“Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula

Dracula is an Gothic horror novel written by Irish Bram Stoker. If you know all about this Transylvanian monster through  various adaptations but you haven’t read the book, I warmly recommend you do read it now.

I  really like Dracula because it was among the first vampire books ever to be written and you can see effect of it in all the ‘vampire-themed’ books. I found it to be entertaining how the story was told through various diary entries/ letters by different characters. Dracula is nicely written and it very quotable.

What I found odd was how the characters had time to write their journals and letters in the middle of it all.  Then, I was slightly disappointed with the character of Dr. Van Helsing when I first read Dracula. I think all the adaptations made him seem more heroic and like he had some super powers which he doesn’t. Other characters were not developing during the storyline either. Furthermore, I expected to learn more about the background of Count Dracula himself.

“Oh, the terrible struggle that I have had against sleep so often of late; the pain of the sleeplessness, or the pain of the fear of sleep, and with such unknown horror as it has for me! How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula

I’d give this book 8/10

How-To Read Dracula by Bram Stoker
1.
Don’t even dare to expect anything Twilight-ish or Vampire Diaries-ish or Sookie Stockhouse-ish. Bloodsuckers are bad. This is must read.
2.
You won’t hear much about “vampires”.  You know whom they are, I know whom they are but characters in this novel have no clue.
3. Look for references to other great books.
4. About 500 pages. Enough to chill and thrill. 
5. Dracula is written in form of diary entries which adds very many levels to this novel. Characters are maybe not quite what you expect them to be.
6. You can find this book free in Project Gutenberg.

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