I initially heard about this book on NPR; the author, a regular contributor himself, was being interviewed. This is most definitely NOT my usual fare, however, the writing is great and apparently well-researched. Not for the squeamish, to put it mildly.
Pretty gross, although i was intriged about Elizabeth Bathory to see what really happened, i stop reading the book half-way through it. Very graphic. sick and twisted. do not read if you cant handle blood and guts and touture
It's an okay book. It's not the best I've ever read, but it's okay. The subject is gruesome.
Wow, I'd put this in the "car crash" category...It's terrible & awful gory stuff, but you can't turn away from it. I finished it in 3 days. Not for the squeamish!
I thought it was terrible and buried in details.
Vampire novel based on the real-life Countess of Bathory. Historical vampire fiction.
A most unusual book...disturbing to say the least. It's not a book to be read before going to sleep!
This is a different read for my normal styles, but it left me feeling that some people have an imagination unknown to the modern world. Definately a good read if you like vampires.
Wow, this book was really good, yet the ending lacked something. The book goes seamlessly back and forth between the past Countess Bathory and present day Count Bathory. I really loved how Codrescu got inside the characters minds. The part about the notorious Blood Countess went into depth from her childhood, and how she became the psychopathic sadist who gained sexual pleasure from causing pain. I didn't feel he did as well with the story of the modern day Count, though. The ending should have lasted another 100 pages, rather than one chapter. The book built up to a climax then just stopped, which I found to be a major mistake. It built up to the Countess' murder of hundreds of women then just mentioned a few things in just the last chapter. I was quite disappointed in that, as I found the book to be excellent until the weak ending. I should put in a warning, though, as this book is not for young readers or for those who get offended easily.
This Gothic historical fiction had too much horror for me. Nightmarish if you like this sort of read.
lovely, heartbreaking, gory, 16th century psycopath
Engrossing story of Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary who bathed in the blood of 650 virgins in her quest for eternal youth and immortality.
Interesting. Sexual Content.
A little history, a little gore, a little love - good read.