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Anno Dracula - The Bloody Red Baron (original 1995; edition 2012)

by Kim Newman

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Title:Anno Dracula - The Bloody Red Baron
Authors:Kim Newman
Info:Titan Books (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 416 pages
Collections:Your library, Read in 2012
Tags:Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Horror, Steam Punk, Monsters, Alternate History

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The Bloody Red Baron by Kim Newman (1995)



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A ridiculously enjoyable book in a ridiculously enjoyable series. This is the sequel to Anno Dracula, which had Genevieve and Charles Beauregard chase Jack The Ripper through the fog-choked streets of Victorian London, as ruled by the Prince Regent, Dracula. Not to spoil it or anything, but at the end of the book revolution was kindled and Dracula ejected from Britain. Now he's in Germany, running the War for Kaiser Wilhelm. Warm and dead alike are chewed up in the muddy fields of France as the conflict stalls and drags for years, while in the skies above the nascent science of aerial warfare capture the public imagination. The deadly Baron Von Richtofen is Germany's greatest ace. Edwin Winthrop is assigned by the Diogenes Club to spy out the headquarters of Richtofen's Flying Circus, where dark deeds are afoot. Vampire reporter Kate Reed is driving an ambulance at the front and sniffing out stories. Exiled American writer Edgar Allan Poe is conscripted to write a very special biography. With Russia out of the war, millions of German troops are being brought to the western front for a Spring offensive that could end the war and see Dracula triumphant.

The pages are crowded with literary characters, some of them vampires, some of them not, which adds a delightful level to the book, but there is a cleverly constructed, compelling story and in Kate and Edwin a pair of strong, likeable leads in dreadful peril.

This is a new edition, and it includes a previously deleted chapter and a novella set in the 1920s, featuring Genevieve and Edwin in a messy effort to find a new king of the vampires. At 150 pages, it's a substantial chunk of story, and with the annotations and a film treatment for a Roger Corman film this is an attractive prospect even for fans who already have a copy. Still to come is Dracula Cha Cha Cha and then, finally, Johnny Alucard. That's a lot to look forward to. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
A cracking adventure, only slowing at times. I actually preferred the novella in the last section of the book, a tribute to wodehouse's jeeves and a mush mash of detective novels. Lots of fun in the last part. ( )
  polarbear123 | Feb 1, 2015 |
SPOILER ALERT. An interesting sequel to Anno Dracula, if not the fulfilling meal that you might have liked. This consists of two novels, one set in the Battlefields & skies of the Western Front in World War One & the other a novella set in an English country house in the 1920's. There are moments of brilliance, with lots of in jokes, & amusing asides, but the central plotting seems to let Newman down. It feels very cinematic @ times, which might be what you're looking for, & indeed, there is a film script to this effect @ the end of the book. The interaction between various protagonists @ times seems forced & Newman spends a lot of time in an appendix trying to explain this. Don't get me wrong, I DID like this, I just found it wasn't quite the follow up that I expected from the seminal Anno Dracula. The 1920's tale can easily be missed & really only for Newman purists. (Is there such a thing?). I will look forward to the next instalment with interest If not the enthusiasm I did this. ( )
  aadyer | May 1, 2013 |
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Mechanical contrivances have been greatly exaggerated in comparison with the value of infantry. There must also be artillery and cavalry as well.

... Each war has certain special conditions so some modification of organisation will be necessary but if our principles are sound, these will be few and unimportant. The longer the War has gone on, the more satisfactory do the principles of our training manuals appear.

       -- Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig, 1918
This little book gives one an insight into the enemy's methods, and more than a little respect for at any rate some of those whom we are at present endeavouring to kill.

       -- C.G. Grey, preface to the first British edition of Manfred von Richthofen's The Red Air Fighter, 1918
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Four miles from the lines, heavy guns sounded as a constant rumble.
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The Red Barron is a Vampire. 'Nuff said.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0786702524, Hardcover)

You don't need to have read Anno Dracula to enjoy this feisty sequel set amidst the airborne heroics and trench-warfare drudgery of World War I. As in the previous book, part of the fun is spotting all the names from history and literature who pop up in major and minor roles: a vampire named Edgar Poe is writing the Baron von Richthofen's biography; Mata Hari contributes her vampire bloodline to German breeding experiments; and characters from such sources as P. G. Wodehouse, J. K. Huysmans, D. H. Lawrence, Sinclair Lewis, Ernest Hemingway--as well from movies such as Nosferatu (1922), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Jules et Jim--each impart their dollop of richness to this alternate universe. But the dogfights between Sopwith Camels and huge winged vampires are the real heart of the book: Kim Newman has done his research, so the air battles are vivid and thrilling. A scholarly bibliography is included.

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British and German vampires battle each other as fighter pilots in World War I. Subsequently, a way is found to shape-shift the pilots so they become human planes. The hero is a British pilot who becomes a vampire. By the author of Anno-Dracula.

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