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Flex ('Mancer) av Ferrett Steinmetz
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Flex ('Mancer) (utgåvan 2015)

av Ferrett Steinmetz (Författare), Steven Meyer-Rassow (Illustratör)

Serier: Mancer Series (1)

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20022102,732 (3.75)3
The first in a series by the author of The Sol Majestic is "what might result if you put Breaking Bad and Reddit in a blender and hit 'frappe.' " (B&N Sci-Fi Blog) FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams. FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don't. PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who's turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who's ever filled out a form. But when all of his formulaic magic can't save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he's never done this before--and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe. File Under: Urban Fantasy | Magic Pill | Firestarter | Bureaucramancy | The Flex & the Flux |… (mer)
Medlem:tebyen
Titel:Flex ('Mancer)
Författare:Ferrett Steinmetz (Författare)
Andra författare:Steven Meyer-Rassow (Illustratör)
Info:Angry Robot (2015), Edition: First Paperback Edition, 432 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:to-read, finished-but-won-t-reread

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Before I started reading this, I was struck by how much it appeared to be like Michael Underwood's Geekomancy, and after reading it, of course there were a few similarities, but where Geekomancy was all delightful snark and nostalgia wrapped into a wonderfully magical system, Flex was a lot more dark and serious, and...

Shall I say it? Yeah. I have to say this was the better novel of the two. Sorry, Michael! I love your stuff, but this was just too sharp!

We can scratch out most of the nostalgia and jump right into a well-crafted tale. The hero is a damn surprising hero, too. Just hearing about what he did, I honestly wanted to cringe and go... "How is that going to be fun?" And then after reading him in action, all my fears flittered away as I began to realize that this is the freaking Breaking Bad of urban fantasy. Just being a clever and unique magic system is fantastic, too, but my god, we jumped, wonderfully, from a guy who uses magic to do paperwork into a brilliant drug dealer. And not only does it work, but it's far from being the best aspect of the book.

Look. We've got an ex-cop who was branded a hero for accidentally killing a 'Mancer even as he respected what he saw, turned his badge in, as well as losing a foot, to become an insurance agent. If that sounds boring, then stuff it. Mr. Steinmetz makes it work well. The core of the book is about people who focus so much on what they love that they become travelling black holes of universe-changing power that comes with it's own built-in correction system.

For those of us who've played and loved the Mage storytelling system, you're right on target. Mr. Steinmetz acknowledges his debts here and to Mr. Underwood.

MC Paul's arch-enemy was fantastic. Paul was fantastic. Valentine was fantastic. And my heart-strings were so thoroughly manhandled by his poor burned daughter that I wasn't sure I was going to get out of this novel alive.

Sure, it might just be another novel set to destroy NYC, but on the other hand, I felt utter joy in the reading. I literally couldn't put this title down for the life of me. It was magical.

It's true I probably wouldn't have picked this novel up in the first place if I hadn't received an invitation to read its sequel in Netgalley, but that's my own damn problem. I'm leased to be proved an idiot. Never judge a book by either its cover or its blurb. Flex is no sophomore addition to a crappy UF collection. It's serious and it's brilliant.

All you peeps who want magic systems and UF and seriously excellent character progressions need to go out and pick up this title. It's pretty close to perfect. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
I liked the second half better than the first. There were a lot of cringy parenting moments in the first half. The ending made me want to read the sequel right away (in a good way, not a cliffhanger), which is in pretty sharp contrast to some of the early parts that had me wondering if I could finish the book at all. ( )
  livingtech | Mar 18, 2020 |
Full review to come! ( )
  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
What do you get when you mix drugs and magic? I don't know because I stopped reading this crap.
  AnnaHernandez | Oct 17, 2019 |
Abandoning at 130 pages. I really need to stop buying Angry Robot books, unless they are by Kaaron Warren.

This novel is like a fan-fiction mash-up of Breaking Bad and Witch Hunter Robin. It takes place in a world much like ours except magic is real and can be crystallized and taken as a drug. It's called flex and it enables the user to bend reality to his or her wishes, but there is a backlash as the laws of physics abhor magic.

In addition, some people are born to use magic. Their "'mancy" (as it's termed in the book) is related to their areas of interest, their hobbies, their obsessions. Paul Tsabo is a bureaucromancer. His specialty is paperwork. It's not as exciting as it sounds. But he can use his powers to get himself a rental car, send faxes, etc. He also once worked as a hunter of 'mancers, because practicing magic is illegal. (He keeps his own talents secret.)

At the beginning of the story, Paul's daughter is severely injured in the backlash of a flex user and his insurance won't pay for her recovery so he makes it his mission to learn how to make flex himself (presumably to magic the insurance company into helping him), as well as find the 'mancer responsible and make him pay.

This is where the writing gets really lazy. Magic is used as a crutch to wave away any obstacles in Paul's quest. He can get himself anywhere thanks to his magical talent with forms. He can sense other 'mancers just because, so that waves away any actual detective work. He finds one responsible for a recent display of public Froggery, and assumes she's the one who hurt his daughter. I have no idea why he leaps to this conclusion; there is no reason for it. Still, he teams up with her and after some fooling around with a bingo machine (!) he finds he has a natural ability to create flex. This guy is just unstoppable! Seriously, did anyone else read this book to see that it made sense?

And that's as far as I got. The writing is so bad that I cannot continue even just to see what happens. ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
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The first in a series by the author of The Sol Majestic is "what might result if you put Breaking Bad and Reddit in a blender and hit 'frappe.' " (B&N Sci-Fi Blog) FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams. FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don't. PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who's turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who's ever filled out a form. But when all of his formulaic magic can't save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he's never done this before--and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe. File Under: Urban Fantasy | Magic Pill | Firestarter | Bureaucramancy | The Flex & the Flux |

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