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The new novel in the acclaimed alternate history vampire series from Kim Newman. "Compulsory reading... glorious" Neil Gaiman on Anno Dracula It is the eve of the new millennium, and vampire princess Christina Light is throwing a party in Tokyo, attended by the leaders of the worlds of technology, finance and culture. But the party is crashed by less enlightened The new novel in the acclaimed alternate history vampire series from Kim Newman. "Compulsory reading... glorious" Neil Gaiman on Anno Dracula It is the eve of the new millennium, and vampire princess Christina Light is throwing a party in Tokyo, attended by the leaders of the worlds of technology, finance and culture. But the party is crashed by less enlightened souls. The distinguished guests are held hostage by yakuza assassins and Transylvanian mercenaries, and vampire schoolgirl Nezumi - agent of the Diogenes Club - finds herself pitted against the world's deadliest creatures...


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The new novel in the acclaimed alternate history vampire series from Kim Newman. "Compulsory reading... glorious" Neil Gaiman on Anno Dracula It is the eve of the new millennium, and vampire princess Christina Light is throwing a party in Tokyo, attended by the leaders of the worlds of technology, finance and culture. But the party is crashed by less enlightened The new novel in the acclaimed alternate history vampire series from Kim Newman. "Compulsory reading... glorious" Neil Gaiman on Anno Dracula It is the eve of the new millennium, and vampire princess Christina Light is throwing a party in Tokyo, attended by the leaders of the worlds of technology, finance and culture. But the party is crashed by less enlightened souls. The distinguished guests are held hostage by yakuza assassins and Transylvanian mercenaries, and vampire schoolgirl Nezumi - agent of the Diogenes Club - finds herself pitted against the world's deadliest creatures...

30 review for Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju

  1. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Bunce

    Review originally published October 23, 2019, at BORG.com. Daikaiju--Kim Newman novel takes his Anno Dracula series back to Japan for Y2K Review by C.J. Bunce It was such a big deal to prepare for, and then it was over in an instant never to be heard from again. That's Y2K, or the Millennium Bug, and it's a fun time to look back on especially if it's part of that richly detailed Anno Dracula universe created by British author Kim Newman (who we interviewed six years ago for Halloween here at borg). Review originally published October 23, 2019, at BORG.com. Daikaiju--Kim Newman novel takes his Anno Dracula series back to Japan for Y2K Review by C.J. Bunce It was such a big deal to prepare for, and then it was over in an instant never to be heard from again. That's Y2K, or the Millennium Bug, and it's a fun time to look back on especially if it's part of that richly detailed Anno Dracula universe created by British author Kim Newman (who we interviewed six years ago for Halloween here at borg). The third story in Newman's Christina Light arc (after the comic series Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem and novel Anno Dracula: One Thousand Monsters), Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju gathers a team of real and unreal, dead and undead, at a giant skyscraper in Tokyo on December 31, 1999, for the New Year's party to end all New Year's parties. Newman is the master of world-building and mash-ups, and he doesn't disappoint in this new October release. In what horror universe is both John Blutarski a U.S. Senator partying in Japan (remember John Belushi's character in Animal House?), the Apollo 13 movie included the first vampire astronaut, and Charlie's Angels reconvene years later? Anno Dracula continues its mix of historic characters of pop culture and politics and those throwback tangent characters from literature, TV, and movies. In Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju readers can remember what it was like to "party like it's 1999" with an alternate history where Dracula and vampires have always been real. Newman includes so many Easter eggs in his books that finding them all--probably impossible for anyone that isn't Kim Newman--should be part of some kind of international contest. The New Year's party of this story is in honor of Christina Light, famed vampire princess. But will she show, and will anyone even get through the labyrinthine skyscraper to attend on the 88th floor by midnight? Who is the shadowy Jun Zero? Is Y2K really a bug, or is it a person, or worse: that daikaiju in the title is the name of the tower in Tokyo that houses the offices of an international conglomerate, but it also means "big monsters." So get ready for anything to happen, including the appearance of a cyborg and maybe even Dracula himself, as distinguished guests, leaders of finance, tech, and culture, are held hostage by yakuza assassins and Transylvanian mercenaries. Enter vampire schoolgirl Nezumi–agent of the Diogenes Club–who finds herself and her trusty sword named "Goodnight Kiss" pitted against the deadliest creatures the world has ever known. Here is the brief introduction of Nezumi: "A little Japanese girl stepped shyly around the corner. The skirt of her red sailor suit was two sizes too small to cover frothy petticoats. A jaunty cap was pinned to her curls. She licked a glistening red lollipop. Not cherry flavour." The Dracula world is there, plus 1990s nostalgia, and an unlikely combination of characters. In addition to the stories mentioned above, Newman ties it all in with his other books in the series, including the original 1993 Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde, and Jack the Ripper story Anno Dracula, the James Bond send-up Dracula Cha Cha Cha, the Genevieve Dieudonné stories in Genevieve Undead, the WWI story Bloody Red Baron, the son of Dracula tale Johnny Alucard, and even Newman's otherworld Harry Potter-esque The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School. Just out from Titan Books and just in time for Halloween, don't miss Kim Newman's next great alternate history horror novel, Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju, available now only in paperback.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tim Schneider

    Kim Newman's world of vampires (and other monsters) is back. It's 1999 and along with the Millennium Bug the vampire enclave that Christina Light set up in Tokyo is set to revert to Japanese control at midnight. It's also possible that Light plans to upload her consciousness into the internet at that time something the Diognese Club and a number of other actors want to avoid having happen. So the Party of the Century in the Godzilla-like skyscraper (not Nakatomi Plaza) becomes the scene of Kim Newman's world of vampires (and other monsters) is back. It's 1999 and along with the Millennium Bug the vampire enclave that Christina Light set up in Tokyo is set to revert to Japanese control at midnight. It's also possible that Light plans to upload her consciousness into the internet at that time something the Diognese Club and a number of other actors want to avoid having happen. So the Party of the Century in the Godzilla-like skyscraper (not Nakatomi Plaza) becomes the scene of hostage-taking, vampire battles and multiple levels of chicanery. I love me some Anno Dracula. But I struggled with this one for the first half. Newman puts in a ton of Easter eggs in his books and part of the fun is picking them out. That has generally not been a huge issue as I'm pretty well versed in Victorian and pulp literature and general pop culture wackiness. Except when it comes to Japanese pop culture. A lot of what was in the previous volume, One Thousand Monsters, I was able to pick up with a little help from Google. But that wasn't happening this time around. Finally I gave up trying to pick out the easter eggs and just sat back and enjoyed the story. And it really is a pretty fun story, which isn't surprising for Newman. That said, if you're well versed in Japanese pop culture of the last hundred or so years you'll probably enjoy this one on a level I wasn't able to. But it's still a rollicking good read even for those of us who are not learned in those areas.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Redsteve

    Short review: It's Die Hard with vampires in a skyscraper shaped like Godzilla. Long review: In 1992 Kim Newman wrote a novel with the interesting premise that, while all of the events in Bram Stoker’s book were true, Dracula survived the attempt on his “life” by Van Helsing and Co., returned to England and courted (and married) Queen Victoria, becoming Prince Consort of Great Britain and beginning the Anno Dracula (1888). Newman did a great job in describing the “vampirization” of London Short review: It's Die Hard with vampires in a skyscraper shaped like Godzilla. Long review: In 1992 Kim Newman wrote a novel with the interesting premise that, while all of the events in Bram Stoker’s book were true, Dracula survived the attempt on his “life” by Van Helsing and Co., returned to England and courted (and married) Queen Victoria, becoming Prince Consort of Great Britain and beginning the Anno Dracula (1888). Newman did a great job in describing the “vampirization” of London society as well as incorporating a massive array of figures from history and fiction. The series that followed is a fascinating (but sometimes tongue-in-cheek) alternate history of a world where vampires not only exist, but are a part of history and society, existing as a small but significant minority. Things have changed, but not perhaps as much as you’d think. The end results of WWI and II, the Cold War, were pretty much the same as in our world, even though the individual events were often very different. Vampire pop stars and politicians are common. Tech is somewhat higher, giving things a cyberpunk feel in places. As things begin here, it’s New Year’s Eve and people are worried about Y2K and the independent vampire district of “The Bund” is preparing to revert to Japan at midnight. I had a lot of fun with this installment of the Anno Dracula series, although, like with Anno Dracula 1000 Monsters, I feel like I'd be getting more out of this novel if I was more immersed in Japanese pop culture. Kudos to Newman for the Gibsonesque opening sentence as well as including characters from Videodrome and Peter Jackson’s Bad Taste. Note: one of the major characters in this story is Richard Jeperson (aka The Man From the Diogenes Club), who is NOT normally a figure in the Anno Dracula "universe" (Newman has a tendency to borrow characters from his own books as well). 4 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Critchfield

    Hot off the press, released just in time for Halloween, is Kim Newman’s latest in the ANNO DRACULA series. It’s a sequel to ONE THOUSAND MONSTERS, and, although taking place 100 years later, contains some of the same characters (remember, vampires are immortal!), so I was glad that I read the books in order. ANNO DRACULA, the first book of this alternate history/fantasy/horror series is still my favorite but I enjoyed this new one more than some of the others. I was sad upon reaching book’s end Hot off the press, released just in time for Halloween, is Kim Newman’s latest in the ANNO DRACULA series. It’s a sequel to ONE THOUSAND MONSTERS, and, although taking place 100 years later, contains some of the same characters (remember, vampires are immortal!), so I was glad that I read the books in order. ANNO DRACULA, the first book of this alternate history/fantasy/horror series is still my favorite but I enjoyed this new one more than some of the others. I was sad upon reaching book’s end after being immersed in Newman’s amazing universe, and was left with a feeling of “now what am I going to do?”

  5. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    This is a follow up to One Thousand Monsters in the Anno Dracula series. Set in Tokyo in a skyscraper shaped like a Dragon on New year's eve 1999. Full of weird and wonderful characters/creatures. There's a lot going on in these books but once it gets going the action comes fast. I'm hoping that there will be more in this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alejandro Vasquez

    My favorite one since The Bloody Red Baron. Come for "Die Hard in a Godzilla," stay for Mouse being best girl, cyberpunk awesomeness, and honest-to-god nonbinary representation.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alison C

    It’s New Year’s Eve, 1999, and Diogenes Club member Richard Jeperson is attending a party being thrown by Christina Light, heiress supreme, in the Bund, Tokyo’s prime vampire territory. Accompanying him is Nezumi, ancient ronin and vampire who looks like a little girl but who is really an accomplished assassin. The Treaty of Light, which granted Christina this territory for 100 years, is expiring with the end of the millenium, and there are many, many forces in the region that want to cause It’s New Year’s Eve, 1999, and Diogenes Club member Richard Jeperson is attending a party being thrown by Christina Light, heiress supreme, in the Bund, Tokyo’s prime vampire territory. Accompanying him is Nezumi, ancient ronin and vampire who looks like a little girl but who is really an accomplished assassin. The Treaty of Light, which granted Christina this territory for 100 years, is expiring with the end of the millenium, and there are many, many forces in the region that want to cause havoc and mayhem at the very least; indeed, this is at least partially why Richard is here…. Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula series has been around for some decades now, and I’m sure that anyone who’s read him will know how they feel about the series; there are always horrifically disgusting events and crazy-nasty methods of killing folks, and all manner of imminent destruction of the universe scenarios going on. I don’t read a lot of horror anymore, but I generally make an exception for Mr. Newman because his stories are *so* over-the-top and often flat-out hilarious. Mainly, though, I enjoy reading his novels because his imagined alternate history (in which Dracula is real and more or less takes over the British Empire in Victorian times, moving forward in time from there) is just so delectable; there’s plenty of scope for just about any “reality” once the reader accepts the basic premise. “Daikaiju” won’t change anybody’s mind about Mr. Newman’s work, but those of us who enjoy it will have a good time with this entry!

  8. 4 out of 5

    JM

    Kim Newman's novels are always very entertaining, with engaging characters and imaginative settings, that often subvert genre tropes. His Anno Dracula series was an eye-opener for me when I started reading it years ago. The sheer amount of easter eggs, references, and background that Newman injects into each volume is mind-blowing. I enjoyed "1999: Daikaiju" a lot, but I can't help but feel that I missed many of the references since I'm not really as well versed in Japanese culture and Anime and Kim Newman's novels are always very entertaining, with engaging characters and imaginative settings, that often subvert genre tropes. His Anno Dracula series was an eye-opener for me when I started reading it years ago. The sheer amount of easter eggs, references, and background that Newman injects into each volume is mind-blowing. I enjoyed "1999: Daikaiju" a lot, but I can't help but feel that I missed many of the references since I'm not really as well versed in Japanese culture and Anime and all that stuff as I am in the other sources Newman draws on, or has drawn on in previous volumes of the series. You do get the expected wide range of references, from "Animal House" to "Kill Bill" and a bunch more, like "Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" and "Speed Racer" to name a couple, so it's still a lot of fun to try to spot those. This one is a sequel of his "One Thousand Monsters" and not really of the "main" Anno Dracula novels, which kind of came to an end with "johnny Alucard," though they're still connected, of course. Hell, this time of the antagonists is Radu, Vlad Tepes' actual brother, or as he puts it, "the other Dracula." The novel itself is fun, and full of the clever writing you'd expect from the author. It's also cool to have a version of his Richard Jeperson spy character from his Diogenes Club series be one of the main characters in this one, albeit a version that has gotten on in years since it's 1999 and his prime was the Swinging 60's. I hope he keeps writing short stories and novels in this setting. They're too much fun.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John

    I had such high hopes for this book. After reading the previous books in the series-and being greatly pleased with them-I expected AD1999: Daikaiju to be more of the same alternate historical 'It's Dracula's world; we're just lucky he lets us live in it' type of fun. Instead I get a Die Hard wanna-be that takes forever to get anywhere! Newman breaks down the book by character names and not by chapters and while there are some good characters (Nezumi, Richard Jeperson) most of them are just I had such high hopes for this book. After reading the previous books in the series-and being greatly pleased with them-I expected AD1999: Daikaiju to be more of the same alternate historical 'It's Dracula's world; we're just lucky he lets us live in it' type of fun. Instead I get a Die Hard wanna-be that takes forever to get anywhere! Newman breaks down the book by character names and not by chapters and while there are some good characters (Nezumi, Richard Jeperson) most of them are just downright boring. I'm not sure if this is going to be the last in the Anno Dracula series but after this I think it's time Mr. Newman drove a stake through its heart.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nigel

    Daikaiju mean giant monster, and and in this book it also means Die Hard in a building shaped like a giant monster full of all sorts of other monsters, mostly vampires of various sorts. It's a tightly-written high octane widescreen action thriller with vampires and spies and cyborgs and a whole bunch of other stuff. Excellent.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charles Murphy

    Another goodie - as with One Thousand Monsters, not as good as the first four (it's less tight and can ramble on diversions) but when the plot fully kicks into gear, it's a wild ride with multiple twists I didn't see coming and the mix of social commentary & allusions to All Fiction Ever mixed with lashings of gore. And when Captain Scarlet snuck in, I cheered.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karlo

    This is like Dracula meets early Cyberpunk William Gibson - but fanfic. I'd also add that it reminded me of Spinal Tap's amp at 11 joke - but done so for most of the book. I enjoyed it; I devoured it; I thought it was slightly trashy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten E.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tom Pheister

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kaja

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mark Rogers

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dan Van

  18. 4 out of 5

    Azrael

  19. 4 out of 5

    Skriblerus

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chuck Gass

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  22. 5 out of 5

    Holly Parsons

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Stocker

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark A Simmons

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  26. 5 out of 5

    william lohr

  27. 5 out of 5

    Manuel Lafuente Salinas

  28. 5 out of 5

    GLENN JONES

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adil Ehsan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bill Martin

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