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Disenchanted (Land of Dis Book 2) by [Kroese, Robert]
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“Robert Kroese’s Disenchanted kept me laughing and laughing.” —Boing Boing

About the Author

Robert Kroese’s sense of irony was honed growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan—home of the Amway Corporation and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the first city in the United States to fluoridate its water supply. In the second grade he wrote his first novel—the saga of Captain Bill and his spaceship, Thee Eagle. This turned out to be the high point of his academic career. After barely graduating from Calvin College in 1992 with a philosophy degree, he was fired from a variety of jobs before moving to California, where he stumbled into software development. As this job required neither punctuality nor a sense of direction, he excelled at it. In 2009 he called upon his extensive knowledge of useless information and love of explosions to write his first novel, Mercury Falls. Mercury Rests, his third book, concludes the trilogy.


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  • File Size: 3372 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (November 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KP9VJ2
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By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 8, 2012
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With his latest novel, author Rob Kroese steps away from the rogue angels and apocalyptic mayhem of his wickedly funny Mercury Trilogy (see Mercury Falls) for a fresh look at the epic fantasy genre. In Disenchanted, we're introduced to Boric the Implacable, who, um, dies right at the beginning of the book. Before Boric's soul can be escorted to this world's equivalent of Valhalla (by a winged bear!), he's got to figure out how to beat a nasty curse on his magic sword that could leave him a zombie-like wraith for all eternity. Hilarity ensues. Well, blood-drenched, ogre-killing epic fantasy hilarity, but still...

Disenchanted is published as a Kindle Serial, so you're not getting a full novel here, at least not yet. The idea is that once you buy the first installment, additional installments will be sent to your Kindle (at no extra charge) as they are published. At the end of the serial (six installments in this case), you'll have one full novel. I guess it's not too far removed from what Stephen King did back when the Green Mile was originally published. It's an interesting concept, and one that would probably work brilliantly for ongoing sagas like The Dead Man. For stand-alone novels like this one, however, I don't know that anything is gained by the format.

Anyway, on to the story, which, like previous Kroese novels, is funny to the point of being ridiculous and still has a really good story (or at least the potential for one; it's hard to say based only on the first installment) hiding under all the jokes. It's not as laugh out loud funny as the Mercury books, but that's probably because pop culture jokes are off the table in the fantasy genre.
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Who would think a story where the hero (of sorts, he definitely has his flaws!) dies at the beginning, and spends the rest of the time trying to move on before he's doomed to remain undead forever, would be so amusing. Suicidal sheep, a few caustic comments on the difference in attitudes between women and men, an 'epic' tale of kingdoms and wars to boot!

I don't recall actually laughing out loud, but I sure did a lot of grinning, with a few snorts and snickers. A good light read with some 'morals to the story' if you care to consider them. I definitely recommend it, and would read others by this author.

Don't let the 'low' rating concern you, I'd give it 3 1/2 if I could, and I'm refusing to give 5 unless I come across something truly spectacular, since I see so many books with scores of those that they surely don't deserve, so that personally I tend to read the lower star ratings for a more honest review.
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If you are a fan of Robert Kroese's Mercury trilogy, go ahead and buy this serial. It's exactly what you are thinking it's going to be.

If you haven't read the Mercury triology, stop reading this review and go buy that instead. Seriously.

This serial is a solid read with Kroese's trademark humor and irreverence applied to a Swords and Sorcery setting, however it isn't quite as good as his other works.
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This is my first review of any kind and i have to say that this author is far and above many others with respect to fantasy literature. The story line is quite entertaining and i never seem to lose track of what's going on at any time. The protagonist never seems to catch a break but he does seem to be trying to make amends with his past in a thuggish sort of way all while learning a little humility. Great read and worth the wait for each installment. I have to say that there hasn't been anything from this author that I have not enjoyed reading especially his Mercury series.
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I read a lot of books. This is my first "Kindle Serial". I usually go for any and all medieval/fairy tale story lines so I was a sucker for it before I even began reading. So far it's been entertaining and I will continue to read it. It left me wanting to know what comes next. By the way, the writing is better than the writing in "Dark Monk" and other "Hangman's Daughter" books, so if you have read those and liked/disliked them (I have stopped reading them), this is better (also more humorous fairy tale, less gruesome dark murders).
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I really enjoyed this first episode of "Disenchanted". Suicidal sheep and an ogre with a penchant for "screech melons"; very humorous and a bit dark. And don't neglect the footnotes- they're half the fun. Looking forward to further episodes.
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Quick read, funny parts... not a life changer but not wasted time either.

I however did not like how it was going so well with so many mysteries, only to have them all explained in a monologue by someone other than the main character.

Other than that, good book.
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I'm really excited to see the Kindle Serial family expand beyond the suspense/detective genre - it might be harder to stage cliffhangers in humorous fantasy stories, but I think the genre lends itself to being read in bite-size installments (otherwise, you get punned out). Like Terry Pratchett, Kroese recognizes the potential of the footnote (which footnotes, sadly, are easy to ignore in Kindle format - skip them to your own detriment). Unlike Pratchett, however, Kroese's chosen setting is the more traditional fantasy rural Kingdom (populated largely by suicidal sheep), ruled over by a "badass" king, who becomes even more badass after his death and subsequent inability to join the local posthumous hangout of fallen heroes.

Light, frothy and fun, I recommend this as a quick mood-enhancer.
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