Title: Dark Currents
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Series: Agent of Hel, book 1
Genre: Urban fantasy
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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I 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 Briggs‘ Mercy 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 Urban fantasy: The Lone Ranger Gal
Title: The Winter Long
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye, book 8
Narrator: Mary Robinette Kowal
Genre: urban fantasy, fay
The woods were dark, filled with strange shadows.
I preordered the ebook a few weeks back and I was very excited when The Winter Long showed up in my Kindle app the other day. However I had not read more than about a page, when I realised that something was wrong and I realised that normally I read this series as audiobooks. I was missing Kowal’s narration enough to go buy more credits on audible.com and grab the audiobook version. The book was just wrong without the voices. Especially Tybalt just isn’t the same without it. So after getting the audiobook, this was a great read!
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Title: Love and Romanpunk
Author: Tansy Rayner Roberts
Genre: Fantasy, historical fantasy, urban fantasy
This book has 4 short-ish stories in it all inspired by ancient Rome. They are speculative fiction, not historical fiction.
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Editor: Julia Rios & Alisa Krasnostein
Short story anthology
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, urban fantasy, horror, magical realism
Crowdfunded project that I have supported among with many other people. The anthology gathers original fantasy and science fiction stories about diverse young adult protagonists. And they use the word diverse to cover a broad spectrum of genders, sexuality, ethnicity, ability and everything from neurotypical to protagonists that isn’t. The authors themself are also quite diverse.
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Title: Careful Magic
Author: Karen Healey
Genre: urban fantasy, magic
This is the part of my 100 Short Stories in 2014 challenge. This story is also part of the crowdfunded anthology Kaleidoscope, that I helped fund.
This was definitely one of my favourite stories of the anthology. Helen is such a wonderful protagonist and I was sad when the story ended. Not because it was a sad ending, but because it ended. That’s what you want from a short story isn’t it?
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