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Author of Tin Hero - a rollicking tale of slime molds and their love of fine cigars.
Or a fantasy satire that lovingly pokes fun at those classic cliches.
Sabrina spends nearly of all her time in Nebraska but that's because it is impossible to leave without finding the lamppost. She lives in a house that has at least four walls and there are some other souls wandering forlornly calling to their lost lives within.
I thought the story was interesting and very entertaining, and would like to see more from this author. Unfortunately, I almost put the book down several times due to the amount of editing that still needs to be done. At the very least, it needs to have a great deal of punctuation added just for the sake of clarity. There's a large percentage of single sentence paragraphs, and even a fair number of long sentences that are broken into two paragraphs seemingly because of a proper noun in the middle of the sentence. In several places there are completely wrong words used and it's difficult to guess which word the author was really going for. All of that, along with the normal errors that come from relying on spell check or auto-correct, made it very frustrating reading at times.
I really enjoyed the story though and am glad that I stuck with it, the story is loaded with snark and I would love to see more stories from Sabrina. I found this book from following the author on twitter, just based on something that was retweeted by someone else that I was following.
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The fantasy genre is not normally one I gravitate towards. But throw in plenty of snarky sarcasm and off-the-wall situations, and I start to get interested in terms of reading "something different." Through an acquaintance on Twitter, Sabrina Zbasnik asked me if I would be willing to read and review her ebook Tin Hero. Given the off-beat description and the email exchange I had with her, I thought I just might like this. I was right... This was an entertaining read based on the "hero kills ogre and wins the hand of the princess" story line, but with enough craziness to make it fresh and unique.
Jack the Farrier's son is one of those kids who is in constant danger of causing harm to himself or others (or even the whole village) due to his lack of common sense. Everyone, including his family, harass him continuously, knowing that he'll probably not survive to see adulthood given his many failings. He happens to be in the square when Princess Anne announces that an ogre is threatening the village, and the person who kills the beast will have her hand in marriage. Jack ends up with her lace hanky dropped at the end of the proclamation, instantly "falls in love" with her, and decides that he will be the one to slay the ogre. But how can he do that if he knows nothing about weapons, fighting, or really anything else for that matter? He needs a teacher, and sets off to find the fabled master (on his horse named Horse) who has killed all manner of beasts in his lifetime.
Actually, make that *her* lifetime, as the master is a woman named Cas the Barbarian. She's retired, and has little to no patience to train future dragon slayers, much less one that could probably be bested by his own shadow.Read more ›
"Tin Hero" is a surprising novel-- or, rather, a novel that surprises. It is, on the face of it, a parody of the fantasy quest novel. Anyone who appreciates the off-the-wall humor of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams-- or Mel Brooks, for that matter-- would find enough here to amuse and entertain. But the story has a hidden face, and that is the face of a true fantasy quest novel. There is something at stake here-- in fact, many somethings-- and that is never given short shrift. There is a sincere and deadly serious story here among the slapstick and sarcasm.
And then, when we finally think we've gotten to know the personality of the story (and its teller)-- when it's too late to look at our watch, exclaim over the lateness of the hour and claim we have to get up early tomorrow for our cousin's Bar Mitzvah-- we discover its hidden face. And that is the face of an old soul, a seer who knows how bad it really is, yet how good it can be, and that, while this world may beat us to death in the end, the punishment is worth the reward. Ultimately, this book is not in the tradition of "Discworld" or "Hitchhiker's Guide," but more in the tradition of "Great Expectations" or "The Yearling." In other words, you'll laugh, you'll cry-- it's what Squiggy would call "dramistic."
The other reviewers have mentioned technical errors or lack of editing, but that doesn't bother me a bit. I'm a great lover of independent creators and that's just part of the experience as far as I'm concerned.Read more ›
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