Title: Goblin Tales
Author: Jim C. Hines
Source: My Personal Library
A vengeful ghost trapped in a goblin’s ear … a flaming spider who must help stop a goddess from conquering a science fiction convention … a goblin nursery worker who finds herself trapped in the middle of a war. This collection features five humorous short stories that explore the fantasy realm from the perspective of the lowest of the low, the unlikeliest of unheroes: the goblins.
You don’t have to be familiar with the Goblin Tales Trilogy to enjoy these stories. This was my way of dipping my toe into the goblin waters and find out if I’d be interested in reading the entire series. It worked. If you like your fantasy slightly skewed and humorous then you’ll like Jim C. Hines.
This was a quick read which I finished in a few days.
Title: Goblin Quest
Author: Jim C. Hines
Publisher: DAW Books
Source: Columbus Metropolitan Library
In Goblin Quest we’re introduced to Jig. He’s a runt amongst Goblins and still assigned to muck duty which is usually reserved for youngsters. Filling up the 46 fire bowls in the tunnels without catching one’s self on fire is hazardous enough – Jig also has to steer clear of his bully cousin. One evening, his cousin gets the upper hand. When his cousin contaminates the muck, Jig is forced to do patrol duty. He patrols the tunnels while his cousin (and cronies) gamble. Jig’s only companion is Smudge, a fire-spider.
Jig is captured by a group of adventurers. One prince is going to prove himself to his father by finding the Rod of Creation. The other prince, a mage, is helping his brother. Their Dwarf teacher, an amateur cartographer, is there to keep them from killing one another. A sullen Elf pickpocket rounds out the party. Since Jig lives in the tunnels, they think he knows the way to their destination.
With characteristic humor, Hines shows how stubborn and foolhardy adventurers can be. It takes more than brawn and magic to figure out a puzzle. This was a light read I finished in a few days.
Yesterday Jim C. Hines tweeted about his newest blog post but I didn’t get to see it until later in the evening. It points out the silliness of some of the covers of fantasy books. Jim really put himself out there. This gave me a giggle and I hope it makes you giggle too. Without further ado, here is Jim C. Hines Striking a Pose.
Fairy tales, myths and legends can make some great starting points for writing ideas.
I’ve noticed some new renditions out of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale from the last year or so. There’s Red Hood’s Revenge by Jim C. Hines, Iodine by C.L. Hilbert, and Red by Kait Nolan. Have you seen any others?
A big thank you to Marcia at A Girl and Her Books for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. July’s host is A Sea of Books.
This past week three new books came into the house. The first is Goblin Tales by Jim C. Hines. It’s a short story collection featuring characters from his Jig the Goblin series. I’ve not read any of the books so this was my introduction to his goblin world. Jig is a nearsighted runt who lives by his wits.
The next book is Radiance: A Novel by Louis B. Jones which was sent to me by Julia Drake Public Relations for review. Mark Perdue, a physicist with Lyme Disease, accompanies his teenage daughter to a “Celebrity Singing Vacation”. Let’s just say the trip doesn’t go as planned.
The last book was sent to me by the author for review. The Path Home by Caedem Marquez. Its publication date is set for August 1st. It’s a romantic comedy which could be a pleasurable summer read. He’s looking for more reviewers so if you’re interested, let me know and I can get you in contact with him.
What arrived in your mailbox this week?