Water’s Edge (A Sunday View)


Today was a bad day before I'd even finished my coffee, (that's not good). So, after a run not clearing my brain, the next best thing was a walk to the river.
In truth, where I live the river is more estuary than actual waterway. Over a mile wide, the Humber is at its best on a clear, sunny day where the wind remains strong. The results are pictures like the one above.
The wonderful Neil Gaiman wrote about 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane', a great book by the way. This is my real life version ' the estuary at the end of the path'. It's not quite as magical but it does the trick.
Sometimes all you need to remind yourself of the important things is a view. I'd like a few more mountains, but beggars can't be choosers.

I hope your own weekends contains some magical sights too.

Richard
Richard M. Ankers
Author of The Eternals Series
The Eternals
Hunter Hunted
Into Eternity (Very Soon!)

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The Urban Fantasy Book List

I was asked by the lovely Gigi if I would put together a list of recommended Urban Fantasy, so I have. I must confess, I found this list harder than most because the boundaries between Urban Fantasy and its offshoots are often tenuous. Therefore, I may have stretched this in places to accommodate a couple of class acts, but in essence it stays true to Fantasy set in or based from a real world environment.

The collection of stories seen here contain everything from vampires to goddesses to superheroes. I have given a little spiel of my own to each. I own every book here, and my opinions are my own.

I hope you enjoy my choices.

Richard

The Graveyard Book / Neil Gaiman

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You can never go far wrong with Neil Gaiman. I love this book because it is the classic children’s story that appeals even more to adults. A boy brought up by ghosts, so simple as to be brilliant.

King Rat / China Miéville

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When our hero is taught to eat trash (like a rat would) I bet you can’t help but cringe.

Watchmen

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This is actually a graphic novel and also now a movie. This is a story concerning superheroes and their impact on the world rather than a superhero story per se. The difference is subtle and superb, and one I learned to use myself in The Eternals a story concerning vampires but not about them.

Wicked Lovely / Melissa Marr

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Aimed at the teen market, I bought this because I’d got the follow up for ten pence in a book sale (LOL, cheapskate). For younger readers looking at this list, particularly girls, I think they would enjoy these stories of visible-to-some faeries very much.

There Are Doors / Gene Wolfe

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I took a bit of a liberty including this one, but it’s my list, so there, (blows raspberry). A man pursues a goddess through different realities. This is mind-bending, poetic and always fabulous.

Guilty Pleasures / Laurel K. Hamilton

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This book launched the kick-ass heroine Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter. Original enough to be different, I can recommend this in written or graphic novel form.

Kafka on the Shore / Haruki Murakami

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As always, Murakami’s books are hard to fit into genres. I have included this here because of the very definite fantasy elements the further the story develops. Never try to understand him too much, just enjoy Murakami’s surreal narratives.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children / Ransom Riggs

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This book is soon to be released as a movie by Tim Burton, starring Eva Green. I think that says more about its style than I ever could as it’s a marriage made in heaven. The addition of old photographs in this book makes it really rather unique.

Side Jobs / Jim Butcher

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A collection of narratives concerning a detective who hunts down supernatural naughty folk.

The Book Of Lost Things / John Connolly

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Again,  I stretched the genre a bit to accommodate this wonderful story. I won’t say too much, but anyone who’s a child at heart will love it.


I hope you enjoy the choices and find something new to wet your appetite. There’s a good selection here, so no excuses. Feel free to ask for any other kind of list and if I can do it, I will.

As always, thank you for reading

Richard

Richard M. Ankers, author of The Eternals trilogy.

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