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Subject: New to the genre
Date Posted: 11/29/2013 6:16 PM ET
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I have always read fantasy books. Lately I seem to have migrated to urban fantasy, which I believe falls under paranormal. I really loved The dresdan files. I have read all of mercy thompson series so far and am halfway through with Kitty norville. Does anybody have a suggestion on what to read next. I seem to like series that run a bit so I can get to know the characters. Someone told me Megan Chase, but not sure if it fell in this category

Date Posted: 11/29/2013 10:57 PM ET
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There is a red thread that lists authors and series.  Part of this is how much romance you want in your series.  Patricia Briggs has another related series that has more romance than Mercy, the Alpha and Omega series.  

Do you want it to be UF, following one character?

Do you want it sexy?  Comedy?

Do you want it available right away, or are you willing to WL?

PNR, Paranormal Romance usually has a world where each book focuses on one couple, rather than the development of a character.

From the series you listed, I'd recommend some series with less romance, such as Rob Thurman's Cal and Niko.  

Oh.  Maybe Gail Carriger's Parasol series.  



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Date Posted: 11/30/2013 1:21 AM ET
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Your WL has some dark books on it.  How about Mira Grant's zombie series?  Or her other (less dark) series, under the name Seanan McGuire.  

Gail Carriger isn't dark.  

I'm enjoying Ben Aaronovitch.  Kind of a British Harry Dresden, with jazz music.  

Date Posted: 11/30/2013 3:10 AM ET
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you are right. I like less romance in my books. A little is essential for storytelling, but I prefer it to be on the backburner. Thanks for some of the suggestions. i will check some of them out. I am curious about Ben Aaronovitch.

Date Posted: 11/30/2013 10:06 AM ET
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Authors Terri Garey and Darynda Jones each have an Urban Fantasy series I really like. Not a whole lot of sex.

Date Posted: 12/2/2013 2:46 PM ET
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I always love these kinds of posts... it's so exciting to think about how much fun people will have discovering new authors and series!

My tastes tend to run to more urban fantasy and less romance, too, so I've listed some of my favorites here with a link to the first book of the series.

Charley Davidson by Darynda Jones (already mentioned) - First Grave on the Right

The Hollows by Kim Harrison - Dead Witch Walking

The Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill - Some Girls Bite

Elemental Assassin by Jennifer Estep - Spider's Bite

The Weather Wardens by Rachel Caine - Ill Wind

The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne - Hounded

Sabina Kance by Jaye Wells - Red Headed Step Child

Remy Chandler by Thomas E. Sneigoski - A Kiss Before the Apocalypse

Happy reading!

Date Posted: 12/2/2013 5:52 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/5/2013 6:28 PM ET
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I like almost all of the authors suggested above. Solid reads!

Jim Butcher is my Absolute Favorite Author. Authors with similar writing styles; gritty, kinda dark with smart mouthed kick-ass main characters, you will probably also like:

  • J.F. Lewis  (Void City)
  • Richard Kadray  (Sandman Slim)
  • Simon R. Green (Nightside)

Different writing styles but absolutely worth looking into

  • Ilona Andrews  (Kate Daniels)
  • C. E. Murphy  (Walker Papers)
  • Amanda Stevens  (Graveyard Prophet)
  • Kelly Meding  (Dreg City)
  • Kelly Gay  (Charlie Madigan)
  • Karen Chance (not dark or gritty but holy cow she makes me laugh)


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Date Posted: 12/6/2013 1:08 PM ET
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If you like The Dresden Files, you will probably also really like the Alex Verus series, by Benedict Jacka (starts with Fated). I think it's very decent.

Also, try Devon Monk, the Age of Steam series (starts with Dead Iron). It's also particularly good. It's not contemporary, though, it's steampunk and set in an alternate Wild West.

I also second Rob Thurman, the Cal and Nik Leandros series is really good and it's one of my top favorites in urban fantasy. (starts with Nightlife). Althought her first books are good, she improves as a writer as she continues (unlike many authors, I find, especially when they have a series that have a bunch of books) and the books get even better as you continue. Hasn't been a bad or boring book in the bunch yet, and I think shes up to 8 or 9 in the series.

Also highly recommend Seanan McGuire. Excellent series, and she also writes as Mira Grant, with a highly excellent zombie series. (Don't be put off by the zombies, as all good zombie books are really about people anyway.).

These are some of the series I am interested in enough to purchase the new books instead of waiting for them on the WL.



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