Moon Called & Blood Bound

71811Title: Moon Called & Blood Bound
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson, book 1 & 2
Genre: Urban fantasy

Opening sentence:

“I didn’t realize he was a werewolf at first.”

I read these books because they kept coming up on recommendations to me on Goodreads, Amazon and Audible as well as on the top of urban fantasy lists on Goodreads. So I thought ok I better see what all the fuss is about. So I listened to the first two books and I was pretty happy with what I heard.  Continue reading

Broken Soul

Broken SoulTitle: Broken Soul
Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock, book 8
Genre: Urban fantasy

Opening sentence:

Visiting the Master of the City of New Orleans was always challenging, but it was worse when he was in a mood.

This series is without a doubt on my top 5 urban fantasy series list. Hmm I should make one shouldn’t I? It has just the right mix of relationships, plot, suspense, pacing and action to keep me interested from start to finish. This is probably evident in the fact that I read something like 10 Yellowrock short stories this year.

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Dark Currents

Dark CurrentsTitle: Dark Currents
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Series: Agent of Hel, book 1
Genre: Urban fantasy

Opening sentence:

It was an idyllic summer evening in Pemkowet the night Vanderhei died.

I have read Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Legacy novels and quite liked them, so when Felicia Day and Veronica Belmont recommended Dark Currents I was not hard to convince. The awesome cover didn’t hurt either. Lets start by pointing out that this book and Kushiel’s Dart are two very different books! For one thing there is no sex in Dark Current. For another this is very much straight up urban fantasy.

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Uncanny, issue 1

Amazing cover by Galen Dara
Cover by Galen Dara

Title: Uncanny, issue 1
Editor: Lynne M. ThomasMichael Damian Thomas
Magazine
Genre: weird fiction, nonfiction

I helped kickstart this magazine so of course I had to review the first issue of it, that’s how it works right?

Let me start by squeeing about the cover. Please press it so you can see it in full size. The artist is Galen Dara, now there is someone to nominate for the Hugos next year! Seriously space unicorns now makes sense!

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Urban fantasy: The Lone Ranger Gal

315322ad6464db6b414c03abf6743619I love urban fantasy and I read a lot of it. If you have seen my reading stats you will know that I read about 65% urban fantasy. I have been reading Patricia BriggsMercy Thompson books this last weekend, who is always on top of the urban fantasy lists on goodreads.  So far I quite liked it. However it focused my eye on a quite common trope in urban fantasy…. the lone female character, who has no female friends and very few female interactions. In some books it is profound enough a trope the book would not pass the Bechdel test, which should be surprising in a book with a female protagonist.

Edited: Always proofread things written on the tablet with autocorrect on, or it becomes weird. Continue reading

Ancillary Sword

20706284Title: Ancillary Sword
Author: Ann Leckie
Series: Imperial Radch, book 2
Genre: science fiction, space opera

Opening sentence:

“Now if the tyrant was watching – she was surely watching, though Mercy of Kalr, would be so long as we were in the system – let her think I was resenting having a baby foisted on me when I’d rather have someone who knew what they were doing.”

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