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Dracula: the Un-dead

By Dacre Stoker,Ian Holt

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| Paperback | 9780007310340

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The official sequel to Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula, written by his direct descendent and endorsed by the Stoker family. The story begins in 1912, twenty-five years after the events described in the original novel. Dr. Jack Seward, now a disgr Continue

The official sequel to Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula, written by his direct descendent and endorsed by the Stoker family. The story begins in 1912, twenty-five years after the events described in the original novel. Dr. Jack Seward, now a disgraced morphine addict, hunts vampires across Europe with the help of a mysterious benefactor. Meanwhile, Quincey Harker, the grown son of Jonathan and Mina, leaves law school to pursue a career in stage at London's famous Lyceum Theatre. The production of Dracula at the Lyceum, directed and produced by Bram Stoker, has recently lost its star. Luckily, Quincey knows how to contact the famed Hungarian actor Basarab, who agrees to take the lead role. Quincey soon discovers that the play features his parents and their former friends as characters, and seems to reveal much about the terrible secrets he's always suspected them of harbouring. But, before he can confront them, Jonathan Harker is found murdered. The writers were able to access Bram Stoker's hand-written notes and have included in their story characters and plot threads that had been excised by the publisher from the original printing over a century ago.
Dracula is one of the most recognized fictional characters in the world, having spawned dozens of multi-media spin-offs. The Un-Dead is the first Dracula story to enjoy the full support of the Stoker estate since the original 1931 movie starring Bela Lugosi.

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    Evil comes in shades of grey

    24 hours after finishing this book, I am not sure if I love it or hate it.

    This book is a sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula, co-written by Dacre Stoker, the author's great grand-nephew. Dacre shares with us that he wanted to continue the Dracula story ...(continue)

    24 hours after finishing this book, I am not sure if I love it or hate it.

    This book is a sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula, co-written by Dacre Stoker, the author's great grand-nephew. Dacre shares with us that he wanted to continue the Dracula story mainly because he wanted to do justice to the true creative vision of his ancestor. Unfortunately, I think that he failed in this endeavour. Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of my favourite books: horrific and sensual at the same time. Reading this story is quite a ride. But this sequel is really not good enough to be compared to the original story. The only redeeming factor to me is how Dracula is portrayed. He gets the opportunity to present his side of the story. "Evil comes in shades of grey". This is not the first time that vampires and evil creatures are presented as "good": the Cullens do not drink human blood and Anne Rice's creatures often yearn to be close to God again. Here, Dracula considers himself to be a Warrior of God ridding the Earth of rapists and murderers. But what redeems him really is the deep love connection he has with Mina. A creature who loves a woman that much cannot be totally evil.

    That said, there will be a sequel to this sequel. And I will certainly read it. Not because of the quality of the writing but because I am intrigued by how the character of Dracula will unfold. I guess that the Son of the Dragon has a hold on my imagination.

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    jacoutofthebox said on Nov 29, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    Cosa desiderare più di un sequel scritto da un discendente? Le premesse sono almeno formalmente ottimali. Per di più il romanzo nasce e cresce come un rocambolesco pastiche letterario che vede - tra gli ingredienti - oltre ai vecchi personaggi ...(continue)

    Cosa desiderare più di un sequel scritto da un discendente? Le premesse sono almeno formalmente ottimali. Per di più il romanzo nasce e cresce come un rocambolesco pastiche letterario che vede - tra gli ingredienti - oltre ai vecchi personaggi di "Dracula", il figlio di Mina e Jonathan Harker, la contessa Bathory, Jack The Ripper, lo stesso Stoker... Roba da leccarsi i baffi, insomma.
    Peccato che dopo un buon tre quarti di serrate e convincenti avventure qualcosa si afflosci. E' evidente che gli autori non sanno più come gestire con sufficiente maestria una materia così calda, e cadono in una serie di episodi abbastanza scontati, dialoghi petetici e qualunquisti, e in un duello decisamente TROPPO hollywoodiano e di maniera.
    Pungente il finale, ma cio' nonostante questo seguito non va oltre, nel complesso, le 3 stelline/3 stelline e mezzo.

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    Fatamorgana said on Jun 16, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    Un'impresa temeraria, dare seguito al libro dei libri su Dracula. Un seguito che, senza tenere presente l'illustre predecessore, si fa leggere senza scossoni, tra scene splatter e lussuriose.

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    Liluna said on Feb 28, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    What happens next ...

    This is an interesting and lively sequel to the original story, which ties up a few loose ends and appeals to the romantic within. This is a more sympathetic reworking of the old legend and hopefully not the last.

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    SerenHaf said on Feb 21, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    *** This comment contains spoilers! ***

    Tremate, tremate i vampiri son tornati.
    Secondo lo spirito del tempo son dei fighi pazzeschi e trombano un casino.
    Mina è una suffragetta, Lucy era una mezza cocotte, Jonathan Harper è un alcoolizzato e Van Helsing pazzo.

    Tutto ciò de ...(continue)

    Tremate, tremate i vampiri son tornati.
    Secondo lo spirito del tempo son dei fighi pazzeschi e trombano un casino.
    Mina è una suffragetta, Lucy era una mezza cocotte, Jonathan Harper è un alcoolizzato e Van Helsing pazzo.

    Tutto ciò dentro un libro che sarebbe un gradevole libro horror ma ha la pretesa di fare da sequel ad un classico della letteratura vampiresca. Anzi AL CLASSICO.

    Se lo leggete senza pensare al grandissimo predecessero, è gradevole, a volte un po' noioso, un po' gore e con più sesso esplicito.

    Se lo leggete come sequel, non c'è storia.

    Ottimo come libro da aereoporto

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    Annarella Rossi said on Oct 11, 2009 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 480 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 000731034X
  • ISBN-13: 9780007310340
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publish date: 2009-09-24
  • Dimensions: 0 mm x 838 mm x 1,270 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Softcover , eBook
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