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Fangland: A Novel [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

John Marks , Simon Vance , Todd Parker McLaren , Michael Prichard , Ellen Archer
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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11 Jan 2007

Evangeline Harker, Associate Producer on television news magazine The Hour, is sent to Transylvania to scout out a possible story on a notorious Eastern European crime boss named Ion Torgu.

When she fails to return her New York office is engulfed in a wave of guilt and recrimination. Then, suddenly, months later, she's found convalescing in a Transylvanian monastery, her memory seemingly scrubbed. But then who has been sending emails in her name? And what do these crates delivered to the office contain? And why does the show's sound system appear to be infected with some strange aural virus? As a very dark Old-World atmosphere deepens in the halls of one of America's most trusted television programmes, its employees are forced to confront a threat beyond their wildest imaginings.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Library ed edition (11 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400133599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400133598
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 1.7 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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"A novel about a monster that evokes all the sadness, brutality and hideous glamour of human depravity. It's about the abyss, and the big hole in Lower Manhattan, and the strange, dark, funny stuff in each of us. It'll grab you and not let go until it's done with you" (Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife)

"With wit and fury, John Marks describes a media culture so obsessed with image that it is powerless to resist the malevolent force of true evil. There are several monsters in Fangland, but the most dangerous ones appear every night, smiling on your television screen" (John Twelve Hawks, author of The Traveller)

"Love and death, sex and violence, satiric wit and genuine horror: Fangland has it all. Much more than a modern gothic thriller, John Marks's novel is, at its dark heart, a meditation on the nature of good and evil. I was thoroughly creeped out... and enjoyed every minute of it" (Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child)

"An unforgettable reimagining of Dracula for the 21st century. It takes a rare talent to make a seductive, perhaps even murderous female protagonist into a symbol of a strong modern woman, but John Marks has done just that. Ambitious, career-minded, yet vulnerable, Evangeline Harker is the anchor to an equally ambitious and powerful novel" (Mitch Cullin, author of Tideland and A Slight Trick of the Mind)

"This inventive re-working of Bram Stoker's Dracula - written, like the original, in epistolary form - may be modern in its setting ... but at its heart, this is old-fashioned Gothic horror" (Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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John Marks, a former 60 Minutes producer, grandly reinvents the Dracula epic in an astonishing satire on the way we live and work in the post-9/11 world. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unnerving Modern Gothic 4 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
This book was very good as the author managed to keep a feeling suspense as well as a sense of foreboding throughout the novel, from the way each standpoint was written I, the reader, could see how each character was changing, never really for the better, as the story progressed and gathered pace. I especially liked how Harker was transformed despite some efforts to stop herself.

Ion Torgu was an especially good character, he oozed fear from his first appearance but this fearful pressence stayed throughout, even when Torgu was nowhere, humanly, in sight.

I give this book only four stars for a few reasons. Although I did like this book I felt that it did become a bit bogged down in parts and, although rarely, seemed to have lost a sense of what it was doing. I am not a big fan of letters in the form of a story but as a homage to Stoker's 'Dracula' I understand that this was the best way for the novel.

4/5 stars and recommended to those who like good (neo)gothic horror.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Vampire Novel Like No Other 1 May 2007
Format:Paperback
I will confess I have a soft spot for vampire books, trouble is I'm annoyed by the way authors like Anne Rice and Laurell K Hamilton have saturated the market with stories that consist of dark sexy vampires and annoying heroines. 'Fangland' is therefore a revelation in its take on the classic vampire tale and its writing style. Told through varying viewpoints and styles (diary entries, emails and second person) the threat builds up as the old world of Romania sneaks its way into a modern New York TV studio, still recovering from the demons of 9/11. Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and effective 17 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
This is the best modern updating of the vampire legend that I have read- I picked it up at a reduced price, and was expecting it to be another of those books where the characters endlessly look for 'logical explanations' when corpses start piling up exsanguinated with bite marks on their throats, but believe me, it's head and shoulders above that. It takes Bram Stoker's Dracula as a template in a playful way, but wrong foots the reader by jettisoning garlic and crucifixes in favour of much more wide ranging definition of horror, and indeed evil, human evil. It doesn't quite manage a climax to match the creeping unease of a build up, but is still a very good piece of work that I would recommend to anybody who fancies an intelligent and literate vampire tale.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking bite 3 Aug 2008
By sft
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book promised so much but delivered very little. It's slow to start, and the first 60% is bogged down with too much character-based plot development. This may seem like a non sequiter when discussing a novel but here the character subplots actually impede the story arc by reining back the narrative just as it starts to get interesting. For once, less would have been more. Marks also uses some curiously idiomatic vocabulary that is sometimes too florid and serves only to obfuscate his meaning.

As a loose analogue of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Fangland fails to match up to the original, which is a classic. None of Mark's characters elicit the fascination or sympathy that Stoker's do. There is none of the precipitous dread that Stoker evokes, and the use of correspondence to tell parts of the story is less effective here.

Sadly, the denouement also lets the reader down. The final scenes are simply not credible, even in what is basically a fantasy (Marks goes to some trouble to deny any supernatural element to the characters, but I can't help but wonder if this isn't a genre snobbery thing).

The author deserves credit for attempting to update the Dracula story for the 21st century, and for adopting a similar structure to the original when doing so. It's a shame that the result isn't more successful.
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