Book Hunters in Brief #94: Frankenstein Reborn

As with so many archetypal characters--Robin Hood, Cinderella, the Cowboy--each generation remakes Frankenstein's monster in its own image. Originally, a stand-in for science run amok, nowadays, the monster tends toward the brooding and existential--goading us to ask questions like, why are we here? What is our relationship to our creator? What is the rational response to a world that seems increasingly hostile to our existence?

Writers have been riffing on Mary Shelley's creation almost since she first loosed him on the world. This week, the Book Hunters offer several spins--some serious, some lighter--on Frankenstein's monster.

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd

Monster: a Novel of Frankenstein by Dave Zeltserman

Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters by Suzanne Weyn

Frankenstein’s Dog by R.L. Stine

Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex

You say you prefer your reading heebie-jeebie-free? That's fine with Book Hunters! Just tell us what you like and don't like and we'll go down to the lab and put together a monster of a reading list just for you.