The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper
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It then provides all the “Key Text” from the case. Witness statements, autopsy reports, the ripper letters, and more.
Then com ...more
This was a really good book that I've been seeing on the library shelf for months. I grabbed it finally and over all I'm glad I did. While slightly repetitive and maybe slightly outdated, it provides a lot of useful information for someone writing a book or someone (like me) who is just interested in the legend of Jack the Ripper.
The "current views" essays make up the bulk of the book. For the most part they were well researched and though I don't agree with their "candidates" I still found thei...more
Dieses Buch habe ich vor einiger Zeit als Kindle-Deal des Tages erworben. Ich kannte zu diesem Zeitpunkt auch die Mammoth- ...more
The book is divided into three parts. The first gives you just the cold facts based on the police-records, eye-whitness accounts etc. and this is just written horribly. Main clause after main clause. It reads like it was written by a fourth-grader...however I do get used to bad writing rather quickly ...more
The individual theories presented range from the almost believable to the completely absurd. There was also a few contradictions between the different theories and it ...more
I find the subject matter and the constant debate about who Jack the Ripper was, fascinating and therefore try and read whatever comes up about the subject. However, this is such a dull read I can't be bothered to continue. It's not even got to the stage where various authors discuss their theories of who is the most likely suspect, it's a constant rehashing of the murders/autopsies and evidence, which is rehashed several times - so much so, I feel as though I know each individual death by hear ...more
My only problem with it is that while it boasts itself as a fully comprehensive look into the murders, the book may be just a little too comprehensive (if that makes sense). It just felt like a lot of information that was there for the sake of being there.
Overall it was just okay.
This book is a collection of essays covering the pertinent facts of an enduring mystery, as well as several theories and suspects. All are readable, and often enjoyable. None of the theories can be an absolute conclusion, but many are intriguing.
Jakubowski was born in England by Russian-British and Polish parents, but raised in France. Jakubowski has also lived in Italy and has travelled extensively. Jakubowski edited the science fiction anthology Twenty Houses of the Zodiac in 1979 for the 37th World Science Fiction Convention (Seacon '79) in Brighton. He also con ...more