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About the Author

Jim C. Hines has been a paid juggler, earned a black belt in two different martial arts, performed yo-yo tricks at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and lived with a brain-damaged squirrel. (Only three of those are true.) One of his earliest stories earned first place in the Writers of the Future contest. He’s published more than forty short stories as well as numerous fantasy novels, including the humorous Jig the Dragonslayer trilogy, the Princess series, which re-imagines traditional fairy-tale princesses as butt-kicking action heroines, and the Magic Ex Libris series, about a centuries-old secret society dedicated to the use and control of book magic. In 2012, he won the Hugo for Best Fan Writer. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife, two children, and an unstable number of pets. He can be found online at www.jimchines.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Combined edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756407567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756407568
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim C. Hines' latest book is UNBOUND, the third in his modern-day fantasy series about a magic-wielding librarian, a dryad, a secret society founded by Johannes Gutenberg, a flaming spider, and an enchanted convertible. He's also the author of the PRINCESS series of fairy tale retellings, the humorous GOBLIN QUEST trilogy, and the Fable Legends tie-in BLOOD OF HEROES. His short fiction has appeared in more than 50 magazines and anthologies. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. He's currently hard at work on REVISIONARY, the fourth (and final?) book in the MAGIC EX LIBRIS series. Online, he can be found at http://www.jimchines.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on July 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Goblin Quest (Book One)

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A Baum on August 9, 2013
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For any one who has played D&D, or been close to those that have, the Goblin series are laugh out loud books that are well written to boot. If there are no D&D gamers in your life you will still enjoy it. We plan on buying the audio-books too as soon as we can save up the heafty price tag.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SanteeFats on June 11, 2013
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Any book that gets a laugh from me on the first page has to be good. I think it is so hard to write funny and the fact that Hines chooses such a forlorn character as Jig, a goblin even his own kind detest, makes it even better.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 3, 2012
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"Goblin Quest". In the lairs and hiding places of the mountain, goblins live avoiding other residents. Jig the Goblin runt is on military patrol when he meets adventurers determined to find the Rod of Creation. Jig knows that Straum the Dragon guards the Rod. Expedition leader Prince Bariusforces Jig to take them to the mountain's lower levels where the fight enemies and are betrayed while their quest changes.

"Goblin Hero". Before his adventures with Straum the dragon, Jig the Goblin was picked on by everyone as the weakest of the weak. Now he is Jig the Dragonslayer and has the power to heal. The Goblin leader Kralk wants Jig dead so she sends him on a suicide mission to learn what is magical is killing the Ogres.

"Goblin War". Jig the goblin has come a long way from the elast of the least to a psotion of respect amidst his craven slimy species. Trouble comes their as Billa the Blood, abetted bu Isa the Goddess, invades with an army of monsters. Jig's God Shadowstar helps his worshippers.

This omnibus reprint of this adult fairy tale series stars the lowest member of the most scorned species considered weak cowards by others, but Jig proves his worth as the equal and more than those who before his adventures ridiculed his race and his race ridiculed him. He makes the Hines mythos works in this action-packed fantasy saga.

Harriet Klausner
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