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Chicago,There are a thousand stories in the naked city and when you re a dwarf at four foot one, they all look that much taller It is The Era of Prohibition, where crime runs rampant in the streets and a city divided into territories serves as the ultimate prize Somewhere in this Underworld of Chicago, an enchanted weapon holds the key to ending The Gangland Wars In the wake of The St Valentine s Day Massacre, only one is man enough to stand up against Al Capone a four foot one dwarf named Billibub Baddings Billi, as his friends come to know him, is a working stiff dwarf in the all too human sized world of Chicago Seems that a brood of orcs and a renegade warlock had opened a Portal of Oblivion in his homeworld and was planning to submerge his nine lands of Acryonis into an Age of Darkness Billi had managed to throw a monkey wrench into those plansbut not before getting himself caught in the pull of that portal When he came to, he found himself in the heart of The Windy City during The Roaring Twenties After dealing with trolls, goblins, and rock dragons, Al Capone and Bugs Moran are about as intimidating as choir boys Billi sets himself up as a tough talking, waist high, straight dealing detective, and business was looking bleak, until a dark eyed beauty crossed his threshold with the case that involved the mob, the upper crust of Chicago society, and Billi s past Get ready for The Lord of the Rings written by Mickey Spillane Poking fun at the hard boiled detective novel, Fantasy mainstays, and even the legend of Chicago sunderworld


10 thoughts on “The Case of the Singing Sword

  1. Scott wachter Scott wachter says:

    So imagine hypothetical novel about a detective who is recent immigrant from Belgium The plot of this novel does have certain amount of material that has to do with Belgium, so it would make sense for this character to explain the necessary details to the plot via narration, right But probably not drag the story into extended asides about how such and such situation reminds him of Belgium or how Belgian deal with such and such situations The main main character should have character traits be So imagine hypothetical novel about a detective who is recent immigrant from Belgium The plot of this novel does have certain amount of material that has to do with Belgium, so it would make sense for this character to explain the necessary details to the plot via narration, right But probably not drag the story into extended asides about how such and such situation reminds him of Belgium or how Belgian deal with such and such situations The main main character should have character traits beyond is Belgian right This novel does the opposite of all that.So this story is about DD dwarf living in 1920 s Chicago except he only shuts up about being from DD land to hammer exposition into the reader s skull that is until three chapters from the end when clues and facts are half presented so we can have the detective explains the whole story moment for the last chapter first person narration is aboutthan exposition and endless similes


  2. Joe Pecoraro Joe Pecoraro says:

    I listened to this book on mp3 from www.podiobooks.com while I was rollerblading last summer It s light, fast paced and fun, with a sometimes dry wit This is not Hemmingway, nor is it intended to be It s a modern twist on the old crime noir genre The dame walked into my office I remember it like it was yesterday She had two 38 s and a gunI listened to this book on mp3 from www.podiobooks.com while I was rollerblading last summer It s light, fast paced and fun, with a sometimes dry wit This is not Hemmingway, nor is it intended to be It s a modern twist on the old crime noir genre The dame walked into my office I remember it like it was yesterday She had two 38 s and a gun


  3. Jodi Jodi says:

    Another good read from Tee Morris I put off listening to this podcast for some reason, and when I needed something to listen to I finally downloaded it and have to admit that I enjoyed itthan I had expected to Stupid of me to have that expectation because I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I ve heard by Tee Morris.Tee has a way of taking a story and making it one that you hate to leave and can t wait to get back to He puts just enough male female sexual attraction in without it being Another good read from Tee Morris I put off listening to this podcast for some reason, and when I needed something to listen to I finally downloaded it and have to admit that I enjoyed itthan I had expected to Stupid of me to have that expectation because I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I ve heard by Tee Morris.Tee has a way of taking a story and making it one that you hate to leave and can t wait to get back to He puts just enough male female sexual attraction in without it being gaudy or bordering on obscene The way he writes these types of scenes makes you want to say, like the woman watching Meg Ryan in the restaurant scene with Billy Crystal, I ll have what she s having Anyone who s seen that particular scene knows exactly what I m talking about In this story there s enough fantasy and history mixed in to satisfy those who want a taste of history without the outcome we already know to be true A dwarf from another land and timewho thinks of these things Oh to be gifted like that But since I m not I will always go back to a Tee Morris book or podcast to get my fantasy fiction fix.Read or listen, it s worth it


  4. Melissa Hayden Melissa Hayden says:

    Billibub Baddings is an ax yielding dwarf of Gryfennos who finds himself accidentally dropped into a library of the human worldof 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 Billibub Baddings is an ax yielding dwarf of Gryfennos who finds himself accidentally dropped into a library of the human worldof 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 seeof 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 .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


  5. John M Campbell John M Campbell says:

    This book is a lot of fun Billibub is a dwarf thrown into detective noir world, just the mix of elements is really fun I d like to seeof Why not elven Sci fi Orcs in Steampunk Vampire Romance nevermind.Morris makes Billi a great character who feels real, despite not meshing with his surroundings He really sticks out with a different way of thinking compared to the people of 1920s Chicago.And the world has a stability too It feels like the 20s you see or read in other stories, ins This book is a lot of fun Billibub is a dwarf thrown into detective noir world, just the mix of elements is really fun I d like to seeof Why not elven Sci fi Orcs in Steampunk Vampire Romance nevermind.Morris makes Billi a great character who feels real, despite not meshing with his surroundings He really sticks out with a different way of thinking compared to the people of 1920s Chicago.And the world has a stability too It feels like the 20s you see or read in other stories, instead of feeling like current day with sepia toned paint like some period pieces I think Tee would do a great job writing atraditional fantasy like Morevi The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana Book 1 or a straight up detective noir novel and this book has the best elements of both.It s not perfect though Morris tries to stick a little too closely to the detective genre with a sex scene that feels tacked on because that s what happens in Noir books than really fitting in with the story And the last chapter feels like an info dump as Billi explains every little connection If you re the type that picks apart every little bit, you may like this added but I Felt a bit like the author was giving a wink and a nod and saying See what I did there I hope I m wrong, but the last few pages could leave somebody with a bad taste instead of really salivating for the next book, which is a shame I personally can t wait to read the next Billibub book The Case of the Pitcher s Pendant A Billibub Baddings Mystery and whatever Tee does next


  6. Mike Mike says:

    Here s an exercise.Go and read a Damon Runyon short story Something by Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler will probably do as well, but I know Runyon, so I say Runyon One of his pieces is linked from his Wikipedia article.Now take a look at the preview of this book.See the difference in the writing If you don t see the difference, you may enjoy this one.Of course, it s a little unfair to compare anyone to those masters, but if someone is writing a hard boiled detective story, even mashed up Here s an exercise.Go and read a Damon Runyon short story Something by Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler will probably do as well, but I know Runyon, so I say Runyon One of his pieces is linked from his Wikipedia article.Now take a look at the preview of this book.See the difference in the writing If you don t see the difference, you may enjoy this one.Of course, it s a little unfair to compare anyone to those masters, but if someone is writing a hard boiled detective story, even mashed up with an epic fantasy character, I d like to think that they d adopt some of the style Swift, action packed, vivid prose, with not a word wasted, and metaphors that leap off the page Not dense, slow, overwritten, vague, and determined to drive every minor point thoroughly into the ground I suppose, on reflection, the author could have been going for the epic fantasy style instead A little over halfway through, I couldn t take the style anyand stopped reading The story wasn t anything out of the ordinary given fantasy dwarf as hardboiled detective , anyway , and was moving so slowly through the dense thickets of unremarkable imagery that I lost interest Plus the flappers were all curvy, and had long hair Has the author ever looked at a picture of a flapper


  7. Icepick Icepick says:

    With the introduction of Billibub Baddings, Tee Morris firmly establishes himself as master of the Dwarf noir genre This is a great character in a unique and rich setting An excellent bit of story telling, surprising, gritty and just a bit naughty.


  8. Brian Brian says:

    Fantastic characters and a wonderful spin on two tired genres Fantasy and detective mystery.


  9. David David says:

    Well produced free audio book I love the paper back version as well Listened to this three times, read twice.


  10. T.S. T.S. says:

    Billibub Baddings is a survivor A blokey bloke sort, the dwarf is accustomed to battle, to adjusting to his surroundings But when, in the midst of battle in his home, Acryonis, he gets a bit too close to a portal, life as he knew it ends He is transformed to 1927 Chicago, smack dab in the stacks of the Chicago Public Library.Billi, a sarcastic, funny guy is forced through the portal and into Chicago and is given few options One of which, surviving, is an opportunity he won t squander Instea Billibub Baddings is a survivor A blokey bloke sort, the dwarf is accustomed to battle, to adjusting to his surroundings But when, in the midst of battle in his home, Acryonis, he gets a bit too close to a portal, life as he knew it ends He is transformed to 1927 Chicago, smack dab in the stacks of the Chicago Public Library.Billi, a sarcastic, funny guy is forced through the portal and into Chicago and is given few options One of which, surviving, is an opportunity he won t squander Instead of raging against his circumstance, he embraces it He works his way through the library stacks, pilfering the librarian s bag lunches and familiarizing himself with the history, politics and language of our world.His adjustment wasn t always what he d consider noble There was frequent stints portraying Waldorf, the Protector of Munchkinland, thanks to the popularity of Wizard of Oz when things got tight, but hey, a guy s gotta eat His true calling came in the form a P.I work and so it was that the noble Captain Baddings adjusted to his new life and a new career It wasn t easy When you re 4 1 with a long red beard, folks will notice But he proves himself to be a stealthy, formidable investigator and earns a reputation for covertness.It s when the heiress Julia Lesinger offers him triple his fee to find out why the notorious Al Capone had her boyfriend assassinated that things get a bit dicey.Interspersed into the narrative, is the occasional reference to Billi s Tolkienesque homeland, which endears the dwarf to the reader The novel is a beautiful mashup up of portal fiction noir detective novel that keeps you guessing, wondering, luxuriating in the authentic Chicago dialog and scenery and in the audacious manner in which Billi gets his job done.It would have been easy for Morris to give Billi a Napoleon syndrome where the little man overcompensates for his stature with vigor and violence On the contrary, Billi comes across as a character completely at peace with who he is, as though it s everyone else who is abnormal He handles the reactions he receives with confidence and graceful hilarity It s all right, ma am I know I m probably not what you expected You probably expected someone less handsome, less dashing, and not so much in the facial hair department I can only say this It ain t easy being this good looking When I got the laugh, I knew we were getting somewhere Humor was the best way to get over the whole dwarf issue Now, it came down to the credentials I know you may think a dwarf stands out in a crowd, and perhaps I do But I can also get in and out of many places without being noticed My specialty It s this specialty that has built me a reputation for being discreet I d love to give you a list of references, but how private of a private investigator would that make me And, being a dwarf, I tend to be left alone, and being left alone tends to keep my investigations all theprivate The proof of the pudding with me is my work, and let me tell you something I make great pudding It s this kind of assured attitude that allows Billis to delve deep into Chicago s underbelly and to discover that he wasn t the only thing that thrown into the Windy City through the portal The mysteries and plot are finely woven and Morris is an expert at hiding those threads until the last possible minute when the reader s guesses fail to resolve the real villain, the correct resolution.Funny, witty and highly entertaining, Billi s adventures is one not to be missed Philip Marlowe would be proud.Highly recommended