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Discount Armageddon

(InCryptid #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  16,165 ratings  ·  1,846 reviews
Cryptid, noun: Any creature whose existence has not yet been proven by science. See also "Monster."

Cryptozoologist, noun: Any person who thinks hunting for cryptids is a good idea. See also "idiot."

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
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 352 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by DAW
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Xenophon Hendrix
Mar 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

I read DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON over four and a half years ago when it was first released, and all I can say in regards to why I'm only just now getting back to it is . . . It was a casualty of Mt. TBR.

And I am ashamed.

B/c seriously, guys, this book screams, "JESSICA! I AM HERE FOR YOUUUUU!"

No, really. It does.

We all know that Fae are my favorite, and that Native American folklore is #2, but what doesn't come up very often is any random creature fest. This is b/c mos
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) by: mich
BR with my MacHalo Freaks Shelly starting Sept 18, 2015.

Quick maths
✔ Wackiness + humour = +3
✔ Cool female lead = +2
✔ Ever-cheering, religious mouse colony = +1
✔ Gorgons and bogeymen and cuckoos and dragons, oh my! = +1
✘ Few but very Chick-Lit-like romantic bits = -1.5
✘ Bland male lead = -2

= 3.5 stars

►► Not bad! It looks like this was pretty good! It looks like I want to continue with the series! It looks like I don't DNF all the books I read! It looks like there is hope for me yet!

►► Ful
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the Wednesday UF group at BB&B!!! Aeslin Mice, rejoice!!!

I loved it!!! Yes, I know, I have been loving many books lately, but what can I say - I have been lucky to read good books as of late and I would never complain about that gift from the universe!!! This book was the best to fill in my need for quirky, monster filled, and cheeky!!! As opposed to the ones of dark, gritty and cruelly merciless I have been reading at the same time - thus I feel completely balanced e
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Robin (Bridge Four)
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ilona Andrews Fans
Reading with the UF group at Buddies Books & Baubles

That moment when you find a new Urban Fantasy Series that you love!!!

With all the new Urban Fantasies that are seeming to pop up everywhere it is sometime hard to pick out the gems from the garbage. I’m so excited that I found something with so much potential that I have to *squee* in excitement.

In a world of urban fantasy that mostly focuses on shifters and vampires this one decides to move out of that box and into the world of Cryptids.

Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Knowing what I know of Urban Fantasy, I rarely expect anything more than snark, beasties, first-person hijinks, and plain simple fun. Most of the time, the hero is actually a heroine, of course, and there's usually a number of other tropes we can expect, such as three-way love stories including a vamp and a were.

Fortunately for me, I've learned to really TRUST Seanan McGuire, for whether she's writing as Mira Grant or under Seanan, she has never led me astray or into three-way love stories, and
Oh hell to the no!! Goodbye annoying book. Next stop - my DNF pile!

I can't continue reading this crap-fest about a total idiot girl who loves to dance and manages to tell us about dancing every other sentence. I would rather run naked through the Walmart hunting aisle wearing a deer mask than read one more page about dancing.

Yes, it's that bad.
Lois Bujold
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it

Unfortunately I’m feeling tired and a little under the weather, so this is going to be a very short review.

I loved the world-building. It had a Men in Black vibe with all the weird and interesting monsters and how not all of them were evil, which was FANTASTIC.

I loved the talking colony of Aeslin mice, who love rituals and celebrations. I would love a colony of my own who could hail me all day ;-D

The Price family is awesome, especially the grandmother who continues to travel to hell to look

Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
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Review below!

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 of o
I read this book to fill the Cryptozoologist square of my 2019 Halloween Bingo Card.

Hail! Cake and cheese for all sapient rodents!

I still love this silly little series and the Aeslin mice. Verity Price may not be the world’s sharpest detective and Domenic De Luca may not be the most desireable romantic partner for her, but the mice fix everything with their charming presence throughout the book.

My memory is obviously not what it used to be, because I had completely forgotten the book’s opening,
"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
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure you're probably stunned to find out that I *LOVED* a Seanan McGuire book. Oh, wait, no, nevermind. You probably expected that, since I 100% fanboyed over October Daye (#tybaltmeOW).

I read this little gem with my Wednesday UF ladies (and one or two of us gents) over at the Buddies Books and Baubles on Goodreads, and I'm so glad we picked this to be our next series read.

This series has weird. It has fun. It has dangerous. It has weird. It has exciting. It has sexy. It has weird. It has st
I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed.

I've heard of this series a long time ago and I've kept it there as a must-read-when-I-want-something-very-good kind of book.

True, before this series, I finished the Temple series. And well, it's very hard to follow one of the best UF series of all time, right? It will take a long time for me to find a book that actually compares to that one.

Anyway, enough about me and my book crush.

This series. Yes, we're talking about this series. InCryptid.

It's a bit disappo
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just makes 4 stars. It was pretty good although a little cheesy. I wasn’t convinced by the romance. Everybody who reads this loves the Aeslin mice and I did too. Hail! There are a wide variety of cryptids in this book which made it a bit different from other Urban fantasy series and there’s a great guide to North American cryptids at the end of the book. I still prefer the October Daye series by this author and also her work as Mira Grant.

3-1/2 stars

This was super-cute and fun, with lots of great one liners. But at the same time, I found it a little slow paced.

Proper review to come if I can find the time.
Ranting Dragon
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: garrett
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
Maria Dimitrova
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Verity Price comes from a long line of cryptozoologists and has spent her entire life learning about the numerous types of cryptids (supernatural creatures) who live hidden amongst us. Her family used to belong to the Covenant of St. George but once they realised that not all cryptids are monsters and that they deserve the chance to live peacefully amongst us they parted ways with the organisation and set out on their own. Now the Price family focus on helping the cryptids stay hidden and making ...more
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Cryptid, noun:
1. Any creature whose existence has been suggested but not proven scientifically.
2. That thing that's getting ready to eat your head.
3. See also "monster."

I just saw this picture and it totally reminded me of Aeslin mice.

3.5 stars

Believe me when I say that this book was goddamn hard for me to rate. There were things I loved, but also the things I nearly hated.

Verity Price is a cryptozoologist (or something like that, since it's very likely I misspelled it) raised by
Allison Hurd
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really fun urban fantasy. It's showing its age a bit, both in terms of the changes I've seen in Seanan's writing over the years and the extreme attempts at being sexy to presumably het dudes, but still clever and fun.

CONTENT WARNING: (view spoiler)

Perhaps it's because I crammed this into my brain in very short order, but I'm having a hard time thinking of concrete pros and cons. This is fluff. Monsters, T&A, enemies-to
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
If you don't take this book too seriously (why would you? It doesn't take itself seriously), you will enjoy it.

Most of Discount Armageddon is a lot of fun. Different species and their customs, mystery of who is taking all those cryptid women, funny quotes from various members of Verity's family before each chapter (even funnier if you'd read about those people before), the fact that there is nothing instant in Verity and Dominic's first meeting (unless you count let's kill each other one of tho
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
No matter how many times I stray from the path, I am constantly reminded why urban fantasy is my jam. The good kind of urban fantasy that is. Like this one. It was so good! Guys, I think I'm in love. Imagine the world where every day you get to be celebrated by the religious mice population, your grandma is a neveraging hell-hopper and your cousin is a telepath.

I'm down for that party. Maybe dragon princesses would let me hang out in their nest with all that gold and I can get me one of those pe
When I was in the second and third chapters of this book I honestly wasn't sure how it was going to go for me. I was confused and lost and more than a little irritated. There was a serious dearth of information and it was getting old, fast. So here's something that I found on Seanan McGuire's website that I think would have helped me, at least a little. Also, the reassurance that Chapter 4 is the turning point - or at least it was for me.

Cryptid, noun:

1. Any creature whose existence has been sug
Jun 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I was a little embarassed because the cover makes this book look like it's about a stripper with guns. She's technically not a stripper, but a cocktail waitress at a strip club who dresses like a half-naked schoolgirl and is repeatedly groped by drunk men. Because that's totally different. The nearly constant background of sexual objectification in this book was disappointingly-juvenile rather than sexy. Imagine how surprised I was to discover that this was written by a woman!

I read half this bo
If Buffy The Vampire Slayer were part of a family legacy instead of just being the chosen one; had a psychic cuckoo for a best friend instead of a human witch; and practiced ballroom dancing while waiting tables at a monster strip club instead of becoming a guidance counsellor; well . . . you might begin to get an idea of how awesome Discount Armageddon, the first InCryptid novel from Seanan McGuire, really is.

As urban fantasies go, this was wild, crazy, often laugh-out-loud fun. It has a kick-a
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
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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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  • Tricks for Free (InCryptid, #7)
  • That Ain’t Witchcraft (InCryptid, #8)
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