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Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
Sometimes nerdy readers get the short end of the stick when it comes to having heroes we can relate to. Superman? Did he enjoy opening a new book and smelling the ink on the page? Not likely. Thor? Don’t get me started. Isaac Vainio is a hero for the rest of us, the library nerds and bookworms — all of us who read books wishing we could be like our favorite heroes, or that they could be like us. Libriomancer isn’t high art, but it doesn’t have to be — it is ardent wish fulfillment with a hefty dose of action, romance, literary pop trivia and just a pinch of social commentary.
Isaac Vainio has a special talent: He can reach into a book and pull real objects from its pages. But because he cannot control his power, an overseeing council has forbidden him from using this ability ... except for emergencies. One day, at his research job at a small library in Michigan, he’s forced to defend himself against vampires who have escaped from the bindings of their books. With the help of dauntless dryad Lena and a fire-spider named Smudge, Isaac must use all of his rusty skills to fight the traitors of their guild, rescue Gutenberg (yes, that one) and discover who is torturing and killing both humans and vampires. (DAW, Aug., 400 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed By: Victoria Frerichs
Published: August 2012