Frankissstein

Frankissstein

A Love Story

Book - 2019
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"Lake Geneva, 1816. Nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley is inspired to write a story about a scientist who creates a new life-form. In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI and carrying out some experiments of his own in a vast underground network of tunnels. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with his mom again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere. Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead... but waiting to return to life. What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? In fiercely intelligent prose, Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realize. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2019.
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9780802129499
0802129498
Call Number: FIC WIN
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 22 cm

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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Apr 07, 2020

Wow. If novels of ideas are your thing, this one is for you...and it's available right now via Hoopla! Part fictionalized origin story of Frankenstein/Mary Shelly, part exploration of gender roles, and part meditation on how we define life: from the industrial revolution to modern AI...with bits of hilarity provided courtesy of a Welsh sexbot manufacturer.

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augsburgerin
Mar 03, 2020

Can't say it worked for me as a whole. I loved the historic parts with Mary Shelley but couldn't really get into the modern sections. The dialogue was so stilted and some of the support characters felt like caricatures which distracted from some of the very intelligent ideas about AI and the future of humanity that were being voiced in the novel.

SCL_Justin Dec 16, 2019

I enjoy linking the creation of Frankenstein (the novel) with modern Artificial Intelligence research, and in theory I really appreciated putting it together in the framing of a trans- romance, but the contemporary stuff didn't feel like a romance to me. It was so extractive, like the journalist trying to get the story out of the Elon Musk analogue. But is was an interesting way of thinking about the way we create life through art or high capitalism.

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krsbozo
Dec 07, 2019

An odd but engaging and interesting read. I like the play between the past and the present. It jumps between them. First time I've ever read about trans sex in a book.

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cbcprice
Nov 22, 2019

The book does not hold together as it should (the various plot elements) but it is worth a read.

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xelamercedes
Nov 17, 2019

I'm blushing. I love Jeanette Winterson so much. I want to be her and be her lover and read her forever and gobble her up for lunch and applaud her till my hands hurt. This is my reaction pretty much every time I read anything by her.

She's done it again with Frankissstein. It's a masterpiece. Raises questions and stimulates pondering on race, gender, sexuality, religion, science, AI, modernity, Love, memory, patriarchy, truth, progress and geopolitics, among other topics.

I relished and re-read to such a degree that time ran out on my borrow from the library. Only 10 pages from the end!!! I'm in line again to finish.

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blcwrites
Nov 15, 2019

So many book, so little time. I'm sure it's a wonderful book, just couldn't get there.

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KatG1983
Nov 08, 2019

a lot of the themes found within the book are reminiscent of those in the tv series West World - what makes us human; what happens to our souls and consciousness once we die (and can they be saved and restored later?); can AI develop a soul and come close to personhood? Certainly interesting questions to ponder as technology pushes us further towards these possibilities. It all comes back to the central theme of connection - needing connection with others. Well written and thought provoking, worth your time to give it a read.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Oct 23, 2019

Parallel stories - one based on the origin of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and the other a modern story with a twist on the characters. The first story brought back memories of Ken Russell's film "Gothic". I really enjoyed the book but was more taken with the modern story line.

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becker
Oct 13, 2019

There are two dominant story lines in this book. The first one was magical, full of mood and atmosphere and written in velvety prose. The second one was something quite different. I much preferred the first over the second although I'm sure there will be those that feel the opposite. The book has merit, that's for sure, but I feel it was written to make a statement as opposed to making art. Nothing wrong with that but I wanted the art. If the whole book was like the first story line it would have been a 5 star book for me.

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