Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
(Magic Ex Libris Book 1)

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Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg.  Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. . . .


 

About Jim C. Hines

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Jim C. Hines has been a paid juggler, earned a black belt in two different marital arts, performed yo-yo tricks at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and lived with a brain-damaged squirrel. (Only three of those are true.) One of his earliest stories earned first place in the Writers of the Future contest. He’s published more than forty short stories as well as numerous fantasy novels, including the humorous Jig the Dragonslayer trilogy, the Princess series, which re-imagines traditional fairy-tale princesses as butt-kicking action heroines, and the Magic Ex Libris series, about a centuries-old secret society dedicated to the use and control of book magic. In 2012, he won the Hugo for Best Fan Writer. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife, two children, and an unstable number of pets. He can be found online at www.jimchines.com.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by DAW. 321 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Isaac, accompanied by dryad Lena Greenwood and pet fire-spider Smudge (familiar from Hines’s Jig the Goblin books), sets off to put a stop to the attacks and find Johannes Gutenberg, founder of the Porters, who has recently disappeared.

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Jim Hines is a speculative fiction writer and renowned author of the Jig the Goblin books as well as the Princess series, featuring fairy tale princesses kicking ass.

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Hines (DAW) Isaac Vainio gets his magic by reaching into books and bringing the contents to life.

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Hines has been publishing novels with DAW consistently, about a book a year since his debut novel Goblin Quest was published by DAW in 2006.

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Wired

Hines, who tackled the typical dungeon adventure from a new point of view in his Jig the Goblin series, and demolished damsels-in-distress tropes with his Princess books, kicks off his Magic Ex Libris urban fantasy series with a really entertaining opener in Libriomancer Here’s the story: Books ...

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Bookshelf Bombshells

When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape.

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Night Owl Sci-Fi

Isaac has a coat similar to the coat Harry Dresden uses in the Jim Butcher series, but unlike the stuff Dresden puts in his pockets for fighting tactics, it is full of books for every occasion/necessity Isaac has when he encounters situations requiring assists or defending one’s property/life.

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Jackson District Library

The main library at MSU becomes a casualty in the troubles, collapsing into rubble through which the characters must do an Alice shrinking stunt, with the help of a little bottle and a cake from the book.

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Functional Nerds

Within its pages, books are magic.

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Functional Nerds

Both books speak to the love of books and reading and getting lost in a good book, and the magic of books.

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Black Gate

He knows about a world populated by magical creatures – both indigenous to the real world and brought into it through the worlds of books – but he’s unable to access it.

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