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Dracula in Love by John Shirley
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May 10, 2013

really liked it
bookshelves: my-books

It's hard to believe the novel was written by an 18-year-old guy! But it just serves as a proof how talented John Shirley is, a natural born writer.
I loved the cross-cultural references and how freely Shirley treated the image of Dracula, but in this freedom he managed to preserve the classic feel to him -- it is the Dracula we know, although he looks a bit different and is sporting military fatigues :)
I loved the lengthy baroque descriptions and the potent imagery -- Dracula crushing the crucifix and squeezing blood from the tine Christ on it, for example. And I was amazed how close Lucifer's revelation of his true looks was close to Arthur Machen's description of Pan.
It's not flawless (Vlad sounded too young for an adult and the climax begged to be more intense and violent), but I thoroughly enjoyed the book -- it's a daring and imaginative novel that predated a lot of splatterpunks.
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May 10, 2013 – Shelved
May 10, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
April 12, 2014 – Shelved as: my-books
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