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Celebromancy (2013)

by Michael R. Underwood(Favorite Author)
3.8 of 5 Votes: 2
Pocket Star
Ree Reyes
review 1: Watching sf movies, going to convention, buying associated doodads, that’s the fun of being involved with fantasy. Imagine if there were a type of magic like Geekomancy (ebook from Pocket Star which I bought electronically) in which watching an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer would give you her strength and speed for a few minutes or having a light saber that worked like the real things. Ree Reyes was a twenty-something working at a graphic art, coffee shop and trying to sell a movie script, when she sees a man fighting a troll. A magic spell called Doubt erases mundane minds. Soon she’s investigating suicides and trying to stop a deal with a demon. Then she sell a script for a speculative tv show (that sounds neat) and ends up working for the star of a television... more show she grew up with. Unfortunately there’s a mogul out there using Celebromancy (ebook from Pocket Star which I bought electronically) to attack the set with monsters from old movies. It might be neat to fight actual dragons, but, as Michael R. Underwood informs us, it could also get you killed. Lots of fun.Review Printed in the Philadelphia Weekly Press
review 2: this is the 2nd book in an urban fantasy series based around the idea of a pop culture-based magic system. in the 1st book, Geekomancy, we learn about an underground culture of magic users who tune in to games, movies, tv shows, comic books, etc., to acquire magic power; the more popular the item and the more personal the connection you have to the item, the greater the juice you can pull from it. the debut was erratically paced and a little maddening, but i got through it via the charisma of the main character, barista-turned-geekomancer Ree Reyes - watching her sort it all out was interesting enough that i became curious if the next book could be better. turns out - yes, yes in fact, Celebromancy is where the author figures out pacing & plotting and leads us through a nice little romp through the world of making movies, where celebrities can access deep magic that is fueled by the love and attention of their fans. Ree's steampunk sidekick Drake is a hoot, and they work nicely as a team of badasses fending off B-movie monster attacks with wit and style (and an impossible ornithopter, and a working lightsaber). these books have a bit of a shelf life issue: the pop culture references are so thick that there is a danger they might age quickly, which is probably why Celebromancy felt much sharper on that front than Geekomancy. less
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Geekomancy set a high bar, and Celebromancy met it with ease. An absolutely delightful read!
Not for everyone, but a fun dive at geek and pop culture laden speculative fiction.
Love these books.
Candy for geeks.
tons of fun.
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