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3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,261 Ratings  ·  215 Reviews
12,090 A.D. It is a dark time for the world. Humanity is just crawling out from under three hundred years of domination by the race of vampires known as the Nobility. The war against the vampires has taken its toll; cities lie in ruin, the countryside is fragmented into small villages and fiefdoms that still struggle against nightly raids by the fallen vampires - and the r ...more
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Published 2009 by Азбука-классика (first published March 10th 1983)
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Made DNA
Jul 10, 2008 Made DNA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Excellent translation.

I'm confused. Why is it that other reviewers think that 'something is lost in translation'? As a translator, I would consider that one of the biggest insults there is.

People, PROFESSIONAL tranlators are chosen for these jobs. They are persons who have worked for many, many, many years in the original language (Japanese in this case). Unless your Japanese is better than theirs', or you comprehend Japanese on par with them, how can you EVEN CONSIDER making suc
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Bookwatcher
Are you asking yourself why this book end in my house?
It's a funny story (short, I'll not bore you to death). I’m a manga/anime fanatic (nerd one since I love to go to manga/anime conventions and see cosplay judgements) and at the so far far far far away 90’s (I’m old, I know) I saw the anime “Vampire Hunter D 2000”( http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/revie...) and loved it. At the time the book was only in Japanese… so I wait… wait… wait a little more than, to my huge happiness, Dark Horse Books
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planetkimi
I love the post-apocalyptic dystopia setting of the VHD novels ... I think that D and his very sassy hand are intriguing characters, and the plots of the novels are interesting. It's a richly imagined dark fantasy/sci-fi world.

However, I do not like the narration style at all. It has this over-the-top pulp fiction kind of feel that is incredibly cheesy, in my opinion. Your mileage may vary! :)

I'm going to give the new manga a try. I really want to like the VHD stories, but after wincing my way
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Žarko
Ја и јапански аутори се дефинитивно не слажемо, додуше узорак ми је само Мурками и то Рју тако да и није неки узорак.

Ужасни превод на енглески je за Дарк Хорс 2005 радио извесни Кевин Лихи. Не знам шта и како, али човек мисли да све што је под једном одредницом у лексикону синонима значи апсолутно исту ствар, ово није ни Гугл транслејт у 2016, спушта се понекад на ниво Јахуовог Бабелфиша из деведесетих.

Аутор обожава да покаже, каже, понови, па и коментарише оно што је већ показао и рекао и што б
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Ryan
Nov 19, 2007 Ryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the VHD Anime
This is the original IP for the Vampire Hunter D Anime. I feel guilty with my rating because I really wanted to like this book more. Positivly it had a solid background story and an ingaging plot, but negitivly something was compleatly turned backwards in the translation from the original Japanese. The narrator has a hidiously horrible habit of telling the reader either what to think or reminding them of things that are much to plainly obvious. It almost feels like the book is written for reader ...more
Jim
Jul 06, 2016 Jim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the cartoon movie, so I gave it over 50 pages & just couldn't stomach it any more. A lot of the problem was the horrible dialogue. This may have been due to poor translation, but I don't think that was all of it. Very stilted & unbelievable.

The setting was too far out, too. Humans fighting vampires 10,000 years into the future, a medieval world in many ways backed by super science. Unfortunately, the author tried to draw a direct line from our time to that one & I found his
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Crystal Nelson
When this book came out I was bouncing off the walls. And I got it when it first came out and I love it! As being a fan of Vampire Hunter D I have loved all the books I have read so far.

Before I go on telling about the book. WOULD SOME OF THESE PEOPLE STOP BASHING THE TRANSLATION! My God, the translation fine as it is! There's nothing wrong with the translation and there's nothing wrong about how the book is made. Why do people go worrying about such stupid things??? The translator uses excellen
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Ryan
Jan 17, 2008 Ryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't care about shitty writing
Shelves: gave-up
I actually couldn't finish this book. The writing is just horrible. I really want to like it, the plot and setting are very interesting, and I loved the anime (both of them). The text reads very awkwardly, with over explained obvious details, or something explained one way only to read: "Actually, it was like this...". It reads like a series of breathless explanations of cheesy actions scenes written by a 12 year old that is too in love with his own hero.
Elizabeth
Honestly I didn't think I'd ever get around to reading this book. I bought my copy way back in 2009 or so and attempted it a couple of times since then, but never really got very far any of the times I tried.

I then tried this past summer and got about halfway through before school got in the way, but since I've graduated now I thought well it wouldn't be too bad to finish this up and go on from there. I decided to just pick up where I've left off so there is definitely some stuff I didn't rememb
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Stephen Kelley
When I was a kid, perhaps too young to watch these sorts of films, I fell in love with the movie "Vampire Hunter D" when it used to air on The Science Fiction Channel (now called Syfy for some reason). This, along with Nosferatu and hammer films has made it basically impossible to take many "modern" vampire books or films seriously - especially ones featuring adolescent sparkly vampires. For the longest time, I knew that the film was based on a book series, but had no idea that there were dozens ...more
Tarl
I struggled to rank this novel. On one hand, I could rank it on story alone, the other, I could rank it while taking into consideration what may be a poor writing style, or a terrible translator. In the end, I decided to go with the later, as I am ranking the English version of this book.

Most people into anime have seen Vampire Hunter D, and probably before they read this book. Now that I have done both, I am supremely disappointed in the anime and really wish they had just followed the course o
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Ayman Teaman
Mar 18, 2015 Ayman Teaman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-stuff
**Summary**
Rating: 3
A nice introductory story with amazing lore & settings! If you can get past the 'odd' storytelling style, you'll be hooked in no time.

Why did I pick this book?
A friend recommended it, and I was in the mood for a light read with a potential of having a series to enjoy.

Overall reading experience
The storytelling style is a bit odd as you have a narrator who acts as commentator sometimes —differs a lot from your expectations, but once you get used to the rhythm, it is refre
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J.S. Eaton
Dec 29, 2012 J.S. Eaton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vampire Hunter D-A Review
By J.S. Eaton

This is my review of the novel Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi. And yes, that is a Japanese author, and the novel was originally written in Japanese and translated into English.
BOTTOM LINE: It’s a great book, not terribly long, but well-written and quite entertaining.
Vampire Hunter D is a sci-fi/horror novel. Set in the year 12091, it’s a story in the far distant future. This allows the author a great deal of freedom in his scientific conceptualization
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Michael
This is almost pure camp, but it is camp of the highest order that borders on being fine literature.

In the first scene of the book, a man with no name rides along a deserted road and approaches a town somewhere in the western frontier, to be confronted by a woman wielding a whip as her weapon of choice. She disrobes in an attempt to distract the man before capturing him in the tendrils of her skillful lash, but when he miraculously frees himself, she knows he must be one of the heralded Vampire
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Karyn
Jul 22, 2008 Karyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
This book was an absolute chore to read. I am guessing....guessing that something in this story has been lost in translation. Vampire Hunter D was one of my first and favorite anime movies and I was always curious about the gaping plot holes; I was sure there was more to the story than meets the eye! However, the book does little to solve these mysteries (what's with that smart-ass hand, anyways?) and the translation is mediocre at best. Sadly, it doesn't appear to improve in subsequent volumes ...more
Bad-at-reading
I could only honestly give this one star, but think of it as a gold star. Like, if there was a "put it on the fridge" button or a "give author a graham cracker and a pat on the head" button I would have clicked those too.
Taylor Lowery
Mar 30, 2016 Taylor Lowery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I've read several books in this series, I'll probably copy and paste the following review to all of them: these books are fun and cheesy in the exact flavor that we all enjoyed in Conan the Barbarian or John Carter. The concept is pretty great (neo-medieval gothic horror in the distant future), and one interesting thing about it is that the protagonist is definitely a Japanese hypermasculine fantasy rather than a western one: he's perpetually stoic and unflappable, and so androgynously pretty ...more
Anthony Gramuglia
There is a place for books like Vampire Hunter D. It's a page turner. The kind of thing you can read in a day and be done with it. As far as I understand, Hideyuki Kikuchi wrote this novel in the tradition of gothic horror novels and pulp fiction. Though the back of the book claims this is a sci-fi horror novel, this has more in common with westerns.

This novel is the basic plot of Dracula meets Shane. Innocent virginal woman is preyed on by an ancient vampire, so an able bodied vampire hunter co
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Betty
Apr 09, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who thinks vampires have gotten cliche.
Title: Vampire Hunter D
Author: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Series: Vampire Hunter D #1 (Apparently there are more than 20 volumes, a cult classic anime, some manga, etc.)
Genre: This one is a genre-bender. Elements of fantasy, science fiction to explain some of the fantasy, and it's described as being in the horror genre (though I didn't find it scary or gory).
Setting: The year is 12,090. The place is Ransylva, a hamlet town on the Frontier.
Reason for Reading: 50 book PoC challenge, #14!
Relevance to the Pro
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Jeanne Stumbaugh
I liked this book. A light novel, the first in a long series of books, fast-paced and direct. It was interesting to see the differences between the book and the anime, although having read it, I like the book better.

There are, of course, certain problems. It is a translation from the original Japanese. From other translations I’ve read, English versions can be a little spare. With Japanese, there are nuances that depend on both the nature of the words used and also the very characters used in th
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Brian
Once, while perusing the pretty amazing library at my university, I stumbled on a book that dealt heavily on the art of translation. I grew a massive appreciation for the people who translate literature from one language to another because the work and literary prowess necessary to accomplish such a task is massive. It is also what makes translating literature so difficult.

The translators must ask themselves a series of questions:

-Have I captured the author’s original voice?
-Have I translated th
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Jere
May 22, 2016 Jere rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not entirely sure about how I feel about this story: being my first Light Novel I had to divide my attention between the story and its structure. Given that, I wasn't completely focused on absorbing the whole thing that lay in front of me. Either way, I've been a fan of vampire stories ever since my first contact with one, and the style, even considering it was a translation, was rather nice.

The missing star is not due to some mistake from Hideyuki Kikiuchi, it should rather be interpreted
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Taralen
Mar 19, 2014 Taralen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Vampire Hunter D is a really odd novel. It takes place in a distant future and is full of over-the-top lore and characters. Despite Amano's artwork, this story is far from anything deep. It has corny narration and a strange Western sci-fi setting chock-full of horror movie-esque bestiary. So despite all this, why did I rate this 4/5 stars?

Simply put, I find this book highly entertaining. It's ridiculous and campy, but it has a certain charm to it. The story is solid despite how silly it is and i
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Ben Mariner
Mar 21, 2014 Ben Mariner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew nothing about Vampire Hunter D before reading this book other than the fact that there was a movie or something. I picked this book up at a secondhand store for like $2 on a whim. I can't think of a better way to spend $2. It was just awesome.

Set in the extremely distant future, D lives in a world where the extrodinary is commonplace and he's just a freaking badass within it. A descendant of Dracula (so if that was a spoiler, but if you can't figure it out at the first mention of Dracula,
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Skyril
Nov 10, 2015 Skyril rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who don't mind strong swearing and who are looking for a classy vampire book
3.5

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What can I say? This book was... It was... very intriguing... very original, even with the cliches there was some difference to make it new and cool. There were bizarre creatures, surprising twists, and truly epic characters. I also usually enjoyed the way the book was written.

The way it was written... I felt as if the author was watching everything unfold and then describing it to his readers. This was kind of strange and fun, but at the same time, it could be confusing because he was trying
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Marie-alice Minassyan
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Liz Anderson
Jun 09, 2016 Liz Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
If you like sci fi vampire westerns, then boy do I have a book for you!

One of VHD's greatest strengths in my opinion is the incredible world building on the part of Hideyuki Kikuchi. Every book reveals even more about the mythos of the world he has created, enough that there's even a reader's guide for those of us who have a hard time keeping track of everything. For people like me who want to know every ridiculous detail about the world a story takes place in, this alone makes the series worth
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Elizabeth
Mar 21, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Absolutly LOVED this novel version of the Japanese Manga. It's a great story that keeps the reader completely absorbed in the story. Kikuchi doesn't leave loose ends in the story and I really appreciate how the translation isn't "watered down." It's very intelligently translated, the reader isn't talked down to, but instead finds the characters intelligent and clever. Which is what you would expect the future should be. Great imagery, character development, plots twists, and consistant storyline ...more
Jesse
Jul 07, 2016 Jesse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2-2.5.

Finally finished the first novel in Hideyuki Kikuchi's long running horror series. While I greatly enjoyed the two film adaptations of his work, I found the novel itself wanting. There are lots of flashes of imagination in this book, and the detail that Kikuchi goes to in fleshing out his universe are well-rendered, but the characters are simplistic, the dialogue is wooden and overly expository, and the prose style vacillates wildly between poetic horror and clunky awkwardness. I'm not sur
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Yvensong
Good character development, very interesting world-building, with enough action and intrigue to make for a fascinating read.
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