Blood Price

317121Title: Blood Price
Author: Tanya Huff
Series: Vicki Nelson, book 1
Genre: Urban fantasy

After reading clean sweep I was really in the mood to read some more good urban fantasy – yes that happens quite a lot for me. I found Blood Price among the books recommended to me on goodreads.com and it was available in audiobook form, so I grabbed it. It has been a long time since I read something set in the early 90s, but it was a lot of fun. To me it almost feel like time traveling. No mobile phones, no internet – if you wanted to look something up, you better find a paper copy. There is a tiny bit of hacking in this book (to the level of getting an unlisted phone number) but computers play a very small role. It made it more fun to me.

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Clean Sweep

19090384Title: Clean Sweep
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles, book 1
Genre: Urban fantasy

This is really good solid urban fantasy and I really enjoyed it. It is not a very deep book with lots of themes that you will ponder for days, however it was the perfect summer read. It has action, an interesting magic system, good world building, some hot guys, a very capable female protagonist and mystery. In other words good solid urban fantasy and I really enjoyed it.

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Larp craft projects

The fork used as a lucet
The fork used as a lucet

As I have mentioned before I am going to Drachenfest later this month. It is one of the world biggest LARPs and is located in Germany. I have never been to a larp bigger than 50 people, it is going to be a bit overwhelming. Part of what I like about larps is the excuse e to dress up. I have constructed my own costume with the help of friends and family. Thank you Ingerlise and thank you Kitte, I could not have done it without you.

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Bewitched & Betrayed

7150766Title: Bewitched & Betrayed
Author: Lisa Shearin
Series: Raine Benares, book 4
Genre: Fantasy, metropolitan fantasy

This book series feels like modern urban fantasy, but it is set in a secondary world with a technology level around 1600s (I think). It is high fantasy with elvers, goblins, magic items and all that jazz. I call it metropolitan fantasy because it is very much centered around huge cities in the same way that urban fantasy is, but to distinguish it from urban fantasy, that is my clever name for the genre. I have read a handful of secondary world fantasies that fits this genre and so far I liked all of them.

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Opera Vita Aeterna

opera_256Title: Opera Vita Aeterna
Author: Vox Day
Genre: Fantasy

This is part of my Hugo award reading. It was nominated as a part of the best Novelette category. This is the part of my 100 Short Stories in 2014 challenge.

This is a fantasy story set in a world with elves, goblins and humans. However the religion seems to be catholicism, or as close to it as you can get without naming it. This is important because the story is very much about religion. It takes place in a monastery where an elf spend many years.

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