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Tinker, girl genius and inventor, lives in a near-future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves, where she tries to keep the local ambient level of magic down with gadgets of her own design. When a pack of wargs chase an Elven noble into her scrap yard, her life takes a serious detour.
Publisher: New York : Baen, 2003.
ISBN: 9780743471657
Branch Call Number: SF Spen
Characteristics: 340 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.


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Feb 02, 2018

I'll probably write a longer review later because too many parts of this book made me angry, but - first and foremost - either Tinker or Spencer needs to learn that women don't fall into either a "mom" category (Tooloo, Lain) or a "bitch" category (Sparrow, Chiyo.) It may shock people, but women can, in fact, be more complex. Oh, and Spencer REALLY did not need several instances of attempted/implied/actual sexual assault. Fun fact: fighting someone unprepared at 2am in a Denny's parking lot can leave plenty of psychological scars - and, unlike sexual assault, it's not gendered violence! If you argue that "only rape makes for a good, tortured backstory/plot point" I will happily show why a butt-kicking one did not expect can be just as effective.

The worldbuilding was good, though. REALLY good. Spencer didn't shy away from detailed explanations, which I appreciated. She also did not shy away from the typical "scruffy (but somehow naturally beautiful - but not TYPICAL beautiful, you know, but still beautiful and has perfect skin despite basically living in engine oil) girl whom all/most men want and who has unresolved issues with internalized misogyny" trope.

Ah, if only.

Aug 05, 2014

Anything by Wen Spencer is a great read.

Jun 10, 2013

I love Tinker, I think this book is a good representation of the choices you make and what can happen due to lack of communication, or lack of understanding the communication.

Jul 03, 2012

For such a supposedly smart girl, Tinker was sometimes a Too Stupid to Live heroine. Still, this was an enjoyable story and I'm looking forward to learning more about this world in the next book.

Dec 01, 2010

I cannot say enough how much I love Tinker. Wen Spencer is so creative and writes wonderfully unique stories.

Love it!

Can't wait for the third book in the Tinker universe.

Apr 10, 2010

this book is a lot of fun. how do you deal with a magical world and its people. Tinker thinks she knows how to get along but it turns out that she doesn't know as much as she thought. And all the complications arising from her ignornance. The book has magic, science fiction, romance and teen afe angst. The humour is sutle. Itotally enjoyed this book a d the resst of the serie to the point that I bought the books.


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