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I loved this book from the start. It's a wonderful idea - although Neil Gaiman freely admits he 'borrowed' it from the Jungle Book!
I liked the ghostly 'scarecrow' scaring humans away from the treasure in the crypt. The Danse Macabre was glorious creepy fun as was Bod's ability to 'fade' even though he is still human. The 'Man Jack' is a really scary idea although I did wonder what the point of all the murders actually was. Why did they target Bod and his family? Maybe I missed something . . . I did feel that each chapter almost stood alone as though the book had been written for a TV series rather than a complete novel. But that's a minor point. Chris Riddell's beautiful illustrations were a joy throughout. A gem of a book.
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Initial post: 28 Jul 2010 22:30:44 BDT
Patrick Borer says:
As far as I remember, the "Jacks" did target Bod and his family because of a prophecy saying that one of this family will destroy their brotherhood. But I did wonder what the point, the goal of their organisation was, when they weren't occupied with the perceived threat by Bod's family.
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