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The Lair of the White Worm [Format Kindle]

Bram Stoker

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Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.

In a tale of ancient evil, Bram Stoker creates a world of lurking horrors and bizarre denizens: a demented mesmerist, hellbent on mentally crushing the girl he loves; a gigantic kite raised to rid the land of an unnatural infestation of birds, and which receives strange commands along its string; and all the while, the great white worm slithers below, seeking its next victim... Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula, is one of the most enduring and masterful influences on the literature of terror.

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Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.

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  • Editeur : Lettere Animate Editore (27 janvier 2014)
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Abridged version 16 mai 2011
Par Liz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I read the free Kindle edition of this book. I was shocked at how terrible it was -- the story seemed disjointed and ludicrous (even for a story about a giant white worm that can assume human form). Then I discovered that this version is an abridged and rewritten 1925 edition that eliminated over 100 pages from the book. I will now seek out the unabridged version to see if it is any better.

The Ken Russell movie version is terrible and wonderful at the same time. I think it may be the most bizarre movie I have ever seen.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Unintentionally hilarious. 23 octobre 2010
Par Pastrychef - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Had heard this book is terrible and it is. There are the germs of at least three excellent horror books in there...unfortunately Bram couldn't decide which to focus on and jumped wildly from one idea to the other. Is it about the mysterious curse haunting the last scion of a noble family, a la Hound of the Baskervilles? Or perhaps the evil power of mesmerism? A titanic battle of wills between a strong minded woman and an evil interloper for the soul of her sister? Or is it a straight out find-and-kill-the-monster romp? You decide!

The unfocused storyline, wild leaps of (il)logic, gaping plot holes and purple prose made this the funniest book I've read for some time. If you liked Shaun of the Dead, you'll probably find this hilarious. The ending is pure gold - I can't decide whether Michael Bay or Monty Python would do a better movie adaptation of it.

Definitely worth what I paid for it.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Well...it was free 5 décembre 2009
Par MeganB - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Although a bit strange I found this book to be entertaining. It follows Adam as he battles the mysterious Lady Arabella, falls in love with Mimi, And encounters an assortment of odd characters. Not as good as Dracula, but if you can handle the far-fetched plot I would recommend it. Also, It is free.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Brief gothic horror 19 juin 2011
Par wiredweird - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Well, not all that horrible, mostly. Stoker's most famous work, Dracula, centers on a character half of this world and half of another. Here, the White Worm shares that dual nature, but the connection between two natures remains elusive. Then there's the unbreachable split between two dark forces, something that mere mortals can only approach with legal documents and high explosives.

Although the dark mood and sense of vast, unseen forces comes through clearly, more reamins to the imagination than in fact becomes explicit. This might suit readers with the most vivid imaginations, but might not wholly satisfy readers who like more substantial handholds on a story. Like me, for example.

-- wiredweird
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 This novel makes me embarrassed for Bram Stoker.... 22 août 2013
Par gammyraye - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Reading this novel by Bram Stoker made me very sad, not because of the contents of the plot but because the talent which produced "Dracula" in 1897 had so tragically and obviously diminished by 1911, when this novel was published. Stoker had suffered the first of the several strokes that led to his death in 1912, so the wonder is perhaps that he was able to write a novel at all. It's unfortunate that his inadequacies were exposed so publicly.

While "Dracula" certainly had its faults, the cumulative effect was to make the unbelievable believable. The plotting was tight and logical within its created framework; the method of exposition (letters and diaries from different characters) was effective; the tone of horror and increasing danger built to a satisfactory climax.

In contrast, "The Lair of the White Worm" reads like the script for a B-grade horror movie, one so bad that it becomes funny in a perverse way. It suffers from all the faults usually present in such movies: lack of focus, with too many different perils; inexplicably stupid actions by the "good guys," which constantly place them in danger; plot holes so enormous that the story hardly makes sense; a general lack of discretion and restraint.

The plot concerns Lady Arabella, a seductive woman always dressed in tight-fitting white clothing who has a hole in her ancient house in which apparently lives a large white serpent. Could they be one and the same? Also, a nearby wealthy landowner has powers of mesmerism, and engages in staring bouts with two of his neighboring young ladies, eventually ending when he stares one of the girls to death. He also constantly flies a huge kite shaped like a hawk which scares away all the birds in the neighborhood and has a supernatural effect on the neighbors. Also, the wealthy landowner has a frightening and hideously ugly servant brought from Africa who is a practitioner of voodoo. Although the servant's actions are very threatening toward the young lady heroines in the early parts of the book, he is removed about halfway when he is dragged into the hole by Lady Arabella, when he mortally offends her by a romantic (sexual) proposition. See what I mean by lack of focus.

A discussion of the inexplicable actions of the characters and the holes in the plot could take many pages. Just take my word for it.

As far as lack of discretion, Stoker openly displays an unbelievable amount of racial bigotry in his depiction of the African servant. As an example, here is a quote: "If you have the slightest fault to find with that infernal negro, shoot him at sight. A swelled-head negro, with a bee in his bonnet, is one of the worst difficulties in the world to deal with. So better make a clean job of it, and wipe him out at once....the law doesn't concern itself with dead negroes. A few more or less do not matter. To my mind it's rather a relief." Not only the quoted character but also the omniscient narrator displays this attitude, never failing to attach derogatory descriptions and comments whenever the servant is mentioned.

Stoker also fails to employ restraint in his Freudian subtext--he might as well have written in all caps: I FIND THE SEXUAL ASPECTS OF THE FEMALE TO BE REPULSIVE, SMELLY, VILE, AND GROTESQUELY BLOODY. His description of Lady Arabella's "hole" is so over-the-top suggestive as to become one of the funny bits.

Another funny bit: the manly young hero comments, "I never thought this fighting an antediluvian monster would be such a complicated job."

I would not recommend this book to anyone. And that's sad.
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