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Sure, you think you know the story of the fearsome red dragon, Dragonia. How it terrorized the village of Skendrick until a brave band of heroes answered the noble villagers' call for aid. How nothing could stop those courageous souls from facing down the dragon. How they emerged victorious and laden with treasure. But, even in a world filled with epic adventures and tales Sure, you think you know the story of the fearsome red dragon, Dragonia. How it terrorized the village of Skendrick until a brave band of heroes answered the noble villagers' call for aid. How nothing could stop those courageous souls from facing down the dragon. How they emerged victorious and laden with treasure. But, even in a world filled with epic adventures and tales of derring-do, where dragons, goblins, and unlicensed prestidigitators run amok, legendary heroes don't always know what they're doing. Sometimes they're clueless. Sometimes beleaguered townsfolk are more hapless than helpless. And orcs? They're not always assholes, and sometimes they don't actually want to eat your children. Heloise the Bard, Erithea's most renowned storyteller (at least, to hear her tell it), is here to set the record straight. See, it turns out adventuring isn't easy, and true heroism is as rare as an articulate villager. Having spent decades propagating this particular myth (which, incidentally, she wrote), she's finally able to tell the real story—for which she just so happened to have a front-row seat. Welcome to Erithea. I hope you brought a change of undergarments—things are going to get messy. ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE PART ABOUT THE DRAGON WAS (MOSTLY) TRUE "Evoking the dry humor of Terry Pratchett and absurdist trope subversions of Monty Python, Gibson (The Chronicle of Heloise and Grimple) flips the classic fantasy setup of a ragtag band of heroes on a quest to slay a fearsome dragon...Gibson’s story is clever, twisty, and bursting with sidesplittingly funny one-liners. Fantasy fans are guaranteed a laugh." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW “Sean Gibson’s The Part About The Dragon Was Mostly True is the rare book that is full of action and excitement but is also a natural, effortless extension of the writer’s humor and personality. I felt like I was reading a version of Lord of the Rings, by way of Joss Whedon, only funnier, and with more Rock Giant poop jokes.” – Scott Weinstein, Author of Team of Steves and Weekend Update Co-Producer - "Saturday Night Live" “Friends and foes alike, what we have here is a genuine ripsnorter! Come hither, lords and ladies, and revel in the hijinks-laden misadventures of the strangest band of bumbling heroes this side of a discarded Monty Python sketch. Think Pratchett and Tolkien, only with an avalanche more puns and potty humor; enter for the comic fantasy, and linger for the playful tone, winking asides, and obscure, geek-approved references. Long live Rumscrabble Tooltinker and his merry mates!” – Eric Liebetrau, Managing Editor, Kirkus Reviews "Sean tells stories with the smirk of a mischievous child--a child that's smarter than you and somehow knows every word in the English language (and probably a few others he made up). The strange and funny fantasy world he creates in The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True is full of puns and smirks and gentle elbows in your ribs. You'll be charmed and drawn in from the first few pages." - Peter Martin, Senior Editor, The Strategist, NY Magazine “This is a book. What? You told me to be honest—wait, why are you making air quotes when I say ‘honest’? And why are you getting out your knife?” – Rumscrabble Tooltinker, Unlicensed Prestidigitator “Urk kunk grummh nuk kur grubble knuck.” – High Chieftain Gnurk Blurglesplick of the Orcs of the Gloom Forest (Hey, they can't all be complimentary) “Undoubtedly one of the best books I’ll never read.” – Kenneth the Pretty Okay Sometimes Wandering But Usually Sedentary Minstrel


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Sure, you think you know the story of the fearsome red dragon, Dragonia. How it terrorized the village of Skendrick until a brave band of heroes answered the noble villagers' call for aid. How nothing could stop those courageous souls from facing down the dragon. How they emerged victorious and laden with treasure. But, even in a world filled with epic adventures and tales Sure, you think you know the story of the fearsome red dragon, Dragonia. How it terrorized the village of Skendrick until a brave band of heroes answered the noble villagers' call for aid. How nothing could stop those courageous souls from facing down the dragon. How they emerged victorious and laden with treasure. But, even in a world filled with epic adventures and tales of derring-do, where dragons, goblins, and unlicensed prestidigitators run amok, legendary heroes don't always know what they're doing. Sometimes they're clueless. Sometimes beleaguered townsfolk are more hapless than helpless. And orcs? They're not always assholes, and sometimes they don't actually want to eat your children. Heloise the Bard, Erithea's most renowned storyteller (at least, to hear her tell it), is here to set the record straight. See, it turns out adventuring isn't easy, and true heroism is as rare as an articulate villager. Having spent decades propagating this particular myth (which, incidentally, she wrote), she's finally able to tell the real story—for which she just so happened to have a front-row seat. Welcome to Erithea. I hope you brought a change of undergarments—things are going to get messy. ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE PART ABOUT THE DRAGON WAS (MOSTLY) TRUE "Evoking the dry humor of Terry Pratchett and absurdist trope subversions of Monty Python, Gibson (The Chronicle of Heloise and Grimple) flips the classic fantasy setup of a ragtag band of heroes on a quest to slay a fearsome dragon...Gibson’s story is clever, twisty, and bursting with sidesplittingly funny one-liners. Fantasy fans are guaranteed a laugh." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW “Sean Gibson’s The Part About The Dragon Was Mostly True is the rare book that is full of action and excitement but is also a natural, effortless extension of the writer’s humor and personality. I felt like I was reading a version of Lord of the Rings, by way of Joss Whedon, only funnier, and with more Rock Giant poop jokes.” – Scott Weinstein, Author of Team of Steves and Weekend Update Co-Producer - "Saturday Night Live" “Friends and foes alike, what we have here is a genuine ripsnorter! Come hither, lords and ladies, and revel in the hijinks-laden misadventures of the strangest band of bumbling heroes this side of a discarded Monty Python sketch. Think Pratchett and Tolkien, only with an avalanche more puns and potty humor; enter for the comic fantasy, and linger for the playful tone, winking asides, and obscure, geek-approved references. Long live Rumscrabble Tooltinker and his merry mates!” – Eric Liebetrau, Managing Editor, Kirkus Reviews "Sean tells stories with the smirk of a mischievous child--a child that's smarter than you and somehow knows every word in the English language (and probably a few others he made up). The strange and funny fantasy world he creates in The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True is full of puns and smirks and gentle elbows in your ribs. You'll be charmed and drawn in from the first few pages." - Peter Martin, Senior Editor, The Strategist, NY Magazine “This is a book. What? You told me to be honest—wait, why are you making air quotes when I say ‘honest’? And why are you getting out your knife?” – Rumscrabble Tooltinker, Unlicensed Prestidigitator “Urk kunk grummh nuk kur grubble knuck.” – High Chieftain Gnurk Blurglesplick of the Orcs of the Gloom Forest (Hey, they can't all be complimentary) “Undoubtedly one of the best books I’ll never read.” – Kenneth the Pretty Okay Sometimes Wandering But Usually Sedentary Minstrel

30 review for The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    "Evoking the dry humor of Terry Pratchett and absurdist trope subversions of Monty Python, Gibson flips the classic fantasy setup...[the] story is clever, twisty, and bursting with sidesplittingly funny one-liners. Fantasy fans are guaranteed a laugh." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW 25% of author royalties will be donated to Impact Justice (impactjustice.org). Is this the best mediocre comic fantasy about a self-styled legendary bard and four neophyte adventurers aiming to take on a very u "Evoking the dry humor of Terry Pratchett and absurdist trope subversions of Monty Python, Gibson flips the classic fantasy setup...[the] story is clever, twisty, and bursting with sidesplittingly funny one-liners. Fantasy fans are guaranteed a laugh." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW 25% of author royalties will be donated to Impact Justice (impactjustice.org). Is this the best mediocre comic fantasy about a self-styled legendary bard and four neophyte adventurers aiming to take on a very unusual dragon on behalf of a bunch of dim-witted villagers? Mos def. I’m not saying I’m a literary supernova or the voice of a generation, but if you want to, I guess I’ll allow it because I am polite and don’t like to disagree. Here’s some advance praise from real, actual people: “Sean Gibson’s The Part About The Dragon Was Mostly True is the rare book that is full of action and excitement but is also a natural, effortless extension of the writer’s humor and personality. I felt like I was reading a version of Lord of the Rings, by way of Joss Whedon, only funnier, and with more Rock Giant poop jokes.” – Scott Weinstein, Author of Team of Steves and Weekend Update Co-Producer - "Saturday Night Live" “Friends and foes alike, what we have here is a genuine ripsnorter! Come hither, lords and ladies, and revel in the hijinks-laden misadventures of the strangest band of bumbling heroes this side of a discarded Monty Python sketch. Think Pratchett and Tolkien, only with an avalanche more puns and potty humor; enter for the comic fantasy, and linger for the playful tone, winking asides, and obscure, geek-approved references. Long live Rumscrabble Tooltinker and his merry mates!” – Eric Liebetrau, Managing Editor, Kirkus Reviews "Sean tells stories with the smirk of a mischievous child--a child that's smarter than you and somehow knows every word in the English language (and probably a few others he made up). The strange and funny fantasy world he creates in The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True is full of puns and smirks and gentle elbows in your ribs. You'll be charmed and drawn in from the first few pages." - Peter Martin, Former Editor, Esquire, and current Senior Editor, The Strategist, NY Magazine “Seriously, this is why you got an English degree? You know you have a real job, right?” – My mom, the person who co-created me Check out www.seangibsonauthor.com for more Heloise hijinks.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Greendale

    A rock giant, a Ratarian wizard, a half-elf, and a dwarf-halfing walk into a bar . . . The Part About the Dragon was (Mostly) True is another humorous romp from Sean Gibson. I would expect nothing less from an author whose worlds are layered and whose affinity for fecal jokes knows no bounds. Follow a ragtag team of adventurers on their semi-perilous quest to stop a red dragon from terrorizing the town (village!) of Skendrick, narrated by the vain and condescending bard, Heloise, who holds nothi A rock giant, a Ratarian wizard, a half-elf, and a dwarf-halfing walk into a bar . . . The Part About the Dragon was (Mostly) True is another humorous romp from Sean Gibson. I would expect nothing less from an author whose worlds are layered and whose affinity for fecal jokes knows no bounds. Follow a ragtag team of adventurers on their semi-perilous quest to stop a red dragon from terrorizing the town (village!) of Skendrick, narrated by the vain and condescending bard, Heloise, who holds nothing back in her amusing quips. Here there be dragons and orcs and the promise of attractive dwarf butts.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    This is not the first work I'm reading by my friend Sean. Yup, that's right, I'm totally flashing about my I-know-the-author card. I could go on to brag about our friendship being as epic as Heloise's adventures but that might not be a good idea make you guys too jealous. I first met Heloise along with some of her entrepid friends here on GR in a series of adventures where we readers could choose how the story would continue. I had heard of games doing that but not of books so I was intrigued. So This is not the first work I'm reading by my friend Sean. Yup, that's right, I'm totally flashing about my I-know-the-author card. I could go on to brag about our friendship being as epic as Heloise's adventures but that might not be a good idea make you guys too jealous. I first met Heloise along with some of her entrepid friends here on GR in a series of adventures where we readers could choose how the story would continue. I had heard of games doing that but not of books so I was intrigued. So when I heard about the half-elven bard getting her own, well-deserved book, I had to sign up for an ARC of course. Despite the jealousy-invoking friendship between me and Sean, my opinion of this book is brutally honest (anyone knowing me knows that the adjective "brutal" basically describes everything I do) and in no way a bought opinion (Sean only now got the book deal, he wouldn't be able to afford me). For those here, who are living under a rock somewhere behind the moon, the book is about an adventure the aforementioned half-elven bard Heloise has - and let me tell you that the ... ahem ... dragon ... is not the worst here as we also get downright stupid human village town councils and other encounters that are deliciously ridiculous. Gandalf might have famously said "Flee, you fools" but the name of the game here is "LAUGH at the fools!" :D And laugh I did. Not only is Sean's writing here crisp and full of zingers, it also has a very nice flow to it that transports us from one mishap to the next, letting us witness certain ... people ... stumble from here to there and back again. No, it is not high fantasy. Instead, it is the kind of story you share with friends around the fire until you all suffer from APITBFLTM (acute pain in the belly from laughing too much - look it up, it's a certified ailment). So, do I recommend this book? And if so, to whom? No. The word recommendation won't cover what I'm gonna do to anyone refusing to buy, read and praise Sean's book (and I don't even get "protection money" ... hm, my Italian side of the family must be very disappointed right now). No, seriously, if you like humour - sometimes light, sometimes silly, sometimes wonderfully evil - as well as a wild assortment of what fantasy creatures are ACTUALLY like when there is no PR making them appear like uber-heroes, this book is for you. Read it. I know you'll love it ... or else! ;P

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    You know those times when you come back from a hard night of singing for your beer, having flashed a smile to melt not just your cohort's hearts, but whole drunken villages? Yeah, me either, but Heloise does. At least, that's what she keeps telling us. This book is exactly what I needed. Funny, smart, and enough made-up words like turdkey (complete with a full etymology) to keep me roaring with barely concealed snickers and a belly-full of bad puns... not to mention a desire to go back and watch s You know those times when you come back from a hard night of singing for your beer, having flashed a smile to melt not just your cohort's hearts, but whole drunken villages? Yeah, me either, but Heloise does. At least, that's what she keeps telling us. This book is exactly what I needed. Funny, smart, and enough made-up words like turdkey (complete with a full etymology) to keep me roaring with barely concealed snickers and a belly-full of bad puns... not to mention a desire to go back and watch some more Monty Python. :) LOVE these zingers. It's like MP had a baby with JRRT but without all the endless fascination with food and alcohol. OH. Wait. It IS endlessly fascinated with food and alcohol. And pronouns. Giants are sensitive, you know.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nisha Menon

    My main issue with this genre of fantasy-comedy is that, more often than not, all the promised wit shines at you from the very first line. I know, wow, look who's here to bitch about too much of a good thing. But this can't just be me, can it? I'm going to try a bad analogy here, stay with me. It feels like staring at your cell screen at max brightness, lying in the bed at night, with the lights switched off. It takes a while to adjust. The comedy here kicks in well before the plot and you have My main issue with this genre of fantasy-comedy is that, more often than not, all the promised wit shines at you from the very first line. I know, wow, look who's here to bitch about too much of a good thing. But this can't just be me, can it? I'm going to try a bad analogy here, stay with me. It feels like staring at your cell screen at max brightness, lying in the bed at night, with the lights switched off. It takes a while to adjust. The comedy here kicks in well before the plot and you have no breather between all that humor. I prefer medium humor and more fantasy/plot. I prefer to be somewhat invested in the story before the humor kicks in, especially in fantasy. I've laughed far more watching "Pirates of the Caribbean" than "Guardians of the Galaxy." I'm not sure everybody will get the difference but that's the best example I can give. Another review of the book mentions that it displays a very Brookly 99 humor, and I agree. It does. Now, this is a very popular sitcom, so I'm certain this book will appeal to the vast majority, sadly I've not quite managed to develop a strong enough taste for this. Having said that, about 30% into the book, I really started enjoying the ride. I laughed enough to wake up my roommate in the middle of the night reading the swamp bits. And Whiska and Borg are a MOOD. I can so imagine some of these scenes play out on the big screen and it would be legit funny. It's a mad group but you might have to give them some time to grow on you if you belong to my corner of this reading world. But if you're in it for the plot, you're gonna find it thin. P.S. Also, I'm quite certain we all know a Farmer Benton. And we say we put up with him for the same reasons the townfolks do, he's old and inappropriate and nobody else will. But deep down we know it's because he's a riot. Thank you, Sean and The Parliament House Press for this ARC.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    Writing a review of a book can sometimes be as daunting as heading out on a quest to slay a dragon so I’m going to approach this one like the 38-year-veteran gamer I am and write it with the assistance of my trusty gaming dice and a pre-prepared set of reviewing statements! Right, let’s do this. This book is a... >rolls dice<... deeply affectionate parody of the sword and sorcery fantasy genre. While it’s... >rolls dice<... not quite in the same league as Terry Pratchett, I would... >rolls dice<.. Writing a review of a book can sometimes be as daunting as heading out on a quest to slay a dragon so I’m going to approach this one like the 38-year-veteran gamer I am and write it with the assistance of my trusty gaming dice and a pre-prepared set of reviewing statements! Right, let’s do this. This book is a... >rolls dice<... deeply affectionate parody of the sword and sorcery fantasy genre. While it’s... >rolls dice<... not quite in the same league as Terry Pratchett, I would... >rolls dice<... definitely place it head and shoulders above any other works of comedic fantasy I’ve read. The author is a... >rolls dice<... master wordsmith with a... >rolls dice<... hilarious turn of phrase that will leave you... >rolls dice<... chuckling mirthfully into your small beer. The characters are... >rolls dice<... instantly recognisable to any fantasy lover and you will... >rolls dice<... definitely enjoy spending a few days in their company. My favourite character was... >rolls dice<... Rummy the half-dwarf/half-halfling and master prestidi... presgit... pretisdi... amateur magician. He’s like... >rolls dice<... everybody’s favourite, slightly tiresome uncle. The plot... >rolls dice<... moves along at a cracking pace without ever feeling rushed. The dialogue is... >rolls dice<... no, Paul, that’s too mean, even for you... >rolls dice again<... sparkling with a sly, worldly-wise wit. I would... >rolls dice<... wholeheartedly recommend this book to any fan of fantasy and/or humour and give it an overall rating of... >rolls dice<... 5 stars! (Note to self: don’t tell anyone you’re rolling D20s...) I would say that author Sean Gibson is a... >rolls dice<... oh, dear... >rolls dice again but gets the same result<... a sexual deviant who definitely shouldn’t be left alone with small children. Sorry, Sean, but you know you have to go with what the dice say!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    I couldn’t wait to read this book, a new adventure from a character, Heloise, who I really enjoyed in the book The Chronicle of Heloise & Grimple. I have been waiting for a long time to read a story about her and I finally received this ARC from the author. Let’s come to the story. The villagers (no, maybe citizens!!) of Skendrick, tired of the attacks of a mighty dragon, decide to hire a handful of heroes to solve the situation, relying on the charming bard Heloise to spread their story in the in I couldn’t wait to read this book, a new adventure from a character, Heloise, who I really enjoyed in the book The Chronicle of Heloise & Grimple. I have been waiting for a long time to read a story about her and I finally received this ARC from the author. Let’s come to the story. The villagers (no, maybe citizens!!) of Skendrick, tired of the attacks of a mighty dragon, decide to hire a handful of heroes to solve the situation, relying on the charming bard Heloise to spread their story in the inns of the region. It won’t be easy to find the desired help, but in the end a handful of heroes answer the call. Let's talk about the main characters: you know the classic heroes engaged in a noble quest, a common element of classic fantasy? Well, forget them. The braves who answer the call are a new group of recent formation: an elf, of great skill and courage, a rock giant, a little slow but present when it counts, a wizard with a bad temper and an unbridled imagination for the epithets and, in the end, a half-dwarf / half-halfling, master of prestidigitation. Before reaching the goal, they will experience a series of hilarious situations, told with verve and in an elegant style, worthy of the bard storyteller. Not everything will go according to plan, but there will be an opportunity to meet strange and original characters, often with unexpected consequences. The dialogues are also very funny, made even more crazy by the squabbles between the members of the group, which often lead to discussions close to the absurd. The author, through Heloise's scratchy pen, manages to snatch a smile from every chapter, whether it is the description of the citizens of Skendrick or the encounter with an outpost of Orcs. It’s a story that I really liked, both for the plot, funny, original and told with a light style, and for the characters, each with its strengths and weaknesses, in which everyone will find their favorite.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vigasia

    The quote on the cover says "if Tina Fey and Terry Pratchett co-wrote a fantasy epic... IT would be a way better than this". Well I am not going to argue because for me Terry Pratchett was a master of literature. However I enjoyed this novel and had a great time reading it. This is a perfect parody of sword and sorcery with a band of diverse characters. What makes it unique is the fact that we could read a perfect bard story and then find out what really happened. If there is something I'd like t The quote on the cover says "if Tina Fey and Terry Pratchett co-wrote a fantasy epic... IT would be a way better than this". Well I am not going to argue because for me Terry Pratchett was a master of literature. However I enjoyed this novel and had a great time reading it. This is a perfect parody of sword and sorcery with a band of diverse characters. What makes it unique is the fact that we could read a perfect bard story and then find out what really happened. If there is something I'd like to see more is a backstory of every character. They are really interesting and I would like to know what made them choose a life of adventurers, if they have relatives or who they love. It's good position to fans of Kings of the Wyld and similiar novels.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    I received this book from the author is the expectation of a fair, unbiased review. Which is what follows as I don’t wish to be turned into a glorphid. Heloise is just as beautiful, smart and courageous as ever, just ask her. Oh yeah, she has joined a few brave companions of interesting heritages in the quest to save Skendrick, a town/village/hamlet/parish/settlement/community from the depredations of a ferocious dragon with unusual eating preferences. Along the way of the standard quest, we have I received this book from the author is the expectation of a fair, unbiased review. Which is what follows as I don’t wish to be turned into a glorphid. Heloise is just as beautiful, smart and courageous as ever, just ask her. Oh yeah, she has joined a few brave companions of interesting heritages in the quest to save Skendrick, a town/village/hamlet/parish/settlement/community from the depredations of a ferocious dragon with unusual eating preferences. Along the way of the standard quest, we have the usual, mostly terrible battles with armies of chitinoids, minotaurs, orcs, tunnel goblins, ogres, etc – well you’ll just have to get the book to see how the battles turn out and who survives…. My favorite was Whiska, who I would like to visit me sometime so I can have her turn some special people into glorphids. I did enjoy the book and we have something to look forward to…what is going to happen to the Doctor? Oh yeah, don’t be surprised when you see “Mike’s Shish Roundabobs” restaurants appear nationwide. I’m stealing this brilliant culinary invention. Gonna be rich!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Newton

    I feel like I'm late to the party because I actually received this book during the summer. After I realized that it had been languishing in my inbox, overlooked, for a month and a half, I began this hilarious romp of a tale. It was abruptly interrupted by Life in the form of the last semester of grad school and teaching in a pandemic. Halfway through at that point, I was forced to put it aside, regretfully. Finished with grad school, on a break from teaching the germ-ridden children, I was able I feel like I'm late to the party because I actually received this book during the summer. After I realized that it had been languishing in my inbox, overlooked, for a month and a half, I began this hilarious romp of a tale. It was abruptly interrupted by Life in the form of the last semester of grad school and teaching in a pandemic. Halfway through at that point, I was forced to put it aside, regretfully. Finished with grad school, on a break from teaching the germ-ridden children, I was able to finish it. This is my second experience (and journey) with Heloise, and both have been rambunctious rides, indeed! Heloise's smart mouth routinely produces snarky gems and gets her into trouble from time to time, as well. Her companions, a diverse bunch, all with their own special talents, provide endless opportunities for Sean's rapier wit to shine. The tone of the entire quest is, as has been observed, very much in the style of Monty Python. I also see it compared to Terry Pratchett but I have to confess: I have never read Terry Pratchett (please don't judge!!). He's high on my list for 2021. However, I do know enough to know that such a comparison is definitely a good thing. I have extolled the magnificence of Sean's writing for years now. His vocabulary is incomparable and his prose flows like the smoothest of silk. The humor is sharp and on-point, never missing a beat. It is effortless and permeates every interaction. So if you are looking for a story with magic, fantastical creatures, battles, swamps, dragons, caves, friendship, REALLY bad smells, loyalty, and above all, humor, you have just achieved your dream! Kick back and enjoy! Hats off, Sean, to another comedic masterpiece!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Okay my fellow readers of the fantastic, the fantasy and the fun, don’t miss this epically epic! We have a band of adventurers led by the glorious Heloise. (Well, maybe not led so much as went along with) She is the magnificent Bard who relates the whole story truthfully, (well, maybe not completely true. It’s hard to find words that rhyme, you know) They set out to slay the dragon no matter what kind of dangers (?) they may face. This is a tremendously fun book that will take you on a trip wit Okay my fellow readers of the fantastic, the fantasy and the fun, don’t miss this epically epic! We have a band of adventurers led by the glorious Heloise. (Well, maybe not led so much as went along with) She is the magnificent Bard who relates the whole story truthfully, (well, maybe not completely true. It’s hard to find words that rhyme, you know) They set out to slay the dragon no matter what kind of dangers (?) they may face. This is a tremendously fun book that will take you on a trip with a fun group of misfits. This book would make an excellent tv show! “Hello, Netflix?” If only I knew important people.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karo

    Note: The profane version of this review is here. I'll admit I had my doubts. It's hard not to doubt a book described thus: Is this the best mediocre comic fantasy about a self-styled legendary bard and four neophyte adventurers aiming to take on a very unusual dragon on behalf of a bunch of dim-witted villagers? Books that describe themselves the way The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True describes itself can go a couple of ways: they can be amazing, or they can be total disasters written by Note: The profane version of this review is here. I'll admit I had my doubts. It's hard not to doubt a book described thus: Is this the best mediocre comic fantasy about a self-styled legendary bard and four neophyte adventurers aiming to take on a very unusual dragon on behalf of a bunch of dim-witted villagers? Books that describe themselves the way The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True describes itself can go a couple of ways: they can be amazing, or they can be total disasters written by the barely literate. However, I've never been able to pass up a free book, so I jumped at the chance to win a digital ARC for The Part About the Dragon. I'm glad I did, because the book is hilarious, self-aware, and definitely not above skewering the men who usually inhabit high fantasy. If Brooklyn Nine-Nine suddenly got plopped into a fantasy world, this would most likely be the result. My love for this book is probably at least partially fueled by my overwhelming need to read something that is not Dune, but who cares? The book is great either way. It even managed to get in a Harry Potter reference, to which I said TEN POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR. The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True relates the story of Heloise the Bard, a mind-blowingly vain half-elf who finds herself inextricably linked to a group of inexperienced adventurers attempting to slay a dragon. The group comprises Nadinta Ghettinwood, an elf; Rumscrabble Tooltinker, a middle-aged half-dwarf half-halfling with a thing for magic tricks; Borgunder Gunderbor, an incontinent rock giant; and Whiska Tailiesen, a giant talking rat with magical powers and no manners. (This probably goes without saying, but Whiska was my favorite character.) Though she tries to extricate herself from their company, Heloise ends up tagging along with the group, and accompanies them while they rethink some orc-related stereotypes, slog through fertilizer-scented swamps, burn all their clothes after trekking through said swamps, turn their brains inside out trying to answer impossible riddles (spoiler alert: there is no answer), fight a minotaur with IBS, and confront Melvin, the dragon who inadvertently kick-started their quest. Through it all, Heloise – in her official capacity as bard – tells the two stories that make up the book. One is the glorious, non-socially-conscious high(ish) fantasy version of events, in which everything goes smoothly and orcs are Bad and elves are Good. The second story tells a different version of the first, a.k.a. What Actually Happened. Probably the best thing about the book, aside from its humor, is the glee with which it shoots down men who need to get with the times. Misogyny and racism are called out repeatedly. Chauvinism is rewarded with ridicule. The one man who tries to blame his village/town's problems on the woman who refused to sleep with him is promptly shut down. This exchange may mark the exact moment I sold my soul to this book: "While we appreciate your opinion, as always, Farmer Benton," replied the Alderman smoothly, "I'm quite sure that it's not the Widow Gershon's unwillingness to, ah, lay [sic] with you that's causing the dragon to attack. As such, burning her at the stake is unlikely to resolve our situation." "Ach! How much do ye ken fer suren? Might culd be her monthly bleed!" "I haven't had a monthly bleed in fifteen years, you tiny-todgered pig lover!" LAAAAAAAAWL. I need to be friends with Widow Gershon, though I'm pretty sure she'd call me a harlot. Then there was this: "[Heloise] had a real nice can, too, if it's not improper to say," continued the man. "It actually is," replied the Alderman. "Exceedingly improper, in fact." And this, which comes very very close to being the best dang line in the book: "Ah, yes, well, no one means to suggest that the racial heritage of our good heroes would be in any way an impediment. After all, we here in Skendrick draw great strength from our, ah, diversity of, ah, um, well, our diversity of points of view, I suppose." He surveyed the all-white, all-human, mostly male, universally stupid assemblage. Of course, none of this is to say that the book is perfect. It was sprinkled quite liberally with typos, which I noted and will attempt to force onto the appropriate authorities. I liked Heloise overall, but there were a couple of points where she was just a liiiiiittle too questionable, such as her attempt to create humor by telling the rest of the group they were going to die. It's true that their odds of defeating both a minotaur and a dragon weren't amazing, but they'd just won a battle, and that seems like a pretty crappy thing to say in the aftermath. Nadi does call her out for it and she does somewhat recant her statement, but her "apology" doesn't actually include the words "I'm sorry," and I'm not sure I would've accepted it in their place. And, as much as I love the last line I quoted, it does make me wonder: How diverse is this world? The main cast represents many different species and is diverse in that respect, but the humanoid characters all seem to be white. Will there be humanoid characters from other parts of the world in future books? I sure hope so, because otherwise that "all-white" line is going to fall flat on its face. Overall, however, I didn't have any major issues with the book, and I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy. This series and this world have a lot of potential, and I'm excited to see what Gibson does with them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    Sean Gibson is one of my favorite book reviewers on Goodreads, so I was thrilled and grateful to get an ARC of his comedic fantasy caper, The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True. With nods to Monty Python, Terry Pratchett, and Piers Anthony, the story follows a band of inexperienced adventurers who endearingly bumble their way through one fight after another in search of glory (and a paycheck). After fleeing a double-crossing wizard, the dysfunctional band is recruited by Heloise the Bard to Sean Gibson is one of my favorite book reviewers on Goodreads, so I was thrilled and grateful to get an ARC of his comedic fantasy caper, The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True. With nods to Monty Python, Terry Pratchett, and Piers Anthony, the story follows a band of inexperienced adventurers who endearingly bumble their way through one fight after another in search of glory (and a paycheck). After fleeing a double-crossing wizard, the dysfunctional band is recruited by Heloise the Bard to take on their biggest challenge to date: a dragon. The story is narrated in the first-person by the lovely and unerringly modest Heloise, who shares the heroic “official” version of the group’s adventures with the reader and then breaks down the actual events as they happened. As she pointedly says: “I don’t just break hearts, people—I break fourth walls.” Personally, I’m convinced that Heloise is Sean’s alter-ego. (If you don’t believe me, check out the photo of him in red stiletto boots on his GR profile. Heloise would totally wear those boots when performing on-stage. Also, both he and Heloise frequently reference their own asses.) The group is a mixed bunch: there is Nadi, the brave eleven leader; Borg, a slow-moving but riddle-solving rock giant; Whiska, a cantankerous rat (Ratarian) wizard; and Rummy, a dwarf-halfing who conjures coins from people's ears. Characterizations were amusing, although my favorite was sassy seven-year-old Betty Sue/Etty Loo, who only plays a minor role in the book. There isn't a ton of character development, and I had trouble at times visualizing the group, but that's probably my fault. (I think Whiska would look a bit like the rats of Nimh, but less well-groomed, and Nadi was definitely a Liv Tyler type.) The group takes on a series of foes en route to the dragon—orcs, bog people, goblins, a flatulent minotaur—as they learn to work together as a team. (If I’m being honest, they generally don’t have much success in any of these encounters, but any fight you can walk away from is a win, right?) Along the way, there is plenty of snarky dialogue, lots (and lots) of puns, some death-defying battles, a fair amount of drinking, and some mild flirtation between Heloise and...well, everyone. In the end, their solution to dealing with the dragon is inspired AND non-violent. It's a win-win! And we all need more of those right now. Recommended to anyone who enjoys light fantasy and Sean’s reviews. ____________________________________________________________ As a side note, my favorite bit of dialogue was a clever twist on the fake news narrative, as thoughtfully discussed by Etty and the team: Etty nodded vigorously. “I learned it in my Certainties class. Certainties is where we learn about things that are factually true. Factually means they’re real.” "Yes, as opposed to unfactually true,” I replied, sarcasm present in, though hopefully not dripping from, my voice. “Right,” replied Etty, missing the subtext entirely. “You don’t always have to have facts to say true things. The President of our tribe says so, and that everyone who says anything different is just saying fake things.” “But how do you distinguish fake from truth without facts?” asked Nadi. “Truth is just stuff you know is right. Facts are little bits of information you can use if they fit the truth you want to say is not fake.”

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erikka

    Hello, tiny people in the glowing box! It is I, the illustrious bard Marjory Thistlewood, esteemed storyteller, skilled singer, exceptional dancer, talented shawm player, and smartest person I know. But enough about me, as if that's possible. Today is about my dear friend Heloise, the only other bard to give me a run for my gold pieces (although she will always win when viewed from behind. I may be equally gorgeous, but that ASS. Work it, girl). This is a story from a long time ago that she has Hello, tiny people in the glowing box! It is I, the illustrious bard Marjory Thistlewood, esteemed storyteller, skilled singer, exceptional dancer, talented shawm player, and smartest person I know. But enough about me, as if that's possible. Today is about my dear friend Heloise, the only other bard to give me a run for my gold pieces (although she will always win when viewed from behind. I may be equally gorgeous, but that ASS. Work it, girl). This is a story from a long time ago that she has told me numerous times over pisswater beer at inns across this great land. She told me of the small prestidigitator Rummy (I made her spell it once when she was 5 pints in. Hilarious. Not Rummy. Prestidigitator.) and his unending optimism. The lovable rock giant Borg who always makes her smile. The beautiful and heroic Nadinta, who Heloise greatly admired. And Whiska. She was there, too. My favorite part is when she talks about the little Orc girl she met in the swamp--she reminds me of soooo many people from my home village. I always make her do the voice and she loves to throw in a "Make Erithea Great Again" every time. I won't tell you the whole story, because she does such a great job (not to say I couldn't. I mean, I could tell it just as beautifully. But, you know, copyright...), so you should totally go get this book and fall in love with my friend as much as I have over the years. She's truly astonishing. And did I mention that ass? The stuff of legend. I'm glad she had her scribe, Sean, to write it for her, since I'm sure she was drunk off her gorgeous hinders for at least half the book. He's pretty gifted at sifting through her ramblings to find the real meat of the tale. Can't wait to hear the next one...I wonder if she'll tell the story of the idol from the cave? I love that one... See y'all later. Pour one for your girl, Marjory!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barry

    I received a free ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Having said that, gee thanks Mr. Gibson for making me question all the epic tales that I've ever read, heard or watched (hello movies, it's been a long year). You're telling me that there are certain elements of the tales that may have been suppressed or embellished, depending on the motivation of the narrator or authors? You're telling me that perhaps, for example, King Stefan had some dark past with the evil fairy Maleficen I received a free ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Having said that, gee thanks Mr. Gibson for making me question all the epic tales that I've ever read, heard or watched (hello movies, it's been a long year). You're telling me that there are certain elements of the tales that may have been suppressed or embellished, depending on the motivation of the narrator or authors? You're telling me that perhaps, for example, King Stefan had some dark past with the evil fairy Maleficent, who had every right to be gravely offended by what he had done; thus, to seek revenge on his daughter. Or that perhaps, as another example, the great and powerful wizard Oz wasn't really that powerful, but, instead, mainly leaned on his amazing sleight-of-hands, seemingly inexplicable contraptions and generous amount of prestidigitation. Oh wait ... Heloise Thebard, is the premier bard in the Land of Erithea. Her stunning good looks, silky hair, golden voice and blatant modesty, as proven by her being named "Miss Modesty" in a beauty pageant, allows her ample opportunities to interact with, get to know of, and even sometimes directly witness, numerous bands of heroes of various quality : from the elite to the newly established and determined heroes in training. As such, it is no wonder that she gets to witness and, in fact, directly influences, the epic tale that is the slaying of the evil dragon Dragonia, who has plagued and terrorized the town and/or village of Skendrick for years. In this book, Ms. Thebard finally reveals the mysteries, secrets, and rumors, both unconfirmed and undoubtedly fabricated, surrounding the quartet of Nadinta Ghettinwood (a duly responsible and serious band leader), Rumscrabble Tooltinker (better known as Rummy, a four-feet tall half-dwarf, half-halfling with an astounding talent for prestidigitation and a surprisingly empathetic nature), Whiska (a Ratatarian witch with a sublime talent of hurling increasingly creative and insulting epithets) as well as Borgunder Gunderbor (a massively impressive naked Rock giant, literally the Rock of their team) : from their humble beginning, through numerous hardships and absurd challenges and finally to their unexpected triumph against the dragon Dragonia. She does not hold back of any criticism, where it is warranted (and even when it is definitely not), or any praise of their heroic acts. I first became aware of the author when I noticed that a lot of his reviews were absurd, hilarious and often times both simultaneously. And this book does not disappoint. It is absurdly hilarious (or hilariously absurd?). In any case, I truly enjoy the constant mishaps that our group of heroes continually fall into. And yes, I'm looking forward to more misadventures with Ms. Thebard. I just hope for one thing : that the author does not run out of creative insults and imaginary words of various items in the Land of Erithea. I'd love to see how he actually came up with those things, actually. Anyway, if you want to read something light, fun, funny and absurd, go pick this up! 4 Star.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    Thank you @theparliamentpress for the eARC of this book! It released earlier this week and you guys need to check this out. It's hilarious 😂 it was a little hard to get into because of the huge info dump at the beginning, but it was totally necessary for the story, and once you got past that this book was gold. The humour in this book is amazing and endless! It's so subtle and clever at times that it would take me a second to get the joke 😂 But omg the bog scene had me dying 😂 Borg is the best c Thank you @theparliamentpress for the eARC of this book! It released earlier this week and you guys need to check this out. It's hilarious 😂 it was a little hard to get into because of the huge info dump at the beginning, but it was totally necessary for the story, and once you got past that this book was gold. The humour in this book is amazing and endless! It's so subtle and clever at times that it would take me a second to get the joke 😂 But omg the bog scene had me dying 😂 Borg is the best character in my opinion and this is a highly entertaining book. So go read it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    I love this book. It's funny and exciting at the same time with a captivating story. As I was reading it, I kept thinking about the old 80s Dungeons and Dragons cartoon. "The Part About the Dragon was (Mostly) True" is like a modern version of that, but with way better jokes. Every second I spent with this book was a joy. I love this book. It's funny and exciting at the same time with a captivating story. As I was reading it, I kept thinking about the old 80s Dungeons and Dragons cartoon. "The Part About the Dragon was (Mostly) True" is like a modern version of that, but with way better jokes. Every second I spent with this book was a joy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Being a fan of Mr. Gibson's previous work, I had some past experience with the beautiful Heloise the Bard. I will say I am a huge fan of her work, and of her stellar posterior. This book was absolutely lovely from beginning to end. I love the way Sean chose to write it, too. The back-and-forth of Heloise's tale versus how things actually happened was a brilliant way to split the chapters, as well as marvel at her talent in spinning a tale. I'm truly looking forward to more of her tales of herois Being a fan of Mr. Gibson's previous work, I had some past experience with the beautiful Heloise the Bard. I will say I am a huge fan of her work, and of her stellar posterior. This book was absolutely lovely from beginning to end. I love the way Sean chose to write it, too. The back-and-forth of Heloise's tale versus how things actually happened was a brilliant way to split the chapters, as well as marvel at her talent in spinning a tale. I'm truly looking forward to more of her tales of heroism. Or, you know, standing in the background while looking good, trying not to get killed. Tomato, tomatoe.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Seregil of Rhiminee

    Originally published at Risingshadow. Sean Gibson's The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True is one of my favourite fantasy books of the year. It's a delightfully humorous and highly enjoyable story about a dragon attack and its aftermath. The events of this novel take place in a world called Erithea. The story begins with a classic version of what happened with the dragon in the village/town of Skendrick. This beginning is both dramatic and entertaining, but as you may have already guessed by Originally published at Risingshadow. Sean Gibson's The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True is one of my favourite fantasy books of the year. It's a delightfully humorous and highly enjoyable story about a dragon attack and its aftermath. The events of this novel take place in a world called Erithea. The story begins with a classic version of what happened with the dragon in the village/town of Skendrick. This beginning is both dramatic and entertaining, but as you may have already guessed by the title of this book, it is not the whole truth, but rather an embellished and altered version of it. The story tells of half-elven Heloise, who is a bard. She knows the truth about the fateful day in Skendrick when the dragon attacked and the shocking events that followed the attack. Because recent developments have released her from keeping the truth a secret, she has decided to speak her mind and set things straight, because - in her opinion - the classic tavern version isn't half as entertaining as the truth. As Heloise begins to tell her story, the reader is introduced to the wondrous world of Erithea and the various races that inhabit it. The worldbuilding works well within the constraints of the story, because bits and pieces about the world are revealed to the reader as the amazing and unbelievable events begin to unfold before the reader's eyes. The cast of characters is diverse and intriguingly quirky. It was fun to read about Heloise and the group of adventurers, because the author fleshes out their differences in an amusing way. The dialogues between the characters are satisfyingly funny, sharp and poignant. I found Heloise to be a fascinating protagonist, because she's beautiful, clever and talented. She has a big ego and she knows how to tell stories. Her eager, opinionated and somewhat sarcastic way of telling the truth sizzles with humour and surprises. I also enjoyed reading about the other characters, because they're charmingly quirky and have their own striking personalities that occasionally clash with each other. Here are a few words about them: - Rumscrabble Tooltinker (Rummy) is a half-dwarf half-halfling and a street magician. - Borgunder Gunderbor (Borg) is a rock giant. - Nadinta Ghettinwood (Nadi) is an elven woman. - Whiska Tailiesen is a Ratarian (Ratarians are one of the races that inhabit Erithea) and a wizard. I'll also mention that High Chieftain Gnurk of the orcs is an interesting character. I won't go into details about him, but I can mention that it was fun to read about him. I'm happy to say that this book is one of the funniest fantasy books I've ever read. I loved the author's sense of humour and was impressed by how fluently he wrote about the events and what truly happened. Once I began to read this book, I couldn't stop reading it, because the story pulled me in from the start and I had to find out what had really happened in Skendrick. This is one of those rare books, in which humour, excitement, magic and action are in balance. The author's mischievous and playful approach to storytelling works like a charm and his way of delivering clever puns makes you chuckle and laugh out loud. In addition to having plenty of humour, the story also has elements of politics and prejudice, which spice up the story. I think that this book will of great interest to those who love humorous fantasy fiction. If you've read anything by Terry Pratchett and enjoyed what you read, you should read this book, because it's very entertaining and worth reading. The author's writing style is a bit different from Pratchett's style, but has similar kind of charm and cleverness to it. I greatly enjoyed Sean Gibson's The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True and found it highly enjoyable. I recommend it to everybody who loves humorous fantasy stories, because the story is gripping and filled with humour and surprises. I sincerely hope that the author will write more stories about the same fantasy world, because this book gave me a thirst for more adventures featuring Heloise the Bard.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Inkslinger

    ARC provided by Parliament House Press and Sean Gibson. All opinions are mine and freely given. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | BookBub 12-15: 'The Part About the Dragon was (Mostly) True' by Sean Gibson.. could just be called.. 'Well.. There WAS a Dragon, but More Importantly, There's was a Bard with a Fantastic Can.' And honestly, I'd be perfectly fine with that title too. Basically the story follows a handsome (Mostly.. see what I did there?) group of adventurers who have minimal experie ARC provided by Parliament House Press and Sean Gibson. All opinions are mine and freely given. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | BookBub 12-15: 'The Part About the Dragon was (Mostly) True' by Sean Gibson.. could just be called.. 'Well.. There WAS a Dragon, but More Importantly, There's was a Bard with a Fantastic Can.' And honestly, I'd be perfectly fine with that title too. Basically the story follows a handsome (Mostly.. see what I did there?) group of adventurers who have minimal experience, but a lot of heart as they set out to aid the village/town.. er.. townage of Skendrick in their time of need. It seems they've been set upon by a vicious dragon that periodically lays waste to.. well, read the book and you'll see. The point is.. they're desperate for help and our fair heroes see an opportunity to grow their reputation while maybe pocketing some treasure.. thanks in no small part to Heloise. Who's Heloise, you say? Only one of the most amusing voices to grace the pages of fantasy fiction.. who also happens to be our first-person fourth-wall-breaking narrator.. and to hear her tell it, an uncomparable beauty with an unequaled gift for storytelling. Heloise, the Bard. Being as my favorite bard is Jaskier from the Witcher series, my expectations are set pretty high. That said, no character has ever reached a pinnacle worth mentioning in connection.. until now. Even if this story had been uninteresting, I would have loved it through Heloise's eyes. I mean, clearly.. and you'll see why if you give it a chance. There's nothing she can't dress up and make more appealing, other than maybe Whiska. (But she CAN be made more exciting, and that's something our bard excels at.) And she does dress up pretty much everything for public consumption. Truly, our narrator is hilarious and charismatic, brags casually without being annoying (I mean.. AT ALL), and both versions of the story she tells (the TRUTH and the MYTH) are entertaining. Nadi, the fearless elven leader of the adventuring group, is a true warrior. She's a little too serious, which makes her a perfect contrast to.. well.. everyone else in the group. She's also probably the most competent overall, but well.. ditto on my last comment. Rounding out our collection of adventurers are Rummy.. the interminably good-humored half-dwarf/half-elfling and the butt of most of the size jokes, Borg.. the sweet, slow.. rock man of huge physical proportions, and Whiska.. the Ratarian wizard with one seriously bad attitude. They go together a bit like fire and gasoline, which makes for plenty of tense times that are guaranteed to leave you laughing. As a group, they're uniquely gifted at making their lives more complicated than they need to be and getting themselves into more than they can handle, which makes it all the more interesting to see if they can get out of it. I can't praise the story enough. If you want something light-hearted and fun to read, that will zip by quickly.. but still want to feel like you got the content you hoped for, this is definitely the book you should pick up. PURCHASE LINKS: PARLIAMENT HOUSE PRESS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOKSAMILLION | GOOGLEPLAY BOOKS | INDIGO | KOBO

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marit

    This was a refreshing book to read during lockdown. It combined some classic fantasy elements (dragons, elves, goblins, and more) with a pretty innovative way of telling a story. I think it's safe to say that I have never read a book with the same style of narration, and after finishing this I am seriously wondering if I am missing out on more very good books. The narrator is pretty full of herself at times (which oddly enough I didn't really find annoying), but also lays bare the more human (oka This was a refreshing book to read during lockdown. It combined some classic fantasy elements (dragons, elves, goblins, and more) with a pretty innovative way of telling a story. I think it's safe to say that I have never read a book with the same style of narration, and after finishing this I am seriously wondering if I am missing out on more very good books. The narrator is pretty full of herself at times (which oddly enough I didn't really find annoying), but also lays bare the more human (okay, Heloise is actually half-elven) side of the epic quests you read about in most fantasy books. I had a good chuckle multiple times throughout the story, and was amused for (almost) all of it. There's also a few spins on classic fantasy elements which I really enjoyed. One is the way orcs are portrayed in this book. It felt weird but okay at the same time? Which is a good thing, I think? I would love to tell you more but I don't want to spoil it for you. Around the middle point of the book I found myself having to push through a little to get from one part of the story to the other. I think the pacing in those few chapters was a bit too slow for my liking. However, once I got through that hiccup, there was only enjoyment left. So bring on the sequels please, Heloise. I would love to hear more! Edit: How could I forget Borg? He was by far my favourite character, such a sweet rock giant. Loved him.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Athena (OneReadingNurse)

    Thank you to the Parliament House for having me on the book tour for The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True! All opinions are my own! This is a comedic fantasy, like Monty Python and the Holy Grail in book form, with a few more talking rocks. So Heloise the Bard is telling the epic tale of a band of adventurers that slayed the terrible Dragonia, who terrorizes the village of Skendrick… .. Well, kind of.  This book is her account of what *actually* happened.  It is a look at the less glamorous Thank you to the Parliament House for having me on the book tour for The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True! All opinions are my own! This is a comedic fantasy, like Monty Python and the Holy Grail in book form, with a few more talking rocks. So Heloise the Bard is telling the epic tale of a band of adventurers that slayed the terrible Dragonia, who terrorizes the village of Skendrick… .. Well, kind of.  This book is her account of what *actually* happened.  It is a look at the less glamorous parts of adventuring including vegetable eating dragons, pooping in swamps, rock giant rectums, orc hookups, idiotic peasants … Yeah you get the point hahahah. The characters were a mixed group. There is an overly-foul mouthed rat wizard, a rock giant, a half elf, a half halfling-half dwarf, and a full elf.  They are each pretty touchy and incompetent at times.  I liked the rock giant the most, and found Heloise super annoying! She just was not funny to me.  The rest were! Some parts were really quite hilarious, others not so much.  The only other thing I have read like it is Kevin Hearne’s Kill the Farm Boy series, which was a bit more clever and had more puns.  Heloise uses a lot more toilet humor than dry wit.  It is definitely not a boring book though, regardless.  I would recommend for fantasy fans looking for a laugh, or those searching along the lines of Monty Python.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Suzy S

    I bought this because I enjoy Sean Gibson’s reviews and because I thought my Riordan-obsessed daughter might like it too. It is a thoroughly tongue-in-cheek adventure story with oddball and increasingly delightful heroes. The side bars and random explanations will have you laughing as you wonder what more of a mess the adventurers will find themselves in. I especially enjoyed the formal telling by Heloise followed by the reality of what happened. I did feel that it bogs down, ironically about th I bought this because I enjoy Sean Gibson’s reviews and because I thought my Riordan-obsessed daughter might like it too. It is a thoroughly tongue-in-cheek adventure story with oddball and increasingly delightful heroes. The side bars and random explanations will have you laughing as you wonder what more of a mess the adventurers will find themselves in. I especially enjoyed the formal telling by Heloise followed by the reality of what happened. I did feel that it bogs down, ironically about the time they’re fighting their way through the swamp. The sarcasm starts to overwhelm the actual plot. I also got tired of all the potty humor. I wanted more adventuring and less commentary. However, the confrontation with the dragon redeems the book and earned the fourth star. For avid readers, this is like a YA version of The Heroes Guide to Saving Your Kingdom or a more mature (and more raunchy and crude) Ella Enchanted. I’m hoping my daughter enjoys this too and will definitely read more by Gibson.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    I obtained a preview copy of this book free of charge. This was a light, fun read. The narrator (Heloise the Bard) was engaging and the characters were likable, distinct and memorable. Nadi was kind of generic but the strong personalities of the other characters more than made up for it and I guess you kind of need someone who's just normal. Otherwise there's no basis of comparison to contrast the other characters against. I thought the very end, the last couple sentences, were especially funny an I obtained a preview copy of this book free of charge. This was a light, fun read. The narrator (Heloise the Bard) was engaging and the characters were likable, distinct and memorable. Nadi was kind of generic but the strong personalities of the other characters more than made up for it and I guess you kind of need someone who's just normal. Otherwise there's no basis of comparison to contrast the other characters against. I thought the very end, the last couple sentences, were especially funny and clever. I'll definitely visit Heloise, Rummy, Whiska, Nadi and Borg again in Gibson's other works.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ángela's Bookcase

    Join Heloise the bard and a band of intrepid adventurers in their quest to rid a village (I hear someone shout TOWN!) of a nasty dragon. This cleverly told novel is perfect for fantasy fans. Such a witty and entertaining way of writing about an epic quest! Heloise is the narrator, and one of the funniest characters I've ever had the pleasure to read. I couldn't help but laugh out loud several times. Borg was my favourite. Who wouldn't love a rock giant with a bowel problem, right?! It's safe to say Join Heloise the bard and a band of intrepid adventurers in their quest to rid a village (I hear someone shout TOWN!) of a nasty dragon. This cleverly told novel is perfect for fantasy fans. Such a witty and entertaining way of writing about an epic quest! Heloise is the narrator, and one of the funniest characters I've ever had the pleasure to read. I couldn't help but laugh out loud several times. Borg was my favourite. Who wouldn't love a rock giant with a bowel problem, right?! It's safe to say this is the funniest book I've read in 2020, by far. I can't wait to read more of Heloise's adventures! Thank you SO much @netgalley @thatseangibsonguy and @theparliamentpress for granting me access to this ARC!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Really enjoyed this humorous fantasy novel. Many laugh out loud moments as well as a plot that never got dull. The book has a format that worked great - chapters of the beautiful bard version of the story and then longer chapters which told what really happened. The characters are distinct and well-developed. The humor struck the right balance of not trying to hard. And I always appreciate Gibson's strong prose and college word usage. I have read a couple books by this author and this might be my Really enjoyed this humorous fantasy novel. Many laugh out loud moments as well as a plot that never got dull. The book has a format that worked great - chapters of the beautiful bard version of the story and then longer chapters which told what really happened. The characters are distinct and well-developed. The humor struck the right balance of not trying to hard. And I always appreciate Gibson's strong prose and college word usage. I have read a couple books by this author and this might be my favorite. The book before this I really enjoyed, but it took me a bit to warm up to. This one hooked me from the beginning. Looking forward to more adventures and hoping to see some of the supporting characters again - especially Wiska and Borg.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Visit Food For Thought to read my full spoiler free review and an exclusive Q&A with the author, Sean Gibson! This was such a great experience! If I had to describe the entire thing with one word: vivid. The language is perfectly descriptive, so it's impossible not to picture everything that happens in the story. However, not too much so that flowery language may distract a reader. The story is paced perfectly for my tastes, and it was often very difficult to put the book down. Actually this b Visit Food For Thought to read my full spoiler free review and an exclusive Q&A with the author, Sean Gibson! This was such a great experience! If I had to describe the entire thing with one word: vivid. The language is perfectly descriptive, so it's impossible not to picture everything that happens in the story. However, not too much so that flowery language may distract a reader. The story is paced perfectly for my tastes, and it was often very difficult to put the book down. Actually this book's mini-arcs are each so well-developed and explored, that they felt almost episodic. Between the vivid imagery and the action-packed adventures our band of adventurers went on, I felt like I had just binged an amazing comic book series. However... it was a novel. Is that even allowed? Who let Gibson write like that? I want more! The book alternates almost every chapter. First, the reader gets to experience the beautiful songs Heloise the Bard would sing about the adventures and the great deeds of our heroes. Then, we'd step into first person and watch, through Heloise's eyes, what really happened. The lyrical chapters felt like wrapping up in your favorite cozy blanket for anyone that's grown up on whimsical fantasy stories. The alternate chapters are full of snark and a healthy helping of Heloise's ego. In my experience, adult fiction in first person becomes very dry, as if we are scared to be anything close to middle grade. However, Heloise's narrative voice has all of the strong personality a middle grade narrator has, but is still definitely adult. It is very easy to become invested in a tale when the narrator is so clearly impassioned about it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True is, first of all, hilarious. It’s my favorite type of subtle, dry humor and I laughed out loud so many times. I’m just glad I was alone while I read because I’m sure anyone nearby would have thought I was bananas due to me randomly bursting into laughter at an indecent rate. This book is a true fantasy comedy, and anyone who loves geeky tales or Dungeons & Dragons is sure to enjoy it. The world-building is incredible, the characters are fleshed out so w The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True is, first of all, hilarious. It’s my favorite type of subtle, dry humor and I laughed out loud so many times. I’m just glad I was alone while I read because I’m sure anyone nearby would have thought I was bananas due to me randomly bursting into laughter at an indecent rate. This book is a true fantasy comedy, and anyone who loves geeky tales or Dungeons & Dragons is sure to enjoy it. The world-building is incredible, the characters are fleshed out so well, the humor is… well, it’s humorous. You get my point, though. The book is excellent. The plot never drags and I was loathe to ever put the book down to do more mundane things like sleep. I absolutely loved all of the main characters, and I hope we get to see more of all of them in the sequel. (There’s going to be a sequel, right, Sean?) I especially adored the relationship between two of the characters (I’ll refrain from mentioning names because of possible spoilers), but I would definitely love to see that relationship explored more in the future. As is befitting a famous bard, Heloise’s story-telling is top-notch. Mr. Gibson’s writing style isn’t too shabby, either. In fact, it’s exceedingly good. An enjoyable and rollicking read filled with elves, dragons, goblins, orcs, and a bard with a spectacular posterior, The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True is one of my favorite books of 2020, and I would definitely recommend it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Goicea

    Today is the cover reveal for The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True! See my cover reveal post here! My Blog ¦ Bookstagram ¦ Twitter ¦ Pinterest ¦ Facebook Today is the cover reveal for The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True! See my cover reveal post here! My Blog ¦ Bookstagram ¦ Twitter ¦ Pinterest ¦ Facebook

  30. 5 out of 5

    Farhad Shawkat

    Nadinta Ghettinwood. Took me longer to get that than it should’ve. If you’re into puns, read this book now. If you’re not, there’s all kinds of humour in it, don’t worry. If you’re not into humour, well, I have absolutely no idea what you’re doing here. Spoiler alert – I miss a couple of characters from the previous book. Heloise the Bard is still here, not to worry, regaling us (is that like galing, but a second time?) with the exploits of a new cast. The crew consists of the aforementioned Nad Nadinta Ghettinwood. Took me longer to get that than it should’ve. If you’re into puns, read this book now. If you’re not, there’s all kinds of humour in it, don’t worry. If you’re not into humour, well, I have absolutely no idea what you’re doing here. Spoiler alert – I miss a couple of characters from the previous book. Heloise the Bard is still here, not to worry, regaling us (is that like galing, but a second time?) with the exploits of a new cast. The crew consists of the aforementioned Nadinta, Rummy (who performs street magic), Whiska, a pissed off Ratarian wizard, and Borg, a rock giant. A strong Guardians of the Galaxy vibe, but with a very different set of individuals. Borg, in particular, I thought was extremely well written. It is not easy to write strong, silent, yet violent types, and make them interesting, but author Sean Gibson did a brilliant job here. How? Read and find out.

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