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5.0 out of 5 stars Amendment to a previous review..
I've been on the Dan McGirt mailing list for a while, having been a big fan of his books for a considerably longer time. He mentioned that, having been an author for some 20 years since he first wrote Jason Cosmo, there were certain aspects of it (plot holes, poorly imagined scenes and so forth) that he was not happy with. So, partly as a warm-up to writing some NEW...
Published on 8 Jan 2010 by M. Johannes

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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't fall for this fraud
Jason Cosmo Hero Wanted
copyright 2009 dedicated to 'loyal readers everywhere'
is exactly the same book as
Jason Cosmo
copyright 1989 dedicated to 'my parents with many thanks'
All he has done is change a few words here and there: 'mosquitoes' become 'needleflies'
'It took three days to reach the fabled shrine' is now
'we traveled for...
Published on 2 Oct 2009 by Koch Peter


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5.0 out of 5 stars Amendment to a previous review.., 8 Jan 2010
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M. Johannes (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hero Wanted (Paperback)
I've been on the Dan McGirt mailing list for a while, having been a big fan of his books for a considerably longer time. He mentioned that, having been an author for some 20 years since he first wrote Jason Cosmo, there were certain aspects of it (plot holes, poorly imagined scenes and so forth) that he was not happy with. So, partly as a warm-up to writing some NEW sequels to this existing trilogy (and as a way of satisfying his own demands with regards to his standards) he released a revised version of the first book (with others to follow).

Directors often release later 'Director's cut' versions of their films, which are usually an improvement upon the original, and this should be regarded in the same way. The book itself is a satirical take on the fantasy genre, written by someone who is both a fan of the genre and keen on D&D and related RPG's.

The plot is absorbing and nailbiting, but also consistently laugh-out-loud funny!
Not to mention imaginative and fun (which I just mentioned) :p
It makes fun of all the fantasy genre cliches, but in an affectionate way from a long-term fan's perspective!

How about just reviewing the book for its writing and plot, and noting in the review the failure of Amazon to provide any kind of notes or synopsis? Or just Googling the title to find out more before buying it when no synopsis or review are provided? Rather than condemning an excellent book so that anyone who sees its listing would think it's only worthy of 1 star as a work of fiction?

As a final word, if you think it's a purely money-grabbing exercise, consider that he made a free PDF version available for download on his website and via email for several months prior to the paper publication :)

This is just for newcomers to his work, and why shouldn't he want them to see the revised and improved version of his novel that he would be happy with?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even Funnier the Second Time, 1 Oct 2010
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I can't get enough of these books. Great charterers and a hysterical story. A must for Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, and Jasper Fforde fans. I read this the first time several years ago and am glad it finally got released on Kindle. Can't wait for new stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmo, 13 Sep 2010
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Sheldon Jacka "Sheldon" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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if you have not read any Dan McGirt before buy this and you will laugh your pants off, this book goes off like a frog in a sock.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't fall for this fraud, 2 Oct 2009
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Koch Peter (Sweden) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hero Wanted (Paperback)
Jason Cosmo Hero Wanted
copyright 2009 dedicated to 'loyal readers everywhere'
is exactly the same book as
Jason Cosmo
copyright 1989 dedicated to 'my parents with many thanks'
All he has done is change a few words here and there: 'mosquitoes' become 'needleflies'
'It took three days to reach the fabled shrine' is now
'we traveled for three days to reach the shrine'
you get the idea.
Dead waste of money!!
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