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  • 11/2016
  • 9781537454924
  • 308 pages
  • $11.99
My name is Dwarf. These are my notes. Well, I stole some of them. Most of them are mine, though. Anyway. The world is messed up. Like, really messed up. There's crazy demonic pimps around every corner, little brown mud-men trying to get at our mirrors, and something big and bad hanging out behind all of it, just biding its time. And I just figured, you know, someone ought to tell you about these things. Someone who's not afraid of the repercussions. Like, say, someone immortal. Like me. I don't have a lot of friends left by now, but there's a few. The shirtless man with the wonderful hair, mainly. I figure he'll be with me until I die. If I ever do. Him and his angel's wings. You know, I might be getting ahead of myself. Maybe I should tell you about the agency first. King and Book, Dove and all the others. How all this started. How we ended up here, on the brink of extinction. All because of a stupid job offer...
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Kirkus Reveiw

It’s been years since the Unknown Counterintelligence Agency’s televised announcement of the supernatural existing in the world. A Lynch City resident known to readers as Dwarf (a code name, his real one redacted), having applied to the UCIA, responds to the agency’s email requesting a midnight meeting. But it’s a ruse: Dwarf nearly signs a mysterious contract from a man who turns out to be a tentacled creature before being saved by shirtless, axe-wielding, mullet-sporting UCIA agent Swayze. This puts Dwarf in a unique predicament: because the transaction wasn’t completed, his soul doesn’t seem to belong to anyone, even himself. UCIA leader King asks him to join the agency, which effectively monitors the Ether—all realms other than Earth’s—for breaches from any number of species. Agents are after the monster’s unidentified client, the one gathering souls, while Dwarf encounters creatures, finding their way to Earth, that sometimes succeed in killing him. Fortunately, the apparently soulless man doesn’t quite die, coming back later alive and intact. Whether or not Dwarf becomes a field agent trainee, he’ll have to stop the client, who may have a terrifying agenda beyond mere soul accumulation. Despite a constant threat of otherworldly beasts, Dahll-Larssøn’s (In the Seraphim City, 2015) novel is endlessly amusing, thanks to the insolent but charming protagonist. In fact, the entire first-person narration is Dwarf telling his story to the UCIA, and he’s hilariously thorough, making sure to relay occasional slurring or incomprehensible mumbling. There are truly inspired moments, from elaboration on Dwarf’s newfound immortality to UCIA weaponry derived more from faith than physical hardware. Readers may not like the frequent lack of clarification; after Dwarf, for example, asks what exactly a soul is, agent Book’s meandering explanation ends with “that’s…more or less it. Kind of. Not really. But sort of.” However, it’s unfamiliar terrain for everyone, readers and characters alike, and because Dwarf’s nowhere near finished with his interview by the end, there’s clearly more to come—and more to learn.

Often perplexing, but delivers an immortal hero and an original world worth a second or third visit.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 11/2016
  • 9781537454924
  • 308 pages
  • $11.99

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