Saturday, March 3, 2012

Book Review: The Jewel of the Seven Stars

Sorry folks, another review on a classic British work. This time it's Bram Stoker's The Jewel of Seven Stars. If you thinking to yourself "Oh Stoker that sounds familiar," let me remind you that he is the genius behind Dracula. But of course, it is hard for an author to break out after such an iconic novel to write another. I like his style of writing though, it is very straightforward and his characters do not drone on forever with their inner thoughts which I appreciate.

The Jewel of Seven Stars is about a man, Mr. Trelawney (like the character from Harry Potter, except in male form. Weird no?) who is an Egyptian enthusiast.  Mr.Trelawney becomes obsessed with the mummy and her possessions of Queen Tera after reading a book. He surround his life with ancient artifacts and ultimately endangers everyone around him with this magical items. Actually, when the reader is first introduced to him it is through his daughter who is a main character though out the novel when Mr. Trelawney is in a hypnotic trace. In fact, his daughter is a giant mystery to everyone around her also.

The Jewel of Seven Stars really fascinates me because I have been watching a lot of episodes of Ancient Aliens on the History Channel. I don't know if anyone else watches this show, but they frequently bring up the mystery and enchantment of Egypt. I feel like The Jewel of Seven Stars is a realistic interpretation of something that could happen after watching an episode of Ancient Aliens. The Jewel of Seven Stars is a good thriller novel. There isn't a lot of running/ screaming/ murders (I think only 9 people die or something like that), but the basis behind mummies and magical and haunted objects is pretty scary to me.

If you are looking for something unlike the popular mainstream of literature that is going around lately, I would recommend The Jewel of the Seven Stars. If you are one of those people who does not believe in the after life, or of haunted objects, skip this one because I think you will be bored from disbelief. Remember you have to have a little bit of an imagination when reading! Also, it has come to my knowledge that there are two completely different versions with different endings. You want to read the original version, as the ending is more exciting then the toned down revised version.

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