It's hard to believe there is anybody today who has not heard of the story of Victor Frankenstein, if not by reading the book, then by the various adaptations of it over the years. The novel is brilliant and deserves it's status as a classic. If you have not read it, then this edition from Penguin Classics is the version to get.
In Frankenstein Shelley treds into hitherto unknown territoy and creates the first and arguably best exploration into science fiction. The young Dr Frankenstein becomes obsessed with the challenge of creating life, taking on the role of God. However, when he succeeds in his quest he is shocked and abondons his creation. Shunned by a world in which he does not belong the nameless monster reaps a terrible revenge on his Victor destroying all he holds dear. There are so many themes that run throughout this work and so many of them can be glimpsed in later works of horror and science fiction. It is a great exploration on mans overreaching ambition and the dangers science presents, as such it is as relevent today as when it was published. An enduring classic