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Frankenstein Hardcover – 30 Sep 2010

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Frankenstein, in style. 20 Sep 2011
By BobRobert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I came across this book I had to buy it. If you're a fan of classic horror, you'll love the story that inspired the movies. But if you're looking for a couple hundred pages of grunts, growls, and "fire bad...arrrrggghhh!" don't buy this book. It's a more intelligent read than that. I won't go into the story itself, most everyone around the world is familiar with the basic premise of the Frankenstein tale.

The book itself is beautiful. If you want eye candy for your bookshelf, this would satisfy any literary sweet tooth. It's a leather bound book. How can you tell it's real leather and not simulated? You stick your nose close to the binding and sniff. If it smells like a brand new pair of Buster Browns it's leather. Along with the leather binding it has quality end pages, the page edges are gilded giving them a nice sheen when the book is closed, and like a good quality bound book it has a sewn in ribbon book mark.

It's been printed in fairly large print on heavy stock paper and is easy to read, but as this work of fiction was penned almost 200 years ago the reading may be a little slow until you get used to the vernacular of the early 1800's. However, there are footnotes throughout the book that define and explain certain words and references that might confuse the modern reader.

This is a true literary classic, no library should be considered complete without this title in the collection. This particular edition would be a beautiful addition to anyone's book collection.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Frankenstein 1818 28 Feb 2011
By jepster88 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
love, love, love this book!! it is a much prettier book than i expected, which makes me just love it more! i couldn't be happier with it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not as awesome as the image made it look 13 Jan 2012
By Thephantom482 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Well...it's the complete story with a background story on the author but I honest think it's not worth the money. Get a cheaper version. This book kinda looks and feels cheap when you hold it in your hands. the ribbon is way thinner than it looks in the pic. all in all good story, ok looking book but honestly don't buy this one, not worth it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ordered New, Received Used. 10 Mar 2014
By Ancient - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The order was for a new, not used, like new. What I received was from a different seller in Florida, not WA, as sold. The book is used with worn corners and scratches.
This was bought as a gift. Now I will have to look for something else. Not happy.
"Cursed, cursed creator." 9 Sep 2014
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Victor grew up reading the works of Paracelsus, Agrippa, and Albertus Magnus, the alchemists of the time. Toss in a little natural philosophy (sciences) and you have the making of a monster. Or at least a being that after being spurned for looking ugly becomes ugly. So for revenge the creature decides unless Victor makes another (female this time) creature, that Victor will also suffer the loss of friends and relatives. What is victor to do? Bow to the wishes and needs of his creation? Or challenge it to the death? What would you do?

Although the concept of the monster is good, and the conflicts of the story well thought out, Shelly suffers from the writing style of the time. Many people do not finish the book as the language is stilted and verbose for example when was the last time you said, "Little did I then expect the calamity that was in a few moments to overwhelm me and extinguish in horror and despair all fear of ignominy of death."

Much of the book seems like travel log filler. More time describing the surroundings of Europe than the reason for traveling or just traveling. Many writers use traveling to reflect time passing or the character growing in stature or knowledge. In this story they just travel a lot.

This book is definitely worth plodding through for moviegoers. The record needs to be set strait. First shock is that the creator is named Victor Frankenstein; the creature is just "monster" not Frankenstein. And it is Victor that is backwards which added in him doing the impossible by not knowing any better. The monster is well read in "Sorrows of a Young Werther," "Paradise Lost," and Plutarch's "Lives." The debate (mixed with a few murders) rages on as to whether the monster was doing evil because of his nature or because he was spurned?
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