Wednesday, August 03, 2005
I'm currently reading Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian. I don't know how others like it but it's a vampire tale set in the world of academia. There are libraries and archives and research -- all those activities that as a librarian and a former graduate student are so familiar to me. Although the action can sometimes be slow, I love being immersed in that world. It's an easier read if you have some familiarity with the history of Vlad Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler, as he has been called; North Park University has a interesting page about him with useful further reading. The Historian is not a quick read but it's good. The language is sometimes beautiful and sometimes florid, but it always seems to fit the characters. Don't expect the Anne Rice type of vampire story-- this is different. The vampires aren't sympathetic, as Lestat can sometimes be, they are undiluted evil -- even the librarian vampire. If you find yourself interested in the historical Dracula after reading The Historian, Dracula: Prince of Many Faces by Radu Florescu is a good biography.