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Gris Grimly's Frankenstein

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  2,294 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
Gris Grimly, the New York Times bestselling artist and creator of the beloved Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness, has long considered Mary Shelley's classic tale of terror to be one of his greatest inspirations. He is now paying homage to it with a lavishly illustrated full-length adaptation, the first of its kind in this or any format. The tale of the hubris o ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Balzer + Bray
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Oct 17, 2014 Jesse (JesseTheReader) rated it really liked it
wow. woW. WOW. I FREAKING LOVED THIS. The art was AMAZING.
Harlee
Dec 12, 2015 Harlee rated it really liked it
I tend to avoid these kinds of books but I really enjoyed it! From the moment I saw this book I knew I needed to own it.
I first read Frankenstein years ago in high school and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Reading this book reminded me of those days reading it in school. I wouldn't say you need to read the original before this but I'm glad I did. Though he does use the majority of Mary Shelley's text there are some passages just conveyed with pictures and because I have already read it I
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Wiebke (1book1review)
This was the perfect combination of text and illustration. The tedious long winded writing that stopped my enjoyment of the original novel was replaced by engaging images. The atmosphere created by the original text passages and Grimly's illustrations told the story in a vivid and capturing way I missed in the full novel.
I found myself immersed in the story and world and just flew through it.
I can recommend this to fans of the novel as well as to people struggling with the full length text, or
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Sarah Feyas
Oct 26, 2015 Sarah Feyas rated it it was amazing
Gris Grimly is now one of my favorite people, because his version of Frankenstein is the most incredible thing I've read this year. I read the original by Mary Shelly and, at risk of being hanged, hated it. She was to descriptive for my tastes and it took to long to get to the meat and potatoes of the story. I completly understand that she needed to describe the beauty of the Alps and that there just are not enough words to complete that task. However, for a plot driven reader like me, it's just ...more
Francis
Nov 22, 2015 Francis rated it really liked it
Maravillosa adaptación del libro de Mary Shelley donde de forma muy fiel se nos narra la dramática creación de uno de los monstruos más famosos de la historia.
Esta novela gráfica es una oscura recreación de la una de las historias de amor más tristes y trágicas que he leído.
Gris Grimlys dibuja magistralmente unos personajes que rompen las páginas y las viñetas de un libro que os va a sorprender. Figuras alargadas, fondos rompedores monocromos, juego de claroscuros donde la grafía y la colocación
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Daisy
Gris Grimly has taken a classic horror and turned it into something hauntingly beautiful and amazing. There's an afterword at the back of this book by Grimly; he talks about how 'Frankenstein fans tend to be dishevelled, crude, rebellious and all while feeling misunderstood.' I think that defines everything I feel about the story and the book. And it definitely makes me a Frankenstein fan.

Frankenstein is a young man, eager to make his impact on the world. But as he studies the sciences further a
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Amber
Nov 10, 2014 Amber rated it liked it
I consider myself Team Dracula (not trying to be meme-ish, just referencing Grimly's afterword), but when it came to reading both novels, both of which I believe I read on my own, not in a class, I couldn't get through Dracula. Somewhere in the middle of the umpteenth letter pledging eternal friendship to one another, I got sick of the twee and said "screw it." I ended up much preferring Frankenstein, when I got to it. Maybe Mary Shelley's writing style appeals to me more than Bram Stoker's. I s ...more
Emily
Nov 11, 2013 Emily rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-420
GRAPHIC NOVEL CATEGORY

The only reason this book got an okay is because the text is Mary Shelley's. I have a lot of beef with this book, and that may be because I am a bit of a literary snob. But please, hear me out. This is a graphic representation of Shelley's classic. In case you're not familiar with the story, Viktor Frankenstein creates a living body from dead ones. He freaks out when it comes alive and runs away; the creature must fend for itself and although he isn't inherently evil, takes
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Marsha
Gris Grimly’s vision of Shelley’s 19th-century work hews faithfully to the literary text. It is ghastly, grisly, horrific and often moving. The sympathy lies with the monster but we feel for Frankenstein as well, beset as he is by remorse, fits of mania and an ardent, pitiful desire to have affection and love in his life. The tie between creator and creation becomes very distinct as Mr. Grimley’s illustrations evoke their mutual frustrations, searches and yearnings.

The monster’s story is particu
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Rebecca
Gris Grimly, known as a Gorey-esqe illustrator of macabre tales, masterfully adapts Shelley’s original and famously dense story of Frankenstein, the doomed mad scientist, to the graphic novel format. The first chapter is prefaced by a series of handwritten letters, drafted in sepia ink on aged parchment, and the novel unveils in text interspersed between drawings, some nearly full-page, others in neat little blocks, in washes of sepia, drab olive, and inky black splashed with vitriolic bright gr ...more
Nori Rosemary
I loved this book! I didn't exactly have high hopes for it and I just picked it up because I thought it would be an interesting read and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was one of the best graphic novels I have ever read. If I had attempted to read the original Frankenstein book at my reading level, I feel I would have been utterly lost and would have had difficulties trying to decipher the writing and putting an image to the words. This book made it possible to read the text and to s ...more
Andrea Sánchez Merchante
Jul 17, 2016 Andrea Sánchez Merchante rated it really liked it
Lo leí hace ya aproximadamente un mes y aún sigo fangirleando: más allá de que, de por sí, sabía que iba a encantarme al tratarse, en esencia, de mi libro favorito, "Frankenstein", me ha gustado bastante la adaptación del texto original, y he de decir que las ilustraciones me conquistaron, ante todo por ese matiz y esos tintes tétricos, sombríos, y oscuros que las sobrevuelan y que transmiten una atmósfera de tensión, de desconcierto que se apodera del lector. Simplemente, un must para todos los ...more
Theresa
Mar 28, 2016 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is amazing. I have never been able to get through Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, and yet I was interested in the power of this iconic SF tale. Grimly has done it! His poignant yet powerful illustrations convey the sense of the story eloquently, and he has captured the prime argument, for me, at the center of this book: that we cannot just banish those parts of ourselves that seem ugly or misshapen, but that we need to understand them and embrace them, integrate them into our whole selves. ...more
Rachel Beeler
Nov 19, 2015 Rachel Beeler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's basically a steampunk Frankenstein adapted from Mary Shelley's similarly titled text. I really liked it, but I also don't think I can judge it too much because I don't think I've ever read the original Frankenstein cover to cover before. I mean, I've read it, but never all at once; just snippets here and there.
Reading Teen
Sep 20, 2013 Reading Teen rated it it was amazing
Loved this so much! The illustrations are freaky and fantastic! I'd never read Frankenstein before so I'm glad this book actually got me to read the story. Awesome!
Bookhuw
Jan 16, 2016 Bookhuw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Really immersive, as the text and artwork blend seamlessly. Physically speaking, it's a really handsome book.
Mallory
Mar 01, 2017 Mallory rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Having never been able to tackle the original text I found this to be a great way to introduce the story. The art was lovely and unique and it really helped pull me in and keep me going. For someone who only knew Frankenstein and his monster from film adaptations it was fascinating to meet a monster who speaks and reads and has fully planned hopes and dreams. Gives me a totally different view. Recommend to anyone who is interested in the original story but scared off by the spra ...more
Jaime
Wow, this is cool.

I love what Gris Grimly has done with Frankenstein.

If anybody is unsure about reading the actual novel of Frankenstein, I would highly recommend reading this because the artwork does wonders to the story while keeping the most important aspects of the original novel intact (aka the Creature being intelligent and sympathetic).

Seriously, this was fantastic. I look forward to reading more Gris Grimly books.
Devann
i really enjoyed this, although - and i hate to admit this, with all the versions i HAVE read/watched - i'm not sure how it compares to the original because i still haven't read it. but i think it stands very well on its own and i the illustrations fit perfectly with the mood of the entire thing.
Coral
Jan 20, 2017 Coral rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love the art style of this graphic novel. It's completely different from any other illustrations for this story and I think it flowed perfectly with the original story written by Mary Shelley. I would recommend this to any classic horror lover.
Caryn Cantrell
Mar 12, 2017 Caryn Cantrell rated it really liked it
This is definitely not my kind of book, but when faced with a reading list that included Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," I thought the illustrations might help me trudge through it. If nothing else, my tween would enjoy reading it.

I quickly realized I LOVED the story of Frankenstein. And I had to know how much this book differed from the original. As it turned out, I read both this book and Mary Shelley's text together. Grimley's text is straight from Shelley, though abbreviated. I didn't expect
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a bene placito
Apr 05, 2015 a bene placito rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I think most people have a pretty good idea of what Frankenstein’s tale is about, even if they haven’t read the original novel by Mary Shelley.

There have been so many adaptations in literature and film over the years that by now most of us know that Frankenstein is much more than a gothic horror story about a scientist who creates a living, thinking monster in his lab.

It is a tale about what makes one human, about personal ambition and its consequences, but more importantly, about the value of f
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Julia Erlanger
Jul 22, 2014 Julia Erlanger rated it really liked it
First off, I’m a big big fan of the original Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. It’s brilliant. It’s frightening. It’s believable and intellectual and classic, it gives you chills, makes you feel for this monster, then makes you despise him, then makes you feel for him again. It’s a story of despair and hope, of what it means to be human, to be real, to have a soul and deserve pity, compassion, companionship, etc. It’s a story about what it means to be evil, to be created bl ...more
Sarah Lawrence
Just a quick review, since I read this (at least twice) a while ago. I'm rereading/skimming because I'm on a Frankenstein kick...again.

The illustrations are excellent and engaging, but there's nothing particularly new added to Shelly's text. The illustrations tend to favor the old black and white movies rather than being completely original, which is a bit disappointing, and Clerval looks more like an untrustworthy care salesman than a carefree friend. Starting with a grungy look doesn't leave
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Coles
Sep 11, 2014 Coles rated it it was amazing
Frankenstein: by Gris Grimly

If there is one thing “Frankenstein” teaches us, its that reanimating a corpse is a bad idea. This graphic novel provides the reader with stunning drawings and fantastic writing. The amazing pictures lead to a far more enjoyable experience. Our story focuses around Victor, a man who since childhood has had a fascination with science. When he reaches the age of 20 he goes of to university where he learns chemistry. In a state of madness, Victor attempts to build a huma
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

I'm a fan of Frankenstein. Some of the YA adaptations that have come from the classic story. I love the series The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein Book lI, that Kenneth Oppel has written, and I even enjoyed a recent release, Hideous Love, which is about Mary Shelley. Both of these are fabulous adaptations. When I received this book, I was intrigued by it. I've never read anything of Gris's before, but I've heard good things about his work. This book, much like any other Frankenstein story
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Jobershaw
Sep 11, 2014 Jobershaw rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, graphic-novels
Enter the twisted mind of Victor Frankenstein, a man obsessed with creating life at the cost of his own sanity. The original story of Frankenstein is retold in a steampunk world, brought to life by Gris Grimly’s graphic art. Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein is about Frankenstein, a young doctor infatuated with the idea of creating life. Frankenstein works tirelessly to create his own human, but it isn’t until his work is completed that he realizes that he has created a Monster. It proceeds to leave Fr ...more
Liz
I confess, I don't actually own a dead-tree copy of Frankenstein. I own about 7 different ebook versions from different publishers, but I don't have a version to consult on, say, a random Friday night when I decide to read Grimly's graphic novel version.
So I can't comment on the fidelity to the text, though the adaptation seemed to consist predominantly of excerpting rather than rewriting. The biggest change--and the best, in my humble opinion--was that Grimly told the creature's story almost so
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Casey Harvey
As soon as I saw Gris Grimly's illustrated copy of Frankenstein, I knew I had to read it. The cover alone perfectly lends a gothic-rocker style to Frankenstein that completely works for me - Seriously, Victor is a beast in that picture!

Fangirling aside, Grimly's Frankenstein retains the language of Shelley's original story and adds striking images that elevate the classic to a new level. I will admit, I've never read the original novel (I'm a big old scaredy-cat), but I've been leaning toward do
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Melissa Mcavoy
Aug 10, 2013 Melissa Mcavoy rated it it was amazing
A philosopher’s stone, an elixir of life, visions of immortality and power: Victor Frankenstein had wildly unrealistic dreams. When studying at University he acquires the tools to penetrate the mysteries of the human body and becomes obsessed. Toiling among the unhallowed damps of the grave he attempts to create a living being: a filthy creation spawned by the charnel house and the dissecting room. His success plunges him into a nightmare of sublime torment and tragedy he struggles to escape.

Gri
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Gris Grimly is an artist and storyteller who is based in the Los Angeles area best known for his darkly whimsical children's books.
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