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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Thrilling November Reads

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Most of the books I read this month are later books in ongoing series where I have reviewed earlier books. I can’t seem to find the head space to sit down and properly review them. So I thought I would do a quick run down of the books and if I am lucky it makes me want to write the proper reviews. I read seven books this month so that might also be part of it. Looking at the books now I can see that there is a theme though most of these books. Five of them are spy thrillers of some kind or another.

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10 City Fantasy books that I recommend

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by peterconcept @peterconcept.deviantart.com

I adore urban fantasy. Cities are so interesting places they drive innovation, they are diverse in a way small towns can never be, they hold the unknown as an integral part of their makeup, they have options of entertainment and nightlife that smaller rural areas just can’t have. They also contain so many contrasts and contradictions. The poor and the super rich exist in the same space, walk the same streets. Cities can hold secrets and hidden places that in the rural areas are only secrets to outsiders. But I do not only like the urban setting in fantasy set in our world – in modern times – I also really like cities as a setting in straight up fantasy. This is a list of the fantasy stories that I can recommend that is not urban fantasy as such, but is fantasy set in cities, where the city is quite important for the story. These are not books were the protagonist travel all over the place on a long quest. These stories primarily take place within the confound of a single city.

Edit: I have added City of Stairs

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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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