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Urban fantasy recommendations with no graphic sex, please?
« on: February 13, 2009, 08:18:03 pm »
When I went to Patty's signing last weekend, I finally got around to buying myself a copy of On the Prowl.  I'd read Patty's story in it before, but had not read the other three stories.  I settled in to read them the other night.

I HATED them.  Or rather, I hated the last two and the first non-Patty story was okay but nothing special to my mind.  But what was really getting me was all the sex, sex, sex.  I think there was something like 20 pages of sex in the last story.  I don't know.  I ended up losing track of the story (and not caring) and skipping ahead because, well, apparently I am really turned off by supernatural sex.  I didn't like it in Charlaine Harris' Dead Until Dark, either, though that was better than the last story in On the Prowl.  Egads.  I didn't even bother finishing that story.  I felt like I needed to read something else to cleanse my head.  I went back to the beginning of the book and reread "Alpha and Omega."  That did the trick. :-)

I like the way Patty writes it.  I like when it's more implied.  I like when the plot doesn't revolve around it.  Attraction and tension, sure!  I love Adam and Mercy's interactions. :-)

I haven't read much urban fantasy.  It's not my favorite subgenre, I've got to say, but I like the well-done stuff.  I love Patty's take on it.  I recently read Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels books and like them.  I prefer third person narration, but the people who write well enough for me to like them in urban fantasy probably write well enough to for me to like them in first person.

I got suggestions from the people I was with in line for Patty's signing, but that was before I read those On the Prowl stories and I didn't think to ask about how much sex is in those books.  I didn't think I was a prude about sex in books, but... I don't know.  Maybe I am.  I know there's sometimes a thin line between paranormal romance and urban fantasy, and I guess I really dislike paranormal romance.

Since I know from the signing that Patty's fans have typically read a lot more urban fantasy than I have... does anyone have any recommendations for me that avoid sex being such a focus (though please don't suggest Twilight :>)?  I was planning to give Kim Harrison a try (because I know her alter-ego writing self and like all of those books), but beyond her I'm sort of at a loss.

I hope I haven't stepped on any toes with this.  It's been bubbling at the back of my head ever since reading those stories... and I feel bad disliking anything in a book that involves Patty.  I think that's why I was so surprised... PATTY was in the book.  I sort of automatically expected to like the other contributors just by association.

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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2009, 08:24:36 pm »
Anything by Charles de Lint.

Mark del Franco's books.

Rob Thurman's books, although they're not quite the same as the Mercy books.  Jennifer Rardin's Jaz Parks series.  Kat Richardson's Greywalker series.  Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series (might be the rare sex scene, but whole books go by without it). 

That's top of my head.  I know there are more, but I'll have to think about it (I'll probably come up with a half-dozen as soon as I hit Post). 
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2009, 08:56:06 pm »
Yeah, Kim Harrison is pretty safe. Lots of flirting and thinking about hot men, but not a lot of sex scenes. Oh, and believe me, we understand about not liking the last story in On the Prowl. I don't mind some fun erotica, but that was just... kinda gross, in my opinion. And, somewhere on here you can find a thread in which you will discover that many people share our opinion on that story!! :)

You might also check out Michelle Sagara's "Cast In" series. It's kind of an urban paranormal / straight fantasy combination, but there's very little (if any) sex in it.

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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2009, 09:36:53 pm »
I've read and love Michelle Sagara's Cast in... books. :-)  Those are reread favorites of mine.
I forgot about Dresden Files, but I've read a little of that, liked it, and do plan to read more.  Thanks for reminding me!
I've read some straight fantasy Charles de Lint.  Didn't know he did urban fantasy.
The rest I haven't heard of, but yay!  Recommendations! :-)

Thank you, and it's nice to know I'm not alone in my feelings on that story.  I'm new enough to the forum that I haven't dug through all the threads.

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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2009, 09:51:57 pm »
Go to "Acronym Alley" in Patti's Place, you'll find that you're a natural member of COMFIE, Lianne.  Welcome.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2009, 02:32:27 am »
Tanya Huffs Blood books spring instantly to mind (yeah, I know, I try to sell her to everybody :D),
Blood Prize & Blood Trail
Blood Lines & Blood Pact
Blood Debt & Blood Bank
(you can get them in handy cheap omnibus editions collected as shown above, in fact Blood Bank which collects the short stories is only out as part of the omnibus edition)
There is a short lived spin-off to those (Smoke & Mirrors?) but I haven't read any of them.


Kelley Armstrong isn't too much about sex either, I think (I know I enjoyed them which usually means no overt sex content, if we forget for a moment the fact that I also like to read Lori Handeland).


Wolfsbane & Mistletoe happens to feature very few sex scenes (two notable exceptions: Dana Stabenow and Keri Arthur seemed to be only about that), and is a fine collection of Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance stories (including one from out hostess, though I believe at least half of the authors stem from completly different fields so that may be what makes it better).
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2009, 07:34:40 am »
Tanya Huffs Blood books spring instantly to mind (yeah, I know, I try to sell her to everybody :D),

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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2009, 07:42:18 am »
Try C.E. Murphy. As far as I can remember not much of sex in that (quite a bit of a crush and maybe a scene with nakedness without the sex). It's mostly adventure and mystery.

Also Kat Richardson is paranormal mystery. (maybe one sex thing in there some place, but as I remember it was glossed over).


Non paranormal without sex and quite funny is Sophie Kinsella. The shopaholic boooks skip over the thing completely, but there is teasing. Just no telling.
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2009, 09:12:48 am »
There are so far 3 novels & a short story (that I know of) in the Blood spin off series by Tanya Huff.
Smoke and Shadows
Smoke and Mirrors
Smoke and Ashes
I don't remember the title of the short story, nor which collection it's in, but it's a multi-author anthology about magic and students or apprentices in magic.  It's not "Witch High" nor "Mis-spelled", but it's from January 2008 or after.
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2009, 01:48:03 pm »
Lynn Kurland's Nine Kingdom's series is good and her books are always fade to black when it comes to sex. Also, pretty much anything by Mercedes Lackey.
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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2009, 02:08:05 pm »
Do my eyes betray me or noone suggested Ilona Andrews?! :o

Well then: Ilona Andrews, Magic bites and Magic Burns. ;D

Lilith Saintcrow, the Dante Valentine series and the Jill Kismet series.

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I see Jennifer Rardin's already been covered, so that's it.

For now.

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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2009, 02:18:39 pm »
Maz,
I didn't recommend Ilona Andrews because while we haven't had any yet there is still the possibility... ;)

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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2009, 05:15:57 pm »
I would highly recommend her anyway.  With two books in I'm guessing that when "the possibilities" do get introduced they will be tasteful.  I can't see her throwing it in our faces the way some do if she hasn't already. :)  They are so good I can't help not recommending them.  :P

I know you were asking about Urban Fantasy, but I thought I would mention Doppleganger and Warrior Witch by Marie Brennan if you haven't read them.

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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2009, 06:38:15 pm »
C.E. Murphy's The Walker Papers series. "Urban Shaman","Thunderbird Falls, and "Coyote dreams".
they also fall in the No sex yet catagogry
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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2009, 03:07:06 am »
Maz,
I didn't recommend Ilona Andrews because while we haven't had any yet there is still the possibility... ;)

You're right, but meanwhile she can enjoy the first 2 books in the series, that are awesome. Then, as Elef said, I can't think she'll write something a la Sunny when the time will come. ;)
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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2009, 03:47:22 am »
I dont think anyone can write anything close to Sunny ;D - well LKH does but thats a whole different genre in itself ;D

Laura Anne Giman's Cosa Nostradamus series
Staying Dead,
Curse the Dark
Bring it On
Burning Bridges
Freefall

- I think in book 2 or 3 there was a sex scene but it was pretty tasteful and definitely not explicit and the latter books either fade to black or its vaguey. There is also a central romance in the series - it reminded me of a Numair and Daine vibe from the Immortals quartet by Tamora Pierce. And  its also a fantastic series and its different from the typical vamps and werewolves if you want a change of pace.

Ann Aguirre's Grimspace and Wanderlust series - although its set in space, its more urban fantasy set in space than sci fi or even space opera.

Also another Raines Beneres series by Lisa Shearin- this is more traditional but it definitely has an urban fantasy feel to it. There is no explicit sex yet although there is love triangle forming - I doubt it will go the way LKH or Sunny. And I am hoping that Raines will go for the bad boy ;D
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« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2009, 12:34:11 pm »
Woo, thank you for all of these suggestions! :D

I think most people didn't suggest Ilona Andrews because I've already read those books... said so in the original post, but easy enough to miss since I didn't say the specific titles--they are excellent and I'm impatiently waiting for Magic Strikes.  And I've also read Marie Brennan's books.  Love them.  (And I am kind of happy you list them by those names instead of the renamed Warrior and Witch.  I understand why the names got changed, but bah.)

Raines Beneres books.  I think I was looking at those and trying to decide whether to get.  I decided against at the time, but I know I've picked one up and wondered.

Cool. :-)  My question has resulted in a list of some authors I know but didn't know they had other aspects to their writing, some I've wondered about, and some I've never heard of.  That sounds like a pretty good mix to me.  Again, thank you!

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« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2009, 12:38:42 pm »
Lianne- you discovered a bookpusher's haven  here lol

The Raines Beneres books have really bad covers I think - that was one of the main reasons why I didnt pick up the books sooner. But I am glad I read this review which made me decide to pick it up and its definitely one of the best series out there.
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« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2009, 02:20:42 pm »
And I've also read Marie Brennan's books.  Love them.  (And I am kind of happy you list them by those names instead of the renamed Warrior and Witch.  I understand why the names got changed, but bah.)

Partially because I've had them so long I completely forgot that they had been renamed.  ;D  I like the original titles better anyway. :)

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« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2009, 05:23:15 pm »
A single sort of urban fantasy is the first title by L.(L.? Or A.?) Martinez, "Gil's All-Fright Diner" is hilarious, and even the sex is fairly vague and funny.  The later books are further off the 'urban fantasy' trail, but that one does take place is a ficton not too far from our world.
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« Reply #20 on: February 26, 2009, 06:57:11 pm »

Stephenie Meyer (Twilight Series)
P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (House of Night Series)

I think that both of these series are great! They don't have bad sex scenes. They do have sex involved, but they dont go in to deep details.

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« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2009, 07:50:15 am »
They are not exactly urban fantasy, but have you read any Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels?  Fun, adventurous without any descriptive snex.  I especially like the Vicky Bliss series (mysteries).  There is also an interesting series with some Native American lore by Margaret Coel.  If you like Tony Hillerman at all, I think you'd like these.

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« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2009, 10:34:11 am »
There's a young adult writer named Cassandra Clare who has a good series. Long books and very good.

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« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2009, 10:47:57 am »
I just got City of Glass the other day! And I agree I really enjoyed her series, I hear shes going to do a prequel set in the Victorian times and will focus on the ancestors of the characters in the main trilogy.
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« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2009, 07:47:16 am »
Thanks for all of these suggestions.  I am in the middle of reading the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld.  They are YA, so they are clean, and the stories are really very good.  There is even romance!

Anyone else have suggestions?  I'm alway looking for less profanity and graphic sex with more adventure and romance.  A little magic is good, too.

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« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2009, 08:45:48 am »
Melissa Marr's YA Wicked Lovely series sex is not explicit. Also I see people have mentioned CE MUrphy's Urban Shaman but the Negotiator Series doesn't have much sex in it either. And of course, Harry Dresdan {Jim Butcher's Dresdan Files} rarely gets laid and that's just sad LOL 

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« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2009, 09:15:26 am »
Oh, I know.  Poor Harry.  Have you heard about the first line from his next book?  You just have to watch out for that unprotected nookie!

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« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2009, 09:17:46 am »
where did you hear about the first line is up on the website?
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« Reply #29 on: August 10, 2009, 10:10:24 am »
A 100 pages of speculation off of a misquoted start thread. lord
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« Reply #30 on: August 10, 2009, 10:43:33 am »
Oh. MY. GOD!! I did not see that coming.  :o I mean, I know Changes but.....

I'm at Jim's board all the time but I never go into spoilers.
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« Reply #31 on: August 10, 2009, 11:32:41 am »
Gryphon, Jim confirms it farther down on the page.  Of course, just what that really means is the fodder for the next 100 pages.  I agree...much ado about fantasy.

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« Reply #32 on: August 10, 2009, 12:27:08 pm »
Jim corrects the misquote with real line.
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« Reply #33 on: August 10, 2009, 12:31:08 pm »
Well, it's not exactly urban fantasy and I don't know how easy it might be to get his books (seeing as how he's without a publisher at the moment *sigh*), but Stephen Woodworth's Violet Eyes series was really good. The first one is Through Violet Eyes and always reminded me a little of Minority Report, I don't know why, since people with violet eyes, in this world, can get into contact with the dead, not see the future. :)

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Anyway, other suggestions: Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series shouldn't have graphic sex in it, since it's YA. I only read the first book so far and it's really good (2nd and 3rd are already in my TBR pile ;) ).

Lilith Saintcrow's Strange Angels is another YA, so no sex in there (not that there's much of it in her adult series either), but there might be a slightly higher rate of profanities. ;D
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« Reply #34 on: August 11, 2009, 09:48:50 am »
Don't know if anyone mentioned him yet, but Charles de Lint is my absolute favorite urban fantasy author and he has very little to no sex scenes at all.  He wrote UF well before anyone else really got into it and it's always very graceful and etherial.
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« Reply #35 on: August 11, 2009, 10:14:58 am »
I don't know if that qualifies as UF, but 'The War of the Flowers' by Tad Williams is a book I would definitely recommend.

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« Reply #36 on: August 11, 2009, 11:08:20 am »
I don't know if that qualifies as UF, but 'The War of the Flowers' by Tad Williams is a book I would definitely recommend.

I liked it because it was only one book.  No next books to wait for.  And I would consider it UF. 
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« Reply #37 on: March 03, 2010, 01:55:42 pm »
Just giving this thread a bump.  Anything new lately?  I read Kim Harrison's YA novel Once Dead, Twice Shy.  Okay, but not as good as her (not YA) Hollows series.  I liked Chloe Neil's Firespell.

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« Reply #38 on: March 03, 2010, 02:30:33 pm »
Rosemary and Rue and A Local Habitation by Seanan Macguire :D
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« Reply #39 on: April 30, 2010, 01:26:37 pm »
Some YA I've enjoyed lately:  Anything by Maggie Stiefvater, especially Shiver.  Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick was an interesting fallen angel book.

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« Reply #40 on: June 19, 2010, 08:22:26 am »
This is a bit on an older thread, but I thought I'd give my 2 cents.
Gail Carringer does a steampunk/UF series.  The first of the series is Soulless, Changeless came out this past spring and Blameless comes out in the fall.  There is some flirting and a little bit of sex but it's not explicit and it's kind of light and humourous.  Nothing too nasty  :)

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« Reply #41 on: June 19, 2010, 08:25:48 am »
I liked soulless :)


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« Reply #42 on: June 19, 2010, 08:41:36 am »
I liked soulless :)

Changeless is good too, but the crazy, cliff hanger ending made me want to pull out my hair.  Why do Authors do that to us !!


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« Reply #43 on: June 19, 2010, 08:50:16 am »
There is a cliffhanger  :o  uh oh, I will not buy that until the next one is available then.



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« Reply #44 on: June 19, 2010, 09:44:18 am »
I mentioned in the What Are you Reading Now thread that Changeless had a not very happy ending, but that it was sure to be resolved in Blameless (It better be!!!).  But it's a pretty good book anyway!

 :D I don't write sex scenes in my stuff .... I never get far enough into the story to have it needed!  Or it just isn't needed anyway!

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« Reply #45 on: June 21, 2010, 02:51:23 pm »
I thought of another series: Rachel Caine's Weather Warden one, at least up until book #3 (that's where I'm at in this series), doesn't have any graphic scenes. :)
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Bump.  Anything new? 

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« Reply #47 on: July 27, 2018, 10:34:59 am »
Katherine Addison, The Goblin Emperor. None.

The Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch, starting with Midnight Riot. Sex happens, but it's mentioned briefly and then we're on with the story.

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Re: Urban fantasy recommendations with no graphic sex, please?
« Reply #48 on: October 01, 2018, 01:05:46 pm »
Thanks, Pondhawk.  I'll check them out!

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Re: Urban fantasy recommendations with no graphic sex, please?
« Reply #49 on: October 01, 2018, 04:04:42 pm »
Only satisfied customers with those.