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Lady and Her Monsters, The Hardcover – Deckle Edge, February 5, 2013
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Roseanne Montillo starts FAR too many sentences with "many believed" or "some have said" or "critics argued" without properly referencing WHO believed, WHO said, or WHO argued. This may not have been such a big oversight if so many of her claims weren't so fantastic. For instance, at one point she seems to suggest that the myth of the golem, a Jewish monster animated into human form, may have actually happened. I'm sure she doesn't really believe that...does she? She makes similar claims when talking about various experiments done by the "mad scientists" of the 19th century, those who tried to create or resurrect life with human body parts and electricity. While I understand her point that these experiments had a strong influence on Mary Shelley's writing, she sometimes presents the "success" of these experiments in ways that stretch credulity. And her footnotes--if you can call them that--are merely notes for further reading, broad suggestions about which books she used for which chapters, without giving specifics about sources, page numbers, etc. I know sometimes publishers ask that footnotes be cut for brevity, but these were actually longer than if she had just properly annotated her research. Plus, according to her acknowledgements, a lot of her "research" involved conversations she had with people before writing the book.
None of that makes it a bad book, per se. It's just not a history book.Read more ›
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Brilliant writing. A completely original and fascinating take on Mary Shelly and Frankenstein. Roseanne Montillo is a superb writer. Highly recommended.Published 23 months ago by E. Martin Olson
Of all the books I have read (both willingly and assigned) I can think of few that were as well researched as this one.Published 23 months ago by Bigbadjohn
I guess somewhat consistent with the lengthy subtitle, when reading The Lady and her Monsters I found it difficult to discern the main theme. Read morePublished 24 months ago by T. Edmund