These authors famous or not, new and
classic, are my current favorite reads and I buy anything they write without
bothering to find a review. I will add authors as they come to mind.
writes satirical fantasy novels whose lighthearted tone disguises some serious and
intriguing themes often taken from current events then translated into his
Discworld creation. There is no other humorous author I can think of today who
writes as well and with as many nuances as Pratchett. His books are great fun, hilarious,
and intelligent—a hard mix to pull off.
writes beautifully and eclectically. His novels, often stand-alone, typically
run towards fantasy. I read anything he writes including his graphic novels and
there is only one other graphic novel series that I read.
writes wonderful fantasy novels. I consider her Blue
Sword series to be classic and mourn that she has yet to write a sequel to
her Urban-fantasy novel, Sunshine.
Her novels balance classic fantasy elements with exceptional character building
and truly innovative plot and perspective.
writes the most luminous fiction I have ever read. Her language is elaborate and feels
surreal and fairy-tale like; however, she manages the fine line between well-written
and overwrought with an amazing skill. Her language always enhances the story
and draws the reader in. There is no other writer I know of who provides such
an amazing mix of beautiful language, wonderful stories, and human characters.
I feel drunk and abruptly awoken when I finish a
Mckillip novel as the atmosphere she creates pulls the reader in more deeply
than any other author.
writes a wonderful, and somewhat overlooked, series with titles like Heroes at Odds. She provides a very
different, and eminently more flawed and human, take on the classic fantasy
set-up of good magic versus bad magic.
writes a wonderful series called the Inheritance
Trilogy, only the first two are available, that is clever and wonderfully
written. The plot and characters are both enjoyable and layered.
writes a very sensual series that includes the novel Melusine and co-authored In
the Company of Wolves with Elizabeth Bear; I plan to review the sequel when
it comes out in June 2011.
Her books deal with mature, and sometimes taboo, sexual themes. They are not, however, erotica. Her inclusion
of sexuality always furthers character development and growth and never feels
intrusive or added for shock-value nor is it as graphic as sex-scenes found in
many romance novels.
writes the Eli Monpress series and the first is called the Spirit Thief. I love this series. LOVE IT.
Bill Willingham and various artists creates a wonderful graphic novel series called Fables. Even if you have never considered reading a comic book, consider this series. It is truly OUTSTANDING and is the only graphic novel series, other than anything done by Neil Gaiman as noted above, that I really love.
Louis McMaster Bujold
writes my favorite long-running science-fiction series about Miles Vorkosigan. There
are few science-fiction books I love and without exception I have loved every
book in this series that includes a Civil Campaign and the compendium, Cordelia’s
Honor among its titles.
who passed away recently, wrote the Company books and they remain the most
innovative and interesting series it has ever been my privilege to read. She
also wrote a few loosely linked fantasy novels that are refreshing, exhilarating,
and hard to categorize. She wrote fantastic fiction that did not always fit
neatly into a category box and her death is a significant loss to readers
writes a wonderful series, including the title Magic Bleeds, with a kick-ass heroine who remains compelling and
interesting despite the plethora of kick-ass heroines currently available. Her
Edge series is also top-Notch.
writes an unusual fantasy series set in the Victorian ages and manages to be
both interesting to the modern reader and true to its setting.
writes exceptionally good fantasy. Her best known series, about a were-wolf
D.J. named Kitty, is a perennial favorite.
writes a really interesting fae based series that centers on a female detective,
October Daye. This is, to me, one of the most underrated series around.
Simon R. Green
writes two urban fantasy series, The
Night-Side and Eddie Drood. I consider these must reads.
writes my all-time favorite urban fantasy series, the Dresden Files.
writes a quirky series set in the 19th century and I recently read the sequel
to Native Star. This author is a new
is a new author who writes a series called the Iron Druid. So far, I LOVE it and
have the next two on order.
Ben Aaronovitch writes the Moon over SoHo series and I am addicted.
writes sexy and fairly graphic novels about the Brotherhood.
I find her language and character development to be among the darkest and most
modern—her books are luscious and fun.
writes a really enjoyable paranormal series about the Dark-Hunters. The series
is a long-running one and contains novels that, for me, range from three to
five stars. Some of them stand-out and hit my keeper shelf while others were
quite enjoyable but probably not re-reads. However, she remains an author I can
count on for a good read and often provides an exceptional one.
wrote a debut novel called Dragon Bound
that I read recently. She is a new favorite and I am already holding my breath
for the next in the series.
Eileen Wilkes writes exhiliratingly good urban-fantasy romance. So good! She is becoming better known but deserves a larger audience as her fiction is among the best available.
Marjorie M. Liu is known for her paranormal series about Dirk and Steele, but I love everything she writes including graphic novel spin-offs and teen fiction.
* Warning Note: A part of me hates to place a warning on a book based on its subject matter as I find that an exceptional author can write about any topic and surprise me with my willingness to explore a subject I would never have thought I would or could. I am quite open-minded, not to mention addicted to good fiction, and so I am sometimes surprised by the number of people who will close a book because it was too sexy or explored themes that made them uncomfortable. But, I also hate the idea of reviewing a book without giving a mention to taboo or sexual content when I know that many readers would be quite upset to buy a book that contained them. I will try to give a warning about a book’s content where I find it applicable.
*Note: For the convenience of readers, I categorized my
authors as the majority of their books are labeled by the publishers; however,
there are many three to five star authors in the different genres who deserve
more readership than they receive among strict urban-fantasy and paranormal
romance fans. Sometimes there is a bit of hesitation about
crossing genre lines among readers who read one type of
fiction exclusively but modern series often blur the line between classic definitions
of fiction types.
Romance and Urban Fantasy readers who do not consider an
author because their fiction is categorized as something other than their
favorite genre, often quite arbitrarily by the publisher, are liable to miss
out on some truly stellar writing.