Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

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Isaac Vainio is a libriomancer – a magician that uses books and stories to perform their magic. He’s a member of a secret organization tasked with keeping magic a secret and magical creatures like vampires and nymphs from revealing themselves to the mundane world. But now Johannes Guttenberg, first libriomancer and founder of the organization, has disappeared and the world’s population of vampires is on the warpath. It’s up to Isaac, his pet fire-spider and a sexy not-quite-a-girlfriend ass-kicking nymph to get to the bottom of things.

This book is a whole lot of fun, especially for fans of the geekier sci-fi and fantasy offerings. The constant references to other novels, movies and television shows reminded me of Ready Player One, but Libriomancer actually has an exciting, self-contained plot and the references are even nerdier. This novel also sneaks in a lot of moral questions: “Who rightfully controls knowledge?” “What is free will?” “Who watches the watchmen?”

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