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Urban/contemporary fantasy

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 15:26
by tonieee
But not the stuff with vampires and werewolves.

I don't normally read fantasy books, only fairly rational sci-fi but after hearing an interview with Holly Black recently I borrowed her book, Tithe, from the library and really enjoyed it. As a teenager two of my favourite series of books were Alan Garner's Weirdstone Of Brinsingamen and Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising.

Does anybody know any other books similar to the above?

Re: Urban/contemporary fantasy

Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 23:19
by noLooking
tonieee wrote: As a teenager two of my favourite series of books were Alan Garner's Weirdstone Of Brinsingamen and Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising.

Does anybody know any other books similar to the above?
Oddly enough I was just reading this piece about the culture of 'English Eerie' (linked to off of The Leaf Library's FB page, which I sometimes drift towards and drool over their coming album) and happened across references to both those books, amongst all sorts of other stuff. You may find something of interest.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/a ... macfarlane

Re: Urban/contemporary fantasy

Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 00:14
by tonieee
Thanks Andy. It mentions China MiƩville and I've have his The City And The City on my to-read list because I like the concept but was coming at from more of a science fiction rather than fantasy angle. I'll have a look into some of the others too.

Re: Urban/contemporary fantasy

Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 09:16
by humblebee
That photo of the royalperson with the drowned man sculpture is incredible!

My class at school read The Dark is Rising, I think. I can't remember anything about it other than it was pretty disquieting. Wouldn't mind a look again.

Re: Urban/contemporary fantasy

Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 14:36
by Silver Girl
The later books by Scarlett Thomas might be up your street - the End of Mr Y still disturbs me 2 years after reading it...

Re: Urban/contemporary fantasy

Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 22:01
by tonieee
Silver Girl wrote:The later books by Scarlett Thomas might be up your street - the End of Mr Y still disturbs me 2 years after reading it...
I don't want anything too disturbing - just a bit creepy with fairies and the like. I'll have a look though, thanks.