• Title: Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword
  • Author: Tee Morris
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Podiobook
  • Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword Chicago There are a thousand stories in the naked city and when you re a dwarf at four foot one they all look that much taller It is The Era of Prohibition where crime runs rampant in the stre
    Chicago, 1929 There are a thousand stories in the naked city and when you re a dwarf at four foot one, they all look that much taller It is The Era of Prohibition, where crime runs rampant in the streets and a city divided into territories serves as the ultimate prize Somewhere in this Underworld of Chicago, an enchanted weapon holds the key to ending The Gangland Wa Chicago, 1929 There are a thousand stories in the naked city and when you re a dwarf at four foot one, they all look that much taller It is The Era of Prohibition, where crime runs rampant in the streets and a city divided into territories serves as the ultimate prize Somewhere in this Underworld of Chicago, an enchanted weapon holds the key to ending The Gangland Wars In the wake of The St Valentine s Day Massacre, only one is man enough to stand up against Al Capone a four foot one dwarf named Billibub Baddings Billi, as his friends come to know him, is a working stiff dwarf in the all too human sized world of Chicago Seems that a brood of orcs and a renegade warlock had opened a Portal of Oblivion in his homeworld and was planning to submerge his nine lands of Acryonis into an Age of Darkness Billi had managed to throw a monkey wrench into those plansbut not before getting himself caught in the pull of that portal When he came to, he found himself in the heart of The Windy City during The Roaring Twenties After dealing with trolls, goblins, and rock dragons, Al Capone and Bugs Moran are about as intimidating as choir boys Billi sets himself up as a tough talking, waist high, straight dealing detective, and business was looking bleak, until a dark eyed beauty crossed his threshold with the case that involved the mob, the upper crust of Chicago society, and Billi s past Get ready for The Lord of the Rings written by Mickey Spillane Poking fun at the hard boiled detective novel, Fantasy mainstays, and even the legend of Chicago s 1920 underworld

    One Reply to “Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword”

    1. I listened to this book on mp3 from podiobooks while I was rollerblading last summer. It's light, fast paced and fun, with a sometimes dry wit. This is not Hemmingway, nor is it intended to be. It's a modern twist on the old crime noir genre: "The dame walked into my office. I remember it like it was yesterday. She had two 38's and a gun . . ."

    2. Another good read from Tee Morris! I put off listening to this podcast for some reason, and when I needed something to listen to I finally downloaded it and have to admit that I enjoyed it more than I had expected to. Stupid of me to have that expectation because I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I've heard by Tee Morris.Tee has a way of taking a story and making it one that you hate to leave and can't wait to get back to. He puts just enough male/female sexual attraction in without it being [...]

    3. So imagine hypothetical novel about a detective who is recent immigrant from Belgium. The plot of this novel does have certain amount of material that has to do with Belgium, so it would make sense for this character to explain the necessary details to the plot via narration, right? But probably not drag the story into extended asides about how such and such situation reminds him of Belgium or how Belgian deal with such and such situations. The main main character should have character traits be [...]

    4. Billibub Baddings is an ax yielding dwarf of Gryfennos who finds himself accidentally dropped into a library of the human worldof Chicago after falling into a portal. He teaches himself the language and catches up on current events. Along with the reading in the library to get to know the world he is now in, he enjoyed the fiction stories of Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then trying to figure out what work to do, he figured with his military skills as a dwarf and what he loved he would be [...]

    5. This book is a lot of fun. Billibub is a dwarf thrown into detective noir world, just the mix of elements is really fun I'd like to see more of. Why not elven Sci-fi? Orcs in Steampunk? Vampire Romance? nevermind.Morris makes Billi a great character who feels real, despite not meshing with his surroundings. He really sticks out with a different way of thinking compared to the people of 1920s Chicago.And the world has a stability too. It feels like the 20s you see or read in other stories, instea [...]

    6. Here's an exercise.Go and read a Damon Runyon short story. Something by Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler will probably do as well, but I know Runyon, so I say Runyon. One of his pieces is linked from his article.Now take a look at the preview of this book.See the difference in the writing?If you don't see the difference, you may enjoy this one.Of course, it's a little unfair to compare anyone to those masters, but if someone is writing a hard-boiled detective story, even mashed up with an e [...]

    7. With the introduction of Billibub Baddings, Tee Morris firmly establishes himself as master of the Dwarf-noir genre. This is a great character in a unique and rich setting. An excellent bit of story-telling, surprising, gritty and just a bit naughty.

    8. Well produced free audio book. I love the paper back version as well. Listened to this three times, read twice.

    9. Billibub Baddings is a survivor. A blokey bloke sort, the dwarf is accustomed to battle, to adjusting to his surroundings. But when, in the midst of battle in his home, Acryonis, he gets a bit too close to a portal, life as he knew it ends. He is transformed to 1927 Chicago, smack dab in the stacks of the Chicago Public Library.Billi, a sarcastic, funny guy is forced through the portal and into Chicago and is given few options. One of which, surviving, is an opportunity he won’t squander. Inst [...]

    10. Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword by Tee Morris is a melding of two of my favorite genres: traditional fantasy and the noir, hard-boiled detective tales of such characters as Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. In many ways you get what you expect here: a tough but endearing detective, plenty of buxom babes, and a colorful cast of villains, some dim-witted, others cunning. Taking place in 1920's Chicago, the kicker and what sets this novel apart [...]

    11. If you think the idea of mixing the classic detective-genre novel (think Rex Stout, or any other tale where all the broads look like Jessica Rabbit, and a private dick's best friends are his piece and a bottle of liquor stashed in his desk) with classic genre fantasy (dwarves, elves, and enchanted talismans) is just the most brilliant concept you've heard of all week, well, then this might be the book for you.Falling through a Portal of Oblivion and landing in Al Capone's Chicago, a Dwarf Warrio [...]

    12. "Chicago, 1929. There are a thousand stories in the naked city; and when you're a dwarf at four-foot-one, they all look that much taller."That gives you the sense of the story. Billibub was sucked into a mysterious portal from his own magical world to that of 1929 Chicago where instead of orcs he must do battle with guys like Al Capone. Using his warrior abilities the best way that a dwarf of his talents can, Billibub becomes a P.I.I remember listening to this when it first came out and it is th [...]

    13. I first meet Tee and WesterCon when it was in Calgary Alberta Canada. I had been to a panel with him on it. When I saw the book for sale in the dealers room I bought it. A little while latter I was in the hotel lobby reading the book and laughing out loud. After that I paneled stalked Tee. I went back to the dealers room and bought his two other books. Latter I had them signed by the author. I bought the second Billibub Baddings novel as soon as it came out and have been waiting for more. I have [...]

    14. I loved this book! I really need to get a new copy. I lent my old one out to a friend and haven't seen it since.Billibub (Billi for short), is a dwarf from the fantasy world Gryfennos who was transported to 1928 Chicago in a magical accident. He can't go home as far as he knows, so he uses the skills he developed as a captain of a saboteur squad to work as a P.I. There are several nods to film-noir, Sam Spade-esque styles of writing here, and Morris's signature humor also shines through.Tee, Y U [...]

    15. Tee Morris was already one of my favorite authors for his Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana Book 1, and he does not disappoint with this book. The podiobook version has great production and amazing voice talent, and really brings the story to life, but it all starts with the writing. A great read and listen.

    16. Billibub Baddings is a dwarf in the throes of war with the Black Orcs. In the midst of battle he falls through a portal of oblivion and ends up in 1929 Chicago. Sometime after becoming a private detective, a beautiful woman enters his office and hires him to find out why her boyfriend (who is Al Capone's right hand man) was killed. A fantasy/mystery genre, there is a great mix of action, humor, suspense, and romance. This story was fun to read.

    17. So, to what genra does this belong? Historical urban fantasy? Whatever it is, its a rollicking good read. Looking at late 1920's Chicago through the eyes of a displaced Dwarf from an epic fantasy world turned private investigator is just a hoot. This is one of 2 books which involve the main character. I hope that at some point in the future that the author will blow the dust off the battle axe and we'll get some more tales about a certain 4 foot tall gumshoe.

    18. Overall an easy book to enjoy, the characters and style of the story made it easy to listen too. I listened to this book as it was coming out on PodioBooks and found myself waiting for the next chapter.As this book was released to print, I did have to buy it and reread it, always fun looking for those little things that were missed while listening. I have normally looked to Tee Morris as a non-fiction author, but his fiction works have also won me over.

    19. I loved it! It had me laughing all the way through. The story was great to, I couldn't put this one down, and never became bored. I really liked the melding of the fantasy and mystery genres. Who would have thought that would work? But this here book is proof that it shines. I can't wait to read Pitcher's Pendant!

    20. What a great idea, a dwarf from a fantasy world dumped in the mobster world of 1928 Chicago as a private eye. The book has everything this genre needs, humor, cool guys - pardon me - dwarves, hot girls und evil gangsters. Who needs film noire if there is the dwarf noir genre available? You can listen to the whole book read by the autor for free at podiobooks.

    21. This was a fun and distracting little story. Funny concept: dwarf from a magical world is thrown into 1929 Chicago and faces off against Al Capone etc but it was a little heavy handed at times. Forced cliches and "down home" kind of sayings, and the writing in general wasn't terribly good. But the story was fun, and it's nice to read something fun and dumb sometimes.

    22. This is an amazing mix of Fantasy and Crime Noir. Two genre's that you would not expect to mesh well at all. I DL'ed the podiobook version and Tee Morris not only wrote a wonderfully humorous Story, but also put in some grade 'A' audio production. You will think you have been taken back the to day's of great radio drama's!!!! I completely recommend this book.

    23. Hard to put down story with a hard-boiled dwarf detective, interspersed with references to the titular hero's fantasy homeworld. I've listened to the audiobook version and it had an exciting cast of guest stars (from Podiobooks fame).

    24. Gritty send-up of the noir detective and sword & sorcery fantasy at the same time. A great mystery and a hysterical read, as well. The full-cast audiobook is a performance to be remembered. I've never heard better.Remember, friends: Dwarves may be short, but they're not small.

    25. GREAT book! I listened to the podiocast and am impressed by the readers and sound effects. I'll definitely look for the next Billi Baddings book!

    26. I listened to the audio version of this some years ago and really enjoyed the story and the performances. It was a fun book.

    27. This is a fantastic story. I listened to it on Podiobooks. The production values are excellent and the story engaging and rich. Defiantly give this one a try.

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