Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Book Review: Jabberwocky by Daniel Coleman

Sometimes I meet someone and just instinctively like them. This is how I felt when I first met Daniel Coleman. We were doing a book signing together at The Book Table in Logan this last July. It was a pretty slow signing, but not for lack of trying! I had the chance to talk with Daniel a bit, and then so did my husband, and it was a lot of fun.

Daniel's book, Jabberwocky, is based on the poem by Lewis Carroll, but is a story all of its own. I was pretty impressed by that idea - that takes a lot of imagination. As Daniel describes it, it's written in Carroll's style, but it's easier to understand. My understanding is that Lewis Carroll was influenced by LSD, so anything Daniel wrote would have to be easier to understand, right?

 My husband picked up a copy of the book and disappeared into it for a couple of hours, and then read it again not too long after.  This is rare - he works hard and doesn't get a lot of downtime, so for him to read something twice is unusual these days.  (He's read Harry Potter multiple times, in multiple languages - did you know it was translated into Russian, even? - but that's beside the point.)  He enjoyed the book so much, I invited him to guest blog.  So, without further ado, here's my husband, Matt:

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading Daniel Coleman's book. Jabberwocky.  It was hard for me to put down once I began reading it. Daniel relates the gripping tale of a quiet hero, Tjaden, who, motivated only by resolving the problems posed to his family and friends, accomplishes the impossible. Tjaden, the kind of hero who avoids publicity whenever he can, quietly goes about his work, until creatures and situations threaten his loved ones.  While displaying the wonderful qualities of this young man, such as hard work, staying fit, dedication, firm goal-setting and -reaching, Tjaden exposes corrupt government officials who create catastrophes in order to gain power, and shows the world how to use biotechnologies, such as hormonal and skeletal triggers, to calm monsters in the animal and human kingdoms. I especially enjoyed the parallels Daniel drew to human and monster families.  I recommend this book for anyone, especially boys, aged 10 and up."
If you'd like your own copy of Jabberwocky, you can purchase it here

FTC:  My husband bought this book and we decided to review it on our own.  Yes, we actually bought a book.  With money.  Actual cold hard cash.  See, not every book I review was free ... just most of them.


Angela Felsted said...

Looks interesting. And how clever that he based it on a poem by Lewis Carroll.

Abby said...

Cool! I saw Daniel at the Utah Writers conference. I really wanted to check this book out, but decided I better not spend any more money. Apparently I need to buy it anyway! So glad you shared. Sounds fun.

Angie said...

My kids enjoyed it and it's now sitting on my TBR pile on the nightstand!

Daniel Coleman said...

Angela and Abby - Thanks for the comments!

Tristi - Thanks to you and Matt for the great review. I'm a huge science nerd so I love the part about biotechnologies and triggers.

I also had a great time at the Book Table, and enjoyed meeting you and Matt. Thanks for showing me the ropes at my first book signing!

I don't think I told you, but my unpublished urban fantasy manuscript took first place in the genre fiction category at the League of Utah Writers Roundup, so I got to experience the thrill you felt the night before with your big win! Any suggestions on a good agent to submit it to?


Chris said...

Thanks for the review. It sounds interesting and I LOVE that the ebook was only .99 for my Nook..so guess what book was just added to my Nook library ;)

Daniel Coleman said...

So Tristi and I shared my first book signing and Angie (Lofthouse) was on my first ever panel. Hi Angie!

Chris - hope you enjoy it!

J. A. Bennett said...

I saw this at the conference too, but alas I had the same problem as Abby. I'm kicking myself now.

So fun that your husband came Tristi!

Kaylee Baldwin said...

I've been hearing a lot about this book lately! I 'll have to look into it for my son.

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