Saturday, July 23, 2011

Jabberwocky by Daniel Coleman

by Daniel Coleman

Published: 2011
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Rating: 5

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“One, two! One, two! and through and through the vorpal blade went snicker-snack!”

Blood pounded in Tjaden’s ears as he breathed in the acrid odor, and his sword didn’t falter. Not after the convoluted road that had led him to set out alone to find and slay the manxome Jabberwocky. But the secrets he’d learned about the Jabberwocky’s sorrowful past made it a sour victory.

How different would the situation be if the girl he loved wasn’t at risk?

Why didn’t anyone tell him the dark secrets surrounding the Tumtum tree?

Jabberwocky, a short novel by Daniel Coleman, is the untold story inspired by Lewis Carroll’s epic poem. Meet the characters and creatures that inhabit the world long before Alice ever fell down the rabbit’s hole.

While staying true to every detail of Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece, Jabberwocky provides twists that will keep you turning pages. You might know how it ends, but you won’t believe how it happens.


My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): elite
Loved how this story gives us more details on the various creatures that come from Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky poem.

In this novella the stanzas have their own fairy tale-like stories to reveal the mysteries behind each. The most interesting one of course was the story of the Jabberwock.

You will cheer for the hero and his lady love. And, you will boo the foe. But then, there is a twisty happening at the end where the foe is redefined.


'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought--
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

- Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1872)
by Lewis Carroll

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* meet one of the characters from Jabberwocky, Ollie, in Daniel's guest post

* review copy courtesy of author

* part of gyre and gimble event


  1. I have this on my Kindle. Love that poem!

  2. Cool!! I just read and reviewed Hatter, which I loved. Plan on reading Jabberwocky next. :)

    And thank you for introducing me to this author --- really have been enjoying.

  3. Sounds interesting! Thanks for letting me know about it and the link! Got it now. :)

  4. Always loved the Jabberwocky! If you ever chance upon it (semi-rare), the 70's movie Jabberwocky by the Monty Python gang is epic! :D

  5. Oh..I do not even get that first sentence in the poem, lol

  6. I have this on my Kindle! Now I am even more interested in reading the book. It sounds like a fun read.

  7. Loved this book, plan on getting Hatter soon.


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