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Kirsi I liked it - Gothic castle in Styria, mix of authentic vampire folklore - Carmilla is not pale nor burn in the sun - and Gothic romanticism. Carmilla is gorgeous and has some effective dialogue. But it has zero action, lot of talk... so if you are bored by talky, actionless stories, you may not enjoy this.
Glenn Goettel Rambling, verbose and the ending is an utter failure. That said, this protagonist first-person of an isolated woman, frightened and confused by a same-sex attraction, is further proof- were any needed- that Victorians were quite adept at channeling their sexuality into romance, particularly gothic with a paranormal edge.
Miranda Yes. It is *THE* original modern vampire story. It was written 25 years before Dracula, and had such a major (though overlooked) impact on not only Stoker's story, but all modern vampire stories. It is also a story of sapphic love, so really, how can you go wrong?
Radclyffe U-Haul Only if you're ready for a lot of languorously languid languor and plot threads that never really come together. On the upside, the subtext is pretty blatant, and this is presumably the root of the Lesbian Vampire trope.