Libriomancer (Jim C Hines)

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Libriomancer (Jim C Hines)

Postby FranW » 16 Mar 2014, 09:20

Libriomancer
Author: Jim C Hines
Publisher: DAW (2012)

A fun romp of a fantasy. It's PG rated at most, yet it deals with very mature concepts re relationships and romances. The MC, Isaac, is a libriomancer -- someone whose magic lets them reach into books (fiction or nonfiction) and draw forth objects. He's a spec fic geek, so he tends towards ray guns, magic potions, and cloaks of invisibility. Mostly, he reads and catalogues books, to identify new novels that contain objects you wouldn't want anyone to ever pull out -- incurable diseases, indestructible rings of power, etc. But the mild-mannered librarian has to pull out more than a ray gun when he's attacked by vampires who want to destroy all the libriomancers. Fortunately, he's got an ass-kicking, motorbike-riding dryad to protect him.

It's engaging, exhilarating, imaginative, and refreshing. The dryad is overweight -- and that's just fine! She's way stronger and faster than him -- and that's just fine! She's got a lesbian lover -- and that's just fine! He's in love with her, which throws a bit of a monkey wrench into the works, but that just makes the book even more fun. So Isaac struggles with love, lust, and free will, along with the bad guys who want to kill him. There ending is upbeat and happy, but with a very unexpected twist. I must now run out and buy the sequel.
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Re: Libriomancer (Jim C Hines)

Postby Baker » 17 Mar 2014, 06:27

Sounds fun. :-)
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