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3.0 out of 5 stars

on 16 May 2001
This book is well resarched, well written and a must for anyone interested in looking behind the mechanism by which society disarms those most strange fellows who create hypotheses, devise experiments to test them and watch with dismay how their contemporaries choose to ignore their real work in favour of more exciting versions of it. Science and fiction are not necessarily foes and "Frankenstein's Footsteps" makes this case with an avalanche of data. This is not philosophy of science, but a very enjoyable call to put our myths to a better use.
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on 29 December 2000
given current concerns about cloning, human genome project etc, this book seeks to argue that in using frankenstein to form a critique of science and modern biotechnology, the real warning Shelley wants to profer has been misread. This is because, Turney argues, current understanding of Frankenstein is based on late twentieth century ideas of the novel borne through film and other entertainment media. This has altered what Frank. means. Shelley did not only warn of the scientist as overreacher and being unprepeared to meet the consequences of his actions, but how society as a whole was conditioned to reject that which was visually repugnant. Turney is more than correct to question contemporary usage of Frankenstein, and his book traces the history of how the novel has been used as a weapon by those wishing to criticise established science. Of course we must always question what is held to be steadfast, but we must not use outmoded methods to form this criticism. Indeed, if we are to mobilise Frank. then we at least owe Shelley the credit of mobilising the entirety of her warning. I'm with Turney on this one (and yes he could write more flowingly), but his thesis is commendable, of necessity and thoroughly researched.
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on 26 March 1999
This was an interesting book. It tried to give you the entire history of frankenstein. This means how it afects you in every way since it was written. A nice idea, but not well written. It is long and a little boring. It is also repetitive. It reads more like a phone book, than a non-fiction literary work. I was not pleased at all. In fact, I would not purchase anything else by this author(Mr. Jon Turney) ever again. I thought he could have been a lot more interesting and exciting, if he had really tried.
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