The Modern Prometheus
by Mary Shelley
*** About the Book ***
Do I really need to tell you about this one? Ok, ok, here goes. This is the classic tale of a man who creates a being from lifeless parts, gives it life, then is horrified by what he has created. The majority of the book details the conflict between the creator (Dr. Frankenstein) and his creation (aka "the monster").
*** Why I Read It ***
When I read Dracula a few months ago I unexpectedly found that I really enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give some other classic horror stories a try (nothing really scary mind you - I'm a chicken!). Then Fizzy Thoughts and I decided to host the Dueling Monsters Read-A-Long to make our classic horror reads more fun.
*** My Thoughts ***
I LOVED the beginning of the book: the letters from Walton to his sister as he explores the arctic regions, the sighting of an unknown but massive creature out on the ice, the rescue of Dr. Frankenstein (hereafter known as Dr. Frank) from an ice floe, Dr. Frank telling his story to Walton. The first few chapters were great! I love stories set in the polar regions; I didn't know this book would take place there, so that was a bonus. I also love epistolary works so again, bonus.
I hate to say it but I was disappointed with most of the rest of the book. Dr. Frank made some very poor decisions and I wanted to smack him more than once. Things happened in the story that made me want to wring the author's neck too. Add that to the abundance of overblown language and you get a book that was rather bothersome most of the time. (Dracula had flowery language as well, but once I got used to it I enjoyed that book. Here the language didn't seem to fit and I never could get used to the way the monster talked.)
On the whole, not a book I'd want to read again though I am glad that I did read it once.
*** For Those Who've Read It ***
Here are some of my thoughts from my read ... feel free to chime in with your opinions.
- There are no details of how the creature was created - did this bother anyone else? I'm not looking for gory details but SOME details would be helpful.
- I figured out from the start that Dr. Frank misunderstood his creation; did anyone else feel that way?
- @fizzythoughts tweeted that she thought Dr. Frank was really whiny - do you agree? I thought he was rather unfeeling (and, frankly, stupid) but not necessarily whiny.
- As Jill pointed out in her review, there's no Igor?! And also no "It's ALIVE!!!" Darn, I was looking forward to that.
- My my, but that monster is wordy! Is it just me or was his intelligence a bit overdone?
- The wedding night threat: OF COURSE he doesn't want to kill YOU Dr. Frank! DUH.
- What the heck happened to Ernest? Did the author just forget about him? Did Dr. Frank?
- And then there's the ending - what happens to Walton, I'd like to know?!