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Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid) by Seanan…

Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid) (edition 2014)

by Seanan McGuire

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Title:Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid)
Authors:Seanan McGuire
Info:DAW (2014), Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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This is a decent book, but unfortunately I'm not as impressed with this series as I'd hoped to be, considering how much I love some of McGuire's other work. The writing is enjoyable, with lots of the quirks and fun asides I've come to expect from the author, but Alex Price's first-person narration style is EXACTLY like his sister's, which made it hard to remember who the character was to the point where I got confused when other characters referred to him as "he". There were also a few obvious plot contrivances and clunky moments, I saw the ending coming from a mile off, and I am increasingly unconvinced by the "massive numbers of cryptids share lots of ecological niches in our world, but most humans don't notice (except the Specials and also, for some reason, the utilities companies?)"

Still recommended for fans of McGuire, but this isn't a series I'd pick up if you're not already keen on her style and willing to overlook some rougher edges. ( )
  Arifel | Sep 22, 2018 |
I wasn't hugely impressed one way or the other, but the beginning in particular was very slow. I doubt I'll make time to keep reading these. ( )
  whatsmacksaid | Sep 21, 2018 |
A light, quick read. This felt as if there was less on the line than in previous books. That didn't take away from it, just made it different.

One thing: Shelby is no Fran. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
It was great to see cryptid life from a new POV. I mean, I love Verity, but the narrator change to Alex was refreshing. Both because his voice is a little different than hers (not completely alien; they are still siblings) and because they're in completely different settings. She's in New York City; his story starts out in the swamps of Ohio.

There were a lot fewer instances of the Aeslin mice showing up and hailing things, though. That made me sad. I'm curious to continue with the series and see what they decide to call Shelby.

(This might be a 4.5 star rating, but since I'm not positive, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and mark it as 5.) ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | Jan 26, 2018 |
Alex Price is following his family tradition of Cryptizoology. He is living with his non-human grandparents (he has a complicated family tree), working as a zoo keeper in the reptile house and continuing his research

Of course, the zoo authorities don’t know that his research is into the breeding habits of basilisk and tracking whether the local fricken population is changing. All the while trying to juggle a relationship with the big cat keeper, Shelby while keeping all his secrets

Then people start dying - turned to stone. With his basilisks, a local gorgon population and a cockatrice running around, there are several possible culprits.

Hail! Hail the God of Scales and Silence!

Yes, every book review in this series is going to start with a homage to the Aislinn Mice who are made of utter awesome. And my main complaint about this book is there wasn’t nearly enough Aislinn mice. More of the mice!

I have to admit I went into this book with an immense amount of hostility - because the protagonist was changed from Verity to her brother Alex. And it is Change and I liked Verity so I opened this fully prepared to say how wrong and unjust and awful this is and, in the name of the mice, we must bring Verity back.

Thankfully I was wrong - or, rather I was overreacting. I liked Alex as much as I liked Verity - even though they are very different people - and I like that, that they were clearly different people with very different approaches to their family legacy (while Verity is conflicted, Alex embraces it despite the frustrations). His focus on science, breeding and studying crytpids in the wild with a focus on reptiles and amphibians is very different from Verity and her urban focus. But he was still so interesting, utterly invested, scholarly (same as Verity with a different focus) and a whole lot of fun. I am happy with Verity and Alex

I also really like how we explore their unconventional childhood and how that has affected their relations with others and the constant

But even better is Shelby the Designated Love Interest who is so many more times more interesting than Dominic. It would have been easy to make her less scholarly or educated or science based than Alex, especially since he’s the geek and she is blonde and attractive - but I love how that is definitely challenged and she is more than happy to stand toe-to-toe with him intellectually or action-wise. They work really well together, are great fun and she has a nice developed history and a clear personality. I liked her a lot.

Of course, the star of all this is the world building. The way cryptids work alongside natural world - both the non-sentient and the fully intelligent. I love the little nuggets like why cockatrice and basilisk petrify. I love the careful world building - like how a gorgon community cannot have livestock because they’ll petrify the animals. It’s little details like that that really make the world

As well as bigger elements that point to a really well detailed and carefully designed world: like the fact the Covenant, which hates all things Cryptid, basically declared war on all Australian wildlife- because Australian wildlife. Which again is an insight on Cryptozoology in different parts of the world (like the Australian concern for invasive species). It’s these details and development that make this world truly special

On top of that I love how the cryptozoology meets standard zoology and Alex’s concern that the Fricken - a feathery frog - is going to be discovered. I like that there are concerns around cryptids that doesn’t just concern how dangerous they are or people they’re killing - it adds an extra level of Cryptic management to the Price family’s mission

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Jul 16, 2017 |
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Alexander Price is a member of a cryptozoological lineage that spans generations and it's his job to act as a buffer between the human and cryptid worlds -- not an easy task when you're dealing with women who has snakes in place of hair, little girls who may actually be cobras, and brilliant, beautiful Australian zookeepers. And then there's the matter of the murders. Alex thought he was choosing the easier career when he decided to specialize in non-urban cryptids, leaving the cities to his little sister, Verity. He had no idea what he was letting himself in for. It's a family affair, and everyone, from his reanimated grandfather to his slightly broken telepathic cousin, is going to find themselves drawn in before things get any better… (more)

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