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2,990 books · 10,483 voters · list created June 22nd, 2008 by Julie (votes) .
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* eew!! TITHE? THAT IS THE WORST BOOK OMG... why isn't there any scott westerfeld on here? XD


message 2: by [deleted user] (last edited Jul 26, 2008 08:54AM) (new)

i resent that!!! i LOVE tithe!

i agree about the scott westerfeld thing though.

neverwhere is horrible!!!


message 3: by lbuch79 (new)

lbuch79 I didn't think neverwhere was horrible...but it certainly shouldn't have the #1 spot, and no Simon R. Green?


message 4: by Robyn (new)

Robyn scott westerfeld is more science-fiction than urban fantasy... well from the book i read of his anyway.


message 5: by Kaitlin (new)

Kaitlin has anyone read scar night? it sounds good!


message 6: by Teigan (last edited Jan 06, 2009 06:54PM) (new)

Teigan Crooked Little Vein on an urban fantasy list?! I love Warren Ellis and I'd paint his name anywhere I could, but where is the fantasy in CLV? I'm happy to see Iron Dragon's Daughter though. I think The Broken Land by Ian McDonald could be added to the list.


message 7: by Travis (new)

Travis The lack of Charles de Lint from this list is truly depressing.


message 8: by Teigan (new)

Teigan Travis wrote: "The lack of Charles de Lint from this list is truly depressing."

I agree!


message 9: by Robyn (last edited Mar 13, 2009 02:07AM) (new)

Robyn Travis wrote: "The lack of Charles de Lint from this list is truly depressing."

i have to agree to "the blue girl" was one of the best books I had ever read!!!!



message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

WHAT?!?! THE LIGHTNING THIEF?!?!?! THAT IS NOT URBAN FANTASY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND NOR IS CITY OF BONES!!!!!!!!!!! THOSE ARE ACTION BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS LIST IS CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 11: by Calamus (new)

Calamus "Urban fantasy is a subset of contemporary fantasy, consisting of magical novels and stories set in contemporary, real-world, urban settings"

The Lightning Thief and City of Bones take place in urban settings (for large parts of the books at least) therefore they are urban fantasy.

Also remember that books can have more than one genre so I think this list is pretty accurate.


message 12: by Alicia (new)

Alicia Love these books. They are pretty good.


message 13: by Lindsey (last edited Jun 24, 2009 10:16AM) (new)

Lindsey Robyn wrote: "scott westerfeld is more science-fiction than urban fantasy... well from the book i read of his anyway."

It really depends on which series you read. He kinda mixes them together. BTW - Westerfeld is on here - on of the books from the Midnighters series is on the list. Can't say it's my favorite series he wrote (Probably Uglies although Peeps by iteself may have been the best book), but it's a good one.




message 14: by J (new)

J Travis wrote: "The lack of Charles de Lint from this list is truly depressing."

absolutely. How can one of the progenitors of this genre not dominate it? Not to mention that he writes beautifully.


message 15: by J (new)

J Oh, and why the heck is Stephenson on this list? There's no magic in those books, no fantasy. They're just urban scifi if anything.


message 16: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Lindsey wrote: "Robyn wrote: "scott westerfeld is more science-fiction than urban fantasy... well from the book i read of his anyway."

It really depends on which series you read. He kinda mixes them together. B..."


yeah, i added peeps and the last days to the list, peeps has to be his best work, with the uglies series a close second


message 17: by Jenn (new)

Jenn hey, whats stephenie meyer doing up there??? shes not urban fantasy!! especially the host, which is the one up there! thats sci-fi!!1


message 18: by Robyn (new)

Robyn The Host sucked, and it is soo not a urban fantasy. And, sorry fans of Peeps, but I HATED that book. Though I did love the Uglies books, though Extras wasn't all that great.


message 19: by Ruth (new)

Ruth we really do get passionate about our books sometimes, don't we?? everyone has the right to like their book for whatever reason, without having to justify it. its good to hear why a book was liked or disliked, but in the end its personal preference.

I'm new to urban fantasy, i really liked Magic Bites.


message 20: by Andy (new)

Andy This list needs some Cailin R. Kiernan! Daughter of Hounds and Alabaster are AMAZING urban fantasy!


message 21: by Kelly (new)

Kelly There is. The Secret Hour, no.65.


♥ Brigid ♥ wrote: "eew!! TITHE? THAT IS THE WORST BOOK OMG... why isn't there any scott westerfeld on here? XD"




message 22: by Marcus (new)

Marcus F. Half of the books on this list are utter para-romo crap that any chimpanzee with a word processor could've written ten times better. Stephenie Meyer should be strung-up by her toes for perpetuating such nonsense. We'll be drowning in horrid vampire books and movies for the next fifteen years. Way to go, world. Lets continue to not only reward mediocrity, but bury it in so much money that most third-world countries would be envious of.


message 23: by Hazel (new)

Hazel Jane Eyre????


message 24: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Marcus wrote: "Half of the books on this list are utter para-romo crap that any chimpanzee with a word processor could've written ten times better. Stephenie Meyer should be strung-up by her toes for perpetuating..."

So...any thoughts on what good books are, or just complaining?



message 25: by Marcus (new)

Marcus F. Lindsey wrote: "Marcus wrote: "Half of the books on this list are utter para-romo crap that any chimpanzee with a word processor could've written ten times better. Stephenie Meyer should be strung-up by her toes f..."

Just complaining, Lindsey, just complaining. After glancing over your books page I don't think the kind of stuff I read would be remotely interesting to you.



message 26: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Marcus wrote: "Lindsey wrote: "Marcus wrote: "Half of the books on this list are utter para-romo crap that any chimpanzee with a word processor could've written ten times better. Stephenie Meyer should be strung-..."

Probably not, but I'm actually trying to find books to recommend to my husband who seems to have similar thoughts to you on lots of urban fantasy...so looking for ideas.


message 27: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix American Gods is a great book, one of the finest fantasies ever written, but I'm not sure it fits my mental picture of urban fantasy. If I were convinced that it should be considered one, it would be my number one choice.

Those looking to read one of the root works of the sub-genre should find the novella "Magic, Inc." by Robert A. Heinlein. It can be found in the book Waldo and Magic, Inc.


message 28: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Lindsey wrote: I'm actually trying to find books to recommend to my husband who seems to have similar thoughts to you on lots of urban fantasy...so looking for ideas.

Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series are largely free of romance. The first couple volumes are good but not great, and then the series becomes remarkably excellent.

War for the Oaks by Emma Bull is one of the core books that started the urban fantasy revival. There is some romance in the plot, but it isn't primary. I'm a guy, and the romance wasn't enough to bother me.

The later Mercy Thompson books by Patricia Briggs have a romance element, but the first couple are romance free.



message 29: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Xenophon wrote: "Lindsey wrote: I'm actually trying to find books to recommend to my husband who seems to have similar thoughts to you on lots of urban fantasy...so looking for ideas.

Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden s..."


Thanks for the tips! I've seen a lot about the Jim Butcher series, but I've never read them, so I'll see if he's interested in those.

War for the Oaks sounds good too, although I'm always a little more hesitant to read fae books, since they wind up being more political than action oriented. From the description I can't really tell if it's like that or not, but I'll give it a try.

I actually did try Pat Briggs since I like her newer series (Alpha & Omega and Mercy Thompson). He read the first Mercy Thompson book, but he really didn't like her writing style, so he didn't read the others.

I definitely have more to go on now, so thanks for your help!


message 30: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Briggs is a great author, i loved the Mercy Thompson series. and Xenophon is right, the earlier ones are for the most part romance free, the third is about 1/4 romance, the last one is about 1/3 romance, but still great


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Robyn Hawk ANNOUNCING!!! My First GIVEAWAY!!!! YAY! Free Books!

I just received the most wonderful package from DelRey Publications - FIVE - yep 5 copies of the debut urban paranormal book by Harry Connolly!!!! The contest came as a result of my review so you know that the review isn't because someone handed me a bunch of free books ;-p

Child of Fire: A Twenty Palaces Novel by Harry Connolly

*** Let me give a quick caution to my loyal YA followers - there is some graphic violence in this book and I wouldn't recommend it to readers under 18.

That being said this is probably the best book I have read in this genre - I love Connolly's style! You view this eerie incredulous world (the world of the Twenty Palaces Society) through the eyes of Ray Lilly - but Ray is as much in the dark about the mission as you are!

Publisher's Synopsis:
Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He’s the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him–or let someone else do the job. Unfortunately for both of them, Annalise’s next mission goes wrong, leaving her critically injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray must complete her assignment alone. Not only does he have to stop a sorcerer who’s sacrificing dozens of innocent lives in exchange for supernatural power, he must find–and destroy–the source of that inhuman magic.
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message 32: by JK (new)

JK Too many female protagonists. I've read the Dresden Files [up to date on it:] and I'm currently working my way through Neil Gaiman's works... are those the only urban fantasy novels with male protagonists?

I seriously don't want to read about some chick being in love with a vampire, werewolf, or whatever other fantasy creature is the current fad.

Romance can be fun, but gosh darnit, I'll read some romance novel if I want it.


message 33: by Miriam (last edited Nov 22, 2009 12:29PM) (new)

Miriam Why are Golden Compass and Lord of the Rings on here? I don't care how good they are, they are not "Urban Fantasy"! There is a load of stuff here that is the wrong genre.


message 34: by Benjamin (new)

Benjamin Read them all I love Them books.


message 35: by Xenophon (last edited Jan 04, 2010 09:24AM) (new)

Xenophon Hendrix 770312 wrote: "I've read the Dresden Files [up to date on it:] and I'm currently working my way through Neil Gaiman's works... are those the only urban fantasy novels with male protagonists"

770312, try Conjure Wife and Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber and Last Call by Tim Powers. All three have male protagonists. That said, the Patricia Briggs books about Mercy Thompson really aren't that mushy, even if they have a cootie infested girl as the protagonist :-) especially the first two.




message 36: by new_user (new)

new_user Worst list ever. All the genres screwed up.


message 37: by Julia (new)

Julia 770312 wrote: "I've read the Dresden Files [up to date on it:] and I'm currently working my way through Neil Gaiman's works... are those the only urban fantasy novels with male protagonists"

Look at Charles de Lint's novels. You can pretty much start with whatever you find.
The Mystery of Grace came out last year and is a good place to start. So is The Blue Girl, Someplace to be Flying, Trader, Moonlight and Vines, Waifs and Strays. There are women -- and men -- in these novels and short stories, but they are not romance-driven.
The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint The Blue Girl (Newford, #15) by Charles de Lint Someplace to Be Flying (Newford, #8)  by Charles de Lint Trader (Newford, #7)  by Charles de Lint Moonlight & Vines (Newford, #9)  by Charles de Lint Waifs and Strays by Charles de Lint


message 38: by Miriam (new)

Miriam @770312 Have you read any Steven Brust? He most always has male protagonists, and writes both urban and high fantasy. You might also look at the late great Roger Zelazny.


Mike (the Paladin) I love Tolkien as much as anyone. I list Tolkien among my favorite writers The Lord of the Rings among my favorite books.....but I'm sorry, they are not Urban Fantasy.


message 40: by Miriam (new)

Miriam No kidding. Maybe someone thought the City of Gondor counted as an urban setting?


Mike (the Paladin) Possibly.


Mike (the Paladin) 770312: Rob Thurman's (oddly enough a woman as you have asked about male protagonists) novels about the Leandros brothers (Nightlife, Moonshine, Madhouse) have male leads. Also there are F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack books. The fist (Tomb) is pretty good, the second volume (Legacies) doesn't have so much of a fantasy flavor, but it picks up big time in the third (Conspiracies). I have a stack of them now waiting "to be read". There is also Simon R. Green's Nightside series about John Taylor, he can be called a sort of PI but that doesn't cover it or give the flavor. These have been compared to Butcher's Dresden series. I like Dresden better, but these are good. I'm sure there are others, but these are off the top of my head.


message 43: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Oh, do you have the chronology of the Repairman Jack novels? I've read a couple (the Tomb and something with Rashkasas?) and quite liked them, but I can't figure out what order they occur in.


Mike (the Paladin) The order I've got is:

The Tomb
Legacies
Conspiracies
All the Rage
Hosts
The Haunted Air
Gateways
Crisscross
Infernal
Harbingers
Bloodline
By the Sword

Ground Zero Hope it helps.




message 45: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Thanks! I read the Tomb and I'm not sure what else. I think my problem is how the Repairman ones fit with the ones he appears in that aren't called that. And at least one of them has been retitled.


Mike (the Paladin) I know The Tomb was originally titled differently. I don't know about others that were changed. So far I've found they seem to be getting better as I go.

The first book I read by Wilson was The Keep and really didn' get that into it, so it was a fairly long time before I started the Repairman Jack books.


message 47: by Miriam (new)

Miriam That was the first of his books that I read, too. Wasn't it mostly set during WWII?


Mike (the Paladin) Well as I recall the Nazis arrive at the keep so ya, but it was one of those that extends back into prehistory. Just didn't catch my interest all that much.


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Adam A few books that I just added and are very popular and good but nobody has voted for them are-
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