TITLE: FRANKENSTEIN – THE SERIES
AUTHOR: DEAN KOONTZ
BLURB: From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the legend, you know only half the truth. Here is the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic of . . .
I’ve been reading Dean Koontz novels on and off for decades, so when I saw he was rebooting the Frankenstein story I was intrigued, to say the least. The concept of updating old stories to a modern setting isn’t a new one and it certainly is in vogue as far as TV is concerned – Grimm, Once Upon a Time, Sherlock and Elementary to name just a few. The notion of adding a couple of American police detectives to the mix and an army of genetically modified fanatics, made so much sense when you look at what people want from good TV or movies. That, however, is why I can’t help feeling disappointed that this series didn’t deliver for me.
I’ve just realised how difficult it is for me to write a bad review of any book, largely out of respect for the author. Nobody sets out to write a bad or disappointing novel after all. But this series simply didn’t live up to my expectations. I stuck it out for three novels before I decided I wasn’t willing to invest the time in the rest of the series (so technically this isn’t a review of the series). The first instalment was engaging enough to simply let the writer get past what we pretty much already knew of the legend and begin to embed the new characters, but after that, it just didn’t seem to go anywhere we hadn’t already been. Going from “normal” world order to after-the-apocalypse appeared to happen in a relative blink and then the slide into invasion of the body-snatchers meets the walking dead was more than I had bought in to.
Obviously, this is just an opinion and we all know what they’re like, and hopefully you’ll give Frankenstein an opportunity to convince you otherwise, but I’ll wait for the TV series (if it makes it to the screen) because, since it already made it to a graphic novel, I suspect the weaknesses I felt it had as a series of novels will make it a compelling watch on TV.
Something I Didn’t Like:
Deucalion, the name of Frankenstein’s monster,
was a point of irritation for me. If you were to
ask me why though I couldn’t really tell you.
It was never going to be ‘Bob’ or ‘John’ anyway.
That’ll tell you how personal the like vs dislike line is with this series.
Something I Did Like:
The concept appealed to me and I
couldn’t really fault the competence of the writing.