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Dr Franklin's Island Paperback – 2 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (2 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858813964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858813967
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Halam delivers a nightmarish thriller of white-knuckle intensity."--"Publishers Weekly," Starred "Halam creates a gripping, exciting, surprising, and disturbing novel."--"VOYA," Starred "This exciting and well-developed book will appeal to fans of horror and adventure."--"School Library Journal" "From the Hardcover edition."

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A spine-chilling fantasy novel about genetic experimentation

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Format: Paperback
When I picked this book up I had no idea that it was aimed at a teenage market. It was originally published in 2001 with this edition appearing 5 years later. From the perspective of engaging readers and keeping them on the edge of their seats it did not work well in this scientifically-uncontrolled study of a population of 1.

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.
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Let's take a moment to talk briefly on the subject of the Mad Scientist archetype, and his blood brother, the Mad Surgeon. Both of these archetypes, when done well, scare the hell out of me. I don't know quite why, but I suspect it has something to do with seeing a horrible part of The Dentist when I was a wee little thing, and having nightmares for months afterwards.

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.
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Semi didn't know stepping on the plane might be the very last thing she did. But when their plane ends up in the ocean, and every one else is dead. Semi, Miranda and Arnie have to survive on their own. But how can they when they discover what is really hidden on the island.

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!!!!!!!!!!
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By A Customer on 26 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
Three teenagers, an aeroplane crash, survival on a tropical island and genetically modified by the evil Dr Franklin so they turn into ....'things'. No other way to describe it really. It's a really cool book, really exciting, couldn't put it down.
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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This is an amazing, sensitive and thought provoking book. It shows just how easy it is to appear strong but only those pure of heart survive. It shows all too well how easy it is to lose yourself and how only strength of will can make you come back from the brink of submission. A touching tale of friendship, trust and survival against the odds. Amazing.
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By A Customer on 23 Sept. 2002
Format: Library Binding
'The Fear Man' revealed Ann Halam as an extraordinarily good writer possessed of a fine Gothic sentiment. Exploring the dark appeal of genetic engineering alongside its possible horrors, 'Dr Franklin's Island' is another very welcome curiosity. Underpinned by a plot which welds together elements of 'Robinson Crusoe' and 'Frankenstein', it combines moments of pounding menace with a gripping psychological investigation into the boundaries of self and species-identity. What stood out for me were the richly sensual accounts of Semi and Miranda's transformations into fish and bird, brought to life through the author's remarkable intuitive ability to imagine her way into entirely foreign modes of existence. Though I'm sure the character names and plot details will soon become hazy in my mind, I hope the amazing image of Semi's last moonlit swim will always stick with me.
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