Hunt for the Troll by Mark Richardson
Publisher: New Pulp Press
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Genre(s): Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Neo Noir, Science Fiction
Purchase: Kindle, Paperback
Source: Book Review Submission
It all starts when twenty-something software programming genius is visited while he sleeps by a mysterious figure referred to as the Troll. “We’re going to change the world,” the Troll tells the narrator. Soon we’re introduced to an assortment of off-beat characters: a red-haired, one-eared, female temptress; a pot-smoking tech reporter; a computer-generated Halfling; and a few venture capitalists who are all interested in finding the Troll. Mostly taking place in San Francisco, Hunt for the Troll is a quirky hybrid of mystery, pulp, and modern fairy tale.
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When I received the submission from Mark Richardson regarding his book, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. However, the title and the synopsis was enough to peak my interest. And boy am I glad I took that leap and read this book.
About three-fourths of the way through this book, I want to you to know that I started hunting for the troll myself and aspired to know WTF this book was going on.
Sure, you know the plot surrounds a guy who’s an awesome programmer and very much a loner, but how the hell does a troll fit into the picture? And why in the hell would he go looking for it anyway?
But it all gets sorted out, and in the end, there is this beautifully woven story that has taken you on an incredible journey.
I really hated that the book ended, but it wraps up very nicely.
There were tons of things that I loved in this this book, but I will just name a few: the part about the chessboard above the bed, Mr. Gosling (where can I find an old man like this?), Whitfield (reminds me of a hippie), the library at Mr. Gosling’s house and the comparison between jazz and chess.
Like most books I read, there were some words that jumped out at me that I enjoyed: pedantic, pizzazz, curmudgeon, banal, squalid, keemosabee.
I found myself agreeing with the main character about how we perceive people on the phone versus how they are in person, as well as, how he feels about coffee (the stronger the better, and it has a tendency to stave off my hunger at times too).
I’ve always wanted an indoor pool in a basement, and I got a little jealous when I read about Mr. Gosling having one.
I also honestly think passwords and security is bullshit, and this book just proved my theory (lol).
There were some unexpected twists that I won’t ruin. Just be sure you don’t go into this book with the mindset that you can figure everything out.
I personally feel like this book is fantastic! If I had a publishing company, books like this would be the stuff I’d publish. I’m definitely keeping Mark Richardson on my radar and will read other books he publishes.
What were your initial thoughts regarding Nika? How did you feel about Mr. Gosling’s offer? Did you feel like the main character made the right choices?
About the Author
Hunt for the Troll is Mark Richardson’s debut novel. His short fiction has appeared in Hobart, Segue, Crime Factory, Switchback, Prime Number Magazine, and elsewhere. Every Sunday he makes waffles. Visit: markrichardsonauthor.com
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