Ichabod Crane: Chronicler of Past and Present

Original publish date: 28 September 2014

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Being a fan of Sleepy Hollow in all its various renditions, but particularly Tim Burton’s 1999 film version, I was instantly intrigued when Fox announced the TV series Sleepy Hollow. And with the second season of Sleepy Hollow having started last Monday, it seems fitting to read something in that spirit; after all, Halloween is just around the corner and it’s my favorite.

The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane by Alex Irvine could essentially be treated as a companion guide for the show as it seems to outline each of the episodes from the first season and uses images of the actors faces within the book as visual supporting documents. If you don’t know about Ichabod Crane and Sleepy Hollow, insofar as the series is concerned, here’s a brief synopsis: Crane assisted the Founding Fathers in the creation of the nation and defending it against the forces of evil that would wish to throw the world into chaos. After battling a Hessian, Crane is mortally wounded, only to be placed in a tomb beneath the earth by his witch wife, Katrina, until he is awakened 200 years later when  the world is in need of a Witness to help ward off the demonic forces vying for control. Coupled with Sleepy Hollow deputy Abigail Mills, Crane fights against demonic forces in the shape of a Headless Horseman, witches, and Moloch himself in an effort to save the inhabitants of Sleepy Hollow who are happily unaware that their lives are in Revelation-level peril.

I enjoyed the multimedia aspect to the text with images and seemingly “taped” in documents to the pages of the journal. There were only a few instances of grammatical issues, namely missing letters or punctuation. I found Crane’s voice in the journal entries to be consistent with his demeanor in the series and with that of someone thrown drastically forward in time. The pacing was quick and the various breaks in the text of each entry were well placed and played well into character development for each of the “random” thoughts that Crane wanted to chronicle.

Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

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