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Mad Libs Reviewing

It surprises me sometimes how many people are uncomfortable reviewing books.  I don’t mean a professional, paid review for the New York Times, but just a note on the blog or Amazon or wherever.  A lot of people have told me they just don’t know what to say, or they don’t believe they can write a good review.

Fear not good people, for I have the solution.  Mad Libs Reviews take the stress from reviewing, and make for a much more entertaining read.  (In some cases, probably more entertaining than the actual book.)

If I were a programmer, I’d set up an app to do this automatically.  But I’m not, so we do it the old fashioned way.  Choose your words, then read your review of a hypothetical goblin book.  Feel free to share any particularly fun lines in the comments.  (But remember, this is a family-friendly blog.)

Have fun, and tune in next week when I use Mad Libs to write the promo piece for THE SNOW QUEEN’S SHADOW!

1. Noun: ________________
2. Noun: ________________
3. Adverb: ________________
4. Animal: ________________
5. Verb: ________________
6. Noun: ________________
7. Name: ________________
8. Verb: ________________
9. Adjective: ________________
10. Noun: ________________
11. Adjective: ________________
12. Noun: ________________
13. Emotion: ________________

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I just finished reading Jim C. Hines’ latest novel, GOBLIN __________ (1).  In this book, Jig the goblin sets out with his fire spider Smudge to stop a crazed __________ (2) wizard.

The book starts out __________ (3), but really picks up around chapter three when Jig and Smudge encounter an angry were-__________ (4) who wants to __________ (5) them both.

Throughout the book, Jig continues to struggle with the events of GOBLIN WAR and the pressures of his new __________ (6).  A visit from __________ (7) only adds to his conflict,  until he begins to question whether he’ll ever be able to __________ (8) the goblin lair.

This is a __________ (9)1 addition to the goblin series, full of Hines’ traditional __________ (10).  The cover art was a bit __________ (11) for my taste, and Jig’s confrontation with the wizard’s __________ (12) at the end felt rushed.  Overall though, I expect fans of Jig Dragonslayer to be completely __________ (13) with the book.

  1. And completely imaginary!  Please don’t start e-mailing me to ask when the fourth goblin book is coming out, okay?

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
jhetley
Apr. 13th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
When's the fourth goblin book coming out?

(Hey, it isn't email . . .)
jimhines
Apr. 13th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thwap!
jhetley
Apr. 13th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Hey, it's a grumpy morning. I needed a wakeup *thwap!*
rkbwrites
Apr. 13th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
Love the icon.
jimhines
Apr. 13th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And likewise :-)
mtlawson
Apr. 13th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
Nice one, Jim. (Don't forget to have a proper noun in there sometime next time.)
jimhines
Apr. 13th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
So noted. Though for this kind of book, perhaps improper nouns would be more appropriate?
mtlawson
Apr. 13th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, so there'd be a PG and an R rated version?
jimhines
Apr. 13th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
Isn't that how it always ends up with Mad Libs?
mtlawson
Apr. 13th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
You know, I can't say I've every done an R-rated version of Mad Libs. The kids have been doing Star Wars Mad Libs, and I could only imagine what an R-rated version would sound like.

(Probably nothing like the ones they're creating right now with "fart" and "booger" in them.)
thanate
Apr. 13th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
I was once introduced to an ancient mac game that did pornographic madlibs. As this was with a group of college students, we tried one, started critiquing the format, and then went on to things with graphics that included post-apocalyptic landscapes with zombie babies in.
serialbabbler
Apr. 13th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
"This is a funny addition to the goblin series, full of Hines’ traditional kitty litter. The cover art was a bit dastardly for my taste, and Jig’s confrontation with the wizard’s kumquat at the end felt rushed."

I'm not at all surprised that the confrontation with the wizard's kumquat was rushed. Those kumquat scenes are so hard to get right.
jimhines
Apr. 13th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Now I want to use that first sentence as a cover blurb for the next book!

The kumquat scene was revised several times. In the first draft, it was a were-coconut.
sueo2
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
I have a mad-lib java script program somewhere in my arsenal of "stuff I put on websites'. If you'd like, I'll send it to you.
cscottd
Apr. 13th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
It mostly worked... :)
I just finished reading Jim C. Hines’ latest novel, GOBLIN SOUP. In this book, Jig the goblin sets out with his fire spider Smudge to stop a crazed boulder wizard.

The book starts out crazy, but really picks up around chapter three when Jig and Smudge encounter an angry were-badger who wants to swim them both.

Throughout the book, Jig continues to struggle with the events of GOBLIN WAR and the pressures of his new box. A visit from Bob only adds to his conflict, until he begins to question whether he’ll ever be able to dance the goblin lair.

This is a green addition to the goblin series, full of Hines’ traditional key. The cover art was a bit loud for my taste, and Jig’s confrontation with the wizard’s door at the end felt rushed. Overall though, I expect fans of Jig Dragonslayer to be completely peppy with the book.
jimhines
Apr. 13th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: It mostly worked... :)
Cool! Hm ... looks like maybe I need to be a little more specific with the categories for some of those words. But GOBLIN SOUP is a great book title, and a boulder wizard would be much fun to write :-)
scottakennedy
Apr. 13th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
I just finished reading Jim C. Hines’ latest novel, GOBLIN BACON. In this book, Jig the goblin sets out with his fire spider Smudge to stop a crazed bacconaise wizard.

The book starts out creamy, but really picks up around chapter three when Jig and Smudge encounter an angry were-wombat who wants to spelunk them both.

Throughout the book, Jig continues to struggle with the events of GOBLIN WAR and the pressures of his new fish. A visit from Mortimer only adds to his conflict, until he begins to question whether he’ll ever be able to shiver the goblin lair.

This is a wobbly addition to the goblin series, full of Hines’ traditional bacon. The cover art was a bit greasy for my taste, and Jig’s confrontation with the wizard’s eggs at the end felt rushed. Overall though, I expect fans of Jig Dragonslayer to be completely sated with the book.
jimhines
Apr. 13th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
All this book needs is a blurb from John Scalzi!

Also, were-wombat is awesome! Though I'm a bit disturbed by the idea of spelunking poor Jig...
kosarin
Apr. 13th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
Haha, maybe it should be specified when you are looking for transitive verb - I have absolutely no idea how a were-earthworm could lounge them both. Ha, your cover art was a little bit perfect for my taste (accurate!).
jjschwabach
Apr. 13th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Okay, I did have to change the form of one of my answers, but here goes...

I just finished reading Jim C. Hines’ latest novel, GOBLIN Potato . In this book, Jig the goblin sets out with his fire spider Smudge to stop a crazed hummock wizard.

The book starts out charily, but really picks up around chapter three when Jig and Smudge encounter an angry were-dingo who wants to feast them both.

Throughout the book, Jig continues to struggle with the events of GOBLIN WAR and the pressures of his new ptomaine. A visit from Veronica only adds to his conflict, until he begins to question whether he’ll ever be able to chase the goblin lair.

This is a shy addition to the goblin series, full of Hines’ traditional tomb. The cover art was a bit clear for my taste, and Jig’s confrontation with the wizard’s wasteland at the end felt rushed. Overall though, I expect fans of Jig Dragonslayer to be completely regretful with (of) the book.
thelauderdale
Apr. 13th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
I just finished reading Jim C. Hines’ latest novel, GOBLIN ARTICHOKE. In this book, Jig the goblin sets out with his fire spider Smudge to stop a crazed nitwit wizard. The book starts out brilliantly, but really picks up around chapter three when Jig and Smudge encounter an angry were-sloth who wants to skip them both.
Throughout the book, Jig continues to struggle with the events of GOBLIN WAR and the pressures of his new wrench. A visit from Alistair only adds to his conflict, until he begins to question whether he’ll ever be able to rumble the goblin lair.
This is a rancid addition to the goblin series, full of Hines’ traditional pickle. The cover art was a bit squalid for my taste, and Jig’s confrontation with the wizard’s pumice at the end felt rushed. Overall though, I expect fans of Jig Dragonslayer to be completely mournful with the book.


WILL Jig ever rumble the goblin lair? The world holds its breath...
thelauderdale
Apr. 14th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Wait a minute. Soup, bacon, potato, artichoke - everyone is picking FOOD for the fourth book title. What's up with that?
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