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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Another 4 Star Review on Amazon! My Frankenstein is Monstrously Good!

This one by Mark Souza.

My Frankenstein is Monstrously Good!

Eva was a little too bright to fit well into the small town in which she was raised. She was regarded as an odd little duck and frequently discounted and even maligned until the day Baron Frankenstein arrived. The Baron is a man of science with big plans to modernize the town. He takes an interest in Eva, opens his library to her, tutors her, but his interest in Eva is not purely academic. Eva is soon swept off her feet by the Baron's passion.

One day she meets Adam, the Baron's cousin. He is simpleminded, horribly scarred, and possessed of hauntingly familiar eyes. She comes to realize that Adam may not be simpleminded as she first thought, and may just lack an education. She sets about teaching Adam on a dare from the Baron. During her time in the castle, she grows to love Adam and witnesses the Baron's cruelty, both in his treatment of his cousin, and in his plans for the town.

My Frankenstein is a well written and well executed blend of romance and horror. I think if Mary Shelley were alive, she'd be smiling about this take on her creation. She would appreciate the care that was taken to extract the best parts of her story and stitch them into something completely new with a life of its own. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to lovers of romance and horror, or to those simply looking for a good read. Michael Lee is an author to keep an eye on. Expect great things.

Mark's a writer himself, you can check out his blog here!

Monday, May 23, 2011

I really like this review on Amazon!

This one is by Jennifer E "Rain Maiden."

I started My Frankenstein and was just going to read the first chapter to see if I wanted to start that book next. Twenty five chapters later, I look up and my husband is giving me the stink eye to start dinner. My Frankenstein is a story about a young women Eva, Viktor Frankenstein and Viktor's creation. I was intrigued from page one. It was a dark love story that had me torn in many different directions as the story unfolded. The storyline kept building until the very end. My heart was racing by the time I reached the end of the story. I enjoyed Michael Lee's smooth writing style. The words just flew off the pages. I would highly recommend My Frankenstein to anyone looking to be wrapped up in a dark love story.

That's what I like to hear, families going hungry because of My Frankenstein!

Seriously I'm posting this one for two reasons. One I love it that Rain Maiden chose to tell a little bit of a story in her review. It makes it very memorable. I can just picture the scene between her and her husband. It's fun but it also means this is a lady who understands storytelling a little bit. And I've been very gratified to receive high praise from published authors and people like Rain Maiden who understand storytelling.

The big reason I like this review is because of what she said about getting sucked in after the first chapter. Yes! That was what I was going for. I wanted it to be a book that's hard to put down. Seriously for various reasons I might use this review as a basis for a book trailer if I get enough sales.

What more can any author ask for?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Frankenstein Memories: Fun Stuff

Like most kids of my generation I watched way too much TV. But hey, now I can blog about it.

My first few real Frankenstein movies were a mixed bag of awesome (Abbott and Costello) and awful (Frankenstein 1970.) But really the big green guy was everywhere on TV in those days. You couldn’t get away from him. He was the star of a hundred Halloween themed commercials and kids specials and was a regular on three series I remember.

The first was obviously The Munsters, that classic 60s kitsch starring Fred Gwynne. Gwynne was an incredible actor and most of us only know him as Herman Munster. Herman is one of the iconic sitcom stars of the era right up there with Gilligan.

Then there was Monster Squad. No not the 80’s film but the live action Saturday Morning series. It starred Fred Gandy who would go on to play Gopher on the Love Boat and then later be elected to Congress. Mike Lane played the monster, erroneously referred to as Frankenstein in this series. As you can see the production values make Power Rangers look like Battlestar Galactica. But it was tons of mindless fun.

Then finally there was Frankenstein Jr.

This Hanna Barbara cartoon was sort of the ultimate little kids fantasy about the monster; a friendly, giant robot you could use to fight crime and blast evildoers. It’s light years away from the Shelley original but it’s still great fun.

But fun and games can only last so long. Inevitably you get into the real story. Strangely enough it was another cartoon The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo that clued me into the fact that Frankenstein was a much more serious story. This cartoon series was essentially Wishbone only with Magoo taking the place of the cute little dog. And they often stayed true to the source material featuring quite a few characters being killed. The Frankenstein episode had a great ending. It’s loosely based on the Shelley story. Victor (played by Magoo) is picked by a ship. But this time it leaves him at an island where the Monster has taken refuge. He finds the creature set up in its own castle where it’s been busy creating others of its kind. Frankenstein and the Monster confront each other and, in a nod to Bride of Frankenstein, Victor throws a switch that blows up the castle with them in it. Pretty strong stuff for a 1962 children’s program.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Catching Up

Whew been a busy week.

Here are some more reviews to post.

First from the wonderful Getting Naughty Between the Stacks is a 4 star or four book review of My Frankenstein.

Then from the Rondo winning blog Frankensteinia, the blog on all things Frankenstein, comes this great review!

Also my terrific manager Ken Atchity has re-posted Michele Hauf's fang-tastic review from Bite Club!

So spread the word and tell your friends!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Frankenstein Memories: Frankenstein 1970

Okay so Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was the first time I was introduced to the big guy. The next big memory for me, aside from some Saturday Morning shows that I'll get into later, was Frankenstein 1970. I was pretty excited when I tuned in to the local creature feature show and found out Frankenstein was playing. Little did I know.

It opened well enough. A girl is chased through the night by a shambling creature. You can't see the creature's face but it's obviously the famous square headed monster. It chases her into a lake and drowns her.

And then someone yells "Cut!"

I was probably 8 at the time but even then I knew that was a cheat. That great opening was just a movie. What follows is a boring mess. Instead of the classic I had tuned into a cheap 1958 low budget rip off. In my previous post I talked about how the Hollywood monsters were running out of steam by the mid 50s. Well this turkey came out in 1958 and by now it was on its last legs. At least here in the states. I didn't know any of this at the time. All I knew was that I was watching a Frankenstein movie that didn't have the monster, or at least the monster I was expecting. It did have Boris Karloff but I couldn't recognize him without his makeup. What probably happened, since this isn't a Universal picture, they couldn't get permission to use the classic Frankenstein look. Instead they gave us something cover in bandages with an over sized square head. It was to say the least a disappointment.

Here's the Monster Madness take on the movie.

Write What You Know on Pocket After Dark

I recently did a guest post on Pocket After Dark talking about that old saw "Write what you know."

It pains me to admit but I actually resisted that advice when I was a teenager. It's pretty typical for a young would be writer to close himself off. Writing is a very lonely process after all. But to be really good you have to open yourself up to the world. Not close it off. In the blog I talk about all the amazing story possibilities I willfully ignored back in those days.

Thanks again to Roxanne Rhoads for getting me a guest blog on Pocket After Dark!