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Goblin Quest (Goblin Series) by [Hines, Jim C.]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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"If you''ve always kinda rooted for the little guy, even maybe had a bit of a place in your heart for the likes of Gollum, rather than the Boromirs and Gandalfs of the world, pick up Goblin Quest - just make sure you keep well away from Golaka''s stewpot." - The SF Site

"If you've always kinda rooted for the little guy, even maybe had a bit of a place in your heart for the likes of Gollum, rather than the Boromirs and Gandalfs of the world, pick up Goblin Quest - just make sure you keep well away from Golaka's stewpot." - The SF Site

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 766 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (17 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002DMZ9ZE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #363,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 July 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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Well, as a fan of scifi/fantasy I was looking forward to this at it seemed different than the usual ones that take themselves way too seriously. There were some fun twists and turns in the plot which kept me engaged and I enjoyed the characterisations of the magical creatures. The protagonist of the story, Jig, is a plucky and intelligent runt of a goblin that is an underdog hero. But for me a weakness was the dialogue, in particular that of Prince Barius. Okay, he was meant to be portrayed as this stuffy, pompous jerk, but his dialogue came off forced and overdone. It bothered me each time he opened his mouth. Dialogue from Barius' brother and the dwarf that was with them was better though and more natural. Barius was also too one-dimensional - vain, pompous, arrogant. His dialogue offset with Jig's sarcasm and humour was just too much of a clash. Overall it's a fun read, but not highest quality writing. Sorry, but that's what i thought.
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