Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword

Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword

by Tee Morris
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Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fans of both the detective and fantasy genres are likely to have fun with this novel, as it's a delightful send-up to both. Tee Morris writes with a biting sense of humor, and spins an interesting mystery with deep personal significance to the protagonist while including the expected cast of characters for a noir tale: the sly and gritty detective, the plucky secretary, the femme fatale (x2), the shady mob connection, the mob boss, and so on. Baddings is a delightful narrator, as his experiences as war veteran and accidental emigre to 1928 Chicago from a High Fantasy realm provide him with a rather unconventional point of view and and some unexpected skills to set him apart from the average gumshoe, including a rather extensive education. The story is engaging and the mystery interesting, with strong notes of irreverent humor running throughout to keep Baddings from taking himself and his surroundings too seriously. If you have a taste for detective novels, urban fantasy, or traditional fantasy (in any combination), I strongly urge you to purchase this book.
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Melhay More than 1 year ago
Billibub Baddings is an ax yielding dwarf of Gryfennos who finds himself accidentally dropped into a library of the human world...of Chicago after falling into a portal. He teaches himself the language and catches up on current events. Along with the reading in the library to get to know the world he is now in, he enjoyed the fiction stories of Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then trying to figure out what work to do, he figured with his military skills as a dwarf and what he loved he would be a private investigator. He's been here for a few years and doing okay in the business. But this month is a slow month, thinking on making the call to an old associate to make a few extra bucks as dressing up as a munchkin from the Wizard of Oz. But as he was readying himself to make the humiliating call, a tall woman from the prominent family in Chicago walks through the door with a case ~ wondering why her boyfriend is now deceased from a hit by whom they suspect, Al Capone. I enjoyed this book as it was a new blend for me. Our setting here is the late 1920's in Chicago during the mobster era of the big names; Al "Scarface" Capone and George "Bugs" Moran. With a mystery detective take on the story. But the best part was the blend of the fantasy world Billibub comes from. Not only does Tee create a great feel for the late 1920's with the accents and particular words popular then, but he creates a whole fantasy realm through Billibub's metaphors and similes to his home world from his memories. I was really surprised how great these two worlds blended together. These are two places I would never have thought to blend. I have to say as I don't get to visit Billibub's world much as he is living in Chicago, but I would liked what pieces I did get of it and wished I could see more of it. But, Billibub has created himself here in Chicago in a great way. And all the short jokes, he takes with stride (most of the time). I enjoyed the mystery/detective side of the story as well as it ends up being blended with the fantasy world as well. Very nice take on this. I have to say I enjoyed the piece on his ax and weapons. This did bring a smile to my face the first time it was really approached in the story with the visitors in his office. I know there is one other book with Billibub, and I'm curious to see if Tee comes out with more. This is a book to read if you enjoy the 1920's or 1930's feel, mystery/detective storyline, with a grace of fantasy through the book and mystery itself.
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Philip Marlowe and J. R. R. Tolkien have had a love child and his name is Tee Morris. I literally could not put this hysterical book down. Imagine a dwarf from a Tolkienesque/Dungeons and Dragons type world is transported to Chicago in the 1920s, complete with prohibition, flappers and Al Capone! A nonstop fun ride, this book hits the ground running and never looks back until you reach the last page. Morris makes the roaring 20s come to life through the eyes of the 4 foot one inch detective from another dimension. He seconds in blending the genres of noir and fantasy into a seamless package that does not fail to satisfy. Well worth the cover price.