Book recommendation: Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley 

​After writing my latest book recommendation I started to ponder about what other books I’ve read I could write about. That’s when it hit me that I should write a post about one of the best novels I have ever read: Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley.

First published in 1818, this novel is considered by some experts to be the very first science fiction book in history. It tells the story of a young, ambitious scientist by the name of Victor Frankenstein (hence the title) who creates life through some unorthodox experiment. Frankenstein is initially very optimistic about his research. But when his creation finally comes to life Victor is terrified by its ugliness and runs away. He escapes back to his hometown of Geneva and tries to forget all about what has happened. But the past will inevitably catch up to him and his path will once again cross with that of the being he created. 

What I liked about this book is that it urges the reader to ask themselves some deep questions. Such as: Should humans try to create life or end death? Why do people despise ugliness? When does scientific experimentation go too far? 

I also felt quite fascinated with Shelley’s style of writing. Her emphasis on the emotion and turmoils of the characters is typical for the romantic era and might seem strange if you are used to more modern litterature but it fits quite well with the dramatic nature of the story. It creates a certain ambience which is a big part of the reason why this masterpiece has chilled the blood of readers ever since it first came out until this day. 

If you are interested in this book, then I have good news. As it is in the public domain you can get it completely free. Get it as an ebook here or as an audiobook here.

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Update: one month on Strattera 

Today I have been one month and one day on the ADHD medication Strattera so I thought I’d do a little update about what has happened since my one week update.

There are three things I have noticed since then. 

The first one is an increased sensitivity to sound. I’ve always been easily disturbed by noise and I need silence when I do anything that demands focus. Even something like the ticking of a clock annoys me to no end. But in the last weeks I’ve been distracted by sounds even more that I used to before. It’s nothing I can’t handle but it’s little bit inconvenient. 

The second thing is weight loss. I usually put on weight very easily. Even with a healthy diet, if I don’t exercise regularly I put on weight in no time. But in the last four weeks, I have been losing about 1-2 kg per week despite not having made any big changes to my diet or not having exercised much more than before. I’m not completely sure the weight loss is caused by the meds but either way I’m glad it happened. I’ve had a really hard time keeping off excess weight since I hit puberty so this is a welcomed change.

The third thing I’ve noticed is forgetfulness caused by being so focused. For example, the other day I walked half the day with my shirt turned inside out without noticing because I was so focused on what I was doing. I’ve also been forgetting my keys and cellphone on several occasions because I was so focused on getting to wherever I was going. I’ve had to put effort into being a little bit mindful lately and actually try to not focus too much. 

When it comes to my ADD-symptoms, Strattera is still helping a lot. My ability to concentrate and my energy levels have never been better. I can barely believe that I managed as well as I did without these meds. 

Overall, I’m happy with my treatment and the outcome of it. 

Book recommendation: City of Hope and Ruin by Kit Campbell and Siri Paulson

Some weeks ago I was looking through some tags right here on WordPress when I stumbled upon Siri Paulson’s blog. I read about her novel which she had co-written with another author, Kit Campbell, and got curious. So I bought the book from the Kindle store and I have to say: I’m really glad I did! 

City of Hope and Ruin is a story about two women. Theosophy is a warrior, fighting every night against the monsters who hunt the streets after sundown. Meanwhile, Briony is trying to convince her family to leave their home and town. More and more refugees are coming everyday and the Scarred, a mysterious and cruel people who carve their victims up while they are still alive, are approaching. 

The two women live in two different worlds but through a series of events they will make a connection across the dimensions. Together they will discover the secrets of the fractured world and find strength in each other. Perhaps even something more.

I really enjoyed reading this book and seeing the plot develop. So many mysteries in the story awoke my curiosity: Who are the Scarred? Where do the monsters come from? What happened to the City? All these questions kept me scrolling through the pages.  

I can gladly recommend this book. If you wish to purchase it, it is available on Amazon both as paperback and on Kindle. 

 

The Sorcerer’s Sword – Part 1, now also available on Amazon

Just writing a short post to inform that my book is now also available on Amazon Kindle. 

Do you like some good old-fashion sword and sorcery fantasy? Do you find that there is a lack of LGBTQ+ characters in speculative fiction? Do you want to follow on an adventure which has only just begun? Then this book might just be for you. Find it here on Amazon Kindle.

Book finally out + I’m on Twitter

I’ve finally released the first part of my book series! You can find it at my Smashwords page here.

Another good news is that I’m on Twitter now. I’m going to be a bit more political and less about books there than here on WordPress but I’ll try to update whenever something interesting happens with my writing, like when I release new material.

I’m also going to set up my Patreon page again soon so lots of interesting stuff happening right now!