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Jabberwocky by David Coleman is quite the little fairy tale, of love and betrayal, of pride and humility, but most of all, of honor and friendship. Having read Hatter before, I was familiar with his version of Wonderland, but new comers will have no trouble finding their way into this delightful like tome.
It begins with a monster, one whose mere shadow darkens the hearts of the people of Wonderland, yet, it starts with small village and a boy with a dream. Along the way to achieve it, he must show himself honorable among men and courageous in the fierce battle to claim back the one he loves.
As with Hatter, I was impressed with the way Coleman writes Wonderland as well as its famous inhabitants. Bringing forth such a wonderful spin on just a few lined poem, the reader is shown what makes a monster truly a monster. Above all, this is a story that makes us remember there are still good storytellers out there.
Besides a little gore, this book is perfect for the YA crowd as well as adults. It's full of action as well as mystery, plus some good old fashion humor and wit. The characters will steal your heart and leave you ready for another trip down the rabbit hole. Just remember... beware the Jabberwocky.
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.
Coleman took the poem 'Jabberwocky' and created a whole story around it. If you've read the poem then you know it contains some rather confusing words that hold no true meaning to us and Coleman actually manages to come up with meanings and make them seem normal. At first it was a little uncomfortable reading words like "wabe" and expecting me to in-vision a field of grass that extends way behind...but after a few pages you begin to grasp it and it becomes easier to see. Each section/chapter begins with a stanza from the poem and it gives you some insight into what is going to happen within that chapter, I thought that it was the perfect tie-in both for those who are fans of the poem and those unfamiliar with it. The world that Coleman created was extremely fleshed out and felt like a 'real' place, the characters were likable and relate-able and the writing was excellent.
I didn't expect to get much out of it since it was so short, I got it for free and I'd never heard of it before but this is one of those hidden gems that should get more attention then they do. I totally recommend this. If you've read Alice, or the 'Jabberwocky' you should definitely give this a try. I'm almost positive you'll enjoy it.
Daniel Coleman has done a terrific bit of story-telling here in his re-imagined version of Carroll's 'Jabberwocky'. Like Carroll's writing, this is bright, imaginative, compelling, but there is darkness beneath the colorful surface. The characters are well-crafted people that you can understand and with whom you can sympathize. I especially liked the clever main character, a boy in his late teens who dreams of becoming an Elite military man, and who dedicates himself to developing the physical and moral character necessary, while remaining a warm and attentive friend and son. It is he and his beloved, a girl no less clever, who confront the dreaded and dreadfully angry Jabberwocky, and solve a decades-long puzzle. Throughout, Coleman brings to life the many absurdly funny and sometimes frightful creatures of "The Jabberwocky".
This is 'family-friendly' book in that it can be enjoyed by any age level, but the author is never patronizing or condescending to his readers. He is straight-forward about the events, characters have honest and normal feelings and thoughts, and puzzling things are hinted at and revealed as time goes by. It's a bit of mystery on two levels- the plot is a mystery, but it's also an effort to make some sort of consistent sense out of Carroll's poem. Seeing how these creatures can be made to be a part of a realistic world is half the fun of reading the story.