Too Many Curses

Too Many Curses

A. Lee Martinez / Oct 21, 2019

Too Many Curses From the Alex Award winning author of Gil s All Fright DinerMargle the Horrendous takes special pride in never killing his enemies Instead the wizard transforms them into various accursed forms and l

  • Title: Too Many Curses
  • Author: A. Lee Martinez
  • ISBN: 9780765318350
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the Alex Award winning author of Gil s All Fright DinerMargle the Horrendous takes special pride in never killing his enemies Instead, the wizard transforms them into various accursed forms and locks them away in his castle His halls are filled with his collection of fallen heroes and defeated villains.It s Nessy s duty to tend this castle It s a lot of work, but sFrom the Alex Award winning author of Gil s All Fright DinerMargle the Horrendous takes special pride in never killing his enemies Instead, the wizard transforms them into various accursed forms and locks them away in his castle His halls are filled with his collection of fallen heroes and defeated villains.It s Nessy s duty to tend this castle It s a lot of work, but she takes pride in housekeeping talents that keep the castle from collapsing into chaos But when Margle suddenly dies, everything begins to unravel Nessy finds herself surrounded by monsters, curses, a door that should never be opened, and one very deadly dark wizardess.Nessy doesn t have might or magic on her side she s just a kobold short, furry, and sensible It would be smarter to walk away, but taking care of the castle is Nessy s job, and that s just what she intends to do.If only she could find time to polish the silver while beating back the forces of darkness.

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    About "A. Lee Martinez"

      • A. Lee Martinez

        A Lee Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas At the age of eighteen, for no apparent reason, he started writing novels Thirteen short years and a little over a dozen manuscripts later, his first novel, Gil s All Fright Diner, was published His hobbies include juggling, games of all sorts, and astral projecting Also, he likes to sing along with the radio when he s in the car by himself.


    1. 'The fate of the universe didn't rest in the hands of giants. It could be found in the littlest things.' This book is a true gem. I don't know if you need to be in the right mood for this kind of fantasy or what but I loved every single hilarious and sad moment of it. If you've enjoyed Terry Pratchett's Discworld and the craziness of Ankh-Morpork then you definitely won't be disappointed by Too Many Curses, only on a much smaller scale. It takes place in one castle, after all.Meet Nessy. She is [...]

    2. A horrible comedy with some serious undertones, of the kind that Terry Pratchett remains the undisputed master of, for me. There is enough room in the genre for other voices that like to play with the tropes of fantasy and turn our expectations upside down. Diana Wynne Jones, Jim C Hines, Tom Holt, Christopher Moore are the names I'm already familiar with. A. Lee Martinez is the newest member of this club for me, withToo Many Cursesbeing my second foray into his works.The setting of this fun rom [...]

    3. I really didn't get into this one as much as the rest of Martinez's work. The story line was intriguing but just didn't hold a spark to make me want to rave about it. My opinion, of course.

    4. This one is a lot of fun: a quick pace, lots of humor, a clever problem, and a very likeable protagonist. Martinez keeps the navel-gazing under control (but still includes his usual theme of individual identity as distinct from origin) and lets the story take the front seat.It's a puzzle piece. Our heroine is Nessy. She's a magician's housekeeper. She's a recidivist magician's domestic, actually, since Margle the Horrendous is her third employer, which means she's either very good as a housekeep [...]

    5. I really love books that crack me up. Big time.I tried so hard not to burst into laughter while on the bus -- and ended up smiling idiotically to myself instead. I'm officially a fan of this author now. He knows how to make me laugh out loud!The Story:Nessy is a kobold (look up what a kobold is if you're clueless) and is the only servant in dark wizard Margle's castle. But when Margle returned with a Nurgax egg which broke open by accident, he was devoured by the odd creature. Nessy being the se [...]

    6. "Not every employer had been maliciously insane, but all had carried unhealthy oddities of personality."An enjoyable enough read from Martinez, not nearly as side-splittingly hilarious as Gil's All Fright Diner but it had its moments. Martinez is very good at creating characters that seem quite real in amongst all the chaos and that holds true in Curses as well, it just didn't quite tickle my funnybone as much as some of his other books. 2 stars: it was ok

    7. There's nothing like a comic fantasy, especially when you've recently read a realistic tragedy. The protag of this book is Nessy, a kobold, which is a creature with human intelligence and a dog's body. She works as a housekeeper in the castle of an evil wizard, and she is by no means alone. The castle is full of cursed souls who got on the wrong side of the wizard and who want nothing more than to see him dead so they can go back to their old forms. The most prominent of these is Sir Thaddeus, w [...]

    8. Very cute. It reminded me a bit of a cuter, funnier Simon R. Green book just because he likes to come up with a ton of crazy ideas in each of his Nightside or Eddie Drood/Secret Histories books too. But Green often doesn't bother working the wild monsters or mysterious people into his stories, he just has the main characters describing them in countless pages or minutes of audio that have nothing to do with the plot, like tour masters of the weird. Martinez does a much better job in this book of [...]

    9. It went by quickly. Very imaginative. Aklittle too much on the cute side for me, but I will read his other books.

    10. Funny and sweet. Nessy the kobold, who enjoys nothing more than Polishing Day, takes on a whole castle full of troubles like a Hell Hound, a Beast That Should Not Be, and an insane wizard (which it turns out is a redundant expression, since all wizards are mad), accompanied by an assortment of cursed heros like Sir Thedeus, a fruit bat, and Echo, a disembodied voice. Not to mention the nurgax, and the Sword in the Cabbage. Nessy is resourceful, pragmatic, and merciful, even to characters like Da [...]

    11. What can I say, I'm a sucker for funny fantasy novels. And the way that Nessy is just so relentlessly practical plays brilliantly off of the ridiculous fantastic situations that she finds herself in. She's a great character, especially when contrasted with the absurdity of everyone else in the castle.

    12. I'll admit I almost put the book down because the description of the MC's familiar was too goofy. If it bothers you, I recommend you keep reading anyway. It turned out to be one of my favorite books this year. It's a really light-hearted and touching ensemble story. I loved it.

    13. This book just leaves a warm, fuzzy feeling despite all the horrendously evil things it mentions. As always, Martinez' books are a delight to read.

    14. I have nothing negative to say about this book beyond the fact that it read kind of like a young adult book. I've got nothing against YA books, but I've found that I don't enjoy reading them. There just seems to be a simplicity to them that prevents me from really enjoying them. Kind of like bubble gum - it starts off with a great flavour, but then quickly becomes tasteless. Although this book was engaging enough, it just seemed like it got where it was going early and then kept treading over th [...]

    15. Usually an entire novel's worth of comedy is more than I can stand, but I really, really enjoyed Too Many Curses. I found the humor genuinely pleasing -- it's well-timed, very imaginative, and not at all mean-spirited -- but I think what really drew me in was the fact that this book coincidentally hits a number of my sweet spots:(1) There's a stock fantasy setting, but the protagonist is the kind of being who's normally cannon fodder or otherwise disposable and not individualized in a stock fant [...]

    16. Margle is a malevolent mage. He doesn't kill his enemies(or even those he just feels slighted him in some small way) since that would be too quick of a punishment. Instead, he curses them by transforming them into something or making them a wandering spirit. All of these cursed individuals are trapped inside his castle. Nessy is a kobold in his employ. It is her task to keep the castle clean and in running order. Nessy is highly practical and efficient and fully expects to die a violent death at [...]

    17. Nessy is the servant of a dark wizard named Nargle, her job is to keep his cursed castle in relative order. Which is kind of difficult considering her master's penchant for cursing his enemies and collecting them in his castle. Nessy has her hands full with haunted staircases, bleeding walls, and gargoyles that won't stop talking when they need to be polished.Nessy is at peace with her place in the world though, and takes pride in her work. That is, until her master gets swallowed by a nargax. N [...]

    18. I read this book in one day. It's a quick read, which makes it an enjoyable beach book if nothing else. I read it in a single day, though, because it was nearly impossible to put down. And when I did put it down, to eat or to bathe or to work, I felt guilty for abandoning Nessy and her squad of accursed rabble in their battle against a sentient, mostly evil but slightly good castle. I have yet to read a book by A Lee Martinez that I don't like, and after reading this one, I realized that what ca [...]

    19. Nessy is the keeper of a powerful wizard’s castle. She makes sure the floors are swept, the bleeding wall is regularly mopped, and the strange creatures in the dungeons are fed the right foods at appropriate intervals. Once the wizard inadvertently gets himself killed, it’s up to Nessy to keep the castle and its inhabitants from the possibility of even greater harm than the usual mix of magical nonsense running awry.Oddly enough, I’d recommend this book to stay-at-home Moms, and/or people [...]

    20. This was probably one of the most enjoyable, fun reads that I have read in quite some time. Nessy is a kobold (similar to a dog but with human intelligence) who's job is to tend the castle of the evil wizard Margle. Margle's castle is full of beings under strange curses that require full time attention. One day Margle meets an unusual fate and Nessy is left to take charge of things. This was a quick fun read that was full of silliness and humor and characters that touch the heart. Nessy is small [...]

    21. Wowjust wow(see why I am not a professional book reviewer?? ) I absolutely loved this book--like his other books, this one is a giddy mix of fantasy, horror, comedy, and strangely a morality tale. It centers around a kobold called Nessy who defies you not to love her and her tending to the castle of a wicked sorcerer. The book is funny, suspenseful and charming--the addition of Nessy (most of his lead characters leave a bit to desired in the morality department) is so heartwarming--it sounds odd [...]

    22. While churning out lightweight fantasy, Martinez is doing a nice job of keeping it fresh. His works are easy to read, amusing, and decently thought through from the initial premises. What more can you ask? +1 for Nessy, the unlikeliest of heroines. Some of the other characters might have been better, but that's just my taste. There are some nods to Harry Potter concepts, but of course quite a few of the Potter concepts weren't at all new either. This - or any Martinez - is just the book to read [...]

    23. A light-hearted, funny book about the evil wizard Margle who has imprisoned his enemies in his castle, after turning them into bats, wall-dwellers, gargoyles, and other comical fantasy creatures.When Margle goes missing, the creatures band together, to try to break the evil curse and restore them to their prior forms.

    24. Not as good as Divine Misfortune or A Nameless Witch but still has that great humor and instantly likable characters. Nessy is just a great heroine and Decapitated Dan just has an awesome flair. Martinez's humor is very much like Terry Pratchett's. I love the way he makes a character that's supposed to be evil or crazy so natural.

    25. Martinez writes very strange tongue in cheek books, the morale of this one is: don't mess with the help. A fun read once book.

    26. Not quite the awesome-ness that was Gil's - still a great read. On the top-10 list for best fantasy protagonist ever!

    27. This book is hilarious. It's a good thing I read this at home and not on the train or somewhere in public because people would be staring at me for laughing like a hyena. Too Many Curses will cheer you up if you're having a shitty day as well. Nessy is a kobold. If my memory serves me they're like the German version of a brownie and a badger put together. Like their Celtic counterparts, if you mistreat a kobold they will create chaos in your home or spoil the milk or just make you hate your life [...]

    28. wowrarely have I ever enjoyed an audiobook as much as this one.Now the story itself is great, full of clever little twists and nods of the head to other authors and tales, and it mostly certainly sits in the fantasy category. Martinez is a clever writer, finding unusual paths through an entertaining story. I am yet to read a bad.or perhaps I should sayring book for the author. All have been immensely entertaining, and I have to say there was a little sorrow finishing this one and realising I was [...]

    29. This story was absolutely adorable. It’s about what it’s like to live in a fantasy world when you’re not the main character. The name of the book comes from the various cursed enemies the wizard has trapped in his house, who Nessy is responsible for feeding and tending. Like Nessy, they’ve all adjusted to the domestic routine after whatever dramatic thing the master of the castle has done to them. All the wondrous magical hoopla is every day life for them, and it’s very sweetly humorou [...]

    30. *** Possible Spoilers ***If you like frivolous fantasy along such lines as The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett, then you'll love this. When an evil sorcerer - a top ranked evil sorcerer no less - has an accident and perishes, then his magic starts to come unraveled. But this was a sorcerer who was, perhaps, a bit too clever for himself. He arranged matters for himself so that he couldn't die - yet his body was certainly gone - and as a result he finds himself locked in a state of limbo. As a [...]

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