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Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel av William…
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Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel (urspr publ 2015; utgåvan 2015)

av William Ritter (Författare)

Serier: Jackaby (2)

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When dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind, Abigail and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby, investigators of the supernatural in 1892 New England, find themselves hunting for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.… (mer)
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Titel:Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel
Författare:William Ritter (Författare)
Info:Algonquin Young Readers (2015), 304 pages
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Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel av William Ritter (2015)

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It's slightly less supernatural and eerie than the first book.
This book disappointed me, the story just didn't feel exciting, the plot was a bit boring.
Although it may not have been as good as the plot in the first book, I don't think it was that terrible and I am consoled by the fact that Jenny's murderer will be revealed in the next book "Ghostly Echoes". I hope. ( )
  RosangelaRopis | Jan 8, 2021 |
I am thoroughly enjoying the Jackaby novels. I want more! They are fun reads, a bit silly, but the characters are so likable I can't help myself. I like the paranormal aspect. Now I have to wait till the next one gets written. Sigh. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
"So often, people think that when we arrive at a crossroads, we can choose only one path, but - as I have often and articulately postulated - people are stupid. We're not walking the path. We are the path. We are all of the roads and all of the intersections. Of course you can choose both."

Aaahhh I binged this in one sitting and couldn't be more pleased. This was all the charm of the first book with a bigger dose of adventure and humour and heart. Am I still smiling? I'm still smiling.

Firstly, Beastly Bones picked up the bits of character that the first book had to leave behind: this time, we're playing to Abigail's strengths as the pair examine a suspicious dinosaur skeleton. It was really wonderful to see Abigail's passions actually be relevant and for her to be at nearly the same pace as everyone around her. Additionally, we get to meet another one of Jackaby's friends, broadening his weird world of the paranormal. Not to mention Jenny's brief but huge role in the beginning, tying in the sequel with far more promise and anticipation than the first book tied into the second.

Secondly, although I have -40000 interest in dinosaurs, this mystery and the 'magical creatures' focused on in this book were absolutely fascinating. I'm slow and daft with mysteries, okay, yes - but I still want to celebrate just how thrilled and surprised I was once the perpetrator was revealed. Also the creatures it brought in were varied, fun, and most importantly!!relevant all throughout. Most of the creatures in the first book felt like (super charming) throwaway tales to characterize (the equally super charming) Jackaby, but in this one, even the monsters that were only present in anecdotes were very important. Everything had a purpose along with being just plain neat. (I mean, seriously. Cannibalistic shapeshifter monsters, masquerading as kittens that are slowly turning into fish. My dude that was the cutest and scariest image.)

Aaaand last but certainly not least, this cast. Jackaby and Abigail's partnership is just as reliably charming and funny, but this time it got pretty dang sweet as well, so Jackaby's "obliviously earnest" quips weren't the only thing I was left smiling like an idiot at. Even better: still no romantic tension between them! Instead, just the sweetest, most awkward dorks to bring bliss to me and my endless reading frustrations:

Jackaby shook his head. "Miss Rook," he said, "the greatest figures in history are never the ones who avoid failure, but those who march chin-up through countless failures, one after the next, until they come upon the occasional victory." He put a hand on my shoulder. "Failure is not the opposite of success - it's a part of it. And as failures go," he added with a lopsided grin, "this one was really spectacular, wasn't it?"

The fresh batch of supporting cast were pretty neat as well, though I wish they were used a little more. Nice to see Charlie again, and (on the subject of the trapper) it was really nice to have someone else for Jackaby to discuss his wild ideas with instead of just have him doing the tired trope of dodging around the police. No, really, I'm so glad Marlowe was gone.

Now, there was quiiiiiite a drag of wandering back-and-forth in the middle, some characters were woefully two-dimensional, and admittedly dinosaurs aren't my favourite thing so the setting didn't thrill me (but the monster quickly changed focus into one of my ABSOLUTELY FAVOURITE THINGS, SO - ). If those are my biggest complaints though, I think I don't have much to worry about.

All in all, this book was wonderfully fun. My favourite things are still the immense catalogue of monsters, the endearing way they're presented, and just all the fast-paced humour throughout. It's gonna sound hopelessly dorky, but I really do love Jackaby's view on the world and how he navigates everything - along with Abigail's constant, hapless balancing act between logic and just accepting the nonsensical things around her.

(It's still kind of funny to see a very British author write Americans saying some very British things, though.)

"That's nonsense," said Jackaby. "Fortune favours the prepared. Unless you're talking about the Fates, in which case fortune generally favours Zeus. Were you talking about the Fates?" ( )
  Chyvalrys | Aug 5, 2020 |
(From www.pingwings.ca)

Source: Borrowed ARC

I got an ARC of Jackaby, book one in this series, at BEA last year and it was being touted as Sherlock meets Dr. Who. I was intrigued, and although it felt more like Sherlock meets Supernatural to me, I totally loved it. So when I had the opportunity to borrow my friend Ciara’s ARC of Beastly Bones, the sequel to Jackaby, I jumped at the chance!

I love the writing in this book. William Ritter’s descriptions are vivid and he makes the world feel rich, alive, and real. I can feel like I’m right there. And I love Jackaby himself! He’s still somewhat of a mystery, but intriguing and kind of charming.

Our heroine, Abigail, is plucky, intelligent, and brave – I love her, and her platonic relationship with Jackaby. I truly loved that, while there is a light romance in the book, it isn’t between Abigail and Jackaby.

Loving supernatural and paranormal stories as much as I do, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had so many elements of stories I love: action, adventure, supernatural creatures, humour, and platonic, non-romantic relationships. I may have enjoyed this even more than Jackaby, to be honest.

I truly hope that there will be another book in the series. I feel like the world Abigail and Jackaby innhabit is so rich and full of stories to be told. Also, I have a theory about Jenny, the ghost in Jackaby’s house (or, to be more accurate, the ghost in whose house Jackaby lives) and her life, and I need to know if my theory is correct. So more Jackaby books please!

This is a series that I must own. Highly recommended!! ( )
  kimmypingwing | Jul 7, 2020 |
I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first one, but I won't be going out of my way to seek out the next book. If I get to it, I'll enjoy it, if I don't who cares.
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  Wanda-Gambling | May 9, 2020 |
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For Russ, who has taught me that the wood knows best what shape it ought to be, & for Eleanor, who has always followed her own path and paved it with precious words.
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"I am an investigator of unexplained phenomena. My domain is the eldritch adn the extraordinary." Jackaby stood. His expression bespoke a building enthusiasm. "Your missing foot is most peculiar indeed, Mr. Lamb - or else there is something even more peculiar afoot." (p. 170)
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When dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind, Abigail and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby, investigators of the supernatural in 1892 New England, find themselves hunting for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

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