|Submitted by Chris Gerrib |
(Jan 11, 2007)
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jim C. Hines. His first novel, Goblin Quest has just been released by Daw Books. Iím not a fan of fantasy, but I truly enjoyed this book.
In Jimís world, goblins are the lowest form of cave life, getting beat up by Hobgoblins, Human adventurers, even Lizard-fish. The protagonist, Jig, is an unlikely hero even by goblin standards. Heís small, nearsighted and clumsy. Despite (or maybe because) of these handicaps, Jig succeeds, much to his surprise.
Goblin Quest doesnít take itself too seriously, but avoids the all-out self-parody of say, Zena. The authorís sly humor shines through, and leads to an enjoyable read. Although aimed at adults, children from junior high on would enjoy it, and thereís nothing in the book that their parents would find objectionable.
All in all, a great read, and Iím looking forward to Jimís next book