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Frankenstein by [Mary Shelley]

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Frankenstein Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 11,683 ratings

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Frankenstein, loved by many decades of readers and praised by such eminent literary critics as Harold Bloom, seems hardly to need a recommendation. If you haven't read it recently, though, you may not remember the sweeping force of the prose, the grotesque, surreal imagery, and the multilayered doppelgänger themes of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. As fantasy writer Jane Yolen writes of this (the reviewer's favorite) edition, "The strong black and whites of the main text [illustrations] are dark and brooding, with unremitting shadows and stark contrasts. But the central conversation with the monster--who owes nothing to the overused movie image … but is rather the novel's charnel-house composite--is where [Barry] Moser's illustrations show their greatest power ... The viewer can all but smell the powerful stench of the monster's breath as its words spill out across the page. Strong book-making for one of the world's strongest and most remarkable books." Includes an illuminating afterword by Joyce Carol Oates. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Mary Shelley (nee Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. Mary Godwin's mother died when she was eleven days old; afterwards, she and her older half-sister, Fanny Imlay, were raised by her father. When Mary was four, Godwin married his neighbour, Mary Jane Clairmont. Godwin provided his daughter with a rich, if informal, education, encouraging her to adhere to his liberal political theories. In 1814, Mary Godwin began a romantic relationship with one of her father’s political followers, the married Percy Bysshe Shelley. Together with Mary's stepsister, Claire Clairmont, they left for France and travelled through Europe; upon their return to England, Mary was pregnant with Percy's child. Over the next two years, she and Percy faced ostracism, constant debt, and the death of their prematurely born daughter. They married in late 1816 after the suicide of Percy Shelley's first wife, Harriet. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0774ZDHK2
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ KTHTK (May 22, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 22, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 692 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 119 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B08NWJPGS2
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 11,683 ratings

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Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2020
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2.0 out of 5 stars A small-sized, expensive edition ($29.95) with lackluster reproduction of Wrightson's artwork.
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2020
There have been four different editions of FRANKENSTEIN with Wrightson art, and unfortunately this is the smallest-sized (6x9 inches) and most expensive ($29.95) edition with lackluster printing of the artwork (see photo). Obviously, if you just want the book for its text, there are dozens of other choices, and far cheaper. But the publisher, in its sales copy, is careful to make the distinction that this edition has the Wrightson art, which is its main selling point. Therefore, wouldn't you think they'd give us a proper showcase, with coated matte paper, like the IDW edition (the best of the four), instead of printing this on inexpensive, highly absorbent, standard book stock (55-pound or 70-pound, at most)?

The result is a book that simply isn't a good value for the money. If you want an edition of FRANKENSTEIN with the art gorgeously reproduced, in a large format, on coated semi-matte paper and exquisite reproduction, you'll have to buy one on the secondary market, because that edition, from Dark Horse, is long out of print. Go seek it out. Oh, my lord, it's such a beautiful book in every way, right down to its satin ribbon.

As a former book marketing director, while I applaud S&S for getting the book back in print, they are best advised to sell out the remaining inventory and go back to the drawing board, just as the late Bernie Wrightson did when he realized it was high time for the art to match the book with classic art. Bernie poured his heart and soul into illustrating what is unquestionably his masterpiece.

Perhaps the second time around the publisher will get a copy of the IDW edition and say: "How can we improve on this?" (Well, for starters, reprint Joyce Carol Oates' essay on the book, and add an appreciation of Wrightson himself, and add an additional gallery of the unused Wrightson artwork that appeared in a separate book, from a small press, titled THE LOST FRANKENSTEIN PAGES.) Then they'll have a book for the ages, which will make money for them for many years to come, which is what Bernie Wrightson's art richly deserves, and his wife Elizabeth also deserves, and what we, as readers, will buy.

Note: I have posted two photos of the Dark Horse edition, which I highly recommend.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE 1818 VERSION!
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2019
Despite saying it's the original 1818 text in the description, it is not; it's the 1831 edition. Considering that I specifically needed the 1818 version for my son's AP English class, this was incredibly disappointing and frustrating. However, since it was so cheap, it's not worth sending back, and my son will be using it as a stop-gap until my new order of the correct version arrives.
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Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I was expecting...
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2019
I am disappointed in the quality of this book, which has a cover that looks like a copy of a copy printed up on someone’s cheap home printer and has more than a few ink splotches evident throughout the text. I am also puzzled by the numbering of the chapters, some of which are in roman numerals while others are in modern numbers, and the one blurry reproduction inside. Why even bother? As for the actual novel, I have to bring home my copy of the Norton version I own, but this one has only 146 pages, which seems off, considering the other copy I own is closer to 500. Of course, a number of those pages could be the foreward and a few critiques, but I doubt that it is three hundred pages worth. I should have known I was taking a chance with this version, especially when the cover illustration is clearly of the 1950s version of The Creature.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2020
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williamcani
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling Romantic Gothic Classic that is genre defining
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 17, 2017
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Runmentionable
3.0 out of 5 stars It'll do for now
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2020
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Frankenstein but some altered version
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2017
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Rob Ash
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Edition of the Original Frankenstein at Exceptional Value!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 21, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Edition of the Original Frankenstein at Exceptional Value!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 21, 2020
I'm not sure it's worth my reviewing the story in this book, since everyone is so familiar with it. But if you haven't actually read this original version then it is well worth doing so, if you can cope with the beautiful classic writing style.

The main reason I wanted to do this review was to let you know just how nice this book is physically.
The format is a Flexibound Edition by Barnes & Noble. It's basically a faux leather-bound cover. Obviously not real leather, it is a soft feel plastic or rubber which is marginally flexible in the hand.
The first and last pages are backed in the old-world style using frantically patterned end papers.
The page edges are colour sprayed to complement the cover.
There is also a page marking ribbon.
Even the relatively thick paper stock has slightly off white colouring and lends itself to the feel of an old original collectable.

In short, for the incredibly low retail price of this book you get an absolutely stunning edition, which looks fantastic on the shelf in a collected set and feels great in the hand as you read. Barnes and Noble do a nice collection in this format. Just search for (Barnes Noble Flexibound editions) on Amazon.
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Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Affordable access to Bernie Wrightson's work
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 28, 2020
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