Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Book Review: The Madman's Daughter

Next up on my list to review is The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepard.

This book is a twist on the classic The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells.  The story follows the daughter of Dr. Moreau.  She is living in disgrace in London following her father’s banishment due to his experiments with vivisection.  Through a series accidents and chance, she learns that what she has been told is not entirely the truth.

The book goes on to intersect and overlap the events from The Island of Dr. Moreau.  Only, in The Madman’s Daughter, the story is told from Dr. Moreau’s daughter’s point of view.  It is an interesting take on this classic story.  There are times where I felt the writing bogged down a bit and scenes could have been shortened some.  But, overall it was an interesting story to read.

I would be careful, just as with the original H. G. Wells story, about letting younger children read this.  There are several scenes that, while not explicit, allude clearly to some rather graphic material.  That being said, I’d put this book on the list of books to eventually get to reading.  Not something I’d put very high, but certainly worth a read when you get a chance.

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