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  • Copertina rigida: 299 pagine
  • Editore: Algonquin Books (16 settembre 2014)
  • Collana: Jackaby
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 1616203536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616203535
  • Peso di spedizione: 476 g
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Di B. il 28 maggio 2014
Formato: Copertina rigida
The strongest point of this book is without a doubt the style. The author’s use of metaphors and simile is lovely even when it comes to describing something as simple as the way clothes are arranged inside a trunk and its really builds the atmosphere of the city the story is set in.

I found the characterisation a bit faulty when it came to the protagonist, whom I found a bit lacking in the emotional department since when it comes to dramatic or action-packed scenes she simply reverts to narrating what’s going on at that time without giving much personal input; but aside from that I found that all characters, secondary included, where well developed and varied. Jackaby in particular was rather fun and fit well with the general comparison of the novel to both BBC’s Sherlock and Doctor Who series.

Despite it being a mystery/thriller story, the case was rather easy to solve and the clues left by the author were a bit too in plain-sight for it to be a real challenge, and by half of the book you’re mostly left wondering when the characters will catch up and realise who’s behind the murders, which was a bit of a downer for me since I think an import part of the pacing of the story should have been the build up to the final revelation.

All in all I quite enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants a fun and quick detective story to read.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Fasinating combination of fantasy, historical fiction, and mystery. 5 ottobre 2016
Di Heidi Grange - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
The minute I first heard about this book I was intrigued. I'm not sure why I have a fascination with historical mysteries, maybe it ties back to my first reading of Sherlock Holmes, in any case I knew I wanted to read this series. The addition of the supernatural added a touch of creepiness to the already strong air of mystery that the story holds. Abigail makes for a great narrator with her ability to observe the 'ordinary' as Jackaby says. She gives the reader a look at her new employer that makes Jackaby as much of a mystery as the murder they are trying to solve. His unusual ability to see the supernatural allows him to notice things that nobody else does, but at the same time he misses the ordinary, which makes Abigail such a great assistant for him. Add in Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghost who inhabits Jackaby's current residence and her mysterious death and the frog that stinks up the whole house, and throw in a former assistant turned duck and you've got a thoroughly entertaining story that really doesn't read like anything else. It does have a taste of Sherlock Holmes to it combined with Stroud's Lockwood & Co. focus on ghosts and ghouls. There is a tiny bit of bad language and a moderate amount of violence (someone was brutally murdered after all, several someone's actually). I found Jackaby a fascinating case study in the art of the historical fantasy mystery (is there such a genre? If not there should be).
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Fun, light, and interesting! 28 marzo 2017
Di Brittany - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I wasn’t totally sure what JACKABY was all about but I was excited to start it! I actually hadn’t known that it involved paranormal elements so that was an interesting surprise when I started reading! (Yes, yes, I know that’s what the whole series is about and it’s plain as day in the book descriptions but you know me and going in totally blind.) I actually thought JACKABY was straight historical fiction, like a YA Sherlock Holmes. I was also interested to find out that Jackaby himself wasn’t a young adult, and I thought that was great to have an adult character as a main part of the book since so many YA books skip around older figures and stick with the teens. It brought an interesting dynamic and mix and also allowed Abigail to get involved in so many things that she may not normally have had access to. That’s always my thing with YA mysteries — a big question that always has to be addressed is why a teen wouldn’t go to an adult with a murder-mystery case and in JACKABY, Abigail is working for paranormal detective R.F. Jackaby.

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.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Meh 28 novembre 2014
Di RamaniCossack - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
Definitely felt like I was reading a Doctor Who Christmas special--except if I had never seen the show and nothing makes sense because I started watching somewhere in a middle of a season. That's how this felt like.

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.
4.0 su 5 stelle Hard to rate 8 gennaio 2017
Di Vanja MM - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
The positive:
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 negative:
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).

The neutral:
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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5.0 su 5 stelle Greatly Enjoyed Jackaby 24 settembre 2015
Di Talvi - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I greatly enjoyed Jackaby from start to end. What we have is a sharply written historical mystery touched with a bit of paranormal. Although suitable for middle grade and older readers, the book never panders to or writes down to its audience.

Story: Young Abigail Rook, daughter of a paleontologist, left her family in fin de siècle England in search of following her adventurer father's footsteps. But it wasn't all she hoped and eventually she finds herself fresh off the boat from Europe and in a sleepy American New England town looking for employment. Answering an ad for an assistant, she meets up with the peculiar young man, investigator R. F. Jackaby. She quickly becomes embroiled in the supernatural side of life as she encounters ghosts, goblins, trolls, and other creatures from myths and legends. As she helps Jackaby solve a series of murders, it becomes clear she may just have found her life of adventure after all.

Many comparisons will be drawn to a couple of notable TV series (the inevitable Sherlock and Dr. Who mash up) but I never had that vibe at all. This first book stood on its own for me and was a very pleasurable and original read. If anything, I would liken it more toward Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood and Co. series since in both we have Victorian era young investigators of the paranormal.

The read is very fast and definitely not dense despite being so intriguingly written. Abigail Rook is straightforward in contrast to Jackaby's eccentricity. But Jackaby isn't a cipher, either, and has more humanity than many of his archetypes are given in these types of books.

There are great surprises - such as an intriguing chapter whose only content is a sentence to the effect of, "this chapter removed by the request of my employer, R.F. Jackaby". As well, we aren't dealing with the typical vampire or werewolf myths and Ritter enjoys turning so many of them on their heads.

Where Jackaby shines are the subtle references to other detective stories throughout the ages. Readers won't notice them at first until someone points them out - and then it becomes a fun game of easter egg hunts to discover the hidden secrets throughout. A great example comes from book 2 (A Beastly Bones) at the end of the first chapter when Abigail writes: "Some girls work in shops or sell flowers. Some girls find husbands and play house. I assist a mad detective in investigating unexplained phenomena - like fish that ought to be cats but seem to have forgotten how. My name is Abigail Rook, and this is what I do." (a take on Dragnet's Joe Friday monologue).

In all, what we have is an engaging and easy-to-follow paranormal historical mystery with enough layers and depth to intrigue adults but also keep kids entertained from the action and adventure. Highly recommended.

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