Lavie Tidhar's Gorel and the Pot-Bellied God (a novella) was published by PS Publishing in April 2011.
Here's a description of Gorel and the Pot-Bellied God:
There is only one truth Gorel of Goliris — gunslinger, addict, touched by the Black Kiss — is interested in: finding a way back home, to the great empire from which he had been stolen as a child and from which he had been flung, by sorcery, far across the World. It started out simple: get to Falang-Et, find the mirror, find what truth it may hold. But nothing is simple for Gorel of Goliris... When Gorel forms an uneasy alliance — and ménage à trois — with an Avian spy and a half-Merlangai thief, things only start to get complicated. Add a murdered merchant, the deadly Mothers of the House of Jade, the rivalry of gods and the machinations of a rising Dark Lord bent on conquest, and things start to get out of hand. Only one thing's for sure: by the time this is over, there will be blood. Not to mention sex and drugs... or guns and sorcery.
And here's the review:
A REVIEW OF LAVIE TIDHAR'S GOREL AND THE POT-BELLIED GOD
I read earlier Lavie Tidhar's Cloud Permutations, which was an interesting novella. Gorel and the Pot-Bellied God is also a fine novella and I liked it very much. I'm sure that it will please Lavie Tidhar's fans.
The description of this novella tells a lot about the story, so I won't write much about it. I'll only mention that Gorel and the Pot-Bellied God is divided into three parts:
- "The Road to Falang-Et"
- "Mothers of Jade"
- "The Shadow from the West"
I'll also mention that this novella is subtitled as "A Guns & Sorcery Novella". This subtitling tells a bit about the nature of the story.
The plot moves nicely forward and the story is genuinely interesting and original. The author writes fluent prose and keeps the reader interested in what's happening.
When I read this novella I liked Lavie Tidhar's characters and worldbuilding, because the characters were interesting and the world was fascinating. I also enjoyed the story, because it was refreshingly original. I think it's a shame that Gorel and the Pot-Bellied God is only a novella, because it would've been interesting to read more about the characters and the world, but on the other hand, it's probably good that the story was told in a novella format, because some things aren't meant to be expanded.
Besides writing about the main character, Lavie Tidhar tells his readers a new adult version of the old fairy tale about the princess and the frog (I'm sure that most readers are familiar with this fairy tale). This new version is quite different from the traditional version.
I've come to like Lavie Tidhar's novels and stories very much (his novels and short stories are versatile and fascinating). He has found his own voice and he isn't afraid to write original stories. Gorel and the Pot-Bellied God demonstrates that he can write about almost anything and whatever he writes about, he does it well (his stories are fresh and exciting).
Gorel and the Pot-Bellied God is a great and a bit surreal fantasy novella, which can be recommended to readers who want to read something different. It's good entertainment for fantasy readers.