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text 2018-10-01 19:50
Day 1 Books In The Freezer Readathon!
Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus - Mary Shelley

Starting with some Frankenstein. I am also listening to the Frakenstein soundtrack. It really sets the mood! Books in the Freezer is a podcast celebrating their 1 year anniversary.

 

A podcast discussing the deliciously disturbing world of horror fiction!

 

Owners of podcast (from their website)

Stephanie lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, son, Beagle and cat. When she’s not working on the podcast, she makes YouTube videos, and watches horror movies (as research for the podcast of course!)

 

Rachel lives in Canada with her husband and hedgehog, Vegeta. She makes YouTube videos on her channel TheShadesofOrange where she reviews horror, thrillers, and sci-fi books.

 

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Books In The Freezer Readathon - Oct 1-15th

 

  1. Read a horror book by a female author

[Frankenstein by Mary Shelley]

 

  1. Read a horror anthology or short story collection

[Ordinary Souls by J.S. Bailey]

 

  1. Read a horror book featuring or by an POC or LGBTQ+ person

[Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde]

 

  1. Read a horror book that has a movie adaptation

[The Women in Black by Susan Hill]

 

  1. Read a book we’ve recommended on the podcast

[The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson]

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review 2018-03-15 22:01
Review: Pride and Prometheus
Pride and Prometheus - John Kessel

The first half of this is a lot of fun. Mary really gets a poor treatment in P&P, so I enjoyed getting to see her in a story all her own. But the last half was lacking, and overall, this felt like a pointless excursion with nothing to say trading solely on a cute concept executed in unremarkable prose. Every time it seemed like this might be going somewhere, it snapped back into the familiar shapes of it's source material with no added wit, depth, or delight not lifted directly from them.

 

And then, while I was still thinking about what was so unsatisfactory about this book, I read the male glance and now I can't disconnect the two. I cannot help but wonder how reviewers would respond to this same book written by a woman. I cannot help but wish I'd read the version of this written by a woman, because it would have had to be so much smarter than this to make it through the publishing world. 

 

Meanwhile, this is adequate for a jaunt down familiar streets, I suppose. But for that, it's less time and money to read the short story that this novel originated from.

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review 2018-03-02 00:00
Dracula: The Modern Prometheus
Dracula: The Modern Prometheus - Rafael Chandler,Mary Shelley,Bram Stoker Dracula: The Modern Prometheus is a retelling of both Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stroker's Dracula with a few new twists by Rafael Chandler. I'm not going to spend time describing the story here because if you've read Frankenstein and Dracula you already know it. The reason you would want to get this book is to find out how the author put an original spin on these two literary classics.

I got this book off of Netgalley, what drew me to it was seeing that it was a combination of two horror classics that I love. I also thought it was interesting that the author put the names of the original writers on his book followed by his own. When you first start reading this book it's obvious that Rafael Chandler wrote it as a labor of love and  he has great affection for the source material along with the time period both books were written in. The language used, the way the characters are presented and the way the book is written makes it feel like the book was written in the 1800's.

The best part about this book was that it reminded me how much I love the source material and I loved seeing the changes to both that Rafael made. The worst part of the book is that some parts are too close to the source material. There were points that I felt bored reading it because I felt like I've heard it before and knew what was coming. A lot of the dialogue between the characters could have been cut and more time should have been spent on Dracula and the monster.

All in all though if you love these two classics then Rafael Chandler's book is something you are going to want to read. I enjoyed the fact that Harker, The Monster and Dracula were all female. I also liked the changes Rafeal made to the material and how he blended both stories.  The book may have benefited a little by having the author put more of an original spin on it but there was enough of his own voice here to keep me reading. When I finished this book I felt the need to go reread Dracula and Frankenstein and look for an original work by Rafael Chandler.
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review 2017-11-15 04:30
Rezension | Frankenstein von Mary Shelley
Frankenstein: oder Der moderne Prometheus. Roman - Mary Shelley,Georg Klein,Alexander Pechmann

Beschreibung

 

Nach jahrelangen Experimenten ist es Victor Frankenstein gelungen aus Materie einen künstlichen Menschen zu erschaffen. Doch als er sein Wesen erblickt und die Monstrosität dessen bemerkt, überlässt er das Ergebnis seiner Forschungen seinem eigenen Schicksal.

 

Während Victor Frankenstein sein Leben weiter lebt, lernt sein Monster nach und nach die Sprache, Bräuche und Umgangsformen der Menschen kennen. Auf der Suche nach Freundschaft und Akzeptanz stößt das Monster jedoch auf Abneigung, Hass und Wut. Aus seiner Verzweiflung heraus beschließt das monströse Wesen seinen Schöpfer ausfindig zu machen und an dessen Familie Rache zu nehmen.

 

Meine Meinung

 

"Worin, fragte ich mich häufig, besteht die Grundlage des Lebens? Es war eine verwegene Frage und eine, die man seit jeher für ein unlösbares Rätsel gehalten hat." (Frankenstein, Seite 70)

 

Mary Shelleys Klassiker der Schauerliteratur „Frankenstein“ wurde vom Manesse Verlag in der Urfassung aus dem Jahre 1818 neu aufgelegt (weitere Titel der Manesse Bibliothek findet ihr hier). Über das optische Erscheinungsbild mit dem knallig pinken Cover lässt sich streiten, schlussendlich ist es eine reine Geschmacksfrage. Mir persönlich gefällt es eigentlich ganz gut, da es ein wunderbare Eyecatcher ist und in der Buchhandlung bestimmt viele Blicke auf sich zieht! Das kleine handliche Format sowie das Vorlegeblatt im modernen Design und die Fadenbindung machen einen hochwertigen Eindruck.

 

Die Faszination die der Mythos Frankenstein und die Erschaffung eines menschenähnlichen Wesens mit künstlicher Intelligenz auf uns ausübt ist ungebrochen. Zudem scheint die Geschichte bis heute nichts an Aktualität eingebüßt zu haben. In Zeiten von Genmanipulation stellt sich erneut die Frage wie weit der Mensch durch sein Wissen und seine Forschung in die Evolution eingreifen darf, welche moralischen Aspekte dies mit sich bringt und welche Verantwortungen daraus erwachsen.

 

"Der Anblick des Kollosallen und Majestätischen in der Natur konnte mich freilich schon immer in feierliche Stimmung versetzen und ließ mich die vergänglichen Sorgen des Lebens vergessen." (Frankenstein, Seite 157)

 

Mary Shelley weist in ihrem Vorwort selbst darauf hin, dass ihr Roman „Frankenstein“ ein Schauerroman bwz. Gruselroman darstellen soll. Auch wenn sich für den heutigen Leser die gruseligen Momente nicht so recht erschließen, dürfte das Werk zu seiner Zeit durchaus für Schrecken gesorgt haben.

 

"Die genaueste Beschreibung meines abstoßenden, schauderhaften Äußeren findet sich hier, in einer Sprache, die dein eigenes Grauen schildert und meines unauslöschlich machte." (Frankenstein, Seite 219)

 

Besonders beeindruckt hat mich Mary Shelleys Erzählstil. Zu Beginn und Ende wird die Geschichte von dem Polarforscher Walton erzählt, der an seine Schwester schreibt und ihr berichtet wie er Victor Frankenstein von einer Eisscholle gerettet hat. Dies bildet einen einzigartigen Rahmen der zur eigentlichen Geschichte genügend Abstand aufbaut um aus einer anderen Perspektive auf die Ereignisse zu blicken. In einer weiteren Erzählebene berichtet Victor Frankenstein von seinem Schicksal welches durch den Einblick in die Perpektive des Monsters ergänzt wird. Für mich übte Mary Shelleys Roman gerade durch diese verschiedenen moralischen Blickwinkel eine ganz besondere Anziehungskraft aus.

 

Fazit

 

Die Sprache und Erzählkunst von Mary Shelley haben einen zeitlosen Klassiker erschaffen.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-frankenstein-oder-der-moderne-prometheus-von-mary-shelley
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review 2017-04-02 00:00
The New Prometheus
The New Prometheus - Andrew Dobell The New Prometheus - Andrew Dobell The New Prometheus is an okay read. Nothing to write home about but a decent piece of futuristic action story. The core setting is perhaps a bit overused nowadays. Evil mega corporations are more or less controlling society and the governments are little more than puppets in the hands of the corporations. Not that original. There are a few twists that makes the story a bit more interesting though.

The corporations in question deal in cybernetics and they do not only control by means of political power but they literally control people by means of cybernetic implants. Apparently few people have avoided getting these implants even though they are not really forced upon them. The main character, Frankie, is one of those people that has managed to avoid implants … until now.

The rest of the book is a fairly action filled roller coaster ride with a log of world building, rescue operations, disposing of corporation agents in various more or less messy ways and in particular our setting up our heroin and what I assume will be her team of good guys. The corporations have absolute zero respect for anything resembling law and order, of course, and pretty much fields there own armed forces who do not hesitate to start firefights (with heavy weapons) in the middle of a city. Can you say collateral damage?

I think it is a decent enough book. Not fantastic but good enough for me to be interested in the next one. The book does not really have that much of a conclusion other that it is start to hit back at the corporations. There is an interesting little twist happening on the last page though.
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