on 11 February 2016
Hero Wanted is a welcome change in the fantasy genre. At least for me. After finding book after book that covered the dystopian, end of the universe, everyone suffering miserably from zombies and werewolf apocalypses, this leaped out and said, "I'm different!" And so it was.
Think back to stories like The Princess Bride, where comedy was predominant throughout, the story was basically clean and you really liked the characters. That's what this story was for me. The author succeeds in weaving constant humor into the small and large details of the plot, and that in itself kept me reading and enjoying.
Our hero takes on friends like a powerful sorcerer and beautiful women, who help him in his quest to beat up the Big Bad Guys. They each shine in their own ways, and with their own voices.
I heartily rate this book as five stars and I purchased a copy.
on 8 January 2010
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?
on 1 October 2010
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.