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Tinker by Wen Spencer
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Mar 16, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: urban-fantasy, five-star-favorites, paranormal-romance, science-fiction

Wow - what a great book! This book is a mash-up of contemporary/urban fantasy, traditional fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal romance. The protagonist is just barely 18 years old, so at first I worried that this book would be young adult literature, but it wasn't.

Tinker is the 18 year old scientific genius of a heroine, and her father was the one who created a portal machine that allows a chunk of earth (Pittsburg) to travel through dimensions and trade places with a chunk of the Elf world. Dad's been dead a long time, and no one has ever been able to reverse-engineer his machine. Tinker grew up on the elf world with her grandfather and cousin, except for a 24 hour period once a month when Pittsburg is sent back to Earth to pick up supplies and make trades. Granddad died a few years back, so Tinker runs the scrap yard business and invents stuff in her spare time. Along comes Windwolf, the viceroy of the local Elves, who is being chased by vicious animals. Tinker helps him defeat them, but he is badly injured, and the timing couldn't be worst - Pittsburg just jumped to Earth. Elves need magic to heal, and Earth doesn't have any, so Tinker improvises. Amazingly, this is just Act One in this novel- Tink and Windwolf make it thourgh a harrowing 24 hours, and then all kinds of misunderstandings and subterfuge take place, culminating in Tink being kidnapped by bad guys and forced to build another portal machine.

The creativity in this book was fantastic - weaving together mythical creatures and interesting made-up ones, with a big dose of science thrown in.

There's a bit of extreme violence and a bit of sex, but not a lot of either. Not enough to offend most people.
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March 16, 2009 – Shelved
Started Reading
March 17, 2009 – Shelved as: urban-fantasy
March 17, 2009 – Shelved as: five-star-favorites
March 17, 2009 – Shelved as: paranormal-romance
March 17, 2009 – Shelved as: science-fiction
March 17, 2009 – Finished Reading

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