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The Incrementalists by [Steven Brust, Skyler White]

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“Spare, dangerous, strangely whimsical, damn fine. Read this. It's good.” ―Elizabeth Bear on The Incrementalists

“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

“Delightful, exciting, and sometimes brilliant, Steven Brust is the latest in a line of great Hungarian writers, which (I have no doubt) includes Alexandre Dumas, C. S. Forester, Mark Twain, and the author of the juciest bits of the Old Testament.” ―Neil Gaiman

“Steven Brust might just be America's best fantasy writer.” ―Tad Williams

“As always, Brust invests Vlad with the panache of a Dumas musketeer and the colloquial voice of one of Zelazny's Amber heroes. This is a rousing adventure with enough humor, action and sneaky plot twists to please newcomers as well as longtime series fans.” ―Publishers Weekly on Dragon

“Steven Brust, in a genre that's mostly done by the numbers these days, maintains a hipster charm and an originality of mind.” ―The Philadelphia Inquirer on Agyar

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00CQY7TNO
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Books; Reprint edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 24, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1026 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 305 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.7 out of 5 stars 123 ratings

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on May 1, 2017
Ser Moomba
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit flat for my taste - but I still read it in a day and a night and basically enjoyed the story
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on March 13, 2015
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit flat for my taste - but I still read it in a day and a night and basically enjoyed the story
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on March 13, 2015
The book is OK. A bit flat for my taste - but I still read it in a day and a night and basically enjoyed the story. I am a fan of Steven Brust - have been since I first discovered Vlad Taltos and Mario in the early 90s. Now here's a question I have about Incrementalists. The book apparently came out in 2013, or am I wrong? Because I just found an forum that was founded in 2011. And all of the characters from the book are there, talking to each other, discussing seeds and stubs and gardens and meddlework. Is this a bunch of lunatics or just fandom taken to the extreme, like Star Trek conventions? Just curious :)
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David S.
1.0 out of 5 stars Furchtbar geschriebener Kitsch (keine Spoiler)
Reviewed in Germany 🇩🇪 on November 21, 2017
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