Have you ever heard the phrase: “Verbal Diarrhea?” Well I think I will say this book reminded me of “Idea Diarrhea.” There was so much going on in this book it felt both too short for the information and too long for the story, does that make sense? I want to start off saying that I love Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It is by far one of the best books written on a dare/fun request, frankly I think it is sad that when we drink we end up with dumb YouTube videos, but when people got drunk centuries ago they wrote masterpieces… unfreakenbelivable. So anyway, back to John Skovron’s Man Made Boy.
Boy is the son of Monster and Bride (the originals of Dr. Frankenstein). They work in a theater, think of carnivals and attractions like “the bearded lady.” Boy just wants to get out, he wants to continue to learn and expand as a regular person, but he is always reminded of what a monster he is. Lonely, the only way he communicates with the outside world is through the internet with other hackers. Boy creates a virus… and the vicious circle of monster/creator continues. This novel follows Boy as he runs away with the girl he loves, realizes the grass isn’t always greener, tries to control a computer virus that now is out to get him, and meets Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’s granddaughter Claire/Sophie.
The book was entertaining and never stopped, but again I cannot stress how much was going on in this book. You think it’s a love story, and then it switches to an “I hate my creator” story to going away to college story. There were great characters in the novel from the Invisible Man to the Bride of Frankenstein. It was fun to see all these legends tied into one story.
Thank You Edelweiss!