i remember this
I was also very surprised by the differences between the original book and the later transformations of the Frankenstein story. I guess I expected a horror-genre book full of lots of genre conventions, but then I suppose the horror genre didn't even exist when Mary Shelley wrote this. So it was in many ways a conventionally plotted novel -- with love subplots, intellectual subplots, varied vistas ...
Didn't the opening scene take place somewhere really bizarre, like the north pole, where a team of sled-travellers found Dr. Frankenstein wearing a yurt and snowshoes, chasing the monster across the ice? I remember lots of weird stuff like that. Good book. But I guess nothing really beats the Mel Brooks movie "Young Frankenstein", the pinnacle of this story's life-cycle.