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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Strange Case of Lord Byron's Lover
(The Prometheus Saga) by Parker Francis | Book Review

This was a really enjoyable story through the viewpoint of Mary Shelley the author of the famous novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. Most of this story takes place during that famous summer where she spent time in the company of Lord Byron, John William Palidori, and Clair Clairmont near Genevea Switzerland. This is where she came up with the idea for her novel Frankenstein. I remember reading that novel when I was in college and it blew me away. I couldn't believe how great it was and how young she was when she wrote it. So I knew about this summer where Lord Byron invited his guests to write a ghost story. Getting to read a story that brings you into that time was pretty special. Though this is a fictional story, which includes an alien being disguised as a human to live among them and learn how they live, everything else in the story is based on what really happened that summer. It was really cool to be a part of that time in this famous author's life as a reader. One of my favorite things about reading is when I'm transported into the story and feel like I'm really there going on the adventure with the characters. This book did a great job doing that and it was really fun to read.

This book is part of The Prometheus Saga, which is a bunch of short stories all written about an alien probe being who is sent to Earth to observe. This being can shape shift and so many times it plays the roles of more than one character in the story. It's a really cool idea and all the stories, including this one, have been great so far. One thing that was different about this book that I appreciated was how light hearted it was. It was told in first person from Mary Shelly's point of view as she's writing in her diary. It was an earnest story and did have times of deep emotion, but on the whole it was not taking itself so seriously which made for a light enjoyable read. The pages turned with ease.

Pick this one up and dive into a creative world of authors gathered for a summer of creativity and a bit of mystery as they interact with each other and unknowingly The Prometheus.

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