Clerks meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this original urban fantasy book about Geekomancers - humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture.
Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comic shop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter.
When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic “BOOM!” echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town’s magical flip-side. Here, astral cowboy hackers fight trolls, rubber-suited werewolves, and elegant Gothic Lolita witches while wielding nostalgia-powered props.
Ree joins Eastwood (aka Scruffy Guy), investigating a mysterious string of teen suicides as she tries to recover from her own drag-your-heart-through-jagged-glass breakup. But as she digs deeper, Ree discovers Eastwood may not be the knight-in-cardboard armor she thought. Will Ree be able to stop the suicides, save Eastwood from himself, and somehow keep her job?
©2012 Michael R. Underwood (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
The story, it's a good story
Ree. Obviously she's the primary character...but she's fun, witty, sexy, sweet, and something that every nerd wishes the girls he built up the courage to talk to would turn out to be.
Anyone. Her pitch was just at that level that felt like nails on a chalkboard
Using a narrator that was capable of producing sounds less like fingernails on a chalk board, for a start.
I'd definitely pre-listen, first
All references to the Gamers skill / power rankings. --- very tedious
Warning to all: please preview / listen before purchasing
Awesome Geeky FUN
Ree for sure she is every Nerd/Geeks Dream Girl Gamer, Comics, Movie Quotes and HOT. I got a Superman Kingdom Come shirt because of this book.
Ree of course
the stats when she meets new people is great. and the Princess Bride references are great too, my friends and I do this all time. A TV Show or movie version could be GREAT. I vote Kevin Smith to write and Direct.
Mainly, the audio quality. I don't know if it is the mixing of the recording, or the narrator. Every time she says "Ree", it is annoyingly loud and treble enhanced, and unpleasantly loud in a grates on my nerves way. It's like any bass or mid-level tones were filtered out, and recorded with a flat filter. I really like the series (I listened to the 2nd book first, and really liked it). So sample before you buy, is my best advice.
the name "REE" being blasted at me.
The equalizer settings.
No, I don't want to dissuade anyone from giving this book a chance.
I love the pop culture references and anyone who is even remotely a 'geek' will get many of the references. It's just pure fun. Like living in a role playing game.
Good question ... it's not like anything I've read before, but I haven't read a lot of urban fantasy.
ANYTHING would have made the performance better. I've read some of the other reviews that have hated the performance and they are spot on. I can deal with a narrator's voice, as long as there is some inflection involved. This struck me as a 1980's tape recording for the blind sort of reading. Every word was crisp and clear and there was no intent or meaning behind anything. At one point I thought to myself, "Wow...they couldn't get a reader who actually understood the pop culture references that were being mentioned?" And I noticed then that every sentence was being read in EXACTLY the same way. It was like watching a college production of Shakespeare ... where no one knew what they were saying, but they fell in to a rhythmic speaking pattern.
This book shows why it is SO important to get the RIGHT person narrating. A clear speaking voice doesn't mean the voice is right for the book.
A different voice reading the audiobook to me.
This is like the Dresden Files series, but Ree is a lot less jaded at this point than Harry is, and there are a lot more nerd references.
She sounded monotonous. I could always tell she was reading. Her voice also had a quality that irked me personally, which is my fault, not hers.
One of the Rhyming ladies. There are three of them all filling the fairly small and simple role of the best friend that is not a part of Ree's new world.
This is a fun book, not only because of the enjoyable premise and likeable characters, but also because it becomes a sort of game to attempt to catch and place all the references.
I have to save my sensitive eyes for thesis-writing, so audiobooks are how I keep up with my favourite authors and have fun.
The concept for this book is awesome - pure geekery and tons of fun. It is a light read - nothing too deep or complicated - and one has to remember that when some parts of the plot seem illogical. The many references to geek culture and favourites (such as Firefly) are awesome.
I cannot, however, under any circumstances, recommend the narrator. I'm not sure whether the narrator had a head-cold or whether the recording was just terrible in the beginning chapters. While the audio became crisper later on, the narration was still almost unbearable. The narrator reads S-L-O-W-L-Y. So much so, I often lose track of the plot. She also distracts terribly from the story rather than enhancing it, especially when fast-paced fight scenes are read like a bedtime-fuzzy-bunny tale. Her pronunciation of words and their syllables are off, and there's a monotonous rhythm and sound to it all. The character's thoughts, intuitions, and statments sound fake because the narrator's trying for something she's just not achieving. In her defense, some the the sentences in this book would be much more understandable in print rather than as spoken word - and that's the author's problem, not the narrator's. But still, the narrator manages to turn the main character into a whiny valley-girl instead of a sarcastic kick-ass heroine.
Maybe from the author but I would have to listen to a sample first.
I can't imagine that the reader was the whole problem. This has to be an issue with the audio. The tone was high-pitched and sounded like it was recorded inside a box. The sound level kept changing, too.
I would not recommend this audiobook to a friend, but the e-book is still worth getting.
This book reminds me of Diana Wynne Jones' Deep Secrets, for its cheery blend of urban fantasy and geek culture.
Where to even begin! The story and main character have potential, if a tad heavy handed with the pop culture, but the narration is truly abysmal. Julia Farhat reads mechanically with hints of false cheer accentuating the ends of random words, transforming a character that should be likable and believable into an insincere Valley girl. She rarely displays any emotion that's consistent with what's taking place in the story, and on the occasions she does, it comes across forced and uninspired.
So long as they got someone else for the main character.
The story has potential, so I'm going to finish this book up via e-book, and buy the second one, Celebromancy, on audiobook since they got a new narrator who I am already familiar with.
This story is somewhat of a hybrid of Ready Player One and Midnight Riot, both of which I listened to recently and enjoyed immensely. The geeky in-jokes were fun and I got a lot of them; the numerous Firefly references warmed my heart.
However, I had to grit my teeth to finish this book because the narration was so awful. Perhaps it is this narrator's first attempt; still, it boggles my mind that a producer would let this out into the wild. The narration was monotone, the tempo and phrasing atrocious. Her attempt at different characters' voices, especially Eastwood's, was simply annoying. As other reviewers have noted, the sound balance wasn't very good and was painful to listen to at times. In addition, when a new character was introduced partway through the book, it sounded for all the world like someone else's voice had been looped in—someone who actually knows how to read; however, those looped passages had a hissy background.
It pains me to be so critical of someone who is perhaps just embarking on their career as a narrator. While I would consider reading or listening to more titles by this author, unless this narrator improves a lot, I'm not going to suffer through another of her productions.
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