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The Historian

A Novel
Kostova, Elizabeth (eBook - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Historian
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A young woman finds old papers which begin to reveal an ancient and evil plot concerning Vlad the Impaler and the legend of Dracula, which may still be continuing.
Authors: Kostova, Elizabeth
Title: The historian
a novel
[downloadable ebook]
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2005
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Statement of Responsibility: Elizabeth Kostova
Summary: A young woman finds old papers which begin to reveal an ancient and evil plot concerning Vlad the Impaler and the legend of Dracula, which may still be continuing.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 0316135410
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable ebook
System Details: Requires Adobe Digital Editions or Adobe Digital Editions or Amazon Kindle
Format: OverDrive READ
Format: Kindle Book
Format: Adobe PDF eBook
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Headings: Horror tales Paranormal fiction Horror tales, American Paranormal fiction, American Vampires Fiction
Genre/Form: Downloadable ebook
Electronic books
Horror fiction
Occult fiction
Horror tales, American
Paranormal fiction, American
Topical Term: Horror tales
Paranormal fiction
Horror tales, American
Paranormal fiction, American
Additional Physical Form Entry: Original 9780316070638 sky238482364
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A secret book draws a young woman into a world of intrigue and mystery. The book puts her on the trail of her missing father, and the truth behind the historical figure, Vlad Dracule.

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Nov 18, 2014
  • wilqser rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting take on the vampire story with lots of twists and turns- more of a mystery than a thriller. The story is a bit long -although well written -and the characters voices and taking us on various journeys can be confusing to some, but I thought it was cleverly written and full of excitement in their various locales. Clearly, the author knows her history of architecture and art. A good take on the vampire lore from the historian perspective. Would read her again if only for knowledge of aesthetics and clear writing. Good.

May 24, 2014
  • brianmoegling rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

SO good that it created an interest for me in an entirely new genre of books. Completely engaging, easily one of the top 10 best books I've ever read.

I lost interest and never finished this book, and found it incredibly difficult to believe the author actually received a $1 million advance for such a thing? Must have been related to someone at the publishing company, most likely?

Sep 07, 2013
  • zogkarndon rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Interesting concept, but padded *far* beyond my interest level.

Jun 24, 2013
  • JCLDianeH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

While going back and forth between time periods was occasionally confusing, I like the way it brought the different narratives together. You could sense the different lives and events converging to an endpoint that wasn’t 100% predictable. Also, as a lover of books, I found it fascinating how a beloved object, a book, could become a sinister and terrifying presage of more horrors to come.

May 13, 2013
  • BTVS rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I thought this book would never end. There was so much filler with drab detail and marginal character development. The author must have been using all those European settings to pad her travel budget to claim as expenses for writing the book. They were gratuitious and did not move the plot along. Braiding together 3 different time lines failed as a literaty technique.

Mar 09, 2013
  • plourdelou rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent. Descriptif.

Dec 31, 2012
  • alimperks78 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Fun look at the Dracula story and takes the reader on quite an adventure to discover the truth. My only critique is the length, the book could've used a bit more trimming 150-200 pages or so. It did drag. I liked all of the correspondence in it that aided in the flow of the book and the visits to the exotic locales. The author herself, seems to be quite the historian.

Dec 17, 2012
  • rekowal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Looong but mostly a good read. You have to suspend reality from time to time, but good story line and lots of action

Jun 05, 2012
  • bluenose62 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quite frankly this is one of the best books I have ever read. So good in fact, that after reading the library copy, I bought my own. It's a keeper. I am not particularly a vampire fan - I don't mind them in my literature - certainly Bram Stoker's is an often turned to classic and I enjoyed Anne Rice's "Interview" as a teenager. I hated the Twilight books. Thought them poorly written, slightly ridiculous with annoying characters and each was was worse than the last with the final one making my list of worst books ever written. I wouldn't include "The Historian" in any list with those - they are not the same type of read at all.

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Feb 04, 2010
  • laurenemmeline rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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Mar 22, 2012
  • AnneDromeda rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I should own up to something right away: I am definitely one of those geeks fleshing out the market for vampire novels. I loved them when they were first in style, and Anne Rice was the queen of the genre. I kept the fire alive when pop culture became insufferably perky. Then, when *Twilight* brought vamps skulking back out, I could have chaired the Twi-hard fan club. In other words, when it comes to vamp lit, I suck. Happily. If you do, too, read on.<br />

Elizabeth Kostova's *The Historian* opens with a teen girl perusing her father's library. She finds a troubling bundle of letters tucked into a book, all addressed “To my dear and unfortunate successor.” It's immediately plain her father (Paul) has been drawn into something unsavoury. After confronting her father, she's enveloped in a world of danger, intrigue, and glamorous academia.<br />

Parallel plot lines pull the reader through a whirlwind tour of post-WWII Turkey, England, Romania and Hungary. Kostova has done her research on these many locales, and her descriptions of place and culture ring true (her depictions of communist Romania and Hungary are particularly entrancing). One plot line follows Paul's initial discovery of Vlad Dracula's continued existence, and the mad search for his mentor after Rossi's abduction by Dracula. Another follows the heroine's own desperate attempt to save her father's life, 20 years later.<br />

In essence, *The Historian* is the Indiana Jones of vampire literature. Exquisitely researched and relentlessly paced, it features lots of travel, classic romance, gory history, and battles in crypts. Kostova has gone out of her way to put the monster back into vampires – no synthetic blood or sparkling in the sunshine, here. Her Dracula owes much more to Eastern European vampire folklore than to glam goth culture. And, if we use monsters in literature to exorcise what makes us most uneasy as a culture, it's worth noting that almost every vampire encountered is a librarian. If Stoker's vampires were working out cultural sex taboos, Kostova's express a deep unease with the use and transmission of information. This debut novel is highly recommended to fans of vamp lit, and to any historical fiction readers open to supernatural elements.

Dec 16, 2010
  • notTom rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An old, leather-bound book, blank except for an illustration of a dragon over the word "Drakulya" in the center is the catalyst of this suspenseful novel. When a woman finds letters in her father's library addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", her father relates his story of mysteriously finding an old book in a university library and the subsequent disappearance of his mentor, launching him into an epic quest to discover not only the whereabouts of his mentor, but of the grave of Vlad Dracula himself. When her father then disappears, the woman decides to follow his trail that leads only to true evil. In a galloping novel that criss-crosses Europe, vampires cease to become legend and folktale, but become dark and cunning every-day creatures, always lurking just around the corner.


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