by James Bibby.
Death is nasty and not a little inconvenient. Being dead even more so. Especially when you’re tied to an amulet that has its own designs on the world. For the Princess Macoby the annoying ghost with the axe in his head who keeps hangng around is just plain irritating. Little do either of them know that the fate of the world is in their substantial and not-so substantial hands.
Jim Bibby has created a world peopled with real people, with real concerns. Their lives are not played for laughs, these come from Bibby’s acute eye for timing and sympathy
with human foibles/ This is a serious cut above your average humorous fantasy.
Once again I’m looking back at a fantasy book I have always meant to review. Shapestone is a humourous fantasy novel that plays off of the tropes and plot devices of the fantasy genre.
From what I remember, Shapestone is a not only a funny book but it is an entertaining one. Bibby does not sacrifice plot for humour which means that not only are you smiling and laughing throughout the novel but you’re engaged with the actual fantasy story.
In comparison, when I think of Pratchett’s work to that of this book, I feel that this book is far more succinct. Not only in writing style,but in plot. Practhett is good and amazing but it is often easy to get lost in the far larger Discworld and footnotes of his writing. To say succinct, I mean the book is more focused on plot rather than crazy world building.
Shapestone is a stand alone so it is very easy to pick up, read, laugh, and love. If you are lucky enough to even find a copy I would recommend snapping it up because it is a severely underrated fantasy novel.
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