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Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
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Discount Armageddon

by Seanan McGuire

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A quick and fun ride...

This book, the first of a new series by Seanan McGuire, is quite different in tone from her previous works, because there's a solid thread of humor running through it and giving it a lightness that her other books don't have. And for me it's been a welcome, and relaxing, change of pace....

The heroine, Verity Price, is a sort of paladin for "cryptids", in other words monstrous or mythical creatures that live alongside humans in the modern world: the reader can find more... mundane bogeymen, gorgons or dragons alongside less known creatures, all with their habits and quirks that integrate in a fun way with some very human traits. The level of world-building that the author shows here, and the seemingly effortless way she handles these creations are a testimony to her talent.

McGuire tackles the "required" romantic entanglement in the same way: Verity's love interest, Dominic, works for the opposition (i.e. a secret cult bent on destroying cryptids) but this, instead of leading toward the overused star-crossed-lovers path, gives her a wonderful opportunity to impress a different spin to this thread. What I most appreciate about the relationship is that neither Verity nor Dominic becomes so smitten with each other that they forget their primary duties, or change their attitude: it's a very mature, very intelligent approach that gives the love story a fresher outlook.

There's one item I would like to mention, something that painted a delighted smile on my face: at some point, one of the characters mentions Babylon5 – I love this show in a major way, and this mention by McGuire showed that she must be a fan too. My already high appreciation of her went higher...

And last but not least: Aeslin mice! Enough said... :-)
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  SpaceandSorcery | Dec 25, 2018 |
Mediocre. Disappointing. It promised more than it could deliver. The ending fell very flat. ( )
  2wonderY | Dec 19, 2018 |
This book is a whole lot of fun. I love the cast of characters, and the worldbuilding. The exploration of the ethics of "monster hunting" is exactly my kind of thing. Excited to read more of this series! ( )
  lavaturtle | Nov 15, 2018 |
https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/3056712.html

I felt this was really Buffy reheated for New York, and as soon as the tall handsome antagonist hove into view I could see how it was going to end. ( )
  nwhyte | Aug 23, 2018 |
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire is the first book in the author's InCryptid urban fantasy series. I've previously read many books and stories by Seanan McGuire (and her alter ego Mira Grant) but this is only my second foray into her urban fantasy novels.

When I was pressed for time towards the end of Hugo voting season, I decided to make my last few decisions by reading the first couple of chapters of the remaining books, this one among them. After that I had to get back to other (review) books, but when I had the chance, this was the book I wanted to pick up the most. It was the sentient, religious mice that really won me over.

The protagonist of this story is the scion of a family that used to be part of the "exterminate everything supernatural" society (aka the Covenant) until her great-grandparent defected. Now they study and protect the supernatural and stop the more aggressive members of that group from preying on humans. Verity in particular is well trained in fighting and enjoys cryptozoology and ballroom dancing. She's making a go of in New York: dancing, waitressing in a strip club (hence the cover art) and keeping the peace. The main story happens when a chap from the Covenant shows up, intent on a purge, but not responsible for a spate of recent disappearances...

This wasn't a complicated read but it was a fun one. As I said, I really liked the mice and most of the other characters also made for fun reading (basically, except for the bad guys). I felt a bit meh with regards to the romantic storyline, which was simultaneously a bit underdeveloped and predictable — the latter partly because there weren't many other male characters around. (On the other hand, yay for lots of female characters!)

I quite enjoyed this book and found it enough of a fun read that I am definitely interested in continuing with the series. I definitely recommend it to fans of urban fantasy looking for a fun read with a bit of a scientific take on different supernatural creatures. As it happens, I picked up book 2 on sale in paper (urgh) several years ago, so I already have it waiting on my shelf, huzzah. So I will be getting to that just as soon as I can bring myself to read a paper book again.

4 / 5 stars

You can read more of my reviews on my blog. ( )
  Tsana | Aug 11, 2018 |
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Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night... The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity—and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right? It would be, if it weren't for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family's old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed. To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone's spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city...
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Verity Price, who has been trained from birth as a cryptozoologist--a monster hunter--attempts to pursue a career in professional ballroom dance, but dangerous cryptids and an enemy operative keep getting in the way.

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