Frankenstein - Mary Shelley


By Mary Shelley

  • Release Date: 1817-12-31
  • Genre: Horror
Score: 4
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Mary Shelley was just 18 when she had a nightmare vision: “I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life.”

Despite her lack of writing experience, Shelley converted her dream into what is often referred to as the world’s first horror novel, a timeless tale of science gone bad. Frankenstein follows the story of Swiss scientist Victor Frankenstein, who manages to animate a hulking creature referred to as a “monster,” “wretch,” or “fiend.” Shelley’s 1818 classic has become one of the most frequently taught works of fiction, a cultural touchstone for conversations about the dark side of innovation. (Made-up words like Frankenscience andFrankenfood have become shorthand for the products of technological tampering.) More than 200 years after it was published, this novel remains a thought-provoking read that explores timely themes like creators’ responsibilities for the unintended consequences of their inventions.


  • The Frankenstein Novel is a Work of Art

    By Aguas Guy
    I have seen the Frankenstein Movie (1932) several times but this is the first time that I’ve read the book. Other than the name, the movie has very little of the book in it. I greatly enjoyed the book, as it was a cautionary tale warning us that unbridled scientific advances can be dangerous to mankind such as Nuclear Weapons. In addition, it was a very interesting travel log describing the beauty of parts of Switzerland, Germany and Scotland. I highly recommend this book as it far superior to Hollywood’s treatment of Frankenstein.
  • Underrated Classic

    By Big Bird Bam
    Why I don’t see this book on must-read lists is beyond me. Well-written and compelling from beginning to the end. Not as much about a monster as it is about the human condition.
  • Frakenstein

    By missmcgonagle
    Hard to imagine a 19 yr old girl wrote this
  • Completely captivating

    By Dbr1994
    Brilliantly written I’m on page 27 and already glued to this book.
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    By nicknam s
  • Totally worth your time so give it a read

    By hopefully this is helpful :)
    This is definitely worth the read. I had to read this for a college literature course and it has some beautiful depth to it in regards to human nature. Very thoroughly enjoyable and I highly recommend this for a good read (especially considering you can just access this freely as public domain).
  • Good idea, poorly executed

    By chemgirl🧪
    I am a high schooler who does like literature - I'm in the middle of Little Dorrit and Crime & Punishment - but I don't recommend. The first half of the book is just Victor Frankenstein's weird life story and some guy trying to find the North Pole. The characters are flat and the relationships are one-dimensional. Victor Frankenstein and his monster are conceited and self-piteous. The characters make many unrealistic decisions. I do love the idea of a man relating to his creation and whether the monster is human or not, but these aren't really touched on beyond a "woe is me". Also, there are a lot of really boring descriptions of Victor's depression and guilt and the Swiss countryside. To be fair, Mary Shelly was 19 when she wrote it, I believe. If you have to read a "literature" book for school, see if you can get The Poisonwood Bible, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, or Great Expectations.
  • Timeless

    By LilMartin85
    A story of passion, tragedy, and so much more. You may think you know the story based on the movies but the movies falsely represent the book. The movies focus on just one exciting moment, the monster receiving life. The book has many equally exciting, tragic, horrific, passionate, violent moments!
  • Frankenstein

    By OldGuy22730
    Much more intriguing than the movies made. This tale and its thought provoking narrative are truly the seeds of reflection for each person.
  • Can’t read it

    By LaPoodella
    I downloaded this book and now I cannot access it to read it. I have tried everything. Very frustrating. Same with the Complete Works of Shelley.