Making the Monster by Kathryn Harkup

Making the Monster

The year 1818 saw the publication of one of the most influential science-fiction stories of all time. Frankenstein: Or, Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley had a huge impact on gothic horror and science fiction genres. The name Frankenstein has become part of our everyday language, often used in derogatory terms to describe scientists who have overstepped a perceived moral line. But how did a 19-year-old woman with no formal education come up with ...

Details Making the Monster

TitleMaking the Monster
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherBloomsbury Sigma
GenreNonfiction, History, Science, Writing, Books About Books

Reviews Making the Monster

  • Susan
    Subtitled, “The Science Behind Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” this is a really interesting mix of biography (both of Mary Shelley herself and her novel), combined with a look at the scientific achievements of the time. The early 1800’s were a time of great scientific advances, when science itself was beginning to break into different branches. In fact, the term, ‘scientist,’ was, in itself, new and evolved from the word ‘artist,’ t...
  • Nancy Oakes
    When this book is actually released in a couple of days, you will definitely want to read it. Making the Monster, as the dustjacket blurb says, "explores the scientific background" behind Mary Shelley's masterwork, Frankenstein: Or, Modern Prometheus, first published in 1818 and then again in 1831. The book examines the "science behind the story," but it also pieces together the "political, social and scientific world" in which Mary Shelley grew...
  • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my rating. Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for the advanced copy!When I saw this book on NetGalley, I basically jumped at the chance to read it because I, admittedly, really enjoy Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I wasn't raised watching the original Boris Karloff movie, but I loved Young Frankenstein and anything h...
  • Salla (Booksonal)
    Full review at*ARC kindly provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!*✦✦✦✦.5Like Harkups last novel A is for Arsenic based on Agatha Christie and the poisons she used (link to my review), this book was filled with science.This book went through lots of aspects including science at that time and to my great interest: things that might've inspired her.The thing is though, Frankenstein has...
  • Brian Clegg
    Subtitled 'the science behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein', what we get here is a mix of a biography of Mary Shelley and historical context for the various aspects of science that feature in Frankenstein, from electricity to preserving organs after death. I found this a much more approachable work than the annotated Frankenstein - in fact the perfect title would probably have been a combination of the two, with annotation based on Kathryn Harkup'...
  • Tiffany
    Kathryn Harkup doesn't seem to have missed much in this thoroughly researched and insightfully arranged work. *Bonus: the Timeline of events appendix is a glorious addition rather than a necessary element to help readers understand the vast amount of information that is packed into the pages, which is not always the case when a book is as dense with dates, names, and scientific exploration.* "Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's ...
  • lacy [a ravenclaw library]
    A special thank you goes to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Sigma for the eARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.This book was a monster. (haha, did you see what I did there??) It took me over a week to read this book and it wasn't even that long, which is unheard of for me. The last time I took that long to read a book, I read Roots which took me a month and was back when I was in high school.Basically, the premise of this book was con...
  • Cristina
    2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece-- Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus. Widely recognized as one of the first works of science fiction, this revolutionary novel has truly withstood the test of time (and continues to haunt middle school literary criticism to this day!). Some may already know the broad strokes of how this story came to life: on a dark and stormy night (of course), 18 year old Mary joins her f...
  • Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
    I found Making the Monster to be a really interesting book. It is both a biography of Mary Shelley, as well as an exploration of the scientific achievements of that time. The book also explores Shelley's famous novel, Frankenstein. This book goes into all of these aspects in trying to explain how such a young woman wrote a book in the early 1800's that is still very popular today. Anyone familiar with pop culture knows that this book has not only...
  • Pages & Cup
    Was sent a review copy from Bloomsbury.
  • Warren Benton
    This book is bookended by the life of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.  From her parents who were way ahead of their time with what could be considered hippie thinking.  They instilled a forward-thinking, and love to write in their young daughter.  Mary was a huge fan of science and her husband Percy was also an author.  Most of Mary's life was in and around author's circle.  From her time when with Lord Byron and the beginnings of Frankenstein...
  • Brice Fuqua
    This year marks 200 years since the publication of Frankenstein. There are a number of books being released this year to mark the anniversary of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s iconic novel. One of the more unusual is Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein by Kathryn Harkup. It is a curious hybrid, being part biography, part popular science and part literary analysis. Harkup sees Frankenstein as being as much a reflec...
  • Allen Adams
    2018-02-12 Shelley’s “Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus” was published in 1818. In the two centuries since, it has taken its place as one of the most iconic works of science fiction and gothic horror in the history of Western literature. It has become a cultural touchstone, a familiar landmark for anyone navigating the realm of popular culture. When you say “Frankenstein,” everyone knows to what y...
  • Debbie
    "Making the Monster" is about the science and people that influenced the making of the story "Frankenstein." The book started with a biography of Mary Shelley's life, focusing on the people and events that probably inspired parts of the novel. It ended with this biography, briefly talking about Mary Shelley's life after "Frankenstein" was published. The author also compared the books (the original and the 1831 revised version) and the books to th...
  • Kristine
    Making the Monster by Kathryn Harkup is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January.Grasping and letting go of Mary Shelley's biographical story (which, on its own merits, is really interesting, even if most of the people she knows die tragically) to pick up on the investigative research aspects of Frankenstein's monster (i.e. creation versus evolution, necromancy, the real-life Castle Frankenstein in Switzerland, the eruption of Indonesia...
  • Drew Martin
    Frankenstein. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s creation is about to turn 200. Heralded as a “classic” by many, but not by me. I hated it, barely made it through, and really did for no other reason than to say I read it. Check out my review when I read it for Halloween ’16 for my complete thoughts. This might sound weird, but I like watching History Channel documentaries about the creation of the novel. In Search of History: Frankenstein, rep...
  • Raymond
    I received a copy of book from NetGalley and Bloomsbury Sigma in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you! 😃 This was an excellent look at the novel of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It examines the procedures carried out by Victor and then finds real world examples. The book is really well written and keeps the reader interested. A really great book and well researched.
  • Ami
    This is a fantastic insight into Frankenstein, as well as scientific advancements at the time.
  • Bunny
    Received via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.I want you to imagine yourself in the middle of a drought-devastated landscape. The ground is cracked and bone dry, with little to no water in sight. In that ground is buried treasures. Not one big chest of treasure, but lots of little pieces, some bigger than others. And you need to dig in with your fingers to find it all. Now, about this book. Mary Shelley is so damn cool, y'all....
  • Steve
    Science and literature in a great bookI loved this book. Although I had never read the book by Mary Shelley I was familiar with the story. There were three themes in the book. The first was the biographical information on Shelley and her contemporaries. I found this far more interesting than I thought I would. The second is the scientific information, both what is known today and what was known in Shelley's time. The third was what scientific inf...