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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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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
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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I must admit that my love for this novel is not solely founded on the book itself, but rather on the story surrounding it and life of Mary Shelley. It seems that this novel is Shelley's very own Frankenstein: a novel about both her disgust and pride in her role as a woman. This, of course, is only one potential reading--and there in lies why I love this book so much. It is dynamic and raises questions of science, religion, gender, and ultimately the responsibilities of an individual. It's a powe ...more
Obviously there is a lot to this story that is unbelievable but what I find most hard to believe is that Victor didn't think about the possibility that the monster's threat was to his wife and not Frankenstein himself. All other atrocious acts were committed against people Frankenstein loved therefore a threat to Frankenstein's wedding night had to be a threat against his wife.

Also, the monster was obviously egging Frankenstein on and could outrun him. Why try to chase down the monster because
There's nothing like an original classic. I love the prose so much and it was a wonderful discovery to find out the story of the creature we now fondly call Frankenstein.
Ian Mellark
Más de lo que esperaba!
Me encanto este libro! Soy poco fan de los clásicos, y esta historia fue súper diferente a lo que me esperaba!
Me encanto toda la vida del pobre monstruo y entiendo perfectamente todos sus motivos para hacer lo que hizo! Me encanto!
Lo recomiendo mucho
I am really glad I read this book. We chose it for book club for the month of October, it seemed like the appropriate choice, and it was. Everyone has heard of Frankenstein, there is an image that surely comes to everyone's mind when you hear about it but that image has changed for me. Frankenstein is the creator, not the monster itself. The actual story is much different than I thought. It was a very interesting, thought provoking read. It really made me want to read more classics. I know I mus ...more
Everyone has heard of "Frankenstein" and knows the stereotypical cliche's that come from it, but the book was not what people think of when they hear the word Frankenstein. The story is much deeper than a mad man creating a monster who goes around killing people. The deepest emotions and ethical issues are brought up in "Frankenstein" and should be brought to the attention of everyone. I believe there is a reason why this book is a classic and a required reading for school. It's so much more tha ...more
Nov 09, 2009 JC rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: kindle, my-firsttime, 2009
Other than the Frankenstein costumes that are seen during the Halloween season, I didn't know much about the story of Frankenstein. This book is quite an interesting tale of Victor Frankenstein's creation of a demon and then the story of each. Both of them experience extreme highs and lows.

This book is nothing like what I was expecting. The interactions of Frankenstein and his creature and their desires and longings are quite interesting. The demon doesn't seem to me to be such a bad person, but
As the back of my copy said, many people know the story of ‘Frankenstein’ second-hand, whilst the real story is more psychological than pure horror. In this respect, I think it loses some of the thrill that the legend and the various movies have created, but not necessarily in a negative way. Shelley’s focus on the philosophical background to the monster’s creation allows us to witness the downfall of man when he pretends to be God, and the explicit links with ‘Paradise Lost’ emphasise the falle ...more
Kayla Hull
Revolutionary idea that leads to important discussion, but it didn't intrigue me as much as I would've liked.
I thought Dracula was a dark book. This book is even darker. This is the kind of novel that you really have to read when you are in a good mood because the main character, Dr. Frankenstein (yes, that's not the name of the monster), is completely miserable. The reason for his anxiety is that his science experiment has gotten away from him and made his life a living hell. This book wasn't really what I expected but I beleive that this is a well written gothic story that really has nothing to do wi ...more
Jan 28, 2009 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: my English teacher
Although I was initially very bored reading this book, trudging along through the endless maze of complicated words with my faithful dictionary by my side, I eventually found that I couldn't put the book down around the midway point. Mary Shelley truly had a gift of words and she wove this amazing tell of romance, vengence, and tragedy with such beautiful rhetoric that I found myself captivated even by the wicked monster created by the poor Victor Frankenstein. All in all, I must say that Franke ...more
Finalmente tomei coragem para ler este clássico. A história é um pouco diferente do que me recordava das versões cinematográficas. No entanto, é uma história que merece a pena ser lida, muito bem escrita. Penso que talvez pouco pormenorizada no que toca ao aspecto da criatura. Talvez também esperásse uma maior descrição dos ambientes para criar uma ideia de horror mais acentuada. (Masd isto pode ser só devido a estar a ler Lovecraft ao mesmo tempo).

Adorei as problemáticas humanas e sociais levan
Nov 09, 2008 Rebecca rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Rebecca by: Brit Lit
Shelves: classics
This is the third worst book ever written. I only read it a second time because of my Brit Lit class. I couldn't remember all the details, just the ending. I tried to keep an open mind, but it was pretty much a repeat of the first time I read it, only much worse. The first time I really enjoyed reading it and then the ending was just so disappointing. As I was reading it again, I really enjoyed the story, but I knew the ending was going to frustrate me, making it all the more difficult to read. ...more
This was a better, faster read than I expected, although I did some skimming when the philosophizing and "woe-is-me" got a little out of hand. As a character study it falls short, since none of her characters are all that believable, but as a look at the collective psyche of an era on the cusp of the industrial revolution and modern era of medicine and science, it's fascinating. Honestly, my favorite part was the intro explaining Mary Shelley's life and circumstances surrounding the book. But it ...more
Darcy Halsey
Oh god... this book drove me crazy. I appreciated it. The language, the innovation of the story, the setting AND it was maddening. Such a passive protagonist, always feeling sorry for himself, unable to predict the monster's next move (really? I could see his plans from miles away)... Until the end when Victor finally decides to pursue "the fiend". Though, I can appreciate a book that can get under my skin in the way this certainly did, enough to produce nightmares for me one night. I am glad to ...more
I absolutely hated HATED the teacher in ninth grade whose job it was to teach this novel, so I basically refused to do any work for her. She didn't teach, so much as kill the classics for her students and play favorites. So any book in her curriculum has a bad taste in my mouth, this one included. I will re-read this one day, hopefully in a clear frame of mind. We'll see. It's such a shame that a lousy teacher can kill an interest a student may have in a work. I LOVE to read, classics especially ...more
Perhaps one of the greatest novels ever written on the subject of technological advancement.
I don't know what I thought this book would be, but I was definitely surprised by the setup and overall delivery of the story. We all know the basic tale of Frankenstein's monster. Or you've seen Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. The original is much different than modern versions. Some of the brain science behind how the monster learned how to read and speak is incredibly flawed, but pretty good for what they knew of the brain back then. However, how the monster sees the world with all the senses ...more
Taylor Lynn
Full disclosure, I won a free copy of this from the publisher, but my opinion is my own.
Loved the beginning, it was creepy and fun in a Lovecraftian sort of way. The middle, when we learn more about Frankenstein and his creature, was kind of interesting in a humanist/existentialist sort of way, but by the end... I don't know. I usually like "slow descent into madness" stories but I'm not sure that the author recognized that her title character was mad, and the combined lack of awareness and anything resembling a sense of humor is kind of deadly to me.

I'm glad I finished it but I'm
Tyler Guilmette
Great Book!
This book shows the romance between a creator and its creation. Frankenstein is attached to his master Victor but Victor wants nothing to do with him. Victor puts all of his love into his father and sister. The monster notices this and freaks becuase he wants the love from his father, his creator. Frankenstien will do anything to get the love from Victor even if that means to kill. The book shows the power of love all humans have. Also, just the amazing fact that Victor created a lif
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