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Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

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Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus
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At this challenge, Mary Shelley began work on the 'ghost story' that was to evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history. Frankenstein was published the next year and become the rage of London. In the generations since, the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created has been read by millions all over the world. It has inspired hundreds of imitations, but it has never been equaled for its masterful manipulation of the elements of horror and suspense.
Authors: Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851
Title: Frankenstein, or, The modern prometheus
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1992
Characteristics: xxxiii, 231 p. ;,21 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: Mary Shelley ; with an introduction by Wendy Lesser
Summary: At this challenge, Mary Shelley began work on the 'ghost story' that was to evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history. Frankenstein was published the next year and become the rage of London. In the generations since, the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created has been read by millions all over the world. It has inspired hundreds of imitations, but it has never been equaled for its masterful manipulation of the elements of horror and suspense.
Alternate Title: Modern prometheus
Frankenstein
ISBN: 9780679409991
0679409998
Branch Call Number: FICTION SHELLEY 1992
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. xxiv-xxv)
Subject Headings: Frankenstein's monster (Fictitious character) Fiction Monsters Fiction Scientists Fiction Frankenstein, Victor (Fictitious character) Fiction
Genre/Form: Gothic fiction
Horror fiction
Topical Term: Frankenstein's monster (Fictitious character)
Monsters
Scientists
Frankenstein, Victor (Fictitious character)
LCCN: 91053195
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Jul 15, 2014
  • I_sing_the_Body_Electric rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I would say this story has some interesting scenes in it and I liked how it made you sympathize with the creature. Its not too bad of a novel but there were some inevitable boring scenes for me, possibly because it was written in a different time period.

Jul 09, 2014
  • guest123 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I like how this book includes the author's biography, and gives some background to the story, explanations about the time it was written, and the setting of the book. That helped me to understand the book a little bit more

Dec 06, 2013
  • miss_moneypenny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite things about this book is the story behind it. I think it goes that Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron were away at a cabin and decided to see who could write the best scary story. Mary won, and eventually turned her tale in Frankenstein.

This book is great to read, and it's also great to study if you're an English student. Some really great ideas going on about science, technology, reproduction and fatherhood.

Poor monster!

Seriously, why are you posting your summary of the book? You're suppose to say whether you like it or not, not if you'd shoot the characters with a gun.

I liked this book, it was a bit of a scare toward the end though....

Aug 01, 2013
  • dp50268n rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I liked the idea behind the book and felt bad for the monster. Yet at the same time, I wanted to shoot both Victor and the monster. I just don't get how a guy could be so whiny and literally delicate because he was sick for almost two year over creating the monster. I felt that Victor was too overly dramatic at times when he should have tried to approach situations differently. I just really didn't like Victor.

Jul 12, 2013
  • kevin4203 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

good read

Apr 16, 2013
  • mcssi369 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite books of all time! I reread it every year.

Aug 12, 2012
  • thomd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the nesting stories and overall premise; I disliked Victor the whiny villain, I mean wretch. The monster was frustratingly inconsistent; going from moaning to erudition very rapidly. Good horror or drama, not so good science fiction.

The first couple chapters are a bit slow but once you get past them it's great. Also the dialogue doesn't really flow like actual speech. It's kind of funny to imagine people actually trying to talk like that.

Apr 22, 2012
  • PeriwinkleBleu rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Very disappointed in this. Seemed to be a lot of inner thoughts from Victor with very little action or plot advancements. Hearing his constant passion for learning, or turmoil, or regrets did nothing to add tension or progress the story. I found myself frequently skimming passages that felt repetitive. This might also have been attributed to the fact that there are several 'narrators' or perspectives rather, but they all sounded the same which left it a bit dry. Maybe I've been tempered by too much Hollywood adaptations, but it still felt like more should have happened (or been more intriguing).

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Dec 29, 2010
  • jbazal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The story of attempting to prolong life and avoid death ultimately leading to disaster with the deaths and murders of friends and family of Victor Frankenstein.

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