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Anno Dracula de Kim Newman
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Anno Dracula (original: 1992; edição: 2011)

de Kim Newman (Autor)

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In an alternate history of the nineteenth century, Queen Victoria has married Vlad Tepes, better known as Count Dracula, leading to a reign of horror, while, in Whitechapel, Silver Knife, a murderer of vampire girls, threatens the new regime.
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Título:Anno Dracula
Autores:Kim Newman (Autor)
Informação:Titan Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, 560 pages
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Anno Dracula [with additional material] de Kim Newman (1992)

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Alternate history based on the premise that Van Helsing failed to kill Dracula, who then lived on to become the Prince Consort of England. And don’t worry that I’m giving away the plot because there isn’t one. This is pretty much just a literary stunt to see how many Victorian era characters – both real and fictional – the author could mash together into one book. Dracula, Queen Victoria, Jack the Ripper, Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, Dr. Jekyll, Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday, Mark Twain, Whistler, and Oscar Wilde among others. I have to admit putting them all together was imaginative but for me it made this read like little more than a laundry list of nineteenth century names. ( )
  wandaly | Aug 31, 2020 |
4.5/5. The only thing that keeps this book from being perfect is the abrupt ending. Other than that, this book had to be just as much fun to write as it was to read! ( )
  thePatWalker | Feb 10, 2020 |
Good alternate history. The interaction of a new culture that take's a superior role in society is also explored along with a twist on the old Jack the Ripper story. The new Vampire culture is dominate where "warms" are not promoted on the police force and the elite Vampires refer to warms as "Sheep". Considering the culture changes sweeping London today this work might be banned in England should the authorities get wind of it. ( )
  Ed.Jones | Nov 27, 2019 |
Amazon.com Review As Nina Auerbach writes in the New York Times, " Stephen King assumes we hate vampires; Anne Rice makes it safe to love them, because they hate themselves. Kim Newman suspects that most of us live with them . . . . Anno Dracula is the definitive account of that post-modern species, the self-obsessed undead." In this first of what looks to be an excellent series, Victorian England has vampires at every level of society, especially the higher ones, and they engage in incessant intrigue, power games, and casual oppression of the weak--activities, as we know, that are all too human. Numerous characters from literature and from history appear in both major and cameo roles. Spectacular fight scenes, stormy politics, and a serial vampire killer keep the action lively. A scholarly bibliography is included. From Publishers Weekly Queen Victoria consorts with Count Dracula in this ingenious historical romp peopled by historic characters.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. ( )
  buffygurl | Mar 8, 2019 |
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 Merrick or Bram Stoker rub shoulders with such fictional worthies as Dr Jekyll, Mina Harker and Mycroft Holmes.

Although Newman's joy in playing around with these familiar tropes is everywhere in evidence, there is often a sense that he is more interested in pastiching the conventions of Gothic Victoriana than he is in developing a really compelling narrative of his own. Many scenes consist of clever-ish little conceits that move the story on not at all. And sometimes even as a period exercise his voice does not ring true – amidst the pea-soupers and Hansom cabs of the opening chapter was description of a streetwalker that mentioned her ‘bangs’, a word so completely at variance with the time and place that I had to put the book down and stare with bemusement directly into the camera, like someone from The Office.

The main plot revolves around the hunt for Jack the Ripper, here recast as a potential catalyst for open war between the undead and the ‘warm’. But all that is very much a pretext for the main business, which is about crowbarring in as many references to obscure literary vampires and Victorian marginalia as physically possible. Spotting them all is, admittedly, quite fun, although this newer edition spoils the game somewhat by including an appendix which makes explicit most of the references. Perhaps ironically, the most compelling characters by far are the two that Newman has invented himself – Charles Beauregard, a kind of proto-spy, and Geneviève Dieudonné, a four-hundred-year-old, more-or-less virtuous French vampire who looks like a teenage girl. If only he had put a little more faith in his own creations and felt less need to lean quite so heavily on his metafictional scaffolding, you feel that this could have been wildly successful.

As it is I still enjoyed myself much more than some critics here seemed to – though other books have done this kind of thing better, most of them came later and looked back to Anno Dracula when they did it. Besides, Kim Newman's love and knowledge of horror conventions and B-movie devices was, I felt, rather irresistible. I find myself quite wanting to read more in the series to see whether the prose gets any leaner and more controlled, and indeed whether Newman's Latin improves. ( )
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