Monday, August 22, 2005
In a nutshell: At the heart of this story is a vampire, THE vampire. Dracula. It is written with a suspenseful hand. Things unfold gradually as a web of people disappear and clues lead the main character and her father over the world, searching for them and in the end, Dracula. For most of the book, you are left wondering, will Dracula be real, or not? Will there be another explanation for the goings on? And you are left wondering until the last quarter of the book.
My Take: I can’t believe I dragged that huge book with me back and forth on the train for this story. It came to be my albatross, willing myself to finish it. If you are into Dracula stories, maybe you will like this, but I still believe you can easily cut out the middle three hundred pages and you still would have gotten the same reading experience. Some of the texture in the travels that the character's experience in exotic places were somewhat interesting-but again, I am not sure you needed all of it. The plot took a couple twists toward the end, but they were not very believable for me.