Billy is a street urchin, a pickpocket, and a petty thief. Mister Creecher is a giant of a man whose appearance terrifies everyone he meets. Their relationship begins as a matter of convenience. But before long, a bond develops between these two misfits as they embark on a bloody journey that will take them from London northward on the trail of their target . . . Doctor V
On the back of this book a lovely reviewer from The Times has stated that this book is a “Beautifully written gothic metafiction.”
I, silly little reader, didn’t realise actually how meta this book would be. But I’m getting too far ahead of myself, I’ll talk about the end later.
Let’s start at the beginning seeing as I’ve heard it’s a very good place to start.
The beginning of this book was ok. Mr Priestley did a great job of setting the scene; murky,
I can't say I've ever really read a book that is essentially brilliant fanfiction for 2 completely different classics set in the same time before this one. It was really lovely to see something so completely different but its unfortunate that I'd never read either Frankenstein or Oliver Twist beforehand!
My main problem with the book was that the font was in bold. Its a little thing, but it just meant everything was over emphasised without adding any real value to it. I also don't feel...more
Chris Priestly, Bloomsbury USA Children's, 2011, $16.99, hb, 400pp
Two outcasts inhabit London in 1818—one of them fifteen-year-old Billy, a pickpocket and thief, the other a hulking creature given life by Dr. Victor Frankenstein. This is not a retelling of that famous other story, but rather an inventive narrative that looks into a dark world where Billy is beaten and bullied and Mister Creecher is judged for his terrible appearance. Kind at heart, his face "looked as though it ha...more
Chris Priestley certainly knows how to paint a gritty, realistic picture of London. By the time I had finished the book I wanted to scrub myself. Mister Creecher and Billy were two characters that I really con...more
Mister Creecher is in fact the creation of Dr Frankenstein and one night the main character Billy stumbles across him.
Billy is a thief, always finding himself in trouble with the gangs that litter the streets of...more
But as they follow Frankenstein, can their friendship last? Or will it...more
I've never read Mary Shelley's frankenstein but after this adaption and reading the factful authors note at the end I'd really like to, to see the authors inspirations for Mister Creecher. Chris Priestly has come up with a great twist and made the story his own he...more
Mister Creecher is a retelling? of Frankenstein. Personally I don't really know much about Frankenstein apart from the obvious 'I-am-the-result-of-a-bunch-of-hacked-body-bits' and so I was really excited to dig into the story. As always Chris Priestley didn't disappoint and I was sucked into the writing. The plot was kind of simplistic and the end felt really uncompleted to me. It wasn't as scary...more
Some of the dialog didn't ring true and the prose was somewhat juvenile in places, even for a young adult book. I didn't care for the ending, although I can't see how else it could have ended. Still an enjoyable read. Hopefully this story will get ki...more
You get sucked right into England in the early 19th century, following a boy Billy and exploring London and seeing how bad the times were for him. However, Billy does find a friend and calls him Mister Creecher, his back story being he's not exactly human... he's the creation of Frankenstein.
I loved their friendship, how they'd get up to all sort...more
As the relationship between Billy and Creecher develops they begin a journey acr...more
Firstly, I feel the need to preface this review by noting that I picked it up for cheap (like a £1) in Amazon's daily Kindle book sale. I went into it without knowing that it was basically Frankenstein fan-fiction, and I say that without the negativity I would usually bestow upon that word. I point this out because having read a number of reviews, it seems I was the only one unaware, so I think it's fair to say that this would affect my opinion in c...more
In case you haven’t guessed Creecher is Frankenstein’s Creature, and (not so obviously) Billy is Oliver Twist’s Bill Sikes (but much younger). We also meet other characters such as Justine (the girl who hangs af...more
I’m a big fan of th...more
In London 1818, Billy is many things. Street urchin, pick pocket, petty thief. So, when he is attacked by another, he is saved by a giant of a man who he names Mister Creecher. When Mister Creecher offers Billy a job, Billy takes it, purely as Mister Creecher promises to protect him. It was a deal of pure convenience. But the more time they spend together, they become friends as Billy follows Creecher’s target... one Victor Frankenstein.
For me this book at its very core is about humanity and friendship and spends a great deal of time questioning issues around these themes. Creecher is a monster who is shunned by society forced to live on the outskirts, never quite fitting in anywhere. His mission in life is to hunt down his creator who has promised t...more
The ending, however, left me very disappointed. I don't mind the surprise twist. What I do mind is the abrupt jolting conclusion, the lack of resolution, and the complete disregard for pacing. It feels like the author wasn't quite sure how to bring this one home and just stopped.
One thing I forget to mention: the only thing I could think of, by the cover and the description, was the old wrestler The Undertaker. That's apparently what Frankenstein's monster looks like to Chris Priestley.
He spent his teens in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, before moving to Manchester,...more