Kill School / The Apology (books 80 and 81)

Kill School / Gregory Lynn

synopsis – A goblin defends himself from workplace violence, and inadvertently kills another goblin. After he is sentenced to death, his master offers him a deal – take your punishment, or go to kill school. Back to institutional education it is! In kill school, the goblin cops some mad kill skills, but will he end up killed anyway? After all, it’s kill school…

reaction – A humorous first person goblin recollection of a life-and-death adventure. Sparse character development, and sparser setting description. The storyline seemed cobbled together. The narrative writing style was cute, but the long, drawn out strategic battle scene at the end was a bit weighty for the rest of the book. A quick read aimed at pre-teen fighting goblin fans.

recommendation – I guess some people would find this book worthwhile in some universe somewhere.

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The Apology / Essa Alroc

synopsis – An ugly duckling loses weight, gets a nose job, turns into a blonde bombshell, and lands a rich husband. So now, life is good, right? Hold on – the bombshell’s high school bully has a change of heart and decides to apologize to his former target. Throw in the revelation that the rich husband is a sadistic murdering mob boss. And the former ugly duckling is somehow, er… still in love with her former bully. What? Wait, it gets better. The bully has also loved the duckling all along. And one more thing – the only person to get them out of this mess is a schizophrenic exotic animal activist. And the animals she rescues poop out diamonds. So, what could possibly top all that? Heh, hold on to your hats…

reaction – The story started out fun and flirty, but by the end my eyes had nearly rolled into the back of my head. The events and actions were so implausible, the story dipped into the fantasy genre. I didn’t connect with any of the characters. Too many loose ends swept under the rug, and the deus ex machina was glaring. The story had an interesting premise, but in the end, it was one hot mess of a book.

recommendation – I guess some people would find this book worthwhile in some universe somewhere.

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  1. Aw, man! Goblins and diamond-dumping critters… that sounded so promising I was hoping for at least one of them to turn into a fun, wacky read. Alas, it was not to be…


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