Backpacking Through Bedlam by Seanan McGuire

Backpacking Through Bedlam by Seanan McGuireBackpacking Through Bedlam by Seanan McGuire
Series: InCryptid #12
Published by DAW on March 7, 2023
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Imaginary Numbers, Over the Woodward Wall, Across the Green Grass Fields, Calculated Risks

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Review

Thank you, DAW for granting me early access to BACKPACKING THROUGH BEDLAM with a DRC! 

I had so many questions from the previous book, Spelunking Through Hell, that needed answers ASAP so I dove into this the moment it finished downloading.

If you’re like me and you read Seanan’s books because you love complex characters with complicated lives, this latest installment is going to thrill you! It’s a rollercoaster of love, anger, and living with the consequences of choices – your own and those whose lives touch yours.

Lots of backstory about Thomas and Alice, who I’ve ended up caring about far more than I thought I would. The magic of Seanan and her characters who demand your heart. Lots of excitement with the battles with the Covenant which feel like they’re building toward something enormous.

Definitely not an entry point but do yourself a favor, if you haven’t read an InCryptid book, start at the beginning – they’re amazing.

About Seanan McGuire

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn’t enough, she also writes under the pseudonym “Mira Grant.” For details on her work as Mira, check out

In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, “With Friends Like These…”, as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words “blood,” “night,” “terror,” or “attack” in the title. Most people believe she doesn’t sleep.

Seanan lives in an idiosyncratically designed labyrinth in the Pacific Northwest, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.

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