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To hate it when an apparently promising urban fantasy novel turns into fucking and eating?

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slightlyglitterpaned Mon 09-Nov-15 00:15:19

Had this happen twice, so that's enough to dub it a new genre: apparently urban fantasy with some interesting world building and strong female protagonist, suddenly takes a complete side exit from plot and characterisation into a detailed recitation of every fucking meal our heroine eats (lovingly prepared or ordered for her by the Dark Brooding Hero), and every fucking fuck, again administered by said Brooding Hero.

To add insult to injury female protagonist then must immediately drop any vestiges of self respect because Boyfriend wants to be Boss Man, because that's just how he rolls, darling.

Meanwhile I'm sitting there thinking "at some point they must get back to the actual story, right?" Wrong.

Fatmomma99 Mon 09-Nov-15 00:43:53

Game of Throne influence, innit!

ITV are doing it soon.

slightlyglitterpaned Mon 09-Nov-15 00:46:50

Is it? Have only seen one episode of it, I get the impression everyone dies in that. With much gore & maximum cruelty.

ProcrastinatorGeneral Mon 09-Nov-15 00:57:55

You can't have such an epic grouse without telling us the name of the culprit author?!

slightlyglitterpaned Mon 09-Nov-15 01:07:53

grin

It's "Sorcerer's Fuck Luck" by Katherine Kerr. I thought I was fairly safe with her as I'd enjoyed a previous series. Not this one, read on to the grim end expecting some sudden reveal to make it worth it.

The other one was Deborah Harkness - A Thingy of Witches. Well, not a Thingy but after gems like the supernaturally strong Hero using his mega hunky Vampire strength to....crack chestnuts with his bare hands - I've kinda tried to block it out of my memory.

ValiantMouse Mon 09-Nov-15 01:16:49

Try Karen Chance's books. smile I really like them- they're not the typical sappy UF that's so popular now.

Or hang on a few months until I finish editing my UF (not a vampire nor werewolf in sight) novel. smile

Hovis2001 Mon 09-Nov-15 07:58:23

I was about to ask if you has Deborah Harkness in mind. grin

YANBU at all. I have put interesting-looking books down in the shop when I read the blurb and they go "fascinating, developed female character with valuable skill... everything changes when she meets the love of her life!" You can novels about male protagonists without their solitary dramatic driving factor being romance, why not for female ones?!

Hovis2001 Mon 09-Nov-15 07:58:59

*had!

kungfupannda Mon 09-Nov-15 08:01:48

Katherine Kerr has written something else? I assumed she'd taken early retirement after that epic slog to finish the Deverry series.

Pity it sounds a bit rubbish!

dementedma Mon 09-Nov-15 08:07:08

Are the fucks good? Misses point completely but becomes vaguely interested in book grin

OTheHugeManatee Mon 09-Nov-15 08:07:55

I didn't even get to the end of the free sample on my Kindle with that Deborah Harkness book, the prose was so mediocre.

MrRobot Mon 09-Nov-15 08:19:46

A few years ago I started reading a book series, I can't remember what they are called now but it was about a young American woman who discovered that she was part Fae and she toddled over to Ireland to investigate her sisters murder. It started off really promising but by the third or fourth book the True Blood influence started shining through and there started to be a lot of sex and stiff nipples etc, I gave up reading them after that.

Pythonesque Mon 09-Nov-15 08:27:55

Thanks for the warning, she's an author I tend to look out for and will know to give that one a miss!

Enjolrass Mon 09-Nov-15 08:28:41

I love UF. But this does annoy me.

I read the Dante Valentine novels and was disappointed for these reasons.

Wristy Mon 09-Nov-15 10:12:27

Oh Jesus, stay well clear of the Anita Blake books!!!!
Number 1 starts off promising but it quickly descends into the kind of shite you're talking about.

LBOCS2 Mon 09-Nov-15 10:13:01

As does Keri Arthur.

I still love Kelley Armstrong though. Even though it's trash.

futureme Mon 09-Nov-15 10:18:24

I really liked Discovery of Witches! I have the third one to reaed but have completely lost track of who all the different relatives and side characters are so need a cheat sheet before I can read it.

slightlyglitterpaned Mon 09-Nov-15 12:08:39

"fascinating, developed female character with valuable skill... everything changes when she meets the love of her life!"

Hovis <sigh> that sounds soo familiar. It's not a good romance or a good fantasy (good romance requires something a bit beyond heroine occasionally thinking "What, you cancelled all my credit cards without even asking me? Oh well, never mind I guess Nordic heroes are supposed to sound like they belong in a MN relationships thread."

I mean, I read urban fantasy because I like seeing how authors weave their magic systems into the modern world and make it sound plausible, not because I want lascivious descriptions of how the hero cooks a mean steak and this is sufficient to cause radical personality change in Mary Sue as she discovers that The Hot Hot Lurving of a Bad Bad Man/Supernatural entity is sufficient to make her brain fall out of the back of her head.

slightlyglitterpaned Mon 09-Nov-15 12:28:32

dementedma I was too annoyed by them to really tell grin but they were quite detailed. I'm afraid I was just sitting there muttering "and how does telling us you switched to doggy style for the second go advance the plot or characterisation dammit? More runes please!"

I mean, nothing wrong with a book that's all about a good wallow in lascivious descriptions of shagging, eating, physical pleasures etc - it's just bloody annoying when the first chapter appeared to be promising a very different sort of book. Especially as it means I can't rely on the Kindle sample to figure out if it's my kind of book.

Valiant Thanks! Halfway through first Karen Chance book now... Let me know about your UF smile

weeblueberry Mon 09-Nov-15 12:38:45

Women like sex and food = successful book!! Apparently... hmm

lucysnowe Mon 09-Nov-15 12:41:46

Not urban fantasy, but I find Robin McKinley good for writing books that have a love interest but focus mostly on the development of the heroine. Generally speaking her relationship with her horse/dog/cat/guinea pig is the most important one smile

RhiWrites Mon 09-Nov-15 12:42:11

Try one of mine? ;)

BeautyQueenFromMars Mon 09-Nov-15 13:05:44

If it's a kindle book you're reading, you can buy & download the book, and then return it for a refund, as long as you do it within 2 or 3 days of purchasing said book. Gives you a chance to check out more of the book, with the option to get your money back if it's really not your thing.

ProcrastinatorGeneral Mon 09-Nov-15 13:35:14

I find Jim Butcher's Dresden Files fun for UF but it's a male lead, though Murphy is a pretty kick ass female character in that universe grin

slightlyglitterpaned Mon 09-Nov-15 17:24:22

BeautyQueen - I thought I could only return if I hadn't read it? That's worth checking out, thanks.

Rhiwrites - fancy telling us what your books are? smile

I really like Robin McKinley (she has done some UF - Sunshine is fucking awesome), and Dresden Files (another MN rec). Karen Chance is looking similarly promising to Dresden Files, so far.

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