Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The joy of fantasy

I think if I had one genre to read for the rest of my life, fantasy would be it. I love how it can take place in a totally different world or be set right here, in the real world, with just one element that sets it apart. I love believing that anything is possible if you think it can be. And I would love to meet a talking—anything—zebra, cucumber, ceiling fan. Here’s another list from our bookmarks. This one is Urban Fantasy, which Novelist describes as “noir-ish tales that are usually set in the real world. Cities are large and dangerous while magic and technology work side-by-side. Some stories are marked by the mingling of the real world and faerie. Others feature human characters with magical powers.” Irresistible. Enjoy.

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
While trying to live a so-called normal existence, mechanic Mercy Thompson, a shape shifter raised by werewolves, gets into trouble with the gremlins, witches, and vampires with whom she deals on a daily basis.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher
A modern-day mage and consultant to the police finds his stale life suddenly enlivened by the presence of a rival in the black arts.

Magic Street by Orson Scott Card
Teenager Mack Street apparently suffers from strange spells when he simply freezes and stares off into space, but what those around him do not realize is that Mack possesses the ability to see into other people's dreams.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Days before his release from prison, Shadow learns that his wife has been killed in an accident. On the plane ride back home for the funeral, he meets Mr. Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job. Shadow accepts but soon discovers that Mr. Wednesday is far more dangerous than he could ever have imagined.

Curse the Dark by Laura Gillman
Wren Valere, a retriever, and her "partner" Sergei arrive in Italy to find a possessed parchment that causes anyone who reads it to disappear, while dealing with a jealous demon, lonejacks, tracking bugs, and relationship issues.

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Anita Blake raises the dead for a living in a world where vampires and werewolves are legal citizens of the United States, and moonlights as a vampire hunter, but when a serial killer begins to target vampires, she is the one the undead turn to for help.

Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin
CIA operative Jaz Parks and her vampire boss, Vayl, collaborate to take out a Miami plastic surgeon with terrorist ties, an assignment that is complicated by the doctor's connection to a brutally powerful supernatural being.

Greywalker by Kat Richardson
Following a savage, near-fatal attack, private detective Harper Blaine discovers that she has become a Greywalker, and now has the ability to move between the ordinary world and a mysterious, cross-over zone populated by monsters.