Jabberwocky: A Novella by Theodore Singer

Jabberwocky: A Novella by Theodore Singer
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical
Length: Short Story (78 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Inspired by the Lewis Carroll poem Jabberwocky, this novella follows young Astreus through a series of strange landscapes on his quest to find and slay the Jabberwock. But the quest may not be as he thinks.

Embracing an old family tradition can be an incredibly meaningful experience. All Astreus has to do now is figure out the best way to use it.

Astreus was a well-developed, likeable main character. His contemplative, curious personality wasn’t at all what I was expecting out of someone who decides to hunt down an ancient beast, but it fit the tone of the plot incredibly well. I was also impressed by how he expressed his intelligence. He struck a smart balance between accepting his strengths without bragging about them and acknowledging his own weaknesses.

There were a few small pacing issues. At times the narrative lingered a little too long on the strange, wonderful places Astreus discovered during his search for the Jabberwocky. The descriptions of these settings were fascinating, but including so many details about them did occasionally slow down the plot at inopportune times. This is a minor criticism of an otherwise amazing story, though.

With that being said, the world-building in this tale was incredibly strong and complex. It stayed true to the types of people, places, and monsters I’d expect from a fantasy novel set in the past, but it also included a few fun surprises. As eager as I was to move forward and discover what happened to the Jabberwocky, I really enjoyed seeing the protagonist explore the far north. This could have easily been expanded into a full-length book.

Jabberwocky: A Novella is a must-read for anyone who loves the original Lewis Carroll poem about this creature.

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