por la escritora inglesa Ann Radcliffe (fallecida en 1823) es el típico folletín de romances entre la alta nobleza, que se ve alterada por la aparición de un vampiro que parece más un personaje retorcido de juego de tronos que un chupasangre. Hay muchos cambios con respecto a la
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Vicente Viejo Malo
Pues más allá de la sátira "posmoderna antes de lo moderno", me ha gustado especialmente la naturaleza grotesca del vampiro, con sus extraños clones y poderes. ¡Clive Barker, muérete de envidia!
Alyssa
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
— Soyez assez bon, mylord, pour bien peser les termes de ma question : étant donné la position des personnes en nombre indéterminé qui se trouvent dans l'embarras, ici dessous, par suite d'un accident, je le suppose, quel moyen mécanique emploierez-vous pour les hisser en terre ferme, si vous possédez une corde, à la vérité, mais si vous manquez de poulie ?
— Je tirerai ma bourse, répondit le jeune adolescent qui joignit le geste à la parole, et je dirai aux braves gens qui sont là : je vais
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Αλέξης Ζησιμόπουλος
Η Πόλη των Βαμπίρ (πρωτότυπος τίτλος La Ville Vampire, 1875) πρόκειται για ένα έργο του Γάλλου λογοτέχνη Paul Féval. Ο Féval έχει παίξει σημαντικό ρόλο τόσο στη γαλλική μυθοπλασία της εποχής του όσο και της ευρύτερης εξέλιξης του σύγχρονου αστυνομικού μυθιστορήματος. Δεν θα ασχοληθούμε με την εργογραφία του όμως, μα με το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο που κυκλοφορεί απ’ τις εκδόσεις Ars Nocturna, με την Αμαλία Δεράου να αναλαμβάνει τη μετάφραση και τη Μαρία Γιακανίκη την εισαγωγή και τις σημειώσεις.

Θα
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Carlos Vallejo
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Todo un clásico, imperdible para quien guste de la novela gótica y vampiresca, con sobrenaturalidades más allá de las entre los vampiros clásicos, Goëtzi un vampiro nada ortodoxo, con una personalidad disociada, y un fulgurante verde del que manan las víctimas derrotadas y transformadas, animalescas, e incluso transexualidad....
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Το πρώτο βιβλίο mush-λογοτεχνίας. Αστειεύομαι, φυσικά, αλλά θα μπορούσε. Η Ανν Ράντκλιφ λαμβάνει κάποια γράμματα την παραμονή του γάμου της και ξεκινάει σε ένα βαμπιροφονικό κουέστ acroos the Europe, παρακαλώ. Πολύ βικτωριανό αλλά και πολύ διασκεδαστικό, παρά την ηλικία του.
Pacmanguai
Dec 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
No se si será la separación temporal, el estilo, la traducción... pero el caso es que ha resultado intragable.
Laura
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
bof...
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For works by this author's son, please see: Paul Féval fils.

Paul Henri Corentin Féval, père, (1816-1887) was the author of popular swashbucklers, such as Le Loup Blanc (1843) and the perennial best seller Le Bossu (1857). He also penned the seminal Knightshade, The Vampire Countess and Vampire City. His greatest claim to fame was as one of the fathers of the modern crime thriller. Because of its
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