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Frankenstein's Monster: A Novel

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  195 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
“Behind me, stiffened with frost, lie the remains of Victor Frankenstein.”

What becomes of a monster without its maker? At the end of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, the creator dies but his creation still lives, cursed to a life of isolation and hatred.

Frankenstein’s Monster
continues the creature’s story as he’s compelled to discover his humanity, to escape the ship captain
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Broadway Books
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Benjamin Thomas
Sep 11, 2010 Benjamin Thomas rated it it was amazing
Imagine if you were given the task of writing the sequel to "Frankenstein", one of the all-time great classics. You'd want to do several things to make sure and get it right: 1) you would need to develop a great plot that is loyal to the original and is "necessary" in order for the book to have any value to the reader, 2) you would need to provide the right style of writing, the right "voice" so that it would meld well with the original, sounding much like Mary Shelley's voice, and 3) not have t ...more
Scott Johnson
Feb 03, 2011 Scott Johnson rated it really liked it
Originally Posted at Dread Central -
When Mary Shelly first published Frankenstein in 1818, the story of the insane doctor and his grotesque creation was horrifying, too much so to have been written by an 18-year-old girl. And over time, it has become the stick against which all other gothic horror has been measured. But the ending of the book was left ambiguous, and never told exactly what happened to Victor Frankenstein's creation. Susan Heyboer O'Keefe, who previously wrote children's books,
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Mimi Cross
Mar 23, 2011 Mimi Cross rated it it was amazing
“The surest plan to make a Man is: Think him so.” James R. Lowell

Susan Heyboer O’Keefe uses rich and vivid language to paint pages of opposites as Frankenstein’s monster races through various European cities. He rushes towards and away from his intense emotions as well as a literal pursuer, but he himself is in constant pursuit of someone who will “Think him so”.

I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that this is a monster who longs to be a man, or is he a man who’s been ‘thought’ to be a monster?
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Cathe Olson
Oct 02, 2010 Cathe Olson rated it liked it
Frankenstein's Monster continues where Mary Shelley's Frankenstein left off. In this book, the reader has a chance to find out what happened to Frankenstein's creation, after his creator dies. The book is told from the "monster's" point of view in the form of his journals.

I was excited by the idea of the book but I found it just an okay read. While the writing was good, I had trouble feeling sympathy for the creature. He makes out like he is this poor misunderstood man who is only violent becaus
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Michelle
Jan 29, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
After reading "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley in high school, I often wondered what life would have been like through the monster's eyes. In "Frankenstein's Monster," not only does the reader see how life is portrayed in his eyes, you feel sorrow, love, and anger. I even wanted to cry at the end! At times, I questioned whether the monster was in fact, a monster or a man.
I have not read a book in a while, but I could not put this down! I finished reading it in 2 days, which is a record for me. I
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Ericka
Oct 14, 2012 Ericka rated it it was amazing
I loved this sequel to Shelley's original because I'm very pro-creature and I like seeing the creature as a thinking, feeling human being. Everytime I read the darn original in class as an English major I'd write a 10 page paper lashing out at the visciousness of the humans. This novel just takes that further. Who is monster Frankenstein created? The creature or the captain? That's your call. I already know my choice.
Lesley
Jan 24, 2012 Lesley rated it liked it
One of my English teaching friends talked me into reading the real Frankenstein book by Shelly... WOW, not your hollywood monster! This book was written to continue the story and it was true in tone and style to the original.
Angie M
Jul 17, 2015 Angie M rated it really liked it
As someone who knows Frankenstein like the back of her hand, I was intrigued by this book. Part of me wanted to hate this book, because how dare someone write a sequel to Frankenstein.

I have to admit, I liked this book. A lot.

The characterization of the creature was spot on, and his conflicts echoed those from the original story. Poor thing just wants to be accepted, but is always rejected.

My beef with the book: Walton. Seriously. Walton. I know the book needed an antagonist and it would make s
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J.S.
Aug 19, 2015 J.S. rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-misc, vine
What does it mean to be a man, or to be human? That is the question that confronts the nameless creation of Victor Frankenstein, a giant sewn together from dead body parts (human and animal) and brought to life in Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein. After his creator is dead, the monster continues to roam the earth but now pursued by Robert Walton, the ship's captain that found Victor on the arctic ice shortly before he died. And while the monster is forced to hide his patchwork skin beneath ho ...more
Jeannie Mancini
Aug 27, 2010 Jeannie Mancini rated it it was amazing
Fraught with tension, pulsing with suspense, Susan O’Keefe’s debut novel Frankenstein’s Monster, will have readers immobile from the moment they open this shocking story until they close the book utterly exhausted from sitting on the edge of their seat for the entire read. This brilliant author has given Dr. Frankenstein’s monster a whole new life with her sequel to Mary Shelley’s original story, and begins her tale right where Shelley left off with the monster leaping off Captain Walton’s ship ...more
Wendy
Jan 30, 2011 Wendy rated it it was amazing
I've just finished Susan Heyboer O'Keefe's adult novel, Frankenstein's Monster. I could not put the book down. To continue where Mary Shelley left off and capture the essence of the time and characters in such a way, to me, is amazingly well done.

I enjoyed the well woven pattern of self doubt, personal judgment and confusion with the human world in the journal entry type dialogue of the Monster who is constantly searching for who and what he is. The mixture of sadness, sweetness, rage, compassio
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Sheri
Nov 26, 2011 Sheri rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this novel. O'Keefe manages to grasp Shelley's tone well. She pulls off a sequel that could have been written by the original. I enjoyed watching all the humans turn to "monsters" as Victor himself became a man.

The first two parts were simply to set the stage and remind us of the cycle of acceptance/rejection that Victor experiences through the original book; that is all of his relationships with humans start with acceptance and end in rejection. The repe
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The Thousander Club
Jun 06, 2013 The Thousander Club rated it it was ok
Adam C. Zern shares his thoughts . . .

"I loved Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I thought it was profound, moving, thoughtful, and unforgettable. It is, in my opinion, one of those classics which actually deserve the status of being one. Frankenstein's Monster is an unofficial follow-up to Shelley's classic, and it strives for greatness but comes up very, very short of the goal.

Frankenstein's Monster is ambitious in that it strives to continue the fascinating themes and motifs established in Shelle
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Janet
Feb 03, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started this book.(A sequel to Frankenstein? That's a large order.) but the author did an excellent job of framing this novel in the style of the original, dark and intense. It flowed from one page to the next with Gothic gruesomeness and a main character, Victor/Frankenstein, who just wants to be accepted. It does justice to anyone who has ever felt rejected, and you find yourself rooting for Victor/Frankenstein to overcome his fears and find love amo
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Patti
Jun 17, 2011 Patti rated it really liked it
Human beings are not meant to be alone. But what about "monsters"? This book makes that case that EVERYONE wants someone special in their lives, even beings who are stitched together, piece by piece. Much of the book centers on the monster, who eventually calls himself "Victor" (after his father), and his intense loneliness. The other part of the novel focuses on Victor's pursuer (I never read the original Frankenstein, but apparently a mad sea captain vowed to hunt down and kill the monster aft ...more
Maggie
Apr 06, 2011 Maggie rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fiction, gothic
The creature brought to life by Victor Frankenstein had escaped. After killing his creator, he travels the world trying to find a life for himself. It is not a peaceful journey though. Before his death, Victor Frankenstein extracted a promise from the sea captain (Walton) who found him to search out and destroy his creation. Through his travails the creature must decide, is he a man or is he a monster?



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Rose
Jan 02, 2011 Rose rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama-fiction
Frankenstein being one of my all-time favorite books was the inspiration to picking up this continuation of the monster's life after Victor's death.

I have always felt such compassion for the monster being so misunderstood and trying to find his way to humanity without a proper guide/parent. Although I found Susan O'Keefe's ability to capture Shelly's voice magnificently, I did not find myself as sympathetic to the monster through and through. I cared, but not as deeply as the original. I think t
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Jodi
Aug 05, 2011 Jodi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who has read Frankenstein
This book was a satisfying sequel to Mary Shelly's Frankenstein! Even though the book is written over 100 years after Frankenstein it has a similar gothic feel to it. I don't really understand why Walton decided to chase the monster all through Europe or how he even knew where to look, but I guess that is kind of in the same vein as the original. I was so glad when Victor (as "the monster" decides to call himself) found Mirabella - I thought maybe he could settle down and find love but nope, of ...more
Anna
Dec 14, 2011 Anna rated it liked it
Essentially a sequel to the classic story of Frankenstein that was written by Mary Shelley.
The style of writing had a decent gothic feel, much like I remember the original. Not an easy thing to get the same feel nearly two centuries later than the first book was written.
The Monster (or Victor, as he calls himself) travels - escapes - around Europe in many dark locations, and tries to stay alive. He saves a beautiful girl whom he calls Mirabella, and later another woman, Lily. Add action, maybe
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Savannah
May 29, 2011 Savannah rated it it was amazing
Writers beware: this may be one of those books that makes you weep because it's just that exquisitely talented. I am will be recommending it: a memorable and/or poignant moment on almost every page. The author handled a very difficult subject with such great compassion. I loved "Victor Hartmann." He was such a compelling character who absolutely breathed on every page, while those who called themselves "human" could act in harsh and evil ways at the same time as they condemned him for his creati ...more
Veronica
Dec 19, 2012 Veronica rated it really liked it
Shelves: yeah-i-read-that
I read this in my junior english class. I was very surprised that the monster's name wasn't Frankenstein, despite what the media says. I liked the...uh frame story? I think that's what it's called. Like how the book dipicted that you were the sister reading the captains letter, who wrote the story of Dr. Frankenstein and the monster. Kinda hard to wrap your head around, but still a good book. The difficulty of the book isn't too bad if you're used to the more advanced stuff, but there is a lot o ...more
JoAnne
Feb 05, 2011 JoAnne rated it really liked it
The story of Frankenstein's monster will leave you with mixed feelings. Told in the monster's own words as he describes his life, how people view him, his feeling (yes he does feel even though he was made which will leave you wondering how he (it) can feel and if he truly has become a man), and how he survives coping with being pursued by a madman. I found I could not put this book down as I became immerse in the "monster's" feeling and life. Makes one reflect on how people treat others just bec ...more
Tanya
Book selection for the 2016 Summer Semi-Charmed Life Reading Challenge (in the category of an adult fiction book by an author who usually writes for children).
Joanne
Jan 26, 2011 Joanne rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
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Kelly Mazzuca
Aug 01, 2015 Kelly Mazzuca rated it really liked it
I liked this book, although sometimes I had a hard time understanding it. It is a great sequel to the original Frankenstein book.
Chris
Oct 22, 2011 Chris rated it liked it
Much like "Renfield: Slave of Dracula", "The Dracula Tape" or "Wicked", "Frankenstein's Monster: A Novel" tells a classic tale from another perspective. Impressively, Ms. Heyboer O'Keefe managed to capture the flavor of the original with present day sensibilities (can anyone imagine a writer from 1818 writing a monster story with the monster as the protagonist?). I enjoyed the book, it was a refreshing take on the classic story, fit well with the original classic. If you are a fan of the above m ...more
Gary
Jun 27, 2016 Gary rated it really liked it
A little tedious but in the end satisfying.
Donna Thompson
Feb 23, 2012 Donna Thompson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
Really great read... I thought the writing and overall feel of the book stayed true to the original. The story was also interesting and seemed like a perfectly plausible continuation of Shelley's novel. I really enjoyed the in-depth insight into the feelings and emotions of "the monster." Is there any difference between the "monster" and man and who really is the beast? I would recommend for anyone looking to evoke the tone and atmosphere of the old classic horror novels.
Jessica (booneybear)
I found the writing stunningly gorgeous but the story itself left me cold. I oouldn't see Frankenstein's creationas the learned and wanton man that he was portrayed as. How does something that is made of dead parts feel the same emotions and actions of the living?

It is hard to believe that the author only wrote children's books prior to this. She has such a talent, I would love to see more from her in the future.
Shana Wolfe
Jul 28, 2014 Shana Wolfe rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It made me feel and made me think about what defines a human...is it the physical parts we are made of or is what animates us...our spirits... O'Keefe did an outstanding job staying true to Shelley. It was interesting and yes frustrating when Victor couldn't find humanity and always faced death and inhumanity until the end. Loved the ending.
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“I know not who put me into the world, nor what the world is, nor what I myself am. I am in terrible ignorance of everthing. I know not what my body is, nor my senses, nor my soul, not even that part of me which thinks what I say, which reflects on all and on itself, and knows itself no more than the rest.” 1 likes
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