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The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  53 reviews
From Fox’s breakout hit “Sleepy Hollow,” an unprecedented look inside the mind of one of TV’s hottest new characters.
Paperback, 201 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Three Rivers Press
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
“I am Ichabod Crane, born in the year 1747. It seems this is the year 2013 Anno Domini, and I have been given new life—how, I know not; why, I know not. I will discern the truth—if, that is, I can keep my head.”

This book is basically Ichabod Cranes retelling of season 1 of Sleepy Hollow, spiced with amusing reflections on modern day phenomenon and memories from his life during the American Revolution and his life with his wife Katrina.

It was nice to read about events from the first season, it fr
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is basically a recap of the first season of Sleepy Hollow - and I don't mean that in a disrespectful way. This book contains much more detail, and since it is Ichabod's diary, it lets the reader into his thought process and all the events are seen from his point of view.

Aside from the events that took place in the show, there are some historical facts backing up some events/places/objects, etc and it is obvious the author did a fine job in his research.

And, since this is Ichabod's dia
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Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this tie-in book to the tv show Sleepy Hollow. The author did a very good job with the voice of Crane, and as I was reading it, I was reading with the voice of Tom Mison as Crane in my mind. A very fun read, and I'm counting down the few remaining days until the second season premieres!
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Being a fan of Sleepy Hollow in all its various renditions, but particularly Tim Burton's 1999 film version, I was instantly intrigued when Fox announced the TV series Sleepy Hollow. And with the second season of Sleepy Hollow having started last Monday, it seems fitting to read something in that spirit; after all, Halloween is just around the corner and it's my favorite.

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I was so incredibly amused by this book. Ichabod’s voice was spot on and the little quips and observations of the 2013 Sleepy Hollow he’s living in just amused me to no end.

THE SECRET JOURNAL OF ICHABOD CRANE is really nothing more than a rehash of season one of Sleepy Hollow but just strictly from the point of view of Ichabod. You get some scenes fleshed out a little more, he expounds on what’s going on to a greater extent, you get more of his feelings on people like Abigail and Henry and a bit
Monica Laura
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Ummmm.......this book is just a vague restatement of the TV show. As I said before, I began watching the show way before this book came out so I am disappointed that there was not actual journal entries that shed light or took another direction or gave more detail about him as a witness, his relationship with Abbie, more dialogue, secrets revealed, or the dynamics of the Headless Horseman or the history of his earlier life in the 18th century. His wit and charm did not reveal itself on these pag ...more
SophistMEcated Lauren
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book sounds so much like Ichabod Crane from the show. The language, grammar, and all of the views. A complete success.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
I gave this book a 2 out of 5 stars.

It was basically reading the first season of the tv show.
Carmen Marin
Being a 'Sleepy Head' I was really happy to get a chance to read this, and figured if anything it'd be a fun little diversion. The premise of this book is to be, as what it says on the tin, the 'secret journal of Ichabod Crane', and therefore his thoughts and feelings and findings during the course of season one of the hit TV show.

Briefly talking about the cover, it looks fantastic. Very professional looking and eye catching, giving you the feel as if you are opening up someone else's journal. A
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoy Tom Mison's portrayal of Ichabod Crane on the TV show Sleepy Hollow, so when I saw that The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane was available on Blogging for Books I was happy to give it a try! I hoped that a written version could live up to the personality that Tom has infused the character with, a noble, resourceful and intelligent man who is baffled by the modern day yet also intrigued with it. He is also very opinionated on the things that seem ridiculous to him, offering historical refu ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
This books started out awesome. I loved the voice of Ichabod and the way the story was told through journal format. The writing was fun and the book had images and excepts of letters that kept me interested. Since I was a big fan of Ichabod Crane as a kid, this book seemed like something I could really enjoy!

The parts that I loved were when Ichabod is describing things that humans do in 2013 through the eyes of a human from the 1700's. It is interesting to see what we look like in comparison to
Authentic Hobbit
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
* Disclaimer: Received from Blogging For Books in exchange for a review*

"The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane" is exactly what the title says it is: the secret journal of Ichabod Crane. This book takes us into the mind of the main character of the Fox Chanel TV show, "Sleepy Hollow." Ichabod wrote to us in his journal of his perception of the events that have taken place in his new life in the town of Sleepy Hollow. He explains to us what he thinks of the people he encounters, the new technology
Demming Norder
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I saw this book sitting inconspicuously on a shelf in a shoe store and immediately knew I had to buy it. I've seen the series and am very fond of the characters, but hadn't until that moment known that there was a novel based off of the story.
Despite the name of the book I was slightly surprised at how it was written, the events and descriptions that were omitted in lieu of an overarching voice as well to keep to what would actually be written after the fact. Having said that, it only took me ab
Diane Moyle
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
You definitely need to be watching the TV show Sleepy Hollow for this book to make sense. Although the front cover mentions this, I didn’t notice this feature. As much reading as I do, I have never read Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow and thought this would deal with the original book in more detail, not the television show. Also, fantasy is not a favorite genre of mine to read.

Because of the details above, I found this book hard to follow. Towards the end, I did get the gist of the
Jennifer  (BTH Reviews)
This review first appeared on Books That Hook

I was excited to receive a copy from Blogging For Books of this companion novel for The Sleepy Hollow television series, written by Alex Irvine. I wasn’t disappointed. This is a great book.

The reader gets to see how Ichabod perceived the events that took place in season one of Sleepy Hollow. I’ll admit I haven’t seen the whole season, but I was still able to follow along in the book. However, I think one needs to see at least some of the show before r
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fc-for-review
*I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review*

I am a huge Sleepy Hollow fan. Although I have seen the movie version in which Johnny Depp plays Ichabod Crane, I can say that I like the current TV version better. It’s the actors/actresses that does it for me. Every episode is so well put together and the mystery, horror, and history make it worth watching. Tom Mison, in all his swoon-worthiness, and Nicole Beharie make a great team on this show.

This book is basically just a glimpse
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was basically a novelization of Sleepy Hollow's first season, but it was very well done. The story was told as Crane was writing in his journal, and the author nailed his voice perfectly. (I swear I could hear Tom Mison clear as day in my head the entire time!)

Luckily I remembered enough of season one to follow along, even though it's been a few years. Anyone who hasn't seen the show should not even bother to read this, as it won't make any sense. This definitely reminded how great this sh
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

I think this book is a great tie-in to the show. I like the cover and really like the paper it was printed on. That might sound weird, but I'm ok with that. It's a nice, soft, thin paper that seems like it could be old. It also has what looks like dirt and smudges on it.

The book recaps each episode of the first season from Ichabod's point of view. I love all of the background information that I learned on each charact
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
In "Sleepy Hollow," a supernatural twist on Washington Irving's classic short story, Ichabod Crane has been pulled two-and-a-half centuries through time to find that he and detective Abbie Mills are humanity's last hope in the war against evil.

This journal follows the episodes of the tv show. So, for those who don’t watch this show, it may not be for you. However, for those that do, it’s a great chance to get an inside look at Ichabod Crane. The makeup of the book itself is fantastic. It has pho
Matt Lohr
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm planning to write a spec script for this series, so I read this as a refresher on the first season of the series, which Crane's "journal entries" cover. It's actually a very entertaining and stylish summation of the events of season one. Irvine manages to find a voice that strongly approximates the Crane we know from the series, and in addition to just recapping the events from an intriguing perspective (and a loaded one, given that we, as readers, know more than Crane about some of what's f ...more
Ashley Cameron
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ichabod Crane, thrown into modern day Sleepy Hollow after two centuries of slumber, keeps a journal. His thoughts about the new world and cases that he and his new partner, Abigail Mills, are working on.
Thoughts on today's:
and etc.

Thoughts on how he is one, of the two Witnesses and how he takes that postitin very seriously.
Thoughts on his wife, Katrina, and how he misses her.

If you're a fan of the Hit Television show, then this is a great book to have.

I loved this
Book of Secrets
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
THE SECRET JOURNAL OF ICHABOD CRANE was a fun read and a great refresher for the first season of Sleepy Hollow. Written in diary form, the book follows the episodes closely, while sometimes giving more details or background information about what was happening.

The character of Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow is very smart and clever with a wonderfully dry sense of humor, and I thought the author of this book captured his essence perfectly. It was interesting to hear his inner thoughts about the c
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hollywood
This is an interesting tag-along to the first season of the series that would read as gibberish if you aren’t really familiar with all the main plot points and events. It also has an annoying tendency to include seemingly random images that are never tagged/identified and that are times not even related to the paragraphs that precede them.
Aside from some solid writing, the only thing that really saves it is the “asides” from Ichabod when he comments on the things that are different in modern ti
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z2014-read
Great book! Well written from the perspective of Ichabod Crane. Alex Irvine does a bang up job bringing Ichabod and Sleepy Hollow to life. You will 'hear' Tom Mison's voice in your head as you read what amounts to an in depth retelling of the first season of the Sleepy Hollow TV show. It's set up like a personal journal with drawings and some very nice insights into Ichabod and how he is coping as a man out of his own time fighting evil in Sleepy Hollow. The journal goes into LOTS of detail abou ...more
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Written as a journal in Crane's voice, filled with photos, sketches, news clippings, and more this is a great addition to any fan of the Fox series. It will take you through the season, but only through the inner mind of Crane. You, the reader, will be privy to some new thoughts, to some clues (something up ahead), to some funny observances of our modern culture, and his simple brilliance. You feel the desperation, the frustration, he releases his failure onto the paper and his need to win this ...more
Stephanie A.
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think I preferred the actual tie-in novel, just because this was heavier on the plot recapping than I expected, with extra personal insights only scattered on top like sprinkles. However, I did quite enjoy the ones we got (especially the mention of once stealing a few days away with Katrina shortly after they were married!)

Besides, as a person with minimal recall of season 1, this was a great refresher course and it was told so wonderfully in Ichabod's voice that I delighted in every line. Th
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Ichabod really isn't as charming in his head as he thinks he is. It's one think to act that way with people but when it's just him it needs toning down.

By multiple levels.

It's basically a recap of the first season, with a few details thrown in, which is great if one needs a recap or feels like revisiting it. But, of course, at times I felt like I could have probably simply re-watched the first season in the time it took me to read it.

While it was fun getting in Ichabod's head gotta love seeing h
Liz H {Redd's Reads}
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

I was intrigued by the concept of a new TV series companion written in diary form, and this book did not disappoint in that aspect. The writing matched Ichabod's voice perfectly, and his insights into modern changes were fun to read. What I was missing was any photographs for reference or any behind-the-scenes information usually found in a TV show companion. Overall, good execution of the format but next time I want pictures! Her
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, those who do not watch the show "Sleepy Hollow" may be slightly confused by some portions of this book, but it is book that anyone can thoroughly enjoy. It is even more entertaining if you do watch the show. Particular praise also has to be given to the author, Alex Irvine, who has done a great job of capturing the character of Ichabod Crane in the pages of this book as he is portrayed in the show. Readers who watch the show will undoubtedly find themselves hearing the voice of Tom M ...more
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Alexander C. Irvine is an American fantasist and science fiction writer. He also writes under the pseudonym Alex Irvine. He first gained attention with his novel A Scattering of Jades and the stories that would form the collection Unintended Consequences. He has also published the Grail quest novel One King, One Soldier, and the World War II-era historical fantasy The Narrows.

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