Monster Talk

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iUniverse, May 1, 2012 - Fiction - 184 pages
4 Reviews

Two hundred and sixty-four years after the first awakening, the family line stops momentarily, perhaps forever, in the body of a child. Victor is a second-grader growing up with a very unique family history: he is a direct descendant of the monster created by his namesake, Victor Frankenstein. Understandably proud of this distinction, his effort to share this remarkable fact with his classmates and teachers backfires, and he becomes a target on the playground.

He is not without allies. With the help of his grandmother, Elizabeth, and his best friend, Michelle, he learns the origin of his family's strange history straight from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. He learns how that story continued with the surprising journey of the monster and his monster-bride to America. And finally, he learns about the end of making monsters on earth. But there are elements in this history about which even those closest to it are unaware. Wonders abound and dangers lurk for Victor and his loved ones in unexpected places.

"Monster Talk" is a poignant tale about the power of reading, the complexity of love, the wonder and terror of growing up, and the moral ambiguity of the species, human and monster both.

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User Review  - Marjorie Hudson - Goodreads

Just read Michael Jarmer's novel Monster Talk and tweeted about it. It's extraordinary. Why isn't it a best seller? Everyone read this book! about love, childhood, the monster within, and Mary Shelly ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marian Szczepanski - Goodreads

I call novels like this "what if?" books. (I think the pub industry term is "high concept.") And I always admire the imagination of the author who writes them. In this case, the premise intrigued me ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Michael Jarmer holds an MAT from Lewis and Clark College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. He teaches high school English and is the lyricist, singer, and principal percussionist in the Portland pop band Here Comes Everybody. Michael lives with his wife and son in Milwaukie, Oregon.

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