- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Avon Books (1 Jan. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380732297
- ISBN-13: 978-0380732296
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,614,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Judgment of Tears Paperback – 1 Jan 1998
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It seemed that Newman was merely name(s)-dropping in 'Judgement', whereas in Anno Dracula they were an integral part of the story. Characters and actual people from the 1880s were in 'A/D' and you believed the story possible. Fictional characters AND actual people were essential to the plot & it gave a plausable identity to Jack the Ripper drawn from other stories/authors in the 1880-90s timeframe. 'Judgement's' just seemed to be a case of "Oh, by the way, here's another name/person you might know ...".
I've read Anno Dracula at least twice a year since '95. So many times - I've worn out two copies and broken the spines on each - even broken the spine & lost pages from Stoker's Dracula at least two - three times more. I can open the book to any page and know immediately where in the plot and what is happening next. Not so with 'Judgement' and it's doubtful I'll read it again.
Save your money. Buy Stoker's original "Dracula" or Newman's "Anno Dracula" . They are worth it, but not this one.
As in previous works, Newman rewrites history, providing readers with an addictive mix of the familiar and the new, skillfully manipulating a huge cast of fictional (such as Iowan Clark Kent, and Drs. Pretorious and Herbert West) and historical (like Orson Welles and Anita Ekberg) characters. A la Tom Wolfe, Newman renders the political, social and cultural scene with great panache, providing generous helpings of action and humor along the way. The book can be read as an entertainment, or taken as a challenge, to see how many references readers note--Newman helpfully appends a key of sorts to the novel, so readers can gauge how well they do. Either way, the novel is consistently entertaining. You finish this book almost out of breath with the nonstop quality of the action, and with a new appreciation for Newman's considerable talents.