Discount Armageddon

Discount Armageddon

Paperback - 2012
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First book in New York Times -bestselling Seanan McGuire's witty urban fantasy InCryptid series about a family of cryptozoologists who act as a buffer between humans and the magical creatures living in secret around us.

"The only thing more fun than an October Daye book is an InCryptid book." -- Charlaine Harris , #1 New York Times -bestselling author of Sookie Stackhouse series

Cryptid, noun : Any creature whose existence has not yet been proven by science. See also "Monster."

Crytozoologist, noun : Any person who thinks hunting for cryptids is a good idea. See also "idiot."

Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night...

The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity--and humanity from them.

Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right?

It would be, if it weren't for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family's old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed.

To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone's spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city...
Publisher: New York, NY : Daw Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780756407131
0756407133
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 352 p. : geneal. table ; 18 cm.

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KatieStringer
Aug 31, 2016

Proffessional ballroom dancer by day badass cryptozoologist by night

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Eosos
Jun 06, 2014

Urban fantasy is not a usual sub-genre for me to read but I do like the odd monster book so I thought I would give this one a try.

Verity Price has moved to New York to decide whether to pursue her dancing career, or follow in the family business as a cryptozoologist. Between fitting in dance competitions and working for her creepy bogeyman boss, Verity needs to find out why the local cryptid population is leaving town and keep old family enemies, the Covenant of St. George, from killing those that are left.

I found this story to be very entertaining. The family history and family members are quite amusing and the love story was pretty cute, if extremely predictable. All the non-humans in the book have very human sensibilities, whether they look like humans or not, so it was really like having a bunch of X-men in the book, as in.....people running around with special abilities but not being really monster like. It makes it easy to like them which is part of the point I suppose. It is a great book to while away a day at the beach or take your mind off work but don’t expect stellar writing, a good plot or much of a storyline.

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Mereha
Aug 13, 2012

I like the idea of urban fantasy, really I do. But too many of them end up like, well, like Discount Armageddon. It's fundamentally a speed read: formulaic, funny, a little sexy, but predictable. You can skip entire chapters and still pick up the plot in a paragraph. If that's what you're looking for, this is your book. If you want more creative urban fantasy, I'd go with one of the Dresden files or anything by Charles de Lint instead.

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cfrost
Jun 11, 2012

This is hilarious! McGuire's narrator is smart and classy, the hero is dedicated but conflicted, the romance is ambiguous and a side plot that adds complications rather than the driving plot of the story.
The hero does the most internal growth although there is generally a fair amount of learning and internal action to match the extremely active external actions.

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“There's no such thing as a normal life. Some lives are just more interesting than others, and we shouldn't judge people for being boring.”

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