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My favorite Urban Fantasy books/authors are - the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, the Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine, and Kitty Goes to... by Carrie Vaughn.
I'm currently working on the second book in a series of UF based in Las Vegas that I'm going to be pitching to agents this spring.
I was kind of curious what defines "urban fantasy". Is it fantasy set in the contemporary world? I have recently read a couple books which were cataloged as urban fantasy, Moon Called and The Blue Girl. Has anyone else read these books? What did you think?
I always say - pointed ears and fangs in the forest = fantasy.
Pointed ears and fangs at the mall = urban fantasy.
I didn't finish Moon Called. But you will love Rachel's books. Her Morganville Vampire series just started, and it's terrific.
I have read Rachel Caine's Glass Houses book and loved it (except the cliffhanger ending!). The next Morganville Vampires book is on my amazon wish list.
goth-I love your explanation on "urban fantasy" (post #4)that's great and makes total sense!
only time will tell **insert Twilight Zone music here**
Does Neil Gaiman qualify as Urban Fantasy?
Regardless he is a great author and exceptionally talented at story telling. Love his books (own most of them).
I've also read Emma Bull's War for the Oaks which I thought was pretty good.
I'm also looking at reading more urban, as I have focussed mainly on High Fantasy.
I presonally loved Moon Called and I cannot wait for the next in the series. Patricia Briggs normally does more of the regular kind of fantasy of but I am very excited about this new series.
Charles De Lint is most certainly urban fantasy, but as someone else stated fairly eloquently, he is a bit deeper and more cerebral than many other books. His urban fantasy I find more heartfelt and thought provoking - it makes me think about my life and the life of people in the world, whereas many othe urban fantasy books are fast paced and action packed. Both types of urban fantasy I find appealing, as I have a tendency to read based on my mood.
I just read the reviews here and felt they were a bit unfair. It's true the book wasn't fantastic, but it was good. It explored the paranormal and near-death experience in a very intruiging way. At times, the author really emphasized the "grey" in mood and environment which may have inadvertantly dulled the story for some people.
Given the fact this was a "first book" and both the author and the readers are learning about the characters, I didn't feel they were too cardboard. The main character was not "accepting" of the weird stuff happening to her/around her. A couple of the secondary characters were designed almost so-open-minded-their-brains-fall-out, but they came across as flaky eccentrics-- more like comic relief, in my opinion.
What appealed to me most was the greywalker concept. The main character, a P.I, can cross into a 'place' which is a cross between a dark astral plane and a parrallel universe, peppered with monsters, and co-existing with "reality". Personally, I hope the author writes a sequel, soon. :D
>22 bluesalamanders: I totally think Sunshine would qualify as urban fantasy. Charles de Lint has a werewolf story, can't think of the name right now, but it looks very interesting. Unfortunately I have too much in my TBR pile to get to it *sigh*