Mad Shadows: The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser

Mad Shadows The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser Valdar is a city of swordslingers and necromancers witch cults and halfhuman races It s a city in a world of darkness black magic and creatures of the night a city where demonic entities serve the n

  • Title: Mad Shadows: The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser
  • Author: Joe Bonadonna
  • ISBN: 9781450276177
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Valdar is a city of swordslingers and necromancers, witch cults and halfhuman races It s a city in a world of darkness, black magic and creatures of the night a city where demonic entities serve the needs of any witch or magicman who can open a doorway into their domain This is my city This is my world.With a special dowsing rod, I can detect the ectoplasmic residValdar is a city of swordslingers and necromancers, witch cults and halfhuman races It s a city in a world of darkness, black magic and creatures of the night a city where demonic entities serve the needs of any witch or magicman who can open a doorway into their domain This is my city This is my world.With a special dowsing rod, I can detect the ectoplasmic residue of any supernatural presence or demonic entity and sense the vestiges of odylic power and vile sorcery used in the commission of crimes I hunt anyone and anything that poses a threat to the people of my city My name s Dorgo Folks call me the Dowser.From infernal depths where lost souls mutate into hell spawned devils, from the other side of the veil that separates the earthly from the unearthly, from an ancient land whose borders cross into other dimensions, Mad Shadows The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser, will transport you to a world where sentient shadows, vengeful vampires, malevolent puppets, and raging werewolves haunt the night a world where life is cheap and souls are always up for sale.

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    1. Mystery for the Horror Fan -- Cozy Gothic Noir Joe Bonadonna's Mad Shadows: The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser is a great mashup of Horror/Fantasy/Film Noir. In Television terms, this would appeal to fans of the X-files, Supernatural, or Grim. Being a collection of tales, each serves as an episode. Expect: necromancy, mythogical creatures -- especially the hybrid horned creatures (satyrs, minotaur, etc.), pitted against our protagonist who is motivated to set things right (and make enough money [...]

    2. Dorgo Mikawber is a resident of the city of Valdar, a cesspit with as many cutthroats, remorseless killers and femme fatales as there are minotaurs, centaurs, fawns, and dwarves. Dorgo himself is a lovable rogue, and ex soldier, down on his luck, who sails close to the wind and only just manages to stay this side of the law as an investigator of all things "strange" - a position he finds himself in after being gifted a magical dowsing rod from a Yongarloo shaman. With it, he runs afoul of warloc [...]

    3. This is just the sort of short story collection that I love to read. All six of the stories featured, “Mad Shadows”, “The Secret of Andaro’s Daughter’s”, “The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum”, “The Man Who Loved Puppets”, “In the Vale of the Black Diamond”, and “Blood on the Moon”, center around the adventures of one central character, Dorgo.Dorgo is a dowser, as the title of the book and his nickname indicate. Dorgo lives in a world where mystical creatures are not only re [...]

    4. Is a collection of six Sword & Sorcery/Gothic Noir novella's featuring Dorgo the Dowser, a sleuth and jack of all trades who utilizes the unlikely tool of a sorcerous dowsing rod to investigate crimes and mysteries-which usually get him into a heap of trouble to boot.I could not help but feel the kinship to all the great old noir books and film as I read these. I could have been in the midst of a Hammet or Chandler tale with Dorgo relating a past event at the bar and then suddenly a vicious [...]

    5. Review of “Mad Shadows” I recently read a book entitled “Mad Shadows,The Weird Tales of Dorgo The Dowser, by Joe Bonadonna. This was indeed a book filled with weird tales. There were monsters and imaginary creatures throughout, and every tale flowed into the next one, so there were common threads. The stories take place in an imaginary world much like our own, but not quite the same, as most fantasy/sword and sorcery tales do. Dorgo is almost a reluctant hero as he seems to take far more [...]

    6. A collection of stories tied together featuring Dorgo the Dowser. He is not the typical sword and sorcery hero but is heroic when he has to be. The stories get better as they progress. There are some very chilling scenes within the book.

    7. An excellent read! I enjoyed Mad Shadows from beginning to end. Joe blends pulp fiction and fantasy effortlessly and his characters are wonderful. One of the best books I've read this year.

    8. Firstly let me state this clear that it’s about time the Indian (and of course Asian) bookaholics start choosing books like this. For, i bet that it'll be an entirely different experience - so much like a safe excursion in to another world, a dark world(dark, dreary, but extremely enjoyable and intriguing) swelling with dark arts of necromancy, witchcraft, evil magic. . . . . . Etc. It is time to take a detour from the usuals( but i don't blame all of them, exceptional and marvelous works do e [...]

    9. Mad Shadows is one of those rare works of fiction that I’m glad I read. It is so well written and so imaginative in its realization of setting and characters that I find myself envious of its author, Joe Bonadonna. This guy can write and his imagination leaves me in awe. Mad Shadows is a collection of stories set in the world of Aerlothia. Writing in the grand tradition of Robert E. Howard these stories all feature Dorgo the Dowser, a hero with an edge. Bonadonna refers to these stories as got [...]

    10. What can I say about Dorgo? He is the Mike Hammer of the Fantasy World?I love this guy.I was going to spout something poetic about this book, but I decided that wouldn’t match up with the hard boiled noir style of this fantastic read.So here goes nothing….Once I started this book, I could not stop. It was like a freight train, pulling me through all the stories and all the events that occur within them. This is a book driven by its characters and an incessant need to figure out the mysteries [...]

    11. Visit A World Where The Sun Never Sets; It FallsMad Shadows-The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser, by Joe Bonadonna, is an anthology of six dark fantasies that will capture your imagination and entertain you, as no other fantasy will. It is, without a doubt, the best fantasy I have read thus far this year. Who would ever think that a character carrying a dowsing rod could become such a thrilling and humorous hero? Dorgo is that and much more.Dorgo, is a mixture of detective, mercenary, womanizer, [...]

    12. I recently had the pleasure of reading Mad Shadows: The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser by fantasy author Joe Bonadonna.The book itself begins with Dorgo Mikawber investigating the appearance of an ominous group of shadowy figures stealing all the gold in the village of Valdar, a story that captivates you from the first page. I was however, pleasantly surprised to find out that Joe had not just written a novel based solely on these Mad Shadows, but had compiled a group of stories following the l [...]

    13. Mad Shadows: The Weird Tales of Dorgo The Dowser is a detailed finely crafted creative work that brings the fantastical to life. The protagonist Dorgo has an eye for the female sex, is ordinary in appearance but is brave, charismatic and full of charm. The word he inhabits has the feel of a noir at times due to its descriptive gritty observant - yet elegant at the same time."The city streets were wet and slick and glistening in the light of a hunter' s moon. It must have been a good storm, the k [...]

    14. Awesome book! I loved this one. A definite page turner. I know I couldn't quit turning the pages till I reached the last one. The main character, Dorgo, I love him. And Joe has populated the book with tons of other fascinating characters as well. I loved the mystery angle to each story. That combined with the fantasy/supernatural setting makes it an awesome book. Joe is an awesome writer. Book creation ratings:Overall total -- 27 out of a possible 30-- Story & characters -- 10-- Cover & [...]

    15. "Valdar is city of swordslingers and necromancers, witch cults and half-human racesThis is my city. This is my world." Joe Bonadonna, Mad ShadowsTake a wisecracking detective who's handy with both sword and dowsing rod. Take a mosaic of villages with evil lurking in every alleyway. Take a host of supernatural villains. Take all this and more and you've got Mad Shadows, one of the most amazing reads of my summer!I had a blast matching swords with "Dorgo's" meta-humans, hunting down beasties and s [...]

    16. "Valdar is city of swordslingers and necromancers, witch cults and half-human racesThis is my city. This is my world." Joe Bonadonna, Mad ShadowsTake a wisecracking detective who's handy with both sword and dowsing rod. Take a mosaic of villages with evil lurking in every alleyway. Take a host of supernatural villains. Take all this and more and you've got Mad Shadows, one of the most amazing reads of my summer!I had a blast matching swords with "Dorgo's" meta-humans, hunting down beasties and s [...]

    17. This is an amusing fantasy with hints of mystery read. Some of the window dressing did stand out in an awkward way. Mad Shadows would have been much stronger if Bonadonna had: 1) skipped the Narnia-like use of many fantasy races and just stuck with humans, and 2) skipped the Robert E. Howard-like "short hand" of using near IDs for things drawn from reality ("Falkings" for Vikings, etc.). That said, if another volume of Dorgo the Dowser stories comes out, I'll be buying it.

    18. Mad Shadows is a collection of six tales featuring Dorgo the Dowser, a Sword & Sorcery sleuth in the vein of traditional noir detective stories. Dorgo uses a dowsing rod that can detect magic (I've used a dowsing rod, and had trouble finding water, let alone magic). Joe Bonadonna is an accomplished writer who has crafted a vivid world and filled it with believable characters, creating an enjoyable read from beginning to end. Highly recommended.

    19. Ein Wünschelrutengänger, der wie ein seltsamer Vetter von San Spade sich durch eine Fantasywelt voller Halbwesen und hartgesottener Damen bewegt. Sehr gelungen und für mich bislang der Überraschungstreffer dieses Jahres. Mr Bonadonna vermeidet die ausgelutschten Klischees, die die meisten modernen Fantasyautoren quälen, ich würde mich freuen, mehr von Dorgo und seiner wundersamen Rute zu lesen

    20. A great read! Joe is a master of character driven storytelling. Dorgo is an interesting and likable character as well as all the other characters he encounters. A recommended read.

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