“Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain the foul deeds are the work of the kind of creature whose very existence the local authorities–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–seem adamant to deny.”
So I kept seeing this book all over and I’m pretty sure I borrowed it from the library a while back, but never got to it. So at the library I grabbed it again and decided to read it first (as it was the shortest out of all the books I borrowed).
I finished it in about 4 hours. It was so catchy!
Honestly it was like Supernatural mixed with Sherlock…like two of my favorite things! So naturally I had to love it!
It kept the pages turning just because you were naturally curious as to what was going to happen, with the mystery but also about the relationship between Abigail and Jackaby. So I just kept reading and reading, and then we got to solving the mystery and I had to keep reading. So I read it in a few hours.
It wasn’t a long story so it wasn’t exactly difficult to read it quickly (only about 300 pages) but it was also gripping.
There wasn’t a lot of character development in this book but this is a series, so I’m going to have to pick up the other books later to find out what happens, but I have a lot of lists that I really want to read first, so this will have to wait.
Honestly though, with a lot of people talking about this book and seeming to really love it, I didn’t understand the hype so much. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading it but it wasn’t a book I would tell everyone that they have to read first. But of course, this is my personal opinion. It was different, and also not exactly the kind of book I generally read, genre wise.
Never the less, it was a decent read and if you have time, I would suggest checking it out.
Matthew McConaughey – Walter
Idris Elba – Roland
Tom Taylor – Walter
“The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.”
I’ve been waiting a while to see this movie, especially after I had read the first book of the series last year. After the first book, I was really wondering how they were going to put all of that into a movie, especially with how complex and confusing it was. I really struggled to write the book review for it because it was one of those books that was quite difficult to summarize and turn into words. So how would they visualize it all?
Well I got my answer. They dumbed it down….a lot. While the basic idea was there, it was nothing like the first book. I mean they started to play around with what was given to them. In the book, there was a lot more of it based on a derelict world with everything destroyed. It felt like a wild west kind of book, but the movie was based more in NYC and a little bit in the waste land around the other universes. I mean, sure it worked, but if you read the book you would most likely be a little disappointed.
Don’t get my wrong, I did really enjoy it and I absolutely loved the cast. Idris Elba was a perfect Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey was an amazing Man in Black, but I felt like there just could have been so much more. It quickly explained who the Man in Black was, and that he was magical, but in the book you never really understood. Of course I only ever read book one. But considering how many books that the movie series had to work with, with each book averaging about 500 pages (and some as long as 800!) they honestly could have done so much.
The movie was also only 95 minutes too. Harry Potter Book 1 was the same length and it got a movie that was over two hours. Of course, it was much more popular but I feel when you make a movie based on a book, you need to stick a little closer.
They answered a lot of questions that were left unanswered, or made you wonder, in the book. It was clear the movie ended in a way that meant that another one wasn’t needed. So if you watch it, you wouldn’t be waiting for a second movie. With the book, it had a similar way to end, like you could just not continue to read, but there were so many questions left unanswered. The movie was a nice neat package.
Visually the movie was incredible. it was beautiful and the gun-work rivaled that of John Wick 1 and 2 (which I thought was impossible)! But the Gunslinger is supposed to be incredible with weapons. It was just impressive to see that.
But the idea of the book, the deeper psychological and philosophical idea seemed to be completely ignored in the book. So I was a little upset about that.
C’est la vie…nothing you can really do.
If you haven’t read the book, it’s a good movie. If you have read it, you might be a little underwhelmed.
For a more detailed technical review, check out here!
Are you looking for some reading challenges for the New Year to motivate yourself?
Don’t worry. I have some great suggestions for you!
Penguin has a fantastic reading challenge going on. They give you a prompt for the month and if you can’t think of something, they suggest some great books. Check it out!
Want a classic book challenge? Penguin has you covered too! Each month they have a new classic book suggested to read! I’ll be trying to join that one when I can, as I’d really love to read more classic books this year.
If you want something a little lighter, and more of a ‘bucket list’ style, check out this challenge from PopSugar! It has some fantastic suggestions, and you can definitely find some simpler books to complete it, if you’re pushed for time!