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Libriomancer: Magic ex Libris, Book 1 | [Jim C. Hines]

Libriomancer: Magic ex Libris, Book 1

Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.
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Publisher's Summary

Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic....

©2012 Jim C. Hines (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This may be Jim Hines's best work. Libriomancer is smart, silly, and deadly serious, all at the same time. It's a book about loving books. This is the magic librarian and ass-kicking dryad adventure story we’ve all been waiting for." (Seanan McGuire, The New York Times best-selling author of Discount Armageddon)

"All writers believe in the magic of books; Jim Hines has created a system where that magic becomes real, usable, and very definitely not always safe." (Tanya Huff, best-selling author of the Blood Books)

"This funny and fast-paced series opener...will be sure to surprise and entertain urban fantasy fans.... Isaac is sure to be an instant fan favorite, and the secondary characters are vivid and multidimensional." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Judy 03-29-14
    Judy 03-29-14
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    "Funny and imaginative text"

    Libriomancers are people who can draw objects and people out of books and make them 'real' in the everyday world, but only after thousands of people have read the same words in the same way. Gutenberg was the original libriomancer and he developed the printing press to enable his magic. The libriomancers are being attacked by vampires who believe that the libriomancers started it and Isaac, a talented but poorly disciplined libriomancer has been recalled to field work to help out. He travels with Lena Greenwood, a dryad, and Smudge, a fire-spider, as they try to stop the serial murders of both libriomancers and vampires. The story is imaginative, well written and funny. David DeVries narration unfortunately does not do it justice. I find the tone of his voice irritating, although that is clearly personal choice, but there are also numerous instances where the way he reads dialogue does not match the description given by the author - so he might read something in a flat, unemotional tone and then say "exclaimed Lena".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N. Hopkins 03-22-14
    N. Hopkins 03-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Save yourself! Read the book instead!"
    Would you try another book from Jim C. Hines and/or David DeVries?

    Yes, if read by a different narrator. He has a fun style, good sense of humor and good character development. The premise of this book was outstanding and lured me in. Why, oh why did I not listen to a sample, or read the reviews more carefully? Because I'm a sap, that's why. Bringing objects from books to life? How could it not be fascinating? Every book lovers dream, right? And in fact, the story is fascinating. If you can get past the horrible narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The tree nymph. Great sense of humor, interesting premise.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David DeVries’s performances?

    Not only no, but by cracky, heck no. It was absolutely horrible. Nothing personal, David. Some people are just meant to be narrators, others are not. I hope you didn't quit your day job.


    Could you see Libriomancer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    That's a silly ass question.


    Any additional comments?

    I may very well get the Kindle edition of the sequel. I'd very much like to know what happens to these characters. I just couldn't stand to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N. Walden Utah 03-10-14
    N. Walden Utah 03-10-14 Member Since 2013

    Page Turner, Avid Listener, Life-long Student.

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    "Good but not what I was hoping for."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was so excited about the basic premise of this book - Libriomancers, people with the power to manifest magic from books. What a great idea! But I felt that at one moment the action was rushing by too quickly and at other moments the reflections of the main character were slowing things down. I think the author has great ability but it just didn't hit the mark for me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There was a certain amount of the end that was very foreseeable, not surprising. But it was fairly excitingly written, enough that I wanted to finish. I was disappointed by the two main characters and their back and forth feelings that didn't entirely resolve at the end. Not everyone has to walk off into the sunset happily but sometimes, its best to let things be messy than to tie up loose ends disappointingly.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David DeVries?

    While the reader was good at carrying emotion in his voice, his tone for the female voices was poor and, for me, it took away from the implied sexiness of those characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KarenB Western NY 03-10-14
    KarenB Western NY 03-10-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Impossible to listen to"
    What disappointed you about Libriomancer?

    The fact that the narrator mispronounces automaton, a key word in this book, makes it impossible for me to continue to listen. The story could be great but I will never know. How hard can it be to make sure a word is being said correctly? Especially a word that is used repeatedly, at least in the chapters of this book that I did manage to get through.


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    Dena 07-29-13
    Dena 07-29-13
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    "narrator ruined story for me"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, I kept getting irritated with the narrator. I bought the Kindle version so I could read the story. I understood that this book was actually removed from the store and would be replaced later after some problems were taken care of. When I noticed the sequel was ready for pre-order I went back and checked out this one again. I checked the last part of the book where I had to stop reading and there was still the mispronunciation of automaton which is used extensively in the last half of the book. I'm not willing to listen to the whole thing again to see if anything at all has improved.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David DeVries?

    anyone who could properly pronounce automaton!


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jade CARY, NC, United States 03-30-13
    Jade CARY, NC, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was unfamilar with the pronunciation of many words, which made me cringe. I swear that he said "liberry", which seems ironic somehow. Other missteps: "construct" (pronouncing the noun like the verb), "automaton", "Hermes". Also the quality of the recording was uneven, as though the narrator did many takes in different recording studios. Because of the narration, I could not enjoy the story.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Deming Huntsville, tx, United States 02-11-13
    Eric Deming Huntsville, tx, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Lots of Fun."

    I thought this book was average, until I read the second book which retroactively makes this book better by having a good follow up.

    Pulling stuff out of books makes for great fun and action scenes. The book is a celebration of books.

    The Reader has some quirks like pronouncing EYE-Zack as EYE-Zay-Ick.
    Maybe it is a regional thing, but still sounds weird.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Bartlesville, OK, United States 04-04-13
    Amazon Customer Bartlesville, OK, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So disappointing"
    What would have made Libriomancer better?

    A different reader would have made this book a lot better. I use audiobooks to keep me entertained/awake during long drives & I had to shut this one off to stay awake.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David DeVries’s performances?

    No I would not.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'm sure when I get around to reading the physical book I will find the story intriguing.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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