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Tinker by Wen Spencer
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Mar 28, 2012

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Read from March 26 to 27, 2012

Wow- what a wonderfully imaginative author! Suddenly, I feel like our science fiction writers are all working really hard to break the mold- and succeeding! In this case, you have a not-to-far futuristic earth which has a trans-dimensional gateway that shifts Pittsburgh onto a planet inhabited by elves. Yes, elves. The hot kind, not the shine-your-shoes-while-you-sleep kind. Anyways, every 30 days there is a Shutdown Day, where Pittsburgh is returned to planet earth. Scientists and scholars flock into the city while everyone stocks up on electrical supplies and foods not found on Elfhome. Then, they are shifted back.
Tinker is our girl genius main character, and aside from her ridiculously childish whining about being an adult, she's pretty likable. Although, when all the male characters froth over her wit, humor and intelligence, it gets a little tiresome, mostly because she doesn't seem to have a whole lot of any of those. Add to that, the awkward sex scenes feel like they were written by someone a little embarrassed to be writing about such things and so rushed through them.
Luckily, this is not a romance novel, this is glorious science fiction! This is candy! This is for people who grew up reading Piers Anthony, Robert Lynn Asprin and Anne McCaffrey!
Let me put it this way: I read this book while driving. No, not an audio book. I didn't want to wait until I got to where I was going, so I held the book against the steering wheel. I guess that categorizes this book as both fun and dangerous ;)

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