I'm continuing the Halloween theme with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Is it pretty good?
It's ok. I also watched the 1931 Frankenstein movie with Boris Karloff over the weekend, and it seems many of the popular aspects of Frankenstein come from the 1931 movie, rather than the novel which was written in 1818. The movie has Victor Frankenstein as a mad scientist, robbing graves for body parts with his hunchbacked assistant, and creating the monster in his laboratory with lightning and thunder crashing around. None of this is even in the original novel. The popular look of the monster, with his flat-topped head and bolts in his neck, lumbering around and grunting, is totally different from how the creature is portrayed in the novel as well. The 1994 movie Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, with Kenneth Branagh and Robert DeNiro, is much closer to the novel than the 1931 movie. But the 1931 movie was alot more fun.
Mary Shelley was 18 years old when she wrote her book, and it does read like a girl wrote it. There is alot of flowery language, and very little action (so far - I'm not done reading the book yet). I'm liking it well enough, but I can see where some readers would be bored with it.