Review: Being a ‘Sleepy Head’ (for season one & most of season two) I was really happy to get a chance to read this, and figured if anything it’d be a fun little diversion. The premise of this book is to be, as what it says on the tin, the ‘secret journal of Ichabod Crane’, and therefore his thoughts and feelings and findings during the course of season one of the hit TV show.
I went into this knowing I wouldn’t probably glean anything new, that it’d simply be a rehash of what we’ve seen on the show. It’s probably about 80% rehash, 10% new information, and 10% photos/’found documents’. Still, I was pleasantly surprised on how entertaining it was to read, and not once did I skim a section ‘knowing’ the outcome as I had seen the episode it spoke of.
The author did a great job of capturing Ichabod’s voice, not in just the vocabulary, but in the wit the character has on the show and the push and pull of him accepting and denying modern day anything, really. From the clothing, to vernacular, to technology. While most of the entries are rehashes of what went on in the episode that Ichabod witnessed or was informed of, we do get some bits of his thoughts and feelings that we didn’t readily see in the show. And because this is his point of view, this book is not for anyone who hasn’t seen the first season and thought they could catch up this way, as lots of details are never mentioned or brushed over since it wouldn’t either have been known to Ichabod, or he wouldn’t have regarded it as noteworthy to the cause.
Having seen majority of the episodes once or twice when they originally aired, this was a good refresher course in the season, and I’m glad I managed to finish it literally moments before season two premiered. So I can’t attest if there were any glaring errors, or errors at all, to continuity of the show.
The real highlight of the book were the ‘found documents’ that probably look much better on paper than on a monitor, of articles from the sisters’ abductions, to papers from occult books and Ichabod’s own sketches of nature, monsters, and companions. They added a lot of depth and authenticity to the journal, along with Ichabod’s recounts of his past engagements with people and events that are now historical and famous to us. Aside from that, his small personal reflections, were breaths of fresh air from all the talk about the cause and being Witnesses, like his undying love and devotion to Katrina, and his growing (platonic I shall say for now in my opinion) affection and respect for the Mills sisters.
As I was nearing the end of the journal, I was curious on how it would end, as it could only hint at all that had happened in the season one finale, and was worried it’d be a disappointing ending. It wasn’t. There was a lot of feeling, and definitely knowing what had transpired, a great bit of foreshadowing that made the finale that more poignant, and it ended with a fun puzzle. I’m sure a hint of the season to come. Definitely a book I recommend to fans of the show who’d like to see a little more of Ichabod’s reasonings. It’s fun and a fairly fast read, but at the same time, like the show, has its dark elements.
And, in case you’re interested, [highlight spoiler] Ichabod had found some coded words down in a specific cipher, that he hoped to unlock later on. The words once deciphered were: Gospel of Judas & Hellfire Club.
Thank you to the publisher via Edelweiss for allowing me an advanced digital copy.
Cover: It looks fantastic. Very professional looking and eye catching, giving you the feel as if you are opening up someone else’s journal. As Ichabod Crane is a mostly a simple man, of course his journal would be one too, so most of the front isn’t exactly what you see on his, and therefore how his journal cover really looks can be seen on the inside in black and white.
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