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Discount Armageddon : an Incryptid novel (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Seanan McGuire

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Title:Discount Armageddon : an Incryptid novel
Authors:Seanan McGuire (Author)
Info:New York : DAW Books, 2012.
Collections:Your library, Reviewed
Tags:genre: fantasy, genre: urban fantasy, read 2012, female protagonist, strong women, borrowed from carol, read 2013, read 2015

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Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire (2012)



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brilliant! review soon... ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
Now that I've finished the book, I have to wonder what on earth the title means, as it has nothing to do with the story! The story took a while to make sense of, as I couldn't quite "get" the main character at first. But soon the story took on a familiar feel -- in terms of the characters and plot line. By that I mean that I was comfortably in the territory of urban fantasy, but McGuire's characters and storyline are definitely unique. I really enjoyed some of the over the top cryptid characters, like the one who threatens her enemies that she'll wear their lungs like a hat. The audiobook narrator's voice really helped to bring out the humor in lines like this, which might've just seemed gruesome on the page. ( )
  PerpetualRevision | Oct 25, 2015 |
Nicely done balance of fun, danger, and just enough romance. This book was exactly what I hoped it would be, but even better.

And yes, the mice are priceless. ( )
  RevBobMIB | Oct 21, 2015 |
Modern science fiction with an attitude. Some parts amusing but I felt like this was mostly empty calories. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over

I often try to read something written by the guests of honor at BayCon before I go. Sometimes that merely ends up in adding to the to-be-read pile (which already had a different Seanan McGuire), but this time I managed to read the first InCryptid novel. Discount Armageddon is a wonderful urban fantasy with a sarcastic, funny, and self-aware female lead, Verity Price, and a determined—if misguided—male lead, Dominic De Luca.

Dominic has been raised to believe all cryptids are evil beings out to exterminate the human race. He has some rather good reasons for this historically, but the secret organization that raised him, the Covenant, refuses to believe times change and not all cryptids are the same. This causes a good bit of tension between them because the Price family believes sapient cryptids are, well, people with all the complexity that entails. They also understand about acting within one’s nature and will give the cryptids they find harming humans a chance to mend their ways. It’s all about balance.

Between the family history revealed throughout the novel and the clear sexual/emotional tension flaring up whenever those two are near, it’s not surprising there’s a bit of a love story tangled up into what is a wild adventure.

Add in an adopted cousin telepath who really would prefer she wasn’t able to hear their thoughts, a boogeyman boss who goes with the money, a snobbish dragon princess, and a great many other cryptids of various types, most who would prefer to be left alone to make their way in the world, and you have a fun read.

I enjoyed the way Verity acts the cryptozoologist as she’s been trained, making note of new discoveries as she attempts to save her city from Dominic’s upbringing only to learn there’s a bigger threat that requires they work together. It’s a scientific approach that allows for the explanation of all these creatures while offering a delightful mix of science and mythology.

This is not a particularly deep novel, and if you think too hard some aspects of the plot become a little too pat, but it is definitely entertaining while exposing a morality I can appreciate.

Oh, and on top of all this, she’s trying to be a professional ballroom dancer. It’s great for the stamina and muscles she needs when fighting for her life, but the same cannot be said for the effect her family’s calling has on her dance. Verity uses her dance skills from keeping the beat to sheer athleticism to survive. However, her preferred career is unlikely to get off the ground when she spends all the time off work chasing down monsters both to protect and capture them, a purpose that intrudes on her competitions a bit more than through bruises and wounds.

Discount Armageddon fills the niche where urban fantasy took the sass of chicklit, the creatures of fantasy, and the non-stop action of men’s adventure then tosses in a little Romeo and Juliet romance. More than that, it does all those elements well then raises the bar with a scientific approach and grand imagination that both draws on myth and tosses in innovation with an even hand. ( )
  MarFisk | Jun 7, 2015 |
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Verity danced circles around the living room, her amateurish pirouettes and unsteady leaps accompanied by cheers and exultations from the horde of Aeslin mice perched on the back of the couch.
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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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