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Fix ('Mancer) Mass Market Paperback – September 6, 2016
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"This one -of -a -kind series ... is what might result if you put Breaking Bad and Reddit in a blender and hit 'frappe.'"
- Barnes & Noble Sci -Fi Blog
"A beautiful conclusion to the series."
- Pop Culture Beast
"Fix is a nice wrap -up to the story of Paul Tsabo and his family."
- The Geeky Guide to Nearly Everything
"I've said it before and I'll say it again: Ferrett Steinmetz's Flex series is one of the most imaginative and unique urban fantasies I've encountered. If you've read the other books in the series, then I don't need to recommend Fix to you - -you're going to pick it up anyway."
"If you're interested in stories about magic in the real world, a father who'd give the world to save his daughter, video game magic, and restoring the world, this is a great series to pick up."
- Blogger's Bookshelf
"The perfect ending to the Tsabo story."
- Lynn's Books
"Flex was great, as was its sequel, but this really brings the series into a solid cohesive unit that's worth a slot on anyone's shelf."
- The Artolater
"I'm so hooked to this series, but that's hardly the half of it. Ferrett continues to shock and amaze and simply improve upon everything he's accomplished so far."
- Brad K Horner
"Fix is an incredible end to an amazing trilogy."
- Morpheus Tales
"It’s a powerful story, a take on magic and obsession that crosses boundaries and paints new pictures of a reality that could have been and could yet be. It’s a brilliant piece of urban fantasy, and adventure that stays with you long after the last page has been read and the cover closed, and Steinmetz has done something great here."
"Fix is a book that has to be read by fans of the series....in fact everyone needs to read this series. I loved everything about this book and I really did not want it to end. This series is one I have devoured, and I am sad to see it all end, but I will not hesitate to pick up more books by Ferrett Steinmet in the future."
- Much Loved Books
"I love all three of these books. I cannot recommend them enough. This one is even more epic and heartbreaking and wonderful and amazing than the others."
- Diabolical Plots
"Man, what a ride...Steinmetz has created one of the most unique magical systems I've ever had the pleasure of reading about, not to mention some badass female characters that I adored."
- Geek Girl Riot
"I will happily read anything this man writes."
- The Little Red Reviewer
About the Author
FERRETT STEINMETZ is a graduate of both the Clarion Writers' Workshop and Viable Paradise, and has been nominated for the Nebula Award. Ferrett has a popular blog, The Watchtower of Destruction, wherein he talks about bad puns, relationships, politics, videogames.
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When Flex came out, it was advertised as being similar to Breaking Bad (a comparison which holds fast in Fix). As I dug into the story, I could feel the same sick ache that comes with episodes like Ozymandias. Things get bad, and then they get beyond bad, and yet Ferrett finds a way to tie it together with hope and meaning (rather than grim nihilism). I finished Fix feeling satisfied (but still wanting more -- the ending doesn't do nearly enough to conclude things), and wishing that the world of Fix was one I could visit.
I began reading the 'Mancer series because I'm a fan of Ferrett's writing. I kept reading because it's that damn good. The 'Mancer series is one I'd recommend to people even if I wasn't familiar with Ferrett's other work, and that's probably the highest praise I can offer.
I enjoyed the was that Paul was sidelined and his powers cut back after the big ramp up at the end of the second book, and that allowed space for the other characters to step forward into the spotlight. Ferrett has a way of making his characters people you care about, and the final book is certainly emotional as they face stark choices of pain and sacrifice no matter what they choose. The actual ending was well thought out and emotionally satisfied. Pretty much the only sub-plot if did not fully like was the Valentine relationship grinding. With the two people in it being action oriented, it just seemed to be a little too angst filled. It still worked, but they seemed to just be stuck for a lot of the book.
The action and magic scenes are good and the descriptions of the consequences of the rifts over Europe were well thought out and described. As in the other two books, tons of gaming cultural references and even a little bit of Broadway mega hit references in a few chapter titles.
The book left me happy to have spent the time reading all three books and I look forward to Ferrett's next novel.
Though it'd been a good few months since I'd read the last book, Fix does a good job reorienting you, reminding you of how things have settled out across the series so far and who the major players are.
If you cherish slow build-ups, you're out of luck with this book. It takes off running, and rarely slows down. It kept me glued to my screen across the three days it took to finish it, and the tortuous path Ferrett leads the characters through absorbed me thoroughly.
Sacrifice, romance, fathomless rage, furious combat and cunning plans-within-plans all wait to delight, horrify, shock, and satisfy the reader.
Ferrett has written well, and Paul, Aliyah, and Valentine got under my skin. I hurt for them, I cheered for them, I cried for them. Beyond the glittery trappings of urban fantasy's magic and artifacts, the 'Mancer series shines with thoughtful characterization, character growth (realistically, not always in positive directions) and fresh takes on ideas that make for fascinating plots I couldn't glimpse the end of.
So, you could say I'm a fan, and naturally I had some high expectations for the final entry in the series. It exceeded all of these in ways I would never have dared to hope for. It's been a pleasure to see Ferrett's writing mature and improve, and it's clear he pulled out all the stops for this finale. It's addictive, well-paced, hilarious, and heart-rending. What are you still reading my review for? Go buy this bloody thing!