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Jacob's Ladder (Black Apple) Hardcover – 3 Mar 2005


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; 1st edition (3 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843627205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843627203
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 20.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,548,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This well-written, original novel is more than an exciting adventure in an unusual setting: it raises questions about the nature of death and the importance of hope and courage when faced with another world. (Carousel)

This is a truly haunting and beautiful book, written in the sparest, poetic prose. Both characters and setting are economically but powerfully drawn and the whole tale resonates with echoes of both myth and modern science fiction. (Books for Keeps) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The story of a nightmare that will not cease and a journey through fear towards hope. It's a choice between a past you cannot remember and a future you cannot predict. Does Jacob have the strength to take the journey and the courage to make the right choices?

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader2010 on 4 April 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this in 2 sittings. A cross between Holes and Lovely Bones. A good little read, which had me hooked. Recommended for 10 - 14 year olds, both boys and girls.
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By Mel Tipler on 27 Jun. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This story is absolutely amazing, I read it in three hours straight and couldn't put it down. It really captured both my mind and heart with its supernatural storyline and by the fact that I know a boy called Jacob who is really similar in description to the one in the story. It's a cross between 'The Lovely Bones' and 'The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 42'.
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By Eloise Ballard on 26 Dec. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I like this book but only bought it because I like the books this author writes I like it but do not think it was one of his best
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cherry chapelle on 1 July 2007
Format: Paperback
THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC! IF YOU LIKE ADVENTURE AND INTRIGUE THIS BOOK DELIVERS. IT MAKES YOU READ LATE INTO THE NIGHT.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
lovely speculative fiction for youth and adults 24 Oct. 2009
By LH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Very unlike most modern YA which mostly seems to deal with realistic modern settings and dramatic issues like bullying, sexuality, social situations, etc., Jacob's Ladder takes place in a strange out-of-time alternative universe and addresses more subtle existential questions. The prose is wonderfully succinct and evocative, and the story inventive yet calling to mind mythological themes. One of my recent favorites.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Answering the age old question... and not liking the answer. 18 Feb. 2007
By R S Cobblestone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Where do you go when you die? Heaven? Hell? Nowhere? Somewhere?

For Jacob, who wakes up one day in a grassy field with no memories, stained clothes, and a mysterious guide who takes him to a dormitory with other boys who had the same experience, life, or death, is a mystery with no answers. Is it heaven when the food is always the same, there is no joy except for sharing the merest fragments of memories with your roommates, and nobody can answer your questions? Is it hell when you are forced to pick up basketfuls of stones day after day, the penalty for missing a day of stone picking is a visit from ghosts, and you have dreams of despondent parents?

What is certain is that the boundary between dreams and reality is breached. Jacob wants answers and more. In time, all of his roommates will have similar urges, but this is Jacob's trial.

But a trial for what? Jacob's Ladder, by Brian Keaney, has rich possibilities in its plot, but they fall flat. The reader is expected to not need any answers as to what this place is, how one gets there, and how one leaves. There are workers in this place... do they not "move on?" This after-world is a dull and listless place. Given that this characterization is drastically different than 99.9% of other after-world depictions, it requires a modicum of explanation, and that explanation is not forthcoming. Thus, Keaney wets the reader's appetite, but no answers are provided.

Like The Brief History of the Dead, by Kevin Brockmeier, this novel seems incomplete. Jacob receives no clarity about why things are the way they are. Perhaps hell intentionally bypasses these questions.
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