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Earl W. Lee

Libraries in the Age of Mediocrity
Drakulya; the Lost Journal of Mircea Drakulya, Lord of the Undead
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Libraries in the Age of Mediocrity
Jefferson, NC.: McFarland & Co., Inc., © 1998

Librarians' choices are increasingly controlled by technocrats and corporate publishers, Earl Lee argues. Though they ought to represent true diversity, libraries are increasingly bland and homogeneous. At their best, these essays make incisive statements about everything from professional envy to self-censorship. An essay on community standards and censorship makes some useful criticisms of Banned Books Week. Often, though, Lee veers off course to harangue about pet peeves. Sometimes this is amusing: the life of C.S. Lewis, he writes, "is the stuff of morbid mental disease, and it should not be encouraged in the young, who ought to be emulating Ozzy Osbourne instead." Lee also raps Library of Congress cataloging shortcomings using freethought materials as a case study. Mostly the book is provocative without being fully fleshed out. Lee's arguments would have been aided by more detail and more examples, as well as attention to such topics as library management fads. It's also marred by some editorial lapses ("like, for example") and an abstruse essay on "the postmodern library." On the positive side, "Libraries in the age of mediocrity" includes bibliographic entries and a thorough index. Since it raises important questions, it is recommended reading for library school students and librarians alike.

- "Recommended Reading" MSRRT Newsletter, September/October 1998 v.11 #5

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Drakulya; the Lost Journal of Mircea Drakulya, Lord of the Undead
Tuscon, AZ: SeeSharp Press, © 1994

"A fiction novel with wonderful twists on an old tale. Elements of the Higher Teachings are reflected here as well..."

-Lifeforce: The International Vampire Forum

"There is popular fiction, and then there is literature. Earl Lee's "Drakulya" is literature. This is a book to be read slowly, savoured - not wolfed down like a McDonald's Quarter Pounder. It requires the reader to use brain cells, and achieves its own chilling horror without spurting arteries and oceans of blood...."

- Lisa Sodders - The Topeka Capital-Journal - Sunday, December 25, 1994 3-D 'Drakulya': Vampire for the literate. (Book Review)

"Lee has added the voice of the Count along with the other characters, giving DRAKULYA a fresh twist on an undying genre. This isn't for the novice bloodsucker, Anne Rice will pacify those..."

- Brian Johnson - They Won't Stay Dead!

"Working within the framework of Bram Stoker's classic, this is a fascinating approach and interpretation of vampire myths... I felt as if this book restores the soul-wrenching emotions found in the classical black and white movie versions in contrast to the richly-coloured but modernized approach of Rice. I know that some of you are fans of vampire literature. You will want this book."

- The Unicorn - (Kirkland, WA) vol.XVIII #3, Feb. 1995.

These and more Reviews on Drakyula, posted to VAMPYRES@GUVM.CCF.GEORGETOWN.EDU and HOROR@IUBVM.UCS.INDIANA.EDU mail lists.

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