The Incrementalists

The Incrementalists

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Baker & Taylor
A member of a secret near-immortal society dedicated to slowly making the world a better place faces wrenching choices when the survival of the society and the fate of the world has been put at risk by the unstable woman he loved.

McMillan Palgrave

A sharp, original urban fantasy about a near-immortal secret society's battle to save itself—on the streets of Las Vegas.


"Secret societies, immortality, murder mysteries and Las Vegas all in one book? Shut up and take my money." —John Scalzi

The Incrementalists—a secret society of two hundred people with an unbroken lineage reaching back forty thousand years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories.

Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else's, has loved Celeste—and argued with her—for most of the last four hundred years. But now Celeste, recently dead, embittered, and very unstable, has changed the rules—not incrementally, and not for the better. Now the heart of the group must gather in Las Vegas to save the Incrementalists, and maybe the world.

"Watch Steven Brust. He's good. He moves fast. He surprises you. Watching him untangle the diverse threads of intrigue, honor, character and mayhem from amid the gears of a world as intricately constructed as a Swiss watch is a rare pleasure." —Roger Zelazny



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& Taylor

"The Incrementalists--a secret society of two hundred people with an unbroken lineage reaching back forty thousand years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable throughmore incarnations than anyone else's, has loved Celeste--and argued with her--for most of the last four hundred years. But now Celeste, recently dead, embittered, and very unstable, has changed the rules--not incrementally, and not for the better. Now the heart of the group must gather in Las Vegas to save the Incrementalists, and maybe the world"--
A member of a secret near-immortal society dedicated to slowly making the world a better place faces wrenching choices during a gathering in Las Vegas, where the survival of the society and the fate of the world has been put at risk by the increasingly unstable woman he loved. Co-written by the best-selling author of Dzur.

Publisher: New York : Tor, c2013
ISBN: 9780765334220
Branch Call Number: FIC BRU
Characteristics: 304 p. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: White, Skyler

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humbleworm
Aug 08, 2017

This combines the meddlework of The Adjustment Bureau with something like immortality in Being John Malkovich but avoids the fairly obvious alternative plots of cumulative power in Highlander (the original film) or hive minds in Netflix's Sense 8 series. It's not unoriginal but there isn't much depth to this either. The characters are generic and the pseudo-technical explanations are mumbo-jumbo (some bits reminded me of Luria's fascinating Mind of the Mnemonist, but I digress and it's out of print). Finally, the very last chapter didn't seem logical to me.

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Logovore
Mar 13, 2014

It's a premise that one has run across before, but with an interesting twist. Brust's characters and their interactions are always worth a read.

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