I liked the book. (First post by the way, so a friendly howdy to all)
I liked the way that Shelley relayed the anguish that Frankenstein continually suffered due to his actions. I liked the fast pace of it, probably partly due to the fact that that pace is in stark contrast to “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby”, which I am currently listening to on audiobook, and in which there is tons of minutia amidst rare significant events (although I like other Dickens' stuff).
Some of the unlikely coincidences in the book were a little off-putting, like the monster happening to run into Frankenstein’s brother (and then killing him), and then on the same night just happening to cross paths with another member of Frankenstein’s household—Justine—an encounter which ultimately led to her death by execution. So thanks to those unlikely coincidences, Frankenstein was made to pay mightily for creation of the monster. In addition, Clerval’s murder happened to occur at just the spot (or very near the spot) at which Frankenstein happened to come ashore after being lost at sea for a time.
And speaking of Justine, the way that she was introduced to the reader was odd, her history being related to Frankenstein in a letter, as if he didn’t already know her history, even though in his younger days Justine “was a favorite” of his.
Despite the anguish of Frankenstein, I--like Schaps--empathized with the monster more than with him. The monster’s misery—in the beginning at least—was due to no fault of his own, whereas Frankenstein’s misery was ultimately his own fault. And although you could say it was due to a dreadful mistake, due to youthful passions, at least he could have empathized more I thought with his monster’s plight.
Of course the whole story is far-fetched, but it is even “farther-fetched” to require that Frankenstein’s methods could bring to life only a creature created by him almost from scratch, as opposed to being able to bring any recently dead person back. I don’t know why that requirement was employed by Shelley.
I also thought the highly articulate language and sophisticated social understanding possessed by the monster were odd, when both had to be learned. When these skills were first made apparent, I thought it must have been the case that he had memories from whatever brain he was "born" with, but I later saw that that was not the case. So he apparently learned both skills at super speed.
Having said all that, I did like the book. I thought its characters were interesting and mostly believable, and the story was engaging.
I kinda feel like the old lady whose Olive Garden review went viral since everyone knows (more or less) about Frankenstein.