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message 1: by Mary Pat (new)

Mary Pat | 2186 comments This thread is to discuss Bram Stoker‘s book, Dracula.


***Please remember to mark spoilers.***

Participants: Eirelyn, Tuğba, Susy, Allie, Catherine, Brianna, Rachael


message 2: by Mary Pat (new)

Mary Pat | 2186 comments Suggested break down of reading so that you can check in and let us know how you're doing. The following breakdown is purely a suggestion and is therefore not set in stone.

Rather than putting dates for each section I've done it so that it takes into account that not everybody will necessarily have the book at the same time.

Week 1: 122
Week 2: 122
Week 3: 122
Week 4: 122



Shawna I received a lovely hardcover edition for my birthday, excited to read it this month.


message 4: by Nik (new) - rated it 3 stars

Nik (bleepnik) | 852 comments Happy birthday, Shawna. =)


Rachael (allons-y-bookworm) | 3313 comments I'm about to start this. I read it before at high school but I'll be interested to see if my opinions have changed


Susy (susysstories) I'll be starting as soon as I finish Frankenstein, so probably in a week or so.


Eirelyn (ladyeirelyn) | 1244 comments Susy wrote: "I'll be starting as soon as I finish Frankenstein, so probably in a week or so."

Same here. :D


Rachael (allons-y-bookworm) | 3313 comments It's funny that even if you haven't read the book the story of Dracula is so familiar to everyone.
I just finished chapter 3 and I find that Stoker likes to describe things in a lot of detail. I don't know about you but I don't really want to know exactly what Jonathan Harker eats and drinks. He had two glasses of tokay one night! (Decided not to hide that because it's not really a spoiler. Apologies if you feel otherwise)


Susy (susysstories) Lol


Eirelyn (ladyeirelyn) | 1244 comments lol Rachael, that makes me cringe. XD Not the anti-spoiler but the fact that he writes in such unnecessary detail, lol. I feel that way with a lot of the classics (especially the pre-20th century classics). I tend to skim a bit when there's *too much* detail like that. It really adds nothing to the story for me as a reader.


Rachael (allons-y-bookworm) | 3313 comments Eirelyn wrote: "lol Rachael, that makes me cringe. XD Not the anti-spoiler but the fact that he writes in such unnecessary detail, lol. I feel that way with a lot of the classics (especially the pre-20th century c..."
I, too, am skimming the descriptions hoping that Stoker will get to the point.


message 12: by Rachael (last edited Oct 14, 2017 01:31AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Rachael (allons-y-bookworm) | 3313 comments Finished. This is what I thought:
This book is infuriating.
I was fairly sure I've read this before considering I'd studied it at high school. But when I (re)read it, I wasn't so sure. The story is definitely familiar to me, though, probably because Dracula is the evocative classic that inspired many other vampire novels. (Interestingly, according to the X-ray feature on my Kindle, the word 'vampire' only appears 14 times in this book)
Within the pages of this book, Bram Stoker has a tendency to over describe things that have very little to do with the plot while leaving a lot to the imagination with the more important aspects. I realize one of the features of horror is to build up suspense but I still feel that things were left unsaid. The pacing didn't really help matters.
The start was so slow but the last third picked up dramatically. In fact, it felt a little disjointed almost like I was reading two different books.
(view spoiler)
I really liked the multimodal format which included letters, diary entries and telegrams but often it was hard to distinguish the different voices of the characters.
So, yeah, I'm frustrated about this book. It has its good points but overall I felt unsatisfied.


Eirelyn (ladyeirelyn) | 1244 comments I have finished Frankenstein, so I should be starting this one soon. :D


Casey (mozambique) | 33 comments I will be starting Dracula once I finish The Turn of the Screw


message 15: by Eirelyn (last edited Oct 18, 2017 01:57PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Eirelyn (ladyeirelyn) | 1244 comments I started this book today. I'm still in the first chapter. Although, I have chuckled a couple times: once at Harker's notes to get the recipes of the foods he's eaten, and once when the driver told Harker that they don't fix the roads around there because they're afraid the Turks will think they're preparing to wage war. XD


Newly Wardell | 46 comments Just finished this book and I can really understand why the rules set in place with this lore has been so often repeated. I have an aversion to books where characters are begging for death. This is one of those books. When Van Helsing murders the three female vampires, I was confused. He is motivated by the sweetness of a woman who he doesn't know. What? Why is every woman in this book either a delicate flower or a murdering succubus? The male characters are all flushed out with real reactions to the insanity. The females are horribly flat even when they are the plot. Very descriptive and traveling horrible mist was delightfully creepy.


Casey (mozambique) | 33 comments Eirelyn wrote: "I started this book today. I'm still in the first chapter. Although, I have chuckled a couple times: once at Harker's notes to get the recipes of the foods he's eaten, and once when the driver told..."

Yeah I'm on chapter 4 and its really moving along, I don't know why I thought this was boring before. I'm reading the Barnes and Noble classic version and they actually go into more details about the recipes and Dracula's background. (virtually everything has a foot note lol)


message 18: by Susy (new) - rated it 3 stars

Susy (susysstories) Finally started!


message 19: by Theresa~OctoberLace (last edited Oct 23, 2017 11:29PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Theresa~OctoberLace (octoberlace) | 773 comments I have the Audible edition of Dracula, read by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcom, and Steven Crossley. I love listening to these readers, and the book just seems appropriate for the Halloween season. I'll start listening to it again in the morning on my way to work.

Dracula by Bram Stoker


Eirelyn (ladyeirelyn) | 1244 comments The first section of this book *flew* by. All of the scenes that took place at (view spoiler)

But then things kind of changed up a bit. (view spoiler)


message 21: by Susy (new) - rated it 3 stars

Susy (susysstories) Yes I agree. Started out good but it’s gotten a bit boring now... I’ve noticed that I postpone my reading because of that....


message 22: by Eirelyn (last edited Oct 27, 2017 08:00PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Eirelyn (ladyeirelyn) | 1244 comments Susy, hang in there with it! I'm glad to say that it has picked up again! Right about chapter 13 after (view spoiler), things began to get more interesting again. :D

I'm in chapter 17 now, and honestly, after the events of these last few chapters, I can kind of see why they spent so much time focusing on (view spoiler).

I can see things progressing much more now. They have (view spoiler) I'm back into it now though and interested to see where it goes from here (all of the modern retellings of it are so different that I'm honestly not 100% sure how this original book ends lol).


message 23: by Susy (new) - rated it 3 stars

Susy (susysstories) Thanks Eirelyn, I’ll keep that in mind! I’m at chapter 9 now.


Casey (mozambique) | 33 comments Yeah I know what you mean Susy, it did bog down a bit but as Eirelyn said it picks up. I'm on chapter 18 and (view spoiler) sometimes though I wish Van Helsing would shut up and the story would progress faster.


Eirelyn (ladyeirelyn) | 1244 comments Casey, lol! He is certainly a talker, isn't he? XD I do like his character though. And I'm right about at the same place you are; I just finished chapter 18. :D


Casey (mozambique) | 33 comments Eirelyn, I guess he's nice enough, bit sexist though. I know its the times but it kills me when he goes on about the blood transfusions. I think (view spoiler) I'm still enjoying the book though.


Eirelyn (ladyeirelyn) | 1244 comments Casey wrote: "Eirelyn, I guess he's nice enough, bit sexist though. I know its the times but it kills me when he goes on about the blood transfusions. I think [spoilers removed] I'm still enjoying the book though."

lol I kept thinking the same thing about the (view spoiler)


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