Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Book review: Sleepy Hollow: The secret life and legend of Ichabod Crane by A. Van Kraft

Sleepy Hollow: The Secret Life and Legend of Ichabod CraneSleepy Hollow: The Secret Life and Legend of Ichabod Crane by A. Van Kraft
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Got this free from Amazon, and while the freebie books can be hit-or-miss, this one was really entertaining, right up to the third act.

Written in multiple perspectives - which is something I enjoy when it's coherent - it tells the "real" story of Ichabod Crane. Rather than the tall, thin, blade-nosed schoolteacher of Washington Irving's story, this Ichabod Crane is an alias for a post-revolutionary census-taker/inspector for the new State of New York.

When he arrives incognito to report on the citizens of Sleepy Hollow, he finds much more - and worse - than he bargained for.

I liked the re-imagining, right up to the end, which was sordid, and filled with unanswered questions. The author's note at the end explains what the intent was, but I felt it still needed more explanation.

I read the book for the 101 Fantasy Books in 10 Years challenge. It also counts toward my 101 Things in 1001 Days.

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