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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  700 ratings  ·  271 reviews
Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either
Kindle Edition, 528 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Publishing
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Alex Can Read There's a very specific reason given in the book for the matching names. Roger and Dodger are very different, very distinct characters given equal…moreThere's a very specific reason given in the book for the matching names. Roger and Dodger are very different, very distinct characters given equal space on the page and equal importance in the story. (less)

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شيماء ✨
It’s 3 am.

You hear a noise downstairs.

You go to investigate.

It’s me sitting at your kitchen table.

I ask you to sit down.

Slowly, reluctantly, you do.

I draw in a small, sharp breath and start telling you how the thought of this book still stirs such a storm in me—a thousand smithereens of joy and yearning and grief—all of it seething and bleeding and writhing. How the story settled like sediment in my mind, and, how it was days before I could pull my senses home to my body—most of them, at least.
Emily May
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, 2019, sci-fi
“They grew up sort of weird and sort of wonderful and they found each other and lost each other over and over again. But this time, when they found each other, they came as close as they could to the Impossible City. They walked the length of the improbable road, and the girl wrote down everything she knew about the universe, and the boy read it all aloud, and everything was okay.”

Going into Middlegame, I don't think I actually considered that I might not like it. It didn't seem possible. I ha
Lala BooksandLala
This synopsis had been taunting me for months. It's honestly just so well written I can barely stand it. For some reason I was hella nervous to actually get into this book. This was my first Seanan McGuire outside of (one of my favourite series of all time) The Wayward Children books, and I figured there's no way I could TRULY love an adult fantasy novel about science....and gods....right?

But slap my ass and call me Judy, if this isn't one of my new favourite books of all time. I have an inkling
Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Publishing
"In the same ordinary town, on the same ordinary street, lived two ordinary children who had never quite managed to cross paths."

MR. HUMPHREY: "So what was this book about?"
ME: "Honestly, I couldn't tell you but I loved it."
MR. HUMPHREY: ......
ME: .......

Ok, but have you ever read a book that is so intellectually deep and intricately detailed in subject matter that you aren't well versed in, that you haven't got the first clue how to explain it to someone else? Honestly, that's how I feel about
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4.5 stars for Seanan McGuire's latest novel, on sale today! Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature in a slightly different form, as a collaborative review with my friend and co-reviewer Jana. You should read our (excellent) joint review there! :D

James Reed and his assistant Leigh Barrow ― a pair of rebel alchemists of the mad scientist type ― have been doing human experimentation for years, trying to make/breed (it’s a combination of both) children who will embody the “Doctrine of Etho
Sep 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
neither the threat of math nor the threat of twins are enough to keep me from wanting this book. only for you, mcguire...
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, lordy! Big caveat coming. I'm already a devoted fanboy of Seanan and I read almost everything she ever comes out with no matter what because I trust her implicitly.


Nothing prepared me for this ambitious, thoughtful, mind-blowing modern fantasy of Alchemy and Twins. She spread her wings for this one and turned tons of dichotomies into hardcore story elements, synthesizing Order and Chaos, Math and Storytelling, Isolation and Community, and made a story of Balance a bit more ambitious tha
Sep 18, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: adult, arc
Welp, here is my most anticipated release of 2019. All other books can go home. ❤

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It's time.

Thank you, Tor.
Thank you.

I shall cherish this e-ARC until the end of time.
Bless you.
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

“Timeline: five minutes too late, thirty seconds from the end of the world.”

The Alchemical Congress has no room to speak. No one crosses Asphodel Baker, the creator of the careful design spanning different dimensions.

A Doctrine of Ethos has been placed inside the mind of a handful of children. They come in pairs. The problem is, the doctrine is too large and does not leave space for humanity, so it is split into component parts – mathematics and language. The Up-and-Under also called the l
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

🌟 Seanan McGuire does it again! This was so entertaining and addicting. I should add a disclaimer here that this was sent for me by the publisher who I am thankful for. This however, did not affect my review which is as honest as usual!

🌟 It feels weird to read something by Seanan other than the Wayward Children series which I like very much. I was happy when I received this because the author has such a beautiful prose
Apr 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I now consider myself a Seanan McGuire fanatic thanks to her Wayward Children series.
April, leave us already. May, come forth ASAP!
Julie Zantopoulos
I have NO idea how to rate this book. Did I enjoy it? Did I understand it? I have no clue. I mean, I think I loved it but I legit have no clue if I even comprehended some of it. It felt way longer than it needed to be but maybe...maybe that time was necessary. I just...what? I will come back to this with quotes and thoughts but-just not now. I am sitting between a 3&4 but I’m so conflicted...maybe it’s a 5. I just...

Also, this book is super adult. Trigger warnings for murder, self-harm, suic
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full review to come. Now I see why everyone has been telling me to read Seanan McGuire titles.
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019

This. Was. AMAZING.

This book was beautifully written, had so many of my absolute favorite tropes, had amazing characters, one of the most unique premises I've EVER read, and it all came together into this absolute MASTERPIECE of a novel. If you're reading this or are at all interested in this novel, PLEASE PICK IT UP!!
Elise (TheBookishActress)
I'm living my life exclusively so I can get my hands on Seanan McGuire's new book which is apparently about twins?
Lisa Wolf
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Middlegame is weird and challenging, and I loved it.

Let me start by stating that the synopsis doesn't feel very accurate to me. Yes, Roger and Dodger are twins... kind of. But I don't think the books itself refers to attaining godhood. So I'm glad I didn't read the synopsis very carefully before starting, because it might have created some bizarre expectations that definitely would have gone unfulfilled.

In Middlegame, Dodger and Roger are creations, but they spend most of their lives not knowing
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was MADE for me. It’s a Slytherclaw’s dream: alchemists, world domination, hyper-intelligent tragedy twins (one math genius + one word genius), murder, bloodthirstiness, cruelty, guarded characters, fanatical perfection and imperfection, loneliness, fire, and blood -- so much blood. Oh, and the writing is PERFECT. I wanted to be absorbed by the book. I’d happily live in Seanan McGuire’s prose, thank you.

This is SFF that really lives up to the genre(s), because it’s scientific and it’s
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
holy fuck, this sounds so weird and interesting, i need pls
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I’m just never gonna stop obsessing over Seanan’s new releases 😍
Holly (The Grimdragon)
“Words can be whispered bullet-quick when no one’s looking, and words don’t leave blood or bruises behind. Words disappear without a trace. That’s what makes them so powerful. That’s what makes them so important.

That’s what makes them hurt so much.”

Seanan McGuire’s stories are like the Tardis. There is just so much within! More than you could ever imagine. Deceptively so. Being such a huge fan of McGuire’s, you would think I would learn my lesson and stop finding myself surprised after each book
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fans of McGuire's Wayward Children series will love this darker tale that explores, twins, balance, chaos, order, the power of words, math, time, and alchemy. While the Wayward series had a young adult feel, this does not despite some whimsical imagery.

The tale started out slowly for me even though the first chapter, Failure, grabbed me. But as we learned about Asphodel Baker, the Doctrines of Ethos, the Alchemical Congress and the creation of James Reed I found myself sucked down the rabbit ho
The Artisan Geek
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
MY REVIEW IS UP ON MY CHANNEL!! You can find it here: middlegame review

Best book that I have ever read in my life. If you know me and if you've read the book you'll know why hahah. Either way, my review will be up on my channel soon! :)

Well, as I am typing this, I am looking at the arc of this book on my DESK. I AM INTERNALLY SCREAMING!!!!!

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Jan 27, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.


Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Double Mood

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either.

Mood (I wish)

Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

I received this ARC from Tor in exchange for an honest review!


CW: self-harm, suicide attempt, murder, gore, and death

Y’all. Like, y’all.

I cannot believe this book because I came into it with very little knowledge — it sounded interesting from what I’d heard and I knew that I’d probably love it because it’s Seanan McGuire — and I was not disappointed.

While I went into this thinking that it was fantasy, it was definitely sci-fi. There’s alchemy and cre
Mel (Epic Reading)
Feb 20, 2019 marked it as up-next
Shelves: arc-netgalley
ARC received!!! Thank your TOR/MacMillan and NetGalley!
For those not aware we are asked by publishers to post reviews NO sooner than two weeks prior to publication. I also personally find posting reviews months in advance of a release annoying. It creates false hype for the average reader and an annoying amount of time to wait.
So I will be keeping to that requirement and will see you all in May to post my review!
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars Mind Blowing. Complicated, time warping, intense, twisted, genetically bent, confusing, scientific, mathematical, controlling, maniacal, murderous and so much more. This was a lot of book. I will be re-reading it, there was so much I need a second pass. Sadly it wasn't all perfect, it felt too long. The goal a place that was never explained. I waited to find out about the mysterious Imposible City that was mentioned over and over, it had to be great right ? I read the whole book and st ...more
Patricija - ReadOff
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it

A little bit disappointed after a good start.
More on:
TW: Suicide attempt, violence, murder
I want to thank my friend for sending me the arc so I could read it and review it.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**


I have to admit that Middlegame is not the type of book I would usually read. However, I am a big fan of Seanan's Urban Fantasy the October Daye series, and after being intrigued by the blurb of this book, I wanted to give it a go. I try to be as adventurous as I can and try out new things. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. In the beginning it was a bit confusing and I had to get used to all the unfamiliar terms
May 05, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
i found a finished copy of this book at my bookstore 2 days before its release day and you bet i snatched it real quick
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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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