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Loses Bite After a While,
This review is from: The Historian (Paperback)
The admirable aspects of the novel are (a) the basic premise of finding out that Dracula has really been a shadowy figure on the fringes of civilization for the past five hundred years in a world that is convinced that he is nothing more than a character of a Bram Stoker novel, (b) the level of original research that has been carried out, (c) the descriptions of the various places that the characters visit, and (d) the sense of unseen menace that pervades the first part of the book.
That all said, I think that the novel is ultimately a disappointment for the following reasons:
* The manner in which the mystery is solved is one iteration after another of the same plot line - travel to city, visit library, learn something new, move on to the next city.
* Despite this, the novel still needs any number of coincidences to actually advance the plot.
* When he eventually appears, the imagined character and ambitions of Dracula, after 500 years of existence, are utterly laughable.
* The ending is hammy, rushed, and undramatic. (Hollywood will love it...)
Is it worth reading? I would say that the first 200-300 pages are for the basic premise and some enjoyable writing, but then you will lose nothing at all by skipping to the last 50 pages to see how it all ends.