Unfortunately, it didn't really live up to that. Well, it did, actually, and that might be where it fell flat for me.
I love Sherlock and Doctor Who. Y'all know how much I love Doctor Who. I really felt like there were too many similarities / straight up copying going on and it didn't sit right with me. For example, there was a police officer who didn't like Jackaby, like the guy in Sherlock. There was even a character named Jenny...
I certainly can't hold it against the book, as it is quite upfront about what it is. The trouble is, though Sherlock and Doctor Who are both amazing, they don't have much else in common, in my opinion. So a mash-up is just odd. It's like trying to combine two people who are very different into one, and sometimes the person is more like Doctor Who and sometimes they are more like Sherlock, but it's not consistent and therefore the person has no real strong character.
On top of that, the book never grabbed me. It was fine, I was curious, and I will most likely read the sequel, but it was not amazing. There was a bit of repetitive dialogue and that always annoys me. The characters weren't very developed, neither was the story, it was a bit predictable and ... simple. Simple as in where everything seems to work out perfectly in some areas. Hard to explain.
This was not a bad book, not by any means, just not a great one. It was hard not to compare the book to the movie / tv shows I love, and honestly it's not like a lot of books like this exist, so I didn't hate it. I would be interested to see what a non-Whovian / whatever the Sherlock fandom is called thinks of the book.
Kay and Kari have been busy bees lately, and might not have their reviews up first thing. Speaking of being busy, we decided to take a hiatus for November, and will most likely resume in December (with book club or another reading challenge!). ETA: a hiatus from book club, not from blogging!!
If you read Jackaby and want to link up, please do so below. Or just tell us what you thought in the comments.