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Subject: Fantasy with an American Setting?
Date Posted: 7/26/2009 1:16 AM ET
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So much of fantasy is set either explicitly in Europe or implicitly in a generic European setting (be it Celtic, French, Germanic, or Scandinavian). So I was wondering. . . do you have any suggestions for good solid fantasy written in an American setting? High or epic fantasy please, not urban fantasy, which is almost always American. All I can think of is Lois McMaster Bujold's recent quadrilogy The Sharing Knife. I just thought it would be nice for a change of face, because I sometimes get tired of unpronounceable names and the mythologies of those four cultures.

And feel free to expand on this idea -- I also can't think of much fantasy set in Africa (beyond Octavia E. Butler), and I can't think of any set in Australia, the Pacific islands, or South America.

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Date Posted: 7/26/2009 3:13 PM ET
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Terri Windling's The Wood Wife is set in Arizona. 

There's also Orson Scott Card's Tales of Alvin Maker series (currently 6 books, is supposed to finish at 7), which is set in an alternate 19th century America where magic exists and historical events haven't exactly happened the way they did in the real world.  The first book of the series is Seventh Son.



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Date Posted: 7/27/2009 8:19 AM ET
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I assume you're talking about historical America?  (or alternative historical America?)  Because I can think of tons of contemporary American fantasy, starting with Neil Gaiman's American Gods.   Historical fantasy is harder - the Alvin Maker series is the only one that comes immediately to mind.  I do remember another book set in the Southwest based on the Coyote lengend, but I forget the name and author. 

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 12:39 PM ET
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Yes historical America. . . that's why I specified not urban fantasy which is where I classify any fantasy set in modern-day.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 12:19 PM ET
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Patricia C. Wredes latest, I forget the title, takes place in a fantasy America. Good stuff too!

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 11:58 PM ET
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Midori Snyder's Flight of Michael McBride is a fae story that goes from NYC to the West in 1878.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780812522716-The+Flight+of+Michael+McBride

Date Posted: 7/29/2009 7:21 PM ET
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Well, you might like N. D. Wilson's 100 Cupboards Trilogy--it's set in Kansas. Even though it's set pretty close to the present, it usually doesn't feel like it, because the setting is WAAAY out in the country, with rickety barns and old rusty pickups and tumbleweeds. It may be what you're looking for, or it may not--but feel free to check it out at www.ndwilson.com.

Date Posted: 7/29/2009 9:46 PM ET
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Wredes books is "Thirteenth Child", or "Frontier Magic"...