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5 minutes ago, ants said:

Yep, it would count. Not a bad series either.

Yeah it became very obviously urban fantasy pretty much right after I posted that. And it was really good too. Just picked up the second this week.

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On 2016-07-05 at 11:27 PM, C.T. Phipps said:

I just picked up the latest Mercy Thompson book and I have to say I blame this thread for "ruining" the books for me as I'm aware of the flaws of the series a good deal more. Here, Mercy relies on Adam stepping in to tell off his pack for treating her like dirt the entire time versus the women actually coming to respect her for all she's done for them. Also, weirdly, I miss the vampires from the book. The Fae have never been particularly interesting antagonists and this is just another big monster they have to deal with.

 

This is not ruining stuff my friend, this is making you aware of what is good stuff and what isn't. :P A lot of UF has some pretty tiresome and annoying tropes, which get pretty apparent if you just read with a bit more knowledge to hand.

As a total aside, have you introduced your UF/paranormal romance reading spouse to Bec McMaster's London Steampunk series yet? If not, you should. :)

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On 17/09/2016 at 7:57 PM, williamjm said:

That's a nice surprise since it was starting to look like it was being pushed into 2017 (I think originally it was meant to be published this month).


It was originally meant to be published in November last year, and has been pushed back to March, June, October and now November, but the shortness of this pushback suggests it might finally be on its way for real.

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On 10/24/2016 at 4:05 AM, Lyanna Stark said:

This is not ruining stuff my friend, this is making you aware of what is good stuff and what isn't. :P A lot of UF has some pretty tiresome and annoying tropes, which get pretty apparent if you just read with a bit more knowledge to hand.

As a total aside, have you introduced your UF/paranormal romance reading spouse to Bec McMaster's London Steampunk series yet? If not, you should. :)

I've mentioned it but she's since moved onto super-dark fiction where every heroine is sexually abused by human traffickers who she then joins with a psycho vigilante to murder before they fall in love.

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To each their own I guess.

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I started the first Charming book by Elliott James.  The premise is v. interesting but god almighty did the technique suck.  So so so many infodumps.  Also why were Charming and Sig 'in love' I couldn't see any kind of interaction with them that would lead to that.

However, I was intrigued and went on to the second book.  The author seems to have learned or at least leveled up his editor.  THIS should have been the first book.  It did everything you needed it to do with more panache and the romance made about as much sense so we're in the same place. The remaining books are £3.99 so I may get the other two to round it out depending on how I feel at the ending of whatever this one is called.

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On 25/10/2016 at 10:02 PM, polishgenius said:


It was originally meant to be published in November last year, and has been pushed back to March, June, October and now November, but the shortness of this pushback suggests it might finally be on its way for real.

I finished The Hanging Tree over the course of last weekend, best book in the series so far.

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Finished the latest Kate Daniels book.  The invented lore is pretty lousy but the character interactions, particularly around long timers, are really enjoyable.  The Andrews are not that good at exposition and worldbuilding, however.

There's a gem of a decent story in the World of the Lupi books (especially with the main character) but it's smothered by all the Paranormal Romance bullshit.  Werewolves being only male?  Heroine being forced into a relationship by BS magic?  No thanks.

Peter McLean's Dominion is the second book in what appears to be an unintentional parody of bad gritty noir urban fantasy.

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On 17/11/2016 at 6:30 AM, Lord Sidious said:

I finished The Hanging Tree over the course of last weekend, best book in the series so far.

I really enjoyed it. I like his blending of magic and police detective book. It feels far more realistic than most UF. 

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On ‎1‎/‎07‎/‎2016 at 11:15 AM, Andorion said:

Daniel O Malley's Stiletto is a pretty good book though not as good as Rook

What age would you say is ok to read "the Rook"? Its been quite a while since I read it and I was thinking I might give it to my niece who is 14.

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7 hours ago, Squab said:

What age would you say is ok to read "the Rook"? Its been quite a while since I read it and I was thinking I might give it to my niece who is 14.

I am not very good with judging age-appropriateness as I read everything i could find at that age, but while maybe ok, I would say that ideally Rook is a  15+ book

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14 hours ago, Andorion said:

I am not very good with judging age-appropriateness as I read everything i could find at that age, but while maybe ok, I would say that ideally Rook is a  15+ book

thank you

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Recently read Gareth Jones' Constable & Toop. It's not an urban fantasy in the sense that I think of urban fantasy, but it is a 'detective' ghost tale so is more of a paranormal fantasy, I guess. It's set in Victorian London, with a ghost detective investigating a bunch of missing ghosts, a living boy who can see the dead, and a little girl who lives in a haunted house. It covers events in London, but also satires the administrative goings-on in the Ghost Bureau (which was my favorite part of the book). It was light-hearted read and enjoyable.

Also read Darynda Jones' YA Death and the Girl Next Door series. I always like her books, and this time was no exception, although I found the overlap with the Charley Davidson series a little troubling. I got the impression that someone was like, "If you wrote the Charley series for YA, you'd make tons of money!" Still, the YA series had the irreverent tone and humor that one expects from Darynda Jones, lots of swooning, and of course paranormal activity.

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I just finished reading the latest Mercy Thompson book and I have to say it was a lot better than usual. It's all about her versus the Vampire King in Italy and a brief visit to Prague. There was none of the usual, "women versus women" in the book and they actually found a good use for Honey. Unfortunately, there is a subplot which was problematic with said Vampire King keeping a werewolf as a mentally broken blood save but baby steps. I really enjoyed it and am going to recommend it.

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I still have yet to finish last year's Mercy Thompson...I could not get past the troll/bridge scene at the beginning and ended up putting it down and never picking it back up.  This year's sounds like a stronger entry in the series, maybe I will just skip ahead to that one.

The 5th and supposed conclusion to Anne Bishop's The Others series came out earlier this month...supposed as in it concludes the arc the previous books set up but probably not over in the sense I suspect she has a lot more stories to tell in this world.  I felt it was the weakest book of the whole series.  It does bring things to a conclusion and wrap them up with a bow but it just wasn't the story I wanted to read.  The prior 4 books in the series make the series well worth reading, however.

A book I read and enjoyed a few months ago was "The Immortals" by Jordanna Max Brodsky.  Has anyone read this?  It has a not so original premise - Greek gods in modern day NYC.  But I liked the way it was done and it made good use of NYC and its locations and history.  The main character is Artemis and I liked how she was depicted.

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On 3/22/2017 at 11:31 PM, lady narcissa said:

I still have yet to finish last year's Mercy Thompson...I could not get past the troll/bridge scene at the beginning and ended up putting it down and never picking it back up.  This year's sounds like a stronger entry in the series, maybe I will just skip ahead to that one.

I think you should pick that book up as while the gigantic Avengers-style action scene at the beginning is pretty much the opposite of what Mercy Thompson is about, I felt the rest of the book was worth it. It also sets up the political situation which is the basis of the current one.

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There's been a urban fantasy drought, huh?

Pax Arcana #5, Legend Has It, is out.  Just read through it.  It took me a while to get into it, but then I wasn't in the headspace for reading when I started, but I thought it was pretty great.

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A new Alex Versus came out a few months ago. Another extremely good entry in the series. It is very refreshing to have a series where the bad guys are actually competent, especially in a multi-book way. 

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