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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  655,325 ratings  ·  12,853 reviews
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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Sana'a Abdul latheef
Frankenstein was the first classic novel I read (I was in 9th grade that time I think...)and it remains one of the reasons why I continue reading and love classic literature till today. To my surprise, this book made me cry a lot in the end!

The mentions of Frankenstein in many Hollywood movies and cartoons were the reasons I bought this book in the first place. But after finishing this book, I realized how badly Hollywood has interpreted the story. I recommend this book to anyone who has a heart
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Daphnil
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Lucy Mason
I expected more. And Frankenstein himself annoyed me. As did all of the other 2D characters.
Chinook
Frankenstein is nothing like what I expected. I like it, but it's not the story I thought I knew.

I spent the entire damn book being annoyed with Frankenstein. If the stupid shit had taken responsibility for his creation from the beginning, none of the death and suffering that followed would have happened. It was interesting as well to get to read Polidori's The Vampyre and the inclusion of Byron's Fragment demonstrated that I much preferred Shelley's writing style.

Now I need to go and watch some
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Rikke
This is a gothic tale of the creation of a monster. But the monster isn't created in the sterile lab-environment by a manic scientist, as most people seem to think. No. The monster is created by the despair and loneliness it is met with within the society. In fact, the monster is created by other monsters.

It is a common misunderstanding that the monster is called Frankenstein. But perhaps it isn't a misunderstanding at all. Perhaps Victor Frankenstein really is the true monster and cause of horr
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Holly
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Jake
I can't even remember when the first time I read this book, but trust that it's been several times. This book has unfortunately been reduced to a cliched, trite monster in the 20th century, but the original story is absolutely fascinating.

One of the best novels I've read from the 19th century, if not of all time. The Gothic undertones are shadowed by her musings on the power of Man, his relationship with God, and the true sense of loss that Victor feels and isolation the Monster encounters as th
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Loveaplaymobil
Hacía mucho tiempo que no leía nada tan maravilloso.
Donna
One sentence review: Written at just 18, one can't help but be a little amazed at Shelley's writing ability; her exploration of mental illness both speaks to her time and our own, and in making us sympathise with the monster, she presents us with a morally ambiguous story that is hugely compelling.

*Also it's really interesting how far the novel is from it's cultural reproductions and stereotypes; in fact the most common stereotypes of Frankenstein seem to have completely missed the point of the
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Melissa
Mary Shelley does have a beautiful and descriptive writing style, but the storyline wasn't as entertaining as I anticipated. I was filled with great compassion and pity for the being Frankenstein had created and abandoned bcz he was horrified and disgusted with him. All in all I feel the story could have ended about halfway thru but it continued on with the torment and self-loathing that Frankenstein faced in having created this monster. It was an interesting story but I felt it could have used ...more
Sherrie
If you have seen any of the Frankenstein movies, old or new, you are missing out on lots by not reading the book. The book is totally different from the movies. The book gives you so much more information than the movies do. I didn't know that the monster had killed Victor's brother. That's not in the movie. As Victor is telling his story, all the details are given about how this monster came to life. It's also totally different than the movie. If you haven't read this book, please do. It is wel ...more
Lance
I wanted to like it. There was so much potential to the premise but the story fell flat for me. There were just too many of those moments where I said "okay, now it's going to get good," only to find each new turn fizzled out for me and left me feeling unsatisfied.

And, great googley moogley, how many flippin' times can Mary Shelley use the word "countenance"? I don't know why, but this drove me insane. Perhaps she had no access to a thesaurus. But, damn girl, look for a new word to say the same
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Nandan
Frankenstein Book Review
BY: NANDAN DAS

The story of Frankenstein by Mary Shelly is a classic work of literature. Though its enduring story filled with mounting tension and morally grey decisions maybe emulated countless times in our modern society, the everlasting historical tale of the relationship between a man and monster still stay same to this day. In this story we first are put into the perspective of a brilliant man named Victor Frankenstein, though not much is known about him in the star
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Max Maher
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a suspenseful and sad book about Victor Frankenstein, a scientist, who creates a monster that ends up destroying Frankenstein's life. He first wants to only try and create a live being but does not think about the being's capability. He finishes his creation and when he sees that he has made a monster he flees back to his home town in Geneva. There he finds that his younger brother William has been murdered by the monster. A few months later he meet
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Tashia Ovais
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JK

Classic horrors have never really been my thing. Having now read Frankenstein for the first time (!) I think more classic horrors will be in the pipeline for me. I wasn't expecting this work to be so beautiful, so breathtaking, and so totally contrasting to my previous perceptions and assumptions surrounding the story. Hollywood has a lot to answer for.

As soon as Frankenstein brings his monster to life, he is immediately repulsed at the sight of him, and by what he's done. The monster is orphane
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Jon
I'm embarrassed to admit that until I picked this up a couple of days ago, what I knew about the Frankenstein story was pretty much courtesy of Boris Karloff and Mel Brooks. I knew they played fast and loose, but I didn't really know to what extent. I can safely say I've never felt so driven to keep reading--and by a book written by a woman not yet 20 years old, at the end of the reign of George III. Of course it has its little problems: if I had been her editor there are a dozen places where I ...more
Alex Abramczyk
The book 'Frankenstein' was GREAT! The story gave lots of detail. I liked how I learned that the monster that was created was not really the villain of this story, but the creator, Victor Frankenstein. Victor went to college and got interested with the studies of philosophy, anatomy, and chemistry. He created a monster who Victor refused to support. Victor goes to Geneva when he received a letter about the murder of his brother. When Frankenstein found the monster who had killed his brother, the ...more
Gursewak Singh
Oh boy...
Frankenstein a novel that we were falsely lead to believe had only 200 pages.
It had 350.
A novel that we were told we could read in 2 weeks.
It took nearly 2 months.

We're studying it in class as a romantic text, pertaining to the values of romanticism. The ideas discussed in the novel and ideas that were implied are of the romantic nature and are reasonably thought-provoking. Yet the way the book is written, the language used, the structure utilised renders the discussion ineffective
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Jake
In the book Frankenstein the plot is all but realistic.It is captivating mysterious and at some parts it’s even scary, but reluctantly it is fiction. The setting of the book is in the North Pole, but it shifts around to Geneva and England and other places as Walton hears the stories of Victor’s life. Throughout the book the main character Robert Walton is writing letters to his sister back in England while he is on a mission to the north pole to find a passage through the ice for a quicker trade ...more
Matilde
Jan 02, 2015 Matilde rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matilde by: my italian professor
Credo che "Frankestein, o il moderno Prometeo", di Mary Shelley, sia uno di quei romanzi che si inizia a leggere per sentito dire, per curiosità, e che poi si continua a leggere perché ci si trova ad immedesimarsi nella tragedia, nella disperata ricerca e bisogno dell'amicizia e nella paura, umana e non, dei personaggi del romanzo. Venne scritto fra il 1816 e il 1817, quando l'autrice non era ancora ventenne, e venne pubblicato l'anno seguente. Ciò che lo rende immortale e oggetto di studio anco ...more
Nick Nyquist
A beautiful classic about isolation, honor, creation and the sublime, this is a brilliantly written book that can be enjoyed even today.

For those who have not already read this, as someone who finished this not long ago and has done extensive analysis in class about it, please read it as soon as you can. Though it may be dense at times (especially in the end), Frankenstein is a passionate tale that captivates the story you think you know.

The metaphors and characterization really drive this book.
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Colleen Wuertz
This is a very beautifully written story that brings to light a lot of relevant questions on morality and human nature. The life that Victor Frankenstein leads and describes is strikingly different than that of Frankenstein's monster, and I actually enjoyed reading about how the monster saw the world through his eyes better. When the creature shares his experience with humans and life it is very eye opening and will make you realize there is nothing but truth in his words. As much as you will wa ...more
CC
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Oh well. I was expecting a great novel but apparently my expectation didn't end well. Admittedly Mary Shelley is an accomplished writer and a master of the English language. Despite that, the story itself just annoys me.
Plotwise, this is no science fiction, nor fantasy. The moral in the books is twisted. Frankenstein is a selfish person. If he had taken responsibilities of his creature none of the tragedies would have happened. I pity him though I have no compassion for him.
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Unicorn
The Modern Prometheus is the subtitle of Mary Shelly’s gothic novel Frankenstein, whose first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Frankenstein infused with elements of Gothic novel and Romantic Movement is considered to be the first true science fiction story. The story is about a mad scientist, who creates a grotesque creature through the application of human body and endures torment till his death.

The reveal of the ending has no impact on your interest in reading the novel, b
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Miguel Acevedo
I give this book 2 stars. Why? It's shit.

Growing up, Victor was raised with Elizabeth, an orphan adopted by his family. Elizabeth is actually Victor's step-sister/fiancé, which is already weird. Victor was really interested in many subjects. He moves to the University of Ingolstadt and impresses everyone. Victor then comes up with a plan to recreate a human body out of other human body parts. Victor visits the graveyard and steals body parts of dead bodies like a normal person would. After succe
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Isaac Malagon
In my first semester of 10th grade English, I've been assigned to read Hamlet and Frankenstein but I personally enjoyed Frankenstein by Marry Shelly much better. Frankenstein is a classic story that will last a long time although most people confuse Frankenstein with the monster. The novel is about a normal young boy named Victor Frankenstein who becomes obsessed with recreating human life. Victor Frankenstein decides to gather up parts of dead bodies and create his own creature who he finds to ...more
Jonny Buick
Dec 18, 2014 Jonny Buick marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Jonny Buick
12/18/14

Frankenstein
Frankenstein is a good book to read. It is told through a series of letters from Robert Dalton to his sister, Margaret. Robert is a captain of a ship that is exploring the North Pole. He is a scientist that is trying to have a breakthrough in how scientist think and see the world.

He see’s a dog sled driven by an abnormally large figure. His crew save a really frail old man whose name is Victor Frankenstein. He was in pursuit of the disproportioned figure before th
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Addison Ryberg
Addison Ryberg
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12/16/14



Frankenstein is a story that has been slowly destroyed over the years. Hardly anyone knows the real tale. They think he was a mad scientist, bent on the destruction of mankind. They think the monster was created to destroy or be destroyed. And then there's Igor. Where did he come from? It's actually none of those things. It is really two stories in one.

First it's the story of a man named Victor, who loves science. And that love drives him to create a demon. He is also
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Tanner Rusing
Frankenstein by Marry Shelly was a good book, it had many examples of how real life is. The monster is ugly and just doesn’t fit in, the human race likes to be with others that fit in and don’t stand out so that they don’t seem like an outcast as well. The monster only tries to do right but, since his creator left as soon as he came alive, he had no one to learn from like a new born baby. The only difference between a new born baby and the monster is that all of the senses flooded him at once, w ...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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