Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula, #1) by Kim Newman

Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula, #1)

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 follows vampire Geneviève Dieudonné 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...


Details Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula, #1)

TitleAnno Dracula (Anno Dracula, #1)
ISBN9780857680839
Author
Release DateMay 24th, 2011
PublisherTitan Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreHorror, Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Alternate History, Steampunk
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Reviews Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula, #1)

  • Sean Gibson
    2017-10-10
    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, ...
  • Amanda
    2008-07-18
    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 fav...
  • Andy
    2017-01-31
    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 contain...
  • F.R.
    2014-11-11
    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 ...
  • Fiona
    2012-08-14
    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 autocrac...
  • Stephen Theaker
    2008-08-27
    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 Leag...
  • Warwick
    2017-04-13
    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 choi...
  • snowgray
    2011-08-27
    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 ...
  • J.K. Grice
    2017-10-03
    ANNO DRACULA is a wild ride through an alternate version of Victorian London. There are more famous characters here than you can shake a stick at, and somehow Newman pulls this off ingeniously. One of the most original vampire tales you will find. Funny, smart, and weird, ANNO DRACULA is just a good time read...
  • Roy
    2018-05-04
    I remember reading this back when vampires were the rage. Didnt really float my boat. Felt like Newman was attempting to add a billion fictional and historical characters just for the sake of it. Well written novel though.
  • Stephen Collins
    2017-11-10
    This modern classic a New take on Dracula that has even got Sherlock Holmes in it. Why Kim Newman has not done a Doctor Who is mystery it isn't for want of trying. This a what if ........Queen Victoria marries Dracula hail King Of The Vampires the original hemophiliacThis dark creepy re working of Bram Stoker's classic book but with what if twist that make your hair curl Newman has now done five books in this series from WWI to Japan to Pop musi...
  • William
    2008-03-19
    1888 London, and Dracula is hanging out with Queen Victoria, while in Whitechapel, prostitutes are dying strange bloody deaths...It'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 ...
  • Juushika
    2008-09-20
    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 powerbut also the streets of Whitechapel, where a murderer is killing and mutilating young vampire prostitutes. The attempt to catch him brings together ...
  • Stephen
    2008-10-22
    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 ...
  • Chris
    2008-10-13
    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 N...
  • Latasha
    2018-02-20
    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.
  • Biz
    2007-09-27
    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 an...
  • Thomas
    2010-02-23
    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...
  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2013-08-29
    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 chap...
  • Jen
    2012-10-29
    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 Wikipedia 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 a...
  • Peggy
    2007-08-14
    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 w...
  • Mizuki
    2017-09-05
    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 b...
  • Tara
    2007-08-08
    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.
  • Kat
    2011-10-16
    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 ...
  • Ryan
    2008-08-11
    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...
  • Margaret
    2016-12-08
    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, lear...
  • Adam
    2009-02-06
    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 fu...
  • Michael
    2011-06-13
    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 o...