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The Interminables

(Interminables #1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  63 reviews
It's 2020, and a magical cataclysm has shattered reality as we know it. Now a wizard's cabal is running the East Coast of the US, keeping a semblance of peace.

Their most powerful agents, Edmund and Istvan -- the former a nearly immortal 1940s-era mystery man, the latter, well, a ghost -- have been assigned to hunt down an arms smuggling ring that could blow up Massachusett
ebook, 374 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Angry Robot
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Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
DNF @ 5%

I will try and come back to this one. It was my Bookclub's pick for last month but we all struggled to stay engaged with it. For me the writing style was really... tedious & not descriptive. Like, lots of words were on the page but I couldn't picture anything that was happening in my head.

Maybe some other time I'll give it a shot but right now it's gotta go back on the shelf.
DNF @ 21%

I'm putting this one aside for now, I'm not sure it's for me.

First of all what I do like: The characters are interesting, I like their interaction and the dry, dark humor.

The issue here for me is the writing. It's not bad, and much of it is just fine, but in places I find it confusing and a bit disjointed.

In places the writing is in short, choppy sentences. There have been times I had to read a sentence two or three times to understand what it was talking about. Occasionally I still w
Heidi The Reader
Interminable adjective. 1. Incapable of being terminated; unending 2. Monotonously or annoying protracted or continued; unceasing; incessant 3. Having no limits. ( Unabridged. Retrieved May 22, 2016 from website

The Interminables takes place in a world where magic is real and so are nightmares. Prior to the events in this tale, an immortal being attacked all the cities on Earth and essentially destroyed civilization as we know
Chris Berko
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to believe this is a debut. I found this to be a very mature, self-assured story with fleshed out, real characters. There is personal drama, large-scale action scenes, and really original shit going on in here. There are no slow spots or wasted pages as things pretty much spiral out of control from the opening scene on and there are so many references to things that have already happened the author sets herself up for more stories in this highly imaginative world. Four solid, seriously impr ...more
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Note for review readers, I have a crashed computer so I am reviewing from a phone and tablet, so I may be more disjointed than usual, if that's possible.

I really enjoyed this story, it had most of the things I dig, interesting world, I really liked the main characters, it was a humorous story, and they had great interaction. My cons are very few, although I could tell where Ms Orwin was going with her tale, her writing style is a bit disjointed and might throw some people off. That being said, g
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of: Fan fiction, angst, brooding, emo, steam punk, camp, young adult, scifi/fantasy
Recommended to Erica by: Saw it on a shelf in BAM.
****Spoiler alert! If you absolutely do not want any spoilers, do not read this review!****

The book was initially hard to get into because the writing style makes for a confusing read. It's sometimes hard to follow the action or tell who is saying what. I'm still not sure what occurred in the climax battle. There was a lot of description of concept and then a creature, I think, fell over? Where did this creature come from? This entity was referred to as a "concept" creature, but then it inhabits
Jun 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF. I'm really struggling to get into this book. The writing is disjointed and I can never tell who is talking. If i ever manage to finish this book, I'll update this review.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Won in the Goodreads Giveaways - not read, passed to another reader.
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Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, au, arc
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This book is a textbook case of how a cover can be completely misleading. What looks like a quirky, children's type of tale is actually a dark, depressive, but beautifully imagined urban fantasy/alternate universe. Our protagonists are battle weary, suffering from emotional trauma, and come with their own myriad of baggage and personality defects. And yet, this is perhaps one of this most interesting, intriguing, and
Sep 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book with a passion. I wanted to quit it at 20%. I wanted to quit it at 40%. I wanted to quit it at 90%. This book could have been so much more and so much better, because there were some good ideas there. But it was just a mess.
The world-building is confusing, it focuses on descriptions of buildings and places and fails to explain more important stuff, like the way magic works, for example. You never see the wizards do more than teleporting, stealing time and do some sort of summo
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
This review and others posted over at my blog.

The year is 2020 and an incredibly powerful magical being started a war against America, forcing wizards everywhere out of hiding. In the aftermath, the states have been reorganized into rough territories and are trying to rebuild themselves, amidst the residual magic left behind and the strange beings that come from it. Edmund, known as the Hour Thief, and Istvan, his right-hand ghost, are trying to keep the peace in Massachusetts when they hear
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
Smart, funny and magical, everything I want in a book. And a hero.

The Wizard War has devastated the world as we know it. New York City is now a wasteland where survivors huddle under the protection of a guild of benevolent magicians, not far from the Providence crater, a walled enclave and forbidden ground ruled by Barrio Libertad.

The aptly named Edmund Templeton is the Hour Thief. Istvan Czernin is a sundered spirit; the remorseless avatar of War. Together, these heroes face fearsome creatures
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, this was terrible. It was self-published and based on some characters a group of people created on some kind of fantasy website. It's clear that none of their friends had any editing skills. It jumped around, referred to the same characters by different names, and was rife with inconsistencies. ...more
3.5 Stars

Full review to come!
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, kinda weirdly all over the place
Isabella Zink
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF around 2/3 of the way in. This is an unusual book for me in that I absolutely love the two main characters and the setting but neither of those elements is supported by any sort of real plot.

The good:
1) Edmund and Istvan are great. Istvan, as a ghost and the embodiment of the WWI, is a wonderfully unique character. To be honest, I bought the book because of Istvan’s facial scarring and Edmund’s top hat/cape habit because together they reminded me of an AU Phantom of the Opera (and for thos
Elaine Aldred
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
In the future a magical cataclysm has radically changed the reality of the world as we currently know it. Edmund Templeton, a wizard and time thief, capable of shifting backwards and forwards through time, and Istvan Czernin, a gifted surgeon and ghost, are sent to track down a dangerous arms shipment. But the mission is not as straightforward as it seems, for reasons they are soon to find out.

The Interminables contains the type of writing a reader will either consider the work of genius or wond
Eric Mccann
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is an exceptionally fun, charming (in its way) book. Ms. Orwin's first publication does definitely show it's a first effort, at times, but gives unique, enjoyable characters, an unusual main villain (if you can call it that) and all in all a fun story.

Our main characters are a time-controlling, time-collecting wizard (who's very meticulous about the moments he borrows, for good reason) and a ghostly surgeon who's also the avatar of the First World War. Do these sound like relatable charact
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5. I liked the premise and the world building. I loved the entirity of Istvan (a ghost embodying not only itself but all of the Great War? Terrifying and awe-inspiring) and Edmund's magic (time magic is always interesting). Edmund was a mostly good man who made a terrible mistake to gain power and tried his damnedest not to hurt too many while helping as many as he could. Istvan was incredible that despite his power (the violence, the pain, the ferocity) he was a doctor always - helping others ...more
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-read
I won this as a Goodreads giveaway.

This book was tough. I had a hard time getting into it even though the concept sounds cool and I WANTED to like it. I actually put it down for months cuz I couldn't bring myself to try again.

I could only read one chapter at a time because it made me sleepy. I don't even know why.

Again, the concept is cool. An immortal and a ghost buddy cop team. The problem is I had no idea why. And then when the why materialized, I still didn't get it. I had no sense of the
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Interesting ideas and world building. But I spent much of the book thinking that I was missing something, that there was some backstory that I wasn't getting. Kind of like being on the fringes of a conversation where everyone else knows what's going on and assumes that no explanations are necessary. I would have liked this more if I hadn't spent so much time feeling like I just wasn't smart enough to understand it. ...more
Alis Franklin
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got to read this for a blurb and it. Was. Amazing. From what I said at the time: "Paige Orwin delivers in this wild debut about Time and War teaming up to battle the evils of eternal peace. By the time you're done you won't fear the reaper; you'll want to wrap his lonely, cross-stitch obsessed self up in a hug and never let go.” ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF at pg 13. Can't get into it at all. ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Uh.... I was really excited because I WANTED to love this book. It seemed from the blurb that it was the kind of book that I would love -- about interesting characters navigating the end times with magic tempered with realism and traumatic back stories. But I have to agree with some of the reviews that the book was extremely difficult to get through. It wasn't that I was bored by what was happening, but more that I could not TELL what was happening. The writing is non-descriptive, disjointed (th ...more
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Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This is definitely a solid book. I had some problems with the characterization at times. Things seemed a bit uneven. There are so many fun twists on tropes and ideas in this book however, that it kept my interest throughout. I think that this could be a really amazing place to visit again if only to have the world fleshed out a bit more. So many unanswered questions!
I would recommend this book with reservations. If you tend to be finicky about fully realized characters and a plot that holds up
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Whenever I describe this book to my friends, it always makes them want to read it. Ghost/embodiment of WWI who used to be a doctor? Time wizard who dresses like he's going to a masquerade? Wowza! That's awesome!
I kind of wish that I'd SEEN the events of either Edmund or Istvan's backstory. I would have found the story of their meeting fascinating, I would've found the war fascinating, I would've found a book about certain spoiler spoiler side characters interesting, but it felt a little like I s
Kate Sherwood
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
This one was a real struggle for me. I kept quitting, coming back, quitting, coming back... and now that it's over, I'm not sure it was worth the effort.

The concept was interesting. And I like that the author took some chances in terms of not spoon-feeding the story to me, but I think she went too far in that direction, for my taste. I ended up not really sure what was going on a lot of the time, and that made me feel pretty distant from the story. The characters SHOULD have been intriguing, but
Deborah Wright
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started this book a couple of times. Mostly because I couldn’t wrap my brain around what was going on. There’s no real set-up, you just jump right in to a big ole mess of stuff happening. (It doesn’t help that the breaks that are probably there in the hardback disappear on a Kindle.)

Found the two main characters interesting, especially after learning their backstories, which made their interaction really enduring.

Once I decided to stop trying to making sense of it all I was able to start visual
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