Hines, Jim C.

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Gifted with the ability to draw objects out of books, Isacc Vainio, a Libriomancer, seeks assistance from a Harley-riding dryad after a number of vampire attacks are reported by other members of his secret, magic organization.

Published: New York : DAW Books, c2012.
ISBN: 0756407397
Branch Call Number: F HIN
Characteristics: viii, 308 p. ;,24 cm.


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Mar 16, 2014
  • ShamaBole rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This should/could have been a blast - imagine the possibilities behind this premise. But alas, we have a not very competent protagonist and a very pedestrian (and somewhat confusing) reading experience. I'm surprised I made it all the way through.

Feb 10, 2014

Gutenberg was the original Libriomancer, that is why he invented printing press, but he is not necessarily the good guy in this series. He's still around, thanks to the Holy Grail, which keeps him young. Books are 'locked' at his discretion, so libriomancers cannot use their magic on certain books. For example, all of Tolkien's works are locked, ditto JK Rowling... but the Star Trek and Star Wars universe are fine: phasers & lightsabres, anyone?
Isaac can take any object from any book. His constant companion is Smudge, a tarantula from one of Jim Hines' previous series about a goblin hero. Smudge gets hot when danger is around, the greater the danger, the hotter he gets. Unfortunately, he can't communicate, so Isaac doesn't know until the danger presents itself whether it is just a banana peel, or a T-Rex... yup, it's THAT sort of book...This is definitely and absolutely one hell of a romp, with references to Pratchett, Heinlein, Asimov, CS Lewis and many other authors... I recommend this unreservedly...

Jan 15, 2014
  • DALHIA rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

this is the first book i've read by Jim Hines. I enjoyed it so much that I have started to read all the books he has written that the library has. He has a quirky sense of humor and an engaging way with characters.

Nov 21, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A very fun diversion. Hines creates a new form of magic while generally focusing on character and action instead of big info dumps and exposition. Clever, exciting, full of fun geek references, funny, and reverential toward the power of books. I'm planning on picking up the next in the series the next time I want some escapist fun.

Sep 14, 2013

This book deserves to be immortalized by Hollywood and the silver screen. That is how good this book is. I am also looking forward to book two.

Jan 29, 2013
  • neko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

JIm has written a great book. THis book deserves a place on your top ten list. Read it several times its so worth the return visit.

Aug 25, 2012
  • Caryn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's a wonderful adventure story as a librarian with magical talents tries to save his friends. It also deserves a reread because there are depths (and great writing) that deserve more than a race-through-to-find-out-what-happens-next.

Hines' best yet.

Jun 25, 2012

Really looking forward to this! Both the Princess series and the Goblin books are hilarious and I expect this to be even better.


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