Posts Tagged: Urban Fantasy

Necromancer Lawyers and the Existential Dread of Privilege


Fantasy, we’re told, is escapist. Moribund. Dragons and rakshasa and princesses in tall towers providing a sumptuous divertissement from quotidian banality. Fantasy is junk food for those unwilling or unable to digest the dense virtuosity of Joyce or Faulkner. Urban fantasy, the trenchcoat-wearing, revolver-toting ghetto of magical PIs and shapeshifter femmes fatales, is even less… Read more »

A Neapolitan of Reviews: Vanilla, Strawberry, and Dog Slobber

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins This week on Writing Excuses Brandon Sanderson proposes a three-pronged character model–sympathy, capability, and activity. In other words, an interesting character will have one of these three things in spades. Either the character is likable and endears themselves to the reader, is an expert in… Read more »

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Set in Henrietta, Virginia, Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys exhibits characteristics of the “southern novel”, a form I associate strongly with Tom Wolfe or Harper Lee. Novels of the American South tend to focus on the gross inequalities that exist there, often couched in racial terms, but also the nature of inherited wealth juxtaposed with the… Read more »

Got a List Checking It Twice, Finding Out if UF Has Been Naughty or Nice

Following up on the Epic Fantasy list we did a while ago, a group of us — Liz Bourke, Jared Shurin, Tansy Rayner Roberts and I — are taking a stab at Urban Fantasy. I know what you’re thinking, doesn’t Justin want to stab Urban Fantasy? Sometimes. But, there’s some really good stuff too. The… Read more »

American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett

It wasn’t that Nola’s vision had changed: it was that her vision had changed without her even knowing it. There were all kinds of things happening around her that she’d never known about, that she was blind to. Though her experience of the world had seemed whole and certain to her, in truth it had… Read more »

A New Organization Formed at Bastard Books

Almost two months ago, Bastard of Bastards Books asked me to write a guest post about why I’m not so jazzed with urban fantasy. I agreed, but it wasn’t a real easy post to tackle and I kept fussing with it. I finally got around to finishing it, and he finally got around to posting… Read more »

The City’s Son by Tom Pollock

Tom Pollock writes beautiful prose. It’s the first thing I noticed about his debut novel, The City’s Son. So good in fact, that it buoys a straight forward young adult urban fantasy to new heights. It’s a rare novel of that ilk that’s able to hook me enough to give it a full run. I… Read more »

Libriomancer – Jim C. Hines

Before I talk about Jim C. Hines’ newest novel Libriomancer, I wanted to briefly address his recent decision to withdraw from a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session with the Fantasy Subreddit community. The Fantasy Subreddit is made up of nearly 18,000 highly engaged readers. It’s a wide ranging group of fans, some of a… Read more »

The Rook – Daniel O’Malley

Daniel O’Malley’s debut novel features the tagline, On Her Majesty’s Supernatural Secret Service. It’s an apt description of The Rook which to describe it more verbosely is James Bond meets Harry Potter if Money Penny was the main character. Cool, right? I thought so too. Unfortunately what begins as an entertaining and clever urban fantasy… Read more »