Friday, June 19, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: In the Company of Ogres by A. Lee Martinez

Title: In the Company of Ogres
Author: A. Lee Martinez
Publisher: TOR
Year: 2006

I know I said that Martinez's first book, Gil's All Fright Diner, was hilarious ... but In the Company of Ogres is about four times funnier. Oh, and if you are a Terry Pratchett fan this one has even more similarities.

In the Company of Ogres is another comedy of the supernatural featuring a goblin who insists he's an orc, ogres who like to play a game called goblin crush, "a walking tree with a chip on its shoulder" (from the back cover), a feminist Amazon, a daredevil goblin pilot named Ace, and a human named Never Dead Ned. Of course, Never Dead Ned can die ... he just never stays dead.

Never Dead Ned is sent to a military outpost to command an undisciplined company of ogres and others. He has six months to whip them into shape or face having the company dismantled. It takes the threat of waking the Mad Void and bringing about The End of the Universe to pull this unruly group together into any semblance of an army. Of course, you'll have to read the book to find out if this group of misfits will indeed save the universe ... or not.

Rating: 5 out of 5

I don't give a lot of "5 out of 5" ratings, but this book made me LAUGH OUT LOUD on multiple occasions (which I rarely do when reading) hence the nifty 5 star rating.


  1. I have a feeling I'll be ordering this before too long, and it's all your fault :P

  2. Nymeth: LOL! I've got a few on my shelf because I couldn't resist after reading your reviews :o)
    "The Love We Share Without Knowing" was one of those books and I LOVED it.

  3. This sounds hilarious, Terri! I'll have to add it to my wish list. :-) Thanks for the great review.

  4. Literary Feline: It's a perfect choice when you just need some reading that will make you laugh.