Howdy folks! It’s officially Thursday, the best day of the week as you realise it’s almost the weekend! But don’t pack up just yet; I have another cool review for you today-Bram Stoker’s Summer Sublet by Candy Korman.
Willie should be spending the month of July on her honeymoon in Italy, but she is pet sitting for an old mutt and a pontificating parrot in an apartment on Tompkins Square in New York instead. Life has thrown her a curve ball and she regains her equilibrium after she comes to the radical conclusion that the nice looking man next door is …. a vampire!
Bram Stoker’s Summer Sublet is a comic take on the vampire hunting mythology begun in the classic Dracula. Like Dracula, an epistolary novel, Bram Stoker’s Summer Sublet is told in diary entries, emails, voice mails, and the rest of 21st Century communications.
I loved this story-I thought it was very clever, how the author kept you reading until the last page to find out if she was going to be correct about her suspicions. The author also promised me a ‘journey through New York’, and she wasn’t wrong. You delve into the inner workings of a small portion of the city, filled with interesting characters, tango lessons, blood donations and countless cafés and glasses of wine. The descriptions were vivid and alive, really bringing to story itself to life. The main character was as interesting as the rest of the story, as we begin to delve into her mind and how confused it starts to become. You find yourself questioning along with her-is it real? What if that’s true? What to do now? The writing flows very well, and moves at a comfortable pace. I also thought it was great how the author had included several hints towards Edger Allen Poe, Bram Stoker himself, and Oscar Wilde and his Dorian Gray.
I thought that the story dragged a little in parts, and although I understand this because of the ending, it would have been nice to have a little more action in parts. Conversely, the ending was almost too fast. There was a little fact that was found out (that could still have been taken by the main character as a cover up) near the end, and it seemed to race since that. It was almost as though it just needed wrapping up, and no more needed to be said in the story, where I would have liked a little more explained about things; perhaps the story taken in a different route.
I thought this was a really interesting story. It was a different take on the countless ‘Dracula’ inspired stories out there, and was very original. I was hooked from the first page, and couldn’t put it down until I found out—ah! Well, you’ll have to read it to find out yourself, won’t you? The descriptions of the city were amazing, and definitely allowed the reader to escape into a different place, and a different mind-set. I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a quick read that is tinged with hints from a classic book.
I give this story…..4/5 Stars!