Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Ripper, as in Jack The: Featured Book & Contest

While I really, really don't enjoy the "paranormalization" of classic literature--although I realize there are lots of people who enjoy Romeo and Juliet as vampires--I do like a nice rewriting of history to include paranormal elements.


So I've been looking forward to today's featured book, even though I've gotten a little burned out on YA lately. Author Amy Carol Reeves has taken on Victorian London and Jack the Ripper! And while it has some of the "why is it that only a teenager can bring down the big bad serial killer and save the world" element, it's a cool read and a nice bit of gothic worldbuilding. 


Want to win a copy of Ripper? You know what to do...



ABOUT RIPPER: “I felt hot breath on my neck, and, horrified, I knew that he stood behind me . . .”

It’s 1888, and after her mother’s sudden death, Abbie is sent to live with her grandmother in a posh London neighborhood. When she begins volunteering at Whitechapel Hospital, Abbie finds she has a passion for helping the abused and sickly women there.

But within days, patients begin turning up murdered at the hands of Jack the Ripper. As more women are murdered, Abbie realizes that she and the Ripper share a strange connection: she has visions showing the Ripper luring his future victims to their deaths—moments before he turns his knife upon them. Her desperation to stop the massacres leads Abbie on a perilous hunt for the killer. And her search leads to a mysterious brotherhood whose link to the Ripper threatens not just London but all of mankind.

Have you read any Ripper fiction or seen any Jack the Ripper movies? One of my favorite old movies is Time After Time. Malcolm McDowell plays H.G. Wells, and when Jack the Ripper (brilliantly played by David Warner) steals his time machine and zooms off to modern times to start killing women in our world, the famous author/inventor has to chase him down.

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17 comments:

  1. thanks for mentioning Time After Time. I saw it ages ago and really liked it, but couldn't remember the name so didn't know how to find it again until now.

    I also really liked From Hell.

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  3. Sound like a great read. I'll check it out on Amazon. I'm also glad you mentioned that movie. I vaguely remember seeing it and would like to see it again.

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  4. Surprisingly I haven't read any books about Jack the Ripper. I do remember a movie, however, called From Hell.

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  5. It's been a while since I read anything about Jack the Ripper.

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  6. I loved the Ripper movie with Johnny Depp, From Hell

    Thanks so much!

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  7. I'm a GFC follower Christina Kit.

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  8. I follow on Twitter @christinafiorio

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  9. I tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/christinafiorio/status/197399293122977792

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  10. Yes, I recently read a historical cozy mystery by Robin Paige, where the Ripper plot is unveiled. And I really can believe that story. Sorry, can't remember which title it was at the moment.

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  11. I think i never read anything with ripper theme before..

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  12. I haven't seen any Jack the Ripper movies.

    I follow the blog.

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  13. I did enjoy From Hell.

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  14. Oh I'm curious about this one, the stories about Jack the ripper are always very interesting. I read a lot of them but it's always in some TV shows that I saw him the most. The first movie I have in mind is From Hell. It was a relly great movie.

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  15. I haven't read any that I remember (so, if I read any, must have been really bad!)

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  16. I have not seen any Ripper movies either but I have seen this book around and was debating about reading it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. I have not read any books about Jack the Ripper or see any ripper movies too :(

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