July 09, 2017

#BookReview: The Incrementalists (Incrementalists, #1) by Steven Brust, Skyler White #Giveaway

 
"Secret societies, immortality, murder mysteries and Las Vegas all in one book? Shut up and take my money." —John Scalzi

The Incrementalists—a secret society of two hundred people with an unbroken lineage reaching back forty thousand years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. 

Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste—and argued with her—for most of the last four hundred years. But now Celeste, recently dead, embittered, and very unstable, has changed the rules—not incrementally, and not for the better. Now the heart of the group must gather in Las Vegas to save the Incrementalists, and maybe the world.

"Watch Steven Brust. He's good. He moves fast. He surprises you. Watching him untangle the diverse threads of intrigue, honor, character and mayhem from amid the gears of a world as intricately constructed as a Swiss watch is a rare pleasure." —Roger Zelazny


At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.





Steven Brust was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in a family of Hungarian labor organizers, Steven Brust worked as a musician and a computer programmer before coming to prominence as a writer in 1983 with Jhereg, the first of his novels about Vlad Taltos, a human professional assassin in a world dominated by long-lived, magically-empowered human-like "Dragaerans." Over the next several years, several more "Taltos" novels followed, interspersed with other work, including To Reign in Hell, a fantasy re-working of Milton's war in Heaven; The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars, a contemporary fantasy based on Hungarian folktales; and a science fiction novel, Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille. The most recent "Taltos" novels are Dragon and Issola. In 1991, with The Phoenix Guards, Brust began another series, set a thousand years earlier than the Taltos books; its sequels are Five Hundred Years After and the three volumes of "The Viscount of Adrilankha": The Paths of the Dead, The Lord of Castle Black, and Sethra Lavode.While writing, Brust has continued to work as a musician, playing drums for the legendary band Cats Laughing and recording an album of his own work, A Rose for Iconoclastes. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where he pursues an ongoing interest in stochastics.


Skyler White writes angels and scientists, demons and revolutionaries, secret societies and sacred sex to play in the places where myth and modernity tangle.

The child of two college professors, Skyler grew up in an environment of scholarship and academic rigor, so she naturally left high school to pursue a career in ballet. She's been dancing around research and thinking through sprains ever since. She has a master's degree in theater and work experience in advertising, has won awards as a stage director and appeared on reality TV. She is mother of two, married to a Mohawk-wearing inventor, and lives in Texas.



With everything that has been going on, I just now finally got around to these and I have to say that Steven Brust is by far still one of my favorite authors.  But for this book, it just didn't work out for me and I ended up DNFing it a little past 50%.  This book was extremely descriptive to the point that it kind of took over the story.  The POV switched multiple times during chapters as well that slowed the story down.  At around that 50% mark I just couldnt bring myself to read anymore.  I didnt feel invested in the characters or the story at all. 











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