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The Goblin's Whistle by Bob Griffin

PostPosted: December 17, 2010, 11:30:22 AM
by bottomdweller
I don’t usually read sword & sorcery stories all the way through, but I promised myself that THIS TIME I would give the story a chance – and I’m glad I did.

There are a nice variety of characters from the get-go: Richard Matthews, a traveler who believes he is smarter than everyone else; Syn, a warrior-knight who thinks all problems can be solved with ‘ a sharp blade’; Bradson, an everyman barkeep; and a clumsy, paranoid goblin named Sanibel.

I enjoyed the action in some of the scenes. Within one paragraph, creatures and weapons are swung, struck, splintered, howling, shoved, lurched, stifled, kicked, and washed over. Sounds like an average night at the Tavern at 4th and Gaulbert. “If I tell you to duck, ask no questions, just throw yourself under the table.”

As I said, I don’t usually enjoy these kinds of stories, but this was a fun piece – with everything working out as it should in the end.

PostPosted: January 06, 2011, 10:58:51 PM
by Lester Curtis
This one didn't do much for me . . . I'm not sure, but I think the rhythm of the words was too monotonous . . . it had good characterization, plot, etc., but . . . it lacked a buildup of tension, I guess.

PostPosted: January 09, 2011, 04:47:50 AM
by chemonro
If only every problem could be solved by violence and killing like this! *doe eyes*