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Coyote Musings
Coyote handsome
his coat the same brown
as the dust from which he rises


What is the sound of one hand slapping Schroedinger's cat?


The Quantum Duck goes "quark, quark."

September 2010
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Short Book Review

Goblin Hero
by Jim C. Hines

Jig is back. No longer "Jig the Runt," he's now Jig Dragonslayer. Even has a song written about his great deeds. Of course, he's still scrawny, nearsighted, and bullied by his peers.

Jig would be happy left to his own devices in the temple to Tymalous Shadowstar. But Shadowstar has other plans. So does the current goblin chief, to whom Jig is a threat. Not to mention the ogre, who has come up to ask Jig Dragonslayer for [whisper] help.

Sent back into the depths with Braf, a burly goblin who's a little rockheaded, and Grell, an elderly goblin who worked in the nursery, Jig will face hobgoblins, ogres, ice, pixies, and the betrayal of his traveling companions. And then there's Veka, convinced that she's meant to be the hero, and that Jig is meant to be her mentor.

Like its predecessor, Goblin Quest, Goblin Hero is a quick and entertaining read. There's a little more depth than in the first book, some questions raised about what it means to be a hero, but Hines' writing style keeps the story from getting bogged down. Hines has a gift for characterization; each character is a distinct individual. There are turns enough to confuse a tunnel cat.

Ogres, hobgoblins, pixies, magic...Jig's in over his head again. But at least this time there are no adventurers forcing him to eat [shudder] bread.