Urban Fantasy Rocks!
Jaye Wells announced October is now the International Urban Fantasy Month. Fine with me, we needed one anyway right? So in order to win a bunch of awesome books made even awesomer by the author’s signatures, I will write a blog post about how much i luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv urban fantasy. If you know me well at all you know this is not a difficult topic for me. I’ve already written a couple blog posts about it. In fact it’s added some new goals to my life list.
For the last 2 or so years i have spent my nose in urban fantasy books and every time i break away and try a different genre i get bored. I’m going to tell you how i got into the paranormal, fantasy, scifi stuff but you can’t laugh. Well, you can snicker a little because i do it at myself anyways.
When i started getting sick i needed things to do while i sat on my butt. I don’t have the energy for a lot of physcial activity. TV got boring fast, i’ve never been a big watcher to begin with so i started scrapbooking. Its fun when i get my bursts of creativity but there were still time gaps when had time to fill. I started reading old books i had collected and had intended to read during college. Unfortunately texts books were the only thing I read for 6 years. And those few books I wanted to read for ‘fun’, most were about the economy or how to get rich. i was a finance major after all. but again, i was bored with them. Then the movie twilight came out and became this huge hit. The news said it was based off a book series. I was intrigued so I went to amazon, ordered me some books and enjoyed my reading time. insert snicker here. I will not go into all the issue and holes the series has because for my first paranormal book in years it entertained me. it sent me off on a tangent ordering books left and right. I’d trust amazons recommendations that if you like this book well maybe you’ll like this one too. Then i started finding authors i really liked and starting reading what they recommended.
At some point i even went back to my fantasy roots. The hobbit was my favorite as a kid and later the wheel of time series by Robert Jordan. I fell in love with Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid series and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Series. Way off from Twilight huh? Go from sparkly vampires to sex and gore. Most might find sex scenes embarrassing, gore to be disgusting but beyond that the heriones kick ass! If the book hooks you and you feel connected to the herione the sex and fight scenes make you feel empowered. Not being full of energy myself, i love reading fast paced books about herione’s that are the under dogs and manage to end up on top after a whirlwind of detective work, fights, love, destruction and a massive show of strength.
The fantasy of all the creatures only adds to the fascination of these other worlds. It constantly challenges my imagination. With TV you dont really have to think, just watch. With reading you visualize everything that’s going on and i guess i love to visualize all these otherworldly creatures and fantastic battles. I absolutely love thinking about creatures and weapons and talents that simply don’t exist. Well, at least not that we know of. *smiles*
But what boggles my mind most of all is the talent behind the books. How do these authors think up all the things they write about? It’s amazing to me, that level of creativity to write novels filled with things that we just don’t see everyday. It’s artwork with out the canvas. Imagine creating something you can only describe? It sounds like a monstrous activity doesnt it? So i give praise to all those Urban fantasy authors out there. If i haven’t read you yet, don’t worry, i’m getting there! Dont stop writing because your herione’s keep me going and your sidekicks never fail to make me laugh.
I know I’ve posted some of these before but here are links to some of my favs. If your not on the list it doesnt mean i dont like you these are just a few that have stuck with me. Also i have links to some of my previous posts about Urban fantasy luuuuuuuuuv.
Kushiel and Naamah Series’; http://www.jacquelinecarey.com/books.htm
The Hollows; http://www.kimharrison.net/TheBooks.html
Chicagoland Vampires; Chloe Neill
Jane True Series; http://www.nicolepeeler.com/
A Brush of Darkness; Allison Pang
Night Huntress Series; http://jeanienefrost.com/books/
Cassandra Palmer Series; http://www.karenchance.com/books.html
Wicked Lovely; http://www.melissa-marr.com/index.html
Realms of the Blood; http://www.annebishop.com/a.books.html
Game of Thrones; http://georgerrmartin.com/
Outlander Series; http://www.dianagabaldon.com/writing/the-outlander/
Some of my previous blogs about Urban Fantasy: