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Shelves: vampires , transformative-works , dracula-variations And so we return to the Bloodline universe. This book is, I believe, more tolerable than the first, though likely that is mostly because the absurd premises and unprepossessing writing style are already familiar at this point and thus no longer serve to disappoint. In this book, most of our characters from the first book are out of And so we return to the Bloodline universe. The plotlines, both of them, become quite easily guessed for those familiar with the genre, and the book pales into tiresome, forgettable mediocrity, without even most of the out of character hilarity of the first book. However, it did make me wonder what the childhood and adolescence of a supposed child of Jonathan and Mina Harker, raised in Castle Dracula, would in all likeliehood be like with respect to the emotional reality of the situation and, well, the actual personalities of the characters.

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The early scenes are set in during the Battle of the Somme, though that must be happening on a different part of the front and is never mentioned. As we know from Stoker, Mina and Jonathan Harker had a child called Qunicy, and he is now a captain in the trenches.

His new communications officer is Lieutenant John Shaw, who has a rather insipid sister called Lily.

So you know in half a dozen pages which damsel will be in distress this time. By page 25 you may be rolling your eyes in disbelief at the cavalier way history is treated. A German newspaper would not be carrying graphic articles about some strange force tearing German soldiers apart on the front line, especially if it were available to German soldiers on the front line. Lieutenant Shaw appreciates it would be bad for morale, so would German military censors. Soldiers standing on the fire step peering at the enemy trenches opposite?

It would be the quickest way to get a bullet in the head. No one expects a vampire story to be realistic, but at least the setting could be plausible. A traumatised Shaw is shipped home and is nursed by Mary Seward. She recognises him because he happens to live next door at Carfax Hall, his family home, where the languid Lily, prone to sleepwalking, also resides. Naturally it is not long before Quincy turns up, suddenly not needed at the front, and moves into Carfax Hall.

Fortunately neither ship is bothered by U-boats on the way. They all land at Varna, and unfortunately Bulgaria was also on the side of the Central Powers, so the authorities might have been interested to know what English travellers were doing there, especially as Harker has thoughtlessly brought his British army uniform with him.

Getting into Romania from Bulgaria would have been a problem in the real world as well, as Romania was on the side of the Allies. Our cast had entered a war zone, which would have made travel somewhat problematic. Never mind, this is a parallel in which such trifles do not matter, and flashing gold coins overcomes all obstacles. Cary would have done better to have disengaged this from Dracula with a new set of characters, and written an original story.

The expectations aroused by casting it as a sequel to such a fine book sink it, because it does not stand comparison. Original vampire novel? I fear I was in the wrong demographic for this novel, and had I been a teenage girl raised on a diet of Twilight I expect I would have lapped it up. Bloodline improves towards the end and generates some tension, though the conclusion is rushed, but the first part in France and the journey to Romania are poorly constructed.

If you are going to employ a historical setting, it makes sense to try to get the history right, and teach the reader something about it. Or why not get the kids reading Stoker and something by Pat Barker, not this ersatz version of both history and literature. Share this:.

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BLOODLINE KATE CARY PDF

The early scenes are set in during the Battle of the Somme, though that must be happening on a different part of the front and is never mentioned. As we know from Stoker, Mina and Jonathan Harker had a child called Qunicy, and he is now a captain in the trenches. His new communications officer is Lieutenant John Shaw, who has a rather insipid sister called Lily. So you know in half a dozen pages which damsel will be in distress this time.

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John Shaw, a nineteen-year-old, joins the British Army and is sent to the front lines, in the trenches. He works as a communications officer who listens to German radio feeds and translates what he hears. His regiment commander is a man named Quincey Harker, who is the son of Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray from the original Dracula novel. Harker is famous for going on raids in the enemy trenches alone at night, and shows several feats of superhuman strength that seem impossible. He is also shown to be cruel to his men. One night a soldier named Private Smith falls asleep on his watch, and Germans invade the trench.

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Shelving books is a good way to discover new ones to read, and I picked this one up to read the back cover. My first thought was that this was another of those books getting in on the vampire trend in YA, and that turned me off. I had read Dracula for fun the summer before, and loved it, so My interest was piqued. Hesitantly, I decided to read it during my lunch breaks. The story was compelling, the characters were engrossing, and Cary manages a feat only one other author has been consistently able to pull off in successfully misdirecting me and doing it in a fun way the other was J K Rowling, so I think that says something. Those are more lucrative, so guess which she spends most of her time on?

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Like the original novel, Bloodline is an epistolary novel written entirely in letters, diary entries and news articles. A second novel, titled Bloodline: Reckoning was later released. Plot summary[ edit ] Bloodline takes place during World War I. John Shaw, a nineteen-year-old, joins the British Army and is sent to the front lines, in the trenches. He works as a communications officer who listens to German radio feeds and translates what he hears. His regiment commander is a man named Quincey Harker, who is the son of Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray from the original Dracula novel. Harker is famous for going on raids in the enemy trenches alone at night, and shows several feats of superhuman strength that seem impossible.

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