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review 2019-01-17 18:48
Mixing Good And Bad
Frankenstein (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) -

Scientist Victor Frankenstein is obsessed with finding a way to reanimate human life after death. After he successfully fulfills his desire he immediately regrets it, condemning the new horrific life form to live in hiding. As Frankenstein’s new monster learns to understand those around him and his own existence he begins to hate his creator. The monster enacts revenge on Victor by taking away those he loves, only stopping if the doctor does what the monster asks for.

The very start of the book reminded me of Moby Dick, at least the little I read of it. Victor Frankenstein obsession with creating life is very much like Ahab’s obsession with finding the whale. Then the middle of the book was like The Picture Of Dorian Grey which a book I really liked and very much about doing good or evil and how it affects those around yourself. It ends again like Moby Dick as Victor new obsession directs him. The middle of the book had me interested because it is really a discussion on what being human is or could be, and regret. Actually, it is about even more than that so much you could a book about and people probably have.

I for one not a fan of the scenes where Dr. Frankenstein was channeling Ahab from Moby Dick. His obsession is part of the reason I couldn’t finish Moby Dick. Luckily Frankenstein is much shorter than Moby Dick.

I am glad I took the time to read this. It is a book that is so much different than what the movies and tv have done. In fact, there is so much difference in the movies I am really curious why or how they came up with things...like the character Igor...no where in the book. The monster having a square head and bolts on the neck...nope not in the book. I am not a big fan of most classics but this one that I did enjoy.

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text 2018-12-30 00:21
Gothic all the way to my New Year 2019!
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein - Kiersten White

 

     “I, however, was perfectly aware of my beauty. I considered it a skill, alongside speaking French, English, Italian and German. It was a language of its own, in a way. One that translated well in different circumstances.”

 

     This day is a totally freaking Sunday (but I want also to mention, that I am so blessed) because I am so excited to read a new book, though I can't wait for the new year bell rings and explosion of firecrackers but basically to start a new and fresh ideas, adventures, and story yet to be unfolded. 

 

     The book that you can see floating before your screen is my first TBR book this 2019. I don't really know why I got so flaunted and fond in the odds and beauty of a gothic novel. Yeah, given that I really can create mental pictures and images vividly on my mind, but the structure of story telling of one's persona in a dark setting gives me a complete sense of peace and relaxation. It sounds ironic, but dark images can also wrap me into his mantle of care.

 

     This book also MUST provide me a complete sensation of well-being. 

 

     One of the books that I bought during Christmas holidays, as a matter of factly, is this as my present to my self. So it's 8:09 AM now, December 30, 2019, the weather is perfect - Raining, the sky is dark, cold like a dew brewing itself in the grass, and a cup of tea! 

 

     So give me 3 days to finish this book, and I'll give you my clap and review! See yah!

 

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review 2018-12-17 10:37
Hemingwayesque Style: "Frankenstein in Baghdad" by Ahmed Saadawi
Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel - Ahmed Saadawi



Finished Ahmed Saadawi's "Frankenstein in Baghdad." It’s worth contrasting with Shelley's Frankenstein. Shelley writes about Frankenstein's misuse of Science, i.e., galvanism, in creating an ultimately vengeful Creature, existing primarily in a Romantic world of wild nature, the background of which is the setting for the novel. Saadawi's Frankenstein in Baghdad, OTOH, is set in an urban hell of murders, car bombings, massacres and various varieties of sectarian warfare.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-11-29 14:47
Does Frankenstein Get Hungry? - John Sol... Does Frankenstein Get Hungry? - John Solimine
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This is a wonderful, silly, disgusting, and surprisingly helpful book. In it, a little girl is scared of the things that may lurk in her room when trying to fall asleep. But after thinking of a bunch of silly questions relating to what she is scared of, she realizes she does not have to be afraid.

Great illustrations and rhymes. I loved the details in the pictures. Some are gross, some are strangely beautiful, all are very fun and engaging.

I really enjoyed this book. It is one that is very entertaining, but it also has some helpful advice. Instead of dwelling on what scares you, change your perspective and show yourself how ridiculous your fears are. Great advice for children as well as adults. Such an amazing book.

I picked this up from the library because one of the little girls I work with loves spooky Halloween-like things. After actually reading the book, I was surprised by how wonderful and insightful it actually was. 

Great book for reading all year around.
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review 2018-11-17 20:13
Full disclosure: I don't necessarily know Mary Shelly's story of Frankenstein, I only know of movies and such depicting it. Also, I'm not a fan of the Classics...
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein - Kiersten White

 

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Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the year's pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.
 
 
 
 

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This is not a terrible story, or badly written...I just don't think it was my kind of story.  I couldn't connect with the characters or the story itself...but I know that others have.  It felt overwhelmingly depressing and it switched timelines constantly and I never knew where or what time we were in.  The latter could have been due to listening on audio, with not enough quiet space between each time period to differentiate between them.  Overall, I couldn't keep myself engaged in the story.  The only part I actually liked was the last 45 minutes of the story.

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☆3.2☆STARS - GRADE=C

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 2.8/5
Main Charactes⇝3.2/5
Secondary Characters⇝3/5
The Feels⇝ 2.5/5
Pacing⇝ 2.8/5
Addictiveness⇝2.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝3/5 
Backdrop (World Building)⇝3.8/5
Originality⇝4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope. 
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Book Cover⇝I love it! I wish I loved the story as much...
Narration⇝ Katherine McEwan, not too bad...
Setting⇝ Somewhere gloomy...or England
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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