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Supernatural: John Winchester's Journal

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Sam and Dean Winchester know all the secrets their father recorded in his journal. Now you can, too.

On November 2, 1983, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a demonic supernatural force. In the wake of the tragedy, their father, John, set out to learn everything he could about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America . .

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Kindle Edition, 217 pages
Published (first published 2009)
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Nikki
John Winchester's journal won't do much for you if you're not a fan of Supernatural, but if you are, it's an ultimate geeky resource. It contains all the bits we've seen from the journal in the show, at least up to 2009, and lots of little extra tidbits and stories about the young boys. We learn about the first time Sam walked -- took a few steps towards Dean and fell on his face -- and stuff like the fact that Sam is an evangelical Mac user, Dean's first solo hunt involved the ghosts of lesbian ...more
Sinead
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I go this from my brother for Christmas as he knows I'm a total nutter for my Winchester brothers! This book gives us an insight into John's grief and the boys' childhood, and how John basically forced Dean to grow up way too soon so he would look after his little brother. I skipped over some bits that were just about different monsters, but I'm still glad I read it and can add it to my shelf of Supernatural collectables!
Michelle Morrell
Very definitely a niche book for fans of the tv show Supernatural. This is supposed to be John Winchester's journal, which was quite a plot point a number of times. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though it did get repetitious here and there, and could have been way more fleshed out at times. Still, my fan girl is squeeing over such entries as:

January 24: I gave Dean the Impala today for his eighteenth birthday. The car is 30 years old now, amazing it runs as well as it does. I've taught Dean a lot of
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Bre V.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural
The book, in and of itself, was interesting. A lot of lore and information on mythology and (especially) demonology- if you want culturally specific spirits, creatures and the like, this one's definitely for you. I was particularly facsinated with a brief period in the book where he fixated on water spirits and the puca, a mythical horse that's said to appear on Nov. 1st and take unsuspecting riders on a hellish romp and then give them advice if it feels like it. Sounds pretty badass to me- made ...more
Callum
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished reading this last night. As a big fan of the series, I had high hopes for this prequel (maybe impossibly high hopes). I could have marked it down for feeling a bit disjointed in places but the more I think about it, the more that added to the effect of it being a personal journal of a traumatised individual.
What made me mark it down was that I felt some parts could have been elaborated much more, whilst other parts seemed laboriously dragged out. I felt it had a solid and believ
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Oceana2602
Yes, I'm a rabid fangirl, and yes, I completely loved this book. Hell, I'll take every bit of additional canon that I get my hands on, because this show has yet to produce canon that isn't made of awesome (unlike other shows, where you really don't want to look at canon too closely, especially not the extra-tv-kind)

My hear bleeds for John, for the hurt that is always there in and between the lines, but also for the boys, because over the years the hurt turns into obsession, and well, we all know
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Brandy Shark
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Supernatural fan
Shelves: fiction
Within the last year I have become a big fan of the tv show "Supernatural". I've tried to stay away from the tie-in books after attempting to read "Bone Key" and after Dean reffered to Sam as "Sammich" I decided that I was done with the genre; I could find better characterization in fanfiction, thank you very much.

But I had been interested in the journal, thinking it would be interesting and it was.

I found it fascinating the way the authors painted John's grief morphing into obsession with each
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Nich Wise
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me angry. Not because it's a bad book, it's anything but. In fact it's a very good book. It was interesting reading johns point of view, seeing his reasons behind doing what he did. BUT OH MY GOSH IS HE ANNOYING! I hated Johns character in the show(I'm sorry but no flash backs are going to change that) and my friend told me to read this saying it would maybe make me like him. I HATE HIM EVEN MORE!

He whines and has more angst than souless Sam and argh he's annoying!
Amanda
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book.
It very insightful about who John was and what he went though after Mary's death you definitely feel through out the book that John loved Mary and misses her with every entry that he writes in his journal. I felt John's pain and sadness over losing his wife and how much he struggle to be a hunter but not lose sight that he was a father of two young boys.
Rosie
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice prequel to the show and only worth reading if you're a fan of Supernatural. There were some really nice insights into how Sam & Dean changed as they grew up and how dedicated John was to avenging his wife's death.
Gabby Hoff
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the entries of Sam and Dean
Loved all the hunter information
Loved all the parts about monsters and their background
Pablo Moran
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kayla
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Supernatural
I just had to get this book because I love Supernatural so much and now that I'm impatiently waiting for season nine (more Cas! Bobby's back! I can't handle it!!) I needed my little fix during the summer. While some parts of this book written in journal entries were awesome and cool to read, overall it was a little disappointing. There were major information dumps, which I understand because it's written to be like John's actually journal, full of information about creatures out there in the wor ...more
Sarah
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
For the fans of the TV show Supernatural, this may seem like a great title to pick. The much-hyped journal of the Winchester brothers' often-absent father is like the Holy Grail for hunters. Unfortunately Irvine's take misses the mark on many points.

Many of the contents of the book hinted at throughout the series do not appear. Other events included in the book so boldly foreshadow some of the shows biggest revelations that you wonder how Sam and Dean hadn't figured them out earlier.

Then there's
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Sarah
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the TV show "Supernatural"- the two brothers Dean and Sam are some of the best acted TV show characters to come along in a long time! I have a total crush on the older brother Dean!!! I am loving this book so far because it gives so much background as to their dad's quest to find out what killed their mother. This book is strictly for fans of the show and if anyone is interested in discovering what it is all about then you can borrow seasons 1 and 2 and I will soon have season 3. For thos ...more
Dyah
I read this book only because I'm a big fan of SUPERNATURAL. I like the cover, the content settings, and the illustrations, but the content itself is mostly blearrghh (I was like skip-skip-skip through some parts because they're not interesting).

And I have this one question!
In the book, John Winchester mentioned that Dean has begun solo hunting since he's a teenager and it was before Sam left the family. But in the series, when Dean sought Sam out to help him look for their father, Sam seemed su
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Anne
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I appreciated the detailed research and the lore connected to some of the cases in the show, I mostly skipped those pages. I was more interested in John's thoughts at the wake of losing his wife and raising his sons by himself. And even if there were some of that in the book, I wanted more.

This is still a good supplement to the show and made me understand how some episodes worked. There were a few mentions of the manananggal and aswang here, and it was a fangirling thing for me (for SPN t
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Em Nightingale
There're probably a lot of Lore's informations that i will Forget in the future even if that was quite interesting but i have really loved to discover John's thoughts about his wife and kids; a lot of memories make sense once you have watched the show.
Meredith Watkins
Fun little read to take your mind off a stressful day and into the world of the supernatural with the Winchester bunch. My husband and I watch the TV show as well, and this was a nice addition of all that goes bump in the night
Caitlin
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little difficult to get into. But once I figured out how exactly to read it, I really enjoyed it.
It's not entirely accurate to the canon of the show, but if you enjoy the type of things that are in the series, the book is still enjoyable.
Nina Kinney
When I began to read it i read everything. By the end I was only reading everything that was about Dean, Sam, John or Bobby.
Nat the WolfGirl
While the books make the reader understand John and his sons much more, it is also a nice source of information on a lot of the creatures we meet during the TV show.
BookLoversLife
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
I enjoyed the look into Johns life and especially the glimpses into Dean and Sams childhood. It explained why John was the way his was!!
Amanda
May 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you're reading for nothing more than pure enjoyment, it shouldn't have to be such a chore.
Connor Kelleher
Although I have never seen the TV show Supernatural, the book was somewhat interesting. I thought the pace was very fast and the constant handwritten journal entries made the book more interesting but slightly harder to read. Although the book is fiction, the way the author make connections to family and feelings allow the reader to make a connection and it gives the author a sense of credibility. Almost all of the events that happen within the story can not happen in real life, but the author d ...more
Alex
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Supernatural: John Winchester's Journal is a book that revolves around the hunting life of John Winchester and his sons, Sam and Dean. The book takes the readers through the life of John Winchester after he loses his wife in a fire. The author, Alex Irvine, allows light to be shed on the twisted way that Sam and Dean grew up when they were stuck dealing with a grieving father and husband who was bent on revenge on whoever and whatever killed his wife. Alex Irvine created this book as a prequel t ...more
Jackie
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm disappointed in this Supernatural tie-in book. As the title implies, it is John Winchester's journal which is a key component of the Supernatural TV series, but this book doesn't add much of anything to the Supernatural TV series experience. If you are thinking that this book is going to add some important details about John Winchester's journey and his relationship with his sons, there really isn't much here. I liked Alex Irvine's other Supernatural tie-in book better - The Supernatural Boo ...more
Diana
I liked the story of Sam and Dean growing up (apparently I will always care for these two characters) and some of the background but besides that...

After a while I kind of stopped feeling bad for the grieving husband, I absolutely understand the need to protect his sons but it was all a little one track mind. Possibly the first time I'm not a fan of a character being driven by revenge. And I just no longer care about all the lore and mythology like I once did. (Which kind of sucks because I stil
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Reem AbdulSalam
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People who are not fans of the show wouldn't understand it. I on the other hand LOVE IT!!! it gave be a different perspective than the show did about John and I really loved that. Plus it is a bonus when ever they mention the journal in an episode you can see what they are looking at and to me that is really exciting 😂 I feel like I'm a real Hunter !!!!
Naty
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Ak nie ste fanatikovia do Supernaturalu ako ja, nečítajte to. Pretože toto je len hlbšie priblíženie samotného príbehu. Z pohľadu Johna Winchestera. Pekne vidíte, prečo robil to, čo robil, prečo chlapcov vychoval tak, ako vychoval a všetky jeho objavy, pocity a myšlienky. A údaje o príšerách a tak. Pre mňa ako obrovského fanúšika skvelá vec, pre vás zbytočnosť.
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Alexander C. Irvine is an American fantasist and science fiction writer. Many of his works have appeared under the simple moniker "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 Narro ...more
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