Sunday, October 17, 2010
"iDrakula" by Bekka Black (@bekka_black)
This week, we've got an fascinating take on an oldie but goody. With iDrakula, Becca Black has pulled Bram Stoker's Dracula kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Instead of letters back and forth, it's emails, text messages and websites sizzling across the pages.
And it works. Totally. At 160 pages, this YA chiller will be a quick read for you or your teenager (or tweenager, or whatever), but it's such a great new spin on an old tale that it's completely worth it. If you're a big fan of classic horror, you'll chuckle at the wonderfully innovative updating while still feeling the chill creeping down your spine at the horror of what you know is happening. And, come on, you know you dig getting back to the vampire nitty-gritty, right? Much as the thought of vegetarian vamps may be comforting...it's just not that time of year.
And if you're not such a fan of horror, this is such a clever modernization that it's worth reading just for the new spin Black puts on it. The format is engaging, and before you know it, you're halfway through the book. There is an essential disconnect in our use of modern technology, and you can feel it increase the stakes (and yes, that pun was intended) as the horror mounts. And again, if there's ever a time to branch into the rich (and creepy) world of horror, it's this time of year. iDrakula will be as gentle and fun a way to do that as you can find.
So, pick up a copy. In fact, do yourself one better. It's a novel that uses modern methods of communication to tell a story. So, use a modern method of downloading! If you haven't tried out e-books yet, now's the perfect time. iDrakula's available on Kindle through amazon.com and other e-book platforms through barnesandnoble.com. Download the sucker (and that pun was intended, too)!
One final item, thriller fans! I have 3 copies of iDrakula to give away! If you would like to be entered, leave a comment (you MUST include either your Twitter handle or your email so I can get in touch with you). The winners will be picked on Friday at 7pm Pacific Standard Time.