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Frankenstein by [Mary Shelley]
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a novel written in epistolary form, documenting a fictional correspondence between Captain Robert Walton and his siste, Margaret Walton Saville. Walton is failed writer and captain who sets out to explore the North Ple and expand his scientific kowledge in hopes of achieving fame. Durng the voyage, the cre spots a dog saled driven by a gigantic fiture. 

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Gr. 8^-12. Part of the Whole Story series, this is the full text of Mary Shelley's classic gothic story, which was first published in 1818 and has been a wild success ever since. Philippe Munch's illustrations have none of the power of Barry Moser's unforgettable woodcuts that evoke the loneliness of the grotesque outsider (in the Pennyroyal edition published by the University of California Press in 1984). The design here is crowded, and the type is small. However, the many period prints and maps in color and in black and white, with long, detailed captions, do provide the historical setting for the story, its geography, customs, and ideas. Teens enthralled by pop versions of the myth as well as science fiction fans will be interested in going back to the full version of what has been called the first science fiction novel and learning about the circumstances under which it was written by a woman, just 18 years old, 170 years ago. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN : B0774ZDHK2
  • Publisher : Kathartika (May 17, 2021)
  • Publication date : May 17, 2021
  • Language : English
  • File size : 692 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 119 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN : B08NWJPGS2
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2020
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2.0 out of 5 stars A small-sized, expensive edition ($29.95) with lackluster reproduction of Wrightson's artwork.
By GWB on August 13, 2020
There have been four different editions of FRANKENSTEIN with Wrightson art, and unfortunately this is the smallest-sized (6x9 inches) and most expensive ($29.95) edition with lackluster printing of the artwork (see photo). Obviously, if you just want the book for its text, there are dozens of other choices, and far cheaper. But the publisher, in its sales copy, is careful to make the distinction that this edition has the Wrightson art, which is its main selling point. Therefore, wouldn't you think they'd give us a proper showcase, with coated matte paper, like the IDW edition (the best of the four), instead of printing this on inexpensive, highly absorbent, standard book stock (55-pound or 70-pound, at most)?

The result is a book that simply isn't a good value for the money. If you want an edition of FRANKENSTEIN with the art gorgeously reproduced, in a large format, on coated semi-matte paper and exquisite reproduction, you'll have to buy one on the secondary market, because that edition, from Dark Horse, is long out of print. Go seek it out. Oh, my lord, it's such a beautiful book in every way, right down to its satin ribbon.

As a former book marketing director, while I applaud S&S for getting the book back in print, they are best advised to sell out the remaining inventory and go back to the drawing board, just as the late Bernie Wrightson did when he realized it was high time for the art to match the book with classic art. Bernie poured his heart and soul into illustrating what is unquestionably his masterpiece.

Perhaps the second time around the publisher will get a copy of the IDW edition and say: "How can we improve on this?" (Well, for starters, reprint Joyce Carol Oates' essay on the book, and add an appreciation of Wrightson himself, and add an additional gallery of the unused Wrightson artwork that appeared in a separate book, from a small press, titled THE LOST FRANKENSTEIN PAGES.) Then they'll have a book for the ages, which will make money for them for many years to come, which is what Bernie Wrightson's art richly deserves, and his wife Elizabeth also deserves, and what we, as readers, will buy.

Note: I have posted two photos of the Dark Horse edition, which I highly recommend.
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Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I was expecting...
By Sobriquet on January 17, 2019
I am disappointed in the quality of this book, which has a cover that looks like a copy of a copy printed up on someone’s cheap home printer and has more than a few ink splotches evident throughout the text. I am also puzzled by the numbering of the chapters, some of which are in roman numerals while others are in modern numbers, and the one blurry reproduction inside. Why even bother? As for the actual novel, I have to bring home my copy of the Norton version I own, but this one has only 146 pages, which seems off, considering the other copy I own is closer to 500. Of course, a number of those pages could be the foreward and a few critiques, but I doubt that it is three hundred pages worth. I should have known I was taking a chance with this version, especially when the cover illustration is clearly of the 1950s version of The Creature.
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Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2019
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Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE 1818 VERSION!
By Sarah Ramage on November 25, 2019
Despite saying it's the original 1818 text in the description, it is not; it's the 1831 edition. Considering that I specifically needed the 1818 version for my son's AP English class, this was incredibly disappointing and frustrating. However, since it was so cheap, it's not worth sending back, and my son will be using it as a stop-gap until my new order of the correct version arrives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling Romantic Gothic Classic that is genre defining
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 17, 2017
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Frankenstein but some altered version
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2017
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3.0 out of 5 stars It'll do for now
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2020
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1.0 out of 5 stars I find this a truly dreadful novel
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 10, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Affordable access to Bernie Wrightson's work
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 28, 2020
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