- Title: Tinker
- Author: Wen Spencer
- ISBN: 9780743498715
- Page: 162
- Format: Paperback
Inventor, girl genius Tinker lives in a near future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves She runs her salvage business, pays her taxes, and 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, life as she knows it takes a serious detour Tinker finds herselInventor, girl genius Tinker lives in a near future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves She runs her salvage business, pays her taxes, and 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, life as she knows it takes a serious detour Tinker finds herself taking on the Elven court, the NSA, the Elven Interdimensional Agency, technology smugglers and a college minded Xenobiologist as she tries to stay focused on what s really important her first date Armed with an intelligence the size of a planet, steel toed boots, and a junkyard dog attitude, Tinker is ready to kick butt to get her first kiss.
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Notes on the first half:I'm having problems with this, mostly related to my reading as a writer. I like the character Tinker okay, but she is one heck of a Mary Sue. She's a genius, she's cute, everyone loves her except the elf-woman who's jealous, she wins fights despite (as we are frequently told) she's just a little thing, she's related to the most important people you can think of in that world, and I'm getting the strong feeling she has a Destiny. The narrative is thick with info-dumps, jus [...]
Bullet Review:What a silly, ridonkulous book. There is just so much absurd and wrong - and yet it wasn't so terrible that I could rate it 1 star.Full Review:I suppose I should stop procrastinating and just try reviewing this crazy book a friend of mine recommended for Books and Soup Buddies (that's a thing, right? It is now!).So Tinker is actually an 18-year old woman named Alexander Graham Bell. Both of her parents were dead long before she was born (still don't get that plot point) so she was [...]
This was a relatively quick read for a non-romance (since they are my favorite I usually zip through them). I guess I finished it in about 10 days but I also read a few books at the same time. I guess romantic books get read quicker because of the pull of the romantic relationship. Having said that, maybe that is why I finished this quickly. Tinker is a great heroine, smart, likeable, human, and interesting. The world is an interesting one: Pittsburgh with a twist. In this book, Pittsburgh goes [...]
This book had a lot that I liked a great deal, but more that didn't work for me, and some stuff that made me outright uncomfortable.The basic set up is that the various mythologies of earth are a reflection of alternate universes. So elves are the inhabitants of one alternate universe, and other alternate universes contain creatures that also form the basis of other stories of earth. Earth found out about this by building a dimensional gate that as a side-effect takes part of a city into the alt [...]
3 1/2 A strange experience. I had read other people's reviews, both negative and positive, before buying this novel. And while reading it, I kept nodding my assent with all of them. There's no doubt in my mind both side are right. Yes, this book is lily white, the heroine is a bit of a Mary Sue, etc. etc. But none of it was enough to mar the book for me. (The heroine's MarySueness didn't have that much impact, the enemy was based on Japanese's tradition, but I didn't feel it was based on race. B [...]
Sci-Fi/fantasy. Due to unexpected consequences of building a transdimensional gate in orbit over Earth, our Pittsburgh spends all but one day of each month on Elfhome. Our intrepid heroin runs a junkyard, builds things, and tangles with elves and other interdimensional troubles. Good God, this is vile. The pseudoscientific set-up is actually sort of interesting, and there was potential in the interdimensional relations aspects of having a piece of the United States on foreign soil, but these thi [...]
I loved this book, and the whole series (so far, looking forward to more). Wen seems to come up with very unique story lines. I love all of her books. 7/1/16 Re-read: So enjoyable, every time I re-read it.
Any book I read in a single sitting tends to get top marks from me. This book reminded me a lot of the Bordertown books, with a bit of quantum mechanics and scifi tossed in.
I made it to almost the halfway point and still didn't like the heroine at all. She didn't seem to have any deep emotions and was kind of flippant with others emotions. I got so tired of being hit over the head with how she doesn't know she's the hottest chick ever born. Maybe it's a first book thing, but I just couldn't get into it. To be fair, I highly associate elves with baking cookies in hollow trees and have a hard time seeing them as sexy.
This one's fun. A nice take on the cross-world SF/Fantasy hybrid with good politicking on both sides of the divide and some fabulous surprises along the way. In particular, I like the way the main character's specialness is worked into the plot without breaking suspension of disbelief and the way her flaws and youth are handled. Basic setup: the Chinese government steals some not-quite-done research on making a star drive and builds it, not-quite-understanding how it works. The result is a proba [...]
I have to say, when I saw this book listed, I forget where, I thought it might not be all that much, but it was at hand, so I picked it up. Oh. My. God. I could not have been more wrong, or more happy to be so."Tinker", and the follow-up, "Wolf Who Rules" are extraordinary. The concept of science as the foundation of magic is one I have always wished someone would write about - and Spencer does it in a believable, extremely well developed, and well written manner. I picked up the book for an 'ea [...]
Tinker was an absolute delightful melding of science fiction and fantasy. Within the first few pages I found myself immediately drawn into the world, and loving every second of it. A quarter way through the book I realized what was so entrancing about the story, it seriously reminded me of reading a manga (japanese style comic). There is a type of genre of manga that melds high fantasy with sci/fi which I have never before seen actually expressed in just writing, and I must say I was damn well i [...]
Just did a re-read on this after reading Wood Sprites. It continues to be one of my favourite books.
I forced myself through this book because a friend's mom was kind enough to get me the series, but boy howdy, I did not enjoy it. The race and gender politics are beyond problematic, and there's a bucketful of consent issues made worse by the fact that Tinker responds to them all with vague anger/confusion followed by a noncommittal shrug. There's a lot of rape-y bodice ripping topped off by an actual public rape. Incredibly high squick factor with virtually no commentary. All of that would be e [...]
I'm of two minds about Tinker. On the one hand, the concept and story are so unique, and fun, it made this book a page-turner. It's well thought out, and the world-building is amazing. As a result, I find myself picking this book up again and again. Tinker as a heroine is also a great character--unique both in personality and physical attributes, a brainy but petite offspring of a brilliant scientist who chooses to work in a junk yard with her brother.There are two reasons I deducted a star (so [...]
Interesting in spite of the main character being a Mary Sue and her love interest being what some would consider 'every woman's elf fantasy'. (Not mine, btw.) This novel would have benefitted from better world-building and setting the scene in the first several chapters as I was still confused by the middle of the book.The villain was too evil for words, there is some pretty obvious racism in the 'evil' characters, and several parts were just too disturbingly weird for me. This book kept my atte [...]
I just did a re-read of this series and I enjoyed it the second time around even better than the first. I think this would appeal to urban fantasy fans. It is set in an alternate Pittsburgh. The characters and world are well-crafted. I like the mix of adventure, action, mystery and romance. I particularly like that the lead gal Tinker is super smart, quirky, loyal and honorable. She is not your run-of-the-mill urban fantasy heroine. I also really like the supporting cast, like Oilcan, Pony and W [...]
There be spoilers ahead. You have been warned.I'd heard some good things about this book, so I decided to give it a try. I also knew the author was a fan of manga (and therefore presumably Japanese culture) beforehand. Cool. I adore manga too.Thing is, the concept is interesting. The whole piece-of-earth-in-foreign-realm idea got me absorbed in the first chapter. Trying to make sense of all the new terminology, figuring out the history, politics (especially the inter-species ones) was all great. [...]
I feel mislead. I read this book on a recommendation from a friend that I would love this strong female character. In addition, the front of the book notes "Buffy fans should find a lot to like." Are you kidding me? How could any reasonable person suggest that a Buffy fan would approve of this drivel. I gave the book a two rather than a one for the following reasons: 1. The author has some very creative ideas. However, the ideas are not well developed. I'm still unclear on the whole shutdown bus [...]
I first read this book when it came out in 2003 and I loved it. Now, after I read the third book in the Tinker series – Elfhome – I decided to reread this one, the book that started Tinker’s adventures. And I loved it again, much more than the book #3.Tinker is a charming girl, unaware of her allure but full of spunk and wit. A genius in all things mechanical, she is first and foremost a compassionate human being, prone to helping everyone who comes into her sphere. When her lover, the glo [...]
Great combination of sci-fi and fantasy. Wen (short for Wendy) Spencer explains elves and other mythical creatures in a very original manner: they are from a different dimension. In "Tinker", an interdimensional gate transports the whole city of Pittsburg to Earth once a month for supplies (a day called Shutdown), while the rest of the time it is in Elfland. Unfortunately the designer of this gate is long dead and no one else really understands how it works. Tinker is a girl genius raised in Pit [...]
Still 5 stars more than a decade later!I remember when I first saw this book on the "New Release" shelves in Forbidden Planet. It was clearly a Baen hardback - look at the cover art! A bit of an odd title but I already knew Baen were GOD so of course I read the blurbd bought the incredibly expensive US import! (Back then the hardback imports were generally about £4-£6 more than homegrown editions).So freaking worth it! Of course the fact that I then proceeded to waitd waitd waitr a sequel was [...]
I was a little bit skeptical about this book after reading the synopsis and some of the reviews. It turned out to be an interesting mix of sci-fi, fantasy and romance. I found myself enjoying it despite the Harlequin novel like romance scenes. The novel ends, but doesn't end so I will be reading the second novel in the series to find out what happens.
I don’t know how many times I stumbled upon this book before I actually read it. The cover was so weird and lurid that I put it back on the shelf each time, only to stumble upon it again. A close friend caught me one day and told me I absolutely MUST read it. And it was the best decision I made!The book is named after the spunky female lead Tinker, an 18-year-old mechanical genius with a dangerous family history. The story is set on a more futuristic earth than ours, where scientists have frac [...]
This was an okay book. I can't rate it higher because some of the stereotypes annoyed me.(view spoiler)[1) Insta-love with a mysterious elf. Mutual on both sides. Apparently she saved him years ago somehow as a kid? And he had been looking for her to protect her in exchange for her saving his life but I guess decided he'd rather boink her instead? Whatevs.2) All the dudes want Tinker for some reason. Even the one way too old for her, so old it was creepers, ugh. She even thought it was creepers. [...]
I believe a commenter on my RNFF blog suggested reading the Elfhome series for SF with a strong female protagonist and a healthy dollop of romance. Can't say that I'm all that impressed. Tinker as a character is pretty interesting, with her super-intelligence, her unusual ancestry & birth circumstances, and her desire to explore her sexual self. And the idea of different dimensions/worlds connected by gates, with one piece from one world inconveniently traveling back and forth between the tw [...]
This book is about a girl whose grandfather creates her from her dead father's frozen sperm, and then names her "Alexander Graham Bell." Amazingly enough, it is not about her quest to track him down and exact revenge, or about her traumatic youth; she considers her childhood to have been excellent, and only goes by 'Tinker' because she follows the elven custom of not giving away her name lightly (and because, really, she's a Tinker.)The world of Tinker (both the book, and the girl, now that I th [...]
Wow - what a great book! This book is a mash-up of contemporary/urban fantasy, traditional fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal romance. The protagonist is just barely 18 years old, so at first I worried that this book would be young adult literature, but it wasn't. Tinker is the 18 year old scientific genius of a heroine, and her father was the one who created a portal machine that allows a chunk of earth (Pittsburg) to travel through dimensions and trade places with a chunk of the Elf worl [...]
This steampunk fantasy book contained BREATHTAKING world building. I'm trying to think of a book that has done it better in the last 30 years. The City & The City maybe? But that was in such a completely different genre. I don't want to give anything away, but let me just say you can't go wrong with Pittsburgh stuck in another dimension and elves and tengu. Yes, tengu! I was thrilled with that. The book was crazily fast-paced. I read it in a single sitting (unfortunately for me, I started it [...]
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