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  • Interesting

    The story begins in Lake Geneva 1816 where Mary Shelley, then just eighteen-years-old is holidaying with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and their friends Lord Byron, John Polidori, and half-sister Clair Clairmont. There is a tremendous storm and the friends are stuck inside for days on end. With nothing much to do except pass the time with stories and sex, Mary begins to pen her novel, Frankenstein. We then move into the present with Doctor Ry Shelley who is Transgender/non-binary. Scientist Victor Stein, sex-mad/sexbot selling Ron Lord, Journalist Polly, and Evangelist Claire in a futuristic real-life Frankenstein moment with some sex dolls and stolen body parts amongst other mad moments. This was a book I was hoping to love, unfortunately, I found Frankissstein heavy going. I was expecting a laugh-out-loud, humorous book but it felt like more like a piece of literary fiction and I struggled to find much humour in it. The funny sections that I did come across almost felt forced or that they were added just for laughs. I did find a few moments back in the 1816s with Shelley and her friends that gave me the odd giggle but this was the section that I had to concentrate on as apart from being the author Frankenstein I knew nothing of her life and the work is part fictionalised and part factual. The plot is certainly different and unique. This felt like two books that had been combined to provide one novel. Whilst the historical element often had me having to focus I did enjoy these sections. Not something I would normally have chosen to read and did take me out of my comfort zone but they were surprisingly interesting and informative. The sci-fi/robotics/madness section just wasn’t to my liking and whilst I expected this to be the part of the book I enjoyed the most, it didn’t blow me away. I can understand the cross-over between the two sections but I’d rather have just read a book about Mary Shelley if I’m honest. If you like books that are a little weird, step out from the norm and try to discover the meaning of life then this is a book you will enjoy, as long as you like a little bit of history to go with it.

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  • Compelling and clever

    A really clever re-working/re-telling/mashup of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that creatively ponders the illusive questions of what is life,memory and how or where does AI intersect with our consciousness. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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