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Tinker (Elfhome, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2004
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Tinker and her cousin Oilcan are attacked by some random suits who try to kill Windwolf and any witnesses to the attack. Then there is the NSA and EIA, both organizations very curious as to what is going on in the elvish power structure and wanting to know a little bit more information about the scientific genius who just happens to be Tinker. Turns out that the feds have finally caught up with her and know that she has the mental ability to construct another gate, like the gate that links Earth to Elfhome. But humans aren't the only ones who know that Tinker has this ability - the oni, or Japanese demons, are determined to conquer Earth & Elfhome and are trying to use Tinker to do it!Read more ›
Tinker is an inventive genius, born ten years after her father died, who has spent all of her eighteen year growing up in this strange/familiar city of Pittsburgh. Brilliant, inventive and brave it developes that she is the pivot upon which the fate of worlds turns.
These elements could have been put together into a terrible book. But Wen Spencer's supurb writing turns them into a wonderful romp. The only disappointment was that the story ends far to soon. One can only hope that Ms. Spencer plans to revisit Tinker at some time in the future.
Read this book. Then if you have not read her first three books, get your paws on them and read them.
Preferring to literally mind her business, Tinker laments that the prey has to be Windwolf, an arrogant noble who saved her life five years ago from a saurus, but placed a life debt on her that forces her to help. Not long afterward every official from the NSA to the EIA (Elfin Interdimensional Agency) make demands of Tinker. Even those not officially officious want a piece of her. All Tinker desires is to remain in Pittsburgh wanting her first kiss on her first date, but alas even the city will not cooperate as it is no longer earth tied.
Anyone who thought Pittsburgh was Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins, oh my, will quickly change their mind with Wen Spencer's wild fantasy. The story line is as fast as a novel can go yet the key players seem genuine. Readers will adore the harried heroine, an ingenious tinker who has never been kissed (but is standing on an Elven mound not a pitcher's mound). Windwolf lives up to his clan's reputation for inhuman haughtiness though this human has breeched his soul. Amusing, ironic and loaded with daring and dastardly deeds, TINKER is a wonderful tongue-in-cheek fantasy joy ride around the city by the three rivers.
Tinker is young human woman living in Pittsburgh. She runs her own scrap yard for a living, invents and builds her own gadgets, and is incidentally a genius where hyperphase gates are concerned. Her murdered father was the inventor of the Chinese hyperphase gate in orbit of earth. Its activation twenty years ago, resulted in the veil effect which transported Pittsburgh to ElfHome and a huge section of virgin forest to Earth in its place.
One night, Tinker is working in her yard when a pack of magically enhanced dogs called wargs, chase the viceroy (an elf named Windwolf) into her yard determined to kill him. Tinker intervenes and saves his life. As a result, Windwolf owes her a life debt. When he gives her a gift, she doesn't realise that he is proposing marriage. She accepts his gift, and later agrees to a spell that will "prevent her death" (or so he says) without realising that she is agreeing to be turned into an elf!
Tinker is wonderfully inventive. I particularly like the idea of Shutdown when the hyperphase gate is turned off once a month so that Pittsburgh reverts to earth for twenty four hours. Buy this book, and pray for a sequel.
Reviewed by Mark E. Cooper
The Warrior Within
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I read a couple of free short stories in the Elfhome world from the Baen website, and they were so well written that I just HAD to track down the full books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Seattle Cook
A fun combination of tech, magic and a great story. Can't wait to read the next one!Published 2 months ago by Jesse Sullivan
I'm not usually a reader of sword-and-sorcery fantasy. Maybe I don't have the D&D gene, or perhaps I just miss the internal consistency of reality-based fiction. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DrPat
This paperback was loaned to me. Another great series by Spencer.Yep, I'm definitely hooked on this writer's great imagination and talent for character and world building. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tina
Once you pick up Tinker you can't put it down! The amazing mix of tech and magic in this book is such an excellent treat that I find myself coming back for more about once a year... Read morePublished 4 months ago
First Wen Spencer I ever read. Now I am actively seeking other books. Even bought the audio. Imaginative.Published 6 months ago by lcwelt
I picked up this book after reading [book:Wood Sprites|20257238] which was wonderful. This book, um. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sylvia McIvers
I first read "Tinker" over a year ago. I just finished "Wolf Who Rules" a few days ago and realized that I had forgotten, or mis-remembered, much of the previous novel. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Charles Daniel Christopher