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This monstrous thing /

by Lee, Mackenzi.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]Edition: First edition.Description: 371 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780062382771 (hardcover).Subject(s): Cyborgs -- Fiction | Dead -- Fiction | Supernatural -- Fiction | Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851. Frankenstein -- Fiction | Geneva, Lake (Switzerland and France) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction | Switzerland -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction | Science fictionSummary: "When a talented mechanic in 1818 Geneva brings his brother back from the dead using clockwork parts, the citizens of Geneva think they may have inspired the recently published novel Frankenstein"-- Provided by publisher.
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<p>A wildly creative Gothic fantasy retelling of Frankenstein, This Monstrous Thing is a wholly new reimagining of the classic novel by Mary Shelley and is perfect for fans of retellings such as Cinder by Marissa Meyer, fantasy by Libba Bray and Cassandra Clare, and alternative history by Scott Westerfeld.</p> <p>In an alternative fantasy world where some men are made from clockwork parts and carriages are steam powered, Alasdair Finch, a young mechanic, does the unthinkable after his brother dies: he uses clockwork pieces to bring Oliver back from the dead.</p> <p>But the resurrection does not go as planned, and Oliver returns more monster than man. Even worse, the novel Frankenstein is published and the townsfolk are determined to find the real-life doctor and his monster. With few places to turn for help, the dangers may ultimately bring the brothers together--or ruin them forever.</p>

"When a talented mechanic in 1818 Geneva brings his brother back from the dead using clockwork parts, the citizens of Geneva think they may have inspired the recently published novel Frankenstein"-- Provided by publisher.

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In an alternate-universe steampunk 1818 Geneva, Alasdair Finch lives with a terrible secret. Hes responsible for the accident that killed his brother Oliver, but hes also responsible for having furtively dug up his brothers body and re-animated him entirely with clockwork parts. Now, two years later, Alasdair keeps his monstrous brother hidden, both to muffle Olivers violent rages and to protect him from the townspeoples narrow-minded vigilantism. Then an arrest warrant is issued for Alasdair for the crime of helping mechanicals, and he must quickly flee Geneva for Ingolstadt, where he discovers that his mentor Dr. Geisler is secretly and illegally performing the same sorts of resurrections that Alasdair is horrified at having accomplished. This retelling of Frankenstein, set in the year the novel came out, has all the gothic atmosphere of Shelleys book, and includes Mary Godwin (Shelleys maiden name) as a character. Here she is inspired to write that novel as a means of grappling with her own abhorrence at having assisted in Olivers reawakening, but her fictionalized account further inflames prejudices against mechanicals. Lee elaborates on Shelleys themes of humanity and playing Godconcerns as timely now as in Shelleys eraand portrays the monster in Alasdairs first-person account in ways that bring the depths of its unnaturalness home to the reader. Retellings of classics can be hit-or-miss undertakings, but in Lees masterful prose, this macabre novel is charged with unmistakable signs of life. anita l. burkam (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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