The Dracula Tape Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1999
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About the Author
Fred Saberhagen (1930-2007) is widely published in many areas of speculative fiction. He is best known for his Berserker, Swords, and Dracula series. Less known are the myth-based fantasies Books of the Gods. Fred also authored a number of non-series fantasy and science fiction novels and a great number of short stories. For more information on Fred, visit his website: www.fredsaberhagen.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 on Jan. 20 2013 by Julie Wilbur
I was curious to see Dracula's perspective, but this probably would be better suited for an audiobook (Fred, tell amazon. Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by The Rectifier
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
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 morePublished on Aug. 29 2002 by Amazon Customer
PROS: The way Saberhagen humorously rips apart the Stoker version.
CONS: A little slow, failed to keep my attention. Read more
Quick synopsis - this book looks at the events in Stoker's Dracula from the point of view of Dracula. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2001 by Scott Shaffer
Fred Saberhagen has an amazing way of telling the Dracula story through the eyes of Dracula himself. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2000 by L. Clark
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 morePublished on Jan. 26 2000 by Steve Herr