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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Joanne
  • Scottsdale, AZ, United States
  • 03-05-17

Creative book with the wrong narrator

Would you try another book from Jim C. Hines and/or David DeVries?

I hadn't read Jim Hines before but I liked the idea of pulling magical objects out of books--as an ex-librarian, I appreciate all the book references. And I would like to continue with the series but I don't know if I can take the narrator for one more book. His voice is a little flat but can portray wry humor, but his female characters are so annoying. Lena, the dryad, sounds nasal and adenoidal. There's not a lot of differences between the characters' voices except for the over the top ones, like the villain at the end. His take on Isaac's sexual attraction to Lena is a cross between cringe-worthy and listening to a 16 year old virgin. And is that the correct pronunciation of "automaton"?
Sigh! I'd like to continue with the series, and I'm kind of invested in the characters' fates but I'm going to need to take a break from the narrator first.

What did you like best about this story?

Great concept, clever backstory. Interesting main character in Issac.

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

Luke Daniels. My dream narrator---James Marston, but that's not going to happen! Despite the fact the lead character is maile, a good woman narrator like the brilliant Amanda Ronconi could put the right snarky spin on it.

Do you think Libriomancer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

You want to hear more about Issac and his work with the Porters, and his relationship/threesome with Lena and Nidhi. There are 3 more books in the series. I'm just not ready for the narrator yet.

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fun action urban fantasy but bad female voices

read more books enjoy the magic more. the narrator's good overall, except for female voices.

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Horrible narrator

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Seems like a decent enough story, but the narrator is absolutely horrible. His pacing is too fast, like he's rushing through the story. The characters are delivered in a near monotone voice no matter what character he's reading. Can't tell the women from the men, and there's no change in intonation to clue you in to whether a line was spoken out loud or was a thought in the character's head. I'm returning this one.

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This book made moving fun!

Listening to the audio book for Libriomancer, the arduous task of packing for a move became a pleasant span of time wrapped up in a delicious story. It hots the ground running and seamlessly introduces us to the world of Porters and Libriomancy. a world that calls to all book lovers and dreamers. Jim C. Hines does a beautiful job of avoiding tropes and clichés without calling blatant attention to the rounded realism of the characters. He also brings up several topics certain magical themes take for granted when these items really merit close scrutiny. I was thrilled to see them noted, and hope that hr expands on such things as the series progresses.
This book is really a keeper. As soon as I finished it, I began listening to it again. And again. I got 7 badges and "Pro" level in audible from this book ALONE. It just doesn't lose its charm. Five really big, bright gold stars for Libriomancer!

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Worst narrator!!

Good story! Narrator even mispronounced the main character's name. It's like he never heard half of these word before. Unbelievable! Does nobody edit narration? Shame on the publisher!

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Fabulous premise

Excellent book, very entertaining, original, different. I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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Interesting idea, but lacks engaging characters

I love the idea behind the book, the storyline is unique and keep your surprised and engaged at every turn. Its basically a story about the love for and power of books, which makes it an fun book for avid readers.

I enjoyed the book, but in the end I didn't feel inclined to continue the series. What I mostly liked was the idea behind the book, and the storyline to some degree, but I didnt become very attached to the characters and cant say I care much what happens to them further on. I didn't like Lena at all, Isaac was alright, but like I said, I didn't get emotionally attached to them. (Smudge was my favorite character by far)

I'm not sure if I'll finish the series at some later point, but right now I don't have any plans of continuing.

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  • Robert
  • GRAND FORKS, ND, United States
  • 05-30-15

Not bad

...but not really good either. Excellent premise. Things went off the rails and got really goofy by the end, though. I'm betting these get better, so I'm willing to try book two.

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Libromancer

Liked the story and found that hero had same taste in books as many readers. This is a nice touch.

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the idea is better than what is written

on par with Dresden book 1. not good but the idea was. butcher has something this author lacks a great narrator that gives you a reason to stick it out till the books get good. I don't think I'll be giving this guy the room to grow.