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Dracula: The Un-dead Hardcover – Oct 13 2009

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670069868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670069866
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 16 2010
Format: Hardcover
Out of all classic literary characters, the one that inspires the most sequels, adaptations, reimaginings and general bastardizations is Count Dracula.

And while most of the sequels focusing on the legendary count are bad, "Dracula the Un-Dead" is in a class of putrid wretchedness all its own. You would think that the great-nephew of a classic author would try to produce a suitable sequel that reflected some of the original's glory, but Dacre Stoker -- with the help of screenwriter Ian Holt -- seems more interested in raining contempt and mockery down on the original "Dracula."

Twenty-five years after the events of "Dracula," Quincey Harker is an aspiring young actor who is taken under the wing of the Romanian actor Basarab (you get three guesses who this is, and the first two don't count). Unfortunately, around this time John Seward is brutally killed while trying to kill the depraved vampire Elizabeth Bathory -- and other people who once fought Dracula also start dying at the same time. And during all this, Jack the Ripper shows signs of reappearing, which Inspector Cotswold thinks may be connected to Van Helsing.

Upon learning of his mother's past -- how she slept with Dracula and is still obsessed with him -- Quincey vows to take revenge on the vampire for his attacks on the Harker family. But it turns out that all the remaining survivors of that group are... pathetically decrepit in their own particular ways. Bathory is planning to take her ultimate revenge on Dracula... or the people who tried to kill him. I'm not quite sure. Anyway, Quincey Harker may be the only thing that can save the world... and since he's a blithering idiot, God help the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcia on March 23 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There is an abomination out there, masquerading as a book and I am taking this opportunity to tell you about it in the hope that I can discourage anyone else from buying it. The "book" is called Dracula, the Undead and it is purported to be a sequel to the classic. (And can I try to redeem myself here by saying that I didn't believe it? But I thought at worst it would be trashy but entertaining; the kind of book that is a great read at the beach). I am embarrassed that I bought it. I'm embarrassed that the women at the book store saw me buy it and may be able to identify me later. I'm livid that I paid $13.99 + tax, which in this province comes out to $16.09. But because I'm somewhat cheap, I read it right through. Hoping and praying that I would somehow be redeemed and the story would pick up. Or become cohesive. Or at least interesting. Nope. Nada. Nothin'. I was trying to think of a reason to keep it around and the only thing I could come up with was in the bathroom in case I ever run out of toilet paper. But the book is so bad I've decided against it. I'd probably just get a rash.

If you've never enjoyed the original please read it. Dracula is a great book. The language is beautiful and for a gothic horror novel it's not gory or disgusting. It actually leaves something to the imagination and has a romantic quality to it. Or if you read it years ago and liked it go back and re-read it. Much like Dracula himself it does hold up quite nicely over centuries. But please, PLEASE do not buy this book. It is putrescent. In fact the best thing I can say about it is that it has a magical quality - if you hold it up to your ear you can actually hear Bram Stoker SPINNING in his early grave. But take my advice and try this in the book store. It'll only take a minute and you won't even have to buy it.
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Format: Hardcover

I saw this out in paperback and thought that I would give it a chance seeing as how it was written by another Stoker. I was thirteen years old when I was given the original novel by my aunt, and never really wanted to read it because I had seen the 30's and 90's films. Also the Victorian English, and small font, not to mention the thought of reading journal entries kind of deterred me from the desire to read it... however eighteen years later, I picked up Dracula and thoroughly enjoyed the book.

So coming into this, I thought what the heck?

The beginning started out great, with Seward tracking down Bathory and trying to warn Basarab (no surprises here by the way, as I saw through his character right away). I was intrigued that Dracula had taken on a young actor role to go into hiding, but I didn't buy the whole sympathetic character that Coppola's Dracula portrayed (which I think this book is really the sequel to). Then we have the torment which has wrecked havoc upon our original characters, and have turned them into either madmen, or raging alcoholics.

What really started to irritate me about the book was the inclusion of Bram Stoker and how it talked about the whole book within a book meta crap. This was where the story took a nosedive for me... Dracula was not really set in 1897??? Come on Dacre... how horrible for you to change the history of such a fine novel just to suit your own MacGuffin!!!

Then the deaths start happening... I could accept the deaths of Seward and Harker... but where I was ready to throw this book into the flames, was the total change of character of Van Helsing!
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