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Science and Religion. Love and Hatred. Life and Death. It's all the same without poetry.In the mid 1800s, at the encouragement of a dear friend, Emily Dickinson began writing poetry. Fewer than twelve of her poems were published while she was alive. The hundreds of poems for which Emily is known for and celebrated today were almost lost at the hands of her sister, who wasScience and Religion. Love and Hatred. Life and Death. It's all the same without poetry.In the mid 1800s, at the encouragement of a dear friend, Emily Dickinson began writing poetry. Fewer than twelve of her poems were published while she was alive. The hundreds of poems for which Emily is known for and celebrated today were almost lost at the hands of her sister, who was only fulfilling her dying sibling's wish.Emily feared death. Throughout life, as she witnessed the numerous deaths of her close friends and loved ones, she became a recluse, locking herself in her room and refusing visitors. Did Emily spend all that time in her room writing poetry? No! She was giving life back to the dead!Years earlier, after observing a galvanism experiment in biology class, young Emily decides to try building a "Second Life" apparatus that will give life back to small dead creatures she finds in her garden. Terrified that her discovery could be used for more dreadful purposes, she cherishes her success and keeps it a secret. But upon discovering that her dearest friend has passed quite suddenly, Emily's battle between science and spirituality begins, threatening to change her life forever!In the spirit of other great mash-ups such as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Shannon Yarbrough blends the story of Emily Dickinson with the classic Frankenstein creating this chilling tale of Gothic horror: Dickinstein: Emily Dickinson - Mad Scientist!...

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Dickinstein: Emily Dickinson - Mad Scientist Reviews

  • karen
    2018-12-13 03:29

    okay, before you guys all start bracing yourself to read yet another monsterporn review from me - unclench. despite the suggestive title, there is not one scrap of monsterporn in this book. sometimes a dickenstein is just a dickinstein.nor is it one of those campy monster mashups where famous authors fight vampires or zombies endeavor to bring austen's prose back from the dead. this is, believe it or not, a serious and sensitive treatment of "what if emily dickinson read frankenstein and decided to try to recreate its experiment in her spare time??"i know. how can that exist and not be camp?? but it's true. it seems that shannon yarbrough has done his research into the life of emily dickinson. i say this with authority even though the things i know about emily dickinson's personal life are: not super-outdoorsy, but really into celebrating naturepreoccupied with deathdressed in all-whitesecretive about her poetic outpouringshope = thing with feathersbut after a quick wikipedia-gloss, and having read the author's note:I gave much attention to preserving the character and real-life persona of Emily Dickinson within my fictional realm I created for her, though I know scholars who have studied her longer than I have will certainly find fault in my depiction of her. Any mistakes are my own or purely fiction. Her poetic themes of death and immortality were the easiest for me to rely upon. During my research, I focused on and included other real life events and acquaintances of Emily. The biggest change I made to fit my story was the timeline surrounding when Emily attended school. That, and oh yeah, I made Emily into a mad scientist.that's a man i can trust to give me the skinny on emily dickinson's time and family and background.as for the mad scientist part….so emily is all hopped up on milton and transcendentalist emerson and "Nature is God's interpretation of science" and all, and after reading frankenstein, she thinks to herself, "huh. bet i could do that." but in more appropriate emily dickinson words.and she does.she is conflicted about it; the meddling with god's will and all, but she manages to find some biblical verse to guide her in her experiments, particularly corinthians 15:21 and :26-For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.-The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.She interprets those passages thusly:Those verses helped Emily to find reassurance that her work did not go against the teachings of God. Others (koff)* might think she was taking those verses out of context, but to Emily the Bible as a whole didn't make much sense unless it was studied out of context. The themes of its stories or the matter of its verses were meant to be applied to one's life however they saw fit and just. The Bible provided guidance and direction, but it also supplied inspiration. That was the joy of any book; each individual reader received a different message from it.*koff mine. but it's not like the bible hasn't been broadly interpreted to justify all manner of behavior and belief. parables: no way to run a business.While a second life, with breath aided by human hand, went against everything organized religion believed in, as long as it served nature well, and man's purpose behind doing it remained good, there should be no harm.right? indeed not.but she only grants "second life" to god's small, soulless creatures who are not eligible for a proper afterlife. this is her gift to nature. and she gives herself a set of rules, one of which is that she doesn't create dead bodies upon which to experiment - sixth commandment and all. she's emily freaking dickinson - she's not gonna go out and strangle a raccoon just to bring a raccoon back to life. and fortunately, she manages to come across quite a few dead animals lying around on the ground that suit her other rules: natural deaths only, fresh corpses, no visibly destroyed limbs or disease… death kindly stops animals for her time and time again.as for the science. i mean - emily dickinson was a smart cookie, and very progressive for her time, and while she does remark upon how frankenstein does not give a description of its galvanizing machine, she still manages to make one that works. basically, all you need is some salt water, a bell jar, a corpse, a battery, some copper and brass, and some blue lightning-stuff. is it the most convincing reanimation novel i have read? nah, but this book isn't about the science. it's not about convincing you this could have happened; it's just a philosophical and spiritual character study of a woman with a big heart who tried to give a gift back to nature.but of course, once you tell a man you've brought animals back to life, he's going to see all the human applications of it with the medicine and military and progression of science and decide that one fragile white-clad woman bringing bobolinks back to life is not thinking big enough. men, amiright?I must say I am captivated by all this. It really is brilliance defined. Have you considered making the machine larger to accommodate other species, a horse perhaps?""Or a human?" Emily asked."I didn't want to say that, but the thought did cross my mind.""No. I have not considered it." She tried not to sound disappointed, but she knew the words came out that way."Oh? You want no part in that?""I don't think so.""That is where science is unfortunate at times. A discovery of such aptitude should really benefit others, I'm afraid.""I'd rather be selfish and have it only benefit me," Emily said."Vanity, Miss Dickinson?""If I can return one robin to its nest then I have not lived in vain.""Well spoken. So, just hypothetically speaking, why not a human then?""I believe when it's our time to go, God shall take us," Emily said."But you don't feel the same applies in nature?""Oh, it applies, but there is a difference.""And what is that difference, Miss Dickinson?""There are no mistakes in nature. Only humans are aware of the mistakes they make, and sometimes die because of them.""Humans can often fix their mistakes if the result is not death.""And I see death as the only mistake in nature, and I am fixing it."but despite her vague and presumptuous objections and reservations, it all comes down to that old adage: teach a man to fish and he'll spend all day reanimating fish-corpses, and so things get a little bigger than emily had planned, and she is forced to make some difficult decisions. which she does, in typical practical-capable emily dickinson fashion and with a chimp in a hat.dickinson's poetry precedes each chapter, and once it is slid into the context of this story, it makes for some interesting interpretations of her work. this world is not conclusion, indeed. it's fun without being campy-fun, and if you are a dickinson fan, it's worth a read, the way i read all the byron-lit i can because it is fun to see your heroes in new and interesting situations.and technically - zombie birds.'nuff said.

  • Melinda Clayton
    2018-12-01 04:25

    Disclosure: I "know" Mr. Yarbrough virtually, having met him when he read and reviewed my first novel. Since then I've learned he not only grew up in the same part of Tennessee I did, but that we also share a lot of the same reading tastes.That's what makes this review difficult for me - One, it's always awkward reviewing the work of someone who has reviewed my work. Truthfully, I rarely ever do it, and (to avoid that awkward feeling), only do it when I truly enjoyed the work. Two, Dickinstein: Emily Dickinson - Mad Scientist is not at all a genre I usually read. I chose to read it because I've seen the author post notes and progress regarding this novel for the past three years, and know from reading his blog he's worked on it off and on for at least a decade. I was intrigued. It wasn't at all what I expected (not that I had a clue what to expect). First, it's obvious Mr. Yarbrough is a fan of Emily Dickinson. I love that he included her poetry at the beginning of the chapters, and I appreciate the amount of research he clearly did before writing this book. That said, I was completely unprepared for the sensitivity with which he wrote. Somehow, he took the story of a famous, dead poetess, gave her the knowledge of Frankenstein, and managed to draw a complicated, sympathetic, real character who only wanted to use her power for good, but quickly found the line between spirituality and science to be complicated.I have to admit, I'm torn between four and five stars. The writing is, I think, Mr. Yarbrough's best. The story is gripping. I think what makes it difficult for me is that it's so far outside my usual reading it's difficult to review. What I can say is that for a book this far outside my typical reading material to keep me not just interested and entertained but invested is a new experience for me, and I may very well at some point come back and increase my stars.

  • Tim
    2018-12-12 11:32

    Hailed as one of the greatest American poets of all time, Emily Dickinson was a recluse who spent most of her time locked in her room writing. Or was she?In this intensely interesting work of speculative fiction, Shannon Yarbrough creates an alternative story to the unknown world of Emily Dickinson. In the tradition of mashups like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, we see two seemingly incompatible world’s spliced together, to create a story that is both engaging and oddly, believable. Dickenstein begins in ‘real-word’ Amherst, Massachusetts: Emily Dickinson’s childhood home. Yarbrough develops a very true-to-life relationship between Emily and her sister Vinnie, as well as a sensitive character behind the poet herself. Emily’s carefree spirit, her connection with nature, and passion for writing are meticulously crafted to fit with what was known of this historical figure. Yet, when Emily receives a copy of Frankenstein from her close friend and tutor Benjamin Newton, things begin to change. Emily becomes obsessed with the idea of creating a ‘second life’ device, using science to resurrect animals and insects she finds around her property. Each time, Emily tries her experiments on a larger creature, always with delightful results. She secretly communicates her successes to another mentor, Dr. Charles Wadsworth, who she later refers to as the ‘Master’. Master pushes her even further, wondering if the device could perhaps be used on a human? When her friend Benjamin Newton dies of tuberculosis, Emily is faced with the morbid option of digging him up and breathing a second life into his corpse…Overall this is a spectacular feat of writing, both from a sense of historical reconstruction and an imaginative take on the myth behind a secret life, we really know very little about. Shannon Yarbrough brilliantly frames each chapter using the poems of Dickinson, which have a direct relationship to what is happening in the story. It is clear he has done his research and is an ardent fan of Dickinson’s work. It really is as if this story could have happened. This is a testament Yarbrough’s strong character development and alignment with historical facts. The language used fits the time period well, and the voice really is one that is easy to absorb without being stale. The speculative character of Emily draws you right into her world, to a point where you keep thinking, “my God, could this have happened?” I did, however, wonder at times whether some of the plot points were just a little too convenient. Emily never really struggles to find a dead creature to experiment on, nor does she encounter any problems with her machine. It works flawlessly every time without the need for calibration or proper experimentation. I would liked to have seen more tension and angst built around these points to make it even more realistic. She loves these creatures; it would have been compelling to see her stretched to the point of insanity to make them live again. Instead, she comes across as one of the most measured characters in the whole book. Surely someone who lived so reclusively could have been more unhinged? This ‘fantasy’ version of Emily might have been stretched even further to create more wonder and macabre twists. These a just minor concerns though. The overall novel is fantastic. While there are no zombies eating brains, or monsters running rampart, there is a strongly sinister undertone throughout that will have you questioning the morality of both science and religion. If you’re looking for something dripping with blood, terror and mad science, you’ll possibly be disappointed. However, if you’re a fan of Emily Dickinson already, or want a story that poetically blurs the lines between fact and fiction in a wonderfully tense setting, then Dickinstein is highly recommended. I give it 4 out of 5 resurrected tutors.

  • Nathan Sims
    2018-12-12 06:32

    There’s something about a book that doesn’t live up to your expectations – especially when that book and its author have expectations of their own that blow yours out of the water.I originally heard of Shannon Yarbrough’s Dickinstein: Emily Dickinson – Mad Scientist from Jerry Wheeler of Out In Print: Queer Book Reviews. He ranked it as one of his top 13 for 2013. Intrigued, I marked it as a To Read on Goodreads. Surprisingly, Mr. Yarbrough contacted me, offering me a copy of the book for an honest review. So note to self: you never know who’s looking at what you post!Other than watching the movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I’ve had little experience with the monster mash-ups released over the last few years. While they seemed right up my alley, I just hadn’t gotten around to reading them yet. I envisioned campy, tongue-in-cheek narrative where, in a fit of machismo, Mr. Darcy pulls out a weed whacker and goes to town on a bunch of the walking dead. That’s what I expected from Yarbrough’s Dickinstein, too. Well, not so much Mr. Darcy, but maybe Emily Dickinson running around like Madeline Kahn at the end of Young Frankenstein. Instead, what I got was a thoughtful, intelligent, and beautiful exploration of life and death, and faith and science.In the book, a young Emily Dickinson receives a copy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and is fascinated by its premise. She decides to make a machine of her own – a “second life apparatus” as she calls it – to bring back the small, dead creatures she finds in her regular walks through nature. Successful with her experiments, she confides in a few close acquaintances. A couple of these confidants suggest that, with the help of her device, she might bring back a human being, something she’d not really considered before. This was her gift to nature; she’d not given much thought to playing God. But when a close friend dies unexpectedly, she finds herself willing to do anything to save them.Yarbrough wrote Dickinson like he knew the woman – intelligent, witty, peculiar, and reclusive. I could easily envision the Dickinson in this novel as the prolific woman of letters history has shown her to be. Her love of nature, her fascination with death, her idiosyncrasies – they are all deftly handled by Yarbrough in his eloquent and poetic prose. His writing made me feel as if I was one of the fortunate few that Dickinson let in to her small circle of friends, walking the garden paths of the Dickinson Homestead with her and exploring the town of Amherst, Massachusetts by her side. It had the feel of a very private memoir. And each time I opened its pages, I felt as if I’d been given admission to her personal world. Dickinson’s joys and fears, her insecurities and secret desires all played out beautifully on its pages.Not satisfied with one style of prose, Mr. Yarbrough threw in a second, something more in the vein of Shelley’s Frankenstein. I was surprised when he went all gothic on me for several chapters toward the end of the book as the plan to bring a human being back to life unfolded. It felt as if he was channeling one of the romantics for several thousand words. Then he finished the novel by returning to the quieter, more contemplative style from earlier in the book.All in all, a highly enjoyable and thoughtful read, one that I strongly recommend.

  • Shay Caroline
    2018-12-14 10:03

    A friend sent me a book I had won in a drawing and, knowing what a huge fan of Emily's I am, she slipped this one in with it. What a treat! Even though I had some quibbles, nonetheless this is the most imaginative, wild, unexpected, and entertaining book I have read in some while.Yarbrough does something that few male authors seem to be able to do: he gets the women right. He has a real ear for how women talk to each other, and best of all, he brings Emily Dickinson to vivid and intimate life here. Her poems appear at the beginning of each chapter, and the descriptions of life at the Homestead made me feel like I was walking next to Emily every step of the way. Having visited the Homestead myself, and felt Emily there, this was pure joy for me.So, naturally, Yarbrough then turns our girl into a mad scientist! Truth be told, she is not mad at all, except in the way of much madness being divinest sense. A friend sends Emily a copy of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", and that sets the wheels rolling. (I'll have more to say about that book in a minute.) Emily manages to create a machine that can restore life to small dead creatures. She starts with a damselfly, then a chipmunk, some bees, and a Labrador duck. All the while, she adheres to a set of rules she invents for herself, to keep her pursuits good and right. How long will *that* last, you may be wondering. Not long. An alliance with a charismatic preacher she comes to call her Master takes Emily down a dark and disturbing path, involving grave robbing, reanimation of a corpse, and the whole hearse-load of Gothic stand-bys. But just when I thought the book had spun away from a believable Emily and straight into late night movie cliche land, it righted itself and stuck the landing.I did have problems with some things. The author admits beforehand that he altered the timeline of when Emily attended school, for purposes of his story. No problem there. However, there are several other time snafus that just don't wash. One chapter is headed "1845", but then references, in past tense, an event that happened in 1856. That's the year Amherst's new train station opened, and Yarbrough has it electrically lit. He also has a motor car take Emily for a ride home, all in the mid 1850s, a quarter century before the earliest automobile, or electric lighting. The electric lights I could overlook, because it furthers the story, but the car just jarred, in my opinion.Then there is the business of the "Master" fellow. One minute he is a new, if intriguing, acquaintance, and the next he is her Master with a capital "M". This is not the spirited redhead I know at all, sitting still for that!I doubt that a copy of "Frankenstein" would ever have made it into Emily's hands. In fact, she was advised to avoid the poetry of Walt Whitman as "unsuitable"! (Too bad...I bet she'd have loved him.) However, the introduction of the Shelley book sets the story in motion, so let's just go with it!Despite these hiccups, the novel never flags, Emily lives and breathes again (without electrodes!), and this is simply a gorgeous and singular humdinger of a book, if you love Emily (and creepy tales) as much as I do. To make it all even better, the soul of who Emily was stays true right to the end. Even the cover art is way cool, though uncredited. Five stars!

  • Gabriella
    2018-12-06 07:04

    I was lucky enough to read Dickinstein early, in manuscript form. It's always wonderful to see a new literary creation come into being. In this case, Shannon Yarbrough, who has written four previous novels (one upcoming) set in the South, takes on an iconic New England female poet who was known for being a mysterious recluse, and absolutely captures her world. It is a sheltered, family-oriented world in some ways, but a harsh one in others (sudden death is common, especially among children). Yarbrough evokes the mid-19th-century Dickinson household in all its apparent innocence and shows how, step by step, Emily's sudden interest in science leads her into a dangerous moral area between life and death.My favorite part of the book is the construction of the second life apparatus, so beautifully described, and Emily's first adventures in raising the dead--she starts, of course, with birds! The success of this experiment spurs her on to greater heights and of course, Icarus-like, she aims too high. But the tenderness and sensitivity of Emily's mind and heart aren't easily forgotten even as the "drama" of the book takes hold. Yarbrough also captures the love and respect between Emily and her sister, Lavinia. Vinny comes across as a bit of a hero.I'd always rather avoided Dickinson and now I see her as a much more multi-faceted and eclectic creature. It's fiction, yes, but this novel does indeed capture the soul of an artist, one not at all understood in her own time.

  • Tanya Booklovinghippo
    2018-11-24 05:18

    This book was so interesting and different. I was amazed at the detail Shannon out into the creation of Emily's machine, and what he did with her poems at the beginnings of the chapters. It was interesting to see the twist on Emily's life. It was also fun to have individuals like Newton thrown in to the mix of the story. The entire book flowed nicely. This book wasn't as dark and creepy as I expected it to be (okay so I was judging from the cover, most of us do!). It wasn't funny and light either, though. I loved the authors depiction of Emily and how she became so fixated on giving life to small dead creatures. The ending was very interesting as well. Overall, Shannon Yarbrough did a great job crossing Emily Dickinson and Frankenstein!

  • Gillian H
    2018-12-18 08:31

    Dickinstein by author Shannon Yarbrough is by far one the most brilliantly crafted novels I’ve read in a long time! I was really intrigued by the premise of a mashup with Emily Dickinson and Frankenstein (what?!) and was not disappointed in the execution. I completely drawn in from the get-go, and was impressed not only with the execution, but the writing itself, and Mr. Yarbrough’s use of word choice. Vivid, atmospheric, and strangely believable (for such a far-out story). Near flawless editing (always a bonus) and I thought the ending and epilogue were perfect. Hope this author continues writing!

  • Cheryl Anne Gardner
    2018-11-19 11:32

    The style is true and Emily herself would be proud. I love stories where the young heroine has a longing for science and Yarbrough couldn’t have picked a better heroine or a better science fiction. They complement each other very well. The descriptions are lovely, the scene setting is just divine, and Emily is so real in her worldview that any woman who has felt the restraints and constraints of womanhood will immediately root for her to succeed. She is soft yet determined and so in love with the magic of the world. The beauty of life, love, and death breathe a soulful lament upon the pages of this story. Emily's tragic and passionate interconnectedness will leave you touched and tormented.

  • Sharon Hopkins
    2018-12-14 10:30

    Shannon Yarbrough's keenly crafted novel drops the reader into Emily Dickinson's life as we could never have imagined it. His writing style blends seamlessly into the era, his descriptions vivid and realistic. Her poetry is crafted into the story so well that when I finished the story, I almost believed it really happened. Did Emily really build a machine to restore life? Shannon Yarbrough convinced me that she did just that. I couldn't put this one down.

  • LemontreeLime
    2018-11-24 06:33

    Well done! I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but somehow Yarbrough made the idea of Emily 'the myth' Dickinson as a potential mad scientist not only plausible, but also managed to keep the essential elements of her character innocent throughout it all, which had to be tricky to pull off. I also liked how some things in the tale never get answered, like just how DID that book make it's way into the coffin anyhow...

  • Melissa
    2018-11-19 03:30

    This was a very enjoyable, quick read. It was also very Emily Dickinson-ish with lines of poetry at the beginning of each chapter which hint at interests that may have inspired her work...and lifestyle. I was relieved that she was kept in character, but with a proposed twist, and not turned into an evil ghoul. Well done Mr Yarbrough!

  • C.V. Hunt
    2018-11-27 09:15

    If you like Frankenstein you'll love this book. The author did an excellent job of taking the reality of Emily Dickinson and mixing it with a Frankenstein qualities. I commend the author for all his research for this book.

  • Erin Rydgren
    2018-11-25 07:08

    I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. The premise seemed really intriguing and I am happy that I won a copy. Emily Dickinson, a poet and nature-loving young woman becomes intrigued by the novel Frankenstein. Influenced by that work and the poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson, she decides to build a machine that could be used to allow deceased animals a "Second Life." She has a set of rules, and she only considers animals to be used in her experiment. Sure enough, she succeeds and tells two men about her success. Surprise surprise, one of the men insist that the machine be used on a human being. Although it works, the whole experience is horrifying. Emily destroys the lab, the machine, the notes and never conducts another experiment. It was very disheartening to see how her experiment took such a gruesome turn. It seems to me that it is only when the man Emily called "Master" got involved that the whole thing became ugly. Granting a new existence to birds, chipmunks, and insects seemed harmless enough but once you brought a human being into the mix everything seemed terribly wrong. Emily became a recluse, and suffered terribly from guilt. I thought that it was a great combining of the two literary presences. The poems included were great and added a new dimension to the story as a whole. The only downside I had was that I didn't really see how Emily could have so easily and successfully built this machine that brought animals back to life. It was too unbelievable. But all in all, a great book that I'm happy to have gotten to read.

  • Samantha
    2018-11-23 08:32

    Surprisingly beautiful and uplifting, this book enchanted me with its beauty and literary elegance. I guess I expected something more crude and ‘in your face’ (maybe because of the cover, I don’t know), but I was genuinely impressed with the thoughtful and careful delivery, and I was almost sad when it was over, but it all tied together quite perfectly. I half expected this book to be a bit derivative of other mash ups, but I found that it truly stands out from the crowd, and that the author showed great respect to Emily Dickinson, instead of just ‘using’ her as some sort of plot device… I have seen this in other books and was not impressed. However, Mr. Yarbrough shows clear reverence and pays homage not only to Ms. Dickinson, but to the masters of classics and manages to create something truly memorable himself. Well done.

  • Stacy
    2018-12-09 08:14

    First, I have to say that I don’t normally read these types of books. I’ve never read a mash-up before, and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read much of Emily Dickinson either (was familiar with concept of Frankenstein, however). So I went into this without much expectations or preconceived ideas, and so I was absolutely blown away by how much I enjoyed it! From the scenery, to the characters (love Vinnie), to the poems, the plot…. Everything. I feel like I actually learned something about Emily Dickinson (not sure what is totally real, but I know more than before!) and thought this was a very clever spin on a classic tale. And oh yeah, Shannon Yarbrough can write! It’s obvious he is trained, and not just another hack, but True talent. Highly recommend, even for those who don’t normally read this sort of thing!

  • Jason Thackery
    2018-11-20 11:27

    3.5This was an excellent novel that captured my imagination from the beginning and never once let it go. Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and well thought out. The descriptions were good and the dialogue authentic. I think at times the pacing seemed a bit uneven, with long chunks of narrative that for me slowed the pace a bit and I would have preferred more plot-advancement via dialogue and character interaction than with the pure narrative. Just makes me feel more detached than I prefer. But the writing is very good and this story took the brilliance of Emily Dickinson and the legendary story of Frankenstein and became something creative and memorable. Well worth the read!

  • Jenna
    2018-12-14 03:14

    Creepy, weird, and all-around awesome!! Wow, “Dickinstein – Emily Dickinson, Mad Scientist” By Shannon Yarbrough was awesome! I haven’t read anything like that in a long time, if ever…. Why couldn’t we read books like this in school?? Haha. Genius take on stories we’ve all heard, and spun into something fresh and unique… dark and a little twisted. But not only that, the author is a super talented writer, and the editing was perfect… I always notice that and it makes a huge difference! I hope Mr. Yarbrough writes more books like this in the future. I’d be reading them for sure! Highly recommend.

  • Essie Harmon
    2018-12-03 10:13

    well I blasted through this book in one afternoon/evening! It was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It sucks you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and unique style of writing. Definitely enjoyed the direction the author took this story and how he used the writings of Emily Dickinson to draw from. The interweaving plotlines were so well put together, and not predictable, and the element of a literary mashup was a new experience for me…. I loved it! I’d love to read more from this author in the future!

  • Melissa ownsbey
    2018-12-05 11:06

    very good cover i liked the black and whit coverthis book is amaeliy goodi was very diffenrt but diffenrt in a great wayi liked how he turned emily dickson into a mad sceticsti was entertained with this bookthank s for giving me a chance to read it