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
This plot feels completely redundant; if you want to read a book from the perspective of Monster Frankenstein you read Franken ...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
This novel is more an accompanying piece to the original, rather than one that occurs in parallel to the original plot, themes, etc.
An unreliable narrator is killed, forced to become something he does not— even in his worst nightmares—wish to become. In fact he takes an excessive amount of time trying to convince the reader that he retains some values, morals, and virtues of his former self, and in doing so does not effectively convince the reader of his morality, but to some extent convinces hi ...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'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.
Reading Mary Shelley’s masterpiece answers my questions. The doctor’s creature is both intelligent and articulate. Franken ...more
My review- 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
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
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
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.