Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week.
This week’s featured book is Supernatural: Bobby Singer’s Guide to Hunting.
- Paperback:272 pages
- Publisher:It Books; Original edition (September 6, 2011)
- ISBN-10: 0062103377
- Source: Publisher
Fans of the Supernatural television series are very well familiar with Bobby Singer, the hunter that keeps Sam & Dean Winchester alive. He has the history, the knowledge of the evil creatures that he and the brothers hunt.
In Supernatural: Bobby Singer’s Guide to Hunting, Bobby is losing his memory. He’s not sure why, but obviously it terrifies him. He uses this guide as a means to keeping track of the vast knowledge he holds, passing on his legacy to the Winchester boys. He does this by flashing back to the instances in which he hunted, with each “creature” giving their weaknesses & strengths, the things that will kill them, the things that will not.
Reed does an outstanding job at capturing Bobby’s “essense.” Bobby’s overal demeanor, attitude is quite crass at times. He’s a “tell it as he sees it” kind of guy. Reed picks up on that and really takes off with it. I felt as though I was really reading a book written by Bobby (yes, I realize he’s a fictional character). He uses Bobby’s terminology (Ya Idjit!)
One of the things I really appreciated about this book was the history on Bobby’s wife. Fans of Supernatural know the history with her demise, but in this book, Bobby relives that experience, nothing held back, everything revealed. Additionally, we learn how Bobby met all the various other hunters throughout his career. It was really great to learn about their history, including that of Sam & Dean’s father. Also, further explanation is given on some of the items that frequently appear in the television series, including the Colt & Dean’s amulet.
Fans of Supernatural are sure to enjoy this book. It does make references to things that took place in the most current seasons, so it would probably be best to catch up on your Supernatural episodes before taking this book on. Additionally, I think the length of the book is perfect; not too long, not too short. Just enough to grab your attention without overwhelming with information. A perfect gift for any fan of the Supernatural series. Highly recommended!