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Dystopian fantasy (no zombies) (7 titles)
All sorts of Dystopian fantasy books out there. This list is a work in progress. Skipping the Zombie genre since they are so many and all but one or two are frighteningly BAD. (characterized by no character development and the average zombie novel reads like a collection of short action stories)
City Fantasy (6 titles)
A list of fantasy titles that center around an urban locale. Where the location or city plays a central role. Some call this "urban fantasy" but avoid that term since it has come to be defined as softcore erotica wrapped in teen angst.

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Cover ArtDies the fire
by Stirling, S. M.
Re reading this series in preparation of reading the sequel. I still don't buy that the expansion and decompression rate of gas could be affected without simple biologic processes also being affected.. but if you can suspend your disbelief and just pretend this is "magic" it works great as a apocalyptic dystopia   posted May 11, 2013 at 10:38AM

Cover ArtThe lottery : and other stories
by Jackson, Shirley, 1916-1965.
Before "Hunger Games", Before "The Running Man" there was "The Lottery" Anyone who has read the books or seen the movies should read this to see where they got the idea.   posted Apr 29, 2013 at 8:34PM

Cover ArtTerrier
by Pierce, Tamora
Tamora Pierce comes through again with a well rounded strong female character. Terry Pratchett fans will recognize this as a more serious treatment of the same issues explored in the humorous "City Watch - Discworld" series.   posted Apr 28, 2013 at 12:09PM

Cover ArtGuards! guards! : a novel of Discworld
by Pratchett, Terry.
Mr Pratchett is to Fantasy what Douglas Adams was to Sci Fi. Thankfully for his readers he is much more prolific, alive and kicking, and able to make deadlines, so we have plenty of material to enjoy. This part of his famous "discworld" series really starts to investigate what makes a city work. In this case he takes his sharp wit to see how the "city guard" or medieval police force of "Ankh-Morpork" is a vital living part of the city.   posted Apr 28, 2013 at 12:03PM

Cover ArtFated
by Jacka, Benedict
Almost a tribute spin off series to the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher. A welcome breath of fresh air, as Mr Butcher seems to have run out of things to torture his main character with. This is set in London with the main characters "magic" a mix of old fashioned seer and quantum theory.   posted Apr 28, 2013 at 11:53AM

Cover ArtCursed
by Jacka, Benedict
almost a spinoff tribute book to the Harry Dresden series. A breath of fresh air, as Jim Butcher seems to have run out of tortures to put Harry Dresden through. The principal character, Alex Verus, magic focus is looking into the future using quantum theory. He envisions all the possible outcomes of immediate actions and sorts through them to the most desirable outcome. Takes place in London.   posted Apr 28, 2013 at 11:48AM

Cover ArtWinter's tale
by Helprin, Mark.
Very odd book. A unique look at the development of New York City over time as seen through a mythological lens. It can't really be described as having a plot. Most of the beauty is in the description and view of the world.   posted Apr 28, 2013 at 11:45AM

Cover ArtNeverwhere
by Gaiman, Neil
True "city" fantasy. Really delves into what a "living" city means with all the storytelling skills of Mr.Gaiman present in full force.   posted Apr 28, 2013 at 11:42AM

Cover ArtStorm front
by Butcher, Jim, 1971-
Old fashioned "hard boiled" Detective series with a Fantasy twist set in contemporary Chicago. The author seems to have run out of ideas for what terrible thing can happen to the main character around book 11 and the first person narrative gets a little whiny around book 12.. but overall a strong series.   posted Apr 28, 2013 at 11:40AM

Cover ArtThe eye of the world
by Jordan, Robert
While this is a great "must read" book, It’s strength is its core principal characters and their development. Unfortunately the series is about 8 books too long (FOURTEEN books to achieve closure.. and then only because the author died on book Eleven) The series gets overloaded with characters you just can’t bring yourself to care about and absorbed with a grandiose view of the "fate" of the world. I lost interest around book 5 and was only barely able to force myself through book 7. May pick this up again just to get a sense of closure.   posted Apr 28, 2013 at 11:05AM


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