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  1. WorldCon Helsinki 2017 -- Planning!

    I have a reservation at the Sokos Pasila.
  2. WorldCon Helsinki 2017 -- Planning!

    I am trying to make my reservations and they apparently don't have shoulder nights! You can only reserve on the actual days of the con, and the online system won't let you add nights.
  3. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    I am arriving on Tues and leaving Sunday.
  4. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Yeah, the claiming-the-city is nothing new. Kate Griffin did it several years ago with Matthew Swift. It basically sets up a magical connection between the character and the city as a whole.
  5. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    There's Jacquelyn Carey's Agent of Hel series, for example. Visitor's come to the town for magical tourism because it is located in the Norse Underworld goddess' territory. The main character (Daisy) basically makes sure that Hel's rules are followed by the magical inhabitants of the town (and that the tourists aren't eaten). In this case Hel isn't one of the main characters, although her presence is felt throughout the book and Daisy does go into the underworld to meet with her. In Liesmith, the Norse mythological figures have more prominent roles.
  6. a crown for cold silver

    Brothers Grossbart is phenomenal.
  7. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Recently I checked out Liesmith by Alis Franklin from the library. It's an urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Over the years I've gotten a bit tired of books about mythological figures brought to life as paranormal characters (in this case, Norse), so I was a bit wary. I found it to be very charming, however. I was even more wary of the 'nerdy' main character, but he turned out to be truly adorkable, also in an entirely charming manner. It was very clever and I laughed out loud at multiple points. Plus its set in Australia. Granted, there isn't much of a 'Straya sense to the setting, but it was nice to read urban fantasy that wasn't set in Europe or the US.
  8. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Speaking of books with Ghost in the title, I really liked 'Girl with the Ghost Eyes.' It's set in San Francisco at the turn of the last century. The 'girl' is actually in her 20s and is a young widow and a Daoist priestess. It's gotten good reviews and I myself am very eager for the next book.
  9. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Well, we should also make a distinction between the elements of the genre and the publishing category, which to me seem to be where the real confusion lies.
  10. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    And the winner gets to save not only the entire world, but lots of innocent children.
  11. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Following up with the last version of this thread... About urban fantasy (as an actual genre). To me urban fantasy doesn't have to be modern. It should have the urban element, but also, as beniowa and others have stated, include some mystery-solving, a bit of noir, etc. So for me, Pratchett's Ankh-Morpork books are very urban fantasy, just without the modern, contemporary world sense. So too would be Michelle Sagara's Chronicles of Elantra, which are very fantasy-esque but also involve the whole cops/detectives solving mysteries thing. For me, something I see in really effective urban fantasies is an emphasis on the layers of history within a city, the palimpsest of old streets, abandoned subway stations, collapsing sewers, and multiple pasts (and presents) represented. You get that in Neverwhere, in the Rivers of London, in Matthew Swift, in The City & the City, etc. But there is also a sense of loneliness, dissatisfaction, sometimes bitterness, ennui, and generally a great heap of existential crisis going on, all tied not necessarily to modern life, but instead to a life crammed in amongst innumerable other humans who care absolutely nothing about you! As for the social and cultural conflict between weres, vampires, witches, djinn, and so on: that to me is the 'paranormal' aspect, what we could also term 'contemporary fantasy' in those books that are set in modern times. It's basically the dwarf-elven-orc conflict of more traditional fantasy in a non-modern context. It seems to me that maybe a lot of the books that are labeled 'urban fantasy' or actually just 'modern fantasy' with violent crime.
  12. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Any thoughts on Gentlemen Jole and the Red Queen? I have seen some mixed reviews for it and descriptions of it as 'fan-service.' I thought everything that occurred was totally in keeping with the characters, however. It's one of Bujold's quiet character studies, lacking tons of action, Miles blowing shit up, or mad politics. It was painful to read, not in the sense that it wasn't good, but that I felt like I was grieving during the whole first portion of the book. Edit: Incidentally, here is the review and discussion of the novel over at Smart Bitches Trashy Books, a romance site that really adores Bujold. The reviews and some of the comments are pretty worthwhile.
  13. Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance #2

    I would say its urban fantasy because it is a fantasy novel set in an urban environment that actually emphasizes the magico-religious qualities of the city itself, although not to the extent that you see in Kate Griffin's Matthew Swift series. It is not about fighting monsters and being a tough chick, however, so it is not that kind of urban fantasy.
  14. Boskone - Boston - Feb. 19-21, 2016

    Reading this is bumming me out. I am still at work. Sigh. I hope you all have a wonderful time and that next year you will harass me to buy a plane ticket on time.
  15. [Book Spoilers] EP408 Discussion

    God, I really want to participate in this discussion but this thread is so long I despair of even reading a few pages of it. I will say that I really loved that the episode had such a visual link to the tradition of ASOIAF art. So many of the scenes were laid out in compositions that couldn't help but be familiar to followers of fantasy art and art from the series. I thought the colors were stunning and some of the scenes had really spectacular imagery - the meeting of the two Bolton armies, the scenes inside the Eyrie (whether that wonderful winding LF stroll down the stairs, Sansa in her room, or the great shots in the LF trial) , the dramatic ugliness outside Moat Cailin with Theon on his horse, Grey Worm leaping into the river viewed from under water, Barriston and Mormont on the outside terrace, the absolutely stunning battle location in Kings Landing. So many of the episodes lack that epic visual element, but I thought it was well done in this case. It was a feast for the eyes. (Of course, as Pod says, it may helped that I was watching it in HD).