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Subject: Books like "The Wood Wife"
Date Posted: 1/16/2009 10:31 AM ET
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I saw this book mentioned in another thread. I really loved this book, which takes places in contemporary America, but has magic taking place in the midst of everything else being very real.

Mercedes Lackey had some books like that----in real-life, but magical elements---and Charles De Lint does, too.

But are there others? It's NOT the science fiction fantasy, or the epic, where the whole setting is fantasy, but books set in real, contemporary settings,, with magical characters and elements.

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Date Posted: 1/16/2009 12:16 PM ET
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I did a literature map on Charles De Lint and the 2 closest authors to him were Peter S. Beagle and Emma Bull besides Terri Windling.  I've not read anything by these authors but I'm not much for fantasy set in contemporary settings.  Hope this helps.  Good Luck!!!

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 5:06 PM ET
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thanks so much for that effort and suggestion! I've heard of both authors, and will check them out more. Thanks! (I'm thinking this type opf fantasy must not be very popular because there seems to be so few books....)

Date Posted: 1/17/2009 2:48 AM ET
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Nina Kiriki Hoffman.  Hard to find her books.  Great writer.

You should check the Paranormal forum.   Yes, there are vampires and werewolves.  But also more magical urban fantasy.  I liked Rob Thurman's series.


Date Posted: 1/17/2009 9:40 AM ET
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I could suggest Eccentric Circles by Rebecca Lickiss and Child of a Rainless Year by Jane Lindskold.

Or Wen Spencer's Tinker.

And Emma Bull's War for the Oaks for wonderful dark urban fantasy.


Date Posted: 1/17/2009 12:12 PM ET
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Yasmine Galenorn's Sisters of the Moon series comes to mind for me. I haven't read The Wood Wife(sounds good and I've added it to my ever growing list) but it's set in Seattle but the main characters are sisters that were booted out of otherland. It may or may not be something you'ld like. Most would call it paranormal.

Another series I've read the first book in(just got the next 2)is The Urban Shaman by C. E Murphy. (can't remember the name of the series)


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Date Posted: 1/17/2009 1:27 PM ET
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I loved The Wood Wife, but have never really found anything quite like it either. 

The closest I can come to is Terry Brooks' The Word and the Void trilogy, which starts with Running With The Demon.  It takes place in a small Illinois town where fairy creatures and demons live in the park, and later in the series moves to Seattle.  But, it's a much darker tone than Windling's book is.

Another (kind of) similar series is Orson Scott Card's Tales of Alvin Maker.  The first book is Seventh Son.  It's not set in a modern day setting, but in an alternative post-revolutionary American history where magic exists.  The series is up to 6 books, the 7th and final is yet to be written.

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 10:34 AM ET
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Wow---I loved Orson Scott Alvin Maker series, and read them all--in fact, I re-read them all last year. I keep looking for another follow-up, but nothing so far. And I don't like any of his other books I've read, too sci-fi for me.

But the Terry Brooks trilogy sounds good, and Sisters of the Moon. I'll definitely check those out. I used to like the paranormal books, but kind of got tired of them.....