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Sivarias
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Recommendations?

Hello,

 

I am new to the world of urban fantasy, finding myself shifted there from high fantasy by the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. I have loved almost every single book but one. (White Witch Black Curse seemed slow to me, I was unable to get into the plot.) I'm loving the genre. I've been looking around but all I seem to be able to find are books with female main characters, or about men inexplicably drawn to one particular female and the whirlwind romance that follows. I like having romance in a book, I dislike when the romance is the focus of the book. SO... Does anyone have any recommendations for me? One with a male protagonist would be much appreciated. I find books more interesting when I share the same gender as the main character. Especially in books where sex pops up at all.

 

Sincerely,

Paul Marco

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Re: Recommendations?

Paul,

 

You could try John Levitt's Dog Day series or Mark Del Franco series and then there is always Marc Pelgrims' Skinner series

Dog Days 

 

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Re: Recommendations?

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The following UF books will appeal to you if you're looking for a male protagonist or a lead male and lead female protagonist. All are excellent adventures and/or mysteries I love

Sandman Slim and

 

Kill the Dead. Both follow the exploits of a male wizard returned from hell. Funny and full of action with simply excellent dialogue/comments, these books are keepers which I suggest you get in hardback form. (Note, both these books were named on this board as the Best Paranormal Fantasy in the years in which they were published.)

 

 

 

The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, Book 1) is a rousing pulp adventure. It's simply an excellent book with both action, humor, romance and adventure.

 

 

Twilight Forever Rising is the best traditional vampire book I've read since reading the Vampire Chronicles of Anne Rice.

The Skinner series by Peligrimas is the best monster hunter series being written today. The series starts with 

Blood Blade (Skinners Series #1).

 

 

 

Jim Butcher's series that follows the exploits of Harry Dresden is excellent. It starts with  

 

Storm Front (Dresden Files Series #1).

 

I have also enjoyed two series written by Simon Green. One is about  P.I. who solves mysteries/problems in the Nightside, a hidden reality in London. It starts with

Something from the Nightside (Nightside Series #1). His other series that I like is a bit lighter but very good. It starts with 

 

The Man with the Golden Torc (Secret History Series #1)

Also I personally love the Felix Castor series about an exorcist in London. It's written by the creator of Hellraiser and is written in a noir mystery style with a delightful English touch. The first book is

 

 

The Devil You Know. I love the ne'er-do-well protagonist of this series who likes alcohol too much and is truly witty. Note, the first book is the weakest in the series, IMO, but it's a good read nonetheless.

 

Then there's alway the Joe Pitt series by Charlie Huston. Great action, a 'tough guy' protagonist and 'spot-on' dialogue characterize this series. The first book is

Already Dead (Joe Pitt Series #1). Then there's

 

Master of None which relates the story of a talented but unlucky thief who somehow inherits a genie. He and his angry x-girlfriend are pursued by a relentless crime boss who has unlimited mundane and supernatural resources. The protagonist's comments are really funny, and the action is very good.

There's also the zombie detective of

Necropolis  and

Dead Streets. Also, there's PN Elrod's series about a newspaperman turned vampire in Chicago roaring 20s. It really entertaining that begins with

The Vampire Files , And, there's

Blood Vice, the first book in a series about a vampire hit man protagonist who gets involved with a crime family. It's fast paced with lots of action and should appeal to most males

 

 

And if you like over the top violence and sex with entertaining plot twist then try out 

Staked. Note there are currently three books in the series. I also like the Cal and Niko series by Thurman which starts with 

 

Nightlife (Cal and Niko Series #1). It features a snarky, sometimes hard to take, teenager and his 'super hero' of an older brother. There's banshees and other imaginative monsters in the series, and the relationship between the brothers is particularly good.

 

Note, here's a link to the first page of the Paranormal Fantasy Primer For Newbies and Everyone thread:

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Re: Recommendations?

I forgot about Adrian Phoenix Maker's Song series. I love it. It starts with

A Rush of Wings (Maker's Song Series #1) It's a paranormal thriller series featuring a goth rock vampire/fallen angel, named Dante, and his human love interest Heather, an FBI agent. It is written in the third person and has multiple plot lines that follow those who want to destroy and/or use Dante, his friends and allies and Heather and Dante.  

 

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Re: Recommendations?

Try this series.  It's a UF detective series with a male protag that always makes me laugh. 

 

The Nymphos of Rocky Flats (Felix Gomez Series #1) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Suzi

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Sivarias
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Re: Recommendations?

Thank you guys so much. I guess I was just looking in the wrong areas, Harry Dresden was one that I had spotted but I was afraid  that since I had seen more than a few episodes of the tv show when it was out I would be kind of bored because I knew the plot. I will get right on this list and I'm bookmarking this page when I get home :smileyhappy:

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Re: Recommendations?

 


Sivarias wrote:

Thank you guys so much. I guess I was just looking in the wrong areas, Harry Dresden was one that I had spotted but I was afraid  that since I had seen more than a few episodes of the tv show when it was out I would be kind of bored because I knew the plot. I will get right on this list and I'm bookmarking this page when I get home :smileyhappy:


Yeah the TV show really isn't plot wise much like the books. You're safe there.