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This is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, of course, and if I hadn't been aware of that already for other reasons, all the pics and posts on Facebook would have reminded me.
Forgot to pack the finished books (with the exception of Under A Graveyard Sky and the Vietnamese books) with me on my outing today, but I'm sure I'll be finished with some of this lot before the 11th. Anyhow, without further ado:

I've been told the last one is pretty good, but since I don't know the opiner's taste in books well, we'll see. Also, having read he first two volumes, I HAVE to read the third.
Still chugging through Von Ryan's Express, and before I tackle the FMJRA, which looks to be a right pain in the ass this week, I think I'll kick back and read some more of it.



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Dec. 7th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
I liked Dresden, but everyone keeps telling me it's misogynistic or something. I thought that was a refreshing change from the endless female superheroes that usually populate the urban fantasy genre, getting all the guys and needing none of their help, etc.
Dec. 7th, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
You mean like What's-her-name, the protagonist of the original Laurell K. Hamilton books?* I haven't really read enough urban fantasy to get a grip on the prevalent tropes; the only things I can remember reading that fall into that genre are Emma Bull's War For The Oaks a long, long time ago, and more recently Larry Correia's Monster Hunter Alpha.

*The last one I read was sufficiently blended with porn that I never went back for the next one, though I usually don't mind the occasional sex scene if it's relevant to the plot - as opposed to the plot being a setup for a string of sex scenes, which seemed to be the case with LKH. We will NOT even discuss the Merry Gentry book. >_
Dec. 7th, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
Anita Blake, you are thinking of?

In my experience, modern urban fantasy is mostly a series of checkboxes: Strong Female Protagonist, somewhat emotionally distant; Lots of Sexy Men to serve as eye candy/choices for her; dangerous situations that let her prove that she can take care of herself; Lots of Sexy Men insisting that what she's doing is too dangerous/etc. There's usually a lot of casual sex, also, or at least sex I'd consider casual, and a lot of relationship hopping.

I like the formula, but I get tired of it if I binge on it. Some variety is nice. At least Harry Dresden is a guy--that alone makes him different. :)
Dec. 7th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, her. I find it unpleasantly ironic that in the first novels she was worried about becoming one of the monsters she fought, but by the time I stopped reading it was okay! Because hot sex! Ugh. If that's what most of the field is like, I think I'll avoid it the way I avoid high-fantasy "elf & dwarf crap". Some kinds of formula I don't mind, but some kinds I OD on all too quickly. Probably why I quit reading Julie Kenner's Carpe Demon series; it looked too much like it was becoming a grown-up version* of Buffy The Vampire Slayer except with more Catholicism and less lesbian witchery.

I wouldn't mind some pointers toward urban fantasy that wasn't just lurid imitations of Hamilton, hint hint.

*I didn't say "mature" for a reason; there are connotations to that which make it the wrong word to use WRT the Kenner novels.

Edited at 2013-12-07 10:24 pm (UTC)
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