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March 6th, 2012


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07:33 am - Armageddon or Discount Armageddon?
I had a mini-Buffy marathon on Sunday! "Band Candy," "Doppelgangland," "Hush," and "Superstar." As much as I love some shows today, there's nothing quite like Buffy. Even the episode structures are something special. Not to mention the acting, directing, music, and '90s special effects. But, really, the way the episodes are put together works so well; nothing is out of place. Scenes have a purpose. It's all so tight. There's ambition, but not at the expense of accessibility.



Looking for something to scratch that Buffy itch? Do you miss the days when a blonde girl fought demons and a patriarchal organization who thinks they know better? Well, have I got a book for you!

Discount Armageddon, by Seanan McGuire, has the difficult job of following the Toby Daye series, but, luckily, it's different enough not to invite actual comparisons. What it does share, though, is a tough, snarky heroine and incredible worldbuilding.

Verity Price is a cryptozoologist from a family of rogue cryptozoologists. What is a cryptozoologist, you may ask. Why, those who study cryptids. What is a cryptid, you may ask. Why, ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties, of course. Basically: monsters. Having split from the Covenant of St. George, whose mission it is to wipe the monsters out, they actually try to protect the ones who aren't any real danger. Well, that is, Verity does do this...when she's not ballroom dancing. It's a wacky premise that works surprisingly well. Really, if you can accept the Aeslin mice, who celebrate the strangest holidays and festivals known to man, you can accept most anything. Well, you also have to accept that Verity is subletting from a Sasquatch.

Manhattan is teeming with monsters, so it's no surprise that a guy from the Covenant shows up, and this is urban fantasy, so it's no surprise that he's hot and sparks fly and loins burn, but there's some mysterious shit going down, and they're going to have to team up to figure it out. With the help of various other cryptids.

It's a fun, engaging read. One of my favorite bits is the location descriptions at the beginning of each chapter, which reminded me of the Middleman chyrons: "Central Park, a block and a half away from the Plaza Athenee, preparing to do something stupid." Nearly all the characters are women, which is nice. There are some delicious plot twists, some predictable and some not. While it doesn't have the obvious seeds for a strong series arc that Rosemary and Rue had, it's a wonderful introduction to a new sandbox I look forward to spending more time in.

Discount Armageddon is out today, so pick it up on Amazon or at your local bookstore! If you want a little taste of the world, you can read "One Hell of a Ride" for free. It's the story of how Jonathan Healy met Frances Brown. Who? Well, they're a couple of Verity's ancestors. See, if this goes to a full series, it will be the story of two whole families of rogue demon hunters cryptozoologists!

Oh, right, you should also buy it because I am in it!
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From:stephl
Date:March 6th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, Discount Armageddon sounds right up my alley! (That alley is lined with books). I'm checking Barnes & Noble right now to see if the one by my office might have it in stock. If not, I will order it using the power of the Interpipes.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 7th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for your alley! Were you successful?
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From:stephl
Date:March 7th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
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I am picking it up in about an hour! (B&N had it ready for me yesterday, but yesterday turned into a clusterfuck of work stuff and needing to go vote after work and I was starving and just wanted dinner and had to pick up Tim in time for us to vote, and and and. One of those days.)

But soon! VERY SOON. And I have other books TBR that should be first in line, but I read the Kindle preview of Discount Armageddon, and I HAVE TO READ IT RIGHT NOW. Seriously. For the Aeslin mice alone. (Although the rest of it grabbed me, too. It reminds me somewhat of Julie Kenner's demon-hunter series California Demon, et al., which makes sense, because that series has also been compared to BTVS.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 7th, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
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The Aeslin mice are THE BEST. I hope you really enjoy it! I haven't heard of the Kenner series.

*Googles*

California Demon: The Secret Life of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom? HAAAAAAA.
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From:stephl
Date:March 7th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
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That series is a lot of fun, although the writing in the first book isn't the greatest. But it improves, and I really dug them. They're in the vein of "What if Buffy grew up, married a regular dude, had kids, and tried to be a normal soccer mom (despite living on the equivalent of a Hellmouth)?"
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From:catalyst2
Date:March 7th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
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"Band Candy," "Doppelgangland," "Hush," and "Superstar"
Two Espenson- and two Joss-written episodes - great selection!

Discount Armageddon sounds interesting too.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 7th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Two Espenson- and two Joss-written episodes - great selection!
Ooh, that wasn't intentional, but they are my two favorite Buffy writers, so the coincidence isn't surprising!

Discount Armageddon sounds interesting too.
It is!
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From:soundingsea
Date:March 9th, 2012 11:07 am (UTC)
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Those are some high-quality Buffy eps. And man, so stoked to read Seanan's latest! (Look at you, with the baking! That's awesome that you're in the book. :))

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