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The King of Elfland's Daughter (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
The King of Elfland's Daughter (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
by Lord Dunsany
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most powerful fantasies ever written, 5 July 2001
If there is one thing that sticks after you have read this novel, it's the language. It's so fluent, flowery, rhythmic and beautiful that the story becomes an enchanted, magical and hypnotic journey through the fantastic scenery in Dunsany's Erl and Elfland.
It's a slow read though, it's not exactly an action-filled book. Some passages, like the thoughts of the troll in the pigeon-loft, are quite hilarious, other passages are downright boring, which makes it a book some people might want to give up on at times. It's a book that demands the reader's concentration and time to absorb the power of it.
Oh, and Neil Gaiman has written the introduction, which is a good thing as well.


Our Vampires, Ourselves
Our Vampires, Ourselves
by Nina Auerbach
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.79

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nina Auerbach has written a landmark book on vampires., 5 July 2001
In Our Vampires, Ourselves, Nina Auerbach's project is to explain how the legendary vampire has changed according to the cultural, political and sexual currents since the vampire's initiation near the end of the 18th century. As the title suggests, the claim is that we get the vampires we deserve, we create the vampires we need at any given time to fill a vacuum in our society. The book starts with Byron and Polidori, examines Dracula closely and ends with the vampires of the early 90s. Political upheaval, like the Vietnam war, Watergate, etc. serve to explain how the vampire changes - from a filthy monster in Stoker's Dracula, through a civilized gentleman with good manners in the 1960's Hammer movies, and to an AIDS-haunted, excluded creature in the 1980s. The role of the family is also central, as well as feminist aspects and gay theories on the subject. Auerbach has, in short, written a seminal work on the history of vampires, from Byron, Coleridge and Polidori, to Rice, King and Dan Simmons at the end of the 20th century. Films, such as the numerous adaptions of Dracula, are also covered, giving an exhaustive survey of this literary and cultural phenomenon. We may think Dracula is the only 'real' vampire, but Auerbach shows us that there is no 'The Vampire', only 'vampires', as they change with time, embodying its own society's fears and dreams. This is, of course, an academic work, but the insightful readings, interesting examples and Auerbach's witty, entertaining style should apply to all lovers of vampires, be they literary or cinematic.


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