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Mathemagics (Chicks in Chainmail)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  268 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Riva was a warrior woman from the sword & sorcery world of Dazau, who came to our world of the paper-pushers to give her daughter an education. Then old enemies from home showed up....
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Baen Books (first published 1996)
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Nathan C. Weber
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoy Margaret Ball's writing style, a combination of sarcastic wit and descriptive action/adventure. This book is actually a continuation of the short story "Career Day" from the anthology Chicks in Chainmail edited by Esther M. Friesner. In the story we follow the developing lifestyle of Rivakonneka, a woman warrior from an alternate dimension living in our modern world with her daughter and developing a relationship with her daughter's math teacher. It isn't long, however, before trou ...more
Tim Ponygroom
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Entertaining even if you don't get the math jokes; hilarious at times if you do. Don't let the chapter numbering system put you off. I felt I got to know Riva and Dennis, Becky and Salla. Dingbat Boatright, not so much, although I might have met him in this Universe already.

May you never have a personal experience in Outer Yark.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Oldie but goodie that mixes modern setting with characters from heroic fantasy, plus math!
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun read. I picked it up second hand while traveling, to supplement my airplane reading, and am very happy I did. Although the writing in the 'relationship development' parts is a little unconvincing, for the most part it's a very smooth read. I appreciated the in-jokes for science fiction fen and people who know math, and I liked the underlying messages as well. Maybe a bit heavy handed with the male villains, but not jarringly so. I wish there were sequels!
Zach, "Gnome" Israel
I really like Riva, Dennis, and Salla. They are wonderful characters, and it's hard not to root for them in this story. However Margaret Ball does get really preachy in parts, and does make her villains a little one note in parts.

There is a part where she has moderate a panel where two authors are having an argument about wither or not it is appropriate for women to serve in combat roles. The man on the con side is an overweight bastard who makes his points by screaming. Ball is a decent writer
Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it
A woman warrior from a swords-and-sorcery world where mathematics is the underpinning of magic has a challenge in Austin, Texas where she moved to give her daughter a chance at a better education. It would have been worth it just for the chapter numbering which requires fairly sophisticated mathematical computations.
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've actually read this book several times and I really love it. It's hilarious, but also deals well with some serious issues. I honestly wish she'd written some sequels, but as far as I know, this is the only one (other than the stories in the Chicks in Chainmail anthologies).
Ginger K
Jun 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Almost made me want to spend more time studying math. Almost.
Some good, old-school sf/fantasy stuff here. Interesting subtexts of feminism, abuse, and religious fanaticism still ring bells even after a decade or so. Nice.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another delightful visit with an old friend.
Lisa w
it is about people from one of the chicks in chain mail storys . a good read if you are the type who watches things like xena. a fun read.
Jul 27, 2011 marked it as to-read
If you want to understand how the Fourier transformation can appear in the same book as the phrase "Chicks in Chainmail", you will have to read the book...
Debi Sullivan
Apr 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-and-kept
Thomas S.
Good narrative. Sometimes hard to follow if you are not somewhat knowledgeable about Sci-Fi/Fantasy books.
John Davies
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I loved the concept of this book, combining a sword and sorcery woman with a modern day maths teacher.
Nov 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A bit dated, but a fun read. The chapter number formulae are cool, especially if you've had calculus and it's been a while since you've used that sort of math....
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Margaret Ball lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and near two grown children. She has a B.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Texas. After graduation, she taught briefly at UCLA, then spent several years honing her science fiction and fantasy writing skills by designing computer software and making inflated promises about its capabilities. She has written a nu ...more
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