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Gifted with the ability to draw objects out of books, Isacc Vainio, a Libriomancer, seeks assistance from a Harley-riding dryad after a number of vampire attacks are reported by other members of his secret, magic organization.
Publisher: New York : DAW Books/Elizabeth R. Wollheim, Sheila E. Gilbert Publishers : Distributed by Penguin Group, c2012
Characteristics: viii, 308 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780756407391


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When Johannes Guttenberg created the printing press, he unlocked a powerful new form of sorcery called Libriomancy, the ability to pull objects out of books and use them in the real world. Unfortunately, vampires managed to leap off the page too, and now a slacker Libriomancer must battle them wi... Read More »

Vampires, Harley Davidson motorcycles, secretive magic organizations, and an ability to draw objects out of books -- The Hines' Magic ex Libris Series incorporates them all with action-packed, amusing writing that delves into multidimensional characters. This is the first in the series.

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Jan 17, 2017

A fun, quick read. I've already ordered book 2.

QueenBoadicea Jun 29, 2015

Playing with the notion of being able to make the objects in books real (a concept also used in the “Inkheart” trilogy), Mr. Hines has outlined a potent magic, complete with its own inflexible rules, one that will thrill any reader who has ever dreamt of wielding Excalibur or rushing into battle with a lightsaber.

But rules are made to be broken, boundaries to be crossed, forbidden love to ignite its fires. That is the basis of all conflict, drama and any story with meat between “Once upon a time” and “happily ever after”. Strife, madness, illicit passion and the threat of warfare seethe within these pages and make for one helluva story.

The characterizations are excellent. But Mr. Hines slyly jests with the idea of what makes “character” and what brings literary creations to life. Shallowness, paper-thin plotlines and weak characters make their way into this book, too, as a warning of what can happen when magic is forced to the breaking point, especially when superimposed on poor writing.

Reading this book is like bumping into that special someone who is just as swept up in the silly notions you’ve been embarrassed to speak about to anyone else. This is the book for daydreamers, nerds, geeks, gamers and anyone who has ever wished for invisibility cloaks or magic wands.

Mar 16, 2014

This should/could have been a blast - imagine the possibilities behind this premise. But alas, we have a not very competent protagonist and a very pedestrian (and somewhat confusing) reading experience. I'm surprised I made it all the way through.

Feb 10, 2014

Gutenberg was the original Libriomancer, that is why he invented printing press, but he is not necessarily the good guy in this series. He's still around, thanks to the Holy Grail, which keeps him young. Books are 'locked' at his discretion, so libriomancers cannot use their magic on certain books. For example, all of Tolkien's works are locked, ditto JK Rowling... but the Star Trek and Star Wars universe are fine: phasers & lightsabres, anyone?
Isaac can take any object from any book. His constant companion is Smudge, a tarantula from one of Jim Hines' previous series about a goblin hero. Smudge gets hot when danger is around, the greater the danger, the hotter he gets. Unfortunately, he can't communicate, so Isaac doesn't know until the danger presents itself whether it is just a banana peel, or a T-Rex... yup, it's THAT sort of book...This is definitely and absolutely one hell of a romp, with references to Pratchett, Heinlein, Asimov, CS Lewis and many other authors... I recommend this unreservedly...

Jan 15, 2014

this is the first book i've read by Jim Hines. I enjoyed it so much that I have started to read all the books he has written that the library has. He has a quirky sense of humor and an engaging way with characters.

JCLChrisK Nov 21, 2013

A very fun diversion. Hines creates a new form of magic while generally focusing on character and action instead of big info dumps and exposition. Clever, exciting, full of fun geek references, funny, and reverential toward the power of books. I'm planning on picking up the next in the series the next time I want some escapist fun.

Sep 14, 2013

This book deserves to be immortalized by Hollywood and the silver screen. That is how good this book is. I am also looking forward to book two.

neko Jan 29, 2013

JIm has written a great book. THis book deserves a place on your top ten list. Read it several times its so worth the return visit.

Aug 25, 2012

It's a wonderful adventure story as a librarian with magical talents tries to save his friends. It also deserves a reread because there are depths (and great writing) that deserve more than a race-through-to-find-out-what-happens-next.

Hines' best yet.


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