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Magic and Murder Among the Dwarves by [Bundy, Erik]
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About the Author

Erik Bundy lives in the magical North Carolina woods where chocolate is a semi-sweet vegetable, female chipmunks are called chipnuns, and mice claiming to be cousins move in for the winter then take the bath towels when they leave in spring. The federal government pays him not to work in one of their offices. He is a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop and a grand prize winner of the Sidney Lanier Poetry Competition. He has published more than thirty stories and poems.

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  • File Size: 2358 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Untold Press (March 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J0NMFRE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,852,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Karen on June 24, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm a geek. I'll say it right from the start. I read a LOT of Sci-Fi, Epic Fantasy, and Urban Fantasy, and I am a devoted fan of LOTR, Star Trek, and most of the movies and TV shows designed to target the rabid-fan heart of people like me.

I discovered this book accidentally, when I was auditioning to narrate the audiobook version (I didn't get it). I DID, however, have so much fun reading the audition that it quickly became a necessity to read the book.

I was not disappointed.

Not only was Bundy's novel overflowing with tons of stuff that I traditionally like, it was also noticeably absent most of the things I traditionally loathe in genre fiction (like commonplace characters, predictable plotting, and a recognizable formula). I found the placement of these characters in the contemporary American Southeast to be fresh and interesting, without sacrificing the terrific traditional details we associate with dwarves in the old-school fantasy novels. I also was very happily surprised that the author didn't hand-feed the plot to us, as is so often true with fantasy. On several occasions, I was actually uncertain of what was going to happen next, and I LOVE that. Last time I had an author keep me guessing like that was when I first discovered George R. R. Martin, and his great fondness for killing off major characters that the reader would never expect to lose.

But, back to this book. One of the things I appreciated the most about this story was how distinctive the voice of the main character was. Being originally from mountain country in the American South myself, I was constantly tickled to hear Amanda communicating in ways that I recognized as being the voice of "my people".
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There are some books that tell a story and then there are other books that place the reader in the story as they watch it unfold before their eyes: Magic and Murder Among the Dwarves by Erik Bundy fits into the later group. Not only is it an interesting story, due to the author's perfection for details it placed me in the story as it unfolded. It is sort of unique in that the 'story' part is not what is emphasized in his writing (although it is told, no doubt about that) but it is the detail of the surroundings and thoughts and feelings that are emphasized to make for such an enjoyable experience. It is like the surroundings and 'people' (I use that term loosely as not all the 'people' are human) are explained so thoroughly that I was there seeing them before me, smelling the damp earth beneath my feet with a faint smell of mushrooms, and then the story happens as I 'watch' it going on.

All the characters are developed fully, even the non-human ones. Amanda, the main character, is developed realistically in the sense I had a love/hate relationship with her especially at the beginning of the book. I thought she'd be like a heroine (all nicey nice) since she was the 'star' of this book but I found her a bit self-centered with a really poor outlook on people and life in general. Perhaps it can be explained away by her 'oddsense' and having to deal with that, maybe it was having to live next to dwarves which really don't think highly of humans and it rubbed off, maybe it is the loss of her husband, and there are a few other things she has going on in her life that may contribute to this outlook of her's. Whatever the cause, she is very realistic in that she has her good points and bad, good days and bad, just like everyone I know.
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When I picked this book up I expected a good read, I expected that I would love it and want to re-read it. But I never expected it to grip me in the way it did. After I picked this book up I literally couldn't put it down until I was finished. The next day I started to read it again. I could rave about the storytelling and the amazing descriptions of the North Carolina forests and mountains, but I think the best part about this book was the characters. More than any book I've read in years, the characters seemed like real people. I forgot that I was reading about imaginary characters and rather felt like I was listening to them speaking to me, telling me the story. Truly one of the best books I've read in years.
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This is an amazing book, a fine combination of fantasy, action, and character study. Bundy delineates the inner life of a woman with remarkable skill and power while keeping the reader engrossed with exploring dwarf culture. It can be a tough balance to write a novel that manages to straddle the line between the everyday and the magical, but the author does it very well here!

Highly recommended.
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Magic and Murder Among the Dwarves was so fun to read. I have to give it a 5 star review as it kept me interested from start to finish. It is a crazy awesome book that made me laugh, cry (just a little), and want more! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves a good fantasy story. Its a great trip!
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The title pretty well sums up the book; it's all about magic and murder among dwarves although the story is told from the point of view of a female human who is hired to investigate the murder of of local dwarf woman. Amanda has an ability that she calls oddsense that seems to be a combination of clairvoyance and premonition. It's this ability that gets her hired to find the killer of the dwarf community's midwife. She's also still dealing with the death of her husband Jason and gets involved in the search for a missing local human girl. There's a lot going on in the story and it dragged in a few places. During the last 40 percent or thereabouts the pace picked up and I became invested in the story. Prior to that, my attention wandered. I enjoyed the story well enough but the author's style was at times ponderous. He did a nice job though of sprinkling clues both false and true and most of the time I was not able to predict what would happen. While I didn't always love the dwarves I did appreciate Bundy's take on them. These dwarves are true to the old stories but set in a current times with an interesting back story. "Magic and Murder Among the Dwarves" is an original story with a mix of fantasy, folk tales, mythology, romance and mystery. It's character driven more than plot driven but there's some action and suspense and some dark undertones. It's not a cheerful story but there's hope mixed in with the sorrow and it's original, which is refreshing in fantasy.

I received a copy from the publisher for review.
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