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The Daughter of Doctor Moreau

de Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Carlota Moreau: A young woman, growing up in a distant and luxuriant estate, safe from the conflict and strife of the Yucatan peninsula, the only daughter of a genius - or a madman.Montgomery Laughton: A melancholic overseer with a tragic past and a propensity for alcohol, an outcast who assists Dr Moreau with his scientific experiments, which are financed by the Lizaldes, owners of magnificent haciendas with plentiful coffers. The hybrids: The fruits of the Doctor's labour, destined to blindly obey their creator while they remain in the shadows, are a motley group of part-human, part-animal monstrosities. All of them are living in a perfectly balanced and static world which is jolted by the abrupt arrival of Eduardo Lizalde, the charming and careless son of Doctor Moreau's patron - who will, unwittingly, begin a dangerous chain-reaction.For Moreau keeps secrets, Carlota has questions, and in the sweltering heat of the jungle passions may ignite.… (mais)
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    The Madman's Daughter de Megan Shepherd (Litrvixen)
    Litrvixen: Both feature as protagonists Dr. Moreaus daughter
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    The Island of Dr. Moreau de H. G. Wells (Cecrow)
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The Island of Doctor Moreau has an interesting concept, but like most Victorian sci-fi novels it lacks the execution that will appeal to modern readers. This makes it perfect ground for a retelling and I was so excited to see Silvia Moreno-Garcia tackle it. Things that make The Daughter of Doctor Moreau appealing to readers is that it is character focused, it has a distinct historical and geographical setting, and it moves quickly. Even though Moreno-Garcia is known for her horror novel, Mexican Gothic--and I remember The Island of Doctor Moreau being disturbing--this novel did not emphasize the grotesque and I think it would be a good entry into Moreno-Garcia’s novels.

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  caaleros | May 17, 2024 |
The story of the daughter of H. G. Wells's Dr. Moreau, who creates human-animal combinations on a secret island. Here the island is the Yucatan, so the animals can be from there and so can the politics. Although the beginning slumped after the introduction of Moreau's project, leaning toward a coming-of-age female love story, most of the novel was redeemed by the cinematic detail of the battles in the last third of the book. Considering it was written in contemporary times (even if set in the 1870s) I had hoped for more science and scientific explanations about the "hybrids", and there were some strange scenes where important things happened (like the death of a hybrid) but meant nothing to the story. A good book, just not as evocative of the moral horror that was so evident in Wells's original story. ( )
  lisahistory | Apr 17, 2024 |
The story of the daughter of H. G. Wells's Dr. Moreau, who creates human-animal combinations on a secret island. Here the island is the Yucatan, so the animals can be from there and so can the politics. Although the beginning slumped after the introduction of Moreau's project, leaning toward a coming-of-age female love story, most of the novel was redeemed by the cinematic detail of the battles in the last third of the book. Considering it was written in contemporary times (even if set in the 1870s) I had hoped for more science and scientific explanations about the "hybrids", and there were some strange scenes where important things happened (like the death of a hybrid) but meant nothing to the story. A good book, just not as evocative of the moral horror that was so evident in Wells's original story. ( )
  LisaMLane | Apr 17, 2024 |
I found this a very slow start, but a compelling overall read. I appreciate the story and the characters. I generally like Moreno-Garcia's work very much. This just took a long time for me to get into.
  g33kgrrl | Mar 3, 2024 |
3.5 stars rounded up. This book took me about a third of the way to hook me in. The characters (once given the chance) balance a lot of layers and grow on you quickly once the book gets its footing. ( )
  Nlwilson607 | Jan 24, 2024 |
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Carlota Moreau: A young woman, growing up in a distant and luxuriant estate, safe from the conflict and strife of the Yucatan peninsula, the only daughter of a genius - or a madman.Montgomery Laughton: A melancholic overseer with a tragic past and a propensity for alcohol, an outcast who assists Dr Moreau with his scientific experiments, which are financed by the Lizaldes, owners of magnificent haciendas with plentiful coffers. The hybrids: The fruits of the Doctor's labour, destined to blindly obey their creator while they remain in the shadows, are a motley group of part-human, part-animal monstrosities. All of them are living in a perfectly balanced and static world which is jolted by the abrupt arrival of Eduardo Lizalde, the charming and careless son of Doctor Moreau's patron - who will, unwittingly, begin a dangerous chain-reaction.For Moreau keeps secrets, Carlota has questions, and in the sweltering heat of the jungle passions may ignite.

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