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A Climbing Stock by Andrew Hiller
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2017-shelf, economics, fantasy, worldbuilding-sf, humor

What a pleasant surprise! I expected a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk but I didn't expect it to drill down this deep or have quite this much traditional Fantasy adventure including so many dragons and cows and amazingly powerful Corporate Giants getting involved in the whole sordid mess of losing an economic empire.

What?

Yeah! Economic empire and boardroom situations and fire-breathing battles!

Not to mention great wordplay and situational humor. I'll never forget the whole sequence of the Prince and the great artist Buck that depicted the great Kingdom's White House and the portrait of his father George Washington. :)

Seriously. There's a whole lot of Bull in this book. Literally. Or should I say that the golden calf and the religion it has spawned is a true delight? Or how much I love the fact that a Dragon can become a Cow. :)

Don't be a Jack! The corporate world is a real killer!

I was caught on the first page and even though the build-up in the novel was slightly slow for me, the situational humor in the Fantasy and the juxtaposition of the whole corporate world ideas kept me fully invested until the action took off and blew me away. :)

I chuckled quite consistently and the ending was extremely satisfying. :)

Even though I consider the author a friend, I need to reiterate that this is a truly unbiased review.

Thank you for the great read, Andrew!
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Reading Progress

December 28, 2016 – Shelved
December 28, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
January 8, 2017 – Started Reading
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017-shelf
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: economics
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: fantasy
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: worldbuilding-sf
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: humor
January 9, 2017 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Meran (new)

Meran Sounds ~very interesting! I'm intrigued..


Bradley It's very clever! :)


Andrew Hiller Ugh... now, I'm more conflicted. I'm not sure whether to re-release it myself or to try to go through traditional means!

Excited to read that the book still works.


Andrew Hiller What do you all think?


Bradley As the old Chinese curse goes: May You Live In Interesting Times. That's the publishing industry for you. *sigh*


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