Unbound by Jim C. Hines


4 out of 5 stars.

Hines is a master of tongue-in-cheek pokes at fantasy tropes. Read him if you love fantasy that also sort of makes fun of fantasy. It acknowledges, but also loves the silly staples of the genre. It makes tons of references to other fantasy and science fiction works.

This is the third book in the series. Gutenberg (the printing press guy) is head of a group of magical librarians who have the ability to pull objects from well-loved books. In the past, Isaac has used this power, as well as the help from his friends (among them a druid and fire spider) to defeat evil as part of Gutenberg’s group. In this third volume, he has been kicked out and had his magic blocked. This does not mean that trouble is over though. Isaac has to face disaster without magic. At least he still has his friends!

I adore the silly, fun-ness of these books. It appeals to me as a librarian (because we get superpowers of course) and as a geek (so many awesome references!). It is mostly goofy and action filled, but also has some poignant moments.

It also deals with some alternate sexuality and relationships which I appreciate. There has been way too much fantasy that is nothing but an excuse to describe heterosexuality sex with busty females of every species. I like the change of pace.

These are so enjoyable and light. Perfect for geeks and nerds who enjoy authors who are clearly massive nerds themselves. It is too bad Hines has not written more (he only has 3 series) but I have read and liked all of them. The dialogue and situations are giggle-causing, and he nicely includes a list of all works he references, so if you have a friend or patron who is looking to get into fantasy and science fiction, these books will give a great overview of some of the staples.


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