Mind Games Mass Market Paperback – 23 Mar 2010
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"Wow! Crane's writing style brings to mind old-school noir, with the compelling attitude of superheroes from a graphic novel. A masterful blend of dark and light, good and bad and all the grays in between, it will draw readers thoroughly into her tale, as they root for the good guys--while trying to figure out just who the good guys are. The ending promises more adventures, and that is a very good thing." 4.5 stars--"Romantic Times"
"With a twisty, edgy storyline, a unique premise and a fascinating heroine, "Mind Games" jumpstarts a smart and original urban fantasy series. A fabulous debut!"--Meljean Brook, The Guardians series
"Carolyn Crane writes with deft and evocative flair, creating a fantasy-noir world touched with comic book cool. With a twisty plot, a unique heroine, memorable supporting characters, and an amazingly fresh premise, debut novel "Mind Games" is a delicious, unforgettable delight. I cant wait for the next book!"--Ann Aguirre, author of "Blue Diablo
"Carolyn Crane's debut novel is a brilliant original in every way. Just when I think that urban fantasy heroines are becoming too cliched and predictable, "Mind Games" blows me out of the water with its unique premise. Justine does not wield a katana, or ride a Harley, or kick like a ninja. Instead she fights with her mind, and speaking as a nerd myself, I find that concept oh so sexy."--dirtysexybooks.com
""Mind Games" is a violent U-Turn in a fresh direction, signaling the dynamic and welcome arrival of both Carolyn Crane and the most unique urban fantasy heroine I've seen on page in a long while, Justine Jones. And like Justine, Midcity is brightly imagined, beautifully dangerous, and perfectly flawed. Flashy and stylish, this is urban fantasy's new shot-in-the-arm." -- Vicki Pettersson," New York Times Bestselling" author of "Cheat the Grave"
"Masterful worldbuilding, sly humor, and fantastically quirky characters. I can't say enough good things about this b
About the Author
CAROLYN CRANE lives in Minneapolis with her handsome husband and two daring cats. She enjoys reading and running and loves animals of all kinds. For more than a decade she's made her living as a freelance writer. This is her first novel, and the first book in The Disillusionists Trilogy.
Top Customer Reviews
The first time I read the synopsis of this book, I wasn't entirely sure if I would be my kind of book. But in the end I gave in and bought the it and I got really excited about getting to read it and I must say I was not disappointed in the slightest.
I was constantly on edge reading this book. I never knew what was going to happen in this story and what Justine was going to do next. She isn't a girl that gets pushed around easily. We see her go from a very severe hypochondriac to an all powerful zinging machine that helps reform the humans of Midcity that can't be proved guilty in court. Justine has help in the form of her disillusionist team mates, Shelby, Carter, Simon and Packard. But zinging comes at a cost.
Shelby has this dry humour about her and I absolutely loved her character to the bone. Carter is like my male double, especially when he is driving a car. Simon is the dangerous one in the group, he doesn't always follow the rules and makes his own boundaries. Packard is the leader of the disillusionists, he formed the group and decides the cases they take on.
My absolute favourite part of the book was the scene with the pool, which is a lot further in the book. This is the turning point in the book which will cause readers to really think about the story. I know I got confused from here on as I didn't know who was the good guy and who was the bad guy. The line seems to be really thin. I also love all the interaction that Justine has with Shelby and Simon. Although I didn't like Simon to begin with, but he sort of grew on me.Read more ›
Justine is the newest member of the group, a self confessed hypochondriac she is more than a little obsessed with her impending death. She is convinced that she is about to have a brain aneurysm and that fear effects everything about her day to day life, she is always on the edge of terror and she suffers with frequent panic attacks. People she meets are very understanding in the beginning but constant trips to the emergency room quickly start to wear thin and she struggles to build lasting relationships. When Packard offers Justine the chance at a normal life she is sceptical but grabs it with both hands. Packard teaches Justine to channel her fears into other people and for the first time in years she knows what it is like to not be afraid. Unfortunately, there are consequences to using her abilities that Packard didn't bother to explain upfront and she now finds herself in a very difficult position.Read more ›
Justine thinks she knows she is going to die at any minute, her mother died, after having had a neurosis of 'Vein Star Syndrome' then actually died from it by bleeding out in her brain. Justine often gets a sensation of prickles, a suspicious twinge, followed by stark & utter fear coupled with the complete conviction she is going to die then & there. What follows is hospital appointments, despair, her neurosis though never going away recedes, until the next time. Slowly but surely it's going to get worse, crippling her more & more as time goes on.
She is approached by the enigmatic & powerful Packard who can peer into peoples souls & is willing to help her if she joins his disillusionist team. Which is a way of reforming hardcore criminals that slip through the net & continue their criminal activities without recourse. All she has to do is get close enough to be able to 'zing' them with her neurosis, till eventually they get 'rebooted' to become reformed members of the community.
What you get is a muti-faceted story where everything is not as it first appears, Mind Games grips you with it's undiluted interaction between the different characters, which not only challenges your perceptions but you find yourself doing a complete Uturn on who you think is right & who is in the wrong, but there still is no clear answer. The story stays with you after the last page. I think that is magic & a sign of a talent.
Brilliant premise, inately strong character & a wonderful book.
Cannot wait till the next one. Here's the link --- Double Cross comes out in Sept 2010 Enjoy....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I Picked it up as a Kindle freebie and I was so impressed I went and downloaded the rest in the series. Read morePublished 9 months ago by A. Seat
Started off thinking this approach was so cool and different (five stars definitely) - then the story veered - but I still okay, a curve ball or two is great and I still wasn't... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dahrose
Although it was free I couldn't read more than a couple of chapters before I gave up.Published 11 months ago by S.A.B
It's grown on me this series. The premise is interesting and the main characters wonderfully flawed. Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2013 by Kindle Customer
The characters are realistic, the storyline is great and the plot moves along at a cracking speed. I loved the idea of being able to get rid of your negative emotions through... Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2013 by Katy May
This book actually gets 10 stars from me and is one of my favourite books of all time. In fact it is in my top 3! I started reading this last year... yes that's right, last year. Read morePublished on 20 May 2012 by Miss Lindsay Kendal
Justine is an hypochondriac obsessed with vein star syndrome which she is convinced she has and could die from any minute. She is so full of fear that it's ruining her life. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2012 by bookeholic
WOW! . . It's hard to find a good UF book that's this original yet still interesting, but this book ticked all the boxes for me. Read more
Ok, I read a lot of fantasy and SF (all sorts, not just "urban fantasy"), and I'd never come across the base concept of people being able to "zing" their negativity into someone... Read morePublished on 28 July 2011 by Ken O'Neill