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The Frankenstein Papers

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  15 reviews
What really happened on that Dark and Stormy Night?
Shelley's classic novel FRANKENSTEIN was a publishing sensation. Alas, we Moderns know that the central even she described - the reanimation of a long-dead corpse by the application of electricity - could never happen, and that therefore the Monster could not have existed.
But Wait! By a curious chain of coincidences, SF su
Paperback, 10 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Tor Books (first published 1986)
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Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Jeff Steward
Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
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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
S.j. Thompson
What began as an interesting take on the Frankenstein story spiraled into a long winded and unexpected conclusion. The story is told in a series of journal entries and letters by various players in the story. The first half to two thirds of the story strung me along, eagerly hoping for some exciting turn of events for the monster but the author just kept yammering on and on until the truth was revealed within the last few pages. Several parts of the story had such potential but as a whole the ef ...more
An interesting take on Frankenstein from the monster's point of view. I was a bit confused by the story since it didn't seem to follow the book as I remembered it. This was explained later on and how it worked out with the story. The only other thing that I had issues with was the end, it didn't really seem to fit the whole book and felt very rushed. Reading the other reviews, it looks like I'm not the only one who felt the ending grated with the rest of the story. Like those other reviewers, it ...more
Derek Jordan
UHH.. yeah.. Written similar to Mary Shelly's Frankenstein .. in "found" letters written by the unnamed creation of Victor Frankenstein and others.. one primarily being the son of Benjamin Franklin and their interaction with the creation. I found the story picks up decently well around 1/3 into it and I was certainly pulled into the mystery of the tale told from this perspective. I was not really expecting the ending as it was, but also .. it's not a blow you out of the water kind of thing - esp ...more
Gary Fortuin
Nov 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
For 300 pages Saberhagen tells us the story of the monster via a journal, written by the monster himself, as well as letters written by Ben Franklins son ( yes you read that right) to his father about the creature. It is a tale of daring escapes and perilous journeys. The last 8 pages of the book tell an entirely different story about an alien observer who has been wandering the earth with amnesia due to an unfortunate lightning strike in one Doctor Frankensteins laboratory. Possibly the worst e ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mandi Monster Hidalgo
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm not going to spoil anything, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The ending was wildly unexpected, but not unpleasantly so. I am happy to have this tale in my collection! ...more
Paxton Holley
Sequel to Shelley's Frankenstein. It's well written in similar language to Shelley's book. The end is odd, though. Very odd. ...more
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 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. ...more
Jul 28, 2014 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.
This was a really good take on the Frankenstein Monster right up until the last few pages when it just went bizarre. I was intrigued by the thought of having the monsters side of the story told in his own words and while that was the case the ending just came out of nowhere and really let the rest of the story down. It was cheesy and felt like Saberhagen had no clue as to how to end the story. Great idea. Crappy conclusion.
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
read some time in 1988
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 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 ...more
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Fred Saberhagen was an American science fiction and fantasy author most famous for his ''Beserker'' and Dracula stories.

Saberhagen also wrote a series of a series of post-apocalyptic mytho-magical novels beginning with his popular ''Empire of the East'' and continuing through a long series of ''Swords'' and ''Lost Swords'' novels. Saberhagen died of cancer, in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Saberhagen was

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