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*Starred Review* A secret society has existed for millennia, operating under the surface of society. The Incrementalists are improving the world by making slight adjustments that make human existence a bit better than it might have been. During the Civil War, they influenced one of General Grant’s right-hand men so that he would keep Grant from succumbing to his affection for alcohol. They had a hand in the invention of the MP3 format, and they practically invented Robin Hood. But now they have a major problem on their hands. One of their own, who recently died, might have been murdered, and the woman who was given her memories paradoxically doesn’t seem to be able to remember her. Even worse, it looks like the dead woman has somehow manipulated the Incrementalists (or, to be more precise, Phil, who has loved her for centuries) into putting her memories into a very specific young woman for a very specific and quite troubling, possibly catastrophic, reason. It’s difficult to categorize this imaginative new novel from established sf/fantasy novelist Brust and newcomer White. It’s not quite a comedy, but bits of it are quite funny. It’s a fantasy, to be sure, but it’s grounded in today’s world and references real historical events. It’s cleverly constructed, populated with characters readers will enjoy hanging out with, and packed with twists and nifty surprises. If you have to call it something, call it genius at work. --David Pitt
"Powerful, manipulative and yet oh-so-very-human, the Incrementalists are my favorite secret society ever. This book is the perfect introduction to these imperfect history makers, with Brust and White as charming, knowing guides to their world."
—John Scalzi on The Incrementalists
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The characters have the dialogue and action sequences of a feisty board room meeting. The high points are the frequently and over described meals they eat together. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Natalie LeRoy
As a fan of Brust I'm always on the wait for the next Taltos book. Then I'm reminded that he can write other things. And well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Colin I. McCarthy
I have LOVED Brust's other work and I was unfamiliar with Mr. White before this book. I found this book to be plodding. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Bernier
Brust is one of my favorites, but this book just didn't hit it for me.
There are two main strands of story, and each has a fatal flaw. Read more
I bought this book based on the premise which seemed interesting. The premise is interesting but the execution is awful. Reading this book was a complete waste of time. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Edward Ivey
I've enjoyed all of Stephen Brust's previous work, so I was prepared to have a good time with this story but I really felt like I was sold a bill of goods by the book's... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Steven Brust did Joss Whedon style witty banter before anybody had heard of Joss Whedon. His dialogue sounds perfectly natural and conveys relationships between characters in a few... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Delilah Mayfair