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Posted: 25-Nov-2006, 10:35 AM
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I am a HUGE fan of the urban fantasy genre. I have heard lots of different definitions for the tem "urban fantasy," but here is the one I am talking about - Stories set in a modern day setting, in which the characters come face to face with magic and/or the supernatural. While it is alright for the some of the action to take place on another plane/realm, the majority of the story should take place in the modern real-world setting. This of course would exclude such books as Donaldson's White Gold Wielder series, since even though Thomas Covenant does come from the real world, the majority of the story takes place elsewhere.

I particularly like stories dealing with faerie and/or modern day shamans.

Here is my list of favorite Urban Fanstasy books that I have read so far:

Charles DeLint - Almost everything Charles has written falls in this category, and he is - in my opinion - one of the best authors of ANY genre alive today!
Emma Bull - War for the Oaks
Raymond E. Feist - Faerie Tale
C. E. Murphy - Urban Shaman, Thunderbird Falls, and Banshee Cries (a short story in a collection called Winter Moon)
James A. Hetley - The Summer Country, The Winter Oak
Mercedes Lackey - Sacred Ground, Jinx High, Burning Water, Children of the Night
Holly Black - Tithe, Valiant

I have not actually read Holly Black's book Valiant yet. However I just finished Tithe, and I feel pretty confident in saying that if Valiant is even half as good as Tithe was, it definitely deserves a place on this list.

Always looking for more books to add to the list, so get those suggestions coming!


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Posted: 26-Nov-2006, 08:10 PM
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If you like modern day novels with a fantasy twist then you HAVE to read the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.


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Posted: 30-Nov-2006, 08:38 AM
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I've read War for the Oaks, along time ago.
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Oooh. If you like the supernatural invading the modern world, try the two novels by Ly De Angeles, "The Quickening: An Urban Fantasy" and "The Shining Isle" about encounters with the Sidhe.


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Has anyone read Laurell K. Hamilton's series about Meredith Gentry? Her fairies are quite fantastic.

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Wizard, I've got just the books for you and even though they are considered young adult reading material they are a great read. Check out the "Chronicles of Faerie" by O.R. Melling. There are now four books in the series and each is remotely connected to the other. The are
The Hunter's Moon
The Summer King
The Lightbearer's Daughter
and The Book of Dreams which just came out and is still in hardcover.
Most of the action takes place in Ireland and each book has a Glossary of all the Irish terms, phrases and songs used in that book along with the phoenetic spelling so you can learn a little gaelic too.


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Posted: 13-Aug-2009, 10:20 PM
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Thanks! I'll have to check into those! they sound pretty cool!
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