Book Review: Og-Grim-Dog: The Three-Headed Ogre (Me Three #1) by Jamie Edmundson
This humorous fantasy was a quick, easy-going read which poked fun at fantasy tropes, cast a jovial eye over some of the more annoying aspects of modern life and had a number of tongue-in-cheek fantasy book community jokes.
It follows the tale of the three-headed ogre Og-Grim-Dog who is a landlord in a bar called the Flayed Testicles. A stranger convinces him (them?! Three heads, 1 male body) to recount his tales of adventure from pre-landlord days. All the regulars listen intently as Og-Grim-Dog decides to begin in the middle…
It’s an amusing tale of when the ogre went ‘dungeoneering’ with a group of adventurers including a barbarian, an elf, a dwarf, a wizard and a cleric. Before they can raid and pillage dungeons though, they must sign up with the Bureau of Dungeoneering and fill in lots of paperwork that takes them round in circles (of course!). Because that’s the way of things now. Cue a visit to the non-human resources department…
But they soon find that the red tape has taken a lot of joy out of dungeoneering, so much so, that some members of the community are manipulating the system. Og-Grim-Dog decides to investigate.
Og-Grim-Dog is an amusing character. The three heads all have their own personalities and together they have managed to work out how to coordinate and survive. The other characters have just enough about them to make them memorable. Although I did like the elf Raya for her kindness and passion for drinking.
Comedic fantasy isn’t usually my thing, but every once in a while, I’m in the mood for it and this didn’t disappoint. This was an entertaining, easy read with the humour not too forced or cringe-worthy. I was amused by the little touches – like all the names of the various bars the ogre frequents.
If you’re in the mood for a fun fantasy tale with a simple plot that isn’t too taxing and some laugh out loud moments, then this is for you!
My rating: 4/5
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