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Frankenstein (2022)

by Mary Shelley

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A monster assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.
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    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (SanctiSpiritus, ghr4)
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    Dracula by Bram Stoker (MarcusBrutus, Cecilturtle, LitPeejster)
  3. 254
    The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells (Liondancer, artturnerjr)
    Liondancer: another scientist whose creatures get out of control
    artturnerjr: Both books share a similar blend of science fiction and horror.
  4. 102
    The Journals of Mary Shelley by Professor Paula R. Feldman (JessamyJane)
  5. 113
    The Golem by Gustav Meyrink (Kolbkarlsson)
  6. 61
    Grendel by John Gardner (sturlington)
    sturlington: Both books attempt to get into the mind of a monster.
  7. 84
    Dracula [Norton Critical Edition] by Bram Stoker (Nubiannut)
  8. 40
    The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells (DeusXMachina)
    DeusXMachina: Science and the responsibility for its results.
  9. 51
    Monster: A Novel of Frankenstein by Dave Zeltserman (Crypto-Willobie)
    Crypto-Willobie: A decadent noirish retelling of the Frankenstein story from the monster's point of view.
  10. 52
    Frankenstein: A Cultural History by Susan Tyler Hitchcock (FFortuna)
  11. 42
    The deserted house + The sandman by E. T. A. Hoffmann (Nickelini)
    Nickelini: Written within a year of each other, Hoffmann's The Sandman and Shelley's Frankenstein both feature man-made beings. And both have been adapted beyond recognition.
  12. 21
    Sielun pimeä puoli : Mary Shelley ja Frankenstein by Merete Mazzarella (GoST)
  13. 21
    The Hidden by Richard Sala (Michael.Rimmer)
  14. 10
    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [1994 film] by Kenneth Branagh (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Nowhere near as bad as many silly reviews would have you believe. Countless changes of the novel, but the spirit, the basic story and the essence of the characters are retained. Actually improved. The movie's more Gothic and more horror, for one (or two) thing(s). More dramatic and more tightly plotted, too. Excellent cast and production design.… (more)
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    Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus (thecoroner)
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    The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Edition) by Mark Twain (JolieLouise)
    JolieLouise: The Mysterious Stranger is about a creator's treatment of his creation.
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    The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O'Brien (Anonymous user)
  18. 44
    The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (Morteana)
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    Seven Masterpieces of Gothic Horror by Robert Donald Spector (FrankNstein)
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    Paradise Regained by John Milton (ricalyr)

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Not an easy read, given the verbosity of 19th century language and ideas, so don’t try to rush this seemingly short book. The critical introduction (by Maurice Hindle) in this Penguin Classic is also hefty, but worth persevering with. The backdrop to the novel’s themes is wild and romantic nature as in the description of the trek to Chamonix’s Mer de Glace (still impressive today, if one can get past the panoply of ski and tourist facilities). These dramatic features form an apt setting for discoveries and life-explorings, all rendered in a language of passion and extremes. It’s both a “mad scientist” story (the inventor going too far; referencing “Prometheus” and “Paradise Lost”) and an origin story as of a being experiencing our world from first principles (the tabula rasa concept that occurs in Locke and Rousseau’s thinking), set out in a glorious telling by the monster, a methodical but alike emotional account. All this energised sentiment and excess of “feelings wrought” recalls Goethe’s “Young Werther”, itself almost a source text for the Romantic spirit, and used as such by the Monster here who educates himself from a foundling parcel of key books. “The scenery of nature.. he loved with ardour.. The sounding cataract haunted him like a passion …” (p151). Epithets of evil are rampant in the narrative (monstrous, malignant, treacherous, wretched, malicious, hateful, hellish, hideous, daemon… to mention just a sample), flung out on sight of the “Monster” even before any actual misdemeanours have been committed, but as often for me, it’s hard to make the “baddie’s” motives or character convincing. Future film-makers of course have filled this gap. ( )
  eglinton | May 6, 2024 |
Contrary to popular belief, Frankenstein is not a book about a savage monster created by a crazed scientist who escapes to wreak havoc on unsuspecting nobodies. If anybody is the monster here, it's Victor Frankenstein himself, who has been given the power of a god to create a life, but doesn't consider the psychological flaws in the experiment. I see Frankenstein as more of a social novel than a horror novel in this respect. Shelley wants for the reader to sympathize with the Creature, not to condemn him like the cottagers do, who do so just because he's different. Frankenstein depicts the anti-Eden of new birth, a lonely soul without a companion, which is why the Creature rebels. The Creature is but a child without maturity or experience, summoned into a world which despises him, so how can we expect him to behave any differently? ( )
  TheBooksofWrath | Apr 18, 2024 |
A classic that I finally got around to reading/listening to, although I probably saw the movie a bunch of times -- along with all the Frankenstein-inspired movies (okay, I admit it: Young Frankenstein is my favorite comedy of all times - lol). I decided to read this because I have the new book by Don Zancanella called A Storm in the Stars, which is historical fiction about the summer Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, and I figured there might be references that I would understand better if I read the underlying work. I read along and listened to the Audible version that was released earlier this year. The readers were terrific. I particularly got into it when it was stormy outside, and I was all cozy in my reading chair with a cup of tea. I struggled a bit at the beginning getting pulled into the story, but I think that is more a function of the more formal patterns of speech attributed to the characters, which is probably very accurate for the time period (it was published first in 1818, and then revised in 1831). Once I was immersed, it was terrific.

I already knew that Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, an eighteenth-century feminist who penned The Vindication of the Rights of Women and died shortly after giving birth to her daughter), Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and John Polidori were sitting around the fire by Lake Geneva on a night much like I was reading last night, rainy, and made a bet with each other who could write a scarier ghost story than the “penny dreadful” writers of the day. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus was Mary's ghost story. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
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  Correaf | Jan 16, 2024 |
This is another classic I've had forever, but never read.....one I promised myself I'd read before the year ended. Well, I partially succeeded.....I started in 2023, but with the festivities of the holidays keeping me busy, I didn't finish it before the New Year. Ok...thats not entirely true.....the holidays served as a great excuse to avoid a boring book.

The truth is...I kinda wish I hadn't read it.....I kinda wish I could still have the belief that Frankenstein is the wonderful horror classic everyone professes it to be.

I was completely shocked at how different this was than every single adaption ever made. Yet, I understand those creative liberties......the actual story would make an awfully boring watch.

The only positive take away I have from this book......its impressive that Mary Shelley authored this at a mear 18 yrs old....in a time when women didn't write " horror".

The bad......where do I start?......the victimization of a deranged monster.......his long drawn out diatribes ....Shelley's attempt at gaining pity for the vengeful ogre......the unrealistic events that rely solely on chance and happenstance......the suspension of realistic thinking asked of the reader to believe the monster achieved such elegant dialect from a few months of listening to the cottages read.......the ridiculous expectations put on the cottagers......Shelley's insinuation that everyone but the monster carried the blame for his nefarious acts......the exasperation I felt everytime the story got the least bit interesting, then quickly returned to the same boring cadence.....I could go on.....but, I'll stop here.

Suffice to say....I did not enjoy this at all......I would only recommend this to those interested in reading classics for the sake of doing so. ( )
  Jfranklin592262 | Jan 3, 2024 |
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Shelley, Maryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloom, HaroldAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bordwin, GabrielleCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Casaletto, TomNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Deaver, JefferyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ebeling, HermannAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hindle, MauriceIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunter, J. PaulEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, DianeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Karbiener, KarenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lehtonen, PaavoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, Walter JamesForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mould me man? Did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me?
—Paradise Lost, x, 743-5
Author of Political Justice, Caleb Williams, &c.
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To Mrs Saville, England. St. Petersburgh, Dec. 11th, 17—. You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.
You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied
the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded
with such evil forebodings.
The event on which this fiction is founded has been supposed, by Dr. Darwin, and some of the physiological writers of Germany, as not of impossible occurrence. - preface by P.B. Shelley
Mary Shelley: Though her life was fraught with personal tragedy, Mary Shelley was destined for literary greatness. (Barnes and Noble Edition)
Author's Introduction:  The publishers of the Standard Novels, in selecting Frankenstein for one of their series, expressed a wish that I should furnish them with some account of the origin on the story.  (Author's Introduction to the Standard Novels Edition (1831))
“ I had admired the perfect form of my cottagers—their grace, beauty, and delicate complexions: but how was I terrified when I viewed myself in a transparent pool . . . and when I was convinced that I was in reality the monster that I am I was filled with the bitterest sensations of despondence and mortification.”
"I will be with you on your wedding night!"
It was the wretch, the filthy daemon to whom I had given life!
"I have lately been so engaged in one occupation that I have not allowed myself sufficient rest. But I hope that all those employments are now at an end, and that I am at length free."
I felt the bitterness of disappointment; dreams that had been my food and pleasant rest for so long a space were now become a hell to me.
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A monster assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.

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Frankenstein was published in 1818, the work of a 21-year-old genius named Mary Shelley. Hundreds of movies, adaptations, and monster masks later, its reputation remains so lively that the title has become its own word in the English language. Victor Frankenstein, a scientist, discovers the secret of reanimating the dead. After he rejects his hideous creation, not even the farthest poles of the earth will keep his bitter monster from seeking an inhuman revenge. Inspired by a uniquely Romantic view of science’s possibilities, Shelley’s masterpiece ultimately wrestles with the hidden shadows of the human mind.

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in London in 1797, the daughter of well-known intellectuals. She married the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1816 and spent much of her adulthood in continental Europe, surrounded by her friends in the English Romantic Movement. Her tumultuous life included the loss of three children in infancy and her husband’s death by drowning in 1822. Nevertheless, her contributions to English literature continue to fascinate and inspire readers and artists alike.

Three narratives in one, all of them exploring the unknown. The ship captain is pushing dangerously into the Arctic. Dr. Frankenstein makes a notable breakthrough, creating human life anew, but runs from the consequences. The creature, who creates his own education, and determines that he needs a mate.

This volume distinguishes the three narrative levels: the sea captain, Dr. Frankenstein, and the Creature. Backmatter material adds some information about the book and its author.
Victor Frankenstein is just a college student who wants to figure out the technical details of how life works. Obsessed with chasing this discovery, he creates something unthinkable. And then things all go wrong. Read a Gothic horror classic easily with this modern English translation. But don't worry about missing anything, because the original unedited 1831 version is here too, along with a scholarly essay.
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The creature awakes,
Horrible yet innocent,
Abandonment scars.
It is dangerous,
To play God with life and death,
Horror the result.
Monster destruction
Could have been avoided, Vic.
Parental neglect.

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