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Frankenstein
Mary Shelley
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A brilliant young doctor discovers the secret of animating life and creates a monster out of dead body parts, without thinking what place such a creature might have in society. Lonely, unloved, utterly miserable, the creature turns on his creator and wreaks a vengeance at once gruesome and all too understandable. The first great horror story.

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A great story spoiled by quite frankly ludicrous tangents that the author went off on. Talk about padding! This could have been a great short story but instead you have to wade through pages of nonsense that bears no relevance to the plot. She needed a good editor in my opinion.
 
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Another book I've always wanted to read, but couldn't get past the first quarter. I'm pretty patient, but just couldn't manage with this one.
 
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Havig seen Frankenstein movies over the years, the book's main plot was an actual surprise, and included more subtle depth than expected. Writing style was slow at times, but ended up looking forward to each new increment, especially during the last 10 or so. Glad I read it.
 
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This novel takes a single thread - the relationship between creator and creation - and ties it into a ghastly, believable knot. <br/><br/>While I longed for some deeper characterisation, perhaps a scene or two of relief from the relentless unhappiness of Frankenstein's tale - these changes would have detracted from the crisp, believable tone and relentless pace. <br/><br/>Frankenstein is not a doctor - merely a young man driven by ambition and, later, love for his family. His monster is one of the most ambivalent beings I have encountered in fiction. It was impossible to know whether to pity or revile him. Their fates entwined in the arctic sea, I felt relief for the end of their miseries, rather than sorrow at their passing.<br/><br/>This novel is remarkable for its chilling plausibility, and for the mood of hopeless melancholy it captures. The real monster, perhaps, is the depression that haunted its author, Mary Shelley, and which pervades every page of this classic.
 
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Sorry, this may have been intriguing reading at the time it was written, but it's a terrible bore today, in my opinion. And, also, unfortunately, the subsequent movies and other derivations have so elaborated the story that the original is no longer recognizable as the same story -- and the orginal has very little to recommend it, other than as literary history, I guess.
 
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This seemed to be more a book about a mad-man than a monster. Definitely not what expected after Hollywood's versions.
 
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