Napier's Bones

Napier's Bones

by Derryl Murphy

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ISBN-13: 9781926851938
Publisher: ChiZine Publications
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 253
File size: 403 KB
Age Range: 15 Years

About the Author

Derryl Murphy’s stories have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies over the years. He is also the author of the ecological science fiction collection Wasps at the Speed of Sound and, with co-author William Shunn, of the ghost story Cast a Cold Eye. He has been nominated three times for Canada’s Aurora Award, and anticipates that someday he’ll be nominated and lose again. He lives on the Canadian Prairies with his wife, two sons, and dog, and vaguely remembers the day when he thought this whole writing thing would be glamourous.

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Napier's Bones 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
cameling on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Numerology takes on a quest. In a world where numbers contain magical properties, certain people possess varying talents in seeing and manipulating numbers in the air or within objects for protection, to cause violence, or to dupe. A numerate's quest is to find mojos, objects packed with special numerical properties, and to use these for his own advantage. Dom, a numerate, having survived a fight against 2 other numerates in a desert, finds himself in a small town with Billy, a sort of spirit who had taken up residence in his body. With more questions than available answers, Dom meets a young numerate, Jenna, who tries to learn how to manipulate the numbers.But there appears to be an unknown and powerful numerate determined to seek out and destroy Dom, and he is kept running to stay one or two steps ahead of this dark shadow. Things start getting a little wild at about the half way point in the book and the thrilling pace picks up, when the trio are met by an ex-communicated numerate priest who try to explain the quest they are on, a group of numbers that are able to group together to form a semi-solid shape that has the ability to speak, think and plan, Scottish giants, and familials that lead them to a series of mojos needed to thwart the enemy.It's a pretty interesting story, but the pace is rather uneven, and after three quarters of the way through, there is too much the author appears to want to cram into the ending, making for a rather sloppy and confusing race to the finish line.
missyreadsreviews on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Every once in a while, you find a book that confuses you yet utterly dazzles you at the same time. Napier's Bones is that book for me. I really think the confusion for me was all things mathematics-related. To put it nicely, I will never be a mathlete - ever. Any word related to math boggles my mind. ;)Other than that, this book was amazing. It was easy to get into and well-written. The characters felt a little more like stock characters than extraordinarily unique ones, but they were developed well and each had their own voice that set them apart from others.The action is non-stop and doesn't let up at all throughout the story. You never get confused or left behind because everything is explained well, although sometimes the explanations are a little long-winded. Overall, this was a great read, fast-paced with an explosive beginning and equally entertaining reading. There's the definite feel of an Urban Fantasy read to it, but other than that it is like nothing that I've ever read before. It's a book to add to your TBR lists, for sure.
MissysReadsAndReviews More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while, you find a book that confuses you yet utterly dazzles you at the same time. Napier's Bones is that book for me. I really think the confusion for me was all things mathematics-related. To put it nicely, I will never be a mathlete - ever. Any word related to math boggles my mind. ;) Other than that, this book was amazing. It was easy to get into and well-written. The characters felt a little more like stock characters than extraordinarily unique ones, but they were developed well and each had their own voice that set them apart from others. The action is non-stop and doesn't let up at all throughout the story. You never get confused or left behind because everything is explained well, although sometimes the explanations are a little long-winded. Overall, this was a great read, fast-paced with an explosive beginning and equally entertaining reading. There's the definite feel of an Urban Fantasy read to it, but other than that it is like nothing that I've ever read before. It's a book to add to your TBR lists, for sure.