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If the members of Terry Pratchett's Night Watch and Robert Asprin's Phule's Company were conscripted into Mary Gentle's Grunts, the result would be something like this caustic genre-parodying second novel from Martinez (Gil's All-Fright Diner). Never Dead Ned is an accountant whose only talent is self-resurrection. Chosen to lead the notorious Ogre Company, Ned ingratiates himself by dying before the senior officers can finish conspiring to kill him, and comes back to life just in time to be caught up in a battle with Rucka, the world's most powerful demon. Martinez loves turning conventions upside-down: Ned is unbearably uncharismatic, Rucka is 19 inches tall, the wizard Belok is allergic to magic. That makes the predictable elements-the self-sacrificing supernatural guardian, the inevitable love triangle, Ned's world-changing destiny-seem even more hackneyed, somewhat diminishing the power and fun of the "gotchas." Once Martinez learns to strike that balance, he'll be a humorist to be reckoned with.
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Never Dead Ned has died 49 times but can't seem to stay dead. Afraid of death, anyway, he found a safe niche as an accountant for Brute's Legion. Upper management transfers him to command Ogre Company, the legion's dumping ground. He has one advantage over previous commanders: no matter what accident befalls, he comes back alive. And then he finds out why he never stays dead, after which he has to go to any length not to die again. That's harder than it seems when commanding such stellar specimens as a two-headed ogre, an orc who's oversensitive about looking like a goblin, a daredevil pilot goblin (and the not very trainable rocs he flies), a siren, a temperamental Amazon, and an oracle who hears and smells the future. Still, he has six months to whip Ogre Company into shape. Oh, for the love of Ned! Martinez's follow-up to Gil's All-Fright Diner (2005) is as joyfully fast paced and funny. Ogre Company tweaks fantasy cliches most excellently. Regina Schroeder
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  • File Size: 742 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (April 3, 2007)
  • Publication Date: April 3, 2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028UBFEU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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A. Lee Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas. At the age of eighteen, for no apparent reason, he started writing novels. Thirteen short years (and a little over a dozen manuscripts) later, his first novel, Gil's All Fright Diner was published. Since then he has published or is about to publish five additional novels, including the forthcoming Divine Misfortune. His hobbies include juggling, games of all sorts, and astral projecting. Also, he likes to sing along with the radio when he's in the car by himself.

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He may not be as famous as Stephen King or John Grisham, but A. Lee Martinez is a writer to watch. His first novel _Gil's All Fright Diner_ is a hilarious romp that combines pseudo-Lovecraftian menace with Joe R. Lansdale styled blue collar humor. So I waited and waited for his next novel _In the Company of Ogres_ to arrive at my local Barnes and Noble. The wait was worth it.

While _GAFD_ pretty well parodized horror, _ItCoO_ parodizes fantasy. I'm not really a fantasy fan (nothing against it, it's just not for me), but I couldn't resist giving Martinez another chance even if the genre is one I don't normally read. Even though I consider myself much more of a horror fan, I found _ItCoO_ to be the more enjoyable of the two. It's funnier and has a more complex and thought out plot.

The main character here is an average person named Never Dead Ned, a man who is unexceptional in every way except for the fact that he dies repeatedly, and comes back to life shortly after. He's a soldier with a perfectly average job of balancing the books for Brute's Legion. Just when he finds his niche in accounting, he is immediately transferred to Ogre Company. Ogre Company is a rowdy band of orcs, goblins, trolls, elves, treefolk, humans, and obviously ogres. It also happens to be the most undisciplined, and hardest drinking, unit in the whole Legion. He now has six short months to whip these sad sacks into fighting shape. This task is further complicated by the fact that Ned isn't that great of a soldier himself.

However, his poor military bearing is not his only problem. Every Commander before him has perished in clandestine circumstances.
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I called Gil's All Fright Diner an excellent debut novel in my review of that book, and it is. But In The Company of Ogres is simply an excellent novel, period.

A passive main character is exceedingly difficult to write and keep interesting, but Mr. Martinez handled it with great aplomb. The other characters are equally intriguing, from the suicidal, yet perpetually cheerful goblins to the two-headed ogre who is always exceedingly polite with itself. Like Gil's, Mr. Martinez throws many fantasy conventions to the wind and creates a world that is both unique and familiar.

Even if you aren't a huge fan of fantasy fiction, In The Company of Ogres is a wonderful tale sure to delight anyone.
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A. Lee Martinez wears the influence of pop-culture on his sleeve. In his first novel, Gil's All Fright Diner , he names his protagonists after the song Duke of Earl, and in In the Company of Ogres, Martinez takes this a step further. Think of them as Easter Eggs for the Gen-X reader. Ogre twins Martin and Lewis, a tree-warrior who is not allowed to call himself an "Ent", and even the walking hut of legendary Baba-Yaga all are dropped in for flavor and texture in his second novel. Finally, we have a fantasy-writer who hasn't forgotten that his readers live in the real world!

The story follows a lovable loser who finds himself in charge of rag-tag group of misfits. Though he would rather be an accountant than a soldier, Ned is ordered to whip Ogre Company into shape within six months or face being turned into a mindless berserker. Martinez complicates this situation by giving his hero a propensity for resurrection and a pair of relentless super-villains who want to harness that power for themselves. Were this strictly a fantasy novel, much of the meat of this story would likely be a build up to some great final battle that critics would inevitably see as a Christ allegory, but in this authors hands, it is more like Stripes with swords.

In fact, the entire book feels like the best episodes of M*A*S*H* dressed up in the trappings of a traditional fantasy world. To say "traditional fantasy" is somewhat misleading, however, as no archetype is safe from the gleeful pen of Mr. Martinez. While he uses creature-types familiar to fans of fantasy, he twists them into objects of comedy gold.
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After reading Martinez's Gil's All Fright Diner I couldn't wait to read another one of his works. Unfortunately my book list is extensive so I had to wait. When I was in the mood for some comic relief I picked up this one. I would have to say that I enjoyed this one but not as much as the other one. I didn't find myself laughing out loud (like I did with the other book) and I had no problem with putting it down. It just seemed to drag on a bit and with nothing really exciting happening. Although I thought it as fun, I just didn't find it that funny. That said, I would still read another one of his books as I do not regret reading this one.
This story is about a guy named Never Dead Ned. Not that Ned doesn't die, he just doesn't stay dead for long. He has died in many numerous ways and has the scars and soreness from each death. So he tries very hard not to die. He works in an office for the army. There he is safe as long as he does his job well. Then there comes orders that he is to command Ogre Company. This company is a mess of misfits that instead of the army getting rid of them, they send them here. There are humans, elves, orcs, ogres and a bunch of others in the mix. Ned doesn't want to go but he doesn't have much choice. He's afraid that his life will be in more danger. He doesn't know how right he is about that.
In my opinion, if you've read Gil's All Fright Diner, you will still like this one but maybe not as much. If you haven't read that one, I would read this one first.
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