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review 2018-04-18 09:02
Sister of the Hedge & Other Stories - Jim C. Hines

From the blurb:

"In the world war against the Elf King, what is the cost of victory ... a dryad vigilante in Tuscon fights an enemy more dangerous than any other: her own nature ... a grim look at the true cost of Sleeping Beauty's curse. This collection features six of Jim C. Hines' more serious stories:


Each story includes an afterword from the author.


This is a delightful collection of short stories - entertaining, enjoyable and a bit more series than Hine's usual fare.  It was interesting to see how some of the author's novels started off as short story ideas.  The author afterward at the end of each story was also very interesting.

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review 2018-04-16 12:18
Goblin Tales by Jim C. Hines
Goblin Tales - Jim C. Hines

An amusing and well written collection of short stories that complements the Jig the Goblin trilogy.

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review 2018-04-12 09:17
Goblin Hero by Jim C. Hines
Goblin Hero - Jim C. Hines

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"After barely surviving an adventure he never wanted, the scrawny little nearsighted goblin called Jig is now known as Jig Dragonslayer, and has the power of healing, thanks to the forgotten god he worships. But being a hero isn't all it's cracked up to be. Not when the goblin leader wants him dead, and everyone else actually expects him to keep doing heroic-and incredibly dangerous-things."


An amusing and entertaining sequel to Goblin Quest. 

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review 2018-04-09 07:28
Goblin Quest by Jim Hines
Goblin Quest - Jim C. Hines

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"Jig is a scrawny little nearsighted goblin - a runt even among his puny species. Captured by a party of adventurers searching for a magical artifact, and forced to guide them, Jig encounters every peril ever faced on a fantasy quest."

This book is clean, amusing, adventurous fun!  There is nothing earth-shatteringly original about this novel (it's something of a typical post-Tolkien-90's adventure that has some resemblance to a fantasy RPG), but the writing is enjoyable, the antics of the characters amusing, the main character shows growth and, while the plot is predictable (probably) with the usual old-fashioned fantasy creatures (elf, dwarf, human, wizard) there are still novel elements like the fire-spider (who is soooo darned cute!). This story makes for an enjoyable, cheerful and satisfying afternoon read. 


NOTE:  This is Book 1 of the Jig the Goblin trilogy.  There is no cliff hanger at the end.  This book makes a complete story on its own.


Illustrator:  Hyptosis

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review 2018-02-19 06:21
Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse, #1) by Jim C. Hines
Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse) - Jim C. Hines

TITLE:  Terminal Alliance - Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse, #1.


AUTHOR:  Jim C. Hines



From the blurb:

The Krakau came to Earth to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. However, they happened to arrive after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know--your standard apocalypse.

The Krakau's first impulse was to turn around and go home. (After all, it's hard to have diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.) Their second impulse was to try to fix us. Now, a century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they're no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly.

Marion "Mops" Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she's in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.

Escaping the attacking aliens--not to mention her shambling crewmates--is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her team of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship as well as anyone, but flying the damn thing is another matter.

As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance... a conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago.


Terminal Alliance is a fast paced, humorous, science-fiction novel with an original alien cast and world building.  It's not everyday that the janitorial team ends up in the spotlight or saves the galaxy with disinfectant, so this makes for an original book concept too.  The main character is likeable, though the secondary cast are a bit flat (in this book anyway - maybe we learn more about them in following books?).  The book cover is both funny and beautiful!  This book was great fun and I'm looking forward to the next one.

NOTE:  This book is a complete story, but "what happens next" will be covered in another book.

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