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Spike Milligan – Frankenstein According to Spike Milligan | Review

Title: Frankenstein According to Spike Milligan

Author: Spike Milligan

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 132

Rating: 4/5

This book is literally Spike Milligan’s take on Frankenstein, essentially a retelling that’s told in his unique brand of humour. Because of that, you’re probably going to want to read Mary Shelley’s original before you read this one, though I suppose it isn’t mandatory.

Milligan’s humour is farcical and funny, at least to me, and I’m also a pretty big Frankenstein fan and so I thought I should go ahead and dive in. It’s strange, as you might expect, but it’s also pretty good. If you’re into the Mel Brooks style of comedy horror, you’re probably going to like it. It certainly made me laugh a few times.

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Elisabeth Horan – Self-Portrait | Review

Title: Self-Portrait

Author: Elisabeth Horan

Type: Poetry

Page Count: 148

Rating: 3.75/5

Disclaimer: I received this book for review.

I’ve read a little Elisabeth Horan before, and I’ve quite enjoyed her gritty take on poetry so far. She writes with an honesty that comes from the heart, even in this book which I suppose is almost like the poetic equivalent of a novel, or perhaps even a biography.

That’s because the entire collection is essentially themed around Frida Kahlo, and in fact quite a lot of it is partially written in Spanish. I don’t speak Spanish, which made it occasionally difficult to read, but Horan did at least translate it for me.

All in all, a recommended read if you’re a fan of either Frida Kahlo or contemporary feminist poetry with a subtle undercurrent of rage. What more could you ask for from it?

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