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The Frankenstein Papers

3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  142 Ratings  ·  6 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 it was ok
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
Lori
Jul 28, 2014 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book disappointed me. I was expecting something on the lines of "The Dracula Tape"; instead I find a story which abrogates the central premise of Mary Shelley's book: the creation of an intelligent being by Victor Frankenstein. Saberhagen makes no attempt to analyse the moral and ethical implciations of the act. This is merely an adventure"," piggybacking on a famous story. If not for the original "Frankenstein""," this book may never have been published.
Bob Rust
Apr 19, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing
Frankenstein Papers (1986) a tale with Recursive elements which repeats in short compass the same redemptive strategy applied at much greater length to his Dracula in this case presenting the Monster as a genuine Alien.
Timothy Boyd
Feb 19, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent retelling of the Frankenstein story. Told from the monster's viewpoint, which I have always thought the best. Very recommended
Redsteve
Much less well done than The Dracula Tapes. But, nonetheless, an interesting conceit.
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