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Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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it was amazing
bookshelves: horror, classic-literature

Frankenstein starts near the end of the story, and builds suspense by hinting at what is contained within the retelling of the tale. It is an excellent way to grab the readers attention right away.

In addition to Frankenstein being considered a classic horror novel it is also consider by some to be the first science fiction novel. While I agree in this statement to a degree, it does not include a lot of the elements one would relate with sci fi. What it does contain is a science and invention not made at it's time or even at our time now. It doesn't go into great detail of the function of the invention, but Shelley does explore the research Frankenstein had to do to achieve his goal.

What was interesting was the sort psychological analysis that goes on through out the book. Having the Creation as a blank slate completely open to influence is a good plot device. Mary Shelley played a lot with the idea of nature vs. nurture in this story, I feel it must have been quite a head of it's time in this aspect. The duality between Frankenstein and the Creation is amazing too. Frankenstein is at often unstable or obsessive. While the Creation is innocent initially and eventually tragic. Shelley causes you to sympathasize with the Creation quite a bit, and the final words of the book convey her true intentions.

Another interesting aspect is the story telling. It is essentially a story within a story, and at times, within another story, all told from the first perspective. Which gives us some interesting points of view on the characters, the Creation's view, Frankenstein's view, and finally an overarching view of both the Creation and Frankenstein, from a more unbiased point of view.

Overall it was a very enjoyable read. For the time it was written it is a very easy and smooth read. People who skip over this because of it's age will be missing out.
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Reading Progress

April 23, 2013 – Shelved
April 23, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
Started Reading
August 16, 2013 – Finished Reading
September 1, 2013 – Shelved as: horror
January 27, 2017 – Shelved as: classic-literature

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