Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has been adapted and reimagined time and time again, and with Tim Burton’s stop motion film Frankenweenie hitting theaters this weekend, I thought it appropriate to give a shout out to Mary Shelley’s classic novel as well as other works she has inspired that are availabe here in the library.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley available at FIC SHE
- The Frankenstein series by Dean Koontz available at FIC KOO
- The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Theodore Roszak available at FIC ROS
- The Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel (who is awesome) available at YA OPP
- The Bride of Frankenstein Doesn’t Bake Cookies and Frankenstein Doesn’t Slam Hockey Pucks by Debbie Dady available at JS DAD
- Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich: and other stories you’re sure to like because they’re about monsters, and some of them are also about food, you like food, don’t you? well, alright then by Adam Rex (this is a seriously cute book and perfect for parents to read to their kids this time of year!) availble at EF REX
Be sure to stay tuned – we have some spooky October happenings in the works! More about those in the coming week >;-)
Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:
“The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory is a powerful story of the daughters of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick known as the Kingmaker. He was the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Without a son heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel, as pawns in his political battles to gain power at the court of Edward 1V of England. Though restrained by social laws, Anne and Isabel are wise and powerful in their own right. Their love for one another, their husbands and children move them to survive at any cost.
This passage told by the narrator, Anne, is a conversation between the sisters discussing the rise and fall of Europe’s power; “The two of them knew long ago that fortune throws you up to greatness and down to disaster and all you can do is endure.” And endure these women do to the very end.
I am not a British history buff but this historical novel held my interest as I pressed forward always wondering what lies ahead.
Anne reflects on her father’s death; “Of course he died with them, that day on the battlefield of Barnet, he died with them to make me queen, and I had to learn alone later what a hollow crown it is.”
As I read The Kingmaker’s Daughter the paparazzi’s photos of the topless Duchess of Cambridge spread like wild fire across the world. The glamorous royal fantasy of her life was shattered in a matter of minutes. Using a high tech camera lens, her privacy was invaded dropping her to the dirty world of lies. Politics don’t change just the players. I found myself stoping to pray for Kate Middleton.
Anyone interested in an intriguing view of England’s past will enjoy this #1 New York Times bestselling author’s latest read, The Kingmaker’s Daughter.”
If you have a book you liked (or didn’t) and would like to share with our readers, please email me using the contact page on this website and I’ll be happy to post it for you!
Online Book Club meets throughout the month via www.librarything.com and is perfect for patrons who would like an alternative to traditional books clubs. Books are available at circulation – a $3 shipping fee may apply.
The October selection is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: A young man sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty, remaining forever unchanged–petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral—while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years.
The October selection is The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson: Tells the parallel stories of Daniel Burnham, the main architect of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and serial killer Henry H. Holmes, discussing the challenges Burnham faced in creating the hugely successful White City, and looking at how Holmes used the opportunities afforded by the fair to lure victims to their deaths.
John Miller reviews the book The Language Police by Diane Ravitch : A censorship of textbooks exists that is not common knowledge where publishers expunge ANYthing that ANYone could find objectionable from the students’ reading.
John Miller always does such a wonderful job, and as a teacher I’m sure he has strong feelings on this interesting topic.
Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of The Friends of the Library. Hope to see you there!
The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen: Detective Carl Møorck investigates the twenty-year-old murders of a brother and sister whose confessed killer may actually be innocent, a case with ties to a homeless woman and powerful adversaries.
Sidney Sheldon’s Angel of the Dark by Tilly Bagshaw: A decade after elderly multimillionaire Andrew Jakes is found murdered and his young wife raped and beaten, his estranged son Andres Jakes investigates, notices similar cases around the world, and finds evidence pointing to one woman, known by the police as the Angel of Death.
City of Thieves by David Benioff: Seventeen-year-old Lev Beniov, having been arrested for looting the corpse of a German paratrooper, is given the opportunity to be released from jail if he, along with a soldier imprisoned for desertion, can secure twelve eggs to be used in the colonel’s daughter’s wedding cake by traversing the dangerous streets of Leningrad.
A Brew to Kill by Cleo Coyle: Clare finds herself having to sweet-talk two federal agents, dupe a drug kingpin, stake out a Dragon Boat festival, and teach a cocky young cop how to pull the perfect espresso – all while keeping herself and her baristas out of hot water.
The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker: Priest Danny Hansen spends his time showing powerful people who manipulate the law the errors of their ways. When he meets Renee Gilmore, a woman who is on a mission to destroy a man who made her his victim they search for him without realizing the path they are on may end very badly.
The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans: Still grieving the loss of his wife and the rest of his life, Alan Christoffersen starts walking the one thousand miles between South Dakota and St. Louis. Along the way, he meets a variety of memorable characters..
Broken Harbor by Tana French: In the aftermath of a brutal attack that left a woman in intensive care and her husband and young children dead, brash cop Scorcher Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, struggle with perplexing clues and Scorcher’s haunting memories of a shattering incident from his childhood.
Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood: When his carefully planned FBI sting is foiled by IRS attorney Olivia MacKenzie’s efforts to untangle an elaborate Ponzi scheme, agent Grayson Kincaid becomes the woman’s protector against dangerous and corrupt adversaries.
The King Maker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory: Anne, daughter of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, is married at age fourteen but soon becomes widowed and fatherless, and with her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy, Anne decides to escape by marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, leading her to both the loss of loved ones and tremendous power.