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Hyde by Daniel Levine

hydeI”ve been reading this book for the last week . This is Hyde: A Novel by Daniel Levine, a story about Jekyll and Hyde from Hyde’s perspective. If you look at my GoodReads Currrently Reading list (find me here), you’ll see I’m about 30% into the book. However, what that doesn’t tell you is that the original story by Robert Louis Stevenson is included in this book at the end, which is, in my opinion, a wonderful little detail Mr. Levine was smart to include. I’m not reading as fast as I could, not because it’s not holding my interest, but because I have other priorities claiming my attention lately.

The story is very well written. Details are well thought out. I love how we get to see Mr. Hyde’s thoughts and his view of Jekyll’s actions. Daniel Levine has written a very good story. Even though I’m only halfway through his version, I can’t wait to read what happens next. He shows us Hyde’s London with little details such as “Outside the window, flakes of snow were beginning to straggle down like bits of ash.” Levine’s choice of words leaves you with a vision of grey days. It’s perfect for the Victorian gothic story it resembles.

I love Victorian gothic stories. I loved Dracula and Frankestein (not so much Victorian but definitely gothic horror), and, of course, Sherlock Holmes, part mystery stories and part horror. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one as well, and this new version can be added to their genre. I would love to see this as a movie someday, although, we all know how true Hollywood stays to the original story. It would be a shame not to stay true to this one. It reads well, and I can see every scene in my head as if it were indeed one of those old horror movies. You know, like the original Dracula, or The Mummy (not the Brendan Fraser one). There’s some suspense as you are given a hint at whether or not it was Hyde, Jekyll, or maybe someone else (or some other thing) who committed the acts Hyde was said to have been responsible for. It is indeed an intriguing story. I can’t wait to finish this book. Good job, Mr. Levine! (Hope you are having good weather in Colorado.)

I heartily recommend this book if, like me, you enjoy a good gothic horror story. It’s great reading for putting you in the mood for Halloween. You should also check out Daniel Levine’s website at There’s a map of Hyde’s London, news and events where you can meet and hear Mr. Levine reading (get this: he was in Chicago June 27th at Hyde Park-how cool), and you can even download a free copy of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  Definitely check this book out if you have a chance.

Now, I’m going to go prepare for battle against the kitten horde that has invaded my workspace today. If you don’t hear from me in the next week or so, you can assume I was destroyed by the fluffiness and cuteness of the horde, and by horde I mean four kittens. Trust me, four kittens are a horde, especially as one of them is a mini tornado when she’s awake, which explains why she’s the Tornado’s favorite.

Happy Wednesday!

xo Jesi



Jesi Kay
Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at

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