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Old 11-22-2010, 11:51 PM   #46
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I'm actually enjoying the Jennifer Estep "Elemental Assassin' series... has a bit of the same flavour as Jim Butcher...
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:24 AM   #47
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I just blew through the whole Dresden Files series on audiobook in about 2 weeks (about to start "Side Jobs"). Loved them all!

I'm looking for a similar read (audio or ebook). Modern day, snappy snarky dialog and a fun ride. Any suggestions?
The Dresden books lost me when the author described Wrigley Field as being in the center of a parking lot. Um...no. It's in the city, bozo. It's surrounded by houses and bars and baseball cap shops.

When a writer can't take the time to get a rather basic detail right, it tells me he thinks his readers are dopes.
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The Dresden books lost me when the author described Wrigley Field as being in the center of a parking lot. Um...no. It's in the city, bozo. It's surrounded by houses and bars and baseball cap shops.

When a writer can't take the time to get a rather basic detail right, it tells me he thinks his readers are dopes.
I think that was a snarky comedic description, not meant to be a realistic description.
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:44 PM   #49
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Yeah I think it was too. Most stadiums are in the center of a giant parking lot.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:25 PM   #50
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Thanks DuskyRose. The John Levitt and Rob Thurman books look very promising. The first book in the Levitt series is not a Kindle book yet but I'll check back on it from time to time.

Thanks for the suggestions and especially the series order!

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Old 11-24-2010, 01:07 PM   #51
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My recommendations - some I've read, some I haven't yet, but they all look good!

Ilona Andrews:
On the Edge - laughed so hard I hurt afterwards. Any book that has the line "Go brush your teeth, brush your hair, put on dry clothes, and get the guns. We’re going to Wal-Mart.” is an absolute winner. I intend to read the rest of her books as I can afford them.

Check out the site www dot theoddshots dot com - it is a blog shared between 5 authors - one of which is Ilona Andrews - all of which write urban fantasy. Also on my list from this site is Nalini Singh's Angels Blood.

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Old 11-24-2010, 07:43 PM   #52
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:17 PM   #53
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Ilona Andrews:
On the Edge - laughed so hard I hurt afterwards. Any book that has the line "Go brush your teeth, brush your hair, put on dry clothes, and get the guns. We’re going to Wal-Mart.” is an absolute winner. I intend to read the rest of her books as I can afford them.
My favorite one-liner from Blood Bank:

Robert tipped his head to the side and regarded me for a moment. "Demon's love their enemies too, well... usually just the skull..."
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:09 PM   #54
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I also liked Street Magic (Black London, #1) by Caitlin Kittredge.
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:37 PM   #55
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I'd recommend C.E. Murphy's Walker Papers, too.

Also, Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series:
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If you can find a copy of it, Sandra L. Brewer's, "Murder For Beltene" is fun.
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Life used to be so simple for Rhiannon Beltene. The deadlines for the vampire novels she writes used to be the most she had to worry about. But not anymore. Her cousin, Trystan, sleeps in a coffin and thinks he's a vampire. The body she's just found has thrown everyone into a tizzy. It's the first of a series of bodies, which are appearing in Brennen County on a nightly basis; two incisions, reminiscent of a vampire attack, in the throat and a serious lack of blood in their veins. There's a new sheriff in town and her cousin, Righdhonn, a mercenary and the best armed man in the county, has become her shadow. She's forced to put down her writing and deal with both the crisis and the new sheriff, who has no idea of exactly how the Beltene family runs Brennen County. Things escalate quickly as the killer begins dropping off notes with the bodies. A confusing series of clues combined with the identification of the bodies and their occupations soon make the killer's reasoning all too clear. Rhiannon's family is sure that the killings are all her fault, the tabloids are having a field day and the murderer thinks a body a day is a terrific gift.

I also like Karen Chance's Cassandra Palmer series. War mages, vampires, clairvoyants, et. al.

Kelly McCullough's Ravirn series:
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T. A. Pratt's Marla Mason series:
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Sorcerer Marla Mason, small-time guardian of the city of Felport, has a big problem. A rival is preparing a powerful spell that could end Marla’s life–and, even worse, wreck her city. Marla’s only chance of survival is to boost her powers with the Cornerstone, a magical artifact hidden somewhere in San Francisco. But when she arrives there, Marla finds that the quest isn’t going to be quite as cut-and-dried as she expected…and that some of the people she needs to talk to are dead. It seems that San Francisco’s top sorcerers are having troubles of their own–a mysterious assailant has the city’s magical community in a panic, and the local talent is being (gruesomely) picked off one by one.

With her partner-in-crime, Rondeau, Marla is soon racing against time through San Francisco’s alien streets, dodging poisonous frogs, murderous hummingbirds, cannibals, and a nasty vibe from the local witchery, who suspect that Marla herself may be behind the recent murders. And if Marla doesn’t figure out who is killing the city’s finest in time, she’ll be in danger of becoming a magical statistic herself.…
Also good, Wm. Mark Simmons' "One Foot In The Grave".

If you want to switch to Celtic/Native American mythology, then Charles de Lint's "Someplace To Be Flying" and "Forests of the Heart" are very good.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:09 PM   #56
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I second,third or fourth Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim- irreverent, ballsy, lots of fun and action. Also, you might want to try
John Shirley Bleak History
Harry Connolly Child of Fire (Fabulous and I think Dresdeny)
Alex Bell The Ninth Circle
Charlie Huston Already Dead (tough vamp in NYC/Brooklyn)
John Steakley Vampires
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Old 11-27-2010, 04:21 PM   #57
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:59 PM   #58
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Just checking back in. Thanks again to everyone for giving me suggestions. I'm going trough the Kitty Norville books right now (very fast reads) and will Sandman Slim next.

I'm trying to take advantage of the Cypber Monday 60% off sale at Fictionwise thinkpadx posted about. I was hoping to grab a bunch of your suggestions, unfortunately, the pickin's are slim at Fictionwise. So far, I've only found 7 of the Women of the Otherworld books.

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Just an FYI, but I looked over the Sandman Slim book when it was a freebie at Sony or B&N. What I read was in first person, PRESENT tense. I just can't read that for any length of time, drives me nuts.
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