Steampunk: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Steampunk: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

by Zdenko Basic, Manuel Sumberac
     
 

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Everyone is familiar with Mary Shelley’s classic novel, but no one has read it like this! Frankenstein is the long celebrated gothic tale of a science experiment gone awry. But in this brand-new edition, Shelley's haunting horror story is transformed with the addition of steampunk-inspired art.

With elaborate full-color illustrations throughout,

Overview


Everyone is familiar with Mary Shelley’s classic novel, but no one has read it like this! Frankenstein is the long celebrated gothic tale of a science experiment gone awry. But in this brand-new edition, Shelley's haunting horror story is transformed with the addition of steampunk-inspired art.

With elaborate full-color illustrations throughout, this is a truly unique interpretation of Frankenstein. It’s a fresh look at a classic story, spiked with gadgets, fashion, and steam-powered machinery inspired by the hottest trend in science-fiction. Releasing just in time for summer reading, teens will enjoy this classic novel with an awesome steampunk twist!

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
…gorgeous…Basic and Sumberac manage to create scenes that are somehow surreal and precise.
—Ron Charles
From the Publisher

The Writer’s Journey(blog)
“Basic and Sumberac do an extraordinary job of reinterpreting the story without changing a single word. The madness of the creator and the terror of the creature are on full display in the illustrations, a grand marriage between Mary Shelley’s writing and the imagination of the artists.”

Asbury Park Press

“Sometimes, you want to stop traffic. You want people to nudge you and ask: “What the heck is that you’re reading?” It may be the cover art or just the title that arrests their attention. ... Just a few moments leafing through the pages of the classic story, illustrated by Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac, will make you wonder what took them so long to get “Frank” to the Steampunk genre. A perfect mating.”

San Francisco Book Review
"Frankenstein goes quite well with the steampunk style. With its gritty post-industrial imagery, the dark ambiance of these illustrations does a wonderful job helping readers visualize the story… the photoshop-esque style of these particular pictures support the story fantastically. Between the pictures and the generous double-spaced layout of the text, this is one edition of the story that is meant to be lingered over, enjoyed languidly and thoroughly. A beautiful version of a classic story; this is a must-have for any steampunk fan’s library.”

SanFranciscoBookReview.com
Frankenstein goes quite well with the steampunk style. With its gritty post-industrial imagery, the dark ambiance of these illustrations does a wonderful job helping readers visualize the story… the photoshop-esque style of these particular pictures support the story fantastically. Between the pictures and the generous double-spaced layout of the text, this is one edition of the story that is meant to be lingered over, enjoyed languidly and thoroughly. A beautiful version of a classic story; this is a must-have for any steampunk fan’s library.”

Dark Faerie Tales blog
“The illustrations of this book are what set it apart from other editions of Frankenstein. …Basic and Sumberac’s uses of stark colors invites the reader further into the world of Frankenstein and his foleys. Most of the scenes chosen to be drawn are key to the novel itself, giving the reader yet another avenue to fuel their imagination. …This particular version is well worth the money. Not only do you get a great story, you also get great visual renditions of captivating scenes along the way.”

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
This original horror story begins and ends with the tale of Dr. Victor Frankenstein's determination to recreate life through scientific means. This account relates how he ventures into slaughter houses and dissecting places to find body parts that, when put together, present a ghastly representative of human life. Now Frankenstein must penetrate deep into his soul to find his conscience as he discovers the truth about his creation and determine if what gives life has the right to end it. Each intricate detail and the beautifully written prose bestow the pages with rich and satisfying sentences that build suspense. The author's note at the beginning explains the origins of this story while the illustrations reinforce the pictures drawn by the author's words. The old English writing reminds readers that some stories survive the test of time with vigor and how profits can still be made from reprints; especially when scientific logic and imagination collide. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Steampunk…Frankenstein combines the third edition of Mary Shelley's book with new illustrations. The introduction does an excellent job of explaining the choice of manuscript-the third edition was the first to include a personal introduction by the author-as well as the reasoning behind the marriage of the classic sci-fi novel and the gothic/Victorian style of art. The personal introduction by Shelley provides the necessary context to set the stage for the highly atmospheric quality of this unique edition. The classic tale tells of Dr. Frankenstein's discovery of the essence of life and creation of an animated being that later becomes a rampaging monster. Traditionally known as the precursor to the modern science fiction genre, it was written with the flowery language and richly descriptive style typical of that time period. The dramatic nature of the story pairs well with the richly hued style of art found throughout. However, the serious nature of the plot is not always complemented by the bespectacled figures featured in the accompanying illustrations. For those uninitiated to the steampunk style, the characters could simply look like goofy individuals in goggles. While fans of steampunk will likely enjoy this offering, this title will not win any new converts to the genre. Readers who enjoy classic literature will love this story with or without illustrations, so this book is strictly an additional purchase.—Sunnie Sette, New Haven Public Library, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762444274
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Zdenko Basic is the illustrator of many books for children including Seven Sorcerers, The Dream Dealer, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and the first book in our Steampunk series, Steampunk: Poe. He is the director of the critically acclaimed short film Guliver and was the recipient of the 2008 Grigor Vitez award for Best Illustration in Children’s Books. Basic also received the 2009 Croation Association of Artists of Applied Arts award for Best Young Artist.

Manuel Sumberac has often worked in conjunction with Zdenko Basic to create works of art, including the short film Guliver and as co-illustrator for the first book in our Steampunk series, Steampunk: Poe. He recently served as the sole director and producer of the short film Escargot.

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