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Frankenstein
166 pages; Dover Publications
Why We Love It: Never has a monster so fully captured our imagination.

The Sequel: Shelley's classic was a parable about the dangers of science run amok. Her monster, created in 1818, learned to read and write. In the contemporary sequel, the monster not only figures out how to program computers but also creates his own social-media campaign. Now who wins?
— Dawn Raffel