Jack, the Giant Killer

Behind the everyday streets of the ordinary world lies a Faerie world, where trolls and goblins lurk Jacky Rowan didn t believe in trolls and goblins, but she has been marked for destruction and sent on a quest that only a fool would dare take in order to save both the human and the Faerie worlds from a nightmarish demise.
Jack the Giant Killer Behind the everyday streets of the ordinary world lies a Faerie world where trolls and goblins lurk Jacky Rowan didn t believe in trolls and goblins but she has been marked for destruction and sent

  • Title: Jack, the Giant Killer
  • Author: Charles de Lint
  • ISBN: 9780441379705
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Jack, the Giant Killer”

    1. I have been meaning to read a book by this author for ages having heard so much about him, all good. And the average rating for this book is over 4 so I thought I was in for a treat! Sadly it turned out to be a very ordinary retelling of a fairy story. Even at a mere 200 pages I found it repetitive and not especially inspiring. Reading more reviews I see comments that it is not one of his best works so I will have to try again! By the way 3 stars because it is not a bad book - just not as good a [...]

    2. I read this book back when it was first published in the early 90s and all these years later, it's still a wonderful fantasy about the faerie world that inhabits Ottawa, Canada. It's a modern intertwining of the "Jack" stories from fairy tales. For me, this is one of Charles de Lint's best books.

    3. It's a simple thing, but this book made me realize that I really haven't come across many women who are attractive and valued for their inner attributes in the books I've read. Maybe it's because I primarily read romance for so many years. Anyway, it was pleasant and comfortable to read about heroines who aren't described as being exceptionally beautiful, who give themselves bad haircuts, like to stay at home and drink tea, and are prized because of their courage and kindness rather than their s [...]

    4. We read a lot of de Lint in the mid-90s, including this book and its sequel, and I remember that even at that time I did not like them much. Upon revisiting it, I am struck by how workmanlike the prose is -- I remember de Lint as being very lush and imaginative, very lyrical in description, and this is instead the most clumsy, bare-bones prose imaginable. For instance: (view spoiler)[Still fingering the cap, she stretched it between her hands, wondering if it would fit. It would help hide the ru [...]

    5. Charles de Lint's books are very meaningful to me and, in many ways, have been life-changing, but apart from The Cats of Tanglewood last year (which I didn't like much and was disappointed with and scared it meant the end of my love affair with his books) I hadn't read him in a few years.But I had a fairy itch that needed scratching--fairies and fairytales--and I wanted something a bit older, a bit less contemporary, and I thought, why not read this older fairytale retelling Charles the Lint wro [...]

    6. My first experience with this author. I can safely say it was an enjoyable experience. I would have given it a 3.5 but forbids that of course a fairy tale come to modern times. the main characters are captivating, funny and semi believable. As much as can be in this style of book. The first half of the story is very fast paced and engaging. The second half we go with the leap of faith stuff. what i liked most in this one was the way the author stayed true to the world of farie as i know it from [...]

    7. I am a fan of all of Charles de Lint's books but this one remains one of my all-time favorites. Like all great storytellers, de Lint's writing skills improve from book to book. So, this early one has more rough edges than his huge volume of more recent work. But the recurrent themes are there: of very fallible, good people coming into their own as heroes; and of true villainy being defeated by courageous hearts and loyal friendships. There is one moment in particular that keeps this book on my f [...]

    8. This book shows off the style from CdL that I love, but it's apparent this was written before his style was flushed out. An easy read, entertaining and engaging.

    9. I think I'm just on a roll with my Charles de Lint reading right now.Last month I read Yarrow and absolutely loved it - the merging of high fantasy (completely new world) and magic realism (wherein magical events happen in our world), was just incredible, and the characters were becoming incredibly strong, three-dimensional people that I would either love to meet, or in the cases of the villain, found intriguing.…and then I hit Jack the Giant Killer.This book is absolutely brilliant, it takes [...]

    10. A good modern day take on the classic fairy tale, Jack the Giant Killer takes the trickster, Jack, (typically found in stories like Jack and the Beanstalk) and morphs him into Jacky Rowan, a young woman living in Ottawa, Canada. Jacky is an ordinary girl, (too ordinary according to her recently ex-boyfriend) until she discovers that not only are there fairies living in the city but that a war is brewing between the Seelie court and the Unseelie court (led by the titular giants). Unwilling to sit [...]

    11. This book was okay it was interesting how it was set in Ottawa and that the Jack was a girl, Jacky, but the beginning started out all cool then got confusing when it was trying to explain the whole fairy world and then vague Like the fairy world has a different name for all the places in our world and so the names would bounce back and forth and I'm like is that necessary and then describing the people and the rules or whatever and the action was vague where you're not really sure what's going o [...]

    12. I really liked the opening chapter of this book. De Lint creates a wonderful picture of Jacky Rowan. Recently dumped for being too uninteresting she has spent the night drinking her sorrows away. But on her way home she comes across a strange scene; a gang of bikers hunting down a little man. But when she investigates further there is no trace of it ever having happened, apart from the man’s red cap that she discovered on the ground.Full review: susanhatedliterature/2

    13. Класическа приказна история за герой, използваща основно ирландски фолклор и базирана в наши дни. Не бях особено впечатлен, липсваше ми тънкият способ на де Линт да представи магията като нещо нормално, стига само да повярваш в нея.Джаки се е разделила с приятеля си и се бор [...]

    14. While I enjoyed Jack, The Giant Killer, I probably wouldn't read it again. It is interesting, particularly in that it centers around Jacky, who slowly finds herself, and plays around in interesting ways with the typical gender roles of fairy tales. I can't think of any other version of Jack, the Giant Killer that centered around a female lead, and I can think of very few female tricksters. However, the book lacks the complexity and depth of Charles DeLint's later works.

    15. I was really surprised by how quickly this book grabbed me. It's a fantastic read, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good YA fantasy. Also, I love that it has a female protagonist, really two when it comes down to it. It passes the Bechdel test, which I don't tend to look for specifically, but I know some people do, so I want to mention it. Well worth the read. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!

    16. Excellent urban fantasy from the master of the genre. Jacky Rowan's rather ordinary life goes all to pieces when she sees a hob killed by a group of sinister bikers - the Seelie Court shows up in her life. The Unseelie Court isn't far behind.With her friend Kate Crackernuts, a Prince of the Seelie Court and a fox-like forrester, Jacky has to brave Giants, the Wild Hunt and some really nasty bogans to keep the Unseelie Court from taking over on the longest night of the year.

    17. I don't know if I've mentioned this on the blog yet, but I am OBSESSED with fairy tale retellings. There's just something so interesting about a story that you already know the plot to, but with entirely new characters and situations. This story was no different - set in the modern day, it was very creative with its setting and cast (for example, Jack is a girl). I might end up rereading this and reviewing it someday in the future, I think it would be fun!

    18. An earlhy deLint and not as good as most of his other books. Jacky goes too easily from being a boring homebody to heroine and trickster. Both Jacky and her friend are much too accepting of the secret world of magic around them. The forces of the unSeely court are defeated much too easily. I like his Newford books much better.

    19. This was the second Charles De Lint book I ever read and it remains one of my favorites and that made me a fan of the author. I like the sense of fun it has, the easy blending of the modern world and fantasy and even the fact that it was short. A lot of his books as he keeps on writing start to get longer and longer and feeling a bit dragged out. This one was just as long as it needed to be.

    20. Great retelling the Jack and the bean stalk story. Nineteen year old Jacky Rowan, just got dumped by her boyfriend. Walking home after going out to ease her troubles, she sees something not quite right. Enter the Faerie world

    21. I bought this without realizing that I'd already read it in Jack of Kinrowan about ten years ago.Still super good.

    22. I'm not sure if I don't like Charles de Lint as much as I did when I was a kid or if his older novels are just bad :\

    23. Part of a "modern fantasy novels retelling classic tales for adults" series. Very cute, not too long, enjoyable from beginning to end. Typical de Lint - average "Jane" falls into Faerie.

    24. I wish it was longer. Generally a good read. It somewhat bothers me that Kate believed Jacky's story so easily. Other than that, the book was fantastic.

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