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Group Reads Archive > October 2013--Urban Fantasy suggestions

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message 1: by carol., Senor Crabbypants (last edited Aug 29, 2013 07:21AM) (new)

carol. | 2616 comments As always
--If your nomination wins, you lead the read! Your chance to share your book-love.
--we'll take ten nominations, give or take interest
--check the Monthly Reads Urban Fantasy for past winners

Nominations
Discount Armageddon-Grant
Boy's Life--Mike
A Madness of Angels--carol
Brown Girl in the Ring--Carly
Perdido Street Station--Anirudh
The Last Coin--David


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I'll nominate Discount Armageddon.


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JSWolf | 39 comments ☠The Dread Pirate Grant☠ wrote: "I'll nominate Discount Armageddon."

I second this one. Sounds like it could be a fun read.


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 5387 comments How about Boy's Life.


message 5: by carol., Senor Crabbypants (new)

carol. | 2616 comments I've had a couple friends enjoy A Madness of Angels, so if it wins, I'll have my excuse to bump it up.

I do like Discount Amrageddon, and Mike's book sounds very interesting as well.


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 5387 comments It's one of my all time favorites and also one of those rare books that can appeal to different people. My wife and I both rated it as a favorite (something that seldom happened as she was a horror fan while I'm more a fantasy fan). My brother and I both liked it, and we never agree. I'm a reformed minister he's a catholic. I was a commercial refrigeration tech for 25 years, he's a psychiatrist...I'm conservative, he's liberal, but we both liked this book.

Anyway, it's a good book.

:)


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Carly (dawnsio_ar_y_dibyn) | 192 comments Nalo Hopkinson was recently recommended in a discussion about more diversity in urban fantasy, so I'd like to nominate Brown Girl in the Ring. It sounds like it fuses Caribbean mythology with a semi-dystopian Toronto.


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Anirudh (tewathia) | 2 comments I'm not sure if this qualifies as urban fantasy or not, but how about China Mieville's Perdido Street Station?


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Hélène (hlneb) | 9 comments I'll second A Madness of Angels.


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Carly (dawnsio_ar_y_dibyn) | 192 comments Anirudh wrote: "I'm not sure if this qualifies as urban fantasy or not, but how about China Mieville's Perdido Street Station?"

I keep meaning to read this. I can't tell if nominations need to be seconded here, but if they do, I'll second it.


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Jalilah Carly wrote: "Nalo Hopkinson was recently recommended in a discussion about more diversity in urban fantasy, so I'd like to nominate Brown Girl in the Ring. It sounds like it fuses Caribbean mythology with a se..."

Oh I will second that! I read it a few years back and would love to read it again It is REALLY different from all the new stuff out there,highly original,well written, really good!

I am not nominating anything this time because if the book gets chosen, I'll have to lead the discussion 2 months in a row!


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Carly (dawnsio_ar_y_dibyn) | 192 comments Jalilah wrote: "Oh I will second that! I read it a few years back and would love to read it again It is REALLY different from all the new stuff out there,highly original,well written, really good!..."

I can't remember where the diversity in UF discussion happened, but I think you were the one who recommended Hopkinson :) It looks really interesting!


message 13: by Jalilah (last edited Aug 29, 2013 05:45AM) (new)

Jalilah Carly wrote: "Jalilah wrote: "Oh I will second that! I read it a few years back and would love to read it again It is REALLY different from all the new stuff out there,highly original,well written, really good!...."

I have definitely recommended Hopkinson in other discussions, just not nominated her this time.

Here is the blurb for Girl in the Brown Ring :
"The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways-farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, and the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother. She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends."


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David Merrill | 17 comments I nominate The Last Coin by James P. Blaylock. The Last Coin It's probably my all time favorite urban fantasy, although, from looking at the book shelf, I see things that don't fit cleanly under that heading for me, so that's debatable.


message 15: by Christine (new)

Christine (graell) I would like to second Boy's Life. Always meant to read something by that author as I've heard he's excellent. And this one, according to my best friend, is a kind of cross over amongst his works. Sounds really good.


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message 17: by carol., Senor Crabbypants (new)

carol. | 2616 comments Run-off poll. Up for 6 days:
http://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/35...


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