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Discount Armageddon (InCryptid #1)

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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 Manhat ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 352 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by DAW
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
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!

Full review to co
Xenophon Hendrix
Apr 04, 2012 Xenophon Hendrix 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
May 21, 2016 Brad 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
Sh3lly the Dorky DNFer ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Edit: I decided not to rate this since I didn't even finish half of it.

DNF 33%. Oh dear. Please don't hate me, Sarah.

I tried. I just couldn't get into this. It had so much potential. Part of it was funny and I loved the Aeslin mice who had been with Verity's family for generations. They talk and have rituals and celebrate EVERYTHING.

I loved the various cryptids. I just couldn't get into Verity. Her career as a ballroom dancer bored me to death. I couldn't get into Dominic, who is someone sent fr
Apr 13, 2016 Carol. 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
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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
Mar 18, 2012 Felicia 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
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.
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
Lois Bujold
Nov 21, 2012 Lois Bujold 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
Mar 15, 2012 Rane rated it really liked it
Shelves: keeper, urban-fantasy
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
"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

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
Mar 04, 2012 Ranting Dragon 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
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
⊱ Irena ⊰
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
Oct 04, 2015 JAIME marked it as dnf
DNF 45%

Can't do it. Despite the awesome wacky lines, this book is otherwise Dullsville.
Jul 23, 2015 Wanda rated it really liked it
Cute. Smart. Snarky. Exactly what is necessary for my Summer Festival of Fluff.

“Never tell anyone to be careful, never ask what that noise was, and for the love of God, never, ever say that you’ll be right back.”

Verity Price belongs to a family of cryptozoologists who have been studying monsters/cryptids for centuries, protecting humans from them and them from humans. Verity also has ambitions as a professional dancer and has moved to New York, both for dance opportunities and a little space f
Mar 08, 2012 Stacy rated it it was amazing
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
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 it was amazing
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
Mar 13, 2012 Galla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 10, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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
Carolyn F.
Reread 02/21/2014 I'm sorry to say I'm not liking this book as much the 2nd time around as I did the first and have lowered the rating to 3 stars. I don't know why it irritated me but it did. I take that back, when the ghoul had killed over 10 young human woman, she didn't kill him when he was about to make another young girl a victim because her family believes in giving the cryptid's a second chance. What!?! So, those girls' lives meant nothing? The ghoul wasn't even remorseful, he just wanted ...more
Olga Godim
Aug 27, 2015 Olga Godim rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
2.5 stars
I know some of my friends liked this book, but I didn’t. It was OK but too flaky for my taste. The plot was acceptable and the pace quick, but the characters were all flat, without even an attempt by the writer to make them alive. I didn’t care for any of them and didn’t believe in their suffering. They didn’t believe it either. They get hurt, wounded, bloody, but then they just bounce up again, ready to do more battles, or alternatively, engage in a very acrobatic sex, their wounds not
Sherwood Smith
Oct 03, 2012 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jul 21, 2014 Chris rated it did not like it
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.
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
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
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