Jim C. Hines

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Jim C. Hines, 2017

Jim C. Hines (born April 15, 1974) is an American fantasy writer.


The Goblin Quest Series[edit]

All italics as in the books

Goblin Quest (2004)[edit]

All page numbers from the mass-market edition published by DAW Books, November 2006, ISBN 0-7564-0400-2
  • A wizard am I, whom many dread,
    With power like a God.
    So come with me to yonder bed,
    And see my mighty rod.
    • Chapter 3 (p. 42)
  • The most difficult part was letting yourself ignore the lies your eyes told. Eyes were like children. If they had nothing to say, they made things up.
    • Chapter 7 (p. 128)
  • “Earthmaker sounds like a useful person to have around,” Jig said.
    “Aye. He’s one who rewards his followers. Over a hundred years I’ve offered up my sacrifices and prayed to him for guidance. Far be it from me to guess the mind of a god, but I’m thinking he’ll not repay a century of service by letting us all die here.”
    Ryslind strolled to the dwarf’s side. “Yet for all of your devotion, your magic is still limited to those powers your god grants you. To be so dependent on the whim of a deity would be disturbing, to say the least.”
    “It’s called faith,” Darnak snapped. “And it’s a far cry safer than your wizardry. When’s the last time you heard about a priest blowing himself up after trying a new spell and waving three fingers instead of four?”
    • Chapter 8 (pp. 134-135)
  • Goblins didn’t pray. They had no use for gods, a disinterest matched only by the gods’ disdain for goblins.
    • Chapter 9 (p. 161)
  • Better the lesser of two oddities.
    • Chapter 9 (p. 168)
  • Logically, Jig knew he was safe. Logic, however, had only a single small voice, and was easily overwhelmed by panic.
    • Chapter 11 (pp. 203-204)
  • “Everywhere I go, I meet men like him,” Riana muttered. “Follow them into Straum’s lair or let them toss me into the dungeons. They offer you a choice between hells and expect you to thank them for it.”
    • Chapter 13 (p. 233)
  • Madmen in the noble line are as common as rat turds in the grain shed.
    • Chapter 13 (p. 238)
  • He hoped he hadn’t killed the guard. He had come here to help the goblins. Though eliminating some of the stupider guards might be construed as helping. He would have to think about that later.
    • Chapter 15 (p. 279)
  • Plans were for adventurers. He preferred the goblin approach. Blind panic might not work all the time, but at least it saved you the stress of planning.
    • Chapter 15 (p. 279)
  • Unfortunately for you, ignorance makes a poor shield.
    • Chapter 17 (p. 306)
  • He seemed to think that killing was something to be done only as a last resort. It was a strange philosophy, one that would take some getting used to.
    • Chapter 18 (p. 333)

Goblin Hero (2007)[edit]

All page numbers from the mass-market first edition published by DAW Books, ISBN 978-0-7564-0442-0
  • Despite common belief, the goblin language did include a word for trust. It was derived from the word for trustworthy, which in the goblin tongue, was the same as the word for dead.
    • Chapter 1 (pp. 19-20)
  • No night is so dark, no situation so dire, but the intervention of the gods cannot make it worse.
    • Chapter 3 (p. 42)
  • What do I do?
    Tymalous Shadowstar didn’t answer.
    Hello? A little help would be nice. Still nothing. It figured. There was never a god around when you needed one.
    • Chapter 3 (p. 49)
  • The difference between a Hero and an ordinary man is that when the ordinary man comes upon a flaming death swamp full of venomous dragon snakes, he turns around and goes home. The Hero strips down and goes for a swim.
    • Chapter 4 (p. 60)
  • Keep your enemies close, but your friends closer. That way your friends are between you and your enemies.
    • Chapter 7 (p. 117)
  • Jig’s life would be much simpler if she were dead. That more than anything else, convinced him she was still alive.
    • Chapter 10 (p. 183)
  • No plan survives the first encounter with your enemy, so why bother to make one?
    • Chapter 13 (p. 243)

Goblin War (2008)[edit]

All page numbers from the mass-market first edition published by DAW Books, ISBN 978-0-7564-0493-2
  • Jig had never worried about pursuing his destiny. Generally, destiny pursued him. Then it knocked him down and kicked him a few times for good measure.
    • Chapter 1 (p. 20)
  • The royal children have skulls of granite, it’s true, but they come by that honestly.
    • Chapter 2 (p. 51)
  • Maybe this was why gods stayed on another plane of existence. If they stayed here in the mortal world, their followers would be too tempted to punch them in the face.
    • Chapter 3 (p. 64)
  • If a god ever decides to talk to you, the best thing you can do is pretend you don’t hear him.
    • Chapter 7 (p. 144)
  • Cowardice is a far better survival trait than heroism.
    • Chapter 13 (p. 254)
  • Nobody dies faster than a tired soldier.
    • Chapter 14 (p. 276)
  • I’m told it’s very difficult to escape death once he adds your name to his list.
    • Chapter 16 (p. 301)
  • Don’t let your newfound title worry you. Having lived among goblins and their backstabbing, treacherous ways, you’re far better prepared for politics than most.
    • Chapter 17 (p. 331)

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