Frankenstein, How a Monster Became an Icon, The Science and Enduring Allure of Mary Shelley’s Creature Edited by Sidney Perkowitz and Eddy Von Mueller; 2018; $28.95; 238 pages; Pegasus Books Ltd., New York, NY; 978-1-68177-629-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 1/15/18-1/23/18

Why did I read this? I was intrigued by trying to figure out how a two hundred year old story written by an eighteen year old woman became such a seminal part of 21st century culture.

This is a series of essays about many different aspects of the Frankenstein story.  There are essays on the theological, psychological, philosophical, medical and entertainment aspects of the story.  The essays are written by a wide range of people from a wide range of disciplines and includes an interview with Mel Brooks.  Some of the essays are easy to read and some not so easy to read.  As in any collection the quality of the essays is uneven.  Cool thing about the cover, all that green on the cover glows in the dark.

Grade  7/10