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Subject: Urban Fantasy
Date Posted: 4/10/2009 2:04 PM ET
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I never heard of urban fantasy until I came to this board, and I'm intrigued. Can anyone give me some ideas on a good book to start with? Thanks!
Date Posted: 4/10/2009 2:33 PM ET
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The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, book 1 is Storm Front.

Nightside series by Simon R. Green, book 1 is Something From The Nightside.

There are lots more but they would be a good starting place, especially Jim Butcher's series.

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 6:01 PM ET
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One of the first UF I think of is Emma Bull's War for the Oaks.  It is a classic.

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 7:00 PM ET
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Just got "War for the Oaks"  so psyched to read that!   I would recommend Charles DeLint.

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 10:57 PM ET
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Alot of this (UF) also shows up under the paranormal forum.  It is a fuzzy line where one genre ends and another one starts.  I really like Rob Thurman as well as the previously mentioned.  Jim Butcher always seems to be WL.  Others faves are Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Robin McKinley, and Patty Briggs.

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 11:01 PM ET
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I second Rob Thurman. 

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 3:21 AM ET
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i would also recommend The Dresden Files as a great place to start, or Moon Called by Patricia Briggs.

you may also want to go poke around on the Paranormal board and look at some of the various recommendation threads there.  we talk a lot about both urban fantasy and paranormal romance over there, so if you're only interested in urban fantasy you may have to check which series are which.  (a rule of thumb that works most of the time - if it's the same main character(s) in all the books in a series, then it's probably UF, but if there's a different couple in each book, then romance.)

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Date Posted: 4/12/2009 1:06 PM ET
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The Dresden files is a must.  I can't say enough about how great this series is.

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 10:22 AM ET
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Another vote for Charles DeLint. He's the master of this genre, which I define as magic in the contemporary world. (vampires do not count)

I love this genre too, but it's really hard to find good ones. I do not want paranormal romance; to me, that's a whole different thing.

Terri Windling's "The Wood Wife" is another great one with magic in contemporary southwest. US..

Mercedes Lackey had a few several years ago, I'll try to remember, but they were almost YA.....

Dresden FIles are very popular, but I could never get in to those.

 



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Date Posted: 4/13/2009 11:08 AM ET
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I saw a few episodes of the Dresden Files- I didn't know there was a book series! Are they better than the show? Is Bob in the books?

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll put the Dresden Files, and all the rest on my HUGE "books/authors/series to try" list. Since it's so highly recommended, I'll bump the Dresden Files up a little.

 

Thanks!!

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Date Posted: 4/13/2009 10:49 PM ET
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I never watched the show but the books are excellent and yes Bob is definitely in the books. 

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 11:05 AM ET
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Sarah S - the books are 1000% better than the show - and Bob the book character is a bit more interesting than what ended up on the TV screen!

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 12:25 PM ET
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How about Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.  I would consider that urban fantasy. 

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 3:59 AM ET
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Dresden is wonderful!!  I enjoyed the tv series but the books are always so much better.  Patricia Briggs is very good but some purists don't like vampires in their fantasy stories, but she pulls this off quite nicely.  I have also enjoyed Tanya Huff's Blood Books and Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampire) by Charlaine Harris.  These qualify as urban fantasy to me because of the modern day setting.  I agree with someone's suggestion to look at the Paranormal thread and see some of the series that are more romantic than others. 

I also recommend looking at this site for more ideas  http://www.fantasyliterature.net/

Hope that helps!

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 8:43 AM ET
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The books are LOTS better than the show! I enjoyed the show for what it was, but it doesn't even touch the books.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 7:05 PM ET
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Dresden is wonderful!!  I enjoyed the tv series but the books are always so much better.  Patricia Briggs is very good but some purists don't like vampires in their fantasy stories, but she pulls this off quite nicely.  I have also enjoyed Tanya Huff's Blood Books and Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampire) by Charlaine Harris.  These qualify as urban fantasy to me because of the modern day setting.

I watched the Dresden series and thought it was just okay.  My husband loved it, but then he had never read the books.  I love the books and they are even better as audios as James Marsters (Spike from Buffy) is a great reader for these books.  Patricia Briggs is great.  Tanya Huff's Blood Books are good, but it was a show on Lifetime called Blood Ties that was far better than the books, IMHO.  The Sookie books can go as urban fantasy or as mysteries.  The TV show True Blood on HBO is based on them.  Mark del Franco has a pretty good series out there.  It has 3 books so far.

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 6:34 PM ET
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The Word and Void trilogy by Terry Brooks is urban fantasy. Some of his best writing too, imo...

Date Posted: 4/26/2009 12:47 PM ET
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After all the stellar reviews I've gotten, I put Storm Front (and the rest, just in case) on my WL, and book 1 just got accepted. Thanks for the advice!

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 11:33 AM ET
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I would also recommend Kim Harrison's The Hollows (Rachel Morgan) series. Dead Witch Walking is book 1.

Date Posted: 5/25/2009 7:27 PM ET
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I just devoured Storm Front and Fool Moon by Jim Butcher.  I'm fairly new to Fantasy as well.  I think the only other books I've read that might count are the Sookie Stackhouse books. I love romance but for some reason I don't like Paranormal romance. 

I also have some Catherine Asaro books although they aren't Urban Fantasy but more the traditional type of fantasy book. I haven't read them yet.  But they don't take place on modern day earth but in their own world.

Subject: jim butcher's dresden files series
Date Posted: 5/28/2009 4:43 PM ET
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I started by enjoying the tv show Dresden Files.   When it was cancelled I started on the books.  I get a Dresden Files audiobook every once in a while and now have a small collection.  James Marsters, who played Spike in Buffy and Angel, does a remarkably good job reading, (evocative voices and emotional portrayal) and while the books are playing I can rest my eyes or work on something...  There's quite an array of paranormal characters, including Winter Court Sidhe, Summer Court Sidhe, and little Dewdrop fairies,  3 courts of vampires---red, white, and black, 2 councils of wizards, White Council and Black Council.  In addition there are ancient demons,  brownies, Christian knights, plants that grab you, talking cats, a regular cat, a faithful dog, The paranormal characters each have a distinct personality and motivation and are not just a convenient "monster of the week."  All of this takes place in present day Chicago, complete with wizards' pub.

I save up my Amazon coupons for the books.  The Dresden Files is so good that each book has a wish list and a long line on the swap.

 

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 5:43 PM ET
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I would second Neil Gaiman's work as great urban fantasy. Also the Nghtwatch series of Russian UF by Sergei Lukyanenko.

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 4:33 PM ET
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Dahlgren by Samuel Delany, but be forewarned, he is the most intellectual of all sci-fi/fantasy writers and this one is 900 pages long.

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 9:36 PM ET
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"Intellectual" isn't a word I'd use for Delany. And Mama told me if I can't say something nice, don't say anything at all :-)

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 11:47 PM ET
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Other than saying that I, personally, am a very heterosexual male, my only response to Karen C. is that Mama gave me the same very good advice, which leaves me somewhat tongue-tied in the present context.

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