- 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 de envio: 476 g
- Avaliação média: 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.
In fact, mundane detail often escapes him, which is why, when Amanda Rook applies for the position of his assistant, he hires her, grudgingly acknowledging that she notices things he doesn't bother with. Yes, okay it's a little strained in that respect. I can't imagine being a detective and being sloppy about any sort of detail, but I guess if you're tuned in to an invisible, supernatural world, you can let some humdrum stuff slide. That's what the police are for.
I enjoyed the story enough that I immediately bought the second volume, which is probably the best recommendation I can give. It's well written, fast-paced, funny, and there's a genuine mystery or two rattling around in there. One I guessed at pretty quickly, one I was dead wrong about. I'm glad about the latter, it's really what keeps me reading a mystery. If they're too obvious, I lose interest.
Jackaby himself is more personable than Holmes, and the other characters are well drawn enough to engage my interest. If some of the portrayals, most notably Abigail, are a touch anachronistic, I'm willing to overlook that because I like them and the way they fit into the story.
If you enjoy a good fantasy mystery, then give Jackaby a shot.
The story itself is interesting, the idea of combining Sherlock Holmes and supernatural also. Jackaby is different from Sherlock, which is good (he may have Dr Who's attributes, but I've never seen an episode, so I can't tell). The length and pace appropriate.
I liked the budding love story (which is not between the main protagonists, refreshingly).
The most lovely cover I've seen in a long time. This alone deserves five stars.
The story's setting should be in 1890s but, apart from a few clothes' description, it feels like nowadays (language, conduct, relationship portrayal). It could be set in today's parallel world without much loss. No need to stick to Sherlock Holmes so much.
Then there is Jackaby's character - sometimes distracted and eccentric (which I liked), and sometimes lucid about 'earthly' affairs, other's feelings, etc. Not consistent, but I've high hopes for the sequel.
I also guessed the murderer right away (this didn't take away from the story for me, but is considered a negative characteristic in general).
This story is appropriate for adult and YA readers. It's not because of the inappropriate language or sth, more because of the story's themes and protagonists' behavior that IMO is not interesting to youngsters).
All in all, not a bad read - I will read the next book in a series too, to see if it's improved.
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