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Still, I struggled all the way through it, because the beast was called the Jabberwocky. Jabberwocky is the name of the poem, because it's about a creature called the Jabberwock. The beast is named three separate times in the poem. In the same sense, one would not discuss archery and say, "Watch the Archery shooting his bow." I knocked off one star for this alone, because of the dissonance it caused every time I read it. I am not generally bothered by things misspelt on the Internet, because there's no help for it, and many are typos. But this was in a printed book, and it was deliberate.
If this didn't annoy you as it did me, move along, nothing to see here. By the way, Tim Burton got it wrong, too.
Daniel Coleman’s The Jaberwocky sounded interesting… so I gave Lewis Carroll a try again (in a round-a-bout way). And do you know what? I would let Daniel Coleman explain Lewis Carroll poems to me any day. Any. Day. He absolutely won me over. Tjaden was an amazing character. Regardless of his bravery… he remains humble. From the moment you meet him you just feel like you know his heart. I was just as in love with Elora as Tjaden was. Her self-confidence was truly inspiring. I’d love for Coleman to continue his story of TJaden and Elora… and Ollie… and Lily…
And now… I finally understand a Lewis Carroll Poem! At least… I understand it in the way Daniel Coleman has written his story. I can even actually tell you what ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:” means now. How ’bout that?
It was a great read. I found the the characters relatable and if I could change anything, I wish the book had been slightly longer. I wanted more time with Tjaden, his friends, and the world in which they lived. Overall, Tjaden's best friend Ollie was my favorite. I'm not expecting a Jabberwocky to come flying overhead or to be threatened by a Bandersnatch, but in the world that was created, I believed that these things could happen. That's important to me. The Cheshire cat makes a brief appearance, which I thought was a nice touch.
Jabberwocky stays true to the original poem while providing a believable back story for the characters in the poem and the world created by it.
The setting of the book takes place in a world that encompasses many realms and layers within it while the plot is well-thought-out with characters who are not only believable, but easy to follow. Elora, who is insecure and uncertain about herself, is relatable to almost everyone and Tjaden who becomes her protector in ways that surpass physical elements become characters who readers will not soon forget! I was definitely euphoric in finding that this story turned out to be an enjoyable combination of my favorite genres with a one of a kind flare that kept me eagerly and impatiently turning the pages til the end and then starting over for another fascinating experience!
To put it plainly there is nothing like this book out there yet! It can be difficult for writers to improve ‘GREAT’ and Coleman did NOT disenchant. The concept may seem to be one that proves complex to make worthwhile, however Coleman skillfully fuses his creativity with adventure and mind-boggling arenas into a sustainable masterpiece that will be enjoyed by all ages and interests. Looking forward to many more from Coleman!