I adore Hines’ Goblin books about Jig, the reluctant goblin hero, because of the way they poke fun at the old “D&D” fantasy tropes. Plus, I enjoy rooting for the underdog, and there’s nothing quite as “underdog” as an entire race of creatures known affectionately as “cannon fodder”.
In this collection of short stories, we see a couple of glimpses into Jig’s younger days. Baby Jig is absolutely gobli-dorable! Veka’s story is also funny and heart-wrenching and disturbing — sort of like high school. I think the best part of the collection, though, was the glimpse we get into the world of the upcoming Libriomancer series.
Libriomancer sounds like a fun new world that will be fascinating to those who’ve spent some time reading in the SF/F genres. I can’t wait to read it and see if I “get” all the references.
This collection is at a great price, is DRM-free, and worth the price for the Libriomancer sneak peek alone. If you buy this and you’re disappointed… Well, then I’ll be disappointed in YOU.