What I am Reading in Urban Fantasy ~ Science Fiction ~ Fantasy

What I am Reading in Urban Fantasy ~ Science Fiction ~ Fantasy

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    • #2111
      web admin
      Keymaster

      Use this thread to discuss urban fantasies, science fictions, or fantasy book by other authors.

    • #2253
      crossfox
      Participant

      New Ilona Andrews BLOOD HEIR is out! Spinoff from the Kate Daniels series featuring Julie, Derek, and Ascanio. I just started it, and it’s just what the doctor ordered.

    • #2257
      Charlaine Harris
      Moderator

      I’m always excited when I get a new Ilona Andrews book.

      Charlaine Harris

    • #2265
      Bigmama
      Participant

      I really enjoyed the online discussion with Gordon and Ilona about Blood Heir. I first met Ilona at RT in Daytona when she was there after the first Kate Daniels book was released. I thought she was a hilarious person and subsequent meetings just reinforced that impression. I remember the Charlatans had a party at Charlaines rented condo when we were at RT at Orlando, I think, and Ilona came with a group of other authors. We had such a wonderful time-one of my favorite memories!

    • #2473
      crossfox21
      Participant

      Naomi Novik’s new Scholomance book, THE LAST GRADUATE, is out today! If you haven’t yet read A DEADLY EDUCATION, you will definitely need to read that one first. There’s a huge but necessary info dump in the beginning of ADE. TLG, on the other hand, jumps right in where ADE left off. I’ve only read the first couple of pages, and have to leave the rest for later tonight and (if I have enough self-control to quit reading at a reasonable hour) tomorrow. I feel this is the new generation’s spiritual successor to Harry Potter, in its ideas and writing. Whether it will be as madly successful is another story, but if life were fair it would be.

    • #2533
      crossfox21
      Participant

      Finished Ilona Andrews FATED BLADES, a new Kinsmen Universe short novel (200+ pages). It’s the first thing I’ve ever preordered. Only available from Amazon, sorry to say. It was just what the doctor ordered though.

      I have in my head that there’s a new Anne Bishop Others novel out, but haven’t checked yet.

    • #2543
      audiobooklover
      Participant

      I just started listening to Network Effect by Martha Wells, which is the first novel in the Murderbot series after 4 novellas. So far so good.

      I’ve liked the Scholomance books but haven’t quite loved them, as much as you seemed to crossfox. I’m looking forward to see where the third goes, though.

    • #2544
      crossfox21
      Participant

      I love all the Murderbot series. So much fun!

      With all of Naomi Novik’s books, it’s almost as much about the subtext as the story for me. Like Harry Potter, they’re social commentary underneath all the other layers. So I appreciate looking at them from that angle as well.

    • #2555
      aquasam
      Participant

      THE LAST GRADUATE was very good. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one.

    • #2586
      crossfox21
      Participant

      I want to recommend a self-published author that I learned about on Ilona Andrews’ page, Honor Raconteur. The Case Files of Henri Davenforth is the series of hers that I’ve enjoyed. It’s a charming urban detective fantasy. She has others that are more epic and traditional fantasy; the one I started did not really resonate with me, but others may enjoy it.

      Also, for anyone who hasn’t been haunting their blog, Ilona Andrews has started a new Innkeeper serial, yet another reason to look forward to Fridays.

    • #2605
      crossfox21
      Participant

      RUBY FEVER snippet up on Ilona Andrews’ blog today, and it is awesome! As is the cover reveal. And Innkeeper chapter due up tomorrow! Life is good. I’m currently rereading THE ANGEL OF THE CROWS by Katherine Addison, an alternate-universe steampunk take on Sherlock Holmes. It goes off in very unexpected directions, and there is a brief, hilarious jab at J. K. Rowling. I hope she writes more, or else goes back to the GOBLIN EMPEROR universe.

    • #2609
      audiobooklover
      Participant

      I recently listened to Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie for a book group coming up. I found it a little hard to keep track of things including jumps between the current time and flashbacks and characters since the names sounded odd. I’m wondering if I would have caught more of it if I had read the book rather than listening, but these days I listen MUCH more than I read. I finished my first actual book this evening, :-O but I’ve completed 32 audiobooks since Jan 1. I’m hoping that the discussion on Thursday will help me clear things up in my mind.

      I’ve also completed the Harper Hall trilogy of the Pern series by Anne McCaffrey (so I’ve read/listened to a total of 6 Pern books). And, I listened to Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb and hope to move on to the next in the Liveships trilogy soon. I’ve read/listened to all of the RH books that focus on Fitz and the Fool, but I had skipped over the non-Farseer books, so now I’ve started them. I really like RH’s writing and world-building.

      ETA: And, I re-listened to The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss for a book group in January and loved it all over again.

    • #2611
      crossfox21
      Participant

      Loved TNOTW. What a great book. If he never wrote another, that would have to be enough.

    • #2612
      crossfox21
      Participant

      Ilona Andrews has posted a long, deleted scene from RUBY FEVER on the blog and it is EPIC!!!

    • #2620
      crossfox21
      Participant

      Just a reminder: new Innkeeper chapters on Fridays!

    • #2627
      crossfox21
      Participant

      Excerpt from RUBY FEVER has been posted on the IA website. WHEEEEE!

    • #2685
      crossfox21
      Participant

      Wen Spencer’s latest Elfhome book, HARBINGER, is finally out. Wooohoooo! I was finishing a reread of Anne Bishop’s Others series first, because the latest in that came out too. I’m reading Harbinger first because seriously, I have been waiting on this book for years, literally. And next week, the latest Rivers of London from Ben Aaronovitch. This has to console us all for the new Mercy being pushed back to August. And of course, it’s Friday, so I’m off to Ilona Andrews site now for the Innkeeper installment. It’s a good day all round.

    • #2696
      Charlaine Harris
      Moderator

      It’s been many years since I read Wen Spencer, so thanks for reminding me, crossfox21. I’ll read up about it. I have so many writers to follow that every now and then one falls by the wayside. Ilona is the greatest. It’s been too long since our paths crossed.

      Charlaine

      Charlaine Harris

    • #2697
      crossfox21
      Participant

      Happy reading!

    • #2709
      crossfox21
      Participant

      Now that I’ve finished HARBINGER, I feel I should issue an alert. You’re going to be lost if you haven’t read the stories in PROJECT ELFHOME. This is no hardship; they are delightful, and honestly go down easier in some cases than the books. Just mentioning it because some readers skip short stories and novellas, and in a lot of cases it doesn’t matter when you’re reading the books, but in this case it definitely does. Those stories introduce Pittsburgh residents who have major roles in HARBINGER, and provide important backstory for some of the new book’s characters who have only been mentioned briefly in previous books. And of course, if you haven’t read WOOD SPRITES, you will be doubly lost.

      Next up this evening is CROWBONES from The Others series, and Tuesday AMONGST OUR WEAPONS comes out. This is a really excellent week.

    • #2968
      aquasam
      Participant

      I’ve been listening to THE FALLEN KINGDOMS series by Morgan Rhodes. Luckily my library has had all of them without any waiting, so I’ve been able to get through them quickly. They’re pretty entertaining and the narrator is great.

    • #2969
      Charlaine Harris
      Moderator

      I haven’t heard of that series, I’ll have to look them up. I am always glad to hear of new writers I might enjoy.

      Charlaine

      Charlaine Harris

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