Monster: A Novel of Frankenstein
"This is juicy material for Franken-fans, and Zeltserman is just faithful enough to the original that his many fresh contributions feel entirely normal. Well, abnormal, to be accurate, but deliciously so." Daniel Kraus, Booklist, starred review
"This reworking of Frankenstein is chilling and captivating! ...A tale of...more
retellings work best when they pinpoint a lack in the original text; a moment that is ambiguous or a lapse in action where a story could have fallen through the cracks. but for this technique to work, the source material kind of has to remain intact.wide sargasso sea lays out "what led bertha to her attic prison madness??." windward heights asks "what happened during heathcliff's three years away, oh, and what if wuthering heights had taken place somewhere much warmer?" stress of her regard, whi...more
“As I write this, I can only pray that Frankenstein’s twisted soul is rotting away in whatever crevice within Hell it has surely sunk into.”
So begins Dave Zeltserman’s electrifying novel presenting the classic story of Frankenstein’s monster, from the viewpoint of the “monster.” The monster in this instance is a man by the name of Friedrich Hoffmann, who, on the eve of his wedding to his beloved Johanna is drugged and when...more
Reading Mary Shelley’s masterpiece answers my questions. The doctor’s creature is both intelligent and articulate. Franken...more
This was a great horrific twist on the Frankenstein novel we all grew up on and loved. Zeltersman kept true to the Shelley story while giving it his own unique morbid twist. This retelling has Victor Frankenstein out as a twisted individual from the start and is written from the perspective of the monster, in this case, Friedrich
Friedrich is about to marry the love of his life but instead finds her murdered and to blame for her death. As every bone is his body shatters as onlookers gawk, all Fri...more
It's a short story and it is filled with intense anguish that only Frankenstein's Monster can radiate, so it's got that going for it.
On the other hand, meh, Frankenstein.
It's told from the Monster's perspective and how it all went down according to him and I really enjoyed parts of it, there was even some cannibalism, yay!
I guess if you really are in love with Frankenstein's creation story then you will LOVE this book. If, however, lik...more
I would have liked this book if the ending were better. I just hate when the ending ruins the book, and that's how I felt about this one. There is a build up. QUITE a build up, and then - nothing. It left me feeling like the author was already working on his next story an...more
This book is disgusting and depraved.
It's also one of the most brilliant books I've read in a while and loved it. It's basically the story of Frankenstein told by the monster. I was assigned to read Frankenstein in college and now recognize the Frankenstein as the doctor and not his creation.
The book is filled with of moral gray lines and morbid details to make you think. Like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, it's not entirely clear who is the hero and villain. And also like Mary Shelley's Frankenst...more
Any horror fan would enjoy this book, but those who love Frankenstein would appreciate it more so.
I've been a long time fan of Zeltserman's crime fiction, and greatly enjoyed 'The Caretaker of Lorne Field, his first foray into the Horror genre. His newest novel, 'Monster', takes his fiction to a whole new level. While remaining faithful to the original in some ways, we're given a deeper, more focused monster whose motivations lead the reader through great leaps of imagination. A must read for fans of any genre.
Though as a Frankenstein fan I did fully enjoy the twist on my fave story. I still feel the same sympathies for Friedrich--errr I mean the Monster ad I always have but liked seeing them in a new light.
Also some of the other coincidental meetings...more