After a rough start, Jim C. Hines' new book Libriomancer improves immensely. It reminds me somewhat of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden books. There are lots of fun allusions to favorite scifi or fantasy, such as the preference of the main character, Isaac, for brown coats (Firefly). When the story begins, Isaac is a cataloger at a small library in the UP. He is attacked without warning by vampires--the sparkly kind--who are looking for something. We quickly learn there are multiple types of vampires, from all the books written, including sparklers, Stokers, etc. Anything that is in a book that lots of people read can be brought into the real world. That includes objects such as weapons. And small creaturers such as fire spiders (read Hines' Jig the Goblin trilogy to recognize this reference).
There's also lots of fun for Michiganders, since native Michigander Hines' plot takes the characters all over, from the UP to East Lansing to Detroit--even a jaunt to Jackson. The main library at MSU becomes a casualty in the troubles, collapsing into rubble through which the characters must do an Alice shrinking stunt, with the help of a little bottle and a cake from the book.
The plot is interesting and the characters engaging, if the ending a bit abrupt and not terribly romantic. There is no graphic sex, although sexual relationships are discussed, including a lesbian couple. Violence was not graphic and advanced the plot. I love Smudge the fire spider--always have. He might almost make the book for me. Recommended for any Michigander with a taste for the quirky. ~Tessa 2012 3.5 out of 5 stars