Anno Dracula

Kim Newman


Anno Dracula

Anno Dracula

  • Title: Anno Dracula
  • Author: Kim Newman
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Kindle Edition



It is 1888 and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort Vlad Tepes, the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel tells the story of vampire Genevi ve Dieudonn and Charles Beauregard of the Diogenes Club as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.Anno DIt is 1888 and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort Vlad Tepes, the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel tells the story of vampire Genevi ve Dieudonn and Charles Beauregard of the Diogenes Club as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.Anno Dracula is a rich and panoramic tale, combining horror, politics, mystery and romance to create a unique and compelling alternate history Acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London.This brand new edition of the bestselling novel contains unique bonus material, including a new afterword from Kim Newman, annotations, articles and alternate endings to the original novel.


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I found myself randomly thinking about this book today (as I’m wont to do, though my random thoughts generally tend to trend in the direction of Ghostbusters quotes, the deliciousness of Slurpees, or marveling over how weevils wobble BUT THEY DON’T FALL DOWN!), and what I was thinking was how frustrating it is that books don’t always find as big an audience as they deserve. This is an exceedingly entertaining pastiche of all things horror, supernatural, mysterious, and Victorian, and if th [...]

In Victorian England, history has taken a peculiar turn: Queen Victoria has married Vlad Tepes, who has turned the Queen, restored her youth, and given her eternal life. With the Queen of England and her Prince Consort counted among the undead, it's not long before it becomes a fashionable choice, and even a political necessity, to embrace the Dark Kiss that brings immortality. High-born and low-born alike have renounced their "warm" lives in favor of the "red thirst." To accommodate the societa [...]

Steampunk & Vampires. A winning combination for me?The reality. a real struggle as I was assaulted by endless character introductions who flit in & out of the story for the first 100 pages, with endless descriptions of what they're doing & their world but with very little dialogue, interaction & character building I hoped it was going somewhere & will “kick-on”. It jus didn’t as I read a further 25 pages which contained only 2 pages of dialogue & interaction with ot [...]

Dracula, Jack the Ripper, Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde, Mycroft Holmes and the Diogenes Club, Doctor Jekyll, Dr Moreau, Fu Manchu, Bill Sykes, Rupert of Hentzau, John Merrick, Gilbert & Sullivan, The Invisible Man: the game to play here is ‘spot how many Victorian references the exquisitely moustachioed Kim Newman can cram into ‘Anno Dracula’; although the real question is – as always in these cases –can he make them congeal into a book that matters?I’ve meant to read ‘Anno Drac [...]

I hadn't read any fiction by Kim Newman before, though I've always enjoyed his film reviews for Empire magazine. I'm pretty sure I haven't read Dracula either, though I've seen plenty of film versions of it.The twin premise here is that Dracula was not defeated at the end of Bram Stoker's novel, and that he existed in the same world as many other fictional characters.It's hard to mention that second bit without thinking of Alan Moore's later League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. There are other sim [...]

I've DNF'ed this book at 20%. Gave it a good shot, just not enough action and too much fluff.If I was going to rate it (against policy) it was running at 3 stars, but I don't have time in my life to read anything that's not running at 4 stars by 20% in.Now - it's time to find a magic sword, open a Warren and war with a god - it's off to Malazan.

Gutted. I had such high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, it is the problem with a lot of steampunk-style novels, in my experience: it sacrifices plot, characters, any semblance dramatic tension in favour of Victoriana and corsetry. This is clever-dick writing, and I don't like it.The broadest, hand-waviest of plots: Harker, Van Helsing Et Al fail to kill off Dracula, who survives, gets married to Queen Victoria, and establishes his own autocracy. Jack the Ripper is still a Thing, only this tim [...]

The title kept niggling at me: shouldn't it be Anno Draculae? Latin declensions aside though, this counterfictional mash-up is quite good fun, if a little baggy. The premise is that Dracula was not defeated by Van Helsing, but instead succeeded in his plot to take over British society, and ended up marrying – and turning – Queen Victoria. As the Prince Consort, he now rules over a British Empire where vampirism is a fashionable lifestyle choice, and where historical figures like Joseph Merri [...]

This book was recommended to me by the owners of a gaming store (the Magic-and-Warhammer type), and I was eager to read it based on the premise of “vampires are ‘out’ and taking over.” I knew that Dracula would be a character, and I didn’t mind that the rest of the Dracula cast appeared as well (in this version, Dracula’s invasion of England was successful, and he has married and turned Queen Victoria). What ended up bothering me was the ridiculous proliferation of spot-the-reference [...]

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1888 London, and Dracula is hanging out with Queen Victoria, while in Whitechapel, prostitutes are dying strange bloody deathsIt's obvious that the author had a lot of fun writing this, and I had just as much reading it. Historical fact mixed with Newman's particular sense of whimsy and walk on parts from fictional characters from the Victorian era, it's a tremendous mixture. The ending comes a bit too quickly, and old Drac becomes a bit of a comic parody of a vampire lord, but all in all I lovd [...]

In 1885, Count Dracula came to London to spread vampirism into the heart of Victorian England. But in this retelling of (literary) history, Van Helsing did not defeat Dracula; rather, Dracula succeeded, marrying Queen Victoria and becoming Prince Consort. Now, in 1888, vampires fill positions of power—but also the streets of Whitechapel, where a murderer is killing and mutilating young vampire prostitutes. The attempt to catch him brings together a upper class adventurer named Charles Beauregar [...]

4.5 stars. This was a very well thought out and very original novel (which is saying a lot for a book about Dracula and vampires). Super plot and great characters, together with the interweaving of both historic and literary figures make this a very worth while read. As good as the rest of the novel is, the final 30 pages and the description of Dracula and his "court" is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING (and brilliantly conceived) and brings this novel to the level of a MUST READ!!!Nominee: World Fantasy Awar [...]

This is a somewhat strange book, but it presents an interesting "What if". The premise is that Dracula won and took over England. Instead of using just historical characters, Newman brings in famous Victorian fictional characters as well (most notably in reference to Sherlock Holmes). This is risky because it makes two sets of fictional characters (Newman's own and those character he borrows) as well as real historical figures. It works because Newman has done his research, not only in terms of [...]

This was interesting at time but had too many characters, creating confusion at some parts. At least it did for me. I doubt I’ll read any more in this series.

This was a book I found at a used book store. The description on the back read basically that van helsing failed to kill Dracula and he'd become the consort of Queen Victoria. Oh and Jack the Ripper is involved.Any story that involves Jack the Ripper AND vampires, I am so there. This was an amazing book. I would love to find the following books in the series as I loved the characters, both original and literary cameos. it was a wonderful blend and I've found I enjoy books that do that.If you can [...]

With a lot of books, the premise is enough to sell me on the idea of reading them. Anno Dracula is one of those books. The novel is set in 1888, where Dracula has wed the widowed Queen Victoria, thus legalizing vampirism and making it more or less acceptable. Dr. Alan Seward, however, still harbors a lot of anger toward Dracula for killing Lucy, and takes it upon himself to begin ridding Whitechapel of the vampire prostitutes populating that area. That he has to remove vital organs and mutilate [...]

1888. England is a fascist-like country. The events in this book take place after those in Stoker's Dracula with a couple of changes, the most important of them being who won that particular battle. Vlad Tepes destroyed Van Helsing's small group, but he left a few survivors. Now, he is the Prince Consort, vampires are out, and someone is butchering Whitechapel vampire prostitutes. There is no mystery of who Jack the Ripper is since the first chapter reveals that fact. Every chapter by the Ripper [...]

Is there such a thing as 'too much of a good thing'? When it comes to Anno Dracula, I think the answer, sadly, is yes.According to the page, Kim Newman managed to fit in something like 99 fictional references and 30 some odd historical references on top of any original characters the book gave us. For me, it became a slog instead of a joy to get through the book - it was as if Newman got caught up in a game of 'let's see how clever we are' and couldn't stop.On top of that, giving us the identit [...]

Here’s another really cool vampire book out there that you won’t see unless you get really lucky at the used bookstore: Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula. Imagine a world where the Fearless Vampire Hunters failed and Dracula survived. Now imagine that the Romanian Count became the Prince Consort to the widowed Queen Victoria. The sudden high profile of vampires (many of whom you’ve met before) draws hundreds of the undead to England, creating a whole new class system. In the midst of all of this [...]

What if Van Helsing and Co. failed to stop Count Dracula from invading England? What if Count Dracula managed to marry the widowed Queen Victoria and in turns the vampires now became the new ruling class? Well, read this book to find out more!It's a lengthy book but it is still a fun read, I can't say I'm very fond of the main characters and from time to time I found there actually are TOO MANY characters (a lot of them are fictional characters borrowed from the other Gothic/Victorian literature [...]

I happened upon this book at a book sale and got it really cheap. I really loved how the author mixed historical facts into the fiction. This book had all of my favorite things: Victorian London, Jack the Ripper, Count Dracula, sex, intrigue and action! What a great roller coaster ride for the imagination.

Having heared nothing but good reviews of this book, I was not at all disappointed when I finally managed to get my hands on a copy. Kim Newman manages to mix real events, fiction of his own devising and existing fictional elements with aplomb. Fans of horror/nineteenth century fiction will have fun spotting the cameos from real and fictional figures, some more obscure than others. However, it would be easy to make this book sound gimmicky. Even if I hadn't recognised any of the references, I st [...]

I came across this a while ago when looking into alternative history as a genre I think it was on a list of overlooked sci-fi novels alongside some Michael Moorcock and mysterious sounding titles like "Motherfuckers: The Auschwitz of Oz" (which I later found described as Lautreamont and Sade meet Roald Dahl). I was intrigued. If you ever read those "what if" comics as a kid, you're familiar with the exercise; what if Van Helsing hadn't killed Dracula and instead, Dracula had used his powers of [...]

Queen Victoria has been persuaded out of widowhood by Dracula who is now the Prince Consort and Lord Protector of England.Someone is carving up young new-born vampire whores in Whitechapel. They call him Silver Knife. The Diogenes Club instructs Charles Beauregard to investigate. He is assisted by a French vampire elder named Genevieve who works at a mission in Whitechapel.It becomes obvious that these are no simple killings. We, the reader, learn early who the killer is, but Charles and Genevie [...]

Trash/pulp concept (Jack the Ripper vs. Dracula!) brought to levels of near genius. A nightmare retelling of the Victorian era with everything you would want from a novel; romance, intrigue, plots and counterplots, political skullduggery, social critique, great characters, and an encyclopedia of literary in-jokes. The book is a tour of Victorian ideas and characters (whether real or plucked the back pages of literature). The vampire culture is fully realized and interesting. Fans of Alan Moore [...]

The basic concept of this book is genius: we're in Victorian London, in an alternate reality where Count Dracula was not fended off but survived to become the prince consort to Queen Victoria. His move leads to vampires becoming commonplace, and so we see a society where vampires are not only interspersed with the "warm", but social advancement almost demands turning into a vampire. Elder vampires emerge from the shadows, and Newman's knowledge of vampire lore is apparently limitless--he depicts [...]

Loads of fun. "Did this book achieve what it set out to do?" Yes, and then some.

Boy, was this ever a chore. It was a long way to go for not very much. The premise is mildly interesting, but the story is superficial and doesn't deliver the back-story or real character development that should have built on it.It does deliver blood, though, lots and lots of blood. It also bombards the reader with "clever" references to other vampire literature and film, as well as real and fictional personages contemporary with Jack the Ripper. It's a neat idea, but the novelty wears off quick [...]

Hersey Vlad Tepes yani Drakula'nın 19. YY sonlarına doğru dönemim İngiltere kraliçesi ile evlenmesinde sonrasında başlıyor, vampir fahişeleri hedef alan bir seri katilin yakalanması ana temasının ardında fakirlik, yabancılaşma ve öteki olma, toplumdaki adaletsiz yapı üzerinde durulmaya çalışılmış. Vampirlik ile sonsuz yaşam elde edilirken fakir yine fakir kalıyor ve birkaç damla kan için vücutlarını satmak zorunda kalan vampir kadınlar, politik adaletsizlikler, e [...]


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