nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk) wrote,

Fangs for nothing

Perusing my bookshelves for my next read, I happened upon The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. LJ readers may remember it as one of those books that lay in piles on the tables in Waterstone's and Borders, and was reviewed in broadsheets, being the sort of slightly fantasy but not embarrassingly so litfic that reviewers and bookshops like. Readers don't seem to have felt the same, give that I picked this up either in Galloway and Porter (now sadly defunct) or pristine second-hand - I forget which.

It's a Dracula rewrite, set in the 1970s. Flicking through it, as is my custom, my eye was caught by the following words:

"In addition to the discouragement of losing this treasure, there came to me the thought that the evil librarian might unlock its secrets before we did. If Rossi was now at Dracula's tomb, wherever it lay, the evil librarian now had a fair chance of beating us there."

Yes, you read that aright: the phrase "evil librarian" is used twice in two sentences. Now, I am prepared to believe that librarians could be evil, especially in a vampire novel in a scene in 1950s Budapest. But I am not prepared to believe that a good writer would use "evil librarian" twice in two sentences, or indeed at all with a straight face. I may yet skim it, but I chose a different book for the bus.
Tags: books, i read it so you don't have to
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