Monday, April 4, 2011

Frankenstein's Monster by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe

iconiconI'd seen Frankenstein's Monster in my library's list of ebooks, so when I heard a friend was reading it, I decided to try it.  First I reread Frankenstein, which I didn't enjoy as much as I had in the past.  Part of it was that I already knew so well what happened that I had a hard time focusing.

Frankenstein's Monster is essentially a sequel from the monster's point of view, picking up after Frankenstein's death.  At the end of Mary Shelley's classic, Frankenstein convinces his friend Walton to take up the hunt for the monster.  O'Keefe's sequel starts after Walton has been chasing the monster for an entire decade.

I think O'Keefe's sequel is told in a similar style to the original: in a sort of a meandering, "next this happened," kind of way.  At first I didn't like the style very much, but when the monster — who has taken his creator's first name, Victor — sought out Walton's family, I started to find the story more compelling.

Much of the book deals with the evolving relationship between Lily, Walton's niece, and the monster.  Interestingly, it seemed like as the book progressed, and more human the monster became, the more monster-like Lily became.

It was an interesting journey, and one I ended up liking much better than I thought I would at first.

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