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Dead Dwarves Don't Dance [Kindle Edition]

Derek J. Canyon
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Noose, a genetically engineered dwarf mercenary, barely survives a terrorist attack on a neohuman dance club. Injured and alone, he embarks on a brutal quest for vengeance into the squalid underbelly of the Regional Atlanta Metroplex, through the desert wasteland of the not-so-pristine wilderness, and to the peerless towers of elite society.

The year is 2134. The nations of previous centuries are gone, consumed by the United Globe government. Citizens are confined to vast metroplexes while the rest of Earth is restored to wilderness. Neohumans are grown in vats, each type genetically engineered to serve humanity – flawless pleasers for gratification and ecstasy, hulking goons for war and violence, accidental psykers wreaking havoc, and more of any shape and size imaginable.

An action-packed, hard-boiled science fiction novel of redemption and revenge.

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Approximately 74,000 words
For Parents: Dead Dwarves Don’t Dance is not appropriate for children under 16. This book contains intense action and frequent violence (shootouts, explosions, brawls, murder), suggestive language and scenes (not explicit), drug use (alcohol, tobacco, fictional future drugs), and cursing.

This book includes an excerpt from Hard Day’s Knight, Book 1 of The Black Knight Chronicles by John G. Hartness.

This book also includes a three-chapter excerpt from the young adult action adventure novel The Elemental Odyssey by Derek J. Canyon.

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About the Author

Derek J. Canyon graduated from the University of Washington in 1990. He released his first fiction ebook in September of 2010. Derek and his wonderful wife live near Seattle with their long-haired Chihuahua.

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  • File Size: 1127 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DCB3HU
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyberpunk action worth reading. November 25, 2010
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OK, this book is good stuff. It's cyberpunk with some twists, set in a newly imagined future that has its own tweaks and twists from the "stock" dark future world. The action grabs you solidly from the beginning. The plot is solidly developed, with some good twists. The characterization takes what looks like basic cardboard stereotypes and blows them up over the course of the novel into breathing characters. The author handles a cast of a good number of different viewpoints handily, popping into the head needed to expand the next slice of the story in each step.

Seriously - if you like cyberpunk in a "grittier" context, then this book should be a no-brainer for anyone. If you're just into adventure science fiction, this is a great read too. And for the price tag, it's an outstanding value. Definitely a "good read" worth snagging! I look forward to seeing what else this author puts out in the future.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action at it's best December 13, 2010
By D
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This book exceeded every expectation I had for. It's paced perfectly with no lull in the action. At the end of the second chapter you already realize you got something good in your hands. There is a RICH universe here that has amazing potential. The main character of Noose is awesome and I hope there is more in store for him in the future. I don't want to go on and on, but I do want to stress that if you like action this book is for you. I'm not a professional critic, and it's hard to express in words, but there is a feeling surely everyone gets when they read a book that you know when you are hooked. You can feel yourself get excited during a scene, or when you feel bad for a character and you know you got something good.

There are some choices that a few characters make that didn't feel right to me, but there is another side of that complaint that might be a positive. I will say I thought I knew where it was going, and then it goes another way at the perfect time.

This book is definitely worth your time, and you certainly can't beat the value!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good action-filled story January 1, 2011
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To get out of the way the bad parts: I'm not a big fan of so-called apocalyptic futures and, as an anarchist, I don't believe areas not under government control will become Hollywoodian wild-west disasters.

That being said... this book is good. I've read the short-stories in "Dead Dwarves, Dirty Deeds" before, so I was somewhat familiar with the ruthless-but-honest protagonist, Noose. He is a dwarf, genetically-engineered to kill, and he does it well. He's pushed into action when an attack on a club nearly kills him, and kills a good friend of his. The book follows his progress in discovering who was behind the attack - and, at the same time, shows us how the would-be killers react to the whole thing.

What I mostly liked here was that the sci-fi elements are "assumed", as it were. There's no in-your-face "the robot butler" and other expressions meant to force you to realize you're reading a sci-fi - the author lives in that world, he's used to it, and describes everything as if you're used to it too.

All in all, I look forward to the author's next works.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and Unique: Worth your time. January 12, 2011
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What this book is: Good dark sense of humor as a team of assassins wrestles with their conscious, friendship, and betrayal. The sci-fi is low key and more for atmosphere a la bladerunner; for it is a gritty atmosphere. In particular, I enjoyed the political `twists and turns.' It is tough to put this in one genre. While it is cyperpunk, it is also part mystery/suspense, and part `action-adventure.' You see both sides: The Dwarf 'Nook' who is out to get the assassins with his band of misfits vs. the assassins.

If you have enjoyed Billy Boyle, I think this book is an alternate right up your alley. Anyone who enjoyed the Isaak Asimov `Foundation' series first person perspective and blade runner should try this book. It is worth your time.

What this book isn't: There is no lone prince and this certainly isn't a space opera. The author creates an interesting world, but this is not universe building space travel. You should also be aware that there is a large quantity of gun fights; those who dislike violence in a near post apocalyptic world need not apply. Note: The violence isn't horror. It is more of the style of a Swarchenegger or a Stallone movie. I personally enjoy books where `built up characters' meet a believable and a well written untimely demise, but you might not.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what you support - good authors June 13, 2011
By Soar
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One of the great things about the kindle e-book world is that there are a ton of new authors out there making a name for themselves and offering books at low prices.

One of the NOT so great things about the e-book world is that there are a ton of new authors out there that are not very good and not very polished. Authors that release stories that a good editor would have burned with a flame thrower. Twice.

The trick is finding the good authors in the storm... to me, D.J. Canyon is a great new author that I am happy to have found. Of course it is truly disappointing not to be able to click on 4 more books written by this author (get writing!!) and be off happily reading them.

About this story...

This is a cyberpunk book written with a gritty style. Reminiscent of some of the early cyberpunk books I read many years ago. I fully agree with a previous reviewer that D.J. Canyon immerses the reader into this dark future tech universe (next next next gen) and doesn't spend the whole story pointing out the cool techie details... instead the tech is just the background for the story. Exactly how I like it, and thus how it should be in my little universe.

I do think the characters lack some depth and think they could have been painted better early on in the story. As the story went on, the depth started to show up. Personally, I think this is an experience thing and as D.J. Canyon writes more, the skill level with characters will grow as well as growing more and more comfortable with the universe the characters reside in (like seeing the 1st show of a sitcom that runs for 5 or more years, you can see the characters finding themselves in the first show). Of course it could turn out that D.J.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film noir / Shadowrun-inspired novel
Quick summary: a dwarf mercenary and companions try to uncover the background of a mass shooting. A page turner with solid writing and a fast cadence. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Grubert
4.0 out of 5 stars What a crazy blast
Four solid stars for a unique setting and story. The characters are robust, quirky, despicable and fun to cheer and reviled. The future of humanity is twisted. Read more
Published 4 months ago by victor
5.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively delightful!!
I was extremely surprised by this book. It was full of interesting characters, action and intrigue. An impressive work from a new favorite author. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent sci fi adventure
Great blend of future Atlanta with a wiley dwarf for hire. Plenty of action and witty dialogue. Noose is one smart dwarf with iinteresting sources to help him solve problems. Read more
Published 12 months ago by john satzer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This book was alot better than expected. Well developed characters and a nice look into a cyberpunk world of the future. More than worth the cost of the book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brandon Duke
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought it was a Shadowrun universe story's not, but I loved it. I really liked the characters. I like the shadows in style and the flow of the story.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read with more than enough action in world like Shadowrun
This shadowrun-esque book delivers fast-paced action and interesting characters in interesting cyberpunk world. Recommended for all scifi and shadowrun fans.
Published 15 months ago by Tommi Mannila
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent read for Shadowrun environment
Not great, but not bad. Sort of slow in parts but could be a new author and working on pacing? Will look for his stuff later on and think about reading it.
Published 15 months ago by William Clemo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Cyberpunk in the Shadowrun sub-Genre
I loved this book! The characters were fabulously written. There is noir feeling to this cyberpunk book which I loved. The Hero of the book just makes me grin. Read more
Published 16 months ago by
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read
A good example that there are great authors out there not backed by big publishers. Good story, great imagination, well done.
Published 17 months ago by B. Johnson
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Derek J. Canyon is a young adult and science fiction author living in the perilous wilderness east of Seattle.

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