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Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« on: September 04, 2008, 06:09:05 PM »
I've been reading more urban fantasy lately, but I'm discouraged at how much of it is R-rated. I was wondering if anyone has good recommendations for clean stuff. Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series is about my upper limit for content.
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Re: Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2008, 12:12:13 AM »
Charles de Lint's stuff is good and mostly clean.  He tends toward YA. His last one, Blue Girl, I recommended for my 14 year old neice.  They tend to take place in a city modeled after Toronto.  I am not sure how much, I've never been there :-\

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Re: Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2008, 02:02:10 PM »
I second deLint.  ;D

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Re: Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2008, 03:53:12 AM »
I've heard good things about the Magic Bites series by Ilona Andrews. It's on my to-read list.
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Re: Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2008, 06:50:25 AM »
I don't know if this qualifies as "urban fantasy" but So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane.  I didn't like it too much. . . it seemed odd.  I don't know.  It was maybe just a bit out there for me.  But it is perfectly clean and I actually think it's the first in a series.
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Re: Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2008, 04:36:27 PM »
I tried Onion Girl by DeLint, and I just couldn't get into it.  I've also read So You Want to be a Wizard---it's children's which isn't what I'm looking for right now. Thanks for the input, though.
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Re: Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2008, 06:18:49 PM »
The Urban fantasy requirement can be a bit tricky, but I would recommend trying some of Sheri S. Tepper's novels.  A few are set in the modern day real world.   Almost all of Tepper's books are sci-fantasy, (Man I wish I'd known about her back in TLE meetings when we used to argue the scifi/fantasy distinction!)   

I would recommend perhaps first "The Fresco" followed by "Gibbon's Decline and Fall" as those are the two that come to mind as being urban setting. "Gibbon's Decline and Fall" is quicky becoming my favorite book by her; every time I reread it I love it more.

I would also recommend most of her other books, but the rest tend to be set on other planets and/or in the future.
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Re: Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2008, 06:47:20 PM »
Tepper is an excellent writer no question. I do have a few issues with her writing. but sigyn may like her. Here's my review of The Fresco: http://www.timewastersguide.com/view.php?id=1540
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Re: Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2008, 05:20:09 PM »
Thanks for the recommendations. I'll give them a try.
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Re: Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2008, 01:22:35 AM »
Oh, I thought of one more book today while I was at work.  "Nightlife" by Rob Thurman

Cliche title, non-cliche book/ideas.  Excellent fantasy (this coming from someone who doesn't normally like much urban fantasy mind you.)  Profanity free and there is no sex  on camera, (one of the other characters is a thousands-of-years-old Pan character and he enjoys his extra-curricular activities, he just talks a lot.)

The sequal "Moonshine" is equally good, I have not read the third book yet so cannot vouch for the sex or lack thereof in book three.
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Re: Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2008, 06:03:47 AM »
You may want to check out Simon Greene as well. His stuff is definitely urban and definitely fantasy but trends toward the silly humor.  He just started a new series beginning with, "The Man with the Golden Torc". It's a kind of James Bond meets Harry Potter. He has another series of books covering a place inside of London called the Nightside. These are sort of noir/hardboiled detective stories. I don't feel I am doing them justice. I've found them to be more than a little addictive.

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Re: Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2008, 06:26:11 AM »
I've found it's hard to have an urban fantasy without having vampires in them, which I'm rather depressed about.  Looking over my own bookshelves I've got the Blue Blood series by Melissa De La Cruz.  Pretty good, with a nice twist on the vampire idea.  They're not exactly well written, but they're still pretty good.  There is one scene in the first book that is slightly risque, but I'd give it a pg-13 rating.

The other series I really, really, really LOVE is The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (of the Very Secret Diaries and Draco Trilogy fame.  One of the best Harry Potter fanfics I've ever read.  Although, if you are offended by snogging or yaoi, don't read any of her fanfic stuff.)  Those are really clean, and while by the end of the firsts book you're wondering if you should read the second book because one of the plot twists kind of royally sucks, I personally think that it will work itself out without being ackward.  (Can't say much without spoiling it, but I can say that the stuff to back up my theory is in the second book.)  It's really clean with some kissing being the most of it, but it's not the mindless stuff you'll find in a lot of your YA and Urban Fantasy.  It's really fresh in some of it's originality, and I love her snide humor.

I know it's a bit more childrens then YA/Adult uf, but the I've enjoyed the Artimus Fowl series by Erin Colfes.  It's something that is set in the modern times, and doesn't involve a single vampire, which makes me happy.

Princess Nevermore by Dian Curtis Regan is really good.  If you get an older copy it's really dated, and when they tried to update it some of the stuff didn't translate well, but for the most part it's pretty good.  Again, no vampires, although there is a "faerie tale princess" type character.  But still, I rather enjoyed it.

I would also suggest anything by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.  I don't know if her shapeshifter series is uf, but I know her vampire ones are, and those are my favorite vampire books.  They're all really short, but they pack a lot in them.  The first one was written when she was like 13 or 14, and it's actually really well written considering.  The characters aren't as flat as you might expect, but you can't go into those books expecting them to be litarary masterpieces.  Just some quick, fun reads.

If I had to say "You have to try" of those, I would suggest first Cassie Clare (not sure about the spelling of her last name.  I'm too used to spelling it "claire" which was her ffs name), Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and Princess Nevermore.
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Re: Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2008, 11:00:43 PM »
I will second the votes for both Greene (Nightside is dark but not sexual and the Torc series are just a great ride) and Thurman (though I also have only read Nightside and Moonshine, again pretty gritty but fun times). I also recommend Kelly Armstrong's women of the Oetherworld series (a little more sex but not smutty) and a novel called Dog Days (and its sequel New Tricks) but John Levitt.

Tops on the Urban fantasy list should always be Jim Butcher and his Harry Dresden series of novels but I am assuming that anyone looking for UF has already read those.

The Illona Andrews books are good, if a little vague. By the end of book two there are still a lot of things that we don't know about the main character (whose name escapes me right now) which I am not thrilled with since some of them at least seems to have been left out purely so they can keep coming up.

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Re: Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2009, 04:20:45 PM »
Not sure if this fits with the Urban Fantasy requirement, butů there are three books in the series (in order they came out) The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. She's a pretty new author (I think these might be her only books), but she's not bad. The editing is HORRIBLE, though.

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Re: Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2009, 09:50:24 PM »
As a note about the Wizard Heir and the following books they are in the young adult section, and pretty clearly written for a younger audience. Not a lot to challenge an adult in them. I enjoyed the first one, but have to admit that I didn't make it through the second simply because I didn't feel engaged by it.