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5.0 out of 5 stars An stylish creation that's not just horror
Imagine a world where vampires can wander out in daylight, where they are co-existing side by side with warm blooded humans and where being a vampire doesn't necessarily make you evil. Welcome to the fantastic world of Kim Newman. If all you know about vampires is what you've seen on "Buffy", then here is a wonderful creation that combines a huge range of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Two books in one?
Good story telling and amusing use of characters e.g. James Bond as a vampire. First story in effect ends but doesn't end. Then part two is in London with only one of the main characters. The two stories don't really correalate either. Quite random as to why it was written this way and not as a separate book. I will be trying the authors earlier book, as I did in the main...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An stylish creation that's not just horror, 18 May 2000
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This review is from: Dracula Cha Cha Cha (Hardcover)
Imagine a world where vampires can wander out in daylight, where they are co-existing side by side with warm blooded humans and where being a vampire doesn't necessarily make you evil. Welcome to the fantastic world of Kim Newman. If all you know about vampires is what you've seen on "Buffy", then here is a wonderful creation that combines a huge range of information from vampire myth, movie and stories.
But even better is Newman's twisted use of people from fact, fantasy and fiction from across the board. Here we've got a 007 who has been boosted by vampire blood, so it's a bloody mary(perhaps) shaken not stirred. A human user called Tom Ripley, who'll take advantage of anyone human or vampire. And a myriad of other figures from every genre you can remeber and some you can't.
If you don't like horror this is the book for you, because it looks at a world where vampires may drink blood, but have just as many problems as the rest of us (in this case a serial killer who can take them down, as well as dealing with the death of a loved one, growing older, growing up.) This is wonderfully written, exceptionally humane horror/fantasy and one of the most inventive books of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Frightening, Fabulous, 17 Jun 2000
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Bloody brilliant! Kim Newman has to be one of the best writers in the UK today, he writes so effortlessly, with wit, style and immagination. DRACULA CHA CHA CHA is a wonderful confection of horror, dark humour and real pathos, He manages to take other people's characters like the vampire Bond and take them beyond the framework of the original writer's work, but doesn't really change them, just makes them fit his wonderful world. A really fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newman doing what he does best..., 23 May 2000
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After the very slight fall off of Bloody Red Baron, Kim Newman is right back on form with a ritzy, fast moving take on Rome in the 50s. Think Frederico Fellini meets Calvino meets Ian Flemming, with literary gags and cultural illusions falling like warm rain. Loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two books in one?, 9 Mar 2013
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Good story telling and amusing use of characters e.g. James Bond as a vampire. First story in effect ends but doesn't end. Then part two is in London with only one of the main characters. The two stories don't really correalate either. Quite random as to why it was written this way and not as a separate book. I will be trying the authors earlier book, as I did in the main enjoy the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Bond novel Ian Fleming never wrote, 12 Jun 2011
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and it is a good vampire book too. However the Bond angle is just dandy. Brief, sober, suave as if the master has written it himself. A beauty. Anno Dracula is excellent but almost overdone. Dracula Cha Cha Cha is not - it is just a good story perfectly narrated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The league of nearly extraordinary gentlemen, 2 Dec 2007
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The great Alan Moore isn't the first writer to have come up with the idea of recycling old pulp literary figures in new works (as Kim Newman somewhat grumpily pointed out in a brief afterword to Seven Stars). Here Newman continues the vampire cycle started in Anno Dracula with his second sequel. I have to start by saying that I'm a Kim Newman fan, and I'd love to have given this mostly excellent novel 5 stars... unfortunately whilst 95% of this novel is as marvellous as you'd expect from a writer of his calibre, it suffers from the same flaw as his The Bloody Red Baron: the ending is frankly a bit of a damp squib. The prose is outstanding, the characterizations are outstanding, the concept is outstanding... but it's almost as if once he's decided on the setting of the novel the plot itself comes as something of an afterthought and consequently ends up building up to, well, not that much. This was frustrating - but just about forgiveable - in The Bloody Red Baron if you viewed it as an allegory on the waste of life in WW1, but here it's just frustrating.

Having said all this I'm still glad that I read this novel, and not just for the very brief but hilarious appearance of one Anthony Allosius Hancock as an embittered vampire artist (stolen straight from Hancocks film The Rebel)! However Anno Dracula still easily remains Newman's best vampire novel by far, so if you've never read Kim Newman, Anno Dracula is the one novel of his that you MUST read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sad goodbye to Charles Beauregarde, 19 July 2014
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If you want a romp thru late 50's pop culture and high society - mythical, legendary and fictional, then this thoughtful non sparkly vampire tale is for you. Newman always manages to give depth to his protagonists, and 3 female characters dominate the plot,to its benefit. We find out more of the drive and motivation of Genevieve Dieudonne, Penelope Churchward and Kate Reed. A sad goodbye to Charles Beauregarde. Fast paced and fresh, you will finish the book wishing you'd got the fourth in the series as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just great fun, 7 Jan 2014
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I always enjoy Kim Newman's books, the way he includes characters from other books as well as plenty of witty references.
This was no let down and is a good, solid mystery to boot,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anno Giallo, 3 Nov 2013
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Third book in the Anno Dracula series, and this time Newman takes his vampire heroines to Rome, 1959, to attend the wedding of the greatest vampire. Newman practically invented metatextual fiction, in which characters and images from other things are woven through new novels (Alan Moore gets the credit for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but Anno Dracula was there first). Here he pushes that almost to the point of exhaustion, with a myriad cameo appearances infecting the plot. Some are delightful and others meaningless. While James Bond, Orson Welles, and Tom Ripley each find places in the action, there are a lot of superfluous faces coming and going. I enjoyed it, but it was almost too much. The plot itself blends genres, wrapping a giallo murder mystery around the tent poles of Dracula's marriage and the death of one of the mainstay characters of the series so far, and a very entertaining romp it is too. As an extravagant bonus, the book contains a second shorter novel - Aquarius - set in London a decade later, as revolution infects the populous. This piece is a little more restrained with its name-dropping, and is perhaps the more tightly orchestrated of the two stories. I had no idea it was included, so it came as a splendid surprise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable series, 25 Sep 2013
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felt there was a little bit something missing from this story. Possibly to do with the loss of a main character.
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