Saberhagen was Right

I finished reading The Hungry Ocean, by Linda Greenlaw, last night, and have started reading The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, which is about Dracula. I'm only four or five chapters in, and already I'm dreaming about vampires.

(I never dream about romance novels, but I dream about vampires and mermaids, so maybe this whole romance novel idea is stupid and I should write the things in my dreams?)

Of course, the dream and book have reminded me about Fred Saberhagen's Dracula series (which includes An Old Friend of the Family and The Dracula Tapes, among others. These aren't great books, though they are entertaining mind-candy reads, but they do point out exactly why Dracula could NOT be dead at the end of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

The first time I read his reasoning, I went back to the original text, of course, and checked the “death scene.”

If you read it carefully, it becomes obvious:
Saberhagen was right.

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The Hungry Ocean

A Swordboat Captain's Journey

Linda Greenlaw

Made famous by Sebastian Junger's book The Perfect Storm, and the movie that followed, Linda Greenlaw was the captain of the Hannah Boden, a swordboat out of Gloucester, MA. In this book, her first, though I read her others long ago, and only just finished this one, she tells the story of a typical month aboard her ship, and explains how swordfishing really works.

As much a story of the sea, as it is a story about the people who work as commercial fishermen, this book is vivid and engaging, with equal amounts of action and humor, the latter most often represented by Greenlaw's own dry wit. At times, I could feel the waves, and smell the salt air, so good was she and drawing her readers in.

I'm looking forward to re-reading her other work, just for more of her voice, and the flavor of her life, and I hope she continues to write.

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