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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-01-21 09:04
An Account of What Happened on My Two Recent Frankendates and an Update on the status of Project Frankenstein




Frankendate #1



This Frankenmonster hailed from Switzerland, just as Mary Shelley had said he would. He was shy and reticent about the horrors he had seen.
Part of the series, The Department 19, by Will Hill, this novella is a “file” from the department. It fills in some gaps from the time Frankenmonster left to die and then didn’t, ending up in North America, instead!
I liked that the novella was fast paced without rushing the reader and how it told us more about a character that most readers of the series have already met and liked.

Frankendate #2


This Frankenmonster did not play a huge part in the story and was German! What’s more, he was betrayed by the “protagonist”, just as the original one had been.
This one, too, was part of a series, Pax Britannia by Jonathan Green, but I hadn’t read any of the other books.
When it comes to what I thought about the book, oh boy, where do I even begin!
  1. Riddled with cliches
  2. Female characters scantily dressed, supposed to be spies but so incompetent that only the hero could rally them into a functional team
  3. Non-stop action makes you think you’re watching a movie rather than reading a book
  4. Predictable storyline
  5. Severe need of editing/proofreading

and so on…I mean, imagine what it would take to make a book with monsters, time travel, and steampunk elements fail this miserably for me!

One thing useful that I did come across because of this book:

Vitruvian Frankenstein.jpgThe Vitruvian Frankenmonster aka My Current Wallpaper


Status of Project Frankenstein


  1. Parent Material: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  2. Others’ Take: The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein by Stephen Jones
  3. Historical Retakes: Anno Frankenstein by Jonathan Green
  4. Genre Spins: Steampunk: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Zdenko Basic
  5. Young Adult Forays: Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters by Suzanne Weyn
  6. Sci-Fi Pastiche: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz
  7. Philosophical Entree: Frankenstein and Philosophy by Nicholas Michaud
  8. Series Picker-Uppers: The Second Birth of Frankenstein by Will Hill
  9. Prequels: This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
  10. Precipitating Conditions: The Lady and Her Monsters by Roseanne Montillo
  11. Character Spotlight: My Frankenstein by Michael J. Lee
  12. Technological Difficulties: Frankenstein’s Cat by Emily Anthes
  13. Changed Perspectives: Frankenstein’s Monster by Susan Heyboer O’Keefe
  14. Graphic Detail: Monster Of Frankenstein by Dick Briefer, David Jacobs, Alicia Jo Rabins Edwards
After being really disappointed by #7 on the list, which I am struggling to finish, I chanced upon #10. Let me tell you, it is amazing and I suspect that I will be done with it in no time!


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review 2016-10-21 12:53
Dracula lebt!
Department 19 - Die Wiederkehr - Will Hill

Nach der grauenvollen Attacke auf den Ort Lindisfarne müssen Jamie und Larissa mit ihrem Schmerz zurechtkommen: Während Jamie den Tod seines Freundes Frankenstein betrauert, hadert Larissa mehr denn je mit ihrem Vampirdasein. Doch ihnen bleibt kaum Zeit zum Ausruhen: Denn die Asche von Dracula ist wieder in Feindeshand. Die Vampire rotten sich zusammen. Und das Department hat nur 91 Tage Zeit, um den mächtigsten Vampir der Welt zu finden und zu stoppen, bevor er wieder zu voller Stärke kommt...

Über den Autorin:
Hill wurde in den späten 1970er Jahren geboren und wuchs im Nordosten Englands, in Lincolnshire, auf. Vor seiner schriftstellerischen Karriere arbeitete er mehrere Jahre im Verlagswesen.

Hill lebt derzeit mit seiner Freundin in London.

Erster Satz:
Sergeant Ted Pearson von der Lincolnshire Police stampft mit kalten Füßen aufs Pflaster und sah nochmals auf seine Uhr.

Von der Gestaltung bin ich nicht ganz so angetan. Es passt zwar irgendwie, aber es ist für mich einfach nicht das Cover.

Dracula war gar nicht tot wie gedacht! Er lebt wieder richtig unter uns und wenn er nicht innerhalb der nächsten 90 Tage getötet wird hat er seine alte macht wieder erlangt.
Zudem kommt hin zu das sich einer der ältesten Vampire dem Department anschließen will…

Meine Meinung:
Das Hörbuch hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Der Sprecht hat eine sehr gute Stimme.
Es hört sich irgendwie neutral an, hat aber eine unheimliche aussage kraft.
Die Geschichte an sich ist sehr gut aufgebaut und sehr spannend. Sie zeigt uns mal wieder neue unglaublich Dinge, wie Vampire sein können.
Die Carakter waren mir hier auch sehr sympathisch, obwohl ich Vampirjäger eigentlich nicht so gerne sehe. Diese hier haben aber eine sehr gut Moral und greifen nicht jeden an.
Der Geschichte konnt man sehr gut folgen und sie war sehr flüssig. Es ist der zweite Teil und man muss nicht unbedingt den ersten gelesen haben um alles zu verstehen.


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text 2016-08-23 17:00
Feel The Heat (Rockford Fire Department Book 1) Kathryn Shay Free!
Feel The Heat (Rockford Fire Department Book 1) - Kathryn Shay

She saves him from a fire, then steals his heart without even trying. When white hot attraction kicks in, sparks fly!

Francey Cordaro is a dedicated firefighter, devoted daughter and a loyal friend who has made her way in a man’s world. She rejects material goods, doesn’t give a whit about her striking looks and focuses on saving lives, spending time with her family and friends, working out and playing poker with the guys. Until she meets Alex Templeton.

A wealthy businessman, Alex is the epitome of success in every area of his life. A decent man, he returns home to run the family company when his father takes ill and his brother loses his way. What he can’t control is his reaction to the sexy firefighter who dragged him from near death. She’s gorgeous, fun-loving and challenges him at every turn. But she refuses a relationship with him.

With differences that rival champagne vs. beer, uptown galas vs. karaoke bars, and the world of high finance vs. the reality of walking into burning buildings, their relationship seems doomed. Or is it?

With a secondary reunion romance as fiery as Alex and Francey’s, and cameo appearances of readers’ favorite firefighters from Hidden Cove, as well as Shay’s trademark tense and exciting rescue scenes, this book will pull on your heartstrings and make you route for these very likable characters.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-08-17 19:00
My Edition is Prettier Thanks to Online Books Outlet and a Review!
Department 19 - Will Hill


So the amazing part about having read this book has nothing to do with the book itself. It was a personal achievement of finishing a 500-page long book in a day like I used to in the good old days. I thought I had lost that talent but it was just me being over-dramatic In short:



About the Book:


I liked it! It took me by surprise. Granted, I was sitting and waiting to get my documents attested by HEC at that moment and anything, even a Chinese food menu would have sounded good. (For those of you who do not how agonizing and aggravating this visit can be, it is akin to a day wasted at the DMV or so it seems on tv).


The book may have been written for a YA audience in mind but it kept me entertained even when I returned home (unsuccessful, I'd like to mention).


I really dug the level of violence that was included in the book because it only reinforced the idea that Stoker tried to get across to his readers. Vampires are unnatural and completely other-than-human.



The author went the extra mile when they included how the majority of the bloodsucking population was kept docile by pumping them full of drugs. The practicality of the situation hits home when we discover that the source of that drug is a vamp who gets all his supply from the very organization that is supposed to be hunting him and his kind!


Another part that I really loved was how natural it felt that the original vampire hunters would be the foundation of a vampire hunting organization. They had promised to stay vigilant, after all. Only now they could do it with the government's resources on their side.


Now for the nitpicking


The inner monologues of all the characters sounded quite similar, which took away from how much I had been enjoying the book. Maybe the author could have just shown us the actions when it came to the others and only left the monologues for the MC?


I found the inclusion of some parts to be unnecessary. This includes the appearance of the werewolves. Why throw a couple of werewolves in a story that was completely about vampires? Why do it close to the end as an afterthought or a gimmick? 


The biggest issue of them all was why were the vampire generals after Jamie in the first place. Just as in those cartoons where a villain wants to destroy the world, there was no clue behind their leechy motivations. 


A minor turn off happened as I read the vampire ball scene. It was too reminiscent of the one from the movie, Van Helsing, and completely unsurprising.



Kate's gown tho!


A fun book that tries to stay true to the work that it is inspired by. Give this one a try! I can't really end this review without mentioning the best vampire series that I have read, can I? Read this one if you don't read any other vampire books ever.


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