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You can even point me to *your* books if you'd like.  :P I have some unexpected free time this weekend without my kiddo and I've hit a creative slump after the breakup of a longterm relationship so I'd like to spend the time in research-mode until my brain/heart are ready to start writing again.

So...I'm looking for UF, preferably first person, spunky protagonist (male or female) in interesting situations. Not really looking for paranormal romances, but UF with a little romance is okay. I understand there's a lot of overlap between the genres to some extent.

I just want to lose myself in a few books for a while, until I'm ready to come back to this one. Know what I mean?

Thank you in advance.


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My Immortal books are first-person UF/SF

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Of course the Dresden books by Jim Butcher. The Alex Verus books by Benedict Jacka are fun. Kind of a Harry in London.


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Just checking on my recently read books here...

This one was Young Adult Urban Fantasy - but really good (1st person).  In fact I read the whole series, which is something I don't often do (I get bored after the first two books):

https://www.amazon.com/Luminescence-Trilogy-Book-1-ebook/dp/B008530G4O



Then I also read this one - admittedly because I designed the cover for it - but ended up really liking it - the author has a large number of Urban Fantasy books in the first person.

https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Hunters-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B071NLYM56/

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Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.

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Of course the Dresden books by Jim Butcher. The Alex Verus books by Benedict Jacka are fun. Kind of a Harry in London.

Ahhhh it's been a while but I've read almost all of the Dresden books. I may have to go dig in my boxes downstairs and find them. Good books, although they kind of went off the rails a bit for me a few books in. I still enjoyed them immensely.

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Interview with the Vampire springs to mind, but I'm not sure if that is now urban fantasy or still the horror it was originally.


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I agree with the others. And it just so happens urban fantasy is my genre - I'm only saying, lol

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Annie Bellet - The Twenty Sided Sorceress series (snarky with a dash of geek)
Seanan McGuire - October Daye series (nominated for a Hugo award)
And if you don't mind a fantasy setting with an Urban Fantasy feel, then Jasmine Walt - The Baine Chronicles

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The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne
The Magic Ex Libris Series by Jim C Hines
The Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone (this is probably more high fantasy than urban, but the settings play a huge part in the story)

And my own offering is in my signature. If you don't have KU, just message me here or on the prawny FB group, and I'll send you a copy. I'm glad to see you're distracting yourself.

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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2017, 08:18:19 AM »
My UF is first person female POV, more innocent coming of age than spunky kick ass, though she grows into that as the series progresses.

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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2017, 08:22:52 AM »
Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International series - it's even more fun if you know horror movies, because the first one was intended to break every standard horror movie cliche. Like the big black guy with dreadlocks being a high school softball coach and a geek, and the busty blond chick being the most competent and vicious hunter on the team...

And trailer park elves. And later in the series, gangster gnomes. Seriously funny!

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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2017, 08:28:47 AM »
The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne
The Magic Ex Libris Series by Jim C Hines
The Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone (this is probably more high fantasy than urban, but the settings play a huge part in the story)

And my own offering is in my signature. If you don't have KU, just message me here or on the prawny FB group, and I'll send you a copy. I'm glad to see you're distracting yourself.

Thanks for the ideas! I have lots of good books to track down now. I don't have KU currently but I'm not trolling for free books either. Happy to buy distractions for myself right now, especially since it isn't like indies price themselves super high anyway.  ;)

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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2017, 08:46:10 AM »
S.M Reine's Descent series.
Annie Bellet's 20-sided sorceress.
Becca Andre's Final Formula.
Seanan McGuire's October Daye.
My own Stolen Ink/Ink Born  :P

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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2017, 09:30:39 AM »
I'm sure you know of Amanda's Witchy series, but she also has the Freaky series about a traveling circus. Really good.

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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2017, 10:28:15 AM »
I find it hard to believe no one's suggested Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series yet...but perhaps they just assumed you'd read it already?

Shiftless, in my signature, is permafree and is a good starting point into my own UF, if you're interested.  :)

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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2017, 10:37:45 AM »
Bookmarking and adding too much to the TBR list!


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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2017, 11:16:10 AM »
You've already got a decent amount to go on but I'll add a few lesser known examples: Mike Carey's Felix Castor, Craig Schaefer's Daniel Faust, Domino Finn's Black Magic Outlaw, Paul Cornell's London Falling Shadow Police, Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom.

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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2017, 11:41:50 AM »
You've already got a decent amount to go on but I'll add a few lesser known examples: Mike Carey's Felix Castor, Craig Schaefer's Daniel Faust, Domino Finn's Black Magic Outlaw, Paul Cornell's London Falling Shadow Police, Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom.

I second Schaefer's Faust series. (I was just about to recommend it myself, in fact.) They're fast-moving and entertaining with a nice noir feel.

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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2017, 11:50:02 AM »
I just started reading some UF. Is there a benefit of first person over third person? Just curious.

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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2017, 11:51:05 AM »
I just started reading some UF. Is there a benefit of first person over third person? Just curious.

Depends on the story you want to tell and how you want to tell it. It's not necessarily genre-dependent.

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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #21 on: July 08, 2017, 12:01:05 PM »
Depends on the story you want to tell and how you want to tell it. It's not necessarily genre-dependent.

thank you. Working on my first UF story and its in 3rd person because that is what I'm used to.

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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #22 on: July 08, 2017, 01:23:15 PM »
I find it hard to believe no one's suggested Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series yet...but perhaps they just assumed you'd read it already?

Shiftless, in my signature, is permafree and is a good starting point into my own UF, if you're interested.  :)

I have read a lot of Patricia Briggs', not the Mercy Thompson series though, is that first person? I started with the Alpha Omega stuff, which isn't.

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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2017, 01:25:40 PM »
I just started reading some UF. Is there a benefit of first person over third person? Just curious.

I think I'm just in the mood for first-person narration at the moment. I really liked Kelley Armstrong's writing when I was younger, she was always my guilty pleasure when I didn't feel awesome emotionally, so I think I'm in that sort of place right now. But instead of falling back into her Otherworld series since I've read it about a million times, I'd rather read some new authors. And especially some indie authors because I don't read nearly enough of them.

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Re: Can you point me to some of your favorite first-person Urban Fantasy?
« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2017, 01:30:11 PM »
I have read a lot of Patricia Briggs', not the Mercy Thompson series though, is that first person? I started with the Alpha Omega stuff, which isn't.

Yeah, the Mercy Thompson series is written in first person.

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