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"Repudiating the 'outrageous fabrication' of Victor Frankenstein's story as told by Mary Shelley is the aim of this imaginative and grotesque novel from the revisionist perspective of the monster . . . Zeltserman's monster is every bit as eloquent as Shelley's, though his rage is more focused.This is juicy material for Franken-fans, and Zeltserman is just faithful enough to the original (he, too, ends with the fateful wedding night and the icebound ship) that his many fresh contributions feel entirely normal. Well, abnormal, to be accurate, but deliciously so."
"There's a new name to add to the pantheon of the sons and daughters of Cain: Dave Zeltserman." — National Public Radio on Small Crimes, Top 5 Crime and Mystery Novels
"Repudiating the 'outrageous fabrication' of Victor Frankenstein's story as told by Mary Shelley is the aim of this imaginative and grotesque novel from the revisionist perspective of the monster . . . Zeltserman's monster is every bit as eloquent as Shelley's, though his rage is more focused.This is juicy material for Franken-fans, and Zeltserman is just faithful enough to the original (he, too, ends with the fateful wedding night and the icebound ship) that his many fresh contributions feel entirely normal. Well, abnormal, to be accurate, but deliciously so." — Booklist
"Imaginative and grotesque" — Booklist, starred review
"Chilling and captivating" — ForeWord Magazine, pick of the week
"A masterpiece of originality, beauty, ugliness, eloquence, wisdom and power" —Ed Gorman, author of The Poker Club and Ticket to Ride
"When awards season rolls around, this one's going to be a major contender" —Bill Crider, author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery series
"Brilliant reimagining of Frankenstein: faithful enough to delight lovers of Mary Shelley's masterpiece, but wonderfully inventive as it takes the monster on a bloody quest for vengeance" —Roger Smith, author of Wake up Dead and Dust Devils
"Dave Zeltserman continues to expertly explore the depths of darkness with Monster. This brutal, clever retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein pits Victor Frankenstien and the infamous evil of the Marquis de Sade versus the most famous resurrected-man-turned-creature who only longs to avenge the murder of his fiance. Monster shocks and rampages as well as it deftly entertains." —Paul Tremblay, author of The Little Sleep and In the Mean Time
"A graphic, brutal story with heart and soul" —Crimespree Magazine
"His first-person narrative is itself an impressive achievement: He manages the difficult trick of creating a voice that sounds authentically like Shelley's while remaining entirely lucid to the contemporary reader."—L.A. Times
"Zeltserman’s book is a rich and fun response to Shelley’s classic."—Publishers Weekly
"Zeltserman follows Shelley’s roadmap just enough to infuse the proceedings with a degree of familiarity, yet his point of view and unique deviations from the original story make every page a joy to read. Additionally, he employs a highly literary style so that his book reads as if it were written during or shortly after the literary classic from which it takes its subject matter. Monsteris a book that horror fans and literature aficionados can read with equal gusto." —Bookreporter.com
"Dave Zeltserman’s highly readable style harmonizes beautifully with its 19th century European setting. Monster is a must-read for anyone who enjoys horror stories, and shivers when Boris Karloff’s pale fingers twitch back into life."—Historical Novel Society
Posted September 6, 2012
Unless you’re one of the Big Names in the genre, e.g. King, Koontz, et al – horror doesn’t seem to provide as much respect as crime fiction, and that’s a real shame, because between this and CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD (my favorite of all of Zeltserman's works and, in fact, one of my favorite books of all time), Zeltserman's talent really shines in the horror genre. Much like Ed Gorman and a few other select authors, he has the talent to be able to leapfrog from genre to genre and have each book be outstanding -- so it’s a shame if market realities temper any more work in this genre, as it could use more exemplary works like MONSTER and CARETAKER. ‘Course, if I just have to settle for fantastic crime novels like PARIAH, KILLER, et al, I guess I can handle that. ;-)
MONSTER is one of the better books I’ve read in quite some time. Very compelling – poignant, thrilling and chilling all at once, and the voice of the monster was just Victorian and just modern enough to be both appropriate (to the time) and accessible (to the modern reader). An excellent book through and through...Mary Shelley would be pleased.
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Posted June 22, 2013
“You have done well so far, my magnificent creature. Soon you will be with me.”
Frankenstein in a morbidly horrific twist on the original Mary Shelley version, taking on the perspective of the monster, in this case, Freidrach Hoffman. This was a very good book with a nice twist as we rarely see from the monster’s perspective. Right before his wedding to his beloved Johanna, she is murdered, and he is accused of killing her. Upon what he thinks will be his death where he will once again see his loving Johanna, Freidrach awakes in a strange place unable to move or speak. Eventually figuring out he has been reconstructed and kept alive with the use of the Dark Arts by the mentally insane Victor Frankenstein, something goes wrong when Frankenstein stops showing up at the lab at night. His rage builds and he is able to free himself and sets out on a mission to seek his revenge on Frankenstein. His journey takes him all over as he comes across man and beast and tries to not have the evil within eat him alive. Will he find his evil creator before anything else happens?
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15 for City Book Review
Posted January 25, 2013
This is the story of Frankenstein from the monster's point of view. It was very interesting and I enjoyed the character very much. He is likeable although ugly from the get go. He has a good heart and does good where-ever he goes except for killing one innocent. The book did keep building in the monster's quest for vengeance. I was a bit disappointed in the ending as he never did get the kind of vengeance I thought he should have.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2012
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Posted April 3, 2013
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