October 3rd, 2009

Honorable Mentions, from The Best Horror of the Year

Barnhill, Kelly “Notes on the Untimely Death of Ronia Drake,” Fantasy, January 14.
Cheney, J. Kathleen “Masks of War,” Fantasy, July 28.
Goelman, Ari “The Annie Oakley Show,” Fantasy, September 29.
Jessup, Paul “A Word Without Ghosts,” Fantasy, April 28.
Lanham, Carole “Keepity Keep,” Fantasy, December 29.
Mantchev, Lisa “The Stolen Word,” Fantasy, May 5.
Sellar, Gord “Pahwakhe,” Fantasy, January 21.
Walker, Leslie Claire “Bones,” Fantasy, January 28.

Congratulations to all! The full list can be found here.

Blog for a Bombshell

"One of the genres I’ve been reading a lot lately is urban fantasy. I worked my way through Kat Richardson’s Greywalker series, and particularly liked Underground, which seemed to me to make the most interesting use of the Seattle setting. There’s a pleasure in reading books set in a location you know well, and this makes Richardson’s work appealing to me, but it is clean and crisp and compelling in its own right.

Another work is Margaret Ronald’s Spiral Hunt, which has what could be cliche: a reluctant champion, one of the recent legion of Kickass Women With Attitude and Supernatural Powers prevalent in pop genre lately. Ronald provides fresh and compelling prose with beautiful sensory detail.

I’m never quite sure whether or not I like Vicki Pettersson’s Signs of the Zodiac series, (the high society always reminds me of what I dislike about many TV shows, the relentless parade of brand names) which feature superheroes on either side of the astrological spectrum, but there’s usually enough new and interesting stuff to keep me interested. Most recently I read The Taste of Night and City of Souls.

Other recent reads in this genre I appreciated included Rob Thurman’s Deathwish, part of the Caliban and Niko series. I love the character of the Puck, but there’s other interesting characters and concepts, enough that I will seek out Thurman’s work in a bookstore.

Similarly, I was happy to find the latest of the Marla Mason books. T.A. Pratt’s Spell Games, which featured an intriguing plot giving us greater insight into the backstory of Felport’s chief sorcerer along with lots of nifty, quirky little word-building touches.

I have grown a little jaded by vampires, but I picked up Staked by J.F. Lewis, which I think takes that genre and does some fun things with it, providing Lewis’s own twist on the vampire mythos. Unabashedly sexy and violent, crisp and cleanly told.

So – who are your favorite urban fantasy authors and why?"

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