By Bram Stoker
“I suppose it is thus that in old times one vampire meant many; just as their hideous bodies could only rest in sacred earth, so the holiest love was the recruiting sergeant for their ghastly ranks.”
Summary: (Late 1800’s) Count Dracula hires a lawyer, by the name of Jonathan Harker, to find property in London. While in the castle Harker learns of Dracula being a vampire and after escaping back to London learns that he is not safe as Dracula has followed him terrorizing the city. He and several other set off to stop this hideous creature before more die.
Rant/Opinion: “A short little book” a professor joked at my college freshman orientation day. Part of the curriculum required everyone to happily devour Dracula as part of the summer reading program. This short little novel only took me two weeks to get through reading in three-hour intervals before I had to rush off to work. Written in the form of letters and diary entries, Dracula was a classic with artful attention to detail and underlying connections for the attentive reader. I will admit it was slow in the beginning and Van Helsing’s rants can get a little lengthy it was a well thought out novel with honorable characters always fighting against the evil that exists in the world of vampires. Their use of logic, reasoning and careful planning made me rejoice as too many action books leave out an actual thought process. The biggest letdown, however, was the ending. A centuries-old vampire, with immense knowledge and nearly limitless power, was too easily defeated. I wanted to see my characters put to the test, two seconds from quitting and angry before they defeated this boundless beast. But no such luck. Twelve pages left in the book is a fabulous indicator that the battle will be swift and painless. Overall this book was a looong but fabulous book. 4 out of 5 stars.