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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (5 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307717321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307717320
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K. Raphael on 30 Sept. 2010
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Of course, I read the original story Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I've also watched movies like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and "spin-offs" such as The Bride. I couldn't pass up a chance to read a sequel, which picks up where the first story left off, and tells readers the story of what happened after Frankenstein died on the ship.

Frankenstein's Monster: A Novel, written by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe, begins with a detailed journal entry by Captain Robert Walton. He addresses this particular entry to "Margaret," who is later revealed to be Walton's sister. He describes the friendship & brotherly feelings he had for Victor Frankenstein, and explains why he feels obligated to hunt down the monster that Frankenstein failed to kill. Walton had found the monster standing over Frankenstein's body, and realized that he had not been listening to the ramblings of a madman after all. Walton immediately gives chase across the ice, planning to kill the monster, so the Captain may return to his quest to reach the North Pole. Instead, he loses a finger to the monster, and barely survives the encounter himself.

The story then switches to the POV of the monster, also written in journal format, with location and date at the start of each entry.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Pike on 11 May 2013
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Suspicious behavior on the reviews for this book: Oddly, this not-very-well-known book has 33 positive reviews on the American Amazon and only 1 negative review. Weirdly, the night I posted this review on American Amazon it was voted down three times in less than an hour. I suspect a lot of the praise is from dummy accounts. Finally, this UK listing only had one review until I posted this negative review. Then seconds later another Positive review mysteriously appeared. BE WARNED!

I first dove into this book with an open mind. I enjoy some "sequels" to classic literature and I was eager to read a story that uses the literary version of the Frankenstein Monster with long black hair, watery eyes, and well spoken (fluent in at least three languages by the end of Shelley's novel) and NOT that American pop culture zeitgeist, flat headed, green skinned, simple minded, creature with the bolts in his neck. I won't automatically act with snobbery against a fan written sequel to a classic because some can be quite fun.

Now, let us continue...

As I read this book, reading small portions of it over the course of several days.

May 7th:
I am in the midsts of reading this. To be honest there are parts of Frankenstein's Monster: A novel that bother me... I am still reading the novel and I am very glad it ties to the original Shelley novel, right down to the creature's appearance but... There are a few flaws. First, The Creature would NOT have viewed himself as "Soulless." He discussed this in the original Shelley novel. He was actually very spiritual. That line on page 20 knocked me out of the story. And near to that line he goes on and on about physical beauty and he's coming off... Kind of shallow and superficial, only valuing people if they look good.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Whatever Became of Frankenstein's Creature? 28 Aug. 2010
By The Movie Man - Published on
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I always wondered what happened to the monster at the end of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." The book's ending almost invites a sequel, since the monster is alone in the Arctic. Does he die there? Is he hunted down by Capt. Walton after Victor Frankenstein's death?

Susan Heyboer O'Keefe's novel begins with a log entry written in the Arctic in 1818. It chronicles the events that led to Victor's demise, Walton's discovery of Frankenstein's man-made monster, and some bloody happenings on board ship. The novel borrows from "Les Miserables" as it describes Walton's Javert-like, relentless pursuit of the monster. He has become obsessed with fulfilling Victor Frankenstein's deathbed wish to destroy the abomination.

O'Keefe's style is reminiscent of Shelley's, and she takes great care to emphasize the human qualities of the creature even though it is capable of and undertakes heinous deeds. This balance is what makes the book so interesting. The creature isn't painted in broad strokes, but with nuance and care. We shudder one moment, we are touched the next. This is good writing.

I've always loved "Frankenstein" and have read and re-read it often. "Frankenstein's Monster" is a respectable follow-up to that classic, one that satisfies our interest in the original novel and answers some fascinating "What if...?" questions. The narrative moves briskly and the author's interspersing of prose, dialogue, and journal entries provides the book with welcome variety.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Violent, Repetitive, and Ultimately a Big Disappointment 3 Feb. 2011
By GrandmaBlondie - Published on
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I'm a big fan of the original Mary Shelley Frankenstein and so was eager to read this follow-up modern novel. The style of the writing grabbed me right away. This author has a wonderful command of the English language. The idea - the continuing saga of Frankenstein's Monster, also piqued my interest. I was ready to love this book.

By a third of the way through, the Monster's whining was really getting to me. Yeah, he's had a bad life. Yeah, everyone hates him, is scared of him, wants to kill him and ruin any chance he has for happiness. But it was like a concert played on one note. POOR ME. It didn't make me sympathetic. There was nothing redeeming about him. He was just pathetic.

Also, there is a lot of violence. A LOT. After a while there is an annoying sameness to the bone-crunching and slashing and head-splitting. Too often, and too much. It detracted from the very sense of jeopardy it was intended to convey.

Lily, the female love interest (if it can be called that) was loathsome. Why would any self-respecting monster, even a desperate one, want the love of such a wretched woman? She was cruel, deceptive, manic,, mean, tormenting, and unnatural WITHOUT being all that interesting. I lost all respect for the Monster because he so craved her. When he wasn't thinking about raping and strangling her, he was wishing she would be nice to him.

Much of the motivation for the entire story is that the Monster wants sex with above mentioned harridan. He keeps hoping. He's a virgin. He wants a woman. She turns him away, taunts, finally he runs out into the woods, sheds his clothes, and finds a willing DEER to relieve him. Deer as in, four-legged wild animal. Mary Shelley's Creature would never have stooped to bestiality - he had far too much dignity. The scene was sickening and perverse, and yes, pathetic.

There are a couple of "secrets" that are revealed at the end. I won't ruin it for those who really want to read this book - but just let me say that they were so obvious,and so heavily hinted at beforehand that they weren't surprises at all.

I read Frankenstein's Monster to the bitter end. By the time I was three-fourths of the way through I just wanted it to be OVER, and skimmed whole pages, looking for ANYTHING to make me feel it had been worth my time. It isn't a nice, tight, narrative - there is a lot of stuffing. When I was finished I was deeply disappointed and was glad at least that I had gotten the book from VINE - free.

There was not one likable character in this book. Nothing hopeful, no real love, no romance, and no adventure other than Monster Against The World Trying To Get Really Horrible Girl to Sleep With Him. I say, Pass.

Perhaps it is best to let the unanswered questions of classical literature remain unanswered.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Has Man Become the Monster, or Has the Monster Become Man? 15 Feb. 2011
By delicateflower152 - Published on
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Are we a product of our ancestors - their human parts, i.e. their DNA - or, are we a product of our environment - that is, are our personality and reactions formed by external factors? Is an assemblage of body parts simply a monstrosity or will that creature develop human emotions and reactions, influenced by others with whom he comes in contact? Is redemption possible, even for the most "monstrous" individuals? Susan Heyboer O'Keefe's "Frankenstein's Monster" provides the reader with an opportunity to answer not only those questions, but also the question posed as this review's title.

Beginning ten years after Victor Frankenstein's death, this novel follows his creation as the Monster seeks to find his identity. Written in the first person, Susan Heyboer O'Keefe gives the Monster life beyond that created by Mary Shelley. O'Keefe has created a sympathetic protagonist, one whose story quickly and completely engages the reader. Emotions are raw and realistic; each character is distinct and adds to the overall portrait of the Monster and his conflicts. O'Keefe's writing style takes on the characteristics and tempo of the original work; readers would have no trouble moving from the original story to this one. "Frankenstein's Monster" is an outstanding continuation of the Frankenstein story and deserves to stand alongside that classic.

It has been forty-plus years since I read Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." With that gap in mind and with less than enthusiastic memories of the book, I approached Susan Heyboer O'Keefe's "Frankenstein's Monster" with some trepidation. However, I was completely blown away by her extraordinary continuation of that classic novel. O'Keefe's ability to bridge the gap between my first read of "Frankenstein" to her own "Frankenstein's Monster" is remarkable. Her ability to have seamlessly bridged the almost 200-year period between the publications of these two books takes even more incredible skill. I only intended to glance at this book's first page so I could determine whether I really wanted to read and review it. I never went back to the book I was reading, but lost myself in the world of "Frankenstein's Monster."

I highly recommend Susan Heyboer O'Keefe's "Frankenstein's Monster" to anyone who enjoys outstanding literature. Further, the book is, in my opinion, suitable for advanced middle school students, as well as older students, who have already read "Frankenstein." However, at least one parent should read the book to determine whether it might be suitable for their child.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think that you will not regret choosing this book when you want an outstanding read!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This Isn't the "Official" Sequel, Is It??? 1 Oct. 2011
By willofthewisp - Published on
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It was ambitious, I'll give it that, and that it is a sequel to the original book and not the countless movies. However, the plot isn't really very tight, the Creature hard to relate to after awhile, and what I'm guessing the author intended to be twists were predictable. It borrows a bit from Les Miserables/The Fugitive with Robert Walton, the captain in the book, doggedly pursuing the Creature for reasons that never really feel believable. Slight spoiler: I hope you aren't a fan of his character! This is pushed to the side, though, and the rest of the novel can basically be summarized as: the Creature befriends someone/they either betray him or there is a huge misunderstanding. There is also a romance of sorts, well, two romances, but it felt to me that the author wasn't really comfortable diving into that. I also missed the eloquent prose the Creature possessed in the original book. This book conveys his intelligence and ambivalent feelings towards humanity, and it would be a difficult task for any author to get inside the mind of the Creature, but his voice doesn't feel unique and it just sounds tired and repetitive after awhile. I was disappointed, but I can see how it would appeal to someone of slightly different tastes.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful 18 Jan. 2011
By Harkius - Published on
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First, let me say that this author did a wonderful job managing to cobble together two main emotions and themes and turn them into an entire story. Rarely do experienced novelists manage such a feat so successfully, let alone in their first major outing.

A. Plot
Set ten years after the events recounted in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", this first novel by Susan O'Keefe focuses on the life of Victor Frankenstein's monster after the creator has died. Free from his eponymous creator, the creation has acquired a new tormentor, Robert Walton. For the decade following the death of Victor Frankenstein, Walton has ceaselessly (if sometimes geographically confusedly) pursued a creature that he believes is of the devil. Walton's mad quest (pun intended) to rob the creature of his very existence is the topic of the majority of the book, as Frankenstein's Creation spends much of his time tormented, afraid, and miserable, as a consequence of the crazy man who has become obsessed with him.

B. Characters
There are three main characters in the book, but a constellation of other characters who are worthy of note. I will only recount the main characters, for the purposes of review brevity.

Victor Hartmann, the name begrudgingly taken by the creation of Victor Frankenstein is the main protagonist of this novel. After having seen his creator killed in his quest to destroy him, Victor Hartmann trudges, eventually, out of the Arctic, in search of companionship, acceptance, and warmth. In his quests, he finds none, as he is, time after time, turned away and attacked by those he approaches. In the long run, one can have little but sympathy for Victor Hartmann.

Robert Walton, conversely, is the main antagonist. If my Plot description makes him sound rather akin to Capt. Ahab, well, he is. Both are incorrigibly obsessed with the destruction of their enemies. And both do outrageous and even insane things in an attempt to destroy them. Walton's own depraved quest carries him around the globe, committing unspeakable acts upon the innocent, mainly due to his obvious insanity. I will pause here for a moment to make something clear, though. Walton is not from the school of "gibbering and talking to his hand" lunatics. Rather he is the more dangerous, and more sinister, group of people who suffer monomania and have the misguided perception that whatever they do is justified, so long as their obsession is fulfilled.

Lily Winterbourne, the daughter of Capt. Walton's sister Margaret, is the third major character, and perhaps the one with the most complex psyche. It never becomes clear what causes Lily's suffering, but she certainly does suffer from something. She is rarely a nice character, and never a likable one, per se, but even in her most off-putting moments, there is a fragility and a tenderness detectable inside of her that makes one want to rescue her.

C. Setting
The setting for the book ranges from the Arctic, to Italy, to England, and around the English Isle. It plays little of a role except as obstacle for Victor Hartmann, Lily Winterbourne, and Capt. Walton.

D. Themes
Love, loss, hate, obsession, misery, sorrow, confusion, and desperation. It's less about WHAT the themes are than how evocatively they were described in this book. The rage and sorrow of Victor Hartmann are plainly written but are emphatically shown in a fashion that makes anyone who has ever felt outcast by society (that's pretty much all of us, no?) immediately keen in their heart for this poor being. There are scenes in the book that are overwhelming in their beauty and tragic in their scope, both intimate and written large across all of our lives.

E. Point of View
The point of view is generally Victor's. In this fashion, we can ride along with his bewilderment about the rage and loathing that fill Walton, and others, upon discovering his nature. We can feel pity, and even empathy, at his being cast out, even if Susan O'Keefe has artificially (even if artfully) altered Victor Hartmann to make him a empathetic character. I believe that, while he could read in the original tale, he scarcely did so with the passion and conviction that he displays here.

F. Aesthetics


Buy this and read it. It is fantastic. A working knowledge of the original likely supports and enhances this story, but is not required for enjoyment (I, for example, have never read the original). This is certainly amongst my three favorite books published in 2010, and is far more worthy of a place on critics lists than many of the books that I've seen there.

I've long dreamed of writing a novel. A truly good piece of literature. This book is one example of such. And it is one that I will read again and again, and always find dazzling. Well done, Ms. O'Keefe. Truly. Well done.


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