L.A. (Escape From) Reviewer
on May 25, 2011 :
As a longtime fantasy reader, I've been more than a little intrigued by Elizabeth Ann Pierce's foray into `suburban fantasy'. This `sub' genre (pun intended!) of fantasy is a little lighter, a little less noir than many offerings of late.
By bringing in creatures who've just `moved in' from the fantasy realm, Pierce's `Suburbia' meets all expectations, and then some. And it does so with good-natured humor, genuinely interesting characters, and more than a dash of heart.
Proving that no good deed goes unpunished, Masaman the Troll - who lives under Philly's 34th street bridge - prevents a would-be jumper from committing suicide, ending up with a house in the suburbs as his reward. Kind, but civilizationally challenged (he's a cab driver during the day, what do you expect?), he serves as the focal character in a timely fish-out-of-water story.
The plot gets even more enjoyable as Pierce assembles a cast of characters to help out Masaman's transition - a bunch of over-caffinated goblins, a grumpy dwarf moonlighting as a P.I., and a zombie-fied interior decorator. The challenge? Winning acceptance to a skeptical neighborhood - all while some unknown antagonist attempts to pin petty crimes on the new troll-neighbor.
If you're looking for a sunnier take on fantasy, this book is a superb place to start!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on May 25, 2011 :
Very enjoyable. Makes us realize that trolls,goblins,zombies and other fairy folk are people too.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on April 14, 2011 :
What an enjoyable story! So very pleasant to read a book that isn't based on death/destruction/sex and that is written with humor and includes trolls (my favorite), zombies and goblins along with humans.
The story includes so many possible sequels that all I can say is, "Please!"
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)