Discount Armageddon (InCryptid Series #1)

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"The only thing more fun than an October Daye book is an InCryptid book." —Charlaine Harris

Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night... The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity—and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she ...

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Overview

"The only thing more fun than an October Daye book is an InCryptid book." —Charlaine Harris

Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night... The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity—and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right? It would be, if it weren't for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family's old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed. To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone's spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city...

Discount Armageddon is the first installment of the highly praised InCryptid series.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
McGuire (the October Daye series) launches a new series with a fast, funny adventure involving cryptids (semimythical entities like Yeti and the Loch Ness Monster) and the researchers who love them. Cryptozoologist Verity Price belongs to a legendary clan of monster hunters who turned their back on the genocidal Covenant generations ago and now work to maintain a safe ecosystem for both cryptids and humans. Verity moves to New York to follow her other passion, ballroom dancing, but the arrival of a sexy Covenant agent—just as cryptids go missing across the city—disrupts her carefully balanced routine. Verity must join forces with her ancestral enemy to prevent Manhattan from being destroyed by the ancient power sleeping beneath it. Verity is a winning protagonist, and her snarky but loving observations on her world of bogeyman strip club owners, Japanese demon badger bartenders, and dragon princess waitresses make for a delightful read. Agent: Diana Fox, Fox Literary. (Mar.)
Molly Harper
"Smart, whimsical and bitingly funny, Verity Price is a kick-ass heroine that readers will love. Just when I thought she couldn't surprise me again, she would pull some new trick out of her hat - or, in the case of her throwing knives, out of her corset. I would send Verity and my Jane Jameson on a girl's night out, but I'm afraid of the damage bill they would rack up!"
Tanya Huff
"Seanan McGuire's DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON is an urban fantasy triple threat - smart and sexy and funny. The Aeslin mice alone are worth the price of the book, so consider a cast of truly ORIGINAL characters, a plot where weird never overwhelms logic, and some serious kickass world-building as a bonus."
Alma Alexander
"Original, pacy, and hugely entertaining-Seanan McGuire knows how to tell a good story!"
Amber Benson
"Mixing mythology and monster lore (plus a good helping of snark), Discount Armageddon is fast-paced, funny and boasts a salty-sweet heroine who can cha-cha, foxtrot, and kick ass––or any combination thereof––while she sprints her way across the rooftops of Manhattan, policing and protecting the denizens of New York City's supernatural community."
-Molly Harper
"Smart, whimsical and bitingly funny, Verity Price is a kick-ass heroine that readers will love. Just when I thought she couldn't surprise me again, she would pull some new trick out of her hat - or, in the case of her throwing knives, out of her corset. I would send Verity and my Jane Jameson on a girl's night out, but I'm afraid of the damage bill they would rack up!"
-Tanya Huff
"Seanan McGuire's DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON is an urban fantasy triple threat - smart and sexy and funny. The Aeslin mice alone are worth the price of the book, so consider a cast of truly ORIGINAL characters, a plot where weird never overwhelms logic, and some serious kickass world-building as a bonus."
-Alma Alexander
"Original, pacy, and hugely entertaining-Seanan McGuire knows how to tell a good story!"
-Amber Benson
"Mixing mythology and monster lore (plus a good helping of snark), Discount Armageddon is fast-paced, funny and boasts a salty-sweet heroine who can cha-cha, foxtrot, and kick ass––or any combination thereof––while she sprints her way across the rooftops of Manhattan, policing and protecting the denizens of New York City's supernatural community."
Library Journal
Meet Verity Price, a cryptozoologist who, like her family, spends her time studying the monsters of the world and keeping them from harming humanity—and vice versa. Determined to take a year off to pursue her dream of being a dancer, Price runs into a member of the Covenant of St. George, her family's rivals, and dancing becomes more dangerous than ever. McGuire is also the author of the "October Daye" series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756407131
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Series: InCryptid Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 160,362
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Seanan McGuire is a California-based author with a strong penchant for travel and can regularly be found just about anyplace capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren’t). Early exposure to a vast number of books left her with a lifelong affection for the written word, and led, perhaps inevitably, to her writing books of her own, starting somewhere around the age of eleven. The October Daye novels are her first urban fantasy series, and the InCryptid novels are her second series, both published by DAW and bother of which have put her in the New York Times bestseller list. Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Rosemary and Rue, the first novel in the October Daye series, was named one of the Top 20 Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Past Decade; and her novel Feed, written under the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. She also won a Hugo for her podcast, and is the first person to be nominated for five Hugo Awards in a single year. You can visit her at www.seananmcguire.com.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    Absolutely hilarious. So so so worth the read! If you need a pic

    Absolutely hilarious. So so so worth the read! If you need a pick-me-up, enjoy fantasy, kick-butt heroines and ballroom dancing, this is the book for you! Thank you Ms McGuire!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    Monster Hunter wants to be a Ballroom Dancer. You want to read it now, right?

    This is a fun, lighthearted novel. I have suggested this book to many people, usually just by describing the premise and nearly everyone, even those who don't like fantasy and science fiction are interested.

    As someone who has read it, I can honestly say that it is a great book to read when you don't want something in depth. It's the novel version of a silly horror movie, where you aren't expecting much beyond entertainment. The only negative is have is McGuire's tendency to not tell you something unless it's immediately important. While "show, don't tell" is a common rule, introducing new species and not describing their secondary characteristics is a bit irritating.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Geek and video game girls have their new queen!

    Seanan McGuire and her alter ego (Mira) had already soared beyond the top of my list; she surpassed both her selves in a novel that is like an adult theme park! Cute and creepy things abound with tons of humor, mythology, and a dash of romance. Also beautiful word choice, religious mice, a psychic powerhouse cousin, and skimpy anime-esque school girl costumes. The obvious comparison is Buffy; however, less moping and more dark humor cause Verity to climb to a new path over the rooftops. This unique urban fantasy has to be one of the most fun books ever, and the style and quotes from relatives leaves room to explore the different generations! Now my only problem is waiting for more.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

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    This book was awesome. Its been a while since I laughed my but

    This book was awesome.

    Its been a while since I laughed my butt off over a book. I powered through it in a day in a half because I couldn't put it down.

    In Verity's world it isn't out of the norm to be running around on roof tops and having a conversation with the local bogeyman. Being trained from childhood to be a sort of go between for the cryptids and humans she can not only handle herself in a fight against all the nastys but can tango her heart out. Living in New York to try and get her ballroom dancing career going she finds herself side tracked when the local cryptids start going missing, and to top if all off a member of the hated Covenant shows up and puts not only her life, but her familys in danger.

    This is a fast paced book that will keep you fully entertained the entire read, from the talking mice to her job working as a cocktail waitress for a bogeyman. You will not regret getting this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    Smart, strong, funny heroine. Terrific world building. Fascinati

    Smart, strong, funny heroine. Terrific world building. Fascinating supporting characters. Oh, by the way, in Verity's world there probably IS a monster under the bed.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Very good

    I like Seanan McGuire's October Daye series. Its a very strong urban fantasy. I love Discount Armageddon. It combines the strong urban fantasy with humor and is just a delight

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Awesome

    Loved this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Excellent first in the series!

    What a fun, entertaining read. Book 2 can't come fast enough!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Loved it!

    I'm a big, big fan of this author! Absolutely LOVED this book! Can't wait for more!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Not Bad.

    Predictable plot. Girl meets boy. They are attracted to each other and overcome philosophical differences to battle evil and save Manhattan. A quick read with many creative paranormal creatures. Wasn't too keen on how the author described Dominic's body language or facial expressions as providing Verity information she needed about him (ie. Dominic pursed his lips meant that Verity recognized that Dominic knew they were heading on a downward grade through the tunnel). Overall, worthwhile read for the money.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    So, having read all of the "shorts" that come prior to

    So, having read all of the "shorts" that come prior to book one, I was already familiar with the Cryptid world and what this family does. While I was sad to leave behind Jonathan and Fran and not see how Alice grew up or see that they had another child, I am excited to be reading about Alice's children and grandchildren. I adore Verity...she's quirky and strong, passionate about what she believes in, and a loyal friend. She reminded me a little bit of Kitty from the Gini Koch books. In any case, we follow Verity in this book through and adventure/mystery to see what's going on in "her town" Manhattan. Along the way, we meet various cryptids, relatives, and new friends. And while some parts of the book I may have seen coming, the ending was a total shocker to me as far as who was involved in the goings on! That's always good to me because you don't want the ending to be too predictable. I am excited to be moving on to book 2!

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

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    Great light hearted adventure.

    This book is different from Seanan McGuire's previous books but that's okay.

    I enjoyed it a lot and I have told people it's a worthy read. Seanan has a different take on talking mice--humorous in this case.

    I don't want to give away too much of the plot but it's a wonder. She has some interesting Mythological-InCryptid-creatures. One lives on sugar pretty much and others have trouble with their "hair".

    There is romance in it but it's not the only plot line.

    Very well done.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

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    This was so good and really funny. I LOVE kick-butt Women! I lov

    This was so good and really funny. I LOVE kick-butt Women! I love Ms. McGuire's October Daye series, so i thought i would like this one as well, I love Verity and all her kookie friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Thrilled i found this odd new series

    A lil campy... a lil odd... lot of fun

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    I adored this book. It helps that I'm a social dance practitione

    I adored this book. It helps that I'm a social dance practitioner, New Yorker, and lover of all things quippy and snarky when it comes to Urban Fantasy. From the Middleman-esque location prompts at the start of the chapters to the adorable ridiculousness of the Aeslin Mice, Discount Armageddon is exactly the kind of book that I would happily read all day and all night. Plus, tango!

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    I loved this book, couldn't put it down! The way the character

    I loved this book, couldn't put it down! The way the character speaks and handles herself in tough and dangerous situations is the way I see Mila Jovovich in Resident Evil! Just a rough and tough girl but with a feminine sexy appeal. I love all books that deal with the paranormal and this one carried about just every oogly boogly that I dare think of plus some... This author just fell into my top 5, I think I'll pick up the October Daye series next, if they're any as good as this one, I know i'll love them!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Fast and funny.

    This new series combines urban fantasy and cryptozoology in a funny action packed way. The heroine is not a whiney angry loner in need of therapy. She's funny, gets angry only when appropriate, and believes in her cause. I look forward to the next book due out in March.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Adicting

    I could not put this down. All the characters were well fleshed out and the plot was fantastic. Made me wish these people were real. This author is now on my watch list.

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  • Posted March 16, 2012

    Meh

    Meh

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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