Tinker

Tinker

by Wen Spencer, James Baen
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Tinker by Wen Spencer, James Baen

Inventor, girl genius Tinker lives in a near-future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves. She runs her salvage business, pays her taxes, and tries to keep the local ambient level of magic down with gadgets of her own design. When a pack of wargs chase an Elven noble into her scrap yard, life as she knows it takes a serious detour. Tinker finds herself taking on the Elven court, the NSA, the Elven Interdimensional Agency, technology smugglers and a college-minded Xenobiologist as she tries to stay focused on what's really important - her first date. Armed with an intelligence the size of a planet, steel-toed boots, and a junkyard dog attitude, Tinker is ready to kick butt to get her first kiss.

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ISBN-13: 9780743471657
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 11/01/2003
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.13(d)

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Tinker 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
kaname23 More than 1 year ago
A friend originally recommended this title to me and I have been a huge fan of Wen Spencer since. This book is so creative. Spencer is able to take elements you would not expect to find together and weave them into a cohesive and unexpected result. I love being surprised and Spencer always brings something unexpected to the mix. This is a great novel for anyone who is a big fan of fantasy but needs something fresh and new.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What happens when a new gate to outerspace doesn't work quite right? A temporary tran-dimensional rift, thats what. Our heroine, Tinker, is used to spending most of her days in the alternate elven universe and only spending a few days a week on regular Earth. Between running a scrap yard and inventing a hoverbike that runs on a marriage of tech & science, Tinks got more than enough on her plate. Too bad she's about to find more trouble than even she could imagine when an injured elf running for his life shows up at her scrapyard while back on Earth.....
Anonymous 4 months ago
The book takes a while to get to where it needs to, along with much of the info dumping accomplished through dialogue over description. Leaves more to be desired with the world, but the story is worth getting through! Looking forward to the next book.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Definitely worth your time to pick up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can there ever be enough?
BabaTaro More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best works I've ever read. Top 10 certainly; probably top 5. If you like character development, plucky young people who take their fate by their teeth, interwoven and fascinating plot, combined with just plain good writing, this author is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have given this a five star except for the way the author handled the sex scenes and the main characters approach to them. They seemed almost forced into the story, and almost with no real purpose. However, its not like the book revolves around them, you don't have to skip half the book to get through them and back to the story.
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Howard65 More than 1 year ago
I usually like Wen Spencer's books, but this is one of my favorites of all time. I'm a sucker for strong female protagonists and Tinker certainly fills that role. I lost my original copy so was forced to buy a backup paperback. I wish the hardback was still available I'm not so fond of the following book (Wolf who rules).
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I think I expected more quality. The writing style is mediocre. The character development I find to be slightly better. The main character may or may not be a cliché - can't decide. The romance in the book seems oddly forced. Moves a long at a brisk pace. All in all I was never fully transported into the story. If your primary venue of entertainment is reading than it's certainly worth your time. But if for those which reading is a relished activity don't be lured in my the interesting premise of the book. The premise is really the only thing which sparkles.
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I recently read Wen Spencer's A Brother's Price and liked it so much I decided to try one of her other books. What amazes me is how the author is able to create such an intricate detailed world and two races, the elves and the oni. What was also interesting was the use of physics to explain magic and how the other races used it to bio engineer themselves, making elves seem more science orientated than mystical. This is a terrific book and screams for a sequel. I look forward to reading 'Wolf Who Rules' in 2006.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm new to the SF club and wanted to start with something that felt like it not only had fantastic elements but also complex characters and a lot of heart. This story has it all. Tinker is super intelligent but inexperienced and enjoys her junkyard dog ways. The action starts immediately, and I'm immediately cheering for Tinker. She captured my interest for the entire book, as did the compelling action, characters, relationships, and writing. Just great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tinker is just what the doctor ordered! Alexander Graham Bell, nicknamed Tinker, is a gadget inventing, hoverbike racing, pixie sized genius. Living in a Pittsburg that through an accident of physics, spends most of the time on Elfhome instead of Earth. This no-nonsense girl hasn't got Time to rescue the local elf ruler and get involved in politics--she's got a business to run! But since nobody else seems to be volunteering to save both worlds, she'd better come up with a plan. Fortunately, this girl excels at making plans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tinker is a genius firmly grounded in physics and mechanics when she becomes involved in an interdimensional power play between two magical realms. Honor, courage, friendship, and the love of an Elf Lord all play into Tinker's experiences. Hopefully, there will be a follow on...
Guest More than 1 year ago
On the Rim of Elfhome in Pittsburgh, business owner Tinker and her cousin Oilcan are moving around wrecks that temporarily reside in her Pittsburgh Scrap and Salvage yard to makes room for the influx of new vehicles that Shutdown Day always brings to her. However, a power failure leads to her gadgets inability to keep out the local flow of magic that jumps sky high when a pack of wargs chase an Elf into her scrap yard.

Preferring to literally mind her business, Tinker laments that the prey has to be Windwolf, an arrogant noble who saved her life five years ago from a saurus, but placed a life debt on her that forces her to help. Not long afterward every official from the NSA to the EIA (Elfin Interdimensional Agency) make demands of Tinker. Even those not officially officious want a piece of her. All Tinker desires is to remain in Pittsburgh wanting her first kiss on her first date, but alas even the city will not cooperate as it is no longer earth tied.

Anyone who thought Pittsburgh was Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins, oh my, will quickly change their mind with Wen Spencer¿s wild fantasy. The story line is as fast as a novel can go yet the key players seem genuine. Readers will adore the harried heroine, an ingenious tinker who has never been kissed (but is standing on an Elven mound not a pitcher¿s mound). Windwolf lives up to his clan¿s reputation for inhuman haughtiness though this human has breeched his soul. Amusing, ironic and loaded with daring and dastardly deeds, TINKER is a wonderful tongue-in-cheek fantasy joy ride around the city by the three rivers.

Harriet Klausner