- Capa dura: 304 páginas
- Editora: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (16 de setembro de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 1616203536
- ISBN-13: 978-1616203535
- Dimensões do produto: 3,2 x 15,2 x 22,2 cm
- Peso do produto: 476 g
- Avaliação média: 4.0 de 5 estrelas Ver todas as análises (1 avaliação de cliente)
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Jackaby (Inglês) Capa dura – 15 set 2014
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“The rich world of this debut demands sequels.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“We honestly couldn’t put it down.” —Nerdist.com
“Toss together an alternate 19th-century New England city, a strong tradition of Sherlockian pastiche, and one seriously ugly hat, and this lighthearted and assured debut emerges, all action and quirk.” —Publishers Weekly
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William Ritter began writing the Jackaby series in the middle of the night when his son was still an infant. After getting up to care for him, Will would lie awake, his mind creating rich worlds and fantasies--such as the one in New Fiddleham. Will lives and teaches in Springfield, Oregon.
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I also figured that there would be a romance between Jackaby (this was before I knew how much older he was) and Abigail and I’m really glad that there wasn’t! It was nice to see the romance built with Abigail and more of a secondary character and that it was a side plot and not a main focus of the book. The quirky mysteries still took the spotlight and there wasn’t any mixing of work and romance. I actually didn’t really care for the romance, though. I thought it wasn’t very developed in the first book, which it didn’t have to be developed right away, but for some reason it felt fast and forced for me.
JACKABY wasn’t a perfect book but it was really enjoyable! Things kind of piled on with the paranormal but it was fun and not overwhelming as some books tend to feel when dealing with so many different para-creatures.
Overall, the book was interesting, but it felt slightly pretentious in the execution and more than a little contrived. When I read that it's a cross between Sherlock and Doctor Who, I couldn't shake the comparison and so when I was reading I instantly pictured Jackaby as the 11th Doctor (not so much Sherlock as the Doctor is very clever too) and Abigail as one of the companions--mostly Clara since she's the latest one. Frankly, this did not help me like the novel, instead, all the parallels felt plagiarized.
While I enjoyed the story overall because the writing was good and the story interesting, I couldn't exactly picture the setting. I knew we were in America, but I couldn't picture the town at all, or really the characters. The coexistence of magic wasn't explained that much either, Abigail doesn't believe Jackaby at first, but then she doesn't seem shocked when she sees the creatures. Then in the end the main detective guy was like yeah, I mean we know there's supernatural but we can't very well blame it on them. So it's like do people know about these things? Or not? what's happening?
I don't know why the book is called Jackaby since the story focuses on Abigail and she doesn't even like him that much aside from being impressed with him a little. Jackaby wasn't that impressive-- for some reason I saw Jackaby as the Hatter from The Lorax... mostly because of the ridiculous hat and overcoat. Probably because unlike the Doctor he wasn't interesting or charismatic, instead he came off as annoying smartass know it all - with an ego to boot. I couldn't picture Abigail at all. While she seemed like a witty, adventurous kind of girl-- the only reason I could say I liked her was because she wasn't obsessed with Jackaby. In fact she practically rolls her eyes at him every time he talks. She doesn't heap compliments on him, nor does he hinge on his looks, or his abilities. I was really happy when she got a crush on the nice police man.
Entertaining read, but I recommend borrowing it from the library.