TOO MANY CURSES by A. Lee Martinez


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Funny (peculiar and ha-ha) monster yarn from Martinez (Gil's All Fright Diner, 2005, etc.).

Arrogant, evil wizard Margle the Horrendous never kills his defeated foes. Instead, he transforms them into various unpleasant or inconvenient shapes and stashes them in his vast, gloomy, groaning castle. His housekeeper, Nessy, a small, furry, prudent kobold, has the endless task of keeping the clutter clean and orderly. A handful of the castle's denizens, such as Sir Thedeus, a tiny, combative fruit bat who claims once to have been a mighty hero, Echo—there's nothing left of her but a disembodied voice—and ex-wizard Yazpib, a bit of brain, eyes and teeth floating in a jar, urge Nessy to kill the wizard, since before much longer Margle will turn his malevolence on her. Then Margle accidentally smashes a nurgax seed; out leaps a one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater which immediately gobbles up the wizard, then imprints itself upon a surprised Nessy. Sir Thedeus and the other accursed victims expect their enchantments to dissipate, but they don't—so perhaps Margle isn't really dead. Still, somebody must take charge and prevent the castle from destroying itself. Dependable, dogged Nessy does what she can, negotiating with demons, quieting the restive Door At The End Of The Hall, deterring the indecipherable MONSTER THAT SHOULD NOT BE. Until Tiama the Scarred, premier wizardess diabolic, demands admission to the castle. Lacking the authority to deny her, Nessy somehow must cope with her terrifying presence. But sooner or later, all hell will break loose, while Nessy wrestles with the growing conviction that the castle itself is alive.

Modest amusements for the younger section of the audience.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7653-1835-0
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Tor
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2008


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