Jackaby Review

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

I'm making a conscious effort these days to connect more with others in real life, soooo I started a book club. We had our first meeting in October. It was so, so nice to sit down and talk about the same book with other people again. I wanted to do that kind of thing more often and made the spur-of-the-moment decision to read the book the Literary Ladies were reading in October, Jackaby.

Jackaby by William Ritter

The cover is obviously gorgeous, but when I read the synopsis I almost called it quits before I had even begun. It's compared to both Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who. I've never seen Doctor Who and, to be honest, I don't have any plans to watch it in the near future. (I have moved it from the very bottom of "tv shows I might want to watch" list due to Kristen's post.) I am, however, very familiar with Sherlock Holmes. I read the entire series for a course during my undergrad and I hated it. . .a lot.
I know, I know a handful of you out there can now relate with this gif:

ANYWAY, the novel reads like a debut novel, but the writing and style seem to improve as the story progresses. (Can we just take a moment to be impressed by the fact that this was written when the author got up at night with his infant child? I wasn't ever productive when little e was up every night. Furthermore, my husband slept through the majority of that time of our life!)

I enjoyed the incorporation of many different mythical creatures and I enjoyed the story itself. I doubt that I will read the sequel anytime soon, but it's not a bad book by any means. I actually gave it a 4/5 on the Goodreads scale.

I'm not quite sure who I would recommend this book to. After perusing the reviews on Goodreads this appears to be the sort of book that you enjoy or are bored by.  Forget the comparisons to Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. I'll just say if you like mysteries with a paranormal twist, then you might like this.

Have you read Jackaby? Has anyone read the sequel? 

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