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MARY MODERN By: Camille DeAngelis January 27, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

     Here is another book, as promised,  that deals with the issue of forcing nature’s hand to create life. This novel, which came out in January of 2007, is about biogenetic engineer, Lucy Morrigan, who lives alone amid four generations of accumulation in her old family mansion. Wanting a child, and learning she is infertile, she decides to clone her beloved grandmother using DNA retrieved from a bloodstained apron she found in the attic. After carrying the fetus for three months, Lucy is so huge that a friend of  hers, who also in the medical field, performs a C-section, and they incubate Grandma. The “baby” grows into an indignant twenty-two year old woman who yearns for her lover from 1929 while adjusting (sometimes a bit too well) to the present times.
     This novel is not horrifying, but it is interesting, a lot of fun, and a quick read. It is quite ambitious and well done, but it is a “chick read”, and not one I would recommend to a guy.

        And now…the movie!!

     Another very creative and quirky regeneration tale is a 2002 movie called MAY. This one seems to not have gotten much press, so I am including it in case you missed it. May, played superbly by Angelina Bettis, was a misfit loner since childhood when she had to wear a patch for a lazy eye, and her only friend was a really, really creepy doll passed down to her by her mother. Had she not found her niche as a veterinary nurse, May could very well have turned to a career in library science.

     I won’t say the movie isn’t predictable, because it certainly is. But it has a unique quality, disgusting and memorable scenes, and the overall ambiance that makes a      movie  a cult classic. I don’t want to reveal too much of the plot, so will only say that May fell for a guy, or, rather, she fell for his hands. Yes, she was obsessed with body parts, so there is your hint at the plot. Now run out and find May at your video store or local library — but not until you have finished your reading for the day.

     I have one more book about a human trying to control life and death that I will review next time, because I thought it unfair to exit this category without including a Frankenstein story. Come back to the Moonlit Library soon. You’ll find the Lycan Librarian at the Reference Desk.



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