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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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review 2017-01-23 00:00
Prometheus and the Dragon
Prometheus and the Dragon - Eric Michael Craig


In my review of Stormhaven Rising, the first volume of the “Atlas and the Winds” series, I briefly noted comparisons between that novel and the first sci fi classic about an asteroid destroying the earth, the 1933 When Worlds Collide.

I have far fewer comparisons between the first book’s sequel, After When Worlds Collide, and Prometheus and The Dragon. The 1934 sequel was pure fantasy with amazing remains of a vanished alien civilization left behind on another planet for the human survivors to inhabit. True, the various bands of humans from different countries brought with them dangerous ideological conflicts from their now dead home planet. The same is true of Prometheus, although on a far more complex scale.

From the beginning of Prometheus, the Chinese and Americans battle each other both on the moon and on earth as each think they have the real hope of throwing the coming asteroid off course. Each, due to both arrogance and technological issues, cancel out each other’s efforts. At the same time, other conflicts flare up on earth and between various lunar colonies. On earth, an alliance between the Russians and Arab states seek to destroy Israel, but this union breaks down and threatens the stability of the Russian/Arab moon colony. An insane American evangelist enflames thousands of followers to destroy all spacecraft taking potential survivors to the moon as he thinks unbelievers should simply accept the will of God and die in the coming apocalypse. The Americans don’t like the idea of the Stormhaven colony having an equal voice in the future as they feel the Stormhaven base doesn’t have legitimate international standing. In short, in the precious time left before the asteroid hit, humanity is its own worst enemy.

Author Eric Michael Craig does an excellent job providing characters who represent the multiple perspectives and widely differing agendas of a number of nations, scientists, political and military leaders, as well as religious groups. He also provides a large number of interpersonal relationships of those desperate to survive on the moon, those who try to create safe havens on earth, or those spreading terrestrial and lunar havoc based on self-defeating motives. As with volume one, Craig is especially good with his explanations of scientific advances, vivid settings, and sadly too many believable human tensions. Without giving anything away, the concluding chapters include so much emotional punch that readers may well be breathless by the time they read the bonus chapter from the next book, Shadows in the Sun.

Certainly, it’s best to read Stormhaven Rising before diving into Prometheus. If you’re like me, you’ll want to go beyond these two novels, read book three, and look forward to the rest of the series coming out in 2017. To me, Eric Michael Craig undeniably deserves to be lauded as an important new voice in science fiction.


This review first appeared at BookPleasures.com on Jan. 23, 2016—
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