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The New Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker
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Oct 02, 2011

it was amazing

I found this book for sale at Skylight Books in Los Angeles, CA for a great price in late September and decided to take the Dracula challenge. It is a large textbook style edition, filled to the brim with annotations and more reference material then you would ever need about the the world that is, Dracula. The vampire myth had already been established to readers by the mid 1890's but this was the first time the world was introduced to the Count. Not sure what to expect, I jumped in with reckless abandon and traveled through the fog and darkness into the castle.

The book is told as a series of journals, retelling the experiences of it's characters. We start with Jonathan Harker, a young lawyer coerced see the count to negotiate a property purchase in London. You see the locals have gotten wise to the Count's manipulating and destructive ways so he needs to expand his reach to entice unsuspecting victims. What follows is a tail of bleakness and woe unparalleled to any other reading experience I have had outside of Demons. Poor Jonathan suffers the utmost by way of psychological torture by the Count who relentlessly draws suffering to the people he loves most.

Multiple characters points of view are explored, who's journals tell of their investigation into the horrific behavior they begin to see exhibited by the people around them. Of course their investigation leads to the inevitable conclusion that you must stab evil through the heart then chop it's head off. Some of the characters are more interesting than others. I particularly enjoyed the Dr. Steward and Dr. Van Helsing sections because they seemed to always propel the narrative, which can be a bit slow at times.

It's hard to give this story anything but a perfect score because it truly lives up to the hype and established many of the myths we now hold true about the bloodsuckers we love. Not sure this particular edition is worth reading for anyone not interested in a complete historical retrospective on this character but it's information was quite helpful in giving context to an era I was not that familiar with. It was the perfect October companion but I'm happy to have escaped the clutches of Dracula... for now.
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Reading Progress

October 2, 2011 – Started Reading
October 2, 2011 – Shelved
October 10, 2011 –
page 100
October 18, 2011 –
page 187
October 20, 2011 –
page 208
October 24, 2011 –
page 258
October 26, 2011 –
page 275
October 27, 2011 –
page 297
October 27, 2011 –
page 297
October 31, 2011 –
page 318
November 1, 2011 –
page 330
November 3, 2011 –
page 355
November 6, 2011 –
page 363
November 6, 2011 –
page 371
November 6, 2011 –
page 395
November 7, 2011 –
page 420
November 7, 2011 –
page 420
68.52% "I'm working hard to finish this book, my goal is to complete the text by the end of the week!"
November 7, 2011 –
page 422
November 7, 2011 –
page 422
November 8, 2011 –
page 443
November 8, 2011 –
page 443
November 8, 2011 –
page 450
November 11, 2011 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Ruth (new)

Ruth tis the season!

message 2: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Totally. I love seasonal appropriateness.

message 3: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Done at last! Review, please.

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