This Dark Endeavour

This Dark Endeavour The purest intentions can stir up the darkest obsessions In this prequel to Mary Shelley s gothic classic Frankenstein year old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life

  • Title: This Dark Endeavour
  • Author: Kenneth Oppel
  • ISBN: 9780857560124
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The purest intentions can stir up the darkest obsessions.In this prequel to Mary Shelley s gothic classic, Frankenstein, 16 year old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever Victor s twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor is able to cure him Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and bestThe purest intentions can stir up the darkest obsessions.In this prequel to Mary Shelley s gothic classic, Frankenstein, 16 year old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever Victor s twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor is able to cure him Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry on a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn.Victor knows he must not fail But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love and how much he is willing to sacrifice.

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    1. Light, fluffy and completely forgettable. Don’t miscomprestand me, there’s some diversionary entertainment value here and the pace is pretty perky, but I still reached the end with "what's the point?" swirling in my head causing a nagging itch that the book never scratched. It left me with a mild case of the Mehs. Granted, not a full dose of Meh, but Meh nonetheless.   Call it Meh-lite. Now I shan’t go a-bashing as the book committed no major literary felonies. It's just all the pre-r [...]

    2. huh. i had never heard of this kenneth oppel fellow, but i guess he's some big deal in YA publishing. i have so much to learn.i liked this book very much. but more important than my enjoyment, this is going to be a great book for reluctant boy readers. that's a big problem in the world of educators and librarians: "why won't the boys reeeeead??" and from where i'm standing, i get it. most of the YA stuff is all girls girls girls. and although there are some fantastic books for boys, i have read [...]

    3. I don’t often request an advance reading copy of a book. In fact, I’m usually declining ARCs because I’m offered more than I could possibly read. However, when I heard about Oppel’s latest project, a prequel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, I immediately asked if I could read an advance copy, and I was lucky enough to get it.I’m a big fan of Oppel’s previous series that began with Airborn. I’m also a fan of the Romantics, like the Shelleys. It’s no coincidence that Percy Jackson [...]

    4. 3.5 starsI read Scarlett as a teen and I decided it had put me off this prequel/sequel written by someone else business for life. (Really, can you blame me? That book is the worst.) Then they went and made Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story and I could have rage-cried from the whole ’have we learned nothing?!’ of it. And yet here I am, reviewing a prequel to Frankenstein, and as far as I’m concerned, Kenneth Oppel can have at it because this was good and it really works as a YA com [...]

    5. Most people know my obsession with Frankenstein so I wanted to give This Dark Endeavour a go; since the author Kenneth Oppel calls this a prequel. Victor’s brother Konrad, has fallen ill and no doctor has been able to cure him. Victor’s determination to save his brother has turned to alchemy to find the forbidden Elixir of Life and save his twin brother. With the help of his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry; Victor pushes the boundaries of nature and science in a treacherous [...]

    6. “You see, when medicine works, it is blessed science, and when it fails, it is witchcraft. - Polidori” ― Kenneth Oppel, This Dark EndeavorThis book I s a v o r e d. Kenneth Oppel has such a way with words that I was drawn in right from the beginning. This is a fictional prequel to Mary Shelley’s gothic classic Frankenstein. And because this book was published a few years ago and reviewed many times, I won’t go into too many details. But here is the description of the book from , just a [...]

    7. This book is sort of crap, but it does a reasonably good job of hiding the fact most of the time. I'm not really sold on the notion of visiting parts of the life of an old fictional character to fill in the gaps the original author chose to leave to the imagination, to begin with. Frankly I don't see why this book had to be about Victor Frankenstein at all; it could have been the story of any young, remarkable and enterprising boy raised in a well-to-do, enlightened late eighteenth-century Europ [...]

    8. Read more of my reviews at Cornerfolds!Confession: I have never read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I've also never been a huge fan of Frankenstein apart from maybe Young Frankenstein, which I watched way too many times growing up, thanks to my parents. Recently I watched Victor Frankenstein (there's probably a review of that coming soon) and really, really wanted to read more about Frankenstein's story. When I saw the gorgeous cover of This Dark Endeavor and saw that it was a prequel story, I kne [...]

    9. I was interested in reading this book partially because of the hype. This first I’d ever heard of this title came in the form of an announcement that Summit Films had acquired the screen rights. You can read that here.I also liked the cover (sorry, it’s a weakness). But you have to admit, it’s just kind of a cover just made to appeal to a bookstalker like me, with a keyhole to peep through and everything. And the plot also appealed to my bookstalking nature…a forbidden library! Yeah! Thi [...]

    10. Yay for talented Canadian authors.I will certainly be watching this film.I have an intense fear of giant birds, water and fish of any size, specifically sharks and prehistoric looking things like this one, and loss of limbs or permanent body mutilation. Thank you Kenneth, for bringing all of my fears together in one place that was so fascinating I will never be able to forget them, unfortunately.I have read the Airborn series and Darkwing, and Oppel never lets his readers down. All of his advent [...]

    11. Although I believe Endeavor has promise (and deserves five stars), I will only give it three.I began the first chapter with some knowledge of Victor Frankenstein already. I'd read about twenty pages of Mary Shelley's version and knew enough about his childhood to recognize a few names.Of course, Oppel's work is not a true retelling. For instance, the "real" Frankenstein was the oldest of his siblings, and he did not have a twin. However, he did have some characteristics of the Victor we know, in [...]

    12. Well, this book was certainly interestingd disturbingly entertaining.This Dark Endeavor is a sort-off "retelling/prequel" to the famous Frankenstein. We follow Victor Frankenstein, who's trying to find the elixir of life, a cure for his brother's illness. I really liked the book. It was gripping, had an adventure feel to it, dark and some cringe-worthing scenes. I really liked the story, but the thing that stuck out most to me was the eerie feeling I got from both the setting of the book, but th [...]

    13. I really loved this book. I'm a huge Frankenstein fan. After reading the synopsis of this book, I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. The story takes place in young Victor Frankenstein's teenage years. Describing his personality and how he was to become later in life, fascinated with science, transmutation, alchemy, and his personal struggle with if there is a God.I really loved how this story kept me wanting more. There was danger, adventure, and deception. Also love real genuine [...]

    14. I was a little unsure about this one going into it but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. I find it bears little resemblance to the story it’s based on but I find the story is more interesting this way. Retellings often resemble the original too much to be enjoyable and that was far from the case with this story. I would have liked to see a little more about alchemy, those were by far the most interesting parts of the story and what really drew me into it. I find the idea fascinating and it’ [...]

    15. This Dark Endeavor is an incredible book! I don't know where Kenneth Oppel got the idea to write a prequel to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein starring a teenage version of the eponymous character, but what an ingenious idea! Truth be told, I never read Frankenstein in high school or college (different track, I guess). Basically, my knowledge of the source material has come from Kenneth Branagh's film version, and Mel Brooks. Still, even I could recognize the level of detail, skill and panache that K [...]

    16. I’m rarely disappointed in a book by Ken Oppel, but his latest, This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, may be my favorite yet.Yes, it’s the story of a teenage Victor Frankenstein, and normally I’m not a fan of these “before they were famous” retellings of classic figures from myth or literature (for that matter, I’m not a big fan of reboots and reimaginings in general). But I’m making an exception in this case, if only because the book is so masterfully plot [...]

    17. 2.5this is was ok. I thought it was gonna be a much darker story with Victor spiraling out control. I wanted to see more alchemy, and Victor going batshit crazy but alas that didn't happen. I also didn't like the "love triangle" if you can call it that. I though it was unnecessary and so out of the blue that Victor suddenly found himself in love with Elizabeth ok whatever, dude. I did enjoy the writing.

    18. اول از همه بگم که ترجمه وااااقعا خوب بود خیلی کیف کردم باهاشدست آقای ملکی درد نکنه :)دوم اینکه داستان به شدت قشنگ بود , من معمولا داستان هایی که مربوط به گذشته ی یه کتاب دیگست رو نمیخونم ولی تلاش بی فرجام نظرم رو عوض کردولی خوب من با تراژدی چه قبلش چه بعدش رابطه ی خیلی خوبی ندارم [...]

    19. We are unfashioned creatures, but half made up, if one wiser, better, dearer than ourselves — such a friend ought to be — do not lend his aid to perfectionate our weak and faulty natures.Setting:Geneva, Switzerland; the early 1800sCoverly Love?:Yes! I love the eeriness of it, with just the man and the big, glooming estate in the background. It gives the reader a sense of the atmosphere in which the novel will be about.Plot:In this imaginative prequel to Mary Shelley's Gothic classic novel, F [...]

    20. Favorite YA read from 2011.I love this book SO much, I can't write a deserving review. I can't quite convey all of my emotions. It is so much more than I was expecting it to be, and leads me down two distinct paths. On the one hand, it's magical, adventurous, dramatic, and romantic. And, on the other, terrifying, heart-breaking, and absolutely tragic. I feel almost gutted. It got under my skin and in my head in a way that doesn't normally happen when I read. I haven't been moved to tears like th [...]

    21. This was actually my third time reading this book. I read it for the third time because it had been years since I had last read it and I really wanted to read the sequel finally so gave this another go and still really enjoyed this one. Review to come

    22. Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers: thebooksmugglers/2011/08/b“You must abandon this dark endeavor.”So says Victor’s father, when he learns the truth of his son’s desperate explorations into the heart of darkness. Victor and his identical twin brother, Konrad, have lived a charmed life at Chateau Frankenstein. Doted on by loving parents, treated to a rigorous liberal education, and given the companionship of their adopted distant cousin Elizabeth and neighbor Henry, at fifteen yea [...]

    23. Kenneth Oppel’s novel This Dark Endeavour was a finalist for Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards and it’s no wonder. It’s a terrific book. We’ve been talking about it at school recently as several of my colleagues have read it and think it would make a great addition to the classroom. I agree. The language of the novel is almost old-fashioned, but the action will appeal to boys and the elements of romance will appeal to girls (or vice-versa) making This Dark Endeavour the per [...]

    24. dazzlingreads/This Dark Endeavor moved me to tears. I think I was living under a rock because this is the first book by Kenneth Oppel I ever read. Such an unforgivable sin! I will definitely read more of his book! But, once again, I am very short of words to express how much I love this book because this was absolute perfection!As a fan of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein myself, I have to say that Oppel blew my mind with this book. He created Victor Frankenstein's early years and illustrated the rea [...]

    25. 3.5/5Very interesting read, I must admit.I have to say I haven't read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein yet. I know, I know, I've been meaning to do so, but how many books are there on my TBR so far? A lot, and it's constantly growing, so who knows when I'll be able to read it. However, this book made me even more excited for the novel which inspired it, because from what I know of the original story and what I've read, This Dark Endeavour gives a lot of explanations that are simply not there in Frank [...]

    26. When I think Gothic YA, I generally assume that it's going to be light. That, while things of consequence may happen, it won't be in a way that makes shivers crawl up my spine, ripping out pieces of skin and vertebrae as they go. This was not like that. This follows a young Victor Frankenstein, whose brother has just contracted an illness that, basically, nobody can cure. Victor decides to take things into his own hands, to find his own cure, even if that means using the illegal alchemy to form [...]

    27. Hacía varios meses que lo compré, pero no fue hasta este año que lo agregue al book jar para por fin leerlo, una parte de mi no estaba muy segura porque al ser una saga pensé que el final me dejaría con ganas de más y el segundo libro aún no lo tengo pero afortunadamente el final no me dejo tan picada como para morirme por comprar el siguiente libro, creo que puedo sobrevivir más tiempo :D También tenía algo de miedo sobre la historia, es decir: Frankenstein, pero de igual modo me sorp [...]

    28. This Dark Endeavor is a work of literary art. From the cover, to the plot, to the characters; Oppel was spot on! One of a book's most important assets is its cover, and in this case, This Dark Endeavor certainly has bragging rights! Between the handsome character sketch of Victor on the front, to the haunting buildings eclipsed by unsettle clouds and the blurred edges; I do believe I was completely enthralled with this book before I even read the first page. Having read Kenneth Oppel's previous [...]

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