Dr Franklin's Island Paperback – 2 Feb 2006
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A spine-chilling fantasy novel about genetic experimentationSee all Product Description
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A group of 50 environmentalists, prizewinners and guides, are flying to Ecuador, their prize being to visit the Galapagos Islands and a rain forest. The travellers are all British Young Conservationists - which I repeatedly read as British Young Conservatives, which would be a very different kind of story. As it stands it borrows from H. G. Wells' "The Island of Doctor Moreau" and William Golding's "Lord of the Flies".
The plane ditches in the sea, explodes and only the three young people Miranda, Semi (Semirah) and Arnie, manage to reach a deserted shore. This excitement was presented in a very matter-of-fact manner and so an early opportunity to create tension was lost. Halam deals slightly better in describing their teenagers' initial hopes of being found on the island and their growing realisation that this is unlikely to happen.
One day Arnie disappears after building a rather unseaworthy raft. The two girls then find a way through the rocky cliffs and discover a series of buildings before they are captured. It transpires that this is the secret headquarters of a team of mad scientists, led by the eponymous mad Dr Franklin supported by the worried mad Dr Skinner, who are seeking to develop transgenic humans using modified animal, fish and bird DNA/genes, don't worry if you cannot follow the biotechnology. Miranda and Semi are the ideal ages to be used as human guinea pigs and treated with bird and fish DNA/gene extracts, respectively.Read more ›
But... this stereotype does have the potential to go horribly wrong. The surgeon guy in the first Human Centipede film? Sure, he was a sick bastard, but the performance always came across as really stilted and stupid to me, like some awkward, bumbling fool who is like:
"Hi, girls, I know you're lost in a foreign country and I live in the middle of nowhere and I'm giving off really creepy vibes but hey! Can I fix you a drink? You're drinking it? YAAAAY let me drag you down to the basement with the poor Japanese tourist who suffered the same fate as you! You're awake? Sehr gute! Now listen to my lecture about a tripartite digestive system! Oh no, one of you is escaping? You've dived into the pool to get away from me? Well, I'll press a button to close the cover and make you drown - oh dear, the electricity's gone out. Anyway, let's drag you back to the lab, ja? Muahahahaha."
Why do I bring this up? Because I was suckered in by the promise of an 'insane scientist' on the blurb of this book, and I didn't really get what I came for. He wasn't as much of an idiot as Doktor Dumbkopf in The Human Centipede, but he didn't live up to my expectations at all.
Dr. Franklin's Island is a story based on the H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic The Island of Doctor Moreau.Read more ›
A story which shows courage, companionship and bravery at its best. A read which will truley open your eyes to the world around. And lets you discover something you never thought you had.
one of the best survival/shipwreak tales I have ever read. Some of the best characters you'll ever know consist of this book. All you have to do is read it!!!!!!!!!!
There's only one problem with it, You have to wait for ages before the big question is answered. The question: what happened to Arnie?
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Story line: without giving too much away the story is of three teenage airplane crash survivers who find themselves on an island of paradise. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2006 by albaldrewy
This book is exactly like H.G. Wells Dr Moroe's Island, about genetic experiments. It was then adapted into a film. Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2004
This book has been the best book I have read in years.
A plane crash leaving 3 teenage survivors strand on a thought to be uninhabited island. Read more
This is a unique, yet unsual story of three teenagers thrown together in the worst of circumstances, as castaways on a remote desert island in the middle of nowhere. Read morePublished on 2 May 2003