John Winchester’s Journal by Alex Irvine

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— BLURB —

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 . . . and how to kill it. In his personal journal, he not only compiled folklore, legend, and superstition about all manner of otherworldly enemies but he also recorded his experiences—hunting the creature that killed his wife even as he raised his two sons.

Part prequel, part resource guide, John Winchester’s Journal finally gives fans the ultimate companion book for Supernatural. It’s all here: the exorcism Sam and Dean used in “Phantom Traveler,” John’s notes on everything from shape-shifters to Samuel Colt, Dean’s first hunt, Sam’s peewee soccer team . . . and John’s single-minded pursuit of a growing and deadly evil.

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— MY REVIEW —

This is sort of my part two of reviews for the Supernatural books.

After reading Bobby Singer’s Guide To Hunting, my Supernatural fandom-ness has continued onto John Winchester’s Journal. Both these books had a story going on throughout the book to give you a reason as to why the characters ‘wrote’ these journals in the first place but I found John Winchester’s journal to be a truer form of a journal than Bobby’s. So keep that in mind when reading my review. 😊

I loved the idea of John Winchester’s journal that Sam and Dean used to help with their demon hunting in Season 1 of the show being turned into a proper book for fans to have as well. And I must say it’s definitely how I pictured it to be… at first.

The book is dated as a journal would be – with short logs of what John Winchester has encountered for that day. The journal starts in the year 1983. The year his wife gets murdered by a demon and his demon hunting days begin and it goes on for years and ends in 2005 (the present year at the time). I love the little short logs about his days with Sam and Dean because you get to see how they grow up through John’s eyes.

[Little Tidbit]: If you’ve watched the first season of the show, you’ll know that Sam and Dean were looking for their dad who disappeared during a hunt and all they have to help them track down his whereabouts is this journal he left behind. Throughout the season they talk about how John was never around when they were growing up because he was always hunting and prioritized the demon that killed their mother over spending time with them (Sam specially thought this way).

But reading this book, John mentions his sons a lot. He mentions how Dean is growing up and training to be a hunter just like him and him having the huge responsibility of watching out for his little brother because John is hardly around. He mentions how Sam is smart but a little too quiet and him just wanting a normal life. The way he mentions it throughout the book and how he worries, you can tell there’s regret in what he’s put them through over the years and wishing things were different. But mostly he writes how much his family means to him and how proud he is of them. Which really surprised me because before I read this, I only based my opinion on John from Sam and Dean’s feelings towards him on the show. It’s nice to read from John’s point of view, because in the show he hardly revealed his feelings to them face to face. That’s what I would say is my favourite thing about this book.

I only wished there was more logs about his family than the demon-y stuff he put in his journal. There’s A LOT of research he’s added  from books he’s read about on demons and angels and their history and myths and theories and folklore (some in other languages like in Latin). There’s just A LOTTTT! Half the time I felt like I was reading a textbook for school. Lol.

But I can’t really say I didn’t see it coming. The journal is based (as I mentioned earlier) on John Winchester’s experience in demon hunting. And considering this journal starts from the beginning when he was still inexperienced, it makes sense that he would copy text from books he’s researched to help him remember if he happens to come across anything supernatural.

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I think first time reading it through, you’ll find his research interesting. But if I was to read it again, I’d probably only read certain parts, bits I found interesting and bits that I may want to look over whenever I’m watching a particular episode of the show.

Remember my little disclaimer at the beginning? How I said this was a truer form of a journal. Well..it is. So if you’re not into that, I’d stick with reading Bobby’s one instead – it has more of story going on and has a little bit of “Bobby” humor in it. 😉

If you’re a Supernatural fan, you probably will still get this book to add to your collection. I will happily admit the cover  and illustrations are pretty nice to look at and it’s a nice companion book for the show. 😜

RATING: ♥♥♥½

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Have you read my review for Bobby’s Singer’s journal?

📒 Bobby Singer’s Guide To Hunting by David Reed


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Thanks for stopping by. Catch you in my next one! Xo

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