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The Secret Laboratory Journals of Dr. Victor Frankenstein Paperback – International Edition, September 1, 1998
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For starters in Mary Shelley's novel Victor was not a Doctor. He was a student at Ingolstadt University.
Also electric eels never came up in the actual Frankenstein novel. That was invented for the 1994 film Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and later re-used for the movie I, Frankenstein.
In the actual Frankenstein novel the method Victor used to bring his creation to life is deliberately left vague. He does this as to not reveal the method to Captain Walton however what is revealed is this.
1. He was studying the work of Paracelsus (an alchemist).
2. He was reading the work of Agrippa (a sorcerer).
3. He was studying metaphysics. (The creature was not pure science in the novel).
4. Victor told us about the power of the lightning as it struck the tree when he was seventeen.
5. It took him two years to complete his work.
6. When Victor brought his creation to life it was in an attic room in Ingolstadt Bavaria, on a stormy November night. He and later The Creature confirm this. This means that lightning was likely involved. ...Not electric eels.
Seriously, does no one question where in 1790s Bavaria you would get a decent supply of live electric eels?
Finally, if we follow Mary Shelley's novel The Creature was NOT bald. He had a full head of long, flowing, black hair.
I wish someone would write a Victor Frankenstein novel that actually fits with what is written in the novel.
Other than that I do like the imitation hand-written entries. I also like that it has illustrations all through out, that look like they could have been done by Victor Frankenstein.
The journal covers all the way from Victor's childhood, through his creation of the monster, all the way to his dying words in the icy North. There are a few drawings in the book that (unlike previous comments) seem "too good" to be a sketch of a scientist. It becomes obvious one is looking at the work of an artist rather than a sketch of a brilliant scientist.
All this to say, I am completely spoiled from the best adaptation concept of Victor's diary with TIMOTHY BASIL ERING and ROSCOE COOPER's "Diary of Victor Frankensteins". I HIGHLY recommend this as the supreme out of the two. Every entry looks like the paper would after a couple hundred years of decay with dark sketches that are highly real and with hand writing that seems completely life-like (and difficult to read at times as a result...a nice touch indeed). Keep away from Kay's book and search for Ering's book instead!
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