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Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword Paperback – Oct 1 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (Oct. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896944183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896944180
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,168,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa45db5dc) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa49af108) out of 5 stars A rollicking ragtime romp which doesn't come up short... Dec 6 2004
By Jonathan Jett-Parmer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Tee Morris' second published venture is a blistering read. The premise of a transported warrior dwarf from a Tolkienesque realm into Chicago of the roaring twenties is well executed and entertaining. The hero, titlesake Billibub Baddings, makes his way into the heart of Chicago's seamy underside encountering a wide range of noble immigrants, brutal mobsters and dazzling women. Tee supports his tale with regular intersections from Billibub's fantastical home. What starts out as a Sam Spade mystery converts into a fantasy / horror / world threatening quest, with just a hint of X-files thrown in to boot!

Morris has done his homework. The feel of the city really comes across strongly and the language is authentic and not overdone. Some of Billibub's comments (written from the first person) may seem like throwaway lines, but they serve to flesh out his persona. Mystery, Fantasy and humor fans (ala Robert Asprin) will all enjoy this book.

Morris' second work is a pleasant departure from his debut work, Morevi. He is demonstrating a nice maturity as a contemporary author of fantasy. Take a chance and pick up this title, you won't be disappointed!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa49af15c) out of 5 stars A fun read indeed July 22 2005
By jamie b - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked up a copy of this tale at a booksigning at my local fantasy bookstore. I asked Mr. Morris to recommend which of his products I should start with and this one fit my tastes a bit better.

The story itself is a lot of fun. You can feel the atmosphere of the 1930's Chicago that our protagonist is living in. The decriptions are wonderful, right down to the heat of Billibub's favorite bowl of chili.

The "mystery" and the identity of whodunnit is so predictable that I am giving the author the benefit of the doubt and state that he did a great job capturing the spirit of the gumshoe detective novels of days gone by.

My biggest complaint would have to be in the flashback scenes and the inappropriate use of too much "Stranger in a Strange Land" made up words. There were multiple times that I was enjoying the story when we would go back to Billibub's homeland for no other reason than to reminice. This jarred my enjoyment more than once. Also, and Mr. Morris is far from the only author guilty of this, a person who has learned a language down to the colloquisms of the region is probably not going to drop back into either:

a. Words or phrases those around him do not understand (except in extreme duress)


b. Made up words to identify "magic" items in our society. If I never hear the term "boom dagger" again, I will be a much happier individual.

Overall, I found it a good story and would recommend it without reservation. I hope that the next adventure is as much fun, with just a bit less of what I thought detracted.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa49af594) out of 5 stars Tolkien meets Marlowe Dec 20 2004
By Dennis C. Wilson - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa49af954) out of 5 stars Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed dwarf April 3 2005
By Carrie S Priestley - Published on
Format: Paperback
I had my reservations about this book at first, but when I heard Tee Morris do a reading of the first chapter at a sci-fi convention, I was hooked. Billibub is quite a unique character, which only adds to what I call the "spiciness" of the story--it moves at a bristling pace and does suprise one at times. I can't wait to see whose business Billibub will get into next. Tee Morris has also got his timelines and culture right--three cheers! All I can say enjoy!
HASH(0xa49afa38) out of 5 stars Noir, book noir Nov. 3 2011
By K. Hudson - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Tacky and exciting in the best way! Prohibition Chicago meets a magical dimensional break. Wonderful storytelling skills and characters that are touchable. Mobsters and baseball and magical weapons! C'mon, buy it, read it and giggle through the night because you will not want to put it down.

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