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Subject: Are the male authors as good?
Date Posted: 7/18/2009 4:55 PM ET
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I LOVE the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres but have only been reading the female authors. (you name it, I've probably read it!) I've started collecting Jim Butcher's Dresden Files becuase they're rated so highly but I want ROMANCE! LOL  I guess I'm predjudiced, but I just can't wrap my head around the idea that a male author could write romance as well and a female.  So, I would greatly appreciate any reccomendations for male authors! :)



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Date Posted: 7/18/2009 5:38 PM ET
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I've read a few of the male authors and didn't care for much  of them.  I'd like to know too if there are good male authors in this genre.  I tried to read Jim Butchers books, but I thought the writing was weird.

Date Posted: 7/18/2009 5:58 PM ET
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There are a couple of threads that explain it better.

I like Jim Butcher and Stephen Dedman, but really not much romance in either.  I try and balance the romance ones with the lack, switching back and forth.

ETA, Buffy was originally written by a guy.  Joss.  So the guys are out there.

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Date Posted: 7/18/2009 6:02 PM ET
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Thank you Emily!  Now I just need to find something cool. ;)


Date Posted: 7/18/2009 6:49 PM ET
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I have noticed that most of the new books with a series are written by women.  

Date Posted: 7/18/2009 7:04 PM ET
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I like Simon R. Green you might want to try his Nightside series. It's set in London, it's an Urban Fantasy series (so not a lot of romance).

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Date Posted: 7/18/2009 8:26 PM ET
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I love Jim Butcher's Dresden but I sure wouldn't call it romance.  For that I definitely go with the female authors.

Date Posted: 7/18/2009 9:58 PM ET
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The male authors I like tend more towards the advernture side of things.

Not parnormal, but I'm a big fan of Clive Cussler. I love his Dirk Pitt character as well as some others. His have some romance, but not the "happily ever after" kind. More like the James-Bond-beautiful-women-encounters.  Although the hero does have a relationship and marry one repeating character over a series of books. The focus of each book is the adventure part, however.

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Date Posted: 7/18/2009 10:13 PM ET
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One male author I enjoy is Rob Thurman.  Not really romance but the relationship between the brothers makes a very good read.

Date Posted: 7/19/2009 12:01 AM ET
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But Rob's full name is Robin.  Not a male at all.

ETA.  Whoops.  Robyn.

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Date Posted: 7/19/2009 12:10 AM ET
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There is Mark Del Franco, John Levitt, Mario Acevedo, Simon Green,  JB, and the new guy who has just switched from YA, Thomas Sniegoski.  Any others?

ETA  Stephen Dedman.  Andrew Fox.  MJ Davidson's husband and co author Anthony?

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Date Posted: 7/19/2009 10:19 AM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions!  They look very interesting but I get the feeling I'm going to have to stick to the femal authors to get any romance. ; )  Which brings me back to my original problem - I'm running out GOOD books to read/collect.  I'm thinking it's time to start a new thread...

Thanks for everything!

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 3:19 AM ET
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I'd recommend Charles de Lint. It's strictly urban fantasy, more faery than creature oriented (no vampires or werewolves that I've noticed) and I wouldn't ever classify the stories as primarily romantic, but the Newford stories and novels often feature a romance subplot. The writing is also of a very high quality and really captures the sort of numinous magic I associate with the best faery stuff.

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 11:50 AM ET
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Charles de Lint's Moonheart/Spiritwalk duology had more of a romantic bent to it than some of his other books.  He was the first urban fantasy author I ever read; he makes wonderful characters and his stories all have a very unique setting. 

I second the Nightside series by Simon Green.  They aren't big on romance but they are hugely entertaining urban fantasy books.  I am always looking for good paranormal/urband fantasy series that *don't* have a ton of romance but have a lot of action/fighting.  So if people can suggest some of those I would be interested.  Maybe I will start a thread dedicated to that :-)

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 3:26 PM ET
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I have always loved Guy Gavriel Kay, although his books involve more fairy tale type romance than eroticism, if that makes any sense.  But any series that involves Lancelot, Arthur and Gueneviere can't be entirely devoid of romance, right?  :-)