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THIS DARK ENDEAVIOR: THE APPRENTICESHIP OF VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN By Kenneth Oppel September 5, 2011

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.
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     There are a lot of rave reviews about this book, but although I looked forward to its release, this will not be one of them. I did, very much, love the concept of the secret library, but that, and the fact that it was a really quick read, are the beginning and end of the good things I have to say about this selection.  I was hoping for something new, different, and haunting, but it was very action-adventure, and pretty Harry Potterish with the magical elements and two good friends and pretty girl as the books’ main characters. But if that’s what you seek in a book, you may enjoy it more than I did. Apparently many others did. But be warned, the pace was very slow in spots and some conversations seemed to go on and on and on…and on.  

      While the tone was gloomy, it wasn’t quite dark enough to meet my expectations.What I didn’t care for most was that it felt to me as if Victor Frankenstein was thrown in purely for marketability. Any character could have stood in Frankenstein’s shoes and had these adventures, and he could have lived nearly anywhere, too. And that, dear patrons of The Moonlit Library, is all this disappointed reader has to say on the subject. On to the next book!

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