Tinker (Elfhome #1)
There are two reasons I deducted a star (so...more
In particular, I like the way the main character's specialness is worked into the plot without breaking suspension of disbelief and the way her flaws and youth are handled.
Basic setup: the Chinese government steals some not-quite-done research on making a star drive and builds it, not-quite-understanding how it works. The result is a proba...more
A quarter way through the book I realized what was so entrancing about the story, it seriously reminded me of reading a manga (japanese style comic). There is a type of genre of manga that melds high fantasy with sci/fi which I have never before seen actually expressed in just writing, and I must say I was damn well i...more
"Tinker", and the follow-up, "Wolf Who Rules" are extraordinary. The concept of science as the foundation of magic is one I have always wished someone would write about - and Spencer does it in a believable, extremely well developed, and well written manner. I picked up the book for an 'ea...more
I became a Wen Spencer fan after Barbara-the-pusher (my affectionate nickname for my specialist bookseller who treats enabling as a God-given duty) gave me Alien Taste to read. From there it was a case of 'the rest is history' and I've read everything she's written, I watch her livejournal and hang out for hints and tidbits of her upcoming books. I read Tinker from the library when it came out in hardcover, then bought my own paperback copy when th...more
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 Xenobiolo
I'm having problems with this, mostly related to my reading as a writer. I like the character Tinker okay, but she is one heck of a Mary Sue. She's a genius, she's cute, everyone loves her except the elf-woman who's jealous, she wins fights despite (as we are frequently told) she's just a little thing, she's related to the most important people you can think of in that world, and I'm getting the strong feeling she has a Destiny. The narrative is thick with info-dumps, jus...more
The book is named after the spunky female lead Tinker, an 18-year-old mechanical genius with a dangerous family history. The story is set on a more futuristic earth than ours, where scientists have fractu...more
The setting of the story is definitely unique, and the worldbuilding is top shelf. The author succeeds in packing the story with lots of detailed descriptions, right down to the physics of why things actually work or why a certain set of circumstances is plausible, without ever bogging down the pace of the...more
The world of Tinker (both the book, and the girl, now that I th...more
Tinker is the 18 year old scientific genius of a heroine, and her father was the one who created a portal machine that allows a chunk of earth (Pittsburg) to travel through dimensions and trade places with a chunk of the Elf worl...more
I was ever so slightly hesitant about this book at first, but the story just kept getting better and better and I ended up loving it. Tinker has a lot of stuff going for it. Very cool world-building, neat dimension concept and clever insertion of non-human elements. Unusual female lead who's an engineering genius and very down to earth. Some things mess it up though, because we can't leave it...more
Buffy fans should find a lot to like!
- Publishers Weekly.
and imagining the result. it's okay, though, considered as summer reading. Tinker is not too Buffy-like, so i withdraw th...more
The book was crazily fast-paced. I read it in a single sitting (unfortunately for me, I started it...more
Last weekend, I went to Barnes and Noble, looking for a missing book out of a trilogy I was reading. On the New Science Fiction and Fantasy shelf, I saw a new book by Wen Spencer. Words cannot describe the excitement I felt. Even though it was a hardcover book, I bought it. It was the continuing story of Tinker, th...more
This started out in a very promising way....but got a bit too complicated towards the end, with the author going on about the technological stuff a bit too much. The characters got a bit simpler then, too, and there were a ton of...more
Elves, it's always nice to see a new treatment of elves. These elves have Pittsburgh, at least some of the time. There isn't any steam, but there is tech and magic and bad guys from another dimension/world. The elves are from another world too, but since Pitt visits for extended periods they are kind of like neighbors.
I thought this was a vigorous introduction to the world, action and in...more
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 Elfin court, the NSA, the Elfin Interdimensional Agency, technology smugglers and a college-minded Xenobiolog...more
The villain was too evil for words, there is some pretty obvious racism in the 'evil' characters, and several parts were just too disturbingly weird for me. This book kept my atte...more
I enjoyed the narrator far more than expected, given her tendency towards Mary Sue perfection, but it was the worldbuilding and the minor characters that made the book for me. If Spencer had continued on as it started out, I'd've given it four stars, but I found the romantic subplot too...more
A reader of Scooper Speaks clued me in on Wen Spencer’s Elfhome series. It’s a fantasy series with only three books, but boy is book one, Tinker, good reading material. It’s full of big words and theories, but never once did I feel bogged down. I was fascinated with the world, the character...more
Tinker is a human inventor girl living in Pittsburgh on Elfhome - Pittsburgh shifts from the Elvin realm to Earth once a month. As wargs, giant dog-like elvin creatures, chase an Elvin noble into Tinker’s scrapyard, her world is turned upside down and she soon finds herself having to deal with the Elvin court and creatures she never knew existed.
Right off the bat, action and mayhem ensue drawing the reader in to the story quickly. Tinker is such a fun chara...more