urban fantasy

Thursday, Dec 21, 2017

Matt Wagner's comic Mage: The Hero Discovered, originally published from 1984 to 1986, is a personal work that also taps into universal stories and themes. The main character, Kevin Matchstick, is modeled on Wagner himself (in the sequel series, Mage: The Hero Defined, published 1997-1999, Kevin Matchstick's hairline has receded much like Wagner's has) and the depression he speaks of in the first issue is the frame of mind Wagner was in when he began the comic.

The Last Dream Keeper by Amber Benson

The Last Dream Keeper

Amber Benson
4
Rated by
Josh N.
Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016

The second book in the Echo Park Coven series picks up immediately after the end of the first book, The Witches of Echo Park. Lyse and her fellow witches, or blood sisters as they prefer to call themselves, have a major threat called "the Flood" looming over them. It isn't long before the Flood comes in and washes the coven, and the plot, in many different, dangerous directions.

The Rook

Daniel O'Malley
4
Rated by
Rachel C.
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015

What happens when you wake up in the middle of a park, with no memories, surrounded by bodies? If you're Myfanwy (rhymes with Tiffany) Thomas, you find a letter in your pocket written by the person you used to be and take over her life.

The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson

The Witches of Echo Park

Amber Benson
4
Rated by
Josh N.
Monday, Jun 15, 2015

Amber Benson is mostly known as an actor, primarily for her role as Tara Maclay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but she's also an accomplished author with a number of books and other projects under her belt.

Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone

Two Serpents Rise

Max Gladstone
4
Rated by
Josh N.
Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015

Two Serpents Rise, the second book in Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence, can be read independently of the other books, although I'm glad I read this after the first, Three Parts Dead. Both are great, but I liked Two Serpents Rise a wee bit more. I found the characters a little more developed and the plot a little more complex than Three Parts Dead.

Sandman Slim cover art

Sandman Slim

Richard Kadrey
5
Rated by
Hebah A.H.
Thursday, Nov 13, 2014

Life hasn’t been easy for Jim Stark, the protagonist of Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim. His old apartment isn’t his anymore, his lover Alice has been murdered, and, oh, yeah, he’s just spent the last 11 years in hell. Returning to Los Angeles to murder the cohorts who sent him to hell, Stark finds himself in the middle of something bigger, with the fate of the world at stake. In this showdown, the bad guys are terrifying and the good guys are only good by comparison. And Stark?

A young woman with bright red hair in a white sundress with her back facing out and light radiating from white marks on her skin. She's holding a knife and facing a shadowy young man.

City of Heavenly Fire

Cassandra Clare
4
Rated by
Diane H.
Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire is the sixth and final book in The Mortal Instruments series. Cassandra Clare has created a world in which supernatural creatures, magic, and humans coexist.

Skin Game

Jim Butcher
4
Rated by
Rachel C.
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014

The newest book in The Dresden Files picks up about a year after Cold Days, and Mab is calling in her Knight once again. This time he's being blackmailed into helping Nicodemus break into a secure vault, all the while upholding the good name of Winter, watching his back against a Fallen with a grudge, and hopefully managing to sabotage the project to keep old Nick from getting

Hang Wire by Adam Christopher

Hang Wire

Adam Christopher
4
Rated by
Josh N.
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014

Ted Hall is a San Francisco blogger suddenly hit by strange events. After a fortune cookie explodes in his face in a Chinatown restaurant, he starts having restless sleep, apparently sleepwalking. Even worse, his sleepwalking seems to coincide with the actions of the Hang Wire Killer, a serial killer that's been hitting the city, murdering people and stringing them up with wires like puppets. Meanwhile, a circus has come to Golden Gate Park, and the Celtic dance troupe is practicing eerie rituals in the off hours. A masked acrobat with no name has joined the circus.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Holly Black
4
Rated by
Josh N.
Thursday, Jul 3, 2014

When I was in elementary school, I read many, many books on monsters and the paranormal. Books about ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, mummies, werewolves...and vampires. Outside of books, there wasn't a lot to see with vampires at the time. You might catch classic Universal monster movies or the later, bloodier Hammer horror movies on late night TV (assuming you could convince your parents to let you stay up that late).

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