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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side Nov. 23 1997
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This book, written by the author of the latest screen version's book adaption(Bram Stoker's Dracula), offers a great look at the other side of the classic story. The story is told from the point of view of Dracula himself, and begins at the same point as the Stoker novel. But, with the arrival of Harker at Castle Dracula, the story takes a very different turn. Saberhagen portays Dracula as a great warrior prince, caught in a life that he did'nt chose. Without apology, Dracula tells us of his true love for the women in the novel and how he only made one of them (Lucy) into a vampire to keep her alive in some form, as her death was caused by VanHelsen's instance on using an untested medical procedure, blood transfusion. This is a great indication of Saberhagen's love for the person of Dracula. I would suggest this book to anyone who thinks they know the legend inside-out. Also, try "The Holmes-Dracula File" from the same author.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous! March 27 2000
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Have you ever wondered about how Van Helsing could have (safely) given Lucy Westenra four blood transfusions in four days from four different people, without bothering to check for blood types or RH factors? Have you ever wondered how the count could be killed by two knives, one slashing his throat, the other stabbing his heart, when all vampire lore in and out of the novel suggests that normal weapons are useless against him? Have you ever wondered, if you yourself are not religious, why religious artifacts would have powerful effects against him? Then you MUST read this book. Not only is this a fabulous retelling of the story from Dracula's viewpoint, but this version explains and clarifies these and many other weak points in the original tale and is, frankly, a much more enjoyable read for a modern reader.
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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 Excellent Quality
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.
Published 21 months ago by Julie Wilbur
2.0 out of 5 stars Expected more from "novel of the century"
I was curious to see Dracula's perspective, but this probably would be better suited for an audiobook (Fred, tell amazon. Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by The Rectifier
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly satisfying read!
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... Read more
Published on May 11 2003 by Black Orchid
3.0 out of 5 stars delightful spoof
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2002 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A retelling of Dracula from the Count’s point of view
PROS: The way Saberhagen humorously rips apart the Stoker version.
CONS: A little slow, failed to keep my attention. Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2001 by SF Signal
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice follow-up to a classic
Quick synopsis - this book looks at the events in Stoker's Dracula from the point of view of Dracula. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2001 by Scott Shaffer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dracula Tape
Fred Saberhagen has an amazing way of telling the Dracula story through the eyes of Dracula himself. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2000 by L. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Start the series with this book
I believe Saberhagen wrote two of his other Dracula novels before this one, but The Dracula Tape sets the stage for an introduction the Count as he "really" is. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2000 by Steve Herr
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
The author writes a "response" to the Stoker Dracula from the point of view of Count Dracula. Saberhagen's treatment of the characters is believable and interesting. Read more
Published on Dec 4 1999
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