- 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: 15,2 x 3,2 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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Jackaby’s (the book, not the character) strong point is how it brings the supernatural into the mundane. It has different creatures that live alongside humans and go unnoticed by everyone, except the Seer, of course, and how weird things that they do also fly under their radar. Like, at Abigail’s first meeting with Jackaby, he deduces where she came from not by guessing it in an investigative way, but simply because she was having some little gremlins on her clothes. Abigail, for her part, is out for adventure, a spirited girl who thinks femininity is a bothersome issue, and has the slight flaw of being ‘not like other girls’. She notices other women being derisive of her appearance, and herself doesn’t like ‘girly’ things, which I think is lazy characterization for a personality like her. Compare this to Stalking Jack the Ripper‘s Audrey, who is interested in vivisection AND all things feminine; I hate to pit two female characters, but Audrey is a good example of a period character who is not interested in traditional gender roles but doesn’t reject her femininity. Abigail, though, has to grow into her own, yet.
The mystery – well, it isn’t unpredictable, but there are certain aspects of it, like the nature of the creature that was a surprise. There was an interesting section of supernatural characters, including a troll, a ghost, and some I wouldn’t name because they would be spoilery. Jackaby maybe a bit eccentric, but he is also quite kind and protective about the world he only sees – despite constantly investigating supernatural crime, he always is considerate and doesn’t rush to conclusions. His character is also a bit ageless (his age is never specified) in a way, and I was wondering if there is a romance, but it is good to know there isn’t. The actual romance, though, felt like it didn’t have any development – more like a first sight thing, so I am not really shipping that either.
Overall, a great start to a supernatural mystery series, and one I am hoping to read further very soon, as the quartet seems to have ended recently.
He has had companions like the Doctor Who want adventure. He sees things no one's else sees. The book was creative but a mess. He had ideas but nowhere to put them. Nothing supernatural until the last 5 chapters.
I read two to three books a week. 300-600 pages. This was a struggle to finish. If you enjoy a light fast read, be my guest. Just do not expect anything great. I gave two stars for the description of the home.
There are several things delightfully refreshing about the heroine, the aforementioned Miss Rook, including her inability to see the supernatural but perfect capability to analyze the mundane and everyday aspects of crime scenes that the investigator Jackaby neglects. Abigail also (thankfully) is not madly in love with her employer from the moment of their first meeting. Thank heavens. And no, I haven't given anything away. I like Abigail's ability to keep a strong stomach, but still have heartstrings pulled. I like her ability to simply accept anything Jackaby says, taking it at face value, and then just plunging forward with him. Jackaby is also a very interesting person and I have to say that I'm intrigued by his mysterious background and ridiculous tendencies. Imagine Sherlock Holmes, a la BBC Cumberbatch, mixed with David Tennant's Doctor and you might get a feel for his personality. Abigail Rook sums up a huge part of his personality upon their first meeting: "He managed to seem both engrossed and entirely uninterested in me all at once."
While I solved the crime a bit before the big reveal, I was still pleased with the author's work to tie up loose ends on the case and leave us wanting...well, MORE. Some of the questions I hope to see answered in later novels are things such as "Why is Jenny a ghost?" and "Will the troll ever get is halibut?" and "Where can I get a shawl that renders me nearly invisible?"
All in all, a strong start to a new series with a superb cast of characters, and a very well formulated plot. I look forward to the next book in the series, due out in September 2015.