web site hit counter Gaspar And The Fantastical Hats - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

Gaspar And The Fantastical Hats

Availability: Ready to download

From Amazon.com: Life isn't easy in a cut-throat city ruled by guilds, especially for a freelance thief who refuses to swear fealty to the local thieves' guild. Beset by thieves and threatened by assassins, Gaspar is forced into a madcap hunt for a magical artefact. Confronted by danger at every turn, he and his friend, Hubris the Spellbroker, become entangled in a bizarre w From Amazon.com: Life isn't easy in a cut-throat city ruled by guilds, especially for a freelance thief who refuses to swear fealty to the local thieves' guild. Beset by thieves and threatened by assassins, Gaspar is forced into a madcap hunt for a magical artefact. Confronted by danger at every turn, he and his friend, Hubris the Spellbroker, become entangled in a bizarre web of intrigue, politics and outlandish fashion. They soon realise that they are just pawns in a greater game, but who is their real adversary and how can they disentangle themselves without ending up seriously dead? This humorous fantasy novella (28,500 words) is a prequel to the novel, Gaspar The Thief (126,000 words), also by David A. Lindsay.


Compare

From Amazon.com: Life isn't easy in a cut-throat city ruled by guilds, especially for a freelance thief who refuses to swear fealty to the local thieves' guild. Beset by thieves and threatened by assassins, Gaspar is forced into a madcap hunt for a magical artefact. Confronted by danger at every turn, he and his friend, Hubris the Spellbroker, become entangled in a bizarre w From Amazon.com: Life isn't easy in a cut-throat city ruled by guilds, especially for a freelance thief who refuses to swear fealty to the local thieves' guild. Beset by thieves and threatened by assassins, Gaspar is forced into a madcap hunt for a magical artefact. Confronted by danger at every turn, he and his friend, Hubris the Spellbroker, become entangled in a bizarre web of intrigue, politics and outlandish fashion. They soon realise that they are just pawns in a greater game, but who is their real adversary and how can they disentangle themselves without ending up seriously dead? This humorous fantasy novella (28,500 words) is a prequel to the novel, Gaspar The Thief (126,000 words), also by David A. Lindsay.

30 review for Gaspar And The Fantastical Hats

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caro ♡ Hot Mess Sommelière

    Just found out there's a prequel to Gaspar The Thief ~ Instabuy. Now that I've read this prequel to the fantastic Short-Story Novel Gaspar the Thief, I am once again reminded why I like the author's style so much. Lindsay writes a gripping tale of intrigue and never cuts back on the humor. Gaspar and the Fantastical Hats puts Gaspar in a bad position: Being a freelance thief who refuses to swear fealty to the Thieves' Guild, he thought he couldn't be bullied into accepting jobs that easily. Wrong. Just found out there's a prequel to Gaspar The Thief ~ Instabuy. Now that I've read this prequel to the fantastic Short-Story Novel Gaspar the Thief, I am once again reminded why I like the author's style so much. Lindsay writes a gripping tale of intrigue and never cuts back on the humor. Gaspar and the Fantastical Hats puts Gaspar in a bad position: Being a freelance thief who refuses to swear fealty to the Thieves' Guild, he thought he couldn't be bullied into accepting jobs that easily. Wrong. With two assassins on his tails and the threat of death hanging over his head unless he procures a particularly extravagant magical artifact to make the center piece of an even more extravagant hat for a very special lady (a ridiculous notion, if you were to ask Gaspar), Gaspar is forced to rely on his old friend Hubris, a Guild-less Spellmonger who can or can't make spells when needed to break into a place best left alone... Gaspar and the fantastical hats is a comical prequel novella of 90 pages that shines a tiny light on Gaspar's past but still doesn't reveal much of anything. What I like most about the Gaspar series is that every story has it's own intrigue - there's no big conspiracy (which is also great) but lots of smaller ones in which Gaspar gets entangled time and time again. His dealings with the loval Guild Masters and the politics between the Masters themselves is always wonderful to read about. All in all, I can recommend Gaspar the Thief as well as this rather short prequel completely - don't hesitate in buying it, it's really worth it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

    I found this book interesting and think it will appeal to young adults and adults as well. I liked the story and the suspense as readers follow Gaspar's quest. Although short, this felt like a longer read and the author put a lot inside of this tale. I think the longer novel that goes along with this series is going to be even better and can't wait to see what happens to Gaspar. I found this book interesting and think it will appeal to young adults and adults as well. I liked the story and the suspense as readers follow Gaspar's quest. Although short, this felt like a longer read and the author put a lot inside of this tale. I think the longer novel that goes along with this series is going to be even better and can't wait to see what happens to Gaspar.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robert L Birch

    Interesting ideas Liked the city concept but even for a novella it needed more. Maybe a longer version would keep my attention.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    leaves woman "thief" unresolved. rather blah. 2.5* leaves woman "thief" unresolved. rather blah. 2.5*

  5. 4 out of 5

    W.J. Lennox

    This is a prequel fantasy novella to Gaspar the Thief, which introduces the protagonist Gaspar, a freelance thief, who is blackmailed into procuring a magical artefact for an anonymous merchant’s wife to wear as a magnificent hat to the Autumn Ball. In order to avoid an untimely death by assassins Stoat and Weasel, Gaspar is forced to steal a magical artefact from the Wizard’s Hall with the help of his reluctant friend, Hubris the spellbroker. Lindsay has taken the historical theme of the Mediev This is a prequel fantasy novella to Gaspar the Thief, which introduces the protagonist Gaspar, a freelance thief, who is blackmailed into procuring a magical artefact for an anonymous merchant’s wife to wear as a magnificent hat to the Autumn Ball. In order to avoid an untimely death by assassins Stoat and Weasel, Gaspar is forced to steal a magical artefact from the Wizard’s Hall with the help of his reluctant friend, Hubris the spellbroker. Lindsay has taken the historical theme of the Medieval Guild and turned this into an original, entertaining and quirky story, full of skulduggery and political intrigue. The rich description brings to life the dark, twisting alleys and the notorious taverns of a medieval city and gives the reader a glimpse into the politics and corruption of the city’s various guilds. Some readers have compared Mr Lindsay’s writing style to Terry Pratchett. I had no such preconceptions as I’m ashamed to admit that I have not read his work, but I did find the author’s unique and witty voice very appealing. This shines through the comical dialogue and well-developed characterisation. Gaspar is a likeable rogue, but remains quite secretive. Given that it is a novella and the focus is on the unfolding action, we don’t get the chance to see the depth of Gaspar’s character, and perhaps that’s why I didn’t feel such an emotional connection to him. However, I’m certain more will be revealed in Gaspar the Thief. Hubris is an endearing, eccentric character who made me chuckle. I was also intrigued by the mysterious thief Marna, whose identity was never revealed. The first chapter for me was perhaps a little dense on information, but otherwise the rest of the story is very tight, well-paced, and there’s plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing. On the whole, Gaspar and the Fantastical Hats is a cleverly written, inventive fantasy novella, which gives the reader a wonderful introduction to his follow up novel Gaspar the Thief. If you are a fan of fantasy, this is definitely worth a read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Ann

    This fantasy novella just short of one hundred pages is set in medieval times amidst dark alleys, cobblestone streets, a wizard’s den and raucous taverns. Gaspar has just spent the night at one of his favorite haunts, The Bag O’Silver Inn where he could pick up gossip on who to target and who was after him. Shortly after, two assassins named Sloat and Weasel confront him in a dark alleyway. An unknown intruder saves his life. The Council of Guild Masters run the city. These guilds are arranged in This fantasy novella just short of one hundred pages is set in medieval times amidst dark alleys, cobblestone streets, a wizard’s den and raucous taverns. Gaspar has just spent the night at one of his favorite haunts, The Bag O’Silver Inn where he could pick up gossip on who to target and who was after him. Shortly after, two assassins named Sloat and Weasel confront him in a dark alleyway. An unknown intruder saves his life. The Council of Guild Masters run the city. These guilds are arranged in a hierarchy of power. Strangely enough the City did function. The wizards had a monopoly of magical artifacts. Gaspar is a petty thief who is a freelancer not a member of any guild. How does he get involved in a dangerous caper? The women of the Merchant’s Quarter had taken a liking to wearing hats that were decorated with magical objects. Some of the wizards began taking bribes, while the milliners took advantage of the fad. Eventually magical artifacts became scarce. Gaspar is enlisted to steal a magical artifact for one such hat. His friend, Hubris, the Spell-broker is recruited separately to steal another. They break into the Wizard’s Hall where they are confronted with a golem, a giant living stone statue. Both thieves must steal an artifact and successfully escape the golem. These partners will discover that appearances are deceiving; the plot twists and turns to reveal new deceptions, and the reader does not foresee the conclusion. The characters are interesting and the plot well developed in this novella even though the sentence descriptions can be wordy at times. The combination of fashion, mystery, adventure and intrigue are nicely balanced in the right amount for a middle grade reader that will appeal to boys and girls. The golem’s riddles are a nice touch; they will encourage young readers to ponder and philosophize This book can easily be read in a couple of hours or broken up into sections for discussion as a class read aloud.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maria Kay

    As the prequel to Gaspar the Thief, this novella is an entertaining read. It is definitely an adventure with subtle details that tie-up nicely by the end. I love a clever plot like David Lindsay has written. Kudos David! This fantastic fantasy is like watching Doctor Who while playing Dungeons and Dragons. It's fun! The author has quite a sense of humor and a wonderful way of constructing complex sentences that gives the cadence of the book a fast-paced energy. "Who would have thought that fashio As the prequel to Gaspar the Thief, this novella is an entertaining read. It is definitely an adventure with subtle details that tie-up nicely by the end. I love a clever plot like David Lindsay has written. Kudos David! This fantastic fantasy is like watching Doctor Who while playing Dungeons and Dragons. It's fun! The author has quite a sense of humor and a wonderful way of constructing complex sentences that gives the cadence of the book a fast-paced energy. "Who would have thought that fashion could become a matter of life and death?" Yeah, this story is about hats... really cool, magical hats that become the to-die-for fashion among the richy-rich ladies. The subplot stories surrounding the magical activation of these hats was so amazing, unique and interesting. I would read a book on just the hats, but the main plot knocked my socks off, and my hat! I usually read female-written fantasy novels about women kicking serious monster butt, but this author writes with such wit and humor, I was hooked after the first chapter. Read it. I guarantee you won't want to put it down. The main plot has fun little twists in the story that are delightfully unexpected. As a main character, Gaspar is a lovable rogue thief who can basically talk his way out of or into any situation. The interactions between him and the Spellbroker are awesome. Their personalities play well together. Most of the story is told through the dialogue, so don't skim the conversations, savor them! I would suggest this series to all ages. It's clean. It's fun. It's a tight story that would make a cool movie!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kythe42

    Gaspar and the Fantastical Hats by David A. Lindsay is a short story prequel to Gaspar the Thief. I enjoyed the book for the most part. It was quite amusing in the typical British humor sort of way and the setting reminded me a lot of Terry Pratchett's Discworld(perhaps a little too much). There were just a couple of things that irked me a bit. One was the lack of any chapters(the one thing that bugs me about most of Terry Pratchett's books). I suppose a short story that's only around 100 pages m Gaspar and the Fantastical Hats by David A. Lindsay is a short story prequel to Gaspar the Thief. I enjoyed the book for the most part. It was quite amusing in the typical British humor sort of way and the setting reminded me a lot of Terry Pratchett's Discworld(perhaps a little too much). There were just a couple of things that irked me a bit. One was the lack of any chapters(the one thing that bugs me about most of Terry Pratchett's books). I suppose a short story that's only around 100 pages might not need chapters, but I prefer them as it provides a good stopping place. Then again I'm often forced to stop reading before I hit the end of a chapter anyway, especially if the chapters are long. The book did have separating symbols to indicate scene changes though, so that helped to make up for the lack of chapters. The other thing that bugged me was the use of a D&D term without explaining what it meant(this was done in Gaspar the Thief as well). After googling it, the term did make sense in context, but I feel like the author shouldn't have expected people to know what it meant when it wasn't a book set in a D&D universe(as far as I know). Overall it was a fun read and I liked it enough to try Gaspar the Thief afterward.

  9. 5 out of 5

    D.S. Nelson

    This is the prequel novelette to Gaspar The Thief and was a fun, quick and entertaining read. The writing and use of language is excellent. As a lover of Terry Pratchett's discworld books, in particular those involving Vimes and the Ankh Morpork city watch, I do feel it was a little bit too close to Pratchett's world. This left me with a nagging feeling that this was fan fiction rather than an original story. The suspense built up really nicely in the middle and I found myself looking forward to This is the prequel novelette to Gaspar The Thief and was a fun, quick and entertaining read. The writing and use of language is excellent. As a lover of Terry Pratchett's discworld books, in particular those involving Vimes and the Ankh Morpork city watch, I do feel it was a little bit too close to Pratchett's world. This left me with a nagging feeling that this was fan fiction rather than an original story. The suspense built up really nicely in the middle and I found myself looking forward to the ball and wondering what the hats were going to look like. But the end was rushed and I felt like I was galloping towards it rather than the twists and turns creeping up on me. Without giving away any spoilers, I was also disapointed with the route Lindsay chose to take the story down. All the effort the main character had invested seemed to come to nothing. There was no real showdown. In short it felt like a bit of an anticlimax. That said I was not necessarily put off and Lindsay has written a full length novel, 'Gaspar The Thief', that I have not read yet. I suspect this may be a more complete story. All in all this was an entertaining and well written novelette, which could easily have been longer.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Gaspar and the Fantastical Hats is a novella and prequel to Gaspar the Thief. Gaspar is a thief not attached to the local Thieves Guild, who is approached by a local Guild Masters Secretary to 'assist' in a matter of great importance...... To find the Guild Masters wife a magical item for the upcoming ball, for a hat, the current trend! Or the Assasins Guild will pay a visit! Gaspar and his friend Hubris (who has also been dragged in by another Guild Master to do the same) set off to find the sp Gaspar and the Fantastical Hats is a novella and prequel to Gaspar the Thief. Gaspar is a thief not attached to the local Thieves Guild, who is approached by a local Guild Masters Secretary to 'assist' in a matter of great importance...... To find the Guild Masters wife a magical item for the upcoming ball, for a hat, the current trend! Or the Assasins Guild will pay a visit! Gaspar and his friend Hubris (who has also been dragged in by another Guild Master to do the same) set off to find the special items required to save their lives, and since the only option left to them (as magical items are so hard to find now) they daringly enter the Wizards Guild. I felt the story flowed very well. It was face paced and the languages used was appropriate. It was an easy story to follow, with no huge surprises, but small twists and turns. It was humerous and light-hearted. As a lover of Terry Pratchett, this read very similar, possibly too similar. I would certainly recommend this story to fantasy readings, in particular those who enjoy Pratchett's work and similar. I certainly will be looking out for the next installment.

  11. 4 out of 5

    M.L. Chesley

    This was quite a fun read. Lots of twists and turns in such a short tale. All in the name of fashion! Gaspar seems like a fun character and I can't wait to read 'Gaspar the Thief', eventually. He seems to have lots of courage where his friend, Hubris, doesn't. This story was a fun, fast read. Very well paced, not too slow, not too fast. You weren't overwhelmed with too much information at once. I honestly didn't know what to expect, as I have never read anything from this author before. But I ha This was quite a fun read. Lots of twists and turns in such a short tale. All in the name of fashion! Gaspar seems like a fun character and I can't wait to read 'Gaspar the Thief', eventually. He seems to have lots of courage where his friend, Hubris, doesn't. This story was a fun, fast read. Very well paced, not too slow, not too fast. You weren't overwhelmed with too much information at once. I honestly didn't know what to expect, as I have never read anything from this author before. But I have seen Mr. Lindsey's 'tweets' on Twitter and 'Gaspar the Thief' has me captivated. So when this book came up free for a short time, I snatched it up, quick as a nimble fingered thief. Gaspar is a pretty low key character. He isn't overly hyper, or overly confident like so many thieves can be. He's confident enough. Whenever he's faced with a situation that's not his area of expertise, he has his friend, Hubris, to rely on. The two make a great team and work well off of each other. I found it very difficult to find a good spot to put this story down. Very well written, I liked it a lot. If you enjoy fantasy as much as I do, this author will soon become a favorite.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn West

    I received this via Amazon and it was FREE! It was promoted to me as a suggestion but the front cover and title grabbed my attention enough for me to request it, plus did I mention it was FREE?! I am glad that I did! I am aware that some have derided this as being a Pratchett rip-off. I have read everything the the illustrious Sir TP has written and I disagree.Yes there are some similarities but that is like saying every book with elves in it is a Tolkien rip off. I would suggest that the author I received this via Amazon and it was FREE! It was promoted to me as a suggestion but the front cover and title grabbed my attention enough for me to request it, plus did I mention it was FREE?! I am glad that I did! I am aware that some have derided this as being a Pratchett rip-off. I have read everything the the illustrious Sir TP has written and I disagree.Yes there are some similarities but that is like saying every book with elves in it is a Tolkien rip off. I would suggest that the author is more likely inspired by Sir TP but I personally feel that he has found his own niche within this genre. Gaspar is a thief, his best friend Hubris a not-quite wizard. Gaspar is manipulated into stealing an artefact from the wizards to adorn a Hat but things do not go to plan........ I thoroughly enjoyed this prequel. I liked the narrative style, the wry observations and the character development. I will certainly be looking for more by this author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Cormier

    I really enjoyed this novel. The details were all in place and the descriptions, dialogue, and characters were very well crafted. I appreciate and respect how the author was able to put a lot of descriptions into his people, places, and things without detracting from the story. I know from personal experience that doing so can be a challenge. Many other writers try to add details in the wrong places and they bog down the narrative or confuse the reader. I am happy to say this wasn't the case wit I really enjoyed this novel. The details were all in place and the descriptions, dialogue, and characters were very well crafted. I appreciate and respect how the author was able to put a lot of descriptions into his people, places, and things without detracting from the story. I know from personal experience that doing so can be a challenge. Many other writers try to add details in the wrong places and they bog down the narrative or confuse the reader. I am happy to say this wasn't the case with Gaspar. The world that he created was very intricate, and the different guilds within it all served to broaden the depth of the world. This was a very fun read, and I can't recall a single error, which shows it was well-edited. Kudos for that! My only complain with this novel is minor: a lot of dialogue was in italics. I found that a little bit annoying after a while. Otherwise, I have nothing but good things to say about this inventive fantasy tale.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I was looking forward to reading this prequel to Gaspar The Thief and was not disappointed. Shorter and more lighthearted than the main novel I found it hard to put down as I followed Gaspar on his adventures. Nothing is ever quite what is seems with lots of twists and turns along the way which keeps you guessing! A fun magical story that maintained a comic undertone throughout, I love the banter and teasing between Gaspar and Hubris, even amidst apparent life threatening danger! I would definit I was looking forward to reading this prequel to Gaspar The Thief and was not disappointed. Shorter and more lighthearted than the main novel I found it hard to put down as I followed Gaspar on his adventures. Nothing is ever quite what is seems with lots of twists and turns along the way which keeps you guessing! A fun magical story that maintained a comic undertone throughout, I love the banter and teasing between Gaspar and Hubris, even amidst apparent life threatening danger! I would definitely recommend this book before or after reading Gaspar The Thief.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kara Skye

    This imaginative tale is a great choice for readers who like a literary classic with adventure. David A. Lindsay is able to recreate the kind of literature depicted in the writing of Lewis Carroll or Jane Austen, but in the fantasy genre, reminiscent of the Harry Potter series. I recommend it to fans of all the aforementioned and sci-fi readers, too.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    I picked up this novella because it had been compared to the writing style of Terry Pratchett. I was not disappointed! Quirky and funny, I became immediately engaged with the story and the characters. My only complaint (if you could call it that) is that the novella ended far too soon! I'll be looking up other books by this author. I picked up this novella because it had been compared to the writing style of Terry Pratchett. I was not disappointed! Quirky and funny, I became immediately engaged with the story and the characters. My only complaint (if you could call it that) is that the novella ended far too soon! I'll be looking up other books by this author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dutch

    I enjoyed this book. It felt like a light version of The Lies of Locke Lamora - without the rich descriptions of the city and denizens but with the same humor and likeable characters. This book is a novella that serves as a prequel to Gaspar the Thief and was free. I enjoyed this book enough to buy Gaspar the Thief and am currently enjoying that book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    J.

    A clever and involved novella. If this was intended merely as an introduction for the author's world and writing, then it goes far beyond the usual freebie prologue or self-serving short story. I enjoyed this immensely. Thanks, Mr. Lindsay! A clever and involved novella. If this was intended merely as an introduction for the author's world and writing, then it goes far beyond the usual freebie prologue or self-serving short story. I enjoyed this immensely. Thanks, Mr. Lindsay!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ray Daley

    Bit of a Terry Pratchett wanna-be, needs to be proofed to have MUCH shorter paragraphs which are almost an entire Kindle page long in places at the start. Story & characters are good, flows well, ending needs some work though.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Saurabh Singal

    Interesting story interjected with sensible humour. Good read

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tinamarie Chappelear

    Witty and intriguing novella prequel. Now I need to read the full-length Gaspar the Thief!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vykki

    This was a pretty good fantasy. I enjoyed the twists and turns and the characters.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nigel

    Entertaining enough for a 0.5 type work. It set the scene for the full Gaspar story I imagine. I found it well enough written and I'd probably read the actual story sometime. Entertaining enough for a 0.5 type work. It set the scene for the full Gaspar story I imagine. I found it well enough written and I'd probably read the actual story sometime.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Margo

    It was OK. I had the feeling the author was striving for Terry Pratchett, but it wasn't quite in THAT league. It was OK. I had the feeling the author was striving for Terry Pratchett, but it wasn't quite in THAT league.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dlytle

    Free Kindle book. Premise is a controlled environment where all "trades" including wizards assassins and thieves are registered and controlled by guilds. Prequel to a novel. Free Kindle book. Premise is a controlled environment where all "trades" including wizards assassins and thieves are registered and controlled by guilds. Prequel to a novel.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Cute and clever (sometimes hilarious!) prequel to a novel that I will have to look into! Fun, likable characters.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tré Appleby

  29. 5 out of 5

    philip antony cortese

  30. 4 out of 5

    Koori no hi

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...