November 1st, 2009

Kitty: Angry Calico

Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein

Frankenstein (1818)
Written by: Mary Shelley
Genre: Horror
Pages: 231 (Hardcover)

The premise: seems kind of silly to discuss the premise of Frankenstein, given the fact that the book and its monster is such a prominent figure in pop culture. But in a nutshell, scientist discovers the secret of life and animates a man made up of various parts of different corpses. The experiment works, but our good scientist, Dr. Frankenstein, is horrified by his creation and rejects the monster. The monster pursues, and Dr. Frankenstein's life is never the same.

My Rating

Glad I Borrowed It: that rating's a kind of cheat, but let me explain: 1) I read my husband's copy, which means I didn't spend money for my own copy and 2) it's hard to rate a re-read, let alone a book that's a classic. I firmly believe that Frankenstein is a book that ALL science fiction and horror fans should have under their belt, because it simply says so much and it has most certainly earned its pedestal in both genres. I'm glad to have re-read it, but I feel the same about it now as I did back in high school: it's a good book, but it's not an absolute favorite or anything. It's the writing style that keeps me from connecting, and now that I've read it once, it's easy to see where the book is going in terms of its message and what happens in the plot. Still, the fact that Shelley tackled such huge and heavy topics in her time astounds me, and I have nothing but respect for her. I can only hope that other fans of the genre do too.

Review style: stream of conscious, with questions for those of you who've read the book for the book club. Spoilers? Uh, yes. In all honesty, considering how old the book is, I really shouldn't have to call them spoilers, but some people want the warning, so here it is. SPOILERS. :) Which may be found in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)


The November Book Club selection has already been announced: Alaya Dawn Johnson's Racing the Dark! I really, really want lots of participation, so please, give the book a shot! Details may be found here.