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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #30 on: January 04, 2015, 05:52:59 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.
I read Charming and quite liked it. I haven't seen Daring, yet, but now I know its out I'll keep an eye out for it. My find of the year as far as UF goes was Jacqueline Carey's Agent of Hel series.
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #31 on: January 04, 2015, 04:17:03 PM »
Elliott James has a third novel coming out next August: Fearless.

Another series I liked is The Colbana Files by J.C. Daniels, aka Shiloh Walker.  The newest novel, Edged Blade, is releasing in February.  I kind of refer to The Colbana Files as Urban Fantasy light, but I enjoyed them.  They're a bit gritty (for want of a better word), and could be triggery for some readers.  I didn't have a problem with them, but I could see where some readers possibly could.


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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #32 on: January 04, 2015, 10:53:35 PM »
I heartily agree with the recommendation of Holly Black's trilogy, and I have another to add: the Lynburn Legacy, by Sarah Rees Brennan. I just finished the third book a few days ago, and it's exactly what I've always wanted in a YA series. It has a female protagonist who is a reporter for her school newspaper (basically the only reporter, but then, it's a small school) and is super badass. There aren't any vampires or werewolves, but there are plenty of sorcerers.

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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #33 on: January 15, 2015, 05:39:52 AM »
I finished Chuck Wendig's The Blue Blazes, it's kind of UF (well it takes place in and under current NY), but it has elements of straight fantasy in it. I didn't like it as much as his Miriam Black series. I'm actually getting to the point where I want books to have a few characters I'm not ashamed to like and actually want to succeed, whereas with The Blue Blazes there was no one like that. The perfect ending would have been for everyone concerned to die.
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #34 on: March 18, 2015, 09:25:57 AM »
No idea what the premises of The Blue Blazes is but I might give it a shot just to see what kind of book gets a recommendation where you still wished everyone died.  ;D
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #35 on: March 18, 2015, 10:03:52 PM »
No idea what the premises of The Blue Blazes is but I might give it a shot just to see what kind of book gets a recommendation where you still wished everyone died.  ;D
It's largely about a fight for control of a drug between two groups of New York based criminal gangs. The twist is that one of them operates literally underground, where there's a whole other world. It didn't really grab me. If you want to get a better idea of Chuck Wendig and read something that is really compelling I'd recommend his Miriam Black books, starting with Blackbirds.
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #36 on: April 12, 2015, 04:17:48 PM »
I initially recommended Seanan McGuire, but I've stopped reading her work. One of those cases, like with OSC, that the author as a person has kind of crossed over into how I view the work. Sadly, because I liked her stuff.

BUT, I can make some additional recommendations:

Charles De Lint's "Blue Girl," "Widdershins," and "The Onion Girl."
Robin McKinley's "Sunshine."
Richard Kadreys Sandman Slim books.
"Flex," by Ferret Steinmetz.



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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #37 on: April 14, 2015, 02:42:50 PM »
Does Rivers of London not count as Urban Fantasy? I found that series a great read to date.

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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #38 on: April 14, 2015, 05:16:52 PM »
Does Rivers of London not count as Urban Fantasy? I found that series a great read to date.

yep a lot of love for Rivers of London here amongst the UF fans here  :)
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #39 on: April 15, 2015, 01:03:26 AM »
I finished Unbound, the 3rd of Jim Hines' Magic Ex Libris books, and I think that counts as urban fantasy. He seemed to finish this one off, so not sure what he'll tackle next.
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #40 on: May 29, 2015, 01:54:56 AM »
I haven't been here for a bit, but I have read a couple of urban fantasies just recently. I can highly recommend Vicious by V.E. Schwab, especially if anyone liked Chuck Wendig's Miriam Black novels. Vicious has that same seamier side of life feel, dealing with characters that are largely morally bankrupt and cursed with powers that they never wanted. It's also compulsively readable. I blew through it in about 3 days.
On the other hand there's Randy Henderson's Finn Fancy Necromancy, possessed of a puerile sense of humour an obsession with 80's pop culture and too many ideas that simply seem to be there because...I tend to classify that one as AM (Awful Mess) rather than UF. Not a very long book, but took me a while to read, because I simply wasn't interested and it was only a determination to actually complete books before judging them that stopped it from turning into a wall banger.
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #41 on: June 07, 2015, 06:19:48 PM »
Unclean Spirits by M L N Hanover (Daniel Abraham) is good. I liked the 2nd book, too and am looking forward to the 3rd.
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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #42 on: June 14, 2015, 11:49:34 PM »
I am plowing through these two series, and for the most part, loving every one.  Park of the problem is that Kelley Armsrong hasn't released all her books to audio.

Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson series #1) by Patricia Briggs   

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld series #1) by Kelley Armstrong

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Re: Urban Fantasy: Any good books lately?
« Reply #43 on: August 21, 2015, 10:30:50 PM »
I may have a different way of looking at Urban fantasy than most folk. As the author of both an epic high fantasy series and an urban fantasy series, I find that both have an awful lot of wiggle room for placement. The writers I have enjoyed in UF are Simon Green, James Hunter, Jim Butcher and Glen Cook, Sir Terry Pratchett's Vimes series can be considered UF, even though Ankh Morpork is on the Discworld.

The UF I write has received some pretty good reviews, but if the reader is looking for Young Vampires in Lust or Werewolves of Honor, and also finds comedic fantasy distasteful, the reviews are less than favorable. And that's all I'll say as any more becomes self-promotion. I will finish with this, if you are looking for decent urban fantasy, check out those I mentioned, they all have something good to offer.

 

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