Tuesday, October 11, 2011


THIS DARK ENDEAVOR: THE APPRENTICESHIP OF VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN, by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster 2011)(Brilliance Audio)(ages 12+).  At sixteen, Victor Frankenstein and his twin Konrad have lived  charmed lives.  Members of one of the most prominent families in late 18th century Geneva, they have had the finest educations and wanted for nothing.  But when Konrad mysteriously falls ill and the doctors can do nothing, Victor embarks upon a alchemical quest of his own...

THIS DARK ENDEAVOR provides a fascinating look at the coming of age of one of the most intriguing characters in English literature.  Altogether, an elegantly dark and atmospheric novel.

Update:  Read an interview of Kenneth Oppel at Cynsations. Also, note that Kenneth Oppel will be appearing at the Texas Book Festival on Sunday, October 23, from 2:45-3:30, in Capitol Auditorium E1.004.

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