Barbra Annino - Gnome Wars: A Short Tale

Thursday, March 13, 2014

15. Gnome Wars: A Short Tale by Barbra Annino (2011)
The Adventures of the Fae Realm Series Book 1
Length: 19 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 13 March 2014
Where did it come from? From Amazon
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 2 January 2014
Why do I have it? This ebook was a free download from Amazon, although I certainly want to read more short stories. I also like fantasy and Barbra Annino is a new author for me.

When Doug Baker moved into his new apartment, the last thing he expected was to inherit a gnome with a nasty temper and a serious case of territorial jealousy. But that's exactly what he got with Leroy. Apparently the little troublemaker saw absolutely nothing wrong with misplacing Doug's keys, hiding the remote control for the television and cracking the refrigerator door open just long enough to allow the milk to spoil.

Doug has tried just about everything he can think of to get rid of the annoying little pest, but Leroy refuses to leave. Between having to walk three miles back to his apartment in the freezing rain, because Leroy snagged his wallet and left Doug with no bus fare; to shelling out one hundred bucks to his irate landlord when a heavy, very expensive glass paperweight is mysteriously hurled through a window; to getting punched in the gut by his girlfriend when she discovers a strategically placed earring beside his bathroom sink - Doug is convinced that Leroy is a menace, although he can't for the life of him figure out why the blasted gnome is causing him such grief.

Determined to get rid of Leroy once and for all, Doug is just about at the end of his rope when he meets Trina. She may seem to be one sandwich shy of a full picnic, but the cute, bouncy shop owner claims to have the answer to all his problems. The Realm of the Fae is about to be unveiled, and for Doug Baker, there will be no turning back.

First of all, let me tell you that despite the humorous plot and fairy-tale like quality of the story, this book may not be to everyone's taste. I must admit that I was looking for something fast and fun to read, when I picked up Gnome Wars: A Short Tale on Thursday night. To be perfectly honest, I've been somewhat stalled with my reading for the past couple of days - not too badly - but just enough to know that I need a tiniest bit of a nudge into March.

I've never read anything by Barbra Annino before, although I may have some more of her books on my TBR pile, I'll have to see. Anyway, I certainly found what I was looking for with this book. It was funny, fast-paced, and left me wanting more Adventures of the Fae Realm. I give this book an A! 

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often