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Abnett, Dan
Adams, Douglas
Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto
Allen, Roger MacBride
Allie, Scott
Allston, Aaron
Anderson, Kevin J.
Barclay, James
Barnes, Steven
Baum, L. Frank
Bear, Greg
Bendis, Brian Michael
Bischoff, David
Bisson, Terry
Blackman, Haden
Bova, Ben
Bowen, Carl
Brooks, Terry
Canavan, Trudi
Card, Orson Scott
Chadwick, Paul
Clarke, Arthur C.
Clarke, Susanna
Clemens, James
Collins, Paul
Crichton, Michael
Crispin, A. C.
Cunningham, Elaine
Daley, Brian
David, Peter
DeMatteis, J. M.
Denning, Troy
Dick, Philip K.
Dickens, Charles
Dietz, William C.
Dixon, Chuck
Donaldson, Stephen
Eddings, David
Edginton, Ian
Elrod, P. N.
Erikson, Steven
Feist, Raymond E.
Foster, Alan Dean
Fraction, Matt
Furman, Simon
Gaiman, Neil
Gemmell, David A.
Gerber, Michael
Gibbons, Dave
Golden, Christopher
Goodkind, Terry
Goodwin, Archie
Graham, Mitchell
Grant, Alan
Green, Jonathan
Green, Laurence
Guggenheim, Marc
Hagberg, David
Hambly, Barbara
Hamilton, Laurell K.
Hand, Elizabeth
Harras, Bob
Harrison, Mick
Heinlein, Robert A.
Herbert, Frank
Herbert, James
Hine, David
Hobb, Robin
Howard, Robert E.
Jacques, Brian
James, Charlie Hamilton
Jenkins, Paul
Jeter, K. W.
Johns, Geoff
Jones, J. V.
Jordan, Robert
Jurgens, Dan
Karpyshyn, Drew
Kennedy, Mike
Kerr, Katharine
Keyes, Greg
King, Stephen
King, William
Knaak, Richard A.
Kube-McDowell, Michael P.
Lawhead, Stephen
Layman, John
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Lewis, C. S.
Lieberman, A. J.
Loeb, Jeph
Lorey, Dean
Lowder, James
Luceno, James
Lumley, Brian
Macan, Darko
Manning, Russ
Martin, George R. R.
Marz, Ron
Matheson, Richard
McCaffrey, Anne
McIntosh, Neil
McIntyre, Vonda
Michelinie, David
Millar, Mark
Miller, John Jackson
Miller, Karen
Milligan, Peter
Moench, Doug
Moesta, Rebecca
Moore, Alan
Nicholls, Stan
Nicieza, Fabian
Nylund, Eric
O'Neil, Dennis
Ostrander, John
Paolini, Christopher
Perry, S. D.
Perry, Steve
Pratchett, Terry
Pullman, Philip
Quinn, David
Reaves, Michael
Reed, A. W.
Reed, Brian
Rice, Anne
Richardson, Nancy
Roberts, Adam
Rowe, Matthew
Rowling, J. K.
Rubio, Kevin
Rusch, Kristine Kathryn
Salvatore, R.A.
Shelley, Mary
Shultz, Mark
Simone, Gail
Simonson, Louise
Simonson, Walter
Smith, L. Neil
Spurrier, Simon
Stackpole, Michael A.
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Stewart, Sean
Stoker, Bram
Stover, Matthew
Straczynski, J. Michael
Stradley, Randy
Strnad, Jan
Sutcliff, Rosemary
Tolkien, J.R.R.
Traviss, Karen
Truman, Tim
Turtledove, Harry
Tyers, Kathy
van Belkom, Edo
Veitch, Tom
Wagner, John
Watson, Jude
Whitman, John
Williams, Sean
Williams, Tad
Williams, Walter Jon
Windham, Ryder
Wolverton, Dave
Woodring, Jim
Wurts, Janny
Yeovil, Jack
Zahn, Timothy
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Reviewing Literature
The Books Of Bram Stoker

Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1847, Abraham Stoker would go on to create one of the most enduring characters ever born of literature.  He earned an honours degree at Trinity College, Dublin, where, as head of the university's Philosophical Society he met and befriended Oscar Wilde.  In 1890 Stoker began taking notes for a gothic novel about Good versus Evil and in 1897 'Dracula' was published.  Without Stoker, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing would've been unemployed in the 70s and Halloween costumes would be much harder to think of.  Word to the wise; don't watch 'Van Helsing', which effectively rapes Stoker's literature as well as that of Mary Shelley and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Average Review Score: 5 out of 5 (1 book)

My second favourite book of all time and one of only two books that I've ever read twice (the other book on both counts being 'The Hobbit'), I cannot express properly just how much better off you'll be if you read this book.  It is a sad fact that, thanks to Hollywood mostly, Dracula is a name that no one really takes seriously anymore.  This means that a great number of people turn their noses up at Bram Stoker's masterpiece.  Truly their loss.  Stoker uses the brilliant idea of constructing his novel from the various characters' diaries, journals, correspondence and (in the case of one of my favourite parts) newspaper articles.  This means that we as the readers get to read the events of the story through the very eyes of those in it and, more importantly perhaps, the story builds like a jigsaw puzzle as each character experiences a different piece.  This allows Stoker to build the tension in the story in a way that I've never experienced in any other book.  The characters are wonderfully touching creations too, be it the emotional, but surprisingly strong-willed Mina, Jonathan Harker, who goes through Hell and returns galvanised, or my favourite (and clearly the author's, since he gives the character his own name) Abraham Van Helsing.  The core of the story involves a disparate group of men finding the courage and the motivation to confront a power they know may be beyond them and in that sense, 'Dracula' touches upon the mythological cultural subconscious that would later be exploited by such great storytellers as J. R. R. Tolkien and George Lucas.  As you'll have guessed by the length of this review, I absolutely love this book and can't recommend it enough.  Oh, and as well as not watching 'Van Helsing', I should probably avoid the movie 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' too, because it trades off all of the book's tension in exchange for a scene with a werewolf raping an attractive woman.  Plus they changed the ending for some reason.  Francis Ford Coppola, you bastard.
5 out of 5
'Left Munich at 8.35 p.m. on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6.46, but train was an hour late.'

If you liked Stoker:
Then there is another much-abused work of 19th century literature that may interest you; the equally immortal 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley.

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