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Starred Review: The Incrementalists by Steven Brust and Skyler White

September 10, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

“It’s cleverly constructed, populated with characters readers will enjoy hanging out with, and it’s packed with twists and nifty surprises. If you have to call it something, call it genius at work.”

Steven Brust and Skyler White’s The Incrementalists got a starred review in Booklist!

Here’s the full review:

 A secret society has existed for millennia, operating under the surface of society. The Incrementalists are improving the world by making slight adjustments that make human existence a bit better than it might have been. During the Civil War, they influenced one of General Grant’s right-hand men so that he would keep Grant from succumbing to his affection for alcohol. They had a hand in the invention of the MP3 format, and they practically invented Robin Hood. But now they have a major problem on their hands. One of their own, who recently died, might have been murdered, and the woman who was given her memories, paradoxically, doesn’t seem to be able to remember her. Even worse, it looks like the dead woman has somehow manipulated the Incrementalists (or, to be more precise, Phil, who has loved her for centuries) into putting her memories into a very specific young woman, for a very specific—and quite troubling, possibly catastrophic—reason. It’s difficult to categorize this imaginative new novel from established SF/fantasy novelist Brust and newcomer White. It’s not quite a comedy but bits of it are quite funny. It’s a fantasy, to be sure, but it’s grounded in today’s world and references real historical events. It’s cleverly constructed, populated with characters readers will enjoy hanging out with, and it’s packed with twists and nifty surprises. If you have to call it something, call it genius at work. — David Pitt

The Incrementalists will be published on September 24th.

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