Renfield: Slave of Dracula [NOOK Book]

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Renfield is confined to an insane asylum, but he still answers his Master's calling, setting the stage for the ultimate battle between good and evil, and the living and the dead.
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Renfield: Slave of Dracula

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Overview

Renfield is confined to an insane asylum, but he still answers his Master's calling, setting the stage for the ultimate battle between good and evil, and the living and the dead.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Like Tim Lucas in The Book of Renfield (2005), Hambly retells Bram Stoker's Dracula from the viewpoint of its most memorable peripheral character, the mad, insect-eating Renfield. His role as the count's human factotum and facilitator complicates a larger story in which Renfield struggles to conceal from conniving relatives and doctors the whereabouts of his beloved wife and daughter. Though Renfield dies at his employer's hands before the end in Stoker's original, Hambly (Circle of the Moon) contrives an imaginative way to prolong his involvement in the story. Unfortunately, the madman's ravings become repetitive, tedious and improbable once certain truths about him are revealed. Though Hambly tries to craft a portrait of Renfield as a tragic victim, his frequent references to Stoker's characters and their adventures only remind the reader that a more interesting vampire adventure is unfolding beyond the borders of Renfield's asylum and the events of this novel. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, Dracula, the enigmatic R.M. Renfield is confined to an asylum and feeds on insects, spiders, and rats while awaiting the arrival of his dreaded master, Count Dracula. Hambly (Circle of the Moon), however, takes a different tact. Through Renfield's notes, disturbing dreams, and passionate letters to his wife, Catherine, readers begin to understand the intelligent but delusional Renfield, who believes that only through animal vitality can he obtain the potent energy needed to meet his master's demands. He is convinced that when he has done all that Dracula commands, he will be freed from the asylum and able to return to Catherine and their daughter, Vixie. All the familiar characters from Stoker's novel are present-Mina Harker; her husband, Jonathan; the tragic Lucy Westenra; Dr. Van Helsing; and Dracula's three wives, who make brief appearances in Stoker's book but here become important characters in their own right. Hambly is a superb storyteller, and her alternate view of the Dracula story, the third Renfield interpretation in recent years (after Tim Lucas's The Book of Renfield and Lawrence Barker's Renfield) is an excellent addition to the genre. Recommended for all fiction collection.-Patricia Altner, BiblioInfo.com, Columbia, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101206300
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,193,598
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Barbara Hambly is a full-time writer.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fresh look at Dracula

    Although his mother-in-law and sister-in-law committed Ryland Renfield to Dr. Seward¿s Rushbrook Asylum, his link to Dracula has not been severed. He sees Dracula seduce Lucy into the life of the Undead and observes Van Helsing and his minion end her ¿life¿. Dracula has Renfield invite him inside the asylum where he gains access to Mina Harker. In an action that will change his life forever, he makes a pact with the three wives of Dracula they transform him into one of the Undead in return they do not want any more spousal rivals. --- Knowing he has lost his wife and daughter and in the thrall of the female undead, Renfield accompanies them to Transylvania to prepare for Dracula¿s return. The vampire hunters follow. Renfield hopes in the upcoming confrontation he will be one of the casualties as he loathes his existence, but cannot eliminate himself by his own hand. --- The Dracula legend unfolds from the perspective of Renfield, a servant of the Count and his three wives before turning into a vampire too. Barbara Hambly does a brilliant job of recreating the saga with her unique voice. Locked away in an asylum as many of the events unfold, he sees what is happening through the mind link and that drives him deeper into madness and violence until he makes a devil¿s deal with the three wives. Vampire aficionados will want to add this to their collection. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    Great perspective on a classic horror story!

    My friend loved this book, and recommended it to me. So I got it from the library, and immediately came to like it. I didn't pay attention to Renfield in Dracula, but seeing everything through his eyes was such a nice change. Less boring detail and slow plot like Stoker's novel. This is a new, fresh twist to vampires, and the sane mind of a man lost in darkness. You won't regret reading this! Such a great find!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    Wonderfull and imaginative

    What a wonderfull read! This certainly goes along well with Dracula, and Victorian humanity as well. I have always been interested in the character of Renfield, and to read such a stirring account of insanity, knowing what you're doing, but not why, it's very interesting. You also get a more profound perspective on the other characters as well, less Victorian pomp, more realistic. Who would have known Renfield loved Wagner and German mythology so much? Fantastic adventures, the supernatural, and a look into the human mind at it's worst. I enjoyed it so much that I'm re-reading Dracula!

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Spiders and flies

    Quite frankly I couldn't get through this book because it seemed to focus more on Renfeld's unusual appetite than his story. It seemed to be lacking depth and interest and did not hold my attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2007

    A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED

    I found Renfield a little boring. I hoped it would go deeper into his character. It was not quite the way I would liked him to be. I loved him in Dracula and in all of the movies.

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