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Stoker's Manuscript

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    I was hesitant about this novel but SO glad I gave it a try. I

    I was hesitant about this novel but SO glad I gave it a try. I love vampire lore, esp. the original Dracula, and this novel sticks to historical and fictional accounts equally. The melding of 2 worlds is perfectly portrayed as well as the narrator's personal struggles vs. the struggles of the Dracul family. I loved reading this book and it went very fast. I found myself reading it in 2 days, just needing to know how it ended. Bravo!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2013

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    If you're a fan of Bram Stoker's Dracula, then Stoker's Manuscri

    If you're a fan of Bram Stoker's Dracula, then Stoker's Manuscript is a must-read.  As the name of the book implies, Stoker's original manuscript features prominently in the narrative as the main character, Joseph Barkeley, a rare book and manuscript expert, is hired to 1) authenticate it, and 2) broker a deal to purchase it from a museum for a mysterious, unnamed client.  When Barkeley agrees, he doesn't realize that it will change his life irrevocably.  The mysterious client is someone, no, something, Joseph never imagined existed, and Stoker's manuscript contains the clues that lead to what he most desires.  Either Joseph will decode the clues and find it, or he will die.  Of course, once he's "outlived his usefulness," he'll still die.  What a choice!  As Joseph stalls, he does indeed begin to decode the manuscript, but unexpectedly, along the way he also discovers that he is much more a part of this whole situation than he ever imagined.  Can he unravel the mystery and save himself and those he loves?

    The atmosphere created in this book was very reminiscent of that in Stoker's Dracula.  Some aspects of the story also echo Stoker's plot, such as Joseph's "stay" in Dracula's castle (paralleling that of Jonathan Harker).  Prouty also presents a completely different take on vampires from any that I have read elsewhere.  These creatures are not sparkly or handsome or anything remotely appealing (they even stink).  Of course, others have also depicted vampires in this light, but it's Prouty's ideas about vampire reproduction that I found interesting and different.  There are warring factions of vampires, and apparently what has caused the in-fighting is essentially breeding rights.  Vampire females are in short supply, and it seems that the preferred method of revenge is stealing and burying your rival's wife.  

    As a librarian and archivist, I found all the library, archive, and museum parts (because of course, Joseph has to do his research!) interesting.  Prouty put the events surround Stoker's manuscript into context by also connecting them with the work of Tesla.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Good

    This is a great escape from the watered downvampires of today


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  • Posted October 31, 2013

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    The whole idea behind Stoker¿s Manuscript was really intriguing

    The whole idea behind Stoker’s Manuscript was really intriguing for me. I started reading this around a time when I was kind of sick of a lot of books told in first person. I went into it thinking it would probably be written in third person, so I was surprised when it turned out to be first person. This was in no way detrimental though. In fact, one of the reasons why I loved it so much was because I was reading first person without feeling like I was reading it. It had the flow of first person but the quality of third person writing, which I’ve always felt is usually of higher quality.


    There were many echoes of Dracula all throughout Stoker's Manuscript without it feeling like a knock off. It truly felt like Mr. Prouty was paying homage to Stoker's original novel by including small details like how the vampire's fingernails were filed and (my personal favorite) the quote, "The dead travel fast." Like Mr. Harker, Mr. Barkeley is kept at Bran Castle on the pretense of business, well... at first that is. Even the smell was almost the same. Mr. Prouty's vampires smelt worse, but even a detail like that was kept. There were even some things I noticed that I'm not sure were intentional or not but were very interesting. When Dracula drives Mr. Harker up to the castle, he placed plum brandy under the seat for him; and, at the end of Stoker's Manuscript, Mr. Barkeley is given plum brandy.

    Stoker's Manuscript definitely carried a feel to it that reminded me a lot of when I read Dracula. The writing felt very precise, much like the characters. The mix of historical fact and fiction was fantastically done! As for the dialogue, I actually found myself reading it aloud just so I could get the full of effect of what the characters were saying and how they said it. Or, rather, how I imagined them saying it. It was definitely awesome trying (and failing) to mimic the Romanian accents.
    One thing that really struck me was the explanation behind vampires. It was unexpected but the concept was very interesting and intellectually stimulating for me. And it was written in a way that made it easy to understand. Loved it.


    Mr. Barkeley’s past was very interesting. I really enjoyed the preludes in the beginning of some of the chapters. They gave you more information about Mr. Barkeley and really painted a picture of him (and whatever else they were about). I was always secretly worried that they were going to be boring but they never were. I found them very interesting.

    Mr. Prouty did an excellent job creating the setting. I could perfectly see the mud-caked, dirty streets as the rain poured or after it had finished.

    As a fan of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I felt Royce Prouty paid homage to this amazing novel while still making Stoker’s Manuscript his own story. I was a little worried it might in some way be a kind of rip off and disgrace to Dracula but I was pleasantly surprised and pleased. All in all, this is a novel I would recommend to anyone whose read Dracula or who is just looking for a good old-fashioned vampire novel. The vampires we were able to get to know, were both different but sinister in their own way.

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  • Posted August 9, 2013

    Engaging Story

    This was a real page turner! I breezed through this book, unable to put it down. The story was interesting and the characters had a nice depth to them. The author definitely left room for a sequel, which I eagerly await.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Once I started this book, I found it hard to put down. Finished

    Once I started this book, I found it hard to put down. Finished it in one day. I thought that the first half of the book was more interesting, and more polished, than the last half. The last portion of the book also felt a little rushed. Much different take on the vampire world than other novels I've read. All in all, a very good first novel and well worth your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Too Confusing

    I have to say the first 100 or so pages were very good. Enjoyed learning about Joseph's profession and the premise of the story was extremely interesting but then..... everything seemed to become "too much". Too much information about everything - his traveling to so many different sites in Romania and constantly going back and forth, so many characters to keep up with, so many clues that just got way to jumbled up and confusing, for me anyway. Maybe it just wasn't my genre even though I do like the original Dracula by Bram Stoker. Maybe I'll re-read someday and get a different take.

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