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Frankenstein: or `The Modern Prometheus': The 1818 Text (Oxford World's Classics)
Frankenstein: or `The Modern Prometheus': The 1818 Text (Oxford World's Classics)
by Mary Shelley
Edition: Paperback

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead good, no pun intended..., 28 July 2002
Having not read the 1831 text yet, I can't compare this with the later edition, but let's see anyway...
The story itself is a very good one, the writing style is interesting - the three different narrators are worked very cleverly into each other - and when I think that Shelley was about my age when she was writing this book, it's even scarier... but anyway, on to comments about this actual edition.
It was written as part of a ghost-story contest with Lord Byron and Percy Shelley and blah blah blah... it's easy enough to find out this stuff anywhere, the introduction to this edition (Oxford Paperbacks) lays it all out nicely and then goes on to give a quick summary of the different ways the story has been interpreted, reasons for this and a fairly balanced opinion of what Marilyn Butler thinks is the best reading. Notes are only given when they're actually needed, rather than in some of the Oxford editions of other books, in which the editors decide to make notes explaining every other word - Butler steers away from explaining to us what Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc are, which is not something certain others would be so comfortable with, and therefore a reading of the text (if you're planning to refer to all the notes as you go along, which I do tend to if only to avoid irritation at wondering what the last asterisk could have been for) isn't broken up too much at all, unlike in some other books in the series (Dracula, for instance).
It would be nice for Oxford to make slightly larger editions and put all the notes on the same page as the text, since flicking back and forth to read the notes and text can get a bit trying at times. Whether this would up the costs a bit too much I don't know, but it would make the physical act of reading a little easier.
Other than that, a very good (and cheap) edition of a very good text. Five stars to me should go to a nice edition of an amazing book, and this loses out because it's not really a "nice" edition - there's a reason it's so cheap, but it's mainly to do with size and the paperback binding, not to do with the quality of product in terms of the original text or the editor's contribution.
Very good indeed.


Echoes (The Best of Pink Floyd)
Echoes (The Best of Pink Floyd)
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 11.17

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just... just buy it., 11 Mar 2002
Just imagine what the "best of" collection of perhaps the greatest rock band ever would sound like. Well, now you don't have to, because it's here. Beginning with the first track from Floyd's debut and ending with the last, it takes in pretty much everything in between of any note. Of course some tracks (Comfortably Numb, Money, Another Brick..., Wish You Were Here etc.) were complete no-brainers, but it's nice to see a decent number of Syd songs on here as well. Quite why "When The Tigers Broke Free" (from The Wall's motion picture release) is on there I'm not sure, and I personally would probably have included "Have A Cigar" in its place, but this was a collection that there was always going to be some debate on anyway, because no matter which songs had been included, someone would always have been complaining that one of their favourites was left out. Tunes running into one another was of course a Floyd staple, but these ones aren't always next to the same songs that they originally linked to, and the way some of the re-working has been done is also very clever.
All in all, it's just as near to perfect as any best-of could ever be. Get it and be reminded of just how good Pink Floyd could be when they weren't making The Final Cut.


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