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Discount Armageddon: Book One of InCryptid by [McGuire, Seanan]
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Book 1 of 5 in InCryptid (5 Book Series)
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Smart, whimsical and bitingly funny, Verity Price is a kick-ass heroine that readers will love. -- Molly Harper Seanan McGuire's DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON is an urban fantasy triple threat - smart and sexy and funny. The Aeslin mice alone are worth the price of the book, so consider a cast of truly ORIGINAL characters, a plot where weird never overwhelms logic, and some serious kickass world-building as a bonus. -- Tanya Huff McGuire kicks off a new series with a smart-mouthed, engaging heroine and a city full of fantastical creatures. This may seem like familiar ground to McGuire fans, but she makes New York her own, twisting the city and its residents into curious shapes that will leave you wanting more. Verity's voice is strong and sure as McGuire hints at a deeper history, one that future volumes will hopefully explore. RT Book Reviews Verity is a winning protagonist, and her snarky but loving observations on her world of bogeyman strip club owners, Japanese demon badger bartenders, and dragon princess waitresses make for a delightful read Publishers Weekly Discount Armageddon is an exceptionally well-written tale with a unique premise, fantastic character work, and a plot that just pulls you along until you finish. This is one for the urban fantasy enthusiasts out there-as well as for anyone who wants something different from most anything else on shelves today. Easily one of my favorite books of 2012. Ranting Dragon

About the Author

Seanan McGuire is the award-winning and New York Times "bestselling author of two urban fantasy series, the InCryptid and the October Daye series. She also writes under the name Mira Grant. The winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2010, she was also the first woman to be nominated for four Hugo Awards in a single year.

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  • File Size: 1523 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00736309M
  • Publisher: DAW; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LU0HNS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I keep going back and forth on how to start this review, which you might notice is going up a couple of weeks in advance of the actual release date. I'm not a prereader in the normal sense of the term, haven't received an ARC and I'm certainly nobody from whom you'd expect to see a blurb on the cover; I'm just a guy whose wife knew he enjoyed Seanan McGuire's October Daye series, so she preordered the first Incryptid novel when it was announced. And Amazon, in blithe disregard of release dates, sent it on to our greedy hands well in advance. Which is great, except for the fact that the NYT Bestseller list focuses on week one for its ranking system - and here we are in week -2, receiving our books, generating all of these sales. It's astoundingly unfair to a novel that deserves accolades and praises, and it's a resounding shame.

And yet, at the same time, I can't help but enjoy a guilty frisson of pleasure because I got to read it first. It took me less than six hours to consume this tale of monster hunting, monster cataloging, ballroom dancing and assorted deeds of derring-do, not because I'm a freakishly fast reader (although my wife would be one of the first to point that finger - "J'accuse!") but because it was, quite frankly, that good. This should come as no surprise to other readers of her Toby Daye series - Ms. McGuire is a talented author, with equal skills in creating memorable characters, spinning witty dialogue, and laying out a gripping storyline that catches you quick and rockets you along the rails (and sometimes above them, below them, or to one side or the other as you do those crazy, hairpin Wild Maus turns) to the conclusion.
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If you're a fan of Rosemary and Rue and Seanan's other books, you won't find this one disappointing. I won't summarize the plot, because the previous professional reviews pretty much got it right on - wanna-be pro-dancer from cryptid-obsessed family alone in New York, making friends with the ghoulies and having an awkward-but-steamy relation with a "kill-the-monsters" fanatic. I won't tell you how it ends, because, well, that would be telling. It is slightly different in feel from Seanan's October Daye series ("Rosemary and Rue", etc.) - a little less serious, a bit steamier. However, her characters remain interesting and original and her writing is clear and enjoyable. Some humorous turns to the plot really made the book for me, and I hope she continues this series as well as her October Daye novels. Recommended for some light reading.
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I love McGuire's other series, but this novel is neither all that funny nor all that compelling. I had high hopes based on the fascinating world she's created in her other books, but this one was just OK. Too much telling, not enough showing, and no real spark between the main characters. With their opposing viewpoints there could have been a good deal of conflict, a build-up to their relationship - instead, it just kind of happens without fanfare or tension. Good read if you want detailed descriptions of running around on rooftops, not so much if you are looking for satisfying worldbuilding and character interaction.
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Seanan McGuire fans rejoice. The wonder writer who introduced readers to the fantastic world of October Daye is back with a new series that offers another excellent heroine in a unique world that's full of action.

Discount Armageddon introduces readers to Verity Price, a daughter of the famous Price family that has dedicated generations to studying the many strange monsters, bogeymen, demon and other things that go bump in the night. From birth, Verity has been trained as a crytpozoologist, though she'd rather just dance. After getting fed up with her life in Oregon, Verity moves to Manhattan for a year to pursue a professional ballroom dancing career (as in, tango, ramba, salsa, etc.) while finding a way to balance her family duties. Not only does Verity uncover a local nest of dangerous monsters, but find herself being pursued by a monster-hunting member of the Covenant, which would rather kill all the incryptids than try to persevere them. And it doesn't help that he's incredibly attractive.

If you've read Seanan McGuire's October Daye novels, then you'll find that Discount Armageddon has many of McGuire's signature items: fun and quirky storytelling with kick-butt female characters and a unique and engaging world that pulls readers in and doesn't let them go. But fans should know: Verity's story is not nearly as dark as Toby's. In fact, Discount Armageddon offers a lighter approach with a little extra steaminess and a renewed sense of fun and excitement that's a breathe of fresh air to readers. And, I hate to say it, but as much as I love McGuire's October Daye novels, I think that the InCryptid series could overtake it as my favorite urban fantasy/paranormal romance series.
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Verity Price, a cryptozoologist, hunts monsters that go bump in the night. Not every monster though, just the naughty ones that cause havoc in society. Verity comes from a long line of cryptozoologists which a few generations back broke from the Covenant, a group that believes all non-humans are evil and need to die.

The book started out strong and made me have high hopes that it would be excellent. Roughly halfway through I ran into a snag that I could not get over. The snag that I am speaking of is that one character was basically brainwashed into believing something their whole life. Yet that character changed their lifestyle / beliefs at the drop of a hat. I do not believe that could happen in most cases. I would have liked to see a progressive change throughout the book, not a I woke up and am a different person today type of change.

Another issue I have with the book is that it is full of monster names (ex: ahool, johrlac, etc) that the reader will get easily confused or not able to keep straight. I read the whole book and struggled somewhat only to find out there is a monster glossary in the back of the book. Why is this not in the front of the book?! I assume that most people are like me and do not read the back of the book first. I would have loved to reference the glossary while reading, but it is too late now.

The book is highly entertaining and worth reading, especially if you are into the kick butt females and paranormal characters. If you do decide to read this book, remember to look in the back if you get confused on what *insert monster name* is.
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