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The Frankenstein Papers

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  127 ratings  ·  3 reviews
1st US edition paperback fine as new
Paperback, 10 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Tor Books (first published 1986)
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Jeff Steward
Dec 30, 2009 Jeff Steward rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Danny Langford
Fred Saberhagan's The Frankenstein Papers, is a unique take on the original story. The journal style telling of the story is easy to enjoy and I did find my self getting caught up in the action from time to time. The ending however, I found anti-climatic. Without giving a spoiler, let it suffice to say it played on a simple speculation of fantastic proportions with an ironic twist. OK - from this point there are spoilers. The short comings of the book are chiefly three. First, there is no philos ...more
Since this is formatted as journal entries and letters, it's easy to read in small bits of time. Saberhagen managed to capture the flavor of the English of the day (1780's) without getting carried away or making it cumbersome to read.
He includes historical details and figures from the time period as part of the story, which I enjoyed.
I found the twist at the end a nice surprise, though Saberhagen could have added more detail to the final chapters to flesh out the concept.
Much less well done than The Dracula Tapes. But, nonetheless, an interesting conceit.
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