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If you could sum up I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire in three words, what would they be?
Intense, logical and riveting.
What did you like best about this story?
The story works- yes, it's a vampire story, so there are parts you have to suspend belief in reality some, but it's a sensible suspension, a logical thing. The intensity of the characters, the building of the story made me stay with it and waiting for the next part. The viewpoint is from the main character and remains true to his station and background, and historically, is pretty true to the times.
The emotional content is also fierce, as is the main character, so you would expect no less. Sex, often over used in many novels, is almost not here at all, except for alluding to , not describing it. I'm not a prude by a long shot, but it was nice the author didn't just put in excess sex scenes that didn't work in this story as per the times and mores, and that the story ran smoothly for that exclusion in this book. This was a book more about revenge than sex,but love plays a role, too.
It held my attention all the way through the book and I'll look for the next one.
Which scene was your favorite?
The entire book was excellent, no one scene was the "everything" scene and all downhill after that.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No, but I could "see" the characters, wonderfully detailed and yet not bogged down.
Any additional comments?
Worth the money.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
If you've ever played Ravenloft or wish to do it, this is a great book for you.
The way the story unfolds makes you really grasp the feeling of living in the era in which Strad was alive.
To be honest, I preferred the book until Strad's transformation into a vampire. I'd give 5 stars for that part and 4 for rest of the book.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I read a lot, sorry I mean listen to a lot, of the Forgotten Realms novels, there are so many and a Ravenloft novel had to be listened to. Questions I had, who is Strahd? What is Ravenloft like? Where did it all start? The novel answers all these questions in great detail. The narration is really on point, and I loved that. The big issue I had was the story, which for a D&D fan was fine, however I think your average reader while find the story very similar to Bram Stokers Dracula. There are definite crossed lines in that respect. However understanding that Bram Stoker influenced the creators of Ravenloft must be noted.
I would recommend to any D&D and/or Ravenloft fans without hesitation, and any Vampire lover may find the book interesting because of the fantasy setting yet I can say as a horror novel there are far better novels. Suitable for Teens.
The narrator truely brings this book and the characters within alive (or undead). Fully immersive. Great!
The pacing, pronunciation and tone of this book really suits the reader's skill set here.