Cannonball Read V: This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
I've never actually read Frankenstein (it's up after Such Wicked Intent, the sequel to This Dark Endeavor) so I have no idea if it covers any backstory. It's a fairly short book though, so I imagine the creating the monster, monster roaming free, monster wanting love, mob mob mob, takes up most of the space. This Dark Endeavor covers the backstory in a chilling, slightly horrifying, sometimes funny, often exciting, and always engaging way.
Kenneth Oppel is BRILLIANT at creating believable, sympathetic characters who don't stray in to Mary Sue territory. He creates realistic characters and relationships, making it much easier to get involved in the story and suspend disbelief when whacky stuff is going on. And there are a couple of things that strain credibility. But overall it's a lovely, fun book and I'm really looking forward to the sequel.
Please to note, I "read" the audibook version of This Dark Endeavor. I have no complaints about the reader and that's really saying something. I am a picky, picky bitch when it comes audiobook readers. I once wanted to track down and stab a reader for the way he said "sloth." So take my word that this is an enjoyable audiobook experience.
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