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review 2017-07-19 22:59
Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid #4) by Seanan McGuire
Pocket Apocalypse - Seanan McGuire

Alex, the God of Scales and Silence, has been asked by his girlfriend Shelby to help with a problem in Australia - her home where her family still fights to protect Cryptids



They’re having an outbreak of werewolves.


The Lycanthropy-W disease is one of Alex’s worst fears and one of the most devastating things that can afflict a country; especially Australia that has never had an outbreak before.


Of course, while the 36 society has no experience of Lycanthropy, Alex has no experience of Australia - and he has a very healthy respect for how dangerous the continent can be. And that’s aside from Shelby’s family

 

This book takes Alex and Shelby to Australia. I was struck with their being one major, vital point about Australia. There are no Aislinn mice in Australia.


I mourned, I sulked, I pouted, an Incryptid novel without Aisline Mice is clearly sadness. Until:


“One foot bumped my rolling suitcase, which gave out a faint cheer.”


Hail! Hail the God of Scales and Silence! Hail the Airline Smuggled Mice! Hail!


Yes, the glee returns!


Obviously, with the InCryptid series, there are a lot of things I’m going to praise every book, repeating over and over again. I will always praise the world building, the concept of cryptids and how they fit into the world and how they fit into the natural ecosystem. I will alway praise how incredibly creative they are but also how they fit so excellently with the cycles of the world - like how hunting therianthopes caused lycanthrope-W disease to spread because of the clumsy hunting of the Covenant, or how hunting unicorns caused the spread of cholera.


I will always praise the writing with its excellent pacing, the excitement of the action, the awesomeness of the personal relationships, the excellently presented world buildings, and the perfect inclusion of humour among the science and fun. I am always torn between both not being repetive in my reviews while still having to mention this every book because it would be remiss of me not to remind everyone of the awesomeness


And the Aislinn mice. Who are awesome


But aside from the standard awesomeness of all of the above, I also like the exploration of a, well, a morality spectrum, how the 36-ers differ from the Price family in power and resources and in attitude, and an examination of Alex’s own morality and how he has reacted to the 36-ers own attitude

 

 

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review 2017-05-31 15:38
Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire
Pocket Apocalypse: InCryptid, Book Four - Seanan McGuire

I really do love this series, although this was the weakest so far. I think that Aeslin mice are one of the most inspired creations in urban fantasy, and they were used to significant effect here, which was by far the most enjoyable part of the book.

 

Overall, I am lukewarm on Alex, who was the main character of this book - I much prefer Verity, and I am quite excited for the focus on Antimony in the next book. And Alex's love interest, Shelby, is a likeable character, but her family is almost universally ugh-worthy.

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review 2017-05-05 08:00
Magic For Nothing
Magic for Nothing - Seanan McGuire

Finally a full book for Antimony. As she is the youngest of the Price siblings and Verity and Alex seemed to have made a pact against her, I was a little bit surprised at how much I liked her after all. It's one of the things I like best about the series. There are three different POVs (thank God only one per book though) from the different siblings and there is not one who annoys me. I'm quite surprised by this.

While I liked the story (probably one of the best of the series), there were some things that seemed to be formulaic at this point. For example, all three of the siblings have (against all odds they say) found a partner in the first half of their first POV book. Their biggest point of adjustment seems getting used to the constant cheering of the Aeslin (who are and will remain forever Awesome). Mork was a great new character.

Looking forward to the next one!

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review 2017-05-04 08:00
Chaos Choreography
Chaos Choreography - Seanan McGuire

So, after the first four books, I expected to get to know Antimony in this one, but with the Dancing title, I should have known it was Verity.

Verity and by extension Dominic are back as Verity stars in something like So You Think You Can Dance. I'm not a big fan of these talent shows, and reading about them was also not my favourite. Obviously, something fishy is going on at the program and you really don't want to be eliminated.

I like these books a lot. They don't have the best story, or are written in the best way, but they are heavily entertaining, with lots of cute characters (all the fantastic beasts) and I find Chaos Choreography as well as the rest of the series are great for relaxing. Would certainly recommend as a light read.

But man, that's quite a cliffhanger!

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review 2017-05-03 08:00
Pocket Apocalypse
Pocket Apocalypse - Seanan McGuire

I'll let you in on a little secret: I mostly read these books for the mice. The Aeslin are awesome!

I find this series such a relaxing read, that I'm always looking forward to reading it and enjoy it, even though I think this was not the best in the series. One of the main attractions is the world filled with all the fantastic beasts so I was a little bit disappointed that it's mainly werewolves here. I mean, been there, done that. (Instead give me some more Aeslin please) Also I think Australia would have been perfect to create new species of cryptids that were not yet introduced to us before.

Either way, it was still an enjoyable adventure, although not that special. I'm still looking forward to more Alex in a later book, as I like his scientific approach.

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