The Mammoth Task of Reading The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein Comes to an End


Words that I Learned:

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Words that I Already Knew:

Menhir was a word that I already knew because of the Malazan Books of the Fallen series. If you like all things epic fantasy, then you should not miss out on this one! Back to the word:
“a large upright standing stone ”

Words that I found Interesting and Might Use:

 

Cucurbit:
A familiar word since the gourd family is known as Curcubitaceae, it means, “The lower part of an alembic”.

Words that I Loved:

Nautch (girls) as in dancing (girls)

Attar (of roses) as in perfume (of roses)

Words that Stayed with Me:

“And there I will stay with her, to be there with her, to take refuge with her among the dead. I will tear at my body and my corruption until we are one in soft asylum. And there I will  remain, living with death for whatever may be left of eternity. Wish me Godspeed.”

Charlie, like all true artists, had not thought of his creation in terms of sordid usefulness, because, so far as he could remember Baron Frankenstein’s monster had not been expected to find gainful employment.

(About Suttee) “Which district officer in the land did not pray that he would never encounter it?”

“Manny used to say we loved each other, but how the fuck do I know. I feel happier when she’s around, that’s all I know. She doesn’t have any teeth and her left arm’s gone and they’ve taken both of her ovaries, but I like her. She makes me laugh.”

“…several Japanese giant monster films have Frankenstein forced into their titles for German release, since Frankenstein is a generic term for monster in Germany.”

 

Review:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:

 I have already reviewed the book that started it all! Go here to read my review.

A New Life by Ramsey Campbell:

The mad Doctor tries to resurrect someone who died recently. There isn’t much of a story but you can see that the author has a way with words. I’ll hold on to my judgement until I have read more by him.

The Creator by R. Chetwynd-Hayes:

An unflappable aunt, a dead grandpa, an uncle who is still alive, and a monster are all caught up in the middle of an inventor’s plans.

Better Dead by Basil Copper:

A husband loves his Frankenstein movies just a bit too much. A resentful wife who doesn’t!

Creature Comforts by Nancy Kilpatrick:

The author’s right — Frankenstein’s monster would make a good rockstar!

Mannikins of Horror by Robert Bloch:

What animates us as opposed to a clay mannikin? Trapped in a mental asylum, a patient finds out!

El sueño de la razon by Daniel Fox:

A child who is constructed in a lab, not born, tries in vain to be accepted by his peers.

Pithcanthropus rejectus by Manly Wade Wellman:

The ape-human hybrid who was neither and both.

Tantamount to Murder by John Brunner:

The Marquis was going to revive his not so recently-dead wife. If only people believed in his abilities!

Last Train by Guy N. Smith:
A young man who has lived a very sheltered life meets not one but three Franken-women!

The Hound of Frankenstein by Peter Tremayne:
The Doctor is well and alive in this one. Oh, and he is crazy evil.

Mother of Invention by Graham Masterton:
I have read other books by this horror writer. His writing is much more interesting in the form of a short story.
David’s mom is aging too slowly for her age. He soon finds out why.

The Frankenstein Legacy by Adrian Cole:
In the author’s own words, “In Mary Shelley’s novel, the scientist clearly dies, the Monster determined to self-destruct. But then it struck me that we only have Robert Walton’s word for that, don’t we? 

The story portrays the monster from Frankenstein as someone impervious to pain and elements of the weather. It is a deviation from the original since Mary Shelley’s work made us empathize with the creature. I like her POV better.

The Dead Line by Dennis Etchison:
In the world that this story is set, scientific advances have made it possible to extend life indefinitely. It just isn’t a good idea to die there! This story starts with the most horrifying opening lines that will haunt you forever once you have read them. They will also ensure that you read the rest!

“This morning I put ground glass in my wife’s eyes. She didn’t mind. She didn’t make a sound. She never does.”
Poppi’s Monster by Lisa Morton:
A little girl whose life treats her painfully because her father is the monster in her life.

 

Undertow by Karl Edward Wagner:
A necromancer forces a young woman to stay with him. Or does he?  
The author has a thing for the gourd family. He uses “cucurbit” and “gourd” both within the same story!

A Complete Woman by Roberta Lannes:

A doctor decides to make a complete woman.

Last Call for the Sons of Shock by David J. Schow:
Blank Frank, the Count, and the Wolfman all get together to reminisce.

Chandira by Brian Mooney:
A pre-partition story set in the Indian subcontinent about a rishi who loved all his wives a little too much.

Completist Heaven by Kim Newman:
A completist decides to catalog all the movies he watches. His dish antenna starts making more work for him by creating more of them!

The Temptation of Dr. Stein by Paul J. McAuley:
A doctor has a run in with another doctor, Dr. Pretorious.

To Receive is Better by Michael Marshall Smith:
Evil science clones kids for a very wrong reason.

The Dead End by David Case:
Another Frankenstein tries to play god but this one is way dastardlier than Victor ever was! ✮ 

Frankenstein by Jo Fletcher:
A poem about Frankenstein and the monster he created.

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