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10 thoughts on “The Lair of the White Worm

  1. Robert Robert says:

    You might like this book if you believe in the intrinsic superiority of the white peoples over other races particularly black folks Since I really don't feel that way I found myself getting and irate until the savage intrinsically primitive nigger got killed off whilst attempting murder One might of course think that this was the view of the other characters only and it should not be infered that Stoker believed it Unfortunately Oolanga is a nigger to the narrator too anf that narrator is not a character and so we must assume that it is Stoker's opinionNow with the black guy out of the way you might think that the offensive attitudes might also go away but that would be to ignore the outrageous sexism and with three major female characters none of whom die early on one has to suffer that right to the end Frankly I can't explain the masochism that made me finish this book; it was pure self tortureThe sexism is for the most part somewhat subtle than the racism; the heroine is allowed some strength of will bravery and independence of mind until she gets married at which point she immediately reuires her husband's opinion on everything and defers to his view as obviously superior because he's her husband Even her strength of will and bravery are nothing compared to his because he's male of course Are you vomiting yet? Again is this Stoker's view? Well a male character an older man who is meant to be a wiseknowledgable character the font of wisdom for the younger protagonists and the reader finds that the Suffragettes want principle Funny I thought they were fighting for a principleOne might argue that one should set all this aside because it was the attitude of the time and instead look at the literary merits of the book when judging it One would be wrong however the times they were a changing The Suffragette movement had started Thomas Hardy had been fighting the cause of women for decades this was a time for choosing sides Stoker chose the repugnant side So maybe you are a scary person and don't find all this offensive or maybe you are particularly good at compartmentalising the foulness from the plot and writing If so you really still aren't in for a treat or even a mediocre good time No you are in for a waste of effortThe set up might sound familiar; a youngish dynamic man with an older mentor full of obscure wisdom and knowledge Two attractive young women in danger An ancient evil In this case a hilarious one completely empty of power to horrify or instill terror The protagonists or less don't do anything for an age then the monster attacks them there's a scene with a carriage being chased then some completely baffling actions by the monster Then a denouement that has been predictable for an ageThe only thing I really liked about Dracula was the powerful sense of dread in the opening section written from Transylvania Nowhere in this book is there anything even remotely as affecting What a heap of rubbish


  2. Lavinia Lavinia says:

    Written one year before Stoker's death and soon after one of his strokes this one is a weird novel With a strange set of characters that get involved in hair rising adventures and afterwords talk about them like nothing out of the ordinary happened Edgar Caswall develops a maddening obsession for a kite meant to scare the pigeons in their annual migration from Africa Adam Salton has a passion for snake killing mongooses Mimi Watford and her cousin Lilla delicate young ladies are endowed with mesmeric powers and the traditional afternoon tea between neighbors ends up in hypnotic battles There is also Arabella March a beautiful cold blooded woman always clad in thigh white dresses who in fact is an antediluvian monster dwelling in the bowls of the earth Though we have a love story and a marriage there is a total lack of feeling or emotion between the characters The entire story is like a hallucination Not an easy read nothing like Stoker's masterpiece Dracula yet an intriguing fabrication


  3. shakespeareandspice shakespeareandspice says:

    This is the 3rd Penguin Red classic book that I’ve read this month and the 2nd which is filled with racist and sexist messages What a horrible way to end OctoberTo get my rage over with let me take a moment and bitch a little about the racism The “n” word is a trigger in society today but I am fully aware that at one point it was nothing but a word though obviously demeaning so I would’ve happily let this book be what it is despite the fact that it uses the word “n” as commonly as we use “the” But And this is big butt Not only are the character blatantly using it to relate to characteristics of savagery barbarism and slavery the authornarrator himself is laughing at the black slave in the novel It was not only offensive and utterly repulsive but incredibly uncomfortable to watch the destruction of the “n” and witness the victory of white raceTo give an example when a black man professes his love for Arabella the following is the reaction“Lady Arabella was not usually a humorous person but no man or woman of the white race could have checked the laughter which rose spontaneously to her lips The circumstances were too grotesue the contrast too violent for subdued mirth The man a debased specimen of one of the most primitive races of the earth and of an ugliness which was simply devilish; the woman of high degree beautiful accomplished”This was the voice of the narrator; I’ll save you the ridiculous response Arabella actually givesFurther if that wasn’t bad enough this book is also sexist in its portrayal of female characters Some of the lines of this novel are cringingly bad in describing the nature of Arabella I’ll be honest and say that there have been many times in my life when I’ve been frustrated with the opposite sex but I don’t diminish their value as a human entirely Here’s an example of the “toxicity” of a woman “This one is a woman with all a woman’s wit combined with the heartlessness of a COCOTTE” And also this “Now Adam it strikes me that as we have to protect ourselves and others against feminine nature our strong game will be to play our masculine against her feminine”Now that that’s out of the way I would also like to add that the novel itself is generally just bad It reads like a cheesy corny horror movie and is not at all redeemable by Stoker’s reputation of having authored Dracula and his reputation for me at least has clearly been demolished The writing is mediocre the characters are all irritating because of obvious racist attitudes and plot lines are all predicableIn short skip this piece of crap


  4. Sandy Sandy says:

    This is indeed one strange little book but I agree with no less a critic than HPLovecraft when he says that the central idea that of an ancient serpent who survives into the modern 19th century and exerts a malign influence on the living is a good one But the execution IS rather poorly done This is not the masterpiece that is Dracula nor even the well put together read of Jewel of Seven Stars Stoker could have used a good copy editor on this book For example in one scene Mimi our heroine thinks to herself that a nutzy character by the name of Caswall is mad because of the way he has just spoken to her However there has been no dialogue or indication of Caswall saying anything up to that point Numerous other inconsistencies abound the net effect being one of almost non seuitur dreamlike surrealism which is perhaps Stoker's intent but is seemingly sloppy writing nonetheless The descriptions of the English countryside are impossible to picture so that you can never really get a mental view of the locale in which the story takes place Also the exact relationship between Lady Arabella and the Worm itself is vague at best as is the significance of Mesmer's chest and the stare fights that another reader refers to The book certainly held my interest short and compact as it is but after all was said and done I certainly wanted in the way of explication and denouement More scenes such as the one where Oolanga falls down the wormhole would've been nice So what we have here is a frustrating read but an engaging one nonetheless


  5. Kyriakos Sorokkou Kyriakos Sorokkou says:

    This is the last book written by Bram Stoker one year before his death in 1912 And for a book that was written before WWI which has such a low rating 291 it's pretty striking I thought people were overanalysing and overreacting over the fact that this book contains a lot of racist and sexist remarks I thought if I put them aside I will find an interesting plot Well not exactly This book was on my shelves unread since 2009 so I decided this year to read it as part of my Halloween reads Thankfully I finished it and thankfully it was short because this book was a stinkerIt has 3 main issues Racism Sexism and Plot RACISM Oolanga is the African servant of one of the protagonists and he's described in pretty derogatory terms He is described as an aboriginal savage twice a savage 9 times a nigger 27 including lots of descriptions like this one which is the very first But the face of Oolanga as his master at once called him was pure pristine unreformed unsoftened savage with inherent in it all the hideous possibilities of a lost devil ridden child of the forest and the swamp—the lowest and most loathsome of all created things which were in some form ostensibly humanThere's The other negroid of the lowest type; hideously ugly with the animal instincts developed as in the lowest brutes; cruel wanting in all the mental and moral faculties—in fact so brutal as to be hardly human and then there comes a phrase that explains many things I have no particular desire to be seen so close to my own house in conversation with a a a nigger like you ” She had chosen the word of dishonour deliberately and Stoker himself of course was using this word of dishonour deliberately SEXISM Even in his only masterpiece Dracula women were depended on men and they were fragile ethereal creatures In here it's pretty obvious You know that women do not reason our strong game will be to play our masculine against her feminine Men can wait better than women” But being of feminine species she probably will over reach herselfHe even makes a snide remark on the suffragettes who were fighting for their own human rights This one is a woman with all a woman’s wisdom and wit combined with the heartlessness of a cocotte and the want of principle of a suffragetteThey didn't want principles they wanted eual opportunities and eual treatment PLOT So let's put the racism and the sexism that were in this book aside Do we have a good plot? NoThis plot had holes than an emmental cheeseThe title says The Lair of the White Worm Lady Arabella wears white all the time snakes are following her she kills 2 mongooses who eat snakes one by shooting at it multiple times and one by tearing it apart she has green eyes and she is pale her walking is described as slithering Do you need clues to find out who's the white worm? Even a 6 year old will get it from the first 50 pages Then there's the subplot of hypnosis which I didn't understand the point of its inclusion in the book to create an atmosphere? As another reviewer hilariously points out They stare at each other and throw mind bullets at each other or whatever until one person dies It’s ludicrous and never explained what the point is The hypnotic kite that looks like a hawk to scare away the birds again what was the point of this?Oolanga what was his part in this novel apart from an excuse for Stoker to unravel his talent of racist descriptions? And the chapters were so disjointed from each other there was no easy flow between the change of the scenes and what's the characters were doing things that were utterly stupidLady Arabella instead of fighting for her survival she goes to sleep and she is exploded with dynamite by our hero Adam She goes to sleep at the very critical moment of the book she goes to sleep Adam befriends a Van Helsing like Sir Nathaniel de Salis who exists in the plot only to solve the clues the reader already knows and then he disappears Adam the protagonist comes to England from Australia because his rich uncle invited him So because this uncle doesn't serve the plot enough he is absent from the very beginning when in other words his part is over abruptly The whole book feels like an unedited first draft How it got published in the first place?So in overall this book deserves its average rating which is 291 #1 PS Give this book a miss unless you are a Bram Stoker completist #2 PS The drawings were all done by Pamela Colman Smith who illustrated the first edition of the novel in 1911 The only good thing in this book


  6. Leo . Leo . says:

    The only good thing about the film adaption of this classic is that Amanda Donohue was in it


  7. JackieB JackieB says:

    When I started to read this I thought it was a parody of gothic books but I soon realised it's just badly conceived After I read it I found out that Bram Stoker was really ill when he wrote it and I think that explains a lot The mystery of the white worm was solved because characters accepted crazy theories as true based on no evidence at all and just about all of the characters did some bizarre things for no apparent reason There were also some places where I don't think the plot really made sense but some passages were very confusing to read so maybe I just missed thing The most horrfic thing about this book is the casual racism which Bram Stoker displayed I am not being facetious about that To Bram Stoker it was simply a fact that black people were totally and utterly inferior in every way to white people In particular they were completely corrupt He also used terms that are are considered unacceptable today although they may not have been considered derogatory when he was writing the book of course I gave it two stars rather than one because a plot strand which involved mongooses yes really was so unintentionally funny that it still makes me laugh when I remember it If you liked Dracula and want to read of Bram Stoker's work I suggest you give this a miss If you find ridiculous things funny then you may get some enjoyment from it as I did but otherwise this will be very disappointing


  8. Nickolas Nickolas says:

    Warning may contain spoilers but really you shouldn't careI hated this book With a uarter left I cracked it and gave into the ridiculousness of the writing the characters and the dialogue I think Bram Stoker was drunk writing this one and I certainly wanted to be to get me through the end Being the last book that Bram ever wrote which was published a year before he died of possible syphilis related causes I thought that it would be one of his better ones It wasn’tThe story is drawn from two UK legends ‘Lambton Worm’ about a giant worm like serpent that pillaged the area of Lambton and gets killed by a guy wearing spiky armour and ‘The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh’ which is about a princess who gets turned into a dragon but then some knight for whatever sick reason kisses the dragon which then turns back into a princeThe book is about a young Australian that is called to England by his uncle to take over his estate He gets wrapped up with his uncle and a retired English politician type character in a battle of good versus evil mongooses versus snakes a frigid gold digging snake witch a creepy Alister Crowley like old man and the racistly referred to West African savageThis book says some pretty amazingly racist and sexist things actually I guess you could say that they are said by the villains of the book so really it’s not Bram being a disgusting bigoted monster but the characters he createdor not In reality this was at one time common thought and language Truth be told our grand and great grandparents were some serious racists Listen to these lines “Let me give you a word of advice If you have the slightest fault to find with that infernal nigger shoot him at sight A swelled headed nigger with a bee in his bonnet is one of the worst difficulties in the world to deal with So better make a clean job of it and wipe him out at once”“But what about the law Mr Caswall?”“Oh the law doesn’t concern itself much about dead niggers A few or less do not matter To my mind it’s rather a relief”“I don’t love niggers any than you do and I suppose one mustn’t be too particular where that sort of cleaning up is concerned” Needless to say the first character in the story to die much like the poor red shirted crew member on Star Trek was the black guyI found the young posh Australian character Adam funny as well You can tell he’s Australian because of his extra masculine abilities that he possesses that an ordinary English gentleman couldn’t possibly possess such as fixing a ladies buggy “There is no one near who can mend a break like that”“I can”“You You—why it’s a workman’s job”“All right I am a workman—though that is not the only sort of work I do I am an Australian”Women are also portrayed to be very stupid and far beneath men which sometimes backfires to make the men look worse The and I read this book the I felt Bram Stoker was a complete bastard “We may be sure that in the fight that is before us there will be no semblance of fair play Also that our unscrupulous opponent will not betray herself”“That is so—but being a feminine she will probably over reach herself Now Adam it strikes me that as we have to protect ourselves and others against feminine nature our strong game will be to play our masculine against her feminine Perhaps we had better sleep on it She is a thing of the night; and the night may give us some ideas”Adam uickly falls for a girl who has a half Burmese cousin who are both the prey of two of the weirdos mentioned above; the man obsessed with a kite and the snake witch obsessed with getting married so she can kill another husband or something that is like so many things not explained properlyThe ridiculousness hit full force when in one of the big battles at the end Adam and his now wife confront the “White Worm” which the story then turns into a cartoon Benny Hill episode where his wife is a complete ditz All it was missing was her stepping on a rake then a bucket of paint falling on her “The draught from the open door swayed the thin silk towards her and in her fright she tore down the curtain which enveloped her from head to foot Then she ran through the still open door heedless of the fact that she could not see where she was going Adam followed by Sir Nathaniel rushed forward and joined her—Adam catching his wife by the arm and holding her tight It was well that he did so for just before her lay the black orifice of the well hold which of course she could not see with the silk curtain round her head The floor was extremely slipper; something like thick oil had been spilled where she had to pass; and close to the edge of the hole her feet shot from under her and she stumbled forward towards the well hole”The villains try to kill and at one time DO kill the heroes and then invite them over for tea send a letter saying everything is okay or try and get them into a real estate deal the very next day which the heroes naturally accept with no problemthen get attacked again which is no surprise to the reader These are the stupidest people written into bad fiction I think I’ve ever readAnother strange thing in this book is the telepathic mind battles that take place for no understandable reason Have you seen any of the Scanner Cop movies? Well it’s that They stare at each other and throw mind bullets at each other or whatever until one person dies It’s ludicrous and never explained what the point isThis entire story is ludicrousOne star


  9. Just Josie Just Josie says:

    The Lair of the White worm 2 stars There is this extremely satisfying feeling reading “tales of old” Even stories not written that long ago and yet there is a world of difference Take the “The Lair of the White Worm” Published in 1911and yet again I find myself fascinated To get whirled into the British society that is so very different from how we act behave and even speak today Reading classics gives me an insight into the past and I find that feeling so very charming However the past was not all light and proper use of grammar and Latin phrases No It also had a very dark side and it’s something we still see to an extent today Something horrible The Lair of the White Worm was probably the most racist story from Stoker I tried while reading the story to say to myself that this was the norm This was how man thought in this period of our history but I have to be honest that behaviour they showed was by all means not acceptable I simply cannot understand how entire societies could belittle people this much simply for the fact of how they looked It’s appalling DistastefulWhat I did like was the fact that “The Lair of the White Worm” had much going on than some of Stokers other work There were new people introduced though out the story there was a few changes in the scenery and it had both internal dialogue and compelling discussing It did take a bit to really pick up and I found myself truly invested in the discovery of what exactly the White Worm was Read 201220191st rating 2 starsGenresub genres HorroradventuremysteryCover 1 starPOV 3rd person Multiple Will I recommend Yes and no Some parts I enjoyed and some parts made me so bloody angry


  10. Tommy Tommy says:

    I love Dracula but I found Lair of the White Worm to be boring muddled and extremely racist I know Bram was from a very different time but that's still no excuse to use the N word so freely and with such disdain and downright hatred It was weird and disappointing There is a very very clear hatred for black people that comes through in this novel I also had a hard time keeping some of the characters straight at times because they especially the honky dudes seemed indistinguishable from each other The bit with the possibly supernatural kite flying from the tower and the old dude running an Egyptian totem up to it was sort of interesting but ultimately fell flat PU


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10 thoughts on “The Lair of the White Worm

  1. Robert Robert says:

    You might like this book if you believe in the intrinsic superiority of the white peoples over other races particularly black folks Since I really don't feel that way I found myself getting and irate until the savage intrinsically primitive nigger got killed off whilst attempting murder One might of course think that this was the view of the other characters only and it should not be infered that Stoker believed it Unfortunately Oolanga is a nigger to the narrator too anf that narrator is not a character and so we must assume that it is Stoker's opinionNow with the black guy out of the way you might think that the offensive attitudes might also go away but that would be to ignore the outrageous sexism and with three major female characters none of whom die early on one has to suffer that right to the end Frankly I can't explain the masochism that made me finish this book; it was pure self tortureThe sexism is for the most part somewhat subtle than the racism; the heroine is allowed some strength of will bravery and independence of mind until she gets married at which point she immediately reuires her husband's opinion on everything and defers to his view as obviously superior because he's her husband Even her strength of will and bravery are nothing compared to his because he's male of course Are you vomiting yet? Again is this Stoker's view? Well a male character an older man who is meant to be a wiseknowledgable character the font of wisdom for the younger protagonists and the reader finds that the Suffragettes want principle Funny I thought they were fighting for a principleOne might argue that one should set all this aside because it was the attitude of the time and instead look at the literary merits of the book when judging it One would be wrong however the times they were a changing The Suffragette movement had started Thomas Hardy had been fighting the cause of women for decades this was a time for choosing sides Stoker chose the repugnant side So maybe you are a scary person and don't find all this offensive or maybe you are particularly good at compartmentalising the foulness from the plot and writing If so you really still aren't in for a treat or even a mediocre good time No you are in for a waste of effortThe set up might sound familiar; a youngish dynamic man with an older mentor full of obscure wisdom and knowledge Two attractive young women in danger An ancient evil In this case a hilarious one completely empty of power to horrify or instill terror The protagonists or less don't do anything for an age then the monster attacks them there's a scene with a carriage being chased then some completely baffling actions by the monster Then a denouement that has been predictable for an ageThe only thing I really liked about Dracula was the powerful sense of dread in the opening section written from Transylvania Nowhere in this book is there anything even remotely as affecting What a heap of rubbish

  2. Lavinia Lavinia says:

    Written one year before Stoker's death and soon after one of his strokes this one is a weird novel With a strange set of characters that get involved in hair rising adventures and afterwords talk about them like nothing out of the ordinary happened Edgar Caswall develops a maddening obsession for a kite meant to scare the pigeons in their annual migration from Africa Adam Salton has a passion for snake killing mongooses Mimi Watford and her cousin Lilla delicate young ladies are endowed with mesmeric powers and the traditional afternoon tea between neighbors ends up in hypnotic battles There is also Arabella March a beautiful cold blooded woman always clad in thigh white dresses who in fact is an antediluvian monster dwelling in the bowls of the earth Though we have a love story and a marriage there is a total lack of feeling or emotion between the characters The entire story is like a hallucination Not an easy read nothing like Stoker's masterpiece Dracula yet an intriguing fabrication

  3. shakespeareandspice shakespeareandspice says:

    This is the 3rd Penguin Red classic book that I’ve read this month and the 2nd which is filled with racist and sexist messages What a horrible way to end OctoberTo get my rage over with let me take a moment and bitch a little about the racism The “n” word is a trigger in society today but I am fully aware that at one point it was nothing but a word though obviously demeaning so I would’ve happily let this book be what it is despite the fact that it uses the word “n” as commonly as we use “the” But And this is big butt Not only are the character blatantly using it to relate to characteristics of savagery barbarism and slavery the authornarrator himself is laughing at the black slave in the novel It was not only offensive and utterly repulsive but incredibly uncomfortable to watch the destruction of the “n” and witness the victory of white raceTo give an example when a black man professes his love for Arabella the following is the reaction“Lady Arabella was not usually a humorous person but no man or woman of the white race could have checked the laughter which rose spontaneously to her lips The circumstances were too grotesue the contrast too violent for subdued mirth The man a debased specimen of one of the most primitive races of the earth and of an ugliness which was simply devilish; the woman of high degree beautiful accomplished”This was the voice of the narrator; I’ll save you the ridiculous response Arabella actually givesFurther if that wasn’t bad enough this book is also sexist in its portrayal of female characters Some of the lines of this novel are cringingly bad in describing the nature of Arabella I’ll be honest and say that there have been many times in my life when I’ve been frustrated with the opposite sex but I don’t diminish their value as a human entirely Here’s an example of the “toxicity” of a woman “This one is a woman with all a woman’s wit combined with the heartlessness of a COCOTTE” And also this “Now Adam it strikes me that as we have to protect ourselves and others against feminine nature our strong game will be to play our masculine against her feminine”Now that that’s out of the way I would also like to add that the novel itself is generally just bad It reads like a cheesy corny horror movie and is not at all redeemable by Stoker’s reputation of having authored Dracula and his reputation for me at least has clearly been demolished The writing is mediocre the characters are all irritating because of obvious racist attitudes and plot lines are all predicableIn short skip this piece of crap

  4. Sandy Sandy says:

    This is indeed one strange little book but I agree with no less a critic than HPLovecraft when he says that the central idea that of an ancient serpent who survives into the modern 19th century and exerts a malign influence on the living is a good one But the execution IS rather poorly done This is not the masterpiece that is Dracula nor even the well put together read of Jewel of Seven Stars Stoker could have used a good copy editor on this book For example in one scene Mimi our heroine thinks to herself that a nutzy character by the name of Caswall is mad because of the way he has just spoken to her However there has been no dialogue or indication of Caswall saying anything up to that point Numerous other inconsistencies abound the net effect being one of almost non seuitur dreamlike surrealism which is perhaps Stoker's intent but is seemingly sloppy writing nonetheless The descriptions of the English countryside are impossible to picture so that you can never really get a mental view of the locale in which the story takes place Also the exact relationship between Lady Arabella and the Worm itself is vague at best as is the significance of Mesmer's chest and the stare fights that another reader refers to The book certainly held my interest short and compact as it is but after all was said and done I certainly wanted in the way of explication and denouement More scenes such as the one where Oolanga falls down the wormhole would've been nice So what we have here is a frustrating read but an engaging one nonetheless

  5. Kyriakos Sorokkou Kyriakos Sorokkou says:

    This is the last book written by Bram Stoker one year before his death in 1912 And for a book that was written before WWI which has such a low rating 291 it's pretty striking I thought people were overanalysing and overreacting over the fact that this book contains a lot of racist and sexist remarks I thought if I put them aside I will find an interesting plot Well not exactly This book was on my shelves unread since 2009 so I decided this year to read it as part of my Halloween reads Thankfully I finished it and thankfully it was short because this book was a stinkerIt has 3 main issues Racism Sexism and Plot RACISM Oolanga is the African servant of one of the protagonists and he's described in pretty derogatory terms He is described as an aboriginal savage twice a savage 9 times a nigger 27 including lots of descriptions like this one which is the very first But the face of Oolanga as his master at once called him was pure pristine unreformed unsoftened savage with inherent in it all the hideous possibilities of a lost devil ridden child of the forest and the swamp—the lowest and most loathsome of all created things which were in some form ostensibly humanThere's The other negroid of the lowest type; hideously ugly with the animal instincts developed as in the lowest brutes; cruel wanting in all the mental and moral faculties—in fact so brutal as to be hardly human and then there comes a phrase that explains many things I have no particular desire to be seen so close to my own house in conversation with a a a nigger like you ” She had chosen the word of dishonour deliberately and Stoker himself of course was using this word of dishonour deliberately SEXISM Even in his only masterpiece Dracula women were depended on men and they were fragile ethereal creatures In here it's pretty obvious You know that women do not reason our strong game will be to play our masculine against her feminine Men can wait better than women” But being of feminine species she probably will over reach herselfHe even makes a snide remark on the suffragettes who were fighting for their own human rights This one is a woman with all a woman’s wisdom and wit combined with the heartlessness of a cocotte and the want of principle of a suffragetteThey didn't want principles they wanted eual opportunities and eual treatment PLOT So let's put the racism and the sexism that were in this book aside Do we have a good plot? NoThis plot had holes than an emmental cheeseThe title says The Lair of the White Worm Lady Arabella wears white all the time snakes are following her she kills 2 mongooses who eat snakes one by shooting at it multiple times and one by tearing it apart she has green eyes and she is pale her walking is described as slithering Do you need clues to find out who's the white worm? Even a 6 year old will get it from the first 50 pages Then there's the subplot of hypnosis which I didn't understand the point of its inclusion in the book to create an atmosphere? As another reviewer hilariously points out They stare at each other and throw mind bullets at each other or whatever until one person dies It’s ludicrous and never explained what the point is The hypnotic kite that looks like a hawk to scare away the birds again what was the point of this?Oolanga what was his part in this novel apart from an excuse for Stoker to unravel his talent of racist descriptions? And the chapters were so disjointed from each other there was no easy flow between the change of the scenes and what's the characters were doing things that were utterly stupidLady Arabella instead of fighting for her survival she goes to sleep and she is exploded with dynamite by our hero Adam She goes to sleep at the very critical moment of the book she goes to sleep Adam befriends a Van Helsing like Sir Nathaniel de Salis who exists in the plot only to solve the clues the reader already knows and then he disappears Adam the protagonist comes to England from Australia because his rich uncle invited him So because this uncle doesn't serve the plot enough he is absent from the very beginning when in other words his part is over abruptly The whole book feels like an unedited first draft How it got published in the first place?So in overall this book deserves its average rating which is 291 #1 PS Give this book a miss unless you are a Bram Stoker completist #2 PS The drawings were all done by Pamela Colman Smith who illustrated the first edition of the novel in 1911 The only good thing in this book

  6. Leo . Leo . says:

    The only good thing about the film adaption of this classic is that Amanda Donohue was in it

  7. JackieB JackieB says:

    When I started to read this I thought it was a parody of gothic books but I soon realised it's just badly conceived After I read it I found out that Bram Stoker was really ill when he wrote it and I think that explains a lot The mystery of the white worm was solved because characters accepted crazy theories as true based on no evidence at all and just about all of the characters did some bizarre things for no apparent reason There were also some places where I don't think the plot really made sense but some passages were very confusing to read so maybe I just missed thing The most horrfic thing about this book is the casual racism which Bram Stoker displayed I am not being facetious about that To Bram Stoker it was simply a fact that black people were totally and utterly inferior in every way to white people In particular they were completely corrupt He also used terms that are are considered unacceptable today although they may not have been considered derogatory when he was writing the book of course I gave it two stars rather than one because a plot strand which involved mongooses yes really was so unintentionally funny that it still makes me laugh when I remember it If you liked Dracula and want to read of Bram Stoker's work I suggest you give this a miss If you find ridiculous things funny then you may get some enjoyment from it as I did but otherwise this will be very disappointing

  8. Nickolas Nickolas says:

    Warning may contain spoilers but really you shouldn't careI hated this book With a uarter left I cracked it and gave into the ridiculousness of the writing the characters and the dialogue I think Bram Stoker was drunk writing this one and I certainly wanted to be to get me through the end Being the last book that Bram ever wrote which was published a year before he died of possible syphilis related causes I thought that it would be one of his better ones It wasn’tThe story is drawn from two UK legends ‘Lambton Worm’ about a giant worm like serpent that pillaged the area of Lambton and gets killed by a guy wearing spiky armour and ‘The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh’ which is about a princess who gets turned into a dragon but then some knight for whatever sick reason kisses the dragon which then turns back into a princeThe book is about a young Australian that is called to England by his uncle to take over his estate He gets wrapped up with his uncle and a retired English politician type character in a battle of good versus evil mongooses versus snakes a frigid gold digging snake witch a creepy Alister Crowley like old man and the racistly referred to West African savageThis book says some pretty amazingly racist and sexist things actually I guess you could say that they are said by the villains of the book so really it’s not Bram being a disgusting bigoted monster but the characters he createdor not In reality this was at one time common thought and language Truth be told our grand and great grandparents were some serious racists Listen to these lines “Let me give you a word of advice If you have the slightest fault to find with that infernal nigger shoot him at sight A swelled headed nigger with a bee in his bonnet is one of the worst difficulties in the world to deal with So better make a clean job of it and wipe him out at once”“But what about the law Mr Caswall?”“Oh the law doesn’t concern itself much about dead niggers A few or less do not matter To my mind it’s rather a relief”“I don’t love niggers any than you do and I suppose one mustn’t be too particular where that sort of cleaning up is concerned” Needless to say the first character in the story to die much like the poor red shirted crew member on Star Trek was the black guyI found the young posh Australian character Adam funny as well You can tell he’s Australian because of his extra masculine abilities that he possesses that an ordinary English gentleman couldn’t possibly possess such as fixing a ladies buggy “There is no one near who can mend a break like that”“I can”“You You—why it’s a workman’s job”“All right I am a workman—though that is not the only sort of work I do I am an Australian”Women are also portrayed to be very stupid and far beneath men which sometimes backfires to make the men look worse The and I read this book the I felt Bram Stoker was a complete bastard “We may be sure that in the fight that is before us there will be no semblance of fair play Also that our unscrupulous opponent will not betray herself”“That is so—but being a feminine she will probably over reach herself Now Adam it strikes me that as we have to protect ourselves and others against feminine nature our strong game will be to play our masculine against her feminine Perhaps we had better sleep on it She is a thing of the night; and the night may give us some ideas”Adam uickly falls for a girl who has a half Burmese cousin who are both the prey of two of the weirdos mentioned above; the man obsessed with a kite and the snake witch obsessed with getting married so she can kill another husband or something that is like so many things not explained properlyThe ridiculousness hit full force when in one of the big battles at the end Adam and his now wife confront the “White Worm” which the story then turns into a cartoon Benny Hill episode where his wife is a complete ditz All it was missing was her stepping on a rake then a bucket of paint falling on her “The draught from the open door swayed the thin silk towards her and in her fright she tore down the curtain which enveloped her from head to foot Then she ran through the still open door heedless of the fact that she could not see where she was going Adam followed by Sir Nathaniel rushed forward and joined her—Adam catching his wife by the arm and holding her tight It was well that he did so for just before her lay the black orifice of the well hold which of course she could not see with the silk curtain round her head The floor was extremely slipper; something like thick oil had been spilled where she had to pass; and close to the edge of the hole her feet shot from under her and she stumbled forward towards the well hole”The villains try to kill and at one time DO kill the heroes and then invite them over for tea send a letter saying everything is okay or try and get them into a real estate deal the very next day which the heroes naturally accept with no problemthen get attacked again which is no surprise to the reader These are the stupidest people written into bad fiction I think I’ve ever readAnother strange thing in this book is the telepathic mind battles that take place for no understandable reason Have you seen any of the Scanner Cop movies? Well it’s that They stare at each other and throw mind bullets at each other or whatever until one person dies It’s ludicrous and never explained what the point isThis entire story is ludicrousOne star

  9. Just Josie Just Josie says:

    The Lair of the White worm 2 stars There is this extremely satisfying feeling reading “tales of old” Even stories not written that long ago and yet there is a world of difference Take the “The Lair of the White Worm” Published in 1911and yet again I find myself fascinated To get whirled into the British society that is so very different from how we act behave and even speak today Reading classics gives me an insight into the past and I find that feeling so very charming However the past was not all light and proper use of grammar and Latin phrases No It also had a very dark side and it’s something we still see to an extent today Something horrible The Lair of the White Worm was probably the most racist story from Stoker I tried while reading the story to say to myself that this was the norm This was how man thought in this period of our history but I have to be honest that behaviour they showed was by all means not acceptable I simply cannot understand how entire societies could belittle people this much simply for the fact of how they looked It’s appalling DistastefulWhat I did like was the fact that “The Lair of the White Worm” had much going on than some of Stokers other work There were new people introduced though out the story there was a few changes in the scenery and it had both internal dialogue and compelling discussing It did take a bit to really pick up and I found myself truly invested in the discovery of what exactly the White Worm was Read 201220191st rating 2 starsGenresub genres HorroradventuremysteryCover 1 starPOV 3rd person Multiple Will I recommend Yes and no Some parts I enjoyed and some parts made me so bloody angry

  10. Tommy Tommy says:

    I love Dracula but I found Lair of the White Worm to be boring muddled and extremely racist I know Bram was from a very different time but that's still no excuse to use the N word so freely and with such disdain and downright hatred It was weird and disappointing There is a very very clear hatred for black people that comes through in this novel I also had a hard time keeping some of the characters straight at times because they especially the honky dudes seemed indistinguishable from each other The bit with the possibly supernatural kite flying from the tower and the old dude running an Egyptian totem up to it was sort of interesting but ultimately fell flat PU

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