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Discarded

(Dumpstermancer #1)

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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Magic has been franchised. Magical conveniences are sold everywhere like designer coffee. Everyday life is filled with technical and magical wonders. Only, the magic is murdering people.

Thoth Corp's hot new spell is turning people into ravening monsters. Their only hope to quietly rectify the situation before the epidemic spreads is the spell architect they framed and sent
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ebook, 260 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Delirious Scribbles Ink
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Virginia Cohick
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a new favorite author. Ok it’s like this I’m addicted to reading so waiting for one of my favorite authors to come up with new books is killing me. But then Michael Allen asked if I would review his book I said sure it’s a dream come true for me. So I was home reading my new book. And I was enchanted. It has magic, it has intrigue, action, and above all else it will keep you so entertained. That you want to read it all the way through without putting it down. I did.

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Rutger Painczyk
Taking a new spin on the genre, this is an enjoyable Urban Fantasy book suitable for readers of various ages. Situated in a world where magic became accepted, commercialized, and in the way of so many things, reserved for those with money, we follow Eli whose colleagues turned on him for insisting magic be used to help people - regardless of their cash flow. A charmingly witty and delightfully engaging alternative-near future urban fantasy, this first in a new series by a prolific author of both ...more
Isabella
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love magic then you should read Discarded! It takes us into a world full of magic, where it's used in every day life. Our main character Eli, whom was a partner to Thoth Corps, is homeless and is struggling to rebuild his life. He is saved but at a cost. Eli is thrown in between his old company and a shadow war waged against humanity.
To stop the war, Eli needs to find a way to make magic out of garbage.
In conclusion, I really liked the story. It was great and I would recommend to my magi
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Teresa
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! From the moment I opened this Science Fiction book, I found myself, intrigued and could not take my eyes away. With each page, I became entranced, I could not wait to find out what was to come. The idea that someone who has lost it all, who is living homeless could be the key to saving a world from destruction by using his architectural magic abilities using trash to change it all is simply mind-blowing. This was a wonderfully charming, witty, and mind opening read and I can't wait to read ...more
Jessica
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting Urban Fantasy with tons of magic and intriguing characters. Going to try and book up a more thorough review in the next few days. A very fun listen, despite the fact that it took me forever to finish it. (That was 100% life getting in the way and not the book)
Mark
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by this author and I enjoyed it immensely. The background culture was interesting...a society where magic has been mainstreamed and made available to the masses. I haven’t seen a take on widespread magic use quite like this one before. The main protagonist’s story was interesting and the book moved quickly with good descriptions of people and places. I was a little annoyed by the main characters attitude toward others but his background story explained his acti ...more
Jeffrey Thomas
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok, this one was a bit weird for me. I like fantasy books, and like the way different authors handle magic. I like how various people describe how magic works, how people use it, and its powers/limitations. That said, I did like the book overall, but was not overly-wowed by it. For my due diligence, I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I do my best to leave out any spoilers in my reviews so as not to give anything away about the actual content of the book. As you ...more
Patrick Ryan
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A main character you won't soon forget.
The series title, "Dumpstermancer," alone was enough to make me want to read this e-book. I half expected a comedy, but wasn't sure. I was intrigued, to say the least.
In a world where you can have a gourmet meal kit delivered, corporate magic seems like the next logical step. Mistakes happen, and the Glamour spell from Thoth is not exempt.
Eli is an engaging character. I'm not sure if I like him, but I definitely won't forget him anytime soon. A homeless ex-
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Please Pass the Books
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recently released from the prison of Wasteland on a trumped-up sham conviction, Elias (Eli) Graham is thrust onto the streets in a perilous future with nothing to his name...a name which was once attached to an illustrious career and a fat bank account. But that's all gone now. "This is my life now. Survive first, be picky later." As he navigates his way through homelessness and scrounges what he can to eat out of dumpsters (and occasional charity), his former protege, Darrin Silus, is on the hu ...more
Shomeret
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, my-reviews
I agreed to review the second in the Dumpstermancer series, Duplicity. When I told Allen that I hadn't read Discarded. He generously sent it to me via Bookfunnel. This is my honest review of Discarded.

The central theme of Discarded is magic for profit. This is the first time I have ever seen the corporatization of magic in a fantasy novel. There is nothing inherently wrong with making a profit. The problem arises when profit becomes a service provider's only consideration. In the real world, we
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Sockwun
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this complimentary book in exchange for an honest review.

Discarded by Michael J. Allen follows Darrin, a freshly-released criminal, as he attempts to reassimilate to a society fraught with magic with the most mundane of uses. Having sworn to lay off magic after it landed him in the Wasteland for a century, Darrin is conflicted when people from his past and present start reaching out to him for help, help that would require him to use magic once more. Should he do what he feels is righ
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Laura
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, Eli used to be huge in the magic world as a spell architect but his sorld and bank account collapsed when he was wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Freshly released, he cannot practice magic or he will be returned to prison and he must register with his address, so he chooses not to live anywhere. He survives by dumpster diving and homeless shelters. Eli is bitter about everyt
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Gabrielle Lee
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
This is an interesting story of magic and fantasy. A man full of magic who once had it all until betrayal and greed took it all away. After years of imprisonment he returns to a different world. A world where he is considered the criminal. Yet those with true magic seek him out for help. No matter how much he longs to be left alone it seems that magic will always find him. Eli soon finds himself fighting for magic and making friends even when he does not want to. Someone must right the wrongs of ...more
Colin Rowlands
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The setting for this book is an interesting one, most magic has gone corporate, widely used in products and with access to it regulated in a similar manner to the electricity supply.

It is into this world that Eli returns, having been framed for a death by his former partners in the magical business because he was more interested in the magic itself than the potential to profit from it, while he tries to keep himself isolated he ends up being dragged into problems with his old company after he is
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Bittu Kumar
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who love fiction and magic.
I finished reading the book DISCARDED by MICHAEL and it was totally thrilling and it is full of magics. The storyline goes like this- Recently released from the prison of Wasteland on a trumped-up sham conviction, Elias (Eli) Graham is thrust onto the streets in a perilous future with nothing to his name...a name which was once attached to an illustrious career and a fat bank account. But that's all gone now. As he navigates his way through homelessness and scrounges what he can to eat out of d ...more
May Fungi From Yuggoth
Review: DISCARDED by Michael J. Allen
(DUMPSTERMANCER BOOK 1)

A charmingly witty and delightfully engaging alternative-near future urban fantasy, this first in a
new series by a prolific author of both science fiction and fantasy is set in the Pacific Northwest, in a time of commonplace magic. Not common due to talent, but common because corporations subsume technology welded to magic, at a cost designed to make it accessible, while wielding ridiculously inflated profits. From the corporate standpo
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Freddie Silva
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very entertaining story. The main character is a bit sullen, but it is understandable given his background. Still, he has a good heart and seems motivated by his desire to help others. He is a character I can get behind.

I also liked all the supporting characters: the rhet, Sunny, and Razcolm are all great characters in their own right and help to make the story more enjoyable.

The plot works well and is believable. The rising tension works and the plot reveals occur as necessary for t
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Christine Walley
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I finished reading another book by Michael J Allen called Discarded.


I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Michael's books, and this is another great story from Michael.


This book grabs your attention right off the bat with a different style of magic, which is a common occurrence.


The character is interesting, but at times I was frustrated by his behavior.


I didn't want to put it down once I started.

Here is the link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Discarded-Dump... If you like fantasy books, then I t
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Mat
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Discarded tells the story of a genius magician who once was living in the limelight. After having a falling out with his companions, he's thrust in prison and tortured before being discarded back into city life. Eli, our genius magician, has wit, character, and humor. He cares about nothing except for the good of humanity, however, at every corner he turns and every person he tries to assist there seems to be something sinister lurking behind the curtain. Eli is so full of bad luck and misfortun ...more
Patricia C
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What happens when you take something like magic and turn it into something that can be bought and paid for without any regard for who has it? The world in this book. Eli is forced to hide what he once saw as something that could change the world for the better and help all people regardless of their ability to pay. This way of thinking landed him homeless and trying to rebuild his life. Eli is easy to root for and to believe in. The reading moves at a fairly fast pace and is appropriate for a wi ...more
Beth Steidl
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Goodness! From the minute I opened this Science Fiction book, I got myself, captivated and couldn't take my eyes away. With each page, I wound up enchanted, I couldn't endure to discover what was to come. The possibility that somebody who has lost everything, who is living destitute could be the way to sparing a world from annihilation by utilizing his structural enchantment capacities utilizing junk to transform everything is just amazing. This was a superbly beguiling, clever, and mind opening ...more
Hanna
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
When I first saw the summary of this book, I knew I'd be interested, just reading that little bit drew me in, almost like it was magic. I loved the setting of a world full of magic, that's used in every day life. While this could be a bit overwhelming to go into the author does a great job of really placing the reader into the world. The main character's task is a great juxtaposition with his current lot in life, and the whole book is incredibly intriguing. I hope this is the start to a full ser ...more
Ben Allen
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! From the moment I opened this book, I found myself, intrigued and could not take my eyes away. With each page, I became entranced, I could not wait to find out what was to come. The idea that someone who has lost it all, who is living homeless could be the key to saving a world from destruction by using his architectural magic abilities using trash to change it all is simply mind-blowing. This was a wonderfully charming, witty, and mind opening read and I can't wait to read more from this s ...more
Kiki Lemons
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Discarded takes us into the future world of magic. One where it is a common, everyday thing...that gets used for the bad, by certain people. That will happen. Our hero, is down on his luck, thanks to the same evil doers. this is a great lesson in getting kicked down, then getting yourself back up again. I am glad this seems to be a series. I want more, as usual with this author's books. This one is well written, to keep you interested to the end. Real life lessons are all over in this fantasy/th ...more
David St. Lawrence
So many great ideas but the tale is a real downer

It's hard to like or identify with a whiny hero who keeps stubbornly doing stupid things.
The dichotomy between the hero's talent and his stubbornly helpless approach to life did not make sense.

I tried to press on but I gave up after about 100 pages. It is a pity, because a good editor might have been able to save this book. The hero is so flawed that he ruined the reading experience.
Tara
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was a pretty slow starter, and it didn't really pick up anywhere along the line. It was pretty boring. We start off with a magician by the name of Darrin who is trying to perfect a spell to make people beautiful and it isn't working out for him. He wants to seek the assistance of Eli, whom we will meet in the next chapter, a former co-worker of his at Thoth Corp who was sent to prison on bogus charges. The characters are pretty bland, like other books I've read by the author.
B.E.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book. A little weird, but awesome. Definitely not your every day urban fantasy. Smart and interesting with a different sort of premise. Took a little bit to get into it, but once I was sucked in, I inhaled it. Of course, there was a cliffhanger... Not a fan of those. But the rest of the book made up for that one little irritation. Now I'll have to go find the next book and wishlist it for my next buying day.
Riadh Riki
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my honest and unbias opinion of the story. This was a great read, I never read anything from this author before. I am so glad I took the chance cause I loved this book. It has a lot of twist and turns threw the whole story. I am hooked and I want to read more from this author and this series please.
Krystle Tester
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
wonderful book full of sifi suspense and mystery. The main character in the book will grab you and keep you in his grips from the first pages to the very last not usually a fan of this genre but this book has changed my mind. I advise you to pick up your own copy sit down with a blanket and your fav. beverage and get comfy because you won't want to put it down.
Angelina Maherpetersen
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very Interesting story. The main character is a bit saddened, but it is understandable given his past. Still, he has a good heart and seems motivated by his desire to help others. He is a character I can get behind. There is not really many stories like this one. I really enjoyed reading it.
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Michael J. Allen is a bestselling author of multi-layer science fiction and fantasy novels. Born in Oregon and an avid storm fan, he lives in far too hot & humid rural Georgia with his two black Labradors: Myth and Magesty. On those rare occasions he tears himself away from reading, writing and conventions he can be found enjoying bad scifi movies, playing D&D or the occasional video game, ...more

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