Jim C. Hines

Jim C. Hines’ first novel was Goblin Quest, the tale of a nearsighted goblin runt and his pet fire-spider. Actor and author Wil Wheaton described the book as “too f***ing cool for words,” which is pretty much the Best Blurb Ever. After completing the goblin trilogy, Jim went on to write the princess series, four books often described as a blend of Grimm’s Fairy Tales with Charlie’s Angels. He’s also the author of the Magic ex Libris books, which follow the adventures of a magic-wielding librarian from northern Michigan, as well as the Fable: Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes. He’s currently writing his first science fiction trilogy, the humorous Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse.

Jim has written more than fifty published short stories. His first professional story sale was the award-winning “Blade of the Bunny,” published way back in 1999.

Jim is an active blogger about topics ranging from sexism and harassment to zombie-themed Christmas carols, and won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2012.

He has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters in English. He lives in Michigan with his two children.

Find Jim on his website, or follow him on Twitter @jimchines.

Bibliography

  • Collections
    Kitemaster and Other Stories
    Jim C. Hines
  • Jig the Goblin Series
    Goblin Quest (#1)
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  • Jig the Goblin Series
    Goblin Hero (#2)
    Jim C. Hines
  • Jig the Goblin Series
    Goblin War (#3)
    Jim C. Hines
  • Jig the Goblin Series
    Goblin Tales
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  • Jig the Goblin Series
    The Legend of Jig the Dragonslayer (#1-3)
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  • Jig the Goblin Series
    The Goblin Master’s Grimoire
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  • The Princess Series
    The Stepsister Scheme (#1)
    Jim C. Hines
  • The Princess Series
    Mermaid’s Madness (#2)
    Jim C. Hines
  • The Princess Series
    Red Hood’s Revenge (#3)
    Jim C. Hines
  • The Princess Series
    The Snow Queen’s Shadow (#4)
    Jim C. Hines
  • Magic Ex Libris Series
    Libriomancer (#1)
    Jim C. Hines
  • Magic Ex Libris Series
    Codex Born (#2)
    Jim C. Hines
  • Magic Ex Libris Series
    Unbound (#3)
    Jim C. Hines
  • Magic Ex Libris Series
    Revisionary (#4)
    Jim C. Hines
  • Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse Series
    Terminal Alliance (#1)
    Jim C. Hines
  • Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse Series
    Terminal Uprising (#2)
    Jim C. Hines
     

Reviews

Collections

Jig the Goblin Series

Goblin Quest (#1)
“[A] clever satire […] Reminiscent of Terry Pratchett and Robert Asprin at their best. An over-the-top tale that still manages to be genuinely touching.”

RT Book Reviews

“A series of action-filled, entertaining, and often funny adventures as [the heroes] battle hobgoblins, worms, a necromancer, and various other foes. The book will sppeal to both adults and young adults. Prepare to be entertained throughout and completely satisfied with Jig’s journey by the time you reach the end."

Midwest Book Review

“The humour, mainly based on Jig’s commentary on the quest, is character-driven and nicely done, not laid on with a trowel nor reliant on multiple absurdities. The plot rolls along at a comfortably brisk pace with plenty of unexpected turns, sufficient backstory is revealed without clogging the forward movement. This book […] did make me smile a lot.”

Infinity Plus (UK)

“Jim C. Hines has given us a wonderful adventure from the goblin’s point of view, and it’s fantastic! I haven’t had this much fun reading a book in ages. I can’t wait to buy a copy for my stepson, who keeps asking me what I’m laughing so hard about.”

Wil Wheaton

“The book is funny, poignant, sometimes riffing off quest tales, other times plunging the reader into straightfoward adventure [...] Though this was a quest tale, Hines kept me guessing right until the very last page.”

Sherwood Smith, author of INDA and CROWN DUEL

“A rollicking ride, enjoyable from beginning to end. Jig is a fresh, engaging hero, for a goblin, and takes the readers through a whirlwind of magic and adventure that never once fails to entertain and amaze. Hines has just become one of my must-read authors!”

Julie E. Czerneda, author of the Species Imperative trilogy

“A clever inversion of the epic fantasy adventure tale. Brightly written and very entertaining.”

James Lowder, author of PRINCE OF LIES and KNIGHT OF THE BLACK ROSE

“A wonderful story that’ll make anybody who’s ever gamed laugh out loud, and even if you haven’t, is still so well-drawn and considered that there’s almost no way it can fail to charm.”

C.E. Murphy, author of Heart of Stone

Goblin Hero (#2)
“A pleasant and easy read. Jig is […] an entertaining protagonist. The secondary characters are interesting too, and they bring much-needed depth.”

RT Book Reviews

“Jim C. Hines crams the narrative with great visual and verbal jokes. You’ll be laughing out loud as frequently as I did.”

SF Site

“Once again, Jim C. Hines turns the fantasy world on its ear with this insightfully hilarious look at the traditional cannon fodder of the genre. They may be small, vicious, and untrustworthy, but Hines proves there’s more than enough cunning and resourcefulness in your average goblin to carry quite the enjoyable story. Hines deconstructs the role of the epic fantasy hero masterfully, keeping things light […] If nothing else, Goblin Hero succeeds in giving us a new kind of protagonist, whose allies are as much a hazard to him as his enemies are. This is a fantasy for those weary of epic quests and seven-book-long sagas.”

Green Man Reviews

“In GOBLIN HERO, as in Goblin Quest, Hines recognizes that wisdom is most often common-sense and that mouthing off to the big guy with the sword is a very bad idea.”

Tanya Huff, author of the bestselling Blood series and Smoke series

Goblin War (#3)
“Hines’s funny bone is sharp and YA-friendly.”

Publishers Weekly

“Part farce, part parody, Hines’ rip-roaring narrative has us cheering the highly sympathetic Jig on to victory.”

Booklist

“Hines presents hysterically funny, witty and surprisingly intuitive writing […] The entire cast is disarmingly and charmingly wonderful. This is a definite must read.”

RT Book Reviews

“A comic fantasy novel, a clever satire, an epic fantasy turned inside out, or whatever else suits, it’s all there for the taking.”

Green Man Review

Goblin Tales
“Hines reminds (me) of Pratchett at his funniest […] A fabulous introduction to Hines’ writing.”

RT Book Reviews

The Legend of Jig the Dragonslayer (#1-3)
"Part farce, part parody, Hines' rip-roaring narrative has us cheering the highly sympathetic Jig on to victory."

Booklist

The Princess Series

The Stepsister Scheme (#1)
“Hines’ strength in his brilliantly plotted, cleverly imaginative book is character concepts and interactions. The action never stops, and the characters are painstakingly real.”

RT Book Reviews

“Hines brilliantly remixes and reimagines three of the most popular fairy tale heroines of all time. The plot is fast-paced and exciting […] I can’t wait for the next installment. Mark my words, this is a fantasy adventure worth checking out.”

Green Man Reviews

“What a romp, both light and dark, sometimes sexy, and along the way occasionally quite brutal. Old friends Snow White and Sleeping Beauty forge an odd trio of feminist ninjas with Cinderella in an amazing gallop to save a prince, thwart a witch, rescue a kingdom, and turn fairy tale conventions upside down in the process.”

Jane Yolen, author of Briar Rose, Sister Light/Sister Dark; two-time Nebula Award winner

“THE STEPSISTER SCHEME is not your Grandma’s fairy tale. Action, intrigue, romance, action, treachery, and did I mention action? These princesses will give Charlie’s Angels a serious run for the money, and leave ’em in the dust. Read it!”

Esther Friesner, winner of the Nebula Award and author of NOBODY'S PRINCESS

“An engaging, well-paced romp that sheds a whole new light on some delightfully familiar characters. Make sure you free up some time before starting this one because you won’t be able to put it down.”

Mickey Zucker Reichert, author of THE RETURN OF NIGHTFALL

Mermaid’s Madness (#2)
“Fast-paced […] A nearly effortless read. This novel will appeal to anyone who yearns for the heroines of their childhood — or just a witty, well-constructed adventure tale about powerful women stepping up with skill and cleverness.”

Publishers Weekly

“Quick-paced and engaging […] A great read.”

RT Book Reviews

“Fast-paced, energetic, exciting and amazingly fun […] a spectacular take on fairy tales. Hines has a winner.”

Green Man Review

“THE MERMAID’S MADNESS belongs on your must-read list. It’s an enthralling adventure that takes you back to the stories of your childhood and then folds, spindles and mutilates them—in the best possible way. One of the most entertaining stories I’ve read all year. You’ll never watch The Little Mermaid the same way again.”

Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of THE BLACK SHIP

Red Hood’s Revenge (#3)
“Transcends its predecessors with exciting combats, scenes, and emotionally complex characters […] A real synthesis of cultural tropes into a unique world that is worth visiting again and again.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

“While RED HOOD’s a good adventure book, it also succeeds in addressing things like family conflicts, loyalty, home, faith and prejudice without ever coming close to preachy allegory territory […] Hines excels at world-building and layered storytelling as well as keeping things moving […] Easily my favorite in the series.”

Wired

“Combining the best parts of fantasy and folklore, mixed with action and adventure, tinged with horror [...] RED HOOD’S REVENGE is a thoroughly satisfying continuation of the series, and a worthy updating of these cultural icons.”

Green Man Review

The Snow Queen’s Shadow (#4)
“Hines fills this volume with heart-wrenching emotional scenes as well as exciting fight scenes, and brings each heroine’s arc to a reasonable conclusion. There’s plenty of room for readers to imagine further adventures, but the series feels satisfyingly complete.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Turns the classic fairy tale inside out. Action and adventure mixes with romance, which should please fans of traditional as well as revisionist versions of the work of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, and Charles Perrault.”

Library Journal

“Hines not only wraps up the series satisfyingly for the main character, he manages to click into place several bigger-picture elements which he’s been maneuvering into position over the entire four-book series. The environments are rich and the action is quick — as has happened before with these books I had to make myself slow down or go back because I’d gotten caught up in the action. Easily takes the top spot in the series and makes me want to re-read the other three all over again.”

Wired

“An engaging conclusion to a thrilling, thought-provoking saga.”

io9.com

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall — read this book! Yes, read it all! […] The fourth and final book in Hines’ Princess series brings a complete, organic and realistic conclusion to many of the story arcs that have spanned the series. Add to this the exceptional character development and engaging dialogue, and you have a must-read.”

RT Book Reviews

“One of the best fairly tale updates I’ve seen in many years […] A powerful, exciting, action-packed adventure.”

Green Man Review

Magic Ex Libris Series

Libriomancer (#1)
“For those with a love of books, this is a rare chance to get their geek on. Hines writes a really fun book, looking at book-based magic. Between some of the best action scenes out there, combining dramatic actions with realistic after-effects, this makes for a great book. “

San Francisco Book Review

“The book is amusing and action-packed from page one; Isaac is sure to be an instant fan favorite, and the secondary characters are vivid and multidimensional.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

“By far my favorite fantasy novel of the year, Hines’ series starter is so much fun.”

RT Book Reviews

“Hines has created a rich backstory and mythology that weaves history and magic and science fiction across centuries, between cultures, and around the globe.”

Wired

“[LIBRIOMANCER] is a joyful romp through the very concept of pop culture and literature […] It’s funny, it’s fast-paced, it’s extremely geeky, it’s not afraid to take potshots at genre conventions and its own inherent weirdness, and it’s a great start to a new series. I can’t wait to see what comes next.”

Tor.com

“[A] love letter to science fiction and fantasy, with real emotional weight at the center […] A rollicking adventure story full of ridiculous little touches. It’s a seriously fun ride for anyone who’s loved geeky books their whole life.”

io9.com

"This may be Jim Hines' best work. LIBRIOMANCER is smart, silly, and deadly serious, all at the same time. It's a book about loving books."

Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of EVERY HEART A DOORWAY

“Hines created a system where that magic becomes real, usable, and very definitely not always safe. This is a book for everyone who has ever wanted to pull Excalibur from the page.”

Tanya Huff, bestselling author of the Blood series

“Butt-kicking librarians, pyrotechnic spiders, and vampires that don’t suck — Jim Hines serves up an incendiary and fun new urban fantasy.”

Charles Stross, Hugo Award-winning author of GLASSHOUSE

Codex Born (#2)
“Hines supplies everything a reader needs—werewolves, ghosts, robot insects, a fire spider that eats candy, and homages to classic SF—for a very good time.”

Publishers Weekly

“The sequel to Libriomancer delivers more pulp fantasy action that’s infused with a genuine love for books and for creating unusual—and unusually likable—characters. Bibliophiles and fantasy enthusiasts will enjoy the author’s intelligent approach to both magic and literature.”

Library Journal

“Here’s everything you need to know about CODEX BORN: You have to read it if you like books at all […] It’s about the magic and the power of reading. It’s about power, and ethics, and knowing and owning yourself. It’s about sonic screwdrivers and pet spiders who burst into flames when they sense danger and vampires and werewolves and robots and the poetry of Emily Dickinson. It’s amazing.”

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

“[Hines] writes joyously for the delight of his specific market […] and the supporting cast of characters is extremely well developed.”

RT Book Reviews

“It’s great fun to see just what Isaac and his enemies will come up with next, and Isaac’s very non-standard romance adds both humor and emotion.”

Locus

“CODEX BORN is a book written by someone who genuinely loves the science fiction and fantasy genre […] It builds on what’s come before and delivers a thoroughly entertaining adventure. It’s urban fantasy built on top of numerous other layers of fiction, and Hines has just scratched the surface of what he can do. And I can’t wait to see what comes next.”

Tor.com

"Superior worldbuilding."

Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

Unbound (#3)
“The mixture of magic and modern day is appealing and the story moves readers along at a brisk pace.”

Kirkus

“The conclusion is surprisingly upbeat, though with Isaac looking at interesting possibilities for the future.”

Locus

“This is a great series with a lot of great components, but more than anything else it’s a love-letter to imagination.”

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

“There is power when fantasy decides to play into the themes of science fiction and own the possibilities of change and development 'in real time.' UNBOUND taps into that, and I give Hines enormous credit for it… An extremely interesting entry [in the series], a real game changer. The joys of the first two novels of the possibilities of Libriomancy are transformed and changed here into something very different, and in many ways, greater.”

SF Signal

Revisionary (#4)
“Sharp wit, rapid-fire action, and strong characterization have become Hines’s trademarks, and the fourth and final entry in the Magic Ex Libris series is no exception [...] thoroughly entertaining.”

Publishers Weekly

“Having taken a bit of a break from the humor he is known for, Hines explores cultural and political concerns in a thoughtful manner, leaving the reader with more food for thought than perhaps one might expect. Isaac and his friends and partners must save not just the United States, but the entire world, from the consequences of magic misused, and Hines avoids the pitfalls many writers would struggle to miss in the crafting of this excellent tale.”

RT Book Reviews

“This is darker than previous books in the series, but any decline in offbeat humor is replaced by plenty of entertaining action.”

Locus

Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse Series

Terminal Alliance (#1)
“Hines delivers a fantastic space opera that doesn’t skimp on the action and excitement but pairs it with a hefty dose of slightly scatological humor. The author is especially clever in having Mops and her team leverage cleaning tools and a knowledge of spaceship plumbing to fight their enemies.”

Library Journal, Starred Review

“With so much serious dystopia on the shelves, a story like this is a genuine pleasure to read: proudly funny and ridiculous. But don’t dismiss this novel as only silly fun. It is also good science fiction: a solid premise, an expansive universe, a compelling history, a strong and varied cast of characters, pulse-pounding action, and a galactic crisis with high stakes. The fact that it’s funny is icing on a rich and delicious cake. Clever, and should appeal to fans of Douglas Adams and John Scalzi.”

Booklist

“This solidly entertaining story has plenty of potential for further installments.”

Publishers Weekly

“Hines breathes life into a stunning number of otherworldly beings, but his skills with the human characters really shines here, particularly his resolute and quick-thinking heroine, whose no-nonsense determination brings out the best in both her crew and her opponents, ensuring the future of this series will surely be a bright one.”

RT Book Reviews

“Action keeps the plot moving nicely, while plumbing and zombie jokes, lots of team banter, and alien misinterpretations of Earth culture provide considerable humor, for a lively start to what promises to be a highly entertaining series.”

Locus

“TERMINAL ALLIANCE, is an amusing space opera with a unique premise.”

Fantasy Literature

“Personally, I found the mix of wordplay, tech goofing, and poop jokes in TERMINAL ALLIANCE quite winsome. This is a very funny book, but it also has heart, and that slow emotional burn makes all the difference. Grand space operas sometimes have a tendency to feel emotionally airless—all gleaming vessels and stoic heroes and missions of galactic import. Here, we meet the people who scrub the toilets and change lightbulbs, hip deep in the effluence of our humanity. It’s not always pretty, it’s often funny, and it’s a helluva ride.”

Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“I loved all the clever setups and the humor and the shout outs […] The maintenance crew makes excellent and often hilarious use of their knowledge of cleaning agents and the excretory habits of other species.”

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

“Jim Hines is one of the funniest, and most fun, writers in our genre! TERMINAL ALLIANCE skewers science fiction tropes and takes on a wild romp through an original universe.”

Tobias S. Buckell, The New York Times bestselling author

Terminal Uprising (#2)
“Subtle absurdist humor permeates the narrative, derived from faulty translations, cultural references without context, and unconventional solutions to problems. Clever characterization and action-packed moments round out this thoroughly satisfying outing.”

Publishers Weekly

“TERMINAL UPRISING cements the reputation of the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse as an exciting and rewarding series […] Overall, a strong edition to an excellent series that will appeal to fans of Becky Chambers.”

Booklist

“This is a fast, tense, enjoyable romp […] Hines is damn good at banter and witty repartee, and at evoking strong feelings of empathy.”

Locus

“If you enjoy a good dose of humor with your heart-warming science fiction, the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse is a fantastic series to read.”

Errant Dreams

“TERMINAL UPRISING was a fun and action-packed read that had me laughing the entire way through.”

The Arched Doorway

“While there’s plenty of sewage-related humor and a healthy dose of satire in the novel, what’s really interesting here is the way that Hines handles colonialism and post-apocalyptic survival […] Hines displays a deft handling of how words matter.”

Den of Geek

Awards & Accolades

Collections

Jig the Goblin Series

Goblin Hero (#2)
USA

Scifichick.com: “Best Books of 2007”

Goblin War (#3)
USA

#7 Locus Bestseller List

USA

#2 Mysterious Galaxy Bestseller List

USA

Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards Finalist

USA

SciFiChick.com: “10 Best Books of the Year”

The Princess Series

The Stepsister Scheme (#1)
USA

2009 Romantic Times Award Nominee: “Best Fantasy”

Mermaid’s Madness (#2)
USA

#1 Locus Bestseller

Magic Ex Libris Series

Libriomancer (#1)
USA

#4 Locus Bestseller List

USA

RT Book Reviews: “Editors‘ Best of 2012”

Codex Born (#2)
USA

#6 Locus Bestseller List

Unbound (#3)