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Hawley Public Library SF MOO (Text) 33500013523139 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library SF MOO (Text) 33500013523121 New Checked out 02/05/2022

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250767721
  • ISBN: 1250767725
  • Physical Description: 441 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2022.

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" Tordotcom Book."
Summary, etc.:
"In modern day Los Angeles, a shadowy faction led by the Governor of California develops the arcane art of combat linguistics, planting the seeds of a future totalitarian empire in Scott Moore's Battle of the Linguist Mages. Isobel is the Queen of the medieval rave-themed VR game Sparkle Dungeon. Her prowess in the game makes her an ideal candidate to learn the secrets of "power morphemes"-unnaturally dense units of meaning that warp perception when skilfully pronounced. But Isobel's reputation makes her the target of a strange resistance movement led by spellcasting anarchists, who may be the only thing stopping the cabal from toppling California over the edge of a terrible transformation, with forty million lives at stake. Time is short for Isobel to level up and choose a side-because the cabal has attracted much bigger and weirder enemies than the anarchist resistance, emerging from dark and vicious dimensions of reality and heading straight for planet Earth!"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 December #1
    In this wild riot of a science fiction novel, Isobel Bailie is the queen of Sparkle Dungeon, the reigning champion of a glittering, rave-themed virtual-reality video-game universe. She's lost jobs and arguably her ex-girlfriend due to her dedication to Sparkle Dungeon. But her talents at spell casting in the game attract attention from a shadowy organization interested in teaching her "power morphemes," and the resistance movement led by a teleporting former worker. It's a twisting story that's at turns snarky, absurd, and stimulating. Moore's novel does fall into some awkward exposition and leaps of internal logic that may frustrate some readers, and Isabel's geeky excitement can overshadow her reaction to real-world consequences of the plot turns. That said, Battle of the Linguist Mages is so fantastically inventive that many video-game fans and sf readers will fall hard for the linguistics-rooted magic and the shimmering adventurous universe of Sparkle Dungeon, not to mention its pop-culture references and fun nods to the quirks of video games and the community of people who love to play them. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

SCOTTO MOORE is a Seattle playwright, whose works include the black comedy <i>H.P. Lovecraft: Stand-up Comedian!</i>, the sci-fi adventures <i>Duel of the Linguist Mages</i> and <i>interlace [falling star]</i>, the gamer-centric romantic comedy Balconies, and the a cappella sci-fi musical, <i>Silhouette</i>. He is the creator of <i>The Coffee Table,</i> a comedic web series about a couple that discovers their new coffee table is an ancient alien artifact that sends their house shooting through the void. He is also behind the popular Lovecraft-themed meme generator, Things That Cannot Save You (“a catalog of your doom”), which spawned his novella, <i>Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You</i><i>.</i>

Subject: Video games > Fiction.
Virtual reality > Fiction.
Persuasion (Psychology) > Fiction.
Imaginary wars and battles > Fiction.
Government, Resistance to > Fiction.
Anarchists > Fiction.
FICTION / Science Fiction / Alien Contact.
FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure.
Genre: Science fiction.
Science fiction.

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