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This review is from: The Historian (Paperback)
If you like long, detailed novels, The Historian is a must. It's long, but it's never boring, and it's the kind of novel you come to care about; its characters could be real people, and its settings are richly drawn. It also provides an imaginative re-writing of the vampire myth, in which Dracula is searching for a librarian to catalogue his extensive book collection. This sounds strange, and, admittedly, boring, but it's actually anything but. I suspect this novel will appeal most to those who are familiar with, and love, the process of research -- research students, lecturers -- those in acadamia, since it records an intellectual, rather than an action packed, pursuit. If you like Possession, or The Name of the Rose, you'll probably like this. Don't just judge it by it's seemingly dry, academic inflections, though -- The Historian also has at its centre one of the most touching, heart-breaking romance stories I've read in a long time. It's an excellent, imaginative read that'll stay with you long after it ends, and I can't recommend it highly enough. If you're looking for something a little different from either the stereotypical romance or vampire novel -- try this!