I came back from Cleveland/Bouchercon to find three more excellent MONSTER reviews.
Frankensteinia, which is the number #1 source for all things Frankenstein, said in part in their review:
"Author Dave Zeltserman is best known for his hard-hitting
noir crime novels. He approaches horror with the same take-no-prisoners
attitude. Monster is a dark, harrowing
tale steeped in grue, and an unrelentingly grim alternate take on Mary
Shelley’s classic, as the man who is made Monster seeks revenge, while still
desperately clinging to the last shreds of humanity within himself."
Fang-tastic Fiction summarizes their review with "I'm not usually a fan of retellings of the classics, but this one is terrific—a story well told. "
And from Thommy Ford Reads offers as part of their review:
"The result is a fun read. The gloomy German settings have the right
atmosphere. Zeltserman’s monster is a fully fleshed character—uglier,
tougher, and less innocent than Shelley’s, but still sympathetic.
Besides the nefarious Marquis, Zeltserman adds vampires and satanists to
the mix as well, seemingly just for some added adventures. And if the
end result seems a little too episodic and a little bit too seedy, I’m
willing to set that aside as an homage to those earliest Gothic novels.
If you’re not the squeamish sort give Monster a try. It’s certainly appropriate October reading."