Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Read: "In the Company of Ogres" by A. Lee Martinez

Read: In the Company of Ogres by A. Lee Martinez, 2006, 9780765315472.

Martinez's second book. A humorous fantasy novel. Never Dead Ned can die but he cannot stay dead. Most of those were accidental, some were murder. Ned is approaching his fiftieth resurrection when he is transferred from the accounting department of Brute's Legion into Ogre Company as it's new commander. While muddling through as commander the Red Witch, who has been the one responsible for bringing Ned back from the dead, tells him his true origin as the Bad Void. The Void was an all powerfull force that destroyed galaxies on whims. After a bit, the Void tired of destruction and decided to "change his nature" by becoming human. A demon arrives to take the Void's hidden power that lies inside of Ned and laughter and destruction ensues.

Funny novel. Martinez adds magic, wizards, orcs, ogres, goblins, demons, elves, trolls, etc. in the mix. Good book. I liked the plot and setting of Gil's All Fright Diner better, but the writing in Ned is improved.

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