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Short, about the height of a Goblin
on August 10, 2013
Jim C. Hines has become somebody bankable. He writes entertaining fantasies with wit and charm. None more so than his trilogy starring Jig the Goblin. In fact, if Hines has any failings, is that he works by day and writes ... well he doesn't write enough for my liking. And he has moved on from Jig's tales. Or at least I had thought he had.
I kept waiting for somebody to give me this book. i finally ran out of patience and got and read it almost immediately. It was an antidote to a real-life tale of horror that I had just read. And it brought me laughs and smirks and immense relief in my time of mental turmoil.
The book consists of some filler that got left out of the original trilogy. These are the stories that Hines couldn't fit into the original books or existed outside of the trilogy as pre-cursors. They're the first Jig stories, including the one where he meets Smudge the Fire Spider. Other characters in the Jig legend also get stand-alone stories. And each made me remember what I loved about the books. And I remember life can be fun, again.
The recent explosion of self-publishing via the Kindle has re-kindled (sorry about that) my interest in short stories. I had let my subscriptions to Asimov's and Amazing and other like magazines lapse. I was hoarding my reading time for long-form series fiction. Partly because I was finding I didn't care for a substantial portion of these pot-luck assemblages of short stories. Partly because of the cost. But the Kindle Singles and collections like this one, are proving to be priced right and I know and appreciate the author will give me good value. I approve heartily.
You should read the whole Jig series before taking in this one. I'm not sure if it is as enjoyable without the background. But in emphasizing the reading 'requirement,' I feel confident I'm doing you right.