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Hero Wanted Paperback – August 1, 2009
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*review of Jason Cosmo edition (1989).
"If you enjoyed Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you will love this comical fantasy story of Jason Cosmo...A very entertaining tale with all the classic fantasy elements."
"Read this book!...If the point of a book is to entertain, then McGirt's rollicking fantasy is flawless. It is a witty, humorous, reluctant-hero-saves-world-gets-girl romp with a dash of jaded crabby wizard thrown in..."
--P.A. Seasholtz, author of the Fayersae Histories
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Top Customer Reviews
Mr McGirt has managed to write such a story that the reader is transformed into his land, and times- taken on a magic carpet ride to a place (at least this reader) did not want to end. I dreaded the final final pages- though a wopper of an ending- since it will now be some time before the next adventure comes out.
This is a book that should be bought, as it can be read over and over, and digested like a fine French dinner, with new insights appearing with each reading. VERY complex yet very accessible, - a TRUE WINNER
This book is fun. It's a great fantasy action story with a lot of humor thrown in for good measure. The story itself is a standard average-guy-becomes-a-hero-finds-a-hot-chick-and-fights-demons story; but the story is well written and interesting. The humor is sometimes dry and sometimes subtle, but it always appears in unexpected places and is consistently amusing.
There is a feel of a Terry Pratchett Discworld story to this novel, but it's not quite as over the top.
When you're in the mood for something fun, read this book.
It's rare for a book to be able to walk that line between being a genuine fantasy novel, and a parody novel. This book gets that balance just right. Not too silly, but not serious either. It's a real hero's journey, but pokes fun at the stereotypes in the genre while doing it. The wit is sharp, and some of the humor is dry, but that's how I like it.
I read this book when it was first published 20 years ago. I have read it so often that my old book has fallen apart. I was extremely excited to hear that it was going to be re-published. This is like a "Director's Cut" of a movie. He has gone back and re-written the entire book from the ground up. I was a little skeptical, because of how much I loved the original, but this treatment of the book is even better. Think Extended Edition Lord of the Rings, not Special Edition Star Wars. He took something good, and made it better.
I plan on giving all of my friends copies for Christmas. They've heard me rave about these books for so many years, it will be nice to let them finally read it.
The humor may not be everybody's taste, but the story's solid. I recommend it highly.
Think back to stories like The Princess Bride, where comedy was predominant throughout, the story was basically clean and you really liked the characters. That's what this story was for me. The author succeeds in weaving constant humor into the small and large details of the plot, and that in itself kept me reading and enjoying.
Our hero takes on friends like a powerful sorcerer and beautiful women, who help him in his quest to beat up the Big Bad Guys. They each shine in their own ways, and with their own voices.
I heartily rate this book as five stars and I purchased a copy.
I would compare Dan's skilled and relentless humor with Dave Barry ("Dave Barry's Money Secrets : Like Why is There a Giant Eyeball on The Dollar?") and Denis Leary ("Why We Suck"). And I swear I don't know how he does it, but somehow he manages to keep me enthralled with the story and plot, while simultaneously poking some loving fun at fantasy novels and their wonderful, goofy ways.
Thank you, Dan...and keep 'em coming as fast as you can!
(p.s. You can also download some of Dan's books online, and his latest "Sarah Palin: Vampire Hunter" is a fabulous, spoofy poke-in-the-eye about the world of vampires and Sarah Palin, who, really, if you think about it, had it coming.)
Jason Cosmo has lived in lower Hicksnittle all of his life and things couldn't be more ordinary for him. But one evening in the local pub, he meets a wizard named Mercury Boltblaster, who holds knowledge that forever changes Jason's life. Jason finds out he is a wanted man and is forced to leave his home. He and Mercury find themselves on a marvelous adventure where they are pursued by bounty hunters and the Dark Magic Society.
I recommend this book to anyone who reads medieval fantasy and doesn't like it to be too serious. This was my first medieval fantasy, and I am glad it was a humorous one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good use of spare time...good read you need to read this one...Published 3 months ago by robert w. olson
Dan McGirt has created a most interesting reluctant hero. I also smell a bit of Kieth Laumer's influence in his writing, especially his place names. Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by Tank
Hero Wanted is a rare gem of a novel in a dump truck filled with standard fare fantasy gravel. It doesn't pretend to lofty seriousness - this is a comedy adventure after all. Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by Randolph Lalonde
Hero Wanted is certainly very different from any other fantasy novel I've read. It took me a while to get get used to the quirky writing style, but it wasn't long before I was... Read morePublished on December 11, 2010 by seldombites
Well done! Ran across this author following his tweets for a while and finally decided to purchase the Kindle edition. Well worth the money. It is a good, fun, fast read. Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by G. DeMarco
A very enjoyable read. Dan McGirt has produced a book worthy of the fantasy/farce genre. (I don't know if there is one, but this is worthy of it. Read morePublished on October 22, 2010 by intinst
Disc World meets Star Wars meets Saturday Night Live.
More fun and adventure than humans should be allowed to have. A great read. Read more