15 October 2013

Review: Dracula Cha Cha Cha

Dracula Cha Cha Cha
Dracula Cha Cha Cha by Kim Newman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, to get it out of the way, this might be the worst title for a book I've ever encountered.

It makes sense in the story, as it's a reference to something somewhat specific, but still, I'm glad they did a change to the title later. The story actually completes (to a point, apparently) the story started back in the first book, where this takes place close to Dracula's impending wedding in the 1950s. A lot of loose ends are tied, some new ones created, but it's a complete story for the first time.

I liked this one a lot more than the first two books, in part because of the plot being more cohesive, in part because I liked the setting more, but mostly because things actually happen in this book, which was not as evident in the first two. Part of it may be this book's age, which is only about 15 years out as opposed to the 20+. Part of it might just be that it's a better book. Part of it might lend itself to the fact that an endpoint exists and the plot actually moves toward it. Could be any of those reasons, but, regardless, I was rewarded for sticking with the series (even though it wasn't bad for most of it).

The next (last?) book is Johnny Alucard, and I'm interested to see how it fits in with a story that feels finished. We'll see...

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