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Subject: URBAN FANTASY
Date Posted: 10/10/2007 5:44 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Holly Black's Ironside series and Cassandra Clare's City of Bones.  Does anyone have any suggestions on more urban fantasy books like these?

Thanks

Date Posted: 10/11/2007 7:38 PM ET
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Urban Shaman by C. E. Murphy. Scent of Shadows by Vickie Pettersson. Kim Harrison's Hollow Series. You might also want to check out the paranormal forum. There is a list of different series there. A lot of them would classify as Urban Fantasy.

Date Posted: 10/11/2007 8:17 PM ET
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Hello, I realy like the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, which are a modern urban fantasy series.  Also some of Charles DeLint's short story anthologies would be urban fantasy.

 

Mike

Date Posted: 10/12/2007 2:51 PM ET
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I think part of the problem w/ getting suggestions for Urban Fantasy is that it's hard to define...some books are listed as Sci-Fi, some Paranormal, Horror etc... etc...  I'm a fan of Urban Fantasy as well...but I find I do better w/ ideas at the paranormal thread, but unfortunately by doing that I sometimes end up w/ books that are nothing more than romances w/ a werewolf as a lead..lol!   The lines of these genres aren't very clear, and many of the books could be legitably classified in more then one.  Some of the ones I've liked I list below.  You might want to check out Amazon as well...typically if you type in a book you liked, you'll get more recommendations and at the bottom of the posting should be a bunch or reader complied lists.  Also see here.... http://www.likesbooks.com/279.html  Talks a bit about urban fantasy. But do try all the treads for the genres I've listed.

 

Kelley Armstrong-- Women of the Otherworld, Keri Arthur--Riley Jensen, Lilith Saintcrow--Dante Valentine Series, not to start a debate...but Laurell K. Hamilton-Anita Blake (after about book 6, read at your own risk!) and Meredith Gentry series, Kat Richardson-Greywalkers Series. 

Hope this at least gets you started!

 

Date Posted: 10/16/2007 12:02 AM ET
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lol  See I consider all those that you listed except for Kat Richardson as Paranormal Romance.  I like C.E. Murphy, Laura Gilman,  Faith Hunter etc as Urban Fantasy.

Date Posted: 10/16/2007 7:41 AM ET
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I know Keri Arthur and Kelley Armstrong are more paranormal, but for what ever reason it doens't turn my stomach like most romance does (Like Lara Adrian & Christine Warren, YUCK!).  I guess maybe they are one of the ones that blur the lines a bit.  ... but Saintcrow & Anita Blake???  You would classify them as Paranormal?  I woudn't!!  I haven't read the ones you have listed as of yet, I have one fo CE Murphy...I'll have to check the other ones out!

Date Posted: 10/16/2007 9:29 AM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions.  I have added a bunch to my wishlist.

 

Date Posted: 10/24/2007 10:14 PM ET
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Josepha Sherman: Son of Darkness (fun read)

Emma Bull: War of the Oaks (?) - haven't read it

And the famous: Neverwhere by Niel Gaiman (good read)

Date Posted: 10/28/2007 7:20 PM ET
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Try Ilona Andrews, magic bites as well as Mark del Franco, unshapely things.

Date Posted: 11/22/2007 8:41 PM ET
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If you like urban fantasy you should check out Jim Butchers Dresden Files series. These books are very well written and are a fun read.

Date Posted: 11/23/2007 10:54 PM ET
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I'm not familiar with the books you've mentioned specifically but when I think of Urban Fantasy I think of Mercedes Lackey's SERRAed Edge, Bedlam's Bard and Diana Tregarde series.... They are all set in the same universe. The SERRAed edge centers around race car driving elves who rescue children in jeopardy. The Beldams bard series is about a man who discovers that he is a Bard when he conjures darklings playing Danse Macabre for his Julliard freshmen recital and Diana is a witch who uses her gifts as part of her detective work. Heres a link to a list of all the books and the names of the Omnibus versions.

And I would add my voice to the ones suggesting Jim Butcher's Dresden Files.

Date Posted: 11/24/2007 1:03 PM ET
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Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely is a good one, too...

Date Posted: 11/27/2007 9:32 PM ET
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I never liked Urban fantasy until I started reading Charles De Lint.

Date Posted: 11/28/2007 2:49 PM ET
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I just found the author Patricia Briggs, I would suggest Moon Called and Blood Bound.  They are part of a new series, both are great reads with a strong female lead. Great world developement, a touch of hummor, and some good sexual tension. 

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 1:41 PM ET
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I just finished Moon Called and I'm starting Blood Bound today, I thought Moon Called was very good and would definately recommend it as well. 

I finished Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews earlier this week and while I found the 1st 50 pgs a bit difficult to get thru, in the end I really ended up liking the book.  I would also recommend  a couple of the other books people mentioned, Lilith Saintcrow Dante Valentine series, Kat Richardson Grey Walker, and the Kelley Armstrong Women of the Otherworld.  While the Armstrong books may blur the lines a bit between Urban and Paranormal, I thought it was a great read. 

Date Posted: 12/8/2007 1:40 PM ET
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I LOVE Urban Fantasy (especially those involving faeries, just like in Holly Black's work), and some of my favorites are "War of the Flowers" by Tad Williams, "The Blue Girl" by Charles De Lint, and "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman.

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 10:12 AM ET
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I agree on the Dresden Files. I just read the first in the series the other day and loved it! Very funny, no romance to speak of and tons of interesting characters.

C.E. Murphy's books are also really great for urban fantasy.



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Date Posted: 12/15/2007 12:58 PM ET
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I'll also vouch for the Jim Butcher books. 

Charlaine Harris is pretty fun.  Her southern vampire series cracks me up. 

C. E. Murphy's Urban Shaman series are good easy reads.

Wen Spencer's Ukiah Oregon...they're fun...sort of urban fantasy meets sci-fi.

I'll also second Emma Bull's War For The Oaks- great read!  I wish she had done an entire series after this book. 

I also really, really liked the first 5 or 6 of Laurell K. Hamilton, but then they left the urban fantasy genre and went into this odd genre soup of erotica, horror, paranormal, romance, fantasy, smut type stuff (no offense to the people who like the later books, but you have to admit that they left the series original sub-genre far behind).

I loved Kim Harrison's witch series until the last one or two books- they are showing the signs of a major genre shift from urban fantasy to paranormal romance and it bugs the crap out of me.

Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series is also a fun read, though you can tell she had her roots in romance before writing these.  I'm still happily reading after book five in the series.  Good sign

Rob Thurman- just finished rereading Nightlife and then reading Moonshine.  The characters are really growing on me. :)

I could come up with a dozen more...but maybe that will help you out. :)

Date Posted: 12/19/2007 12:29 AM ET
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Kitty and the Midnight Hour - Carrie Vaughn . Kitty is a talkshow host who gets outed as a real werewolf. A fun read.

Date Posted: 12/22/2007 12:25 AM ET
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Has anyone mentioned Wen Spencer?  I love her books.

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 4:51 PM ET
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So many good books mentioned! I wanted to plug Emma Bull's "War for the Oaks" again, and also her book "Finder" (which is part of a shared universe series, including a couple of books written by her husband Will Shetterly, and a short story collection or two). Also Rosemary Edghill's "The Sword of Maiden's Tears" - though the rest of the series stops being urban, and alas was never finished (at least not yet).

I've been trying to figure out for awhile what I think of the fantasy/paranormal romance divide, and I've finally decided that I think a book can be both: if the fantasy hangs together well enough AND it's slanted toward the paranormal and contains a solid romance. Kelley Armstrong is a good example; Laurell  Hamilton kind of started out that way with Anita Blake but then veered more purely into paranormal romance; and there are a few others. Maybe it's just that I like both genres and feel like claiming a few good writers for both, LOL! But what wtih multiple SF award winner Lois McMaster Bujold periodically popping out SF/romance and fantasy/romance, which she has from the very start of her career, I just don't know see clearly these lines can be drawn. And then there's Catherine Asaro, not to mention a certain amount of Marion ZImmer Bradley. What do other people think??

Date Posted: 1/14/2008 2:19 PM ET
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I second:

Emma Bull's War for the Oaks

Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere

Rob Thurman's Nightlife

 

I plug:

Steven Brust and Megan Lindholm's (a.k.a. Robin Hobb's) The Gypsy

Nancy A. Collins' Sonja Blue novels (dunno if these are strictly urban fantasy -- the main character is a vampire and they're pretty violent, but good reads)

John M. Ford's The Last Hot Time

Simon R. Green's Nightside novels

Tanya Huff's Blood novels and their spinoff, the Smoke trilogy (again, these might not be urban fantasy in the strict sense, but are great fun -- the Blood books are about a female PI, a cop and a vampire in Toronto, often dark. The Smoke books focus on a supporting character from the Blood series, who is now working on a cheesy vampire show in Vancouver while dealing with real wizards, vampires and other assorted supernaturals. These are  side-splittingly funny.)