Why did I love this book?
I was trapped in Mary Shelley’s unparalleled prose after the first sentence in her novel Frankenstein. There was no escaping this tragic account of one man’s hubris, and resulting offence against nature and the divine. It was pure inspiration and irresistible to me as a young fan of the horror genre in comics, books, and movies, and collector of Aurora monster model kits. Within moments of his introduction, we see the shadow of Dr. Frankenstein’s fall in the first vaulted descriptions of his scientific method and philosophy, mirrored later in his creature’s sad story. These characters define the antihero as they make prideful claims of superiority and capacity for greatness despite lacking the vital ingredient of compassion for those they claim to love.