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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. 
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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review 2014-09-14 21:34
Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution - Keith R.A. DeCandido

Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills continue their battle as the two Witnesses against Moloch and his forces. A cryptic message from Ichabod’s wife Katrina sets him on the path to track down Revolutionary Era war medals


Unfortunately records are scant and it’s hard to track down where all the medals ended up, what Washington designed them for and, above all, why they’re so important that Moloch’s minions are actually willing to kill for them


But if Moloch wants them then they have to stop him – or any other dark forces seeking them.




There is always a difficulty when adapting a TV series to book form in capturing the characters as they appear on screen – and this book has made it harder by having multiple points of view. I was actually impressed by how the book generally got it right and I could believe these were the characters on screen – generally. The slips that caught me were largely due to Crane – his language is usually beautifully archaic and elaborate but at times it goes quite ridiculously over the top, even for him, that jars me. Worse, in a chapter from one of the other characters that follows Crane, some of the tone will bleed over – so we’ll have Abbie or Jenny or Frank speaking and thinking with Crane’s very very out of place language. At times this also combines with some over-descriptiveness or general clumsiness to make some very clunky lines.


Despite these slips, I think it does a great job of continuing what we saw on the show and almost filling the gaps. A TV show is, by definition, limited to how much of a character’s thoughts it can show, unlike a book. With these POV shifts we got to build on the characters we’d already seen – so we not only have the rather comic depiction of Ichabod struggling with the modern world but also the frustration of it (even things we don’t think of like the sheer size of the population). We have a lot more of Abbie and Frank’s rapid adaption to the existence of the supernatural and trying to deal with how it has changed their lives, their jobs even their ambitions and aspirations, hopes and dreams. We have Frank’s shock and sadness over his daughter’s injury and disability. We have Abbie and Jenny’s fraught yet loving relationship writ much larger when we’re in both of their heads – the love, the guilt, the resentment all mixed together painfully as well as Jenny’s respect, admiration and bond with the old Sherriff also made really clear.

I liked it, I don’t know how much the show considers this book to be canon, but it really is an excellent book for development and enrichment of these characters and the conflicts and challenges they face and the adaptations they’ve had to made. I think the book is worth reading just for that.

I even quite liked the characterisation of the antagonists in this book – obviously we have the same demons and monsters as the show that are pretty much one dimensional in terms of what they do and why – they’re evil (and on the opposite side we have the ridiculously deified and sanctified American revolutionaries who save the world from eeeeeviiil which we’ve commented on in the show as well) but the human cultists are much more humanised and real.



I also quite liked how they’re adapting the world setting – particularly how characters outside the core cast are noticing that Abbie and Frank are involved in the very weird cases – it’s not just happening and everyone else has some weird amnesia or selective blindness.



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text 2014-09-10 14:54
Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution - Keith R.A. DeCandido

Clumsiness in execution meant that this tie in novel was not nearly as successful as the TV show.


A few more thoughts here.

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