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Urban Fantasy Recommendation Masterpost

This is a list of the urban fantasies I’ve enjoyed most over the years, split down a few lines and to be updated as I discover new series. I’m also including contemporary fantasies because the lines often blur. Hope you find something you like on it!

$ for LGBT characters
£ for characters of colour
€ for characters with disabilities
(all based on my slightly spotty memory, so feel free to correct if I’ve missed something)

World-Focused

or stories that spend most of their time steeping you in the magical world

American Gods - Neil Gaiman £

Shadow Moon gets out of jail and is hired by the cagey Mr. Wednesday to … he’s not really clear, honestly, but it puts him in the path of people who may or may not be gods. Multiple mythologies.

Among Others - Jo Walton

A 1980s teen flees her troubled home in Wales to get to know her birth father and attend an English boarding school. Is her mother’s family able to work magic or is it just wishful thinking? Reading science fiction might give her the answers. British folklore and faeries, and a very interesting take on magic.

The Boggart - Susan Cooper

A Canadian family inherits a Scottish castle inhabited by a mischievous boggart—who then stows away and finds himself in Toronto. Scottish folklore.

The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell £

The life of a woman from teen-hood to old age as she lives her life and occasionally intersects with an ancient war between good and evil, fought with telepathy and other things that look a lot like magic.

the Dark is Rising series - Susan Cooper €

A group of English kids—four siblings, a seventh son, and a boy who might be a reincarnated Arthur—versus the forces of darkness. Five books, only the last of which includes all the kids. Cornish and English folklores, Arthuriana.

Gods Behaving Badly - Marie Phillips

The Greek pantheon now lives in North London and is as dysfunctional as ever. Artemis walks dogs. Aphrodite does phone sex. Apollo is a washed-out TV psychic who’s just fallen, via Eros, for the cleaning lady—who’s trying to date someone else, thank you very much. Greek mythology.

The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker £

A golem and a jinni both find themselves in turn-of-the-century New York, both literally and figuratively. A beautiful exploration of the immigrant experience, friendship, and identity. Jewish and Arabic folklore.

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

A mostly-good angel and slightly-wicked demon discover they’ve been training the wrong Antichrist days before the scheduled apocalypse. The real Antichrist wants a dog and to save the whales. Also features a legacy witch, a rookie witch-finder, the Four Horsemen, the Four Other Horsemen, Satanic nuns, and a Queen soundtrack. Christian mythology.

The Hunter’s Moon - O.R. Melling

A Canadian teen visiting her Irish cousin ends up mounting a cross-country road trip to retrieve her cousin who’s run off with the faeries. Irish mythology.

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman £

Richard Mayhew has it all: a good job, a hot fiancée, a nice flat. Then he helps an apparently homeless girl with the power to create doors and is pulled into the magical community below London. Nothing will ever be the same.

Of Blood and Honey and And Blue Skies From Pain - Stina Leicht

It’s tough, living in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, and Liam finds it harder than most. No one trusts him, he can’t find work, everyone wants him to choose a side, and to cap it off, he feels like a monster is inside him and knows something inhuman is stalking him and his. The war between the Fey and the Fallen is heating up, and the only people keeping peace are an order of priests—who also, surprise, want Liam’s help. Irish and Christian mythology.

Sunshine - Robin McKinley

Rae is a baker. Tough and practical and smart, but a baker. Who’s just rescued herself and a vampire from captivity using magic she’d half-forgotten she had. Unfortunately, the master vampire’s still after them, the magical police know something’s up, and she just wants to keep being normal. Includes mild, realistic PTSD and a whole lot of delicious desserts.

Ysabel - Guy Gavriel Kay

Ned Marriner’s tagging along with his photographer dad to Provence when he begins to notice magic awakening around him. There’s an ancient love triangle that‘s repeated throughout history, using contemporary locals as proxies—and it’s very interested in Ned, his new friend Kate, and his father’s entourage.

Mystery-Focused

or stories that spend most of their time solving a magical crime

the Blood series - Tanya Huff $£€

Vicky Nelson is the pinnacle of the tough, no-nonsense PI—which poses a bit of a problem when she’s hired to catch a “vampire” on the streets of Toronto and then actually meets one. (He writes romance novels.)

Borderline - Mishell Baker $£€

Millie’s nearly broke, scarred, a double amputee, mentally ill, and Done with all the BS around that. She’s also despairing of ever resuming her directing career, so when a mysterious woman offers her a job with her temp agency, she’s intrigued. What wasn’t mentioned? She’ll actually be an immigration agent working with the Fae of Hollywood, and one of them’s just gone missing.

the Felix Castor series - Mike Carey $

Felix Castor is an exorcist. A hard-drinking, down-at-the-heels exorcist in a London brimming with ghosts and demons. Unfortunately, he never seems to get the easy cases where he can just waltz in and play a tune—and his past mistakes might be coming back to haunt him.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul - Douglas Adams

Dirk Gently solves mysteries by wandering around, getting into strange situations, and then connecting dots no one believes even exist. Like time traveling robots and Romantic poets, or rampaging eagles and mold-ridden refrigerators.

The Grendel Affair - Lisa Shearin £

Makenna Fraser is a seer working for Supernatural Protection and Investigations in New York. “Seer” meaning she can spot the ghoulies and ghosties few people can, including her coworkers. When an off-the-books gnome removal turns into a blood-soaked crime scene, she and her partner are handed the case—but will her eagerness to prove herself just land her in hotter water?

the Greywalker series - Kat Richardson $£

Harper Blaine prides herself on rationality and unflappability, but after briefly dying on a case, she’s suddenly wrong-footed and seeing ghosts everywhere. In the middle of all that, she’s hired by a mysterious voice to track down an organ that’s more than it seems, and suddenly haunted street corners are the least of her problems.

the Olympus Bound series - Jordanna Max Brodsky $£

Selene di Silva’s been keeping her head down for a long time, shutting herself off not just from New York, but from the world. (Being a former goddess will do that.) But then she stumbles on the body of a woman who’s been ritually sacrificed and her past as Artemis comes rising up again. Greek and Roman mythology

the Incryptid series - Seanan McGuire $£

Meet the Price family, a close-knit group of cryptozoologists whose mission is to protect and preserve endangered cryptids like dragons, gorgons, and the religious Aeslin mice from humans. They’re also hiding from the Covenant of St. George, a.k.a. why the cryptids are endangered in the first place. Technically paranormal romance.

the Iron Druid series - Kevin Hearne £

Atticus O’Sullivan is a herbalist and seller of New Age paraphernalia by day, two-thousand-year-old druid by night. He thought moving to Arizona would keep him safe from gods bent on revenge. He thought wrong. Multiple mythologies.

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge - Paul Krueger $£€

Bailey Chen is fresh out of business school, broke, and living with her parents. When a childhood friend offers her a job as a barback, she takes it as a stopgap—but then she discovers the secret cabal of bartenders who fight demons using magical cocktails and after that, there’s no looking back.

Moonshine - Alaya Johnson £

Zephyr Hollis, a charity worker and ESL teacher in 1920s New York, and therefore flat broke, takes a side job from a student, Amir, without asking questions. But will the vampire mob, the drug-crazed vamps, Amir’s literal smoking hotness, or her family history do her in first?

Night Owls - Lauren M. Roy $

Valerie is a vampire with a successful campus bookstore. Elly grew up fighting monsters and fearing for her life. When their paths collide via a book in Elly’s keeping, they must unite to prevent said monsters from unleashing hell and then some.

the October Daye series - Seanan McGuire $£€

Toby Daye wants sleep, coffee, and for everyone to leave her alone already—not necessarily in that order. Unfortunately, as a changeling Knight and PI with a knack of finding people and solving problems with maximum chaos, none of those things will ever be easy to come by. Multiple folklores.

the Rivers of London series - Ben Aaronovitch $£€

When Constable Peter Grant meets a ghost at a crime scene, it’s only logical for him to take a witness statement. When DCI Thomas Nightingale learns of this, he offers him a job as an auror the sorcerer’s apprentice a valued member of a magically-focused police unit. London, its river goddesses, various magic workers, assorted Fae, and the Metropolitan Police will never be the same.

the Shadow Police series - Paul Cornell $£

Following the mysterious death of a suspect, four Metropolitan Police officers are drawn into London’s sinister magical underworld in their hunt for a killer.

the Smoke series - Tanya Huff $£

Tony Foster’s found his footing as a PA on a Vancouver-shot vampire show. Unfortunately, the paranormal weirdness that is his life continues and it’s somehow up to him to save the day.

Unholy Ghosts (and following) - Stacia Kane £

Chess Putnam works as a Church exorcist, partly out of obligation and partly for the pay, which goes to fuel her drug addiction. Unfortunately, no ghosts are nice ghosts and her private life keeps intruding on her cases.

the Watch novels - Terry Pratchett

Ankh-Morpork is the citiest of fantasy cities. Its City Watch is a bunch of misfits. Sam Vimes isn’t putting up with any nonsense. Somehow, they fight crime.

Zoo City - Lauren Beukes £

Zinzi December is a con artist and occasional finder of lost things who lives in the Johannesburg slums with her sloth familiar. Her latest case? Find a pair of missing teen pop stars—before the apparent assassins do.

anonymous asked:

I mean to not be rude, just curious, but why do you ship MadaTobi? Whenever I ask someone who ship them, they always seem to think I attack them. I only ask what they see in it, just curious like I said, cause it's my first time I see this rare pair and wanna know about it. Lots of love ^^

The main reason that I ship them is because they’re opposites in their temperaments, but they’re actually incredibly similar as far as their values go, and it makes for a surprisingly steady pair. Madara and Tobirama both value the idea of family more than anything else, and they’re ruthless in the protection of it/ Hashirama is softer - he values peace over family, and though peace is often a means of protecting said family, it isn’t always. Where Madara and Tobirama would, in my opinion, break a peace treaty in order to protect a brother or a friend, Hashirama wouldn’t (as in canon, where he chose to kill Madara in order to protect Konoha and the established peace). 

The way their ideals mesh is one of my favorite things about them. And then on top of that you have their personalities - Tobirama is icy and cold but he also has an explosive temper, whereas Madara is hotheaded and loud (going by his personality as a child) but also capable of deep contemplation and a ten-steps-ahead type of cunning that’s terrifying. In a world where Tobirama didn’t kill Izuna, it seems easy for me to imagine them as that one pair who are always at each other’s throats, but the second there’s an outside threat they’re the perfect team-up, because they’re so alike under the surface. 

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JUICE: cmon cmon cmon

TEN: This is first contact with humanity we are talking about. Far too much responsibility to just throw away on a dumb joke. No. Absolutely not.

JUICE: itll be funny

So, I know how much everybody loves pretend-dating/pretend-marriage fics, but have you considered ‘pretend NOT to be dating/married’ AUs?

For example:

  • My friend is so determined to fix me up with somebody better than my string of casual coffee date/hookup partners that I didn’t have the heart to tell her, after she set us up for a blind date, that I actually met you six months ago

  • We’re both professors in the same department and it enhances your reputation with the students as a mysterious enigma and my reputation as a stone-cold terror if we pretend to hate each other, plus when we back each other up in departmental meetings everybody’s so surprised they give in right away

  • My parents thought I was working for an insurance company in New York when really I was joining the CIA so I just sort of never mentioned when I met you on an assassination-gone-wrong and now we’ve been married for five years and they still don’t know you exist, this has gotten wildly out of hand and you won’t stop laughing about it

  • All your coworkers know you’re married to a cop but now I’m undercover investigating a string of bank heists and it turns out that your only friend at your shitty new job is dating the head bank robber.

  • We’ve been communicating entirely by email/phone/carrier pigeon/paid messenger for the past year as we work to bring some peace and order to this troubled land, so when I walked into the negotiation room to sit down with the fearsome and terrible politician/businessperson/famed warrior that all my people are so afraid of, I didn’t really expect it to be you.

  • I didn’t think my parents could accept me dating somebody of your gender/race/religion/species, so we’ve been keeping it quiet, but now my mom can’t stop talking about her friend’s next-door neighbor and how perfect they’d be for me and you’ve got some nosy neighbor trying to set you up with their coworker’s kid and how do we tell them we’re engaged without making them think it’s because of their completely uninvited meddling?

  • You’ve got to pretend-date your best friend for a couple of weeks because reasons, and somehow that means we’re passing ourselves off as siblings to explain why we live together but we’ve started giving each other really filthy pre-sex looks behind everyone’s back like a game of chicken and pretty soon somebody is going to start to have serious concerns about our siblinghood.



Pretending-not-to-be-dating AUs: add yours today!

so I will stand by your side and we will face whatever is coming for you together

Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker is basically a magical space vigilante. He technically works for the Rebel Alliance (an organization working to overthrow the government), but faffs off on his own personal missions three times in the films and a bunch more times in the current comics. He helps who he wants when he wants based on the dictates of his own conscience and it’s fucking awesome.

It’s also a big part of why the PT-era Jedi are so disappointing. They aren’t independent agents like Luke; they’re state actors. Jedi authority is not derived from the Force and their cool laser swords, but from the full weight and backing of the Republic behind them. It’s what gives them the right to negotiate treaties, arrest criminals, and cut off random people’s arms in bars, but it means they can’t just randomly go around helping whoever they want.  They have assignments as given to them by the Council and the Senate. Some of the more creative knights can interpret their missions as broadly as possible in order to help the most people, but, at the end of the day, the mission takes priority. When the mission is set by a fundamentally corrupt government headed by an evil megalomaniac, the Jedi start to look pretty sketchy.

Basically, we were promised Guardians of Peace and Justice and what we got was the space!CIA propping up friendly dictators and crushing the political opposition with an army of slaves. Add in the fact that a number of individual Jedi are arrogant, borderline abusive assholes and it’s a real recipe for disappointment. 

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There is unrest in the Galactic Senate. Several thousand solar systems have declared their intentions to leave the Republic. This separatist movement, under the leadership of the mysterious Count Dooku, has made it difficult for the limited number of Jedi Knights to maintain peace and order in the galaxy. Senator Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, is returning to the Galactic Senate to vote on the critical issue of creating an ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC to assist the overwhelmed Jedi… Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

HAS NO ONE MENTIONED THE FACT THAT BEN SOLO WAS BORN ON THE DAY THAT THE PEACE TREATY WAS SIGNED BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND NEW REPUBLIC???


LIKE DOES THIS NOT LOOK LIKE MASTERFUL FORESHADOWING TO ANYONE??? THAT MAYBE HE IS THE KEY TO PEACE SOMEHOW BETWEEN THE FIRST ORDER AND THE NEW REPUBLIC?


ALL CAPS MAKES FOR AN IMPORTANT POST> THAT IS ALL.

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There is unrest in the Galactic Senate. Several thousand solar systems have declared their intentions to leave the Republic. This separatist movement, under the leadership of the mysterious Count Dooku, has made it difficult for the limited number of Jedi Knights to maintain peace and order in the galaxy. Senator Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, is returning to the Galactic Senate to vote on the critical issue of creating an ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC to assist the overwhelmed Jedi…

Look at all this majesty…

(mod- THE 2ND PIC JUST MADE ME THINK OF THIS:

but this is a glorious submission TYSM @ransa !)

cyborgscholar  asked:

So I love Crash Course videos but the mythology series seems a bit oversimplified. Anyway he said that in the Norse pantheon goddesses don't have much of a role/much personality? Anyway, stories about goddesses, particularly Frigg?

I’ve got a bunch of asks about Frigg and Freyja, and also BOY FUCKIN HOWDY is that a lie. 

We see more of the male gods, true, but you have to remember that much of what we know of Norse myth was written down later by Christian scholars, and filtered through that lens. They didn’t like stories about powerful goddesses. So Freyja, the glorious, beloved, and terrible lady of beauty and war, who I always picture something like Galadriel in her fury, 

Is reduced to her roles of fertility and beauty, and many of her stories, such as how she got her cats, are lost. 

Frigg often gets reduced to her role as mother and wife, and while Freyja gets her dues as the somewhat wild lover of sex, people seem to consider Frigg…almost not at all when it comes to sex, which is odd to me. 

Frigg is the goddess of motherhood, but it should be remembered that motherhood is far from a soft art. She walked the world after the prophecy of her son’s death, extracting a vow from every living thing never to harm him (she missed mistletoe, unfortunately.) 

She’s the Queen of Asgard. She is the only one save for Odin himself allowed to sit in the throne. And while her husband rambles everywhere and has loved many women, she is the one and only that he always returns to. (They’ve actually quite a good relationship, one that seems based on mutual trust and respect and affection, and she’s even seen to outwit Odin himself a time or two. And unlike Hera, Odin’s occasional tryst with another woman does not seem to upset her. There’s a mention in one myth of, during a long absence on his part, her taking up with his brothers Vili and Ve until he got back. Odin didn’t seem to care about this in the slightest.)

She’s the lady of marriage, and not just any marriage but happy marriage. Here’s where her desexualization makes no sense to me;  she’s the lady of marriage, and motherhood, and children…and where do kids come from? One guess. 

(Sex. The answer is sex, btw.)

I mean. She married the God of Ecstasy (among many other things). And. Well, some of Odin’s many, many, many names include “Delight of Frigg” “Frigg’s Lover,” and “Dweller in Frigg’s arms/embrace”. So, yeah. To me, she embodies the joy of a healthy, enjoyable sexuality within a stable relationship, where Freyja is more the patron of the single, footloose and fancy free. If that makes any sense. 

She’s the patron of cottage arts, or those arts often governed by women, and which were often the basis of a large part of trade. Weaving and spinning, in particular. She’s a powerful sorceress and seeress, who can see the future in her weaving. 

She’s the lady of the hall. Remember, in the Norse world women ran the households, including all the finances because math was seen as something too powerful and magical for men. And in Frigg’s case…Odin is the consummate wanderer. Who do you think runs Asgard while he’s gone?

She’s the lady of diplomacy, which is a delicate and complicated art. She is the one who rules over times of productive peace within the social order.