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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2004

    better than anne rice

    the first book in one of the most expansive and engrossing series is back. yarbro with this one book created one of the most enduring vampires ever to grace the page. based on an actual historical man, who by the way we still have no idea who or what he was, yarbro has spun a world of dark and light where the classic idea of the evil or self absorbed vampire like lestat is turned on it's ear. with this book and the many others in the collection yarbro show us that when it comes to the true monsters we need look no farther then the nearest mirror. for a chance to read and experience the world she created and what if we as humans would just think of what we could be i cannot reccommend this book in fact all of them enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2001

    The first book is back!

    Everything Chelsea Quinn Yarbro writes will hold you spellbound. You can't help but fall in love with her vibrant prose and realistic characters. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA is the first book in the Saint-Germain series of vampire novels. Thanks to Stealth Press, it's available once again in a beautiful hardback edition. Le Comte de Saint-Germain. A charismatic and mysterious aristocrat in mid-18th century Paris. Women can't resist him, men are suspicious of him. Madelaine de Montalia. An intelligent, beautiful young woman with a sharp mind and wit, making her debut in Paris society. Immediately, she is drawn to the Comte. While other young men vie for her affections she only has eyes for the alluring Saint-Germain. Madelaine's past is not so innocent as she might believe. A father's indiscretions mark her for sacrifice in a satanic ritual run by a group of aristocrats known as The Circle. This is the darker side to Paris life. Faithful fans of the adventures of Saint-Germain will surely fall in love with these characters all over again. New readers will see how easily Yarbro's writing can captivate. Order a copy of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and allow her to lure you into her romantic and seductive world. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is the author of more than 40 novels in the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Very Disappointing

    I had polished off all the Anne Rice books (actually read them through several times), several non-fiction books about the real Count Vlad, and was looking for other vampire-themed material when I stumbled across this book.

    First of all, let me say on a positive note that there were several interesting subjects that the author brought out in her book. For example, the point she made that St.-Germain (our leading vampire) was, when alive, considered average height, even tall. But now, on account of his preternatural inability to change, is below average height, with small hands and feet. Interesting point, since it is well documented that humans, as a whole, are indeed increasing in average height over the centuries. There are several other examples of interesting tid-bits that are woven into the story. Bravo to the author for some good research and application.

    Unfortunately, however, these spots of interest were few and far between. On the whole I found the book's characters to be flat and unentertaining and the plot ludicrous (even for a vampire novel). The story line revolves around a cult of devil worshipers who are intent on sacrificing St.-Germain's beloved, Madelaine, in order to imbue themselves with power. While the descriptions of their debauchery is certainly colorful, it's also completely unbelievable. And despite the graphic picture we are painted of their rapes, murders and collusions, the cult never really gives off a believable air of menace. They are third-rate bullies who should have been killed off in the first chapter. Instead they are allowed to rampage through the entire book - mostly because the main character and vampire-not-so-extraordinaire, St.-Germain, is a complete "woose", with no backbone, and no menace.

    The folklore image of the vampire is partially defined by his menace, his otherworldly power, his edge of danger and, yes, to some degree evil - even if that evil is tempered and restrained. That is part of what makes the vampire lore so magnetic - he, the vampire, is a creature beyond human limitations, morality or restraints. But author Yarbro seems to have taken the exact opposite approach. She has produced a vampire character who is more limited, less powerful, less menacing...more human. But the attempt is not carried off with any success. Instead you find yourself sighing, rolling your eyes and wishing St.-Germain would act like the vampire he is supposed to be.

    Let me put it this way...Lestat would have eaten these so called cultists in the first paragraph then gone on to bigger and more interesting things. St.-Germain procrastinates, hides, hesitates and all but allows them to kill both him and Madelaine. He is a pathetic excuse for a vampire who is, in the end, only worthy of a yawn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2001

    I Loved This!

    Saint-Germain is a vampire that can bite me anytime. He's sexy, suave, sensual and intelligent. The book is set in 18th-century Paris. Le Comte Saint-Germain is a mysterious aristocrat that attracts the ladies and causes suspicion in the men. When a young debutante, Madelaine de Montalia, meets him she can't help but be drawn to him and he to her for her sharp wit and intelligence as well as her beauty. Unfortunately, there is a dark side to Madelaine's family history that has come back to haunt her, maybe even to kill her. This book is great! I can see why people fell in love with this series of books.

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    Posted October 22, 2008

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