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Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" in the revolutionary Bed Book Landscape Reading Format - a new approach to reading in bed as well as other places people enjoy reading while lying down, such as the beach, or on a grassy lawn in the park. Bed Books provide the freedom to lie in any comfortable position without being obligated to sit up in order to read. They can be an essentia ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Bed Book Classics (first published 1818)
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Allen Williams I read this book in my senior year of high school and I agree with you 100%. I was quite proud of myself for getting through that book to pass my…moreI read this book in my senior year of high school and I agree with you 100%. I was quite proud of myself for getting through that book to pass my class. Have you seen the movie with Robert Deniro? I thought film critics were way too hard on it. I personally thought it was a very good adaptation and I recommend it. Good luck to you on your schooling. (less)
Dave Morris There are two different versions of the book - the original 1818 edition and the heavily revised edition of 1831. The latter is a more conservative…moreThere are two different versions of the book - the original 1818 edition and the heavily revised edition of 1831. The latter is a more conservative and moralizing take on the story, and for my money lacks the brio of the original. It may be that the editions you've seen with 250+ pages contain both versions. You can get them both free on Gutenberg anyway.(less)
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May 06, 2010 Wendy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Victorian Lit fans
I LOVE the cute, green bolt-headed Frankenstein's monster (not euro-nerd Dr. F). I love decorating my house with all of those cute little mummies and draculas and frankies during October. I love Halloween! Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein is ingenious. So, naturally, reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has always been on the short list. Finally got around to it...........and, well, it was just OK. Just pretty much depressing and too creepy. I absolutely appreciate Shelley's talent, and I hope to t ...more
2.5 - 3 stars.
Idk. I just wasn't feelin this one. I got really attached to the beast though. I felt so bad for the poor thing, at times I wanted to cry for him Hahah. dude, I just wanted to punch Frankenstein in his pansy face! and the last few chapters were awesome heehee ;). but there were some boring parts, won't lie, that made me feel like giving up. I don't regret reading it a single bit! because when it was good, it was enjoyable. I haven't read a classic since highschool. it kinda put me
I loved it. Oh my GOD, can a book be so great? The way that it was written made me think of how beautiful life really is. Despite the fact that the monster was indeed abhorred, every time it was he that described the Moon, Sun, stars and nature, I felt like I can see it for it's actual beauty. I felt sorry for him throughout the whole book(might be there is something wrong with me). Even when it was Victor that was talking and the picture was indeed clear that the monster was a terrible creature ...more
Rachel Harshitha
Mar 24, 2015 Rachel Harshitha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chaintanya Chinta
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Jessica Meyers
Upon finishing this book I debated if I should rate it a two or three star. There were parts of the story I found interesting, but others I found dreadfully boring and predictive. I found myself very frustrated with the characters and by the end of the book I became fed up with them. By the end of the book I also felt that Victor Frankenstein got everything he deserved for being such an awful human being.

There were parts of the text that were inspiring and beautifully written, but those are few
Gelap dan suram adalah penggambaran untuk kisah pada buku ini. Seorg manusia yg mncoba melakukan pekerjaan menyamai kekuasaan Tuhan berakhir pada kehancuran dan kebinasaan.Frankenstein dengan nafsu dan keinginan bergelora menciptakan manusia ternyata menciptakan monster. Penolakan dan rasa takut Frankenstein dan orang-orang terhadap makhluk ciptaan Frankenstein memupuk rasa dendam pada monster tsb. Kejelekan dan keburukan rupa makhluk yang diciptakan dari kumpulan organ2 mayat manusia menjadi pe ...more
I finally got around to this novel the other day and I must say that I was impressed. Though rife with some clear Romantic moralizing, there's enough psychological depth to the character of Victor Frankenstein that a rich variety of meanings can be gleaned from the story. And the novel's commentary on overstepping one's bounds and taking responsibilities for one's actions are still quite relevant today. I was also struck by how different the story is from all the popular images and conceptions o ...more
Ieva Melgalve
Ja tu esi starp tiem cilvēkiem, kas mierina sevi ar domu "tas nekas, ka Krēsla tagad ir populāra, pēc simts gadiem neviens to nelasīs"... "Frankenšteins" sagraus šo patīkamo ilūziju. Vienīgā atšķirība, ka Bella ir vīrietis.
One is hard-pressed not to feel for this 'monster.' Although the book wasn't entirely what I expected, and I found it to be exceedingly dull at times, it was still a very enjoyable read. Shelley's writing is wonderful, and I loved the way the tale was presented.

'Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.'

'How mutable are our feelings, and how strange is that clinging love we have of life even in the excess of misery!”

And from Paradise Lost
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, was interesting. I didn’t love it, I don’t know why. I really wanted to like it, so badly actually, but I just didn’t. I felt absolutely no sympathy for Victor throughout the entire book, which I don’t think was the point, but my entire English class did, so that just really turned me off of the book a little. It was definitely well written though, and I actually liked the writing style. The plot was different, and wasn’t the typical plot you’d get from a woman aro ...more
Johanna Recalde
This book totally changes the way you view the normal Frankenstein story. This is the orginal book and it makes you realize the importance of seeing the world through the eyes of another person. The book shows the conflict that arises after a man creates a creature that turns evil and revengeful after the world doesn't accept him. The theme about playing God is very powerful and makes you think about the idea of a creator living with the fact that the creature he created has turned evil. Similar ...more
I think my problem with the book is; I've seen so many movie adaptations that the book felt very flat. It was good, but it dragged a bit. A classic example of read the book first!
A surprisingly good book. A 3.5 at least -- yes, it was depressing and sad at times but it also had lots of interesting, intriguing and thought-provoking themes in it. I'm so glad we discussed it at book club....I think I would have missed half of the themes or symbolism otherwise. It led to some really great discussions about life, creation, human nature & how we treat one another. Mary Shelley is a good writer and I found myself wrapped up in the story. We tried watching the 1930's version ...more
The Norton Critical Edition for this one is good, including numerous materials of interest to the professional reader.

Likely that any speculative fiction nerd should read this one and consider it a foundational moment in the modern instance of speculative writings.

A number of the critical essays in this volume are silly, worrying whether the eponymous character or the monster are evil or culpable or whatever. That's all philistine talk, as far as I'm concerned--but it is apparently one of the in
Glad I saved this one (unintentionally) to read in adulthood. So many themes of humanity, moral injury, ambition, human need for love and relationship, otherness, judgement, and the ways our decisions affect our loved ones. I wish I had a grown-up book group for this one because the themes remain very contemporary. Must confess: I wouldn't have finished it if it hadn't been an audiobook. The long passages of descriptive prose taxed the sleep-deprived brain of this parent of two Pre-K munchkins. ...more
Where would modern fantasy be without Mary Shelley? This harrowing tale is one that holds its rightful place in history as one of the most influential ever published. The brilliant Victor Frankenstein, in his frenzied pursuit of the mysteries of heaven and earth, unleashes a force beyond his reckoning. His creation, abhorred and shunned for his appearance, turns to rage in his bitter loneliness and seeks to destroy all that his creator holds dear. Less of a horror tale than stereotyped, this is ...more
It was a beautiful and tragic story. I would've liked to have read this in high school, and delve into the themes, symbolism, and everything. I liked this book a lot more than I expected to.
Jennifer Doyle
I am begrudgingly giving this book 3 stars, based solely on my appreciation for its history and the author. Did I like this? NO! It was tedious, reading 18th century sci-fi is just not for me. The long winded narratives by the daemon and the oft-feverish Frankenstein about made my head explode.
I recently started diving into the classic world and if there's something I love about classics is how timeless they are. Frankenstein is no exception!

This classic tells us the story of Victor Frankenstein, a student who loves Science and is eager to make the difference. After extended research and work Victor is able to give life to a creature he created himself using stolen body parts from dead people. But as soon as he lays yes in what he created, he's terrified...

This story raises a lot of q
Well written, just not my cup of tea although it has long been on my to read list. The annotations were excellent and made the story so much richer and more meaningful.
Natalie Miles
I think this book is totally different from Hollywood's take on it. Hollywood focuses on how much Dr. Frankenstein loves his monster and how he tries to protect the monster from the angry townspeople. Uhhh, how did they get that story from this book. The story is written like a diary of Dr. Frankenstein, it doesn't go into a lot of detail about him making the monster and there is no scene in which Dr. Frankenstein exclaims, "IT'S ALIVE!!!!IT'S ALIVE!!!" I think after reading this book, I'm disap ...more
This one sat on my shelf for a year with the best of intentions, but it wasn't until recently that I got around to it, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It's a fast read, and once you get over the Romantic tendency to collapse into prolonged illness at the hint of misfortune, the characters become sympathetic. Nothing too surprising--The man is the true monster! The monster's humanity is stifled!--however, Shelley did it first and she writes with aplomb. I ended up feeling t ...more
Described as the very first work of science-fiction, Frankenstein is a classic I was reluctent to read at first : too old, too famous, I thought I knew everything about the book already.
It's only after seeing the play directed by Danny Boyle, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, that my curiosity arose.
Frankenstein is a tale of horror, love, and philosophy all at once, a very modern myth for its era. It questions the power of science and the responsability of technical progress, and

Espeluznante. La angustia que Victor Frankenstein, el protagonista, se ve obligado a pasar, durante años, por haber creado un monstruo asesino me oprimió a mí. Sin embargo me encantó leer este libro: la narración es muy atrapante, excepto por un par de pasajes donde la autora se excede con una descripción demasiado minuciosa de la naturaleza. El monstruo, por su parte, genera ambivalencia: uno no sabe bien si compadecerlo u odiarlo. De todos modos, su figura deforme y horrorosa sirve para reflex
"What a glorious creature must he have been in the days of his prosperity, when he is thus noble and godlike in ruin. He seems to feel his own worth, and the greatness of his fall."
A must-read classic that I can highly recommend...

... for the entertainment value:
In no way does this feel about two decades old!

... for the thought-provoking themes:
Nature versus nurture. The (ever increasingly relevant) dangers of playing God.

... for Shelley's prose and narrative structure:
Her sentences are simultaneously precise and beautiful, and the rather bold framing device is as effective as it is elegant.

... as well as for the two compelling main characters:
Victor Frankenstein and The C
I did not know a lot about this book before I read it and, based on the reference to Prometheus in its subtitle, went into it with a limited idea of what its scope would be. I don't think anyone can disagree that Shelley is indeed commenting on the technological advances of that era, which is great. But what I particularly enjoyed was discovering the social undertones in her writing, such as the parallels that can be drawn between Victor and the ruling class at the time. I guess it shouldn't be ...more
May 22, 2011 Heidi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heidi by: Dad
Shelves: classics-club
I enjoyed Frankenstein. From the moment Frankenstein's monster came to life on page 67 I could feel his panic, "His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks. He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped, and rushed down the stairs." From this point on I became swept up in the novel, and was gritting my teeth as I read, half the time feeling pain for Victor Frankenstein and the other half ...more
Natalie Gamble
I really struggled to get into this book so it took me forever to finish. Of course, it is a very dark book (what do I expect from reading Frankenstein?), but it was very different from what I expected. Frankenstein's monster is not at all the way we see Frankenstein in movies and at Halloween, he is well spoken and smart. It was very interesting to me how Frankenstein's monster started out kind and compassionate but after being hated and chased away by every man he came across and being denied ...more
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Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, often known as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, travel writer, and editor of the works of her husband, Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. She was the daughter of the political philosopher William Godwin and the writer, philosopher, and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft ...more
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