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- Language: English
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Faraday & Frankenstein (Warnings to the Curious Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It doesn't give me any joy at all to give only two stars, but it's an honest opinion on my part.
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Laatsch clearly researched the life and personality of Michael Faraday before writing. The version of Faraday she presents retains the historical figure's loneliness and religious faith. The implicit parallel between the obsessed lone wolf Faraday and the Byronic, driven Frankenstein deepens the characterization. Faraday and Frankenstein, it turns out, have more in common than just electricity.
CLASSIC STEAMPUNK SETTINGS
The story is set in the late 1860s in Middlesex, UK, and in St. Charles, MO. Keeping description to a minimum, Laatsch recreates the atmosphere of bygone times by employing a nineteenth-century writing style and having her characters observe antique social customs and etiquette. Lovers of technology will not, however, be disappointed. Two curious mechanical devices enter early into the story.
THE TALE IS TOLD IN FULL
In contrast to the first installments of many ebook series, "Faraday and Frankenstein" presents the whole story and does not withhold the details of the end for an unpublished next chapter. Curious readers will find notices of the forthcoming installments at the end of the ebook.
"Faraday and Frankenstein" prompted me to read further about Michael Faraday. When I re-read the story afterward, I found it still pleased me. Only good short stories bear re-reading well.
Aside from the occasional over-done prose, the only significant complaint I have is to a piece of technology and how it is described in the story. Not to spoil anything, but there is a device in Faraday & Frankenstein that almost the entire plot hinges upon. And, it's just not ever described in much detail, and when it is described it is really implausible. I know steampunk is pretty much based off of implausible technology, but this is on an entirely different level.
That said, Faraday & Frankenstein is still a good short story. If you enjoy steampunk, nineteenth century style writing, or just a good way to spend an hour or two, and are willing to overlook a fantastical plot device, I highly recommend this.
It was actually a nice surprise. The narrative made me remember of the classics like Frankenstein, which is the main source of inspiration for this tale. The machine and the reasoning behind Faraday actions are really well explored, but I didn’t feel the emotions of this character. The world building wasn’t also enough put it in the steampnk genre. I think all this points could be resolved if it wasn’t such a short story.
In writing this story, Stacey Anderson Laatsch faced a challenge whose difficulty some readers might not appreciate. The challenge was to use language accessible to modern readers and yet convey a 19th-century flavor. She has succeeded admirably. I believe a rigorous comparison of Laatsche's sentence and paragraph structures and those of Shelley's Frankenstein would show that Laatsch's are considerably simpler. And yet, as a reader of vast quantities of antique English, I was still impressed that she succeeded in carrying me away to a distant past.
In fact, the only thing jarring about this story was the magical nature of electricity and of human vitality. But the idea that Frankenstein is somehow plausible is the premise of the work, and suspending disbelief in this area is simply the price one pays to enjoy a wonderfully crafted tale.
I look forward to more from Ms. Laatsch.
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