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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  6,778 ratings  ·  899 reviews
Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night....

The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity - and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manh
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 352 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by DAW
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Xenophon Hendrix
Imagine you are a trained and experienced fighter being attacked by snake men. You know that if you lose, the scaly creatures are unlikely to be merciful. You are armed with knives, a machete, and a pistol. There is a significant ricochet risk, so you begin defending yourself with the cutting implements. Unfortunately, the edged weapons aren't enough, and you are going to lose unless you try the gun. Do you

A. use the gun, despite the danger of being hit by a ricochet?

B. lose?

The main character o
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
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When you think of the bogyman, you don’t normally think of him running a strip club named Dave’s Fish & Strips. How about those delicious sweet pastries you eat from your local bakery, is it the result of a talented bakery chef or a cryptid known as a Madhura?

Verity Price doesn’t have to wonder about the bogyman or other monsters that we thought were only figments
Dec 29, 2012 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of lighthearted UF
Recommended to Carol. by: a group read
I've been immersed in serious literature, academia and non-fiction lately, so when the library found me a copy of Discount Armageddon, I promptly put everything down to read it. To be honest, my reading relationship with McGuire's works has been problematic, so this was escapism of the basest sort. While I find a number of her ideas fabulous, her heroines are often inexplicably stupid and the world-building inconsistent. So understand, if I had any expectations of Discount, it was that McGuire w ...more
I mean, I have not a TON of patience for Buffy-like cute blonde lead characters, but I can't deny that this book drew me in. The first 100 pages is a LOT of info dump, and it had my head reeling a bit, all the details in this magic-rich fantasy-character-alt universe, but something about the whimsey and the really grounded and amusing reality of the main character hooked me. I thought there were some potentially cliched relationships the author sidestepped quite well, and despite my confusion wi ...more
I haven't picked up Seanan McGurie well known October Daye series, so I came into reading Discount Armageddon a total newbie to this author. And while I was a little leery at first due to the very off leading back blub that did nothing for the overall kickass-ness that is this book.

DA did have it's trouble at the beginning as your in need to swim the info dump to figure out who Verity Price is and her passion for dancing then trying live up to the family name of cryptozoologist and the red st
Marg K.
May 10, 2012 Marg K. marked it as did-not-finish
Did Not Finish

I just can't do it anymore.

Reading this book has quite literally been painful for me. In fact, my inner Seanan McGuire fangirl is currently curled up in the fetal position bawling her sad little eyes out in a very dark corner of my mind.

Listen, I don’t know what seriously trippy shit girlfriend was smoking while writing this hot mess of a story, but I do know that she’s capable of so much more (and better…much, much better).

Wow. I’m actually at a loss for words. I suppose I can su
Ranting Dragon
Contemporary fantasy is one of the fastest growing genres within speculative fiction today. Urban fantasy, in particular, has seen an increase in sheer numbers of authors and stories, to the point where some ideas have been recycled so much that various incarnations are either too similar to fully enjoy or have become stale.

Don't take this to mean I dislike urban fantasy; nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, if you look at a genre breakdown of my reading material, you would find tha
Lois Bujold
I've been carting this around for months thinking it would make good airplane reading; I was right. In general, urban fantasy is not my thing, nor is first person, but the first-person-smartass voice and the biological take on fantasy creatures won me over. It also helped that I had just visited New York City on book tour, so the setting amused me. (Every time I see Manhattan, I think, "Don't you people know that there's 3000 more miles of country to the west of you? Why are you all crowded up o ...more
Mar 02, 2015 oOSarahOo marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to oOSarahOo by: mich
A ballroom dancing cryptozoologist/strip bar waitress? Ghouls? Dragons? Asbestos supermodels? Talking mice?

Ooooh yes, I'm in.
"Sure, you can take a heroic stand against the forces of darkness. Or you can not die. It's entirely up to you."
Re-read 3/1/15

Hrmm, you know, I hardly ever change my initial book ratings when I re-read a book and don't like it as much the second time around (which happens kind of a lot, unfortunately). I usually just keep that initial rating up anyway cuz, hey, that's how I felt when I first read it, so why not, right?

But this time. . .I gotta say, this book really didn't hold up well for me
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Verity Price is enjoying her relative freedom working as a strip club waitress in Manhattan, while conducting her survey on the cryptids of the area for the family biz, when she meets up with a member of a very old family enemy, the Covenant, who believe that all non-human entities should be summarily wiped off the face of the planet, no questions asked. This infuriates the Price family, who has created a tenuous trust wit
Apr 13, 2012 Alisha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of off-beat humor and complex worldbuilding
Rating: 4.5
(Note: review originally posted at Book Lovers Inc)

I have to just get this out first: the Price family makes the Addams family look like the Cleavers.

Don’t worry; I’ll explain who the hell the Prices are a bit later. But the above statement is what I kept thinking time and again as I was reading this book. The protagonist of Discount Armageddon, Verity Price, is no exception to the renowned eccentricities of her cryptozoologist (read: monster-studying) family, and she’s a great narrat
The Holy Terror
This cover.

I love The October Daye series so when I saw that Seanan had another series starting I knew I would be begging to get my hands on a copy. Seanan does not disappoint in the first book in her new InCryptid series.

I found Verity to be entertaining, strong willed, and quite unexpectedly bad ass. She works as a waitress at a strip club, patrols and keeps the monsters in line in her territory, and cuts a rug whenever she gets a chance competing in ballroom dancing competitions. The price family was f
Mike (the Paladin)
Humm....not a bad read. I struggle to find an Urban fantasy that I really like. There are a few I enjoy greatly and more that I just can't seem to get into.

This one sort of faded in and out for me I mean a story about a tough, "bad-ass", butt kicking female protagonist who's also fired up about ballroom dancing can at times be a little, esoteric.

Our heroine, Verity Price is a sort of "crypto-zoologist environmentalist" who tries to figure out the place "unusual" creatures hold in the ecology of
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: Snake, shapeshifters and dragons! Oh my! Brilliant and witty world-building to this Urban Fantasy series but long expositions and info dumping may turn off some readers.

Opening Sentence: Verity danced circles around the living room, her amateurish pirouettes and unsteady leaps accompanied by cheers and exultations from the horde of Aeslin mice perched on the back of the couch.

The Review:

Verity Price comes from a family of monster hunters/sym
This Price Is Definitely Right
Sometimes a girl's just gotta dance. For Verity Price, it's more than a party, it's a passionate calling. One for which she trains hard to excel. She's got a year in New York City to try to make a career out of it. If she can't, she'll return to the family and make her side job her primary occupation. Like the rest of her family. For now, though, New York City is her town. And Verity is very protective of her town.

The Prices have been renegades for a couple of gener
Garrett Jones

Contemporary fantasy is one of the fastest growing genres within speculative fiction today. Urban fantasy, in particular, has seen an increase in sheer numbers of authors and stories, to the point where some ideas have been recycled so much that various incarnations are either too similar to fully enjoy or have become stale.

Don't take this to mean I dislike urban fantasy; nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, if you look at a genre breakdown of
Don't let the cover turn you off--she doesn't like that outfit, either. This was surprisingly smart, funny urban fantasy. Think Men in Black but with species that evolved on Earth, not in other galaxies. McGuire takes the concept of being a cryptozoologist to imaginative extremes here. While quirky humor isn't everyone's thing, I enjoyed it, and I never felt like snarky one-liners were taking the place of a solid plot.

McGuire's tendency to relay details about the novel's world in parentheses wa
Sherwood Smith
Oct 03, 2012 Sherwood Smith added it
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Picked this up to read on the bus, and am having so much fun. I suspect that the author doesn't actually know much about dance, but that is a small quibble in an otherwise fairly fast-paced tale full of interesting critters and funny one-liners. I love Verity Price's family and I especially love her worshipful mice!

This is a fast-paced, wisecracking romp of an urban fantasy with an interesting take on the world's strange creatures, called cryptids, Verity and her family are delightful--I want to
As a “fan girl” of Seanan McGuire, I decided to check one of her other series and guess what...

It was the bomb! Everything I love in an urban fantasy!!! We've got that marvelous paranormal element highlighted by the humans that somewhat keep them in line. The wit and snark of a great heroin and the cast of side characters. An unfathomable foe with lots of twists and turns. But by far the one thing that stuck out to me was that fact the family we are following are crypotozoolists. Yes, they study
If you're the sort of person who's read any of the big urban fantasy series, then you've probably heard Seanan McGuire's name tossed around a few times. Despite being a self-professed UF junkie, I hadn't picked up a book by McGuire before this summer. Most people are more familiar with her October Daye series, but I chose to start with Discount Armageddon because I needed something with some good banter and general hilarity. And I was not disappointed!

Verity Price is starting over. She’s moved a
A fairly light urban fantasy as they go. This series stars Verity Price, a scion of the infamous Price family, 'Cryptozoologists' who protect and police the 'Cryptids' who live among humans. Verity is a reluctant protector. Her passion is ballroom dancing and she's spending a year in New York following her dream to convince her family she can make it work. But a member of the dreaded 'Covenant' (a religious group that desires absolute destruction of all cryptids) comes to town and discovers Veri ...more
Feb 03, 2012 Sunil rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, 2012
Discount Armageddon has the difficult job of following the Toby Daye series, but, luckily, it's different enough not to invite actual comparisons. What it does share, though, is a tough, snarky heroine and incredible worldbuilding.

Verity Price is a cryptozoologist from a family of rogue cryptozoologists. What is a cryptozoologist, you may ask. Why, those who study cryptids. What is a cryptid, you may ask. Why, ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties, of course. Basically: monsters. Having
4,5 stars

Who ever said that urban fantasy couldn't be funny?
Definitely not Seanan Mcguire...

What an enjoyable story!
With a leading character who knows as much of ballroom dancing as she knows of cryptids (also known as monsters by some uninformed parts, aka "The covenant") this was an action packed story, filled with witty banter, romance, gore and talking mice...not necessarily in this order.

As happens with the Toby Daye series, the author doesn't kid on the job when it comes to create the mos
2.5 stars. Ok paranormal romance about a cryptozoologist living in New York City, trying to launch a ballroom dancing career, prove to her West Coast family she can live on her own, and help out the city's cryptid/monster population. This had a couple of particularly amusing bits (the mice!), but I didn't quite gel with the narrator.
I think that this book is best described as a romp. She's a bad ass chick who thankfully has a sense of humor about herself. She works in a strip club, but will break the fingers of anyone who tries to put hands on her. And did I mention the talking mice? A warrior Cinderella who defends the honor of the monsters in her city while listening to dance music and rattling off tongue in cheek cliches. I can't do a much better job of describing it, so you might as well run along and get the book. You' ...more
Despite the wonderful description of the tango, this book is just like every single other urban fantasy novel that is glutting the market.
One high maintenance, slightly unbelievable kick ass heroine? Check. (Please how does she do free running to work and not get smelly and sweaty?)
One quasi star crossed love interest? Check.
End of the world thing? Check.
Rivalry with other women? Check.

To be fair, there is more humor and at least the lead is not the youngest child.
Oct 04, 2012 new_user marked it as to-read
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Because of this:

Things I will not do to my characters. Ever., on the expectation of rape in urban fantasy. Seanan McGuire's blog.
Shanshad Whelan
The challenge of putting my thoughts in order about this book. . . I love Seanan McGuire's work. Her October series has matured into a marvelous urban fantasy scape with beloved characters and great story arcs. This is something very different. A New York City urban fantasy about a young woman who works with the cryptid community while ballroom dancing on the side.

I'll admit, after the back cover synopsis and the first few pages I almost called it quits on this one. It's a little more paranormal
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Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and
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Other Books in the Series

InCryptid (7 books)
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