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Goblin Quest Mass Market Paperback – 30 Apr 2008

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: DAW Books; Reprint edition (30 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756404002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756404000
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,554,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim C. Hines' latest book is UNBOUND, a modern-day fantasy about a magic-wielding librarian, a dryad, a secret society founded by Johannes Gutenberg, a flaming spider, and an enchanted convertible. He's also the author of the PRINCESS series of fairy tale retellings as well as the humorous GOBLIN QUEST trilogy. His short fiction has appeared in more than 50 magazines and anthologies. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. He's currently hard at work on REVISIONARY, the fourth book in the MAGIC EX LIBRIS series. Online, he can be found at

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Written by Jim C Hines (Fantasy). In the history of epic fantasy adventures, goblins have never been more than a footnote. Until now. Meet Jig - a runt sized goblin who is about to become a very unlikely hero. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pam Mandeville on 17 Jan. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There seems to be a growing trend towards goblin stories that are written from the goblins' point of view. One can only wonder what JRR Tolkien and other past fantasy writers would think when the monsters they once painted as mindless and insignificant, apart from something evil to be killed, come alive and have personalities of their own!

Ironically, some of these make excellent stories and it is Jim Hines' talent for expressing personality in characters (goblin or otherwise) that makes this one well worth reading. The echoes of role play are apparent in the company of adventurers that encounter the goblins. A prince, a wizard, a dwarf, and an elf-thief. But unlike other stories influenced by role play personas, the story is well written and the characters come to life with feelings and flaws that make the reader feel definite emotion towards each of them, whether it is sympathy or loathing, or even fear.

Our hero is a runt of a goblin called Jig. In the course of a magical quest that he had no intention of getting involved in, we watch his personality grow and develop as circumstances challenge survival instincts he never would have encountered in himself in ordinary goblin life. His obvious affection and care for his pet fire spider adds to the sympathy we feel for him, although we see his cold and pragmatic side as well.

Hines shows us a variety of interesting characters as well as a sense of humour that can side swipe you when you least expect it and leave you in fits of giggles. The writing style is easy to read and perfectly suitable for young readers, although the grown-ups can enjoy this one too. I shall look forward to seeing what Jig does next in the sequel.
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By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 July 2012
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If you believe it is hard living the life of a human, try living the life of Jig, the runtiest goblin in the caves. Jig's only true friend is his pet fire-spider, Smudge, who has accidently burnt off Jig's hair. When Jig is sent to scout the tunnels for danger, he ends up getting captured by a small group of adventures. The group is in search of the Rod of Creation which is said to be hidden deep within the mountain and protected by Straum, a dragon. They insist that Jig be their guide. But before they can confront the dragon they must battle their way through deadly traps, a necromancer, untold minions, and more. Yet while Jig is wandering around lost with a dwarf, an elven child, an arrogant prince, and a wizard teetering on the edge of madness, Jig learns much from the group. By watching them fight Jig realizes just how stupid goblinkind is. Goblins were incapable of working together or devising strategies. All goblins would do was charge into battle and get themselves killed.

Jig also learns about many gods from the dwarf, Darnak. Darnak's god is too busy to give the dwarf much help, but after witnessing Darnak heal the wounds of his team, Jig decides that a god would be handy to have around. But Jig needs a god with few worshippers, who would not be busy answering other prayers. One who could devote his full attention to people like Jig. One who might be grateful even for a goblin follower. Jig chooses to become a follower of a god who has been all but forgotten, Tymalous Shadowstar, God of the Autumn Star. And surprisingly, Tymalous agrees.

***** FIVE STARS! This author has a winner on his hands. Because Jig is the runtiest goblin, he has to use his brain in order to simply survive. I guess the motto of this story could be "brains over brawn...or magic".
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Orcs and goblins and trolls et al -- these are the cannon-fodder bad guys of a typical fantasy world. When people aren't on quests, coming into their mountains and killing them, though, what do they do? Well, not much, really, as Jig, "the runtiest member of an admittedly puny race", would testify. Goblins live to be killed in large numbers. Except Jig. He has hopes of living quite long, so when he stumbles upon, and is kidnapped by, some Questing Heroes (TM), he's rather miffed. It seems he's agreed to lead them on a hopeless quest where everyone is sure to die in a variety of different ways...

Hines has a great skill for characterisation, with Jig in particular (and Smudge, his pet fire-spider, a strange, often grumpy, creature that I actually ended up feeling a lot of affection for) being the most-fleshed out. Unlike most people in adventure quests, he's actually got some sense, and really isn't that keen on dying. Death before dishonour?! Jig can handle a lot of dishonour. That said, he does his best to help his people and those on the quest that haven't tried to kill him too many times.

The other characterisations were also relatively good. Darnak, the Dwarf, was a solid dependable type (all dwarves are "solid"), but I loved his elaborations on the theology of the world and general snarky comments. Ryslind, with his similarity to Raistlin, of the DragonLance books, filled the role of Incredibly Powerful but Ultimately Insane Wizard, and his brother, the arrogant prince Barius, was a normal arrogant prince. These are fairly stock characterisations, particularly in the type of fantasy that takes place under a mountain, with caves, but they complemented Jig's originality nicely, and allowed him to poke fun at them.
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