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The Dwarves of Whiskey Island (Cleveland Portal #2)

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Kline Maxwell was a serious political reporter, covering the City Hall beat for the Cleveland Press. He wasn't interested in working on "fuzzy gnome" stories, or any of the other unbelievable tales that should end up only in sensationalist rags. But twelve years ago a magical Portal had opened into Cleveland, a Portal that had ruined much of Clevel
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Daw Books
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Aleina Louriano
May 03, 2015 Aleina Louriano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We're back in Cleveland, Ohio with magical creatures. This was an interesting story since it focused more on the dwarves in the city. I enjoyed the story overall. The writing was detailed and the original characters came back with a new mystery to solve. My only problem was that Kline Maxwell was back to solving mysteries again, but he still wasn't a detective. The story progresses at a good pace. The story sticks with the original plot, but with each new discovery the plot becomes more complex. ...more
Love it! This book is even more exciting than the first. If you've read the first book, you gotta check this one out for sure. The plot is bigger and much scarier, and I was honestly worried how the ending would end.

One of the things that I really liked about this story was how the main character shows more of his fatherly and loving side to his daughter, who comes into a larger play in the plot. I liked the writing style this time around too, it was easy to follow and the change in events seeme
Joshua Palmatier
Feb 02, 2010 Joshua Palmatier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dwarves of Whiskey Island is the second book in the Cleveland Portal series from S. Andrew Swann. I've read and reviewed the first book as well (The Dragons of the Cuyahoga) but the series is set up so that each book can be read individually. You don't need anything from the first book to follow or understand this second one.

And the second one is better than the first in my opinion. The first has it's interesting points, because the world he created--one in which Cleveland is suddenly inunda
A.G. Macdonald
Despite the fact that I had low hopes for this (I picked it up in a bargain bin), I actually found it to be okay, until I reached the end and it turned to a heap of narrative mush.
Sean H
Aug 11, 2015 Sean H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can easily recommend it.

The two things I liked most about it were:

1. Non-convential setting mixes high fantasy, urban fantasy, the occult and municipal politics in Cleveland, OH.
2. Protagonist isn't some kind of special ubermensch/chosen one. He's a regular guy thrust into extraordinary circumstances and has to make make due with little more than his wits.
Aug 31, 2008 Karl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second fantasy in a fine new series. I recommend it highly.
Sep 23, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ebook
Not worth the nightmares it gave me.
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S. Andrew Swann is the primary pseudonym of Steven Swiniarski, who also writes as S.A. Swiniarski, Steven Krane, and S.A. Swann.
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