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review 2018-03-25 17:41
Children of the Revolution
Children of the Revolution - Peter Robinson

First time I read a novel by this author and from the DCI Banks series. It wasn't entirely satisfying, as sometimes the dialogues felt odd, and the ending had a bit of a botched side. Nevertheless, in general, it was a good mystery, and it made me feel like picking up the series from the start, to see how the characters came to be where they were in this one.

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review 2017-12-04 22:26
Children of the Revolution (Robinson)
Children of the Revolution - Peter Robinson

I must say I'm always a bit of a sucker for the modern-day detective-novel trope of the multi-generational case, where incidents in the past affect the crime or crimes of the current day. Just as well, because it's rare to find a detective novel these days that doesn't have a "historical" element. What I find (wryly) amusing is that "history" is more and more often within my own lifetime. In this case, the Revolution of the title is the 60s revolution, political and sexual, and the key to one murder and one attempted murder in the present day is both sexual and political shenanigans at a 60s university, juxtaposed with the highly respectable life of a certain Lady Veronica Chalmers, one of whose young relatives is about to become politically very important.

 

If you see the words "politically very important", then of course you will understand that even though Banks solves the mystery, and we are kindly let in on the secret, there is a shadowy senior figure who makes sure the solution gets no further publicity and the case goes "unsolved". I thought Robinson cheated a bit on the ending - I was not in the least convinced that the murderous person who apparently committed suicide was in the slightest suicidal, but on the other hand, there was no indication that the shadowy figure was responsible for a cover-up. And believe me, I looked back and re-read, because I'm not used to saying, "well that's implausible..." as I finish up a Banks novel.

 

Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed following Banks through all the twists and turns of his detecting, including the red herrings, mostly because as usual Robinson's characterizations are marvellous. I get only vaguely peeved when the whiff of male entitlement enters into Banks' relationships with his female fellow-officers or the latest lust object; meh, it doesn't bother me much. I'm happy to objectify Banks and his brain-power, so he can go ahead and objectify pretty young things if he likes. I'd prefer it if his much more substantial female co-workers (and, incidentally, subordinates) didn't have scenes where they seemed to be spatting over getting his attention and approval, though.

 

Four stars, because none of the basic virtues of the Banks novels are missing, despite my reservations.

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review 2015-01-06 19:12
Review - Children of the Revolution
Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution - Keith R.A. DeCandido

This novel captured the voices of Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills perfectly!  Seldom have I ever found characters from television captured so well in a novelization.  The author did an amazing job with continuity in what has been shown on tv.  I highly recommend this book for Sleepy Hollow fans and fans of the supernatural genre.

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review 2014-11-25 08:39
Sleepy Hollow: Children Of The Revolution
Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution - Keith R.A. DeCandido

One thing I want to say in advance: I haven't seen anything from the TV series yet, so I'm not able to make comparisons or decide whether or not DeCandido captures the spirit of the series well. I'm however, after reading, quite curious to see the series, so I'll give it a try.

 

Ichabod Crane wakes two centuries after he died in battle to find the world changed quite a bit. When he receives a vision from his dead wife to go and find the Congressional Cross he once was awarded a new adventure starts.

 

In the beginning I had some troubles to keep track of who everyone was in relation to each other. It never became a very big problem though (and one I most likely just have myself to blame for) and after I while I could follow the story just fine.

 

As with most tv tie ins, the story isn't wonderful, but it was still an enjoyable read and the writing was quite good actually. (Once again I feel like there was something I had wanted ti write about, but with my notes lost I can't remember what it was).

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2014-11-04 23:04
Best Debut Novel this Series could Hope For
Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution - Keith R.A. DeCandido
DeCandido has given us the best possible first tie-in for Sleepy Hollow -- it's a good follow-up to the second episode, "Blood Moon," (which I didn't even realize needed a sequel until I read this); it captures the essence of the show; and tells a good story to boot.  
 
This takes place about four months after "Blood Moon" -- 8 half-moons, to be exact.  We're told it's January 2014, but I'm not exactly sure where that locates things in the first season.  Somewhere between episodes 10 and 11, by my reckoning.  A coven is trying one more time to resurrect Serilda, using a collection of medals commissioned by General Washington for a group of heroes of the Revolution -- including Ichabod, of course.
 
DeCandido touches base with the characters and most of the events that stand out in the first season, all the touchstones are there.  Macey Irving, Sheriff Corbin, Andy Brooks (I'm pretty sure his name is dropped), Henry Parrish, the Golem . . .
 
The book is filled with random historical musings from Ichabod -- though the part where he criticizes (to put it very mildly) the recreation of Ft. Ticonderoga was a bit too much like his dressing down of the docent about Paul Revere.  But you know what?  It was just as amusing -- and what else are you going to to with our favorite time-displaced Witness?  
 
Really, the key to this book (like the show) is getting the two central characters right.  Let's look at two brief snippets:
Abbie spent most of the drive up Interstate 87 to Ticonderoga being simultaneously charmed by Crane and seriously wanting to strangle him.
Thinking about it, that defined a lot of her relationship with him.Captures Abbie's attitude, her swagger, and her humor.
and then:
. . . he pulled out the device that was referred to as a "cell phone."  He assumed the modifier "cell" was a joke referring to how much modern humanity was imprisoned by such devices, as it seemed that the citizens of the twenty-first century relied on them to an appalling degree.
Even though that's in the Third Person, if you don't hear Tom Mison's voice in your head there?  Something's wrong with you.
 
He captured the friendship, the feel of the characters and their voices -- both in narration and in dialogue.  Couldn't ask for more.
 
This tie-in captured the show's tone, its feel, its characters and its world while telling a compelling story. Great stuff. 
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Note:I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  Which was generous and cool of them, but didn't impact what I said about the book.  It was strong enough to gain my respect on its own.
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