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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2014, 12:41:49 AM »
No surprises here, but I'm going to recommend another Seanan McGuire. Sparrow Hill Road, a collection of 13 short stories about Rose Marshall, a girl who died in 1952 on the way to the prom. She's what is commonly known as a hitcher and wanders the ghost roads trying to save people that shouldn't die and help those that do through to the other side.
The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S Belcher is part of the western horror thing that seems to be becoming more popular. It's very well done with a whole host of different characters, including a man who can't die, an angel and a reanimator. I still don't know he got pirates into this thing given that it's set in Nevada in the 19th century, but he did and it works.
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2014, 12:46:51 AM »
I really enjoy the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. It has a strong female protagonist with awesome sarcastic humor throughout to balance the often somber events.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11544421-magic-rises?ac=1

More recently, Anne Bishop has a new series, The Others, which is just fantastic. I just discovered her through this series and am chagrined I didn't find her earlier.
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2014, 09:21:44 AM »
I finished Skin Game (the 15th Harry Dresden book) recently and while I enjoyed it, very typical of the Dresdens, I've had a question that has been bugging me since my wife read it and asked this. One of the series strengths has been Harry liberally peppering his speech and thoughts with pop culture references, generally things from TV and films. I love this, but as Harry is often at pains to explain, because he's a wizard technology goes wrong around him. Wouldn't this also extend to TV and films? So, if his TV fritzes out part way through an episode of something or the picture at the cinema goes all wonky halfway through the film how does Harry know all these sources so intimately?
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2014, 06:26:17 PM »
Sharon Lee's Carousel-Series (Carousel Sun and Carousel Tides are already published; Carousel seas will hit the shelves next january) is definitely worth your consideration ... it has a female main character, and - as Jan Burke (author of The Messenger, Bones, and Bloodlines) comments - it 'never lets the suspense falter' ...

Sharon is (by the way) one part of the well known pair of authors Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, who are best known for their Liaden-books
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2014, 12:02:56 AM »
Recently read Dark Current by Jacqueline Carey, the first in her Agent of Hel trilogy/series. Near perfect UF. I felt like I could literally walk into the town of Pemkowet and take the eldritch tour bus.
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2014, 11:49:00 AM »
I can recommend you The Black Magician Trilogy written by Trudi Canavan. I like it when I read it 2-3 months ago. I hope you'll like it ;)

Offline Andy M.

Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2014, 09:49:00 PM »
Check out The Rook by Daniel O'Malley.

Great UF with a female protagonist, and a great mystery/lost memory story.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10836728-the-rook

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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #22 on: November 29, 2014, 11:58:53 PM »
I'd love to second a few of these:

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley would make it on a short list of my favorite books - I loved that the main character had major skills beyond just magic, and I thought that the setup and pacing was exactly on-point. I listened to it on audiobook, so the strange names had less of an impact on me. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10836728-the-rook

I've just finished reading through Anne Bishop's The Others series after seeing rave reviews of it. To describe it as page-turning would be understating it - it just pulls you along. Fun relationships between characters. https://www.goodreads.com/series/99557-the-others

Leigh Bardugo's The Grisha series is also great. Not sure if it scratches the urban fantasy itch, but it's a great series with great female characters. https://www.goodreads.com/series/69714-the-grisha

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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #23 on: December 06, 2014, 05:36:59 PM »
I really like Melissa Marr for YA fantasy, her Wicked Lovely series is fey based with a female protagonist at least in the first book. Her other works are pretty awesome as well, typically with magic and female protagonist. The right combination of action, romance and magic.
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #24 on: December 09, 2014, 12:55:53 PM »
For beautiful fantasy universes and strong female protagonist's in YA I will always suggest Tamora Pierce books, as not only dose she craft wonderful female characters but she doesn't skimp on her male characters either.

But an author that does an awesome YA 'suburban' fantasy with female protagonist's, is Holly Black's  trilogy 'the Modern Tale of Faerie trilogy', where the first two books can be read as stand a lone books as they only exist in the universe but the 3rd is a continuation of the 1st and does have aspects of the 2nd one in it.

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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #25 on: January 03, 2015, 04:20:20 PM »
Have you tried The Hollows series by Kim Harrison?  Fantastic series, not YA but definitely Urban Fantasy.  One of the most satisfying Urban Fantasy series I've read in awhile.  It's 13 books so it will keep you busy for awhile.

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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #26 on: January 03, 2015, 11:29:29 PM »
Have you tried The Hollows series by Kim Harrison?  Fantastic series, not YA but definitely Urban Fantasy.  One of the most satisfying Urban Fantasy series I've read in awhile.  It's 13 books so it will keep you busy for awhile.
I did read a few of those, but dropped them when Jenks left. I heard he came back, so I may have to revisit them. I've recently read a wonderful two urban fantasies set in Melbourne (The Opposite of Life and Walking Shadows) by local writer Narrelle M. Harris (I hope more people buy them so she can be encouraged to keep writing them), I was greatly disappointed by Kevin Hearne's Hunted, the series started with so much promise, but has rapidly gone downhill over the last couple of books. Laura Resnick was on form, though with her most recent Esther Diamond story Abracadaver, the only downside is that I now have to wait a year for the next one, which is set on Wall St, so provides plenty of opportunity for Esther style mayhem.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #27 on: January 04, 2015, 01:24:47 AM »
Oh, definitely do pick them back up again.  Where you stopped, you've barely scratched the surface of the entire story, and it is amazing.

I thought of another series: Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines.  The first two are Libriomancer and Codex Born.  The third, Unbounded, is coming out next Tuesday.  These books are about libriomancers, people who have the ability to pull magic out of books.  The main character is Isaac Vanio and the story is told through him.  The basic premises is that if it can be gotten out of a book, it exists.  For example, there are several types of vampires including Sanguinarius Meyerii, aka Sparklers.  I laughed pretty hard at that when I read it.

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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #28 on: January 04, 2015, 03:30:21 AM »
I've read the first 2 of Jim Hines' Libriomancer and they are quite good. I also really liked his Princess series. It's basically what happened to Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty after they met their princes (hint: they didn't exactly live happily ever after).
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #29 on: January 04, 2015, 03:55:03 AM »
Have you read the Pax Arcana books by Elliott James?  Charming was his debut novel and Daring is his second one.  I quite enjoyed them, and I think James shows a lot of promise.

 

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