(book cover links to Goodreads)

Keywords: classics, horror, science fiction


Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the world’s most famous Gothic novel about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley’s work is considered to be the world’s first science fiction, with Frankenstein’s monster being a symbol of science gone awry.

A book I’d been meaning to read for ages, and when I finally did I was shocked to find out all the things I thought made Frankenstein Frankenstein were not here.

No Igor.
No bumbling monster.
No doctor Frankenstein, certainly.
No lightning laboratory or exclamations of “It’s alive!!!”

But, I think the absence of those things made it more enjoyable, since it was my preconceived conditioned Frankenstein image that kept me shelfing the book.

Instead the story I got was enjoyable with idiotic mistake of ego after idiotic mistake of ego. Here there was no pitiable creator or monster, only the pitiable surrounding characters. Very nice.


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