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"In this reimagining of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the monster's perspective, Hyde makes a hero of a villain. Mr. Hyde is hiding, trapped in Dr. Jekyll's surgical cabinet, counting the hours until capture. As four days pass, he has the chance, finally, to tell the story of his brief, marvelous life. We join Hyde, awakened after years of dormancy, in the mind he hesitantly shares with Jekyll. We spin with dizzy confusion as the potions take effect. We tromp through the dark streets of Victorian London. We watch Jekyll's high-class life at a remove, blurred by a membrane of consciousness. We feel the horror of lost time, the helplessness of knowing we are responsible for the actions of a body not entirely our own. Girls have gone missing. Someone has been killed. The evidence points to Mr. Hyde. Someone is framing him, terrorizing him with cryptic notes and whisper campaigns. Who can it be? Even if these crimes weren't of his choosing, can they have been by his hand? Though this classic has been often reinvented, no one ever imagined Hyde's perspective, or that he could be heroic. Daniel Levine changes that. A mesmerizing gothic, Hyde tells the fascinating story of an underexamined villain"--… (mer)
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While I can appreciate the skill with which the author recrafted a new tale around the events of the original narrative, I cannot endorse the result. The story as written is rambling and often dull, plodding with none of the energy the original Jekyll attributes to Hyde. I did like that the original tale was included as an appendix, though. ( )
  RevBobMIB | Oct 21, 2015 |
Hyde by Daniel Levine (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24).

This reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous tale of the dual nature of man, like Valerie Martin’s delectable novel Mary Reilly, gives us another view of the goings-on in Dr. Jekyll’s lab, although in this case, the investigation is more related to psychiatry than anthropology.

In this re-telling, Hyde, who is very thoroughly working-class and not without his own moral center, finds himself being used by the repressed Jekyll to do what the good doctor is unwilling or unable to do himself. This Hyde is a victim, not a monster.

But even Jekyll is a victim in some ways, as Daniel Levine also provides some back story for the man of science. His urge to repress his inner life didn’t arise from nothing, and there are reasons for his urge to study emotional and psychological duality and ambiguity.

Hyde is a fascinating return to the loose threads of a classic, well done and still capable of creating dread.

Reviewed on Lit/Rant: www.litrant.tumblr.com ( )
  KelMunger | Oct 21, 2014 |
I wanted to like this book. I wanted it to be engaging, and it was -- to a degree -- but the truth is, I read to page 112 and then put the book down and I haven't picked it up in weeks. I finally decided to return it because it just isn't calling to me. That being said, I went with 2.5 stars because I think for some people, they would find it an engaging and compelling re-telling of the original story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The prose is old-fashioned, but that is intentional as the story is one that dates back a 100 years. Part of me wants to finish the tale, and part of me simply doesn't have the time. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Oct 14, 2014 |
Originally posted on my blog The Steadfast Reader: Release Day Review: Hyde.

I enjoyed this book quite a lot. I love retelling of classic tales and this was not an exception. Levine twist Stevenson's original story into something that I never considered when reading the original.

I will say, if you haven't read The Strange Case of Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde, do that first. Levine makes this easy because he includes it in the back of this novel. (Public domain, what a wonderful thing.) It's been a few years since I had read it and while I looked up a summary on Wikipedia - I think that this book would have been more enjoyable if I had actually re-read the entire thing. The tone of the book is very similar to the original so it's not hard to imagine Hyde as a companion piece.

Though Stevenson's original has been reimagined many times, including in a musical, Jekyll & Hyde, with David Hasselhoff, no less - here's a clip of the confrontation between Jeykll and Hyde. I digress...

I'm pretty sure that this is the first retelling of the story that turns Hyde into a truly sympathetic character. The reader feels sympathy and almost affection for Hyde, who is definitely among the more under-explored villans in literature.

The mental health aspect of this book is also interesting. While it's definitely not an academic tome on dissociative identity disorder I found it to be an interesting peek into what it might be like (in a highly stylized and romanticized way) to suffer such a condition.

If you're into alternate tellings of classics ala Wicked, Hyde is probably a novel you'll enjoy.

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
I picked up a copy of this book because it sounded very intriguing. I have to tell you that after reading this book that I was a little sad when I finished it. Mr. Levine has a really good talent for telling a spelling bounding story with such depth and character development.

I instantly was in love with Hyde. I never saw him as a villain but more as a humanitarian. In fact, I liked him so much that when Hyde would disappear and Jekyll took over, I was slightly disappointed. The ending did not come as too much of a great surprise to me. It was easy to put all the pieces together on what was going to happen. This book is ( )
  Cherylk | Feb 18, 2014 |
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"In this reimagining of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the monster's perspective, Hyde makes a hero of a villain. Mr. Hyde is hiding, trapped in Dr. Jekyll's surgical cabinet, counting the hours until capture. As four days pass, he has the chance, finally, to tell the story of his brief, marvelous life. We join Hyde, awakened after years of dormancy, in the mind he hesitantly shares with Jekyll. We spin with dizzy confusion as the potions take effect. We tromp through the dark streets of Victorian London. We watch Jekyll's high-class life at a remove, blurred by a membrane of consciousness. We feel the horror of lost time, the helplessness of knowing we are responsible for the actions of a body not entirely our own. Girls have gone missing. Someone has been killed. The evidence points to Mr. Hyde. Someone is framing him, terrorizing him with cryptic notes and whisper campaigns. Who can it be? Even if these crimes weren't of his choosing, can they have been by his hand? Though this classic has been often reinvented, no one ever imagined Hyde's perspective, or that he could be heroic. Daniel Levine changes that. A mesmerizing gothic, Hyde tells the fascinating story of an underexamined villain"--

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