Anno Dracula ~ The Best Vampire Novel In Decades?
June 5, 2012 by Lily Wight
“When bookshops are heaving with Twilight knock-offs it’s a travesty that this superb novel is out of print in the UK and had to be sourced secondhand, from overseas.”
At least that is what a certain reviewer (ahem) said the last time they considered Kim Newman’s superlative Anno Dracula – the first book in a truly diverse, enlightening and remarkable series. Since then Newman’s twenty-two year old vampire novel has received a well deserved new edition and relaunch to go with its brand new sequel, Johnny Alucard (2013).
Part Dracula sequel, part alternative history, Anno Dracula is a tour-de-force of literary and historical research enlivened by Newman’s light touch and rich detail. Fans of The Age of Empire will enjoy recognising and sourcing the characters and events which are effortlessly woven into an original investigation of The Ripper murders. It’s a deceptively simple mystery that uses action and fun to distract the reader from how very smart it really is.
Mr. Newman may seem more than a little in love with his genius concept – and well he might – because you will fall in love with it too.
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