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Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Feb 03, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: speculative-fiction, 2008reads, classics, adult
Read in March, 2008

It's amazing, how the Frankenstein mythos involves things that aren't even in the story--the flat, square-topped head, the bolts in his neck, that sort of thing. I guess we have Karloff to blame for those. But what's also interesting is how not-scary this is by today's standards. All the killing is done off-screen (off-page?), and it's all the relatively clean strangulation. The real horror is that someone would think reanimating a corpse is a good idea, so maybe this wasn't too scary because science has already done so many weirder things since the original publication of this book that, frankly, a monster? eh. Lemmee show you this purple cauliflower.

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