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iDrakula    by Bekka Black order for
by Bekka Black
Order:  USA  Can
Sourcebooks, 2010 (2010)
* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Although he didn't invent vampires, most everyone would agree that Bram Stoker's classic horror story Dracula started the vampire craze. A hundred years later, vampires are more popular than ever. But what if Bram Stoker lived today? Would his tale begin with a journal entry, a blog, or a text message?

Bekka Black chose a text message. Her story begins with a text from young Jonathan Harker to his girlfriend Mina Murray. He's about to leave for Bucharest to meet an important client there. The client, a Romanian count, really belongs to Randy Renfield. Renfield can't travel now, because he's hospitalized at Bellevue. Mina and Lucy's visit to his bedside is later related to Jonathan via email.

Despite her horror over Renfield's request for soft kittens to eat, Mina feels compassion for her old friend. Lucy, meanwhile, is busy lusting after Abe Van Helsing, one of the pre-med students there.

Most of the fun of iDrakula comes from recognizing characters from the original Dracula and from Black's clever if-it-happened-today writing. Told in text messages and emails with occasional browser information thrown in to explain things, Black's story takes shape and skips along. This one's not to be missed especially if you're a fan of the classic.

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