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Libriomancer: (Magic Ex Libris Book 1) Hardcover – August 7, 2012
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"Pretty much geek porn for the urban fantasy set. It’s meta-fictional and utterly awesome." — Tor.com
"This may be Jim Hines’s best work. Libriomancer is smart, silly, and deadly serious, all at the same time. It’s a book about loving books. This is the magic librarian and ass-kicking dryad adventure story we’ve all been waiting for."
— Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON
"All writers believe in the magic of books; Jim Hines has created a system where that magic becomes real, usable, and very definitely not always safe."
— Tanya Huff, bestselling author of the BLOOD BOOKS
"Secret organizations, supernatural threats, and an unknown killer of unimaginable power—Libriomancer is one of the best reads I’ve had in a long time. It’s a lightning-fast race against time and magic to prevent the darkest secrets from history from unleashing a supernatural war on the world. I can’t wait for the next one. Oh, by the way, never piss off a fire spider." — Lisa Shearin, national bestselling author of ALL SPELL BREAKS LOOSE
“This funny and fast-paced series opener...will be sure to surprise and entertain urban fantasy fans.... Isaac is sure to be an instant fan favorite, and the secondary characters are vivid and multidimensional.” — Publishers Weekly
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In Jim C. Hines' 'Libriomancer', we are pulled into a world where since the 15th century certain people, libriomancers, are born with the ability to pull objects from books. Our protagonist, Isaac Vainio, a librarian in UP Michigan, has been exiled for the past two years from this order, not allowed to work magic anymore for his past transgressions. But one day vampires show up at his library and he is pulled back into the world of magic. Set on quest, with his companion Dryad and fire spider, Isaac must discover the whereabouts of Gutenberg. And if he doesn't find Gutenberg then it's quite possible that all hell will break loose.
This faced-paced gem of a book is a treat for any lover of science-fiction and fantasy. Making references to cherished books left and right (care for Sonic Screwdriver, or an enchanted healing sword, or a cordial of healing liquid?), this is a world created by an author who clearly loves books and wants to share that love with the reader by allowing them entry into many beloved worlds. The book is written well, and gives just enough answers by the end to leave you satisfied but keep you wanting more.
P.S. Ponce de Leon nearly steals the show. I want more of him.
This book turns Urban Fantasy on its head. This is our world - with computers, and fandoms, and Twilight movies - but within our world are the creatures that have grown from the use of libriomancy: vampires, and Isaac's dryad friend, and chupacabras crossbreeding with poodles. It's a world where words have power; a libriomancer could theoretically pull micro black hole out of a book and destroy the planet!
I'm a fan of Jim C. Hines. I loved his Princess series, but I haven't tried out his Jig the Goblin series yet. When I heard he was writing a new series, I knew I had to read it. You should too! What's the opposite of disappointing? This book! Isaac is a geek to be reckoned with; not only is he a fan of multiple fandoms and has read just about every SF/F book there is, and more in other genres, he can remember specific passages and page numbers from those books to serve his magic needs. The author conveniently provides a complete list of every book referenced within the pages of Libriomancer, even the made up books! (I seriously thought Vulcan's Mirror was a real Trek book.)
I don't know if you can to tell from this review yet, but I liked this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Magical librarianship. Wow, I could have really used this talent when I was working for as a public service librarian in Ohio. Taking the magic in books to a whole new level.Published 22 days ago by Deborah
I spent five days reading a 300 page book :( This should have been read in two days if it wasn't such a hard read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Geo
The imagination that can think up and write a story based on stories is mind boggling. While I am addicted to books and read them at a rate that puts even most literary agents to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jill A. Carpenter
Imagine you could reach into a book and pull out anything described within those pages. There are laws of thaumaturgical physics about what is and is not possible. Read morePublished 1 month ago by realmjit
This is the first book I've read by Jim Hines but it won't be the last. The characters had depth, the story was fast-paced, and the magic system was clever and different. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric Beyle
I am no good at Reviews. Everyone has their own tastes. But with that said, I really enjoyed this story line and can't wait to start the next book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C.
Have to disagree with critics' reviews saying "this is one of Hines' best!" In fact, it's far from that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JKom
Libriomancer is the first book of the Magic ex Libris series by American author, Jim C. Hines. Isaac Vainio works in a small-town library, spending the day cataloguing books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cloggie Downunder
Picked up this series on a whim last year when it was on sale. I did the 'huh I'll just try a few chapters..' and it was "SLEEP WHAT SLEEP? I DON'T NEED SLEEP. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Edison