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FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t.

PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form.

But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Magic Pill | Firestarter | Bureaucramancy | The Flex & the Flux ]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857664600
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 391,679
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Ferrett Steinmetz is a graduate of both the Clarion Writers' Workshop and Viable Paradise, and has been nominated for the Nebula Award, for which he remains stoked.

Ferrett has a moderately popular blog, The Watchtower of Destruction, wherein he talks about bad puns, relationships, politics, videogames, and more bad puns. He's written four computer books, including the still-popular-after-two-years Wicked Cool PHP.

He lives in Cleveland with his wife, who he couldn't imagine living without.

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Flex 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Steven_Saus More than 1 year ago
The promo copy promises a mix of The Dresden Files and Breaking Bad. This is not wrong, and if that's enough to get you interested in the book, go get that sucker right now. But let me tell you: You'll find more. There's some pretty deep and intense themes in this book, but Ferrett does something pretty awesome: They're not the reason for the book. Let me explain. Flex works as a great urban fantasy story, with solid worldbuilding and a unique (as far as I know) system of magic. It's fast-paced, full of twists and turns, and a fun read. But while giving us this action-filled romp, Ferrett's characters also have to deal with some pretty cool concepts and hard topics and emotions... and do so naturally, without smacking you with it upside the head. The man makes bureaucracy look cool, people. So while the main plot of the story is worth picking up a copy on its own, the underlying concepts that give it a smart and rich conceptual playground for the characters make this book stand above the pack. Pick this book up, people. Highly recommended.
J_Carroll More than 1 year ago
This was one of the more enjoyable books that I've read in a while. Engaging characters, interesting concept, and a pretty thrilling plot. The villain could have used a little more back story, I think - the motivation was clear, but the character wasn't as fully realized as most others. That's a very minor nit, though - I highly recommend this book, and hope this is the beginning of a series! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up the sample, hit the end of my thirteen pages, and I didn't even hesitate. I bought this and proceeded to read it until it was over. It took until one in the morning. It was completely worth it. This book is fantastic. I haven't been this enraptured by a book since... I don't even know. My first time in the Back Company? I highly recommend this. It is fantastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most interesting book I have read in quite a while, Extremely well written; tightly plotted with well developed characters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An average man saves the world with magic. What more could you want?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of action with interesting ideas and characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the same old same old story of magic and saving the world... interesting and the author pulls you into his world and you want more.
The_Dragons_Roost More than 1 year ago
Yet another example of a brilliant idea with an equally brilliant payoff. Welcome to a world where people's obsessions can turn into a gateway to perform physics bending magic, where magic can be distilled into a drug, a world where everything has its price. It is possible to flex the world around you, but the harder you push the laws of physics, the harder they push back. In this world, ex-cop and current insurance claim investigator Paul Tsabo learns that his own love of the laws of paperwork and rules have changed him into a person who can use said paperwork to rewrite the world. He, with the help of a video game obsessed 'mancer named Valentine, seek out the worst magical scourge that NYC has ever faced. Somewhere out there is another 'mancer who is the antithesis of Paul, someone who wants to tear down the rules which hold up modern society. Can he and Valentine weave their way through a maze of drug dealers, government agents, and a society who fears them because of their capabilities to bring down this rouge 'mancer -- all without the flux from their magic destroying everything and everyone they love? A masterfully written book, thought provoking and nail-biting at the same time, all with the dash of humor we would expect from author Ferrett Steinmetz. Do yourself a favor, buy this book and its sequel at the same time. You won't want to waste time in between reads.
SlayerMom More than 1 year ago
Wow. I was sorry when the book ended. I started it because of the author, kept going because of the story, and finished thinking deeply about the implications. Well written and fun, while also intriguing and powerful. Impressive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago