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Jabberwocky: A Novel (Knights of Wonderland Book 0) Kindle Edition
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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.
It's a coming-of-age story set in a fantasy world - NOT Carroll's - that is inhabited by humans in company with the fantastic creatures from the poem (and the Cheshire Cat). The characters are likeable and are fairly 3-dimensional. The world is well-drawn and very recognizeable. The author's interpretation of Carroll's creatures is entertaining. And like all coming-of-age stories, there's a love interest; a Quest; a battle won, a moral (very understated), and a hero's return.
Recommended. This is probably a YA book more than anything, but it will also appeal to adults with its gentle fantasy.
Note on Kindle formatting: Excellent. I did not note any issues.
My lack of knowledge into Mr. Carroll's Wonderland, however, in no way diminished my enjoyment of Daniel Coleman's Jabberwocky and Hatter. Coleman does an excellent job in his own right invoking a land of wonder. Carroll's nonsense words and fictional creatures are so expertly incorporated into Coleman's work that even a Carroll novice like me was able to pick right up on their intent and allow them to draw me deeper into the world.
Jabberwocky tells the story of a young man's journey from farm boy to vorpal blade-weilding, galumphing, Jabberwock-slayer. Set before the events of Wonderland, he takes us along with him and introduces us to some of Carroll's iconic locales and characters.
Jabberwocky was a short, fun read, perfect for the kid's bedtime story. I'm not sure who among us enjoyed it more.
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