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The Dracula Tape [Mass Market Paperback]

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Nov. 1 1999
Count Dracula tells his own version of his fateful journey to England in 1891, presenting a surprising revision to the well-known tale. Original.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality Jan. 20 2013
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The book was purchased used and arrived in near mint conditon. An excellent story and gives us a new look at the character we know as Dracula.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula tells his Story July 26 2003
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This is a very imaginative, well written account of the Dracula story from Dracula's point of view. The main theme and events run very close to the original book, but describing the events as Dracula himself saw them; all the way from when Jonathan Harker first came to visit the Count, up to and including Dracula's apparent death.
It is essentially written is somewhat of a diary format and stays very consistent with the original novel. In other words, the pace, the accounts, and overall feel of the book are in line with Bram Stoker's novel. For Dracula fans, this is a must read, since it gives a different perspective of the legend. The Transylvanian Society of Dracula even went so far as to award this book as the Best Novel inspired by Dracula in the past century. You can't get higher praise than that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly satisfying read! May 12 2003
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Anyone who has ever read the original "Dracula" NEEDS to read this fantastic retelling.
Fred Saberhagen does a fine job of transforming the Count from the uncomplicated, run-of-the-mill villain he was in Bram Stoker's story into a likable anti-hero with a full-blown personality of his own. (His subtle, incredibly dry sense of humor had me giggling out loud numerous times.)
Overall, this is a well thought-out, well-written, thoroughly entertaining book, with a nice touch of romance and a GREAT ending. Very highly recommended!
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3.0 out of 5 stars delightful spoof Aug. 30 2002
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Everything you think you know about Dracula is wrong. Vlad is actually a noble soul who just happens to be a vampire. He loved Mina and was just trying to help Lucy. Jonathan Harker was a boring young fool and Van Helsing was a fantical old fool. Whew! Fred Saberhagen takes an axe to the vampire legend and it almost works. The book is silly, funny and at for whole chapters quite witty. It doesn't take itself seriously and neither should the reader. Enjoy the laughs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny July 3 2002
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This is a very funny book. The "true" story of Dracula, told from Dracula's point of view (naturally), the book does not spoof so much as utilize the classic. It helps to have read at least part of the classic (in fact, after reading The Dracula Tape, it may be impossible to read Dracula by Stoker the same way again), but Saberhagen quotes all the relevant passages. I've always been fascinated by the idea of a story behind a story behind a story (What REALLY happened?) and The Dracula Tape is one of the best you-haven't-heard-the-WHOLE-story examples I've come across.
Where Saberhagen succeeds is that he does not simply flip-flop the original, turning Dracula into a beleagured victim, beset by villains. The reader may be on Dracula's side, but you don't exactly trust the guy. Dracula's "voice" is wry, self-deprecating, often annoyed, humorous and cunning. Fact is, Dracula isn't telling the WHOLE story either.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea, Mediocre Execution April 24 2002
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Lord help me, I have recently turned to vampire ficiton for entertainment. This is bad for several reasons, the first being that there is so darned much of it I'll never get through it all, the second being that, with so much to choose from, one is bound to come across a few stinkers.
And a stinker is what we have with Saberhagen's "Dracula Tapes". Purportedly the transcript of a tape left in the vehicle of one of Mina Harker's descendants, the tapes represent the redoubtable Count's attempt at setting the record straight. Is he a decent fellow, maligned in Stoker's compilation of journal entries and letters? Or is he a liar, out to gain sympathy by weaving a tale of persecution?
Certainly, it behooves the reader to have read "An Old Friend of the Family", the first in Saberhagen's Dracula appropriations, in which the old bat arrives in Chicago to assist another set of Mina's descendants with some unpleasantness. This novel gives the reader the background requirted to accept Vlad as a good guy.
Saberhagen tries valiantly to clear Dracula's name in this book by sticking faithfully to the text of the original and refuting individual points. But the effect is unsettling and unbelievable; one has the impression that the vampire is making this all up on the spot and sounds ridiculous doing so. For example, who could possibly believe Dracula using a wolf's head as a battering ram to smash open Lucy's window?
The writing is stilted and awkward (but also was Stoker's, so who's to say Saberhagen didn't write this way on purpose?) and at its best when Drac is going head to head with the weird Van Helsing, who, in this version, is an incompetent old fool.
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PROS: The way Saberhagen humorously rips apart the Stoker version.
CONS: A little slow, failed to keep my attention.
BOTTOM LINE: Better than the Original (at least I finished this one).
...Saberhagen apparently thought along the same lines because his Dracula Tape, told from the point of view of the Count, repeatedly points out the flaws of the original.
Unfortunately, that was the most appealing part of this book. While it made for a quick read, it suffered the same curse as the original; it was sometimes quite boring. I would like to give it another chance though...
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