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Wit and intelligence inform this off-beat, tongue-in-cheek fantasy from Spencer (Alien Taste, etc.), set in near-future Pittsburgh-or rather, the part of Pittsburgh that's been translated to the Faerie world of Elfhome by a faulty hyperphase gate created by the Chinese. After 18-year-old tech genius Tinker saves Windwolf, the elven governor of North America on Elfhome, from a pack of nasty wargs, Windwolf in gratitude turns her into an elf and makes her his consort. In her new and important position, Tinker becomes the target for a conspiracy of humans, elves and oni (Japanese demons that control their own part of Faerie) who are trying to build another gate for use in conquering Earth and Elfhome. Furious action, including a memorable car chase, good characterization, playful eroticism and well-developed folklore all help lift this well above the fantasy average. The routine jacket art, of an elven biological dirigible, probably won't help, but Buffy fans should find a lot to like in the book's resourceful heroine. FYI: Spencer has won the 2003 John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award.
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Spencer's latest novel is as imaginative and weird as usual for him, and it makes the same effective use of her old hometown, Pittsburgh, as a setting. This time a part of early-twenty-first-century Pittsburgh is taken through an interdimensional gate into Elfland. Tinker, a young orphan who runs a salvage yard in the city, rescues the local elvenlord from assassins, and thereafter finds herself entangled in a magnificent web of romance; plots involving humans, elves, and oni (Japanese demons); and a race to build another gate by means of which the oni can conquer both Earth and Elfland. Spencer's intertwining of current Earth technology and otherworldly elven magic is quite ingenious. But the whole novel possesses ebullient humor, and even the sex is entertaining, though there may be rather a lot of it for some readers' taste. The book ends with a cliffhanger, so Spencer is clearly kicking off another series. Most readers of this book will consider that good news. Roland Green
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Loved this book! Loved Tinker, Windwolf, Pony, Oilcan! Wonderful characters, wonderful book, wonderful series.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
wen spencer really knows how to put a good book together. really magical and glorious this is.Published 28 days ago by Katherine Jenkins
Good series. Enjoyed the heroine-quirky, smart and tough with flaws that make sense if you keep her listed age and upbringing in mind. Read morePublished 1 month ago by hsbaseballmom
I was looking for a non-military sci-fi, and this was recommended as an interesting sci-fi fantasy. It certainly fit the bill. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Luke D Preece
This book introduced me to a whole new world and a wonderful character in Tinker. I had to purchase and read all the other books from Wen Spencer once I'd read this one.Published 2 months ago by Marie
Loved it enough to buy all the others in the series. Good read.Published 2 months ago by Carol S. Block
I didn't connect with this book and its characters. I couldn't buy into the world created and character actions/reactions didn't make sense. Read morePublished 3 months ago by rabbitofhope