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The Spiral Tattoo  

Book Title: The Spiral Tattoo
An Elanore and Gurt Tale

Author: Michael J. Parry

Read an excerpt from The Spiral Tattoo

Format: eBook
Publisher: Sky Warrior Book Publishing
Publication Date: January 01, 2011

Product Information

 Law comes in two sizes: six inches and eight feet.
Elanore, the eight-foot tall troll, and Gurt, the six-inch tall (don't you dare call me a fairy) Eleinu, both guardsmen in the city of Delvenport, tackle their most baffling case yet.  When they find a dead waitress, naked except for an intricate tattoo in a spiral across her body, they're launched into an adventure in the seedier side of  Delvenport, filled with rogue mages, prostitution, and narcotics.  
But can they solve the case before madness and riots take over the city?
The popular Podiobook is now a full-length novel.

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Customer Reviews

Ali 2012-01-28

This is the first novel from Michael J Parry, based on a story originally released as a serial podcast, and its great; reading like a blend of Terry Pratchett and Kim Harrison, with fast paced action, witty dialogue and an interesting storyline.

The Spiral Tattoo is a fantasy murder mystery, not quite urban fantasy, but has a similar feel, set in a more traditional fantasy environment, with our two protagonists being Gurt, an Eleniu (fairy) whos a smart mouth little arse, and also the main voice of the story; and Elanore, a troll who happens to be a freak of nature, being blessed with above average intelligence, and for some reason, the need to speak very formally. These two have a couple of murders to solve and a drug ring to bust,

Mr Parry has two major things going for him with The Spiral Tattoo, an excellent opening paragraph, and a really fantastic last chapter, and the bits in the middle will happily get a reader from a to b.

Although I enjoyed the premise and delivery of the story, I found the dialogue very difficult in many places and I didnt actually like our main character, Gurt, which made it harder to form an emotional connection to the story.

Our other character, Elanore, is supposed to be a very articulate troll, with an insistence of speaking very correct English, so we have a lot of we would have rather than wedve. This is, again, an interesting idea, but didnt quite hit the mark. It wasnt delivered in an overly formal manner of perhaps aristocracy or even the stilted formal style made famous by Mr Spock, but just as a language void of any form of slang. This made for very difficult and clumsy dialogue, particularly as it wasnt always consistent, and I found the unnatural flow of the conversation kept throwing me out of the story just as I was starting to get engrossed.

Which led me to notice Gurt and his moralising

Gurt tells us hes not a prude, but my gosh the things those people were doing on stage, in a strip club, and he spends a fair amount of time questioning the morals of the folks working in the brothel, the poor who are drinking in a bar, and wondering why poor would gamble their last dollar. If someone would please enlighten the poor upperclass snob fairy as to why these things happen in society Id be forever in your debt (Elanore, I believe its your job to slap a little social awareness into your partner).

But despite those annoyances (which are big ones for me, I loathe overt moralising in my fiction), I STILL enjoyed the story, which does rather imply its rather good really. If youre looking for an original, easy read, then The Spiral Tattoo is for you. It is a very addictive story. Im looking forward to hopefully reading a second book in the Gurt and Elanore world.

Bookdepository Fishpond (NZ) Fishpond (Au) Amazon Booktopia (Au)

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