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Frankenstein's Monster

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Awesome!

    Loved this. Great continuation of the story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Don't miss this one

    Move over, Jennifer Donnelly! Here comes acclaimed children's author Susan Heyboer O'Keefe in her stunning debut as author of a novel for adults. Picking up the story where Mary Shelley left off, Frankenstein's Monster takes the reader on a meticulously researched, breathtaking adventure through Venice, the North of England, the Orkneys, and other places until the ultimate encounter between the monster, alias Victor Hartmann, and his nemesis, the enigmatic, devilishly determined Robert Walton. Like a master nature photographer who places the viewer right in the midst of the scene instead of letting him or her regard the prospect from some point outside it, Heyboer O'Keefe drops the reader right into the midst of the action with all its sights, sounds, and even smells.

    If I could immediately think of alternatives to such clichés as "page-turner" and "plot twists" I would use them, but suffice it to say that you could well end up devouring this engaging novel all in a single one-night sitting--and afterward, you will never be the same (another cliché, sorry!).

    One could read Frankenstein's Monster simply as an amazing thriller-cum-travelogue, but then one would miss the real, deep, searing human drama that informs the entire work and ultimately asks the question: Who is the real monster?

    Don't miss this novel. And be sure to watch out for future offerings from this sensitive, gifted author.

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

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    Excellent Sequel to a Timeless Classic!

    O'Keefe just an excellent job of capturing Mary Shelley's actual style in this sequel that you might be hard pressed to realize it is a different author. The book begins at the end of the original classic, with Victor's creation battling Walton and leaving him for dead. He flees to Europe and the brunt of the tale takes place ten years later.

    The creature is living off the streets as a beggar in Rome and seems to find some happiness when he rescues a mute girl from her kidnappers. The girl is not repulsed by the creature and lives protected by him while he begs scraps to keep them fed.

    Alas, like Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, the creature has his own Javert in Walton who seem to pursue him relentlessly and always seems to show up at the wrong time. Walton destroys the creature's happiness and he then decides to do to Walton what he had done to Victor. That is kill his entire family before, ultimately killing him.

    This leads the creature to England but once he arrives to do the deed, he is intrigued by Walton's family and especially, Walton's niece Lily. The creature is forced to finally assume a name (Victor Hartman) and it seems this is just one step in trying to make his soul more human. Lily is an odd soul herself and it seems that each chapter (actually written in the form of Victor Hartman's diary) brings a new twist to her that the reader doesn't see coming. Will Lily be Victor's good fairy (like the story of Pinocchio) and help Victor to become a real human? The story is so unpredictable that the reader is never quite sure.

    This is an excellent sequel and at the end of the tale the author provides questions for discussion, as if anticipating that this work will end up on the reading list for a University class.

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    Posted January 6, 2011

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