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THE CASEBOOK OF VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN By: Peter Ackroyd January 28, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.
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Peter Ackroyd is an acclaimed British biographer, historical novelist and poet, so it is no wonder his version of Mary Shelley’s classic FRANKENSTEIN, set mostly in London, is so vividly brought to life and masterfully engineered. He tells the story of Victor Frankenstein while adding some intriguing characters: Mary Shelley, Lord Bysshe Shelley, and the pompous Lord Byron. The tale is atmospheric, stimulating and dark as Victor’s obsession with reanimating the dead leads him to the Doomsday men, the blood-chilling resurrectionists. I realize this review is brief, but the Frankenstein plot is already well-known, and I cannot reveal too much of the differences in this particular gothic horror novel without spoiling it for the reader, especially in regards to the wonderful twist at the end. Ackroyd is a prolific and intelligent writer whose books both educate and entertain, so please know that when you pick up this novel, you will be fully immersing yourself into nineteenth century Europe, and loving every minute of it.

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