Top critical review
The cons outweigh the pros I am afraid.
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2020
TITLE: Go Dwarf yourself
AUTHOR(s): Martha Carr & Michael Anderle
GENRE: Urban Fantasy/Comedy
In the fantasy world, some of my favorite characters are dwarves. I know, my friends find this amusing due to the fact that I am 6’5″ tall, and when we play fantasy games I usually play a dwarf. Go figure.
I came across the book Go Dwarf Yourself at the end of October. When I started reading it, I was taken right into the story: A dwarf, Johnny Walker, living in the Florida Everglades with two coon hounds invents a way to understand what they are saying to him, then the FBI shows up with a missing child case to entice him back to his bounty hunting job for the feds. He begrudgingly takes the job and gets a light elf partner (but do not use that word around him). The job takes him, his partner and two dogs to New York City, where all roads lead to the “Monsters Ball”, where once a year abducted girls are sold to the highest bidder for less than dubious reasons. The girl they are looking for is on the auction block. Time is ticking and the time to act is now!
The pro’s of this book is it is heavy on action. There is a wonderful mix of guns, magic and James Bond-esque gadgets. A back story develops for the hero that drives the book forward, and helps develop his character.
The con’s of this book: First of all, Johnny Walker is too good to be true. Everything he does is right and he knows it all. In the Everglades he knows it all. In New York City he knows it all, and through it all he has a “My way or the highway” attitude that becomes tedious. The overall voice of the book becomes broken from chapter to chapter. In one chapter, it feels like a well rounded adult wrote it, the next chapter can feel like a teenager was let loose with the F-bomb license and ends up sounding like a sailor with a wicked case of Tourette’s Syndrome. AND, the dogs being able to communicate with him becomes over done.
In the end, the cons far outweigh the pros for me.
I give this 3 out of 5 bookmarks.