- Nikky Lee
Book Review: The Part About The Dragon Was (Mostly) True by Sean Gibson
Title: The Part About The Dragon Was (Mostly) True
Author: Sean Gibson
Publisher: Parliament House Press (indie)
Page Count: 358
It’s difficult to find the right words to describe where The Part About The Dragon Was (Mostly) True would fit on the bookshelf. The closest comparison I can think of is Vox Machina (and all its glorious debauchery) meets Pratchett’s trope twisting, with a liberal amount of puns and muumuu suits.
The Part About The Dragon Was (Mostly) True follows the exploits of Heloise the Bard and her ragtag adventuring crew, famed throughout the land for killing the fearsome dragon Dragonia. However, as we soon learn, Heloise has taken some… er… creative licence to the facts, and this book is her coming clean (which is somewhat ironic given how much shit these characters end up adventuring through).
This book is like a DnD campaign on a bender. There are too many hilarious twists and one-liners to pick a favourite, but readers can be assured that nothing Heloise and her adventuring crew do goes to plan—whether it’s traversing a swamp or answering riddles from an enchanted talking rock. However, the crew themselves deserve a mention: Nadinta Ghettinwood, the elven leader, Rumscrabble Tooltinker (AKA Rummy) the half dwarf, half-halfling with excellent slight-of-hand, Borgunder (AKA Borg) the rock giant who is very intelligent but slow on the uptake, Whiska the foul-mouthed the Ratarian wizard, and Heloise herself, a somewhat busty half-human, half-elven bard with an ego the size of a mountain.
Humour is always a tricky thing to pull off, and I will say that The Part About The Dragon Was (Mostly) True is very slapstick and may not be to everyone’s tastes. However, if you’re the type of adult who never quite grew up (or for those of us who did but like to pretend we didn’t every once in a while), and enjoy innuendo, body humour, and watching every fantasy trope that comes along get turned on its head, The Part About The Dragon Was (Mostly) True, is an absolute must read.
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