- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (May 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1896944957
- ISBN-13: 978-1896944951
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,942,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nina Kimberly the Merciless Paperback – May 1, 2009
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Christiana Ellis has crafted, in her debut novel, a rich tale that is as much humor as it is high-fantasy. I see many folks comparing her style to Monty Python -- presumably because of the Holy Grail. While I agree, it is that much fun, Monty Python is more slapstick than satire. I would sooner compare her to Douglas Adams, but that's my take.
But comparisons aside, it was fun to listen to as a podiobook, and I cannot wait to have a copy to read and share with my kids.
Then this story would be one of those rare books that you just HAVE to read!
There is humor in the tale of Nina Kimberly, but it's more than just a funny story. There is far more than that going on here. If you enjoy fantasy, you'll love this story; but trust me, you don't have to. All you have to do is enjoy good stories and this book is for you.
For all you ladies who have ever experienced a clod of a suitor or boyfriend or husband, you will have the chance to live vicariously through Nina. Not only does she experience the same problems you have, but she actually does something about it. A quality you will find amusing.
Nina is a truly different heroine and a joy to behold. Just ask her. Or else!
Treat yourself and pick up Nina Kimberly the Merciless.
This book is part of a growing trend in fiction publishing wherein authors release their work as a podcast, and it's the popularity gained from this that results in the books's publication. Many successes have proven that fans will purchase books that they've already listened to, indicating that these books really are something special.
Ellis is funny and charming, and all her work is worth listening to and reading. Would all these fans lie?
If you are a guy, the protagonist of the story, Nina Kimberly, is at once everything you wanted and everything you feared in teenage girls growing up. If you are a woman, King Francis is...well...let's just say he *looks* good.
Throw in a quest, some magic, a dashing rouge, a dragon with a conscience, and a quirky wizard and this a a story worth reading.
That holds true even if you don't usually like that sort of thing.