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The Gnomewrench in the Dwarfworks (Gnomewrench #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  40 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A displaced group of dwarves lend their considerable skills in metalworking to the war effort -- and prove that the biggest heroes of World War II are also the smallest.
Mass Market Paperback, 359 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Ace (first published 1999)
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Sep 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: completed
This was a neat fantasy novel with a really cool idea about dwarves manufacturing items during world war II. Our hero, a 4-F human salesman discovers their factory and trouble ensues. He discovers that the dwarves are entangled with a group of evil gnomes.

Okay, I don't want to ruin it for anyone. This book was fun, but very mediocre in its author's ability to further the plot and bring it to a satisfying conclusion. It had a few strong moments, but not enough to justify a 359 page novel.

I woul
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I've just finished reading this and, to be honest, am still not sure what I thought of it!! I did enjoy the read - the premise and plot was fun, entertaining and unique as far as I know. My only problem was the lack of twists and turns I like - this was a bit simple. The bit with Kristen and Grady's refusal of her was just confusing; no real explanantion was given for it. But I did like the book and will look out for other things by this author.
David Brawley
Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I really wanted to like this one more. It’s a concept that has a lot of potential, but the author just couldn’t pull it off. The best I can say about it is that he doesn’t screw it up, but he doesn’t do anything good with it either.

The characters are a little flat, and the pacing just seemed off. The evil gnomes... well, they aren’t really like any gnomes I know, more like little demons, and I kept getting the wrong mental image.
Elliot Jaffe
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nice book set in the US during WWII. Lots of engineering references and a melancholy storyline. I enjoyed reading it.
Larry Wegman
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Larry by: Cheryl Wegman, Sam Wegman
World War II on the home front, with fantasy creatures on both sides. Pretty good.
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, history
I admit, I picked this up at the library purely because it looked ridiculous. Dwarves and evil gnomes filling defense contracts in WWII America?

It was actually really good, and I want a movie.
Heather Pearson
Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it
this was a fun and totally amusing story
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Nicely set up, but I the plot got murky in the middle, and I'm not sure why some things happened the way they did.

I will probably look for any sequels.
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