Thursday, July 15, 2010

Booklist 7/13

Hosted by: Lost in Books

This Week's Topic: Top 3 Favorite Genres

1) Urban Fantasy

I like women who can kick ass.  That's pretty much the simple truth of the matter.  So when this genre became more popular, and there is now an unlimited number of chicks who can kick ass, I fell head over heels in love.  I've even ventured into the guys who kick ass, but there had better be a chick who kicks ass mixed in.  Popular series for me are: Kate Daniels (Ilona Andrews), Downside (Stacia Kane)

2)  Epic Fantasy

I've always been a fantasy lover--though as I explained in response to Gail Carriger's post, I came into it because I like pretty covered books and fantasy has that in droves.  My favorite is Epic Dark Fantasy, or plain Dark Fantasy or plain Epic Fantasy.  I like complex systems of magic and world building with a platoon of characters to keep track of and care about.  I like different classes of people, basically feudal settings and monarchies (or dictators).  I'm also a big fan of quasi politics murking up the waters.  I hate politics in real life, but in a fantasy setting (where you literally will be bewitched into doing as someone says?  All for it).  Popular series for me are: Mistborn Trilogy (Brandon Sanderson), Secret Country (Pamela Dean), Tredana (Joyce Ballou Gregorian, Night Angel (Brent Weeks)

3) Historical Romance

I should add that I tend towards 3 specific forms: England (1750 to 1900), Christian Western (1700-1920) and Paranormal.  England is because of Georgette Heyer and Barbara Cartland.  I adored their books as a child and then naturally sought more like them.  Christian Western...some of that grew out of my love of Janette Oke (which is Christan Canadian Western) and Deanne Gist (American Christian Western) and some because I missed the 'chaste' feeling of my historical England-specific romances. can blame this on Gail Carriger and Minda Webber in specific, though a lot of my Regency romances had ghosts involved.  Popular books/series for me: Parasol Protectorate (Gail Carriger), Bewitched (Sandra Schwab), The Daughters Grimm (Minda Webber