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Monday, May 14, 2012

Suburban Gnome Invasion by Julie Jansen

Suburban Gnome Invasion by Julie Jansen
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short story (11 pages)
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Astilbe

When gnomes takes up residence under a house in a suburban neighborhood, a human family realizes the wild creatures aren't your normal garden variety.

They’re a new breed, a mutated invasive species infiltrating North America. The animals are worse than rats, bats, possums, or raccoons. They’re extremely territorial and skilled with bows and poison arrows. When an unemployed dad is tasked with ridding his house of the nasty little pests he realizes he’s got his work cut out for him. The chore proves one that endangers not only his property value, but the lives of his family.

How far would you go to protect your family if your household was under siege?

Reading Suburban Gnome Invasion is like jumping into a cold lake on a hot summer day. A shock at first as you adjust to this new environment but once you’re fully immersed you’ll quickly get caught up in the intense conflict between the gnomes and Arnaldur and his family. This story is especially satisfying for anyone who has ever battled any kind of pest in their home. Bedbugs, cockroaches, fleas and ants have nothing on gnomes.

In a work as short as this one every word matters and Ms. Jansen excelled at packing a fascinating cast of characters into less than a dozen pages. The dialogue is clever and had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion.

I walked away wondering how humans first discovered the existence of gnomes in this universe and how the Department of Wildlife became responsible for gnome inquiries. Every conflict has more than one side to it. I also wonder what the gnomes would have to say about what happened. How much would they understand? Is there something going on in gnome civilization that would explain why the humans in this universe are suddenly dealing with so many more of them than usual?

The bottom line: this story is begging for a sequel. Hopefully Ms. Jansen agrees with me and has one in the works! In the meantime, if you’re looking for something that will be as fresh and funny on your tenth read as it was on your first look no further than Suburban Gnome Invasion.

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