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Frankenstein Libertado ❮EPUB❯ ✸ Frankenstein Libertado Author Brian W. Aldiss – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Cover artist A PedroJoe Bodenland, a st century American, passes through a timeslip and finds himself with Byron and Shelley in the famous villa on the shore of Lake Geneva More fantastically, he find Cover artist A PedroJoe Bodenland, a st century American, passes through a timeslip and finds himself with Byron and Shelley in the famous villa on the shore of Lake Geneva More fantastically, he finds himself face to face with a real Frankenstein, a doppelganger inhabiting a complex world where fact and fiction may as easily have congress as Bodenland himself manages to make love to Mary Shelley This title was made into a film, starring John Hurt, Raul Julia, Bridget Fonda, Jason Patric and Michael Hutchence.


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  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    The monster at my feet said, This I will tell you, and through you, all men, if you are deemed fit to rejoin your kind that my death will weighheavily upon you than my life No fury I might possess could be a match for yours Moreover, though you seek to bury me, yet will you continuously resurrect me Once I am unbound I am unbounded Original cover art from the first edition in 1973 I like it Joe Bodenland is living in the midst of a dying Earth in 2020 A nuclear war in space The monster at my feet said, This I will tell you, and through you, all men, if you are deemed fit to rejoin your kind that my death will weighheavily upon you than my life No fury I might possess could be a match for yours Moreover, though you seek to bury me, yet will you continuously resurrect me Once I am unbound I am unbounded Original cover art from the first edition in 1973 I like it Joe Bodenland is living in the midst of a dying Earth in 2020 A nuclear war in space has torn the fabric of the universe, and now everyone is experiencing timeslips The future and the past are now blending He might go to bed in 2020 and wake up in 1984 or 1432 The timeslips are unreliable He might be in 1776 for an hour or twenty hours before he is snapped back into the present in 2020 By seeking to control too much, we have lost control of ourselves When Bodenland finds himself in 1816 Switzerland, he can t help but explore He drives his 21st century nuclear powered car out from his temporarily relocated house to take a look around Before he can return, the timeslipslips again and he is stuck in the 19th century He is not that unhappy about it in fact, he is rather giddy at the thought of meeting the Romantic poets who just happen to be vacationing in Switzerland at this very moment in time Byron, Shelley, and his soon to be wife, Mary, are welcoming, but after meeting Victor Frankenstein over a stein of beer, Bodenland realizes that there is a mashup of the real and imaginary happening as well He sees the creature, the fiend, the Frankenstein s monster, and feels that something must be done before this beast, already a murderer, kills again He goes to Mary Wollstonecraft, hoping that she can give him insight into a book she hasn t even written yet She is not yet eighteen, a young mother, but at the height of her beauty, and at an intriguing stage of her developing intellect Bodenland is starstruckSeen in the soft green light of the window, speaking with her serious calm air, Mary Shelley was beautiful to behold There might be a melancholy here, but there was none of Shelley s madness, none of Byron s moodiness She seemed like a being apart, a very sane but extraordinary young woman, and a slumbering thing in my breast woke and opened to her Bodenland knowsabout Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley than she knows about herself at this point in her life He is enad with the woman she is going to be, as much oras he is of the young girl she is at this moment Let your sunlight and my moonlight mingle She says, which means exactly what you think it does Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Doesn t a woman look sexy writing a novel I can think of a number of literary crushes I have on writers Marguerite Duras, Clarice Lispector, or Daphne du Maurier to name a few I may have to add Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley to the list Bodenland becomes obsessed with stopping Frankenstein before he creates another creature Frankenstein feels compelled to comply with the Monster s request, due to his own guilt and the very real fear that, if he doesn t supply the Monster with a woman, he will be torn to shreds Bodenland finds himself desperately chasing these creatures, taking the role that Frankenstein fulfilled in the original book Nothing could refresh my soul I was a Jonas Chuzzlewit, a Raskolnikov I had lied, cheated, committed adultery, looted, thieved, and ultimately murdered henceforth my only fit company was the two brutes who journeyed somewhere ahead of me, my only fit surroundings the frigid hinterlands of hell which I now entered He has become worse than those he feels must be destroyed Will he himself be unhinged, unbound, unfit Brian W Aldiss is a huge fan of the novel Frankenstein Hehas argued that it should be considered the first true science fiction story because, in contrast to previous stories with fantastical elements resembling those of later science fiction, the central character makes a deliberate decision and turns to modern experiments in the laboratory to achieve fantastic resultsHe certainly felt respect, maybe mingled with a bit of lust, for Mary Wollstonecraft, which I find to be charming and only slightly pervy that he fulfilled a sexual fantasy in fiction through a surrogate character I wish that Aldiss had developed the interactions with Shelley and Byronthoroughly They are such dynamic, fascinating characters that I felt shorted by the drive by moments that they appeared in the novel It reminded me of how much I enjoyed Tim Power s book The Stress of Her RegardInteresting concept, so interesting in fact that I wantedI felt the idea of the book was sold short and could have been a terrific book if Aldiss had drilled down deeper into the thoughts and feelings this situation inspired Recommended for fans of Frankenstein and his monster If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


  2. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    Meta fictional adventure, in which an earthquake shakes our main character and his car from a dystopian future into a past in which Mary Shelley s brain power, as some have long suspected, in a curious form of head birth even as Zeus strained to bring forth Athena has given real life both to Frankenstein and his monster This leaves the main character with the curious task of returning the monster to a purely fictional status through violent means, a course of action which the monster finds obje Meta fictional adventure, in which an earthquake shakes our main character and his car from a dystopian future into a past in which Mary Shelley s brain power, as some have long suspected, in a curious form of head birth even as Zeus strained to bring forth Athena has given real life both to Frankenstein and his monster This leaves the main character with the curious task of returning the monster to a purely fictional status through violent means, a course of action which the monster finds objectionable The one pursues the other, not simply in replication of Mme Shelley s story, but also as her narrative haunts our imagination, with its evergreen tale of our own neglected creations turning against us


  3. Karl Karl says:

    This hardcover book is number 40 of 300 copies for sale and is numbered and signed by Brian W AldissMichael MoorcockThomas Walker


  4. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy Jayaprakash Satyamurthy says:

    Brian Aldiss has a mother complex.There s no other way to explain his novel FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND In it, Joe Bodenland, a man from the 21st century slips back in time to the 19th century specifically, to Switzerland, where he first meets Victor Frankenstein and his monster and then, after another displacement, Mary Shelley and her illustrious companions He becomes obsessed with thwarting first Frankenstein, and then his monsters.There s some good stuff along the way Aldiss portraits of Percy Brian Aldiss has a mother complex.There s no other way to explain his novel FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND In it, Joe Bodenland, a man from the 21st century slips back in time to the 19th century specifically, to Switzerland, where he first meets Victor Frankenstein and his monster and then, after another displacement, Mary Shelley and her illustrious companions He becomes obsessed with thwarting first Frankenstein, and then his monsters.There s some good stuff along the way Aldiss portraits of Percy Shelley and Lord Byron are colourful and convincing The narrator s various meditations on the scientific quest to learnand improve on nature are occasionally though provoking, raising interesting questions about, for instance, whether rationality has really donefor human dignity than religion, even when the points they make are debatable did religion really protect the basic dignity of every human beingthan reason based capitalism It seems unlikely Aldiss depiction of the monster and its mate yes, Frankenstein Makes Woman in this pastiche are pretty good, too.But there s little sense to it all The narrator is obsessed with destroying the monster and his mate, even though they seem to deserve it little enough Bodenland himself becomes a bit of a monster in his murderous quest There are one too many time slips, and nothing is really explained or tied up.Most egregious of all, the narrator sleeps with Mary Shelley, for little reason other than that he is there, and he makes her happy by telling her that he is a time traveller who can vouch for the eventual success of her novel It seems highly out of character from what I ve read of Mary Shelley, who was no libertine, and certainly the fact that the narrator is presented as an old man, a grandfather, at the end of his career, makes the liaison that much stranger I think Aldiss just wanted to fantasise about making love to Mary Shelley, whom he has often described as the mother of his genre, and to hell with sense or plot coherence Having written this bit of slash fic, he then built a fairly shoddy structure around it, and then, being of a thoughtful bent of mind, fleshed it out a bit with philosophical ramblings.The end result is less than a novel, not quite an essay An alogether vexatious and disappointing exercise Aldiss is one of theinteresting and original literary SF writers, and one with a keen engagement with the genre s nature and history I expected muchfrom his take on what he holds to be one of the first, if not the first, SF novel


  5. Randolph Randolph says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book is just terrible I hate to think what the Dracula counterpart was like I m going to mark it as abandoned even though I will probably slog through the rest of it The writing is pre pubescent at the best of times and the whole thing smells like a dash off I know it s science fiction but the whole thing is also preposterous The premise is shabby and the execution evenso Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, not to mention Byron, and Percy Shelley, would be spinning in their graves if t This book is just terrible I hate to think what the Dracula counterpart was like I m going to mark it as abandoned even though I will probably slog through the rest of it The writing is pre pubescent at the best of times and the whole thing smells like a dash off I know it s science fiction but the whole thing is also preposterous The premise is shabby and the execution evenso Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, not to mention Byron, and Percy Shelley, would be spinning in their graves if they knew a half wit hack like Aldiss hitched his wagon to her team It would take me as much time to explain this mess as the book is long, so I m not going much into the nonsense that is supposed to be a plot The action starts in the distant future of 2020 Now for some time I ve been telling sf authors you need to pitch things a whole lot farther in the future, or make it at least hazy and ambiguous what future time we re talking about, like a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, but nobody listens The otherwise excellent Philip K Dick made some of the same mistakes Millennials don t know or care dick about Nixon How s that for clever prose Wait on it You ll get it eventually If you don t do this the future era, so to speak, looks stupid because you know it won t turn out that way no matter how prescient you think you might be Better to project an alternative history future It sits better, like Blade Runner 2049 Otherwise you ve already got one foot in the grave with the future reader.Then there s the romance between Mary Godwin and our protagonist Joe Bodenland Could have only been written by a repressed male Never mind There s also these time slips where bits of the Earth presumably get pushed forward and backward in time and space These provide Aldiss s Deux Ex Machina to move things conveniently along when he needs to Then there s the fact that the whole Frankenstein story is somehow real and not Mary Shelley s invention Like she wasn t clever enough to come up with it on her own.Aldiss was always a lightweight in the circle of New Wave speculative fiction the right place at the right time.Michael Moorcock should be ashamed for writing the introduction and not telling the reader it was a practical joke, like L Ron Hubbard s stuff


  6. Brenna Brenna says:

    In the year 2020 so begins Frankenstein Unbound , a great war has created cataclysmic conditions on Earth Nuclear warfare between warring nations has created not an uninhabitable world, but a condition wherein so called timeslips occur That is, the inhabitants of 2020 find themselves thrust into times and places throughout history and beyond, before the timescale corrects itself and reverts them to their proper time and locale.This chronological dyspepsia is the direct result of the nuc In the year 2020 so begins Frankenstein Unbound , a great war has created cataclysmic conditions on Earth Nuclear warfare between warring nations has created not an uninhabitable world, but a condition wherein so called timeslips occur That is, the inhabitants of 2020 find themselves thrust into times and places throughout history and beyond, before the timescale corrects itself and reverts them to their proper time and locale.This chronological dyspepsia is the direct result of the nuclear bombing of opposing nations moon colonies Heh, heh no, hang on now.Joe Bodenland, married father of two, finds himself propelled into the year 1816 the first man ever to be displaced in time along with his automobile Within moments, he finds himself encountering the fictional Dr Frankenstein in a pub in Switzerland Obviously, Joe surreptitiously follows the man closely, watching as Frankenstein s Monster bursts forth from a thunderous mountaintop to do mortal battle with the good doctor Fortunately for the storyline, he escapes.Unfortunately, poor Joe Bodenland is no literary scholar, and finds himself having difficulty recalling the precise details of Mary Shelley s classic work To rectify this, he seeks out Ms Shelley herself then known as Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, for she had yet to wed Percy Bysshe to inquire as to the finality of her fictional creation.As it turns out ha, ha, ha , Joe takes Mary Shelley to bed, and they fall in love Joe then hunts down the mysterious Dr Frankenstein in order to protect mankind from his abhorrent monsters and yes, it is finally revealed that Joe s car is outfitted with a gun turret, just like all 2020 models will be but winds up in prison for the suspected homicide of the missing Frankenstein Joe, however, finds himself sprung from jail during the fracas of a freak flash flood, after which he begins his hunt anew.Heh, heh, heh No, really This is just the first half of the book Just wait until you get to the part where Frankenstein s Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein get into their little mating ritual Or the torching of Frankenstein s stone walled castle with the use of a dry butane lighter Or the part where Joe finds his car again powered on uranium, so it never needs refueling just like all 2020 models will be , and drives it throughout the mountainous terrain of the Swiss Alps in hunting the murderous duo Have I ruined it for you I m sorry Go read it for yourself No, seriously You ve really got to read this for yourself


  7. Althea Ann Althea Ann says:

    This is the book that the Roger Corman movie was loosely based on.I actually thought the film, although definitely a B movie did a better job in some respects of delineating the parallels between the sci fi scenario that Aldiss sets up and the classic story of Frankenstein.In the 21st century, nuclear war in space has ruptured the space time continuum, causing bizarre time slips Caught in one of these, an influential man finds himself 200 years in the past but a past where it seems that This is the book that the Roger Corman movie was loosely based on.I actually thought the film, although definitely a B movie did a better job in some respects of delineating the parallels between the sci fi scenario that Aldiss sets up and the classic story of Frankenstein.In the 21st century, nuclear war in space has ruptured the space time continuum, causing bizarre time slips Caught in one of these, an influential man finds himself 200 years in the past but a past where it seems that the fictional story of Frankenstein is fact We meet our infamous scientist, and our protagonist is soon caught up in trying to save an innocent woman from being executed for a killing committed by the monster.Another slip occurs, and our protagonist now finds himself some months later, in what may or may not be a different reality again, hanging out with Byron, Shelley and Mary Godwin soon to be Mary Shelley.Reality seems to be unraveling Our protagonist becomes somewhat obsessed with tracking down the monster in his 21st century car and killing it.But is the real problem that humanity, in whatever century one may be in, seeks out forbidden and dangerous knowledge, as the original Frankenstein illustrates Or is it the human hatred of and violence toward anything different and unknown This short, philosophical novel is really Aldiss musings on these issues It s OK, but perhaps could have been better executed I liked how, in the movie, the protagonist was actually a scientist responsible for the device which caused the timeslips, setting up a nice parallel between him and Dr Frankenstein In the book, he s just a random guy, it seems


  8. Betty Betty says:

    I admit I have had this on the to be read pile for close to 10 years I add books to the top and never get to the bottom The last time we moved house I flipped the pile and started to read them one at a time I have just gotten to the Aldiss section and what a disappointment.I had to read it, for completeness, and also because written in 1973 it focusses on 2020, at least that is where it starts and then it doesn t I won t divulge the story because other reviewers have writtenthan enough I admit I have had this on the to be read pile for close to 10 years I add books to the top and never get to the bottom The last time we moved house I flipped the pile and started to read them one at a time I have just gotten to the Aldiss section and what a disappointment.I had to read it, for completeness, and also because written in 1973 it focusses on 2020, at least that is where it starts and then it doesn t I won t divulge the story because other reviewers have writtenthan enough Suffice to say it is dated to be expected and that isn t really an issue But also boring waffle for the most part Not for me


  9. Love of Hopeless Causes Love of Hopeless Causes says:

    It seems that I am allergic to time travel My copy is so poor it couldn t afford the Michael Moorcock introduction, alas.


  10. Krystl Louwagie Krystl Louwagie says:

    First, some quotes I liked from this book When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults Flesh without spirit was obscene Why else should the notion of Frankenstein s monster have affronted the imagination of generations, if it was not their intuition of God that was affronted I think there would have been , and I wish I would ve thought to highlight them as I as going, but, like most often, I didn t Anyways, this was a fairly short science fiction novel that takes place in 2020, w First, some quotes I liked from this book When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults Flesh without spirit was obscene Why else should the notion of Frankenstein s monster have affronted the imagination of generations, if it was not their intuition of God that was affronted I think there would have been , and I wish I would ve thought to highlight them as I as going, but, like most often, I didn t Anyways, this was a fairly short science fiction novel that takes place in 2020, which when it was written was considerablyin the future than it is now, in which the wold has had world wars with nuclear powers, and as a result, the continuum of time and space has ripped, allowing for time slips where people can be transported to different times and places, sometimes they return, and sometimes they don t some times the landscape changes permanently, sometimes it returns.In one of these time slips, he narrator travels to a time when both Victor Frankenstein AND Mary Shelley though not Shelley yet she s not married yet So he becomes both part of fiction and history A kind of cool idea, but one that maybe would ve servedinterest as a short story I m not sure though it s fun to see and return to the Frankenstein novel that I love, I don t think he served much of a purpose in it that the original Frankenstein didn t serve This narrator did DO much, even if he tried Moreover, he didn t remember very many details about the Frankenstein novel, which is sort of appalling if you re going to meet the author and be a part of the story, and say your re a huge fan, you should remember the book, man On the other story line, where he meets Shelley, it feelslike a fantasy fan fiction In other words, he and Shelley have sex and he tells her how wonderful she is, and that s about it he also doesn t seem to care that before the time slip he had a wife and he is currently recording all of this time slip for her, but hey, since Mary s so famous, I guess she ll have to forgive him for sleeping with her.Also, to me, this author narrator feels like he got part of the message of Frankenstein wrong Or maybe I did But honestly, in my eyes, Frankenstein isn t a monster for creating his monster he s a monster for creating and then completely abandoning it, and not just abandonment, cruelly HATING it and refusing to treat it with any compassion what so ever The theme of fault in this novel is with his creating the creature and by seeking to control to much, we have lost control of ourselves And, overall, this novel was written with a pretty male chauvinistic and holier than thou air like I Am Legend and Planet of the Apes and a lot of the older science fiction novels written by males Also, there seems to be a movie made of this a while back I d like to see it, but Netflix doesn t have it


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