- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Corsair (3 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472113136
- ISBN-13: 978-1472113139
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Discount Armageddon: An Incryptid Novel (Incryptid 1) Paperback – 3 Apr 2014
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Smart, whimsical and bitingly funny, Verity Price is a kick-ass heroine that readers will love. (Molly Harper)
Seanan McGuire's DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON is an urban fantasy triple threat - smart and sexy and funny. The Aeslin mice alone are worth the price of the book, so consider a cast of truly ORIGINAL characters, a plot where weird never overwhelms logic, and some serious kickass world-building as a bonus. (Tanya Huff)
McGuire kicks off a new series with a smart-mouthed, engaging heroine and a city full of fantastical creatures. This may seem like familiar ground to McGuire fans, but she makes New York her own, twisting the city and its residents into curious shapes that will leave you wanting more. Verity's voice is strong and sure as McGuire hints at a deeper history, one that future volumes will hopefully explore. (RT Book Reviews)
Verity is a winning protagonist, and her snarky but loving observations on her world of bogeyman strip club owners, Japanese demon badger bartenders, and dragon princess waitresses make for a delightful read (Publishers Weekly)
Discount Armageddon is an exceptionally well-written tale with a unique premise, fantastic character work, and a plot that just pulls you along until you finish. This is one for the urban fantasy enthusiasts out there-as well as for anyone who wants something different from most anything else on shelves today. Easily one of my favorite books of 2012. (Ranting Dragon)
The first installment of the exhilirating InCryptid series, from the author of the October Daye urban fantasiesSee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Urban Fantasy at it's finest.
Verity Price was an exception for me. She seemed to be genuinely committed to her line of work (or rather, both of them, which produces interesting problems), and she is surrounded by fascinating supporting characters. Even the love interest worked, although it was rather obvious in an "Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr Darcy" kind of way. And McGuire's has managed to create loads of new supernatural species that come to life (as opposed to being the dull chaotic muddle that so often happens when fantasy writers attempt to fabricate a new creature). I think I like the happy religious mice best - but maybe the cuckoo deserves the top spot. Or the princesses.....
My only reservation, curiously enough, is that this is the first of a series. "Discount Armageddon" works very well in its own right; my fear is that it will spawn a host of sequels where the sparkling imagination displayed here becomes tarnished through overuse. I really hope I'm wrong, but it is a common fate with succesful fantasy these days.
This book also had some interesting and glaring editing errors that made me chuckle, but that does not detract at all from the story.
What can I say about the plot that you haven't read in either the synopsis or others reviews? It's a pretty simple one. Really!
Verity Price has always wanted to dance ballet, tap ballroom...it didn't matter. The problem is is that her parents trained her from nearly birth to be a cryptozoologist (I had to look that word up! (It is the study of unknown or hidden animals like the Yeti) Meanwhile her entire family for generations have worked for the Covenant a group that makes it their reason for living to kill all of the `hidden animals; although the Prices tired of the mass destruction of the cryptid's and ran and went into hiding. Now they are considered traitors and should be taken down. Meanwhile Verity's family truly does study them--and work with them and are related to some of them (Verity even dances in competitions with some of them!) and are friends with a lot of them.
Enter Dominic De Luca a young good looking member of the Covenant, come to New York to see if the cryptid's need purging to keep their numbers down. Do you smell romance in the air? Of course you do!
Things go from wacky to worse and back to wacky as more and more young unmarried cryptid females go missing and Verity and Dominic step in to investigate
Verity's family has a long history working as cryptozoologists, mainly trying to protect supernatural creatures from humans, and from the Covenant of St George, who think the only good cryptid is a dead one. Verity is taking a gap year of sorts, to live in a city (*gasps from her family*) and pursue a career ballroom dancing. Previously, she entered a So-You-Think-You-Can-Dance type show and did very well, but because her family are hiding from the Covenant, she had to do so under a false name, which she now uses for dance auditions in New York. To make ends meet, she works in a bar owned by a cryptid, Dave, and lives in a tiny apartment with creatures called 'Aeslin Mice'. The mice are rather adorable - just like normal mice, but they talk, and have festivals and religious celebrations for everything. Verity first meets Dominic De Luca as she's free-running home from work over the rooftops of New York and ends up hanging upside down from a trap he'd set. From there, it starts getting harder for Verity to keep her two lives of dancing and cryptozoology separate, getting pulled into problems about dragons that she would rather stay away from. While she and Dominic try to keep from killing each other, they must hunt around and under the city to find the truth of the rumours and find out what's happening to the disappearing locals.
Discount Armageddon is a really fun read. I was very quickly pulled into Verity's world, and I loved each new cryptid she met.Read more ›
Verity is a pretty great heroine. She rubbed me the wrong way a little at the start. I found her a little cocky, and her way of speaking could get a little grating. Some of her lines bordered on the cheesy side too. I was speaking to someone the other day about how I get annoyed when people in tv shows/movies etc are in life or death situations but they still make all these witty puns which is ridiculous. Yeah, this book had quite a lot of those moments. But whatever, it's fiction. After a while I stopped finding it annoying and got sucked into the action. Verity definitely warmed her way into my heart by the end of the book. She kind of deserves to be cocky because she is bad ass. But I liked that she doesn't always come up top in a situation. She's not perfect and she makes mistakes, like we all do.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Urban fantasy, ballroom dancing and talking mice - this book is just ridiculously fun! Read more
Verity Price comes from a long line of cryptozoologists and has spent her entire life learning about the numerous types of cryptids (supernatural creatures) who live hidden amongst... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
highly entertaining, can't wait to read the second book of the seriesPublished on 8 Mar. 2015 by Vesna Novakovic
Amazing book , interesting plot , superb characters and think the track list at end of book was great idea , bit of comedy and romance on the go , characters are amazing and stand... Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2015 by Kyle Thomson
I bought this - and, regrettably, its sequal at the same time - on the strength of the good reviews it got from other readers. Read morePublished on 1 May 2014 by ImReallyAnElf
Wasn't sure if I liked the way it was written at first but after
a few pages I found myself absorbed by this story and would
definitely recommend it to anyone who likes... Read more
I wanted to like this book because I love the authors October Daye series. I put it down and restarted it several times trying to ignore my expectations and read it for its own... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2013 by Stephie
I find this book really difficult to explain which is probably unhelpful if you're reading this trying to decide if you should buy the book or not... Read morePublished on 2 July 2012 by sassbook