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We’ve all had jobs we didn’t like but had to take to support ourselves. But have you ever had one where you had no choice in whether you showed up for work. Or maybe you liked your boss but hated your manager. Or your manager hated you. Let’s face it, working for a living just blows—especially after you’ve been living to your heart’s content without any effort.
Djinn Rabriel, a.k.a. John Denny, has a new master after the gods have duked it out to see who would get his marker. The gig doesn’t seem too bad and life moves smoothly for him—at least, for the first twelve hours. Then he tanks his first assignment, alienates his boss, gets kidnapped by a rogue cop, and has his wishes hijacked. To complicate matters, he’s dogged by an evil god, a scornful one, and a vengeful third, all trying to snag his marker for themselves. Oh, and he can’t forget about his bank representative, who’s still the hostage of an enemy who holds all the cards.
Dante Elgin writes a hilariously comical sequel to his contemporary fantasy Djinn on the Rocks. The story picks up the morning after Rabriel finds out who his new master is, and discovering that he’s under the control of someone again is only the tip of the iceberg. Elgin takes this bumbling, good-hearted djinn on a wild escapade through the city of Manhattan, where even the best of intentions are tested through adversity and hilarity. Again, Elgin takes this cheeky stretch of the imagination to the limits by offending anything held sacred by society and puts political correctness in its place. There’s no shortage of disdaining stereotypes or exploiting social taboos in this fast romp with a clumsy and inept djinn who has the power to do absolutely anything—just isn’t allowed to.
Djinn and Tonic is explosively funny and poignantly sad at the same time. Elgin’s main character is essentially a child becoming a man, who means well but is oftentimes selfish, petulant, and . . . horny. Nothing is off limits when it comes to Elgin pitting his character into trying to figure out the point of his first assignment for the god who holds his indenture, while a scornful rogue cop snatches him for reasons of his own, and vengeful gods come to collect on debts. Readers will laugh nonstop through this comic epic of madcap adventures and coming-of-age discovery. In the meantime, there’s still that mysterious task that bumbling Rabriel just can’t seem to figure out.
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