Dresden Files Catch-All (possible spoilers)

MathGoddess wrote:

Ilona Andrews - Kate Daniels series. Love love love it.
Ben Aaronovich - set in London. Also comics.
Patricia Briggs- shapeshifters in Seattle. Start with those, then can go with Alpha/Omega series

Iffy....
Faith Hunter

Read all those. Liked for the most part.

Still think Dresden is the best. But man is it taking a while from book to book.

Peace Talks got named in May 2014, but still no release date?

He started the steampunk series with Aeronaut's Windlass but that's the last I've seen of his writing.

Try Jacka.

I've actually been working my way back through the Dresden series recently on Audible, and I just started Skin Game yesterday. I would recommend Benedict Jacka's "Alex Verus" series. I feel like he's a much more competent writer than most in the genre. Even Butcher started off pretty rough with his series, but got better quickly. Jacka's books just seem tighter and more thought out than most right from the beginning.

MathGoddess wrote:

Avoid like plague...Laurel K Hamilton. Anita Blake series was good in early 90s then author had divorce and writing went to poor erotica.

Is that what happened! I'd often wondered. The first... six(?) or so books were decent, but the pronounced soft-core turn was quite the departure.

Rob_Anybody wrote:

I would recommend Benedict Jacka's "Alex Verus" series. I feel like he's a much more competent writer than most in the genre.

Not the first time I've heard that. Putting it on the list.

MathGoddess has some good ones in there. I'll add some more:

Top recommendation:
Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series. Probably the closest analogue to Dresden. It's about a wizard who has the power of short term foresight. Which is really pretty innovatively used in the books. Like Dresden, he's an outsider to the wizarding community for reasons that show up eventually. I might actually like this more than Dresden, as Dresden is more predictable to me at this point.

Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville series. Radio talk show host who's a werewolf named Kitty. Pretty overlooked series, but she's one of GRRM's co-authors on his Wild Card series, and this series is enjoyable. And it actually has an end.

Mike Carey's Felix Castor series about an exorcist.

manta173 wrote:

Arise thread!!! Bright made me want more Urban fantasy, and since the next book isn't out for a bit... I come to ask for more recommendations...

Most that I would suggest are already mentioned, but also:

Harry Connolly's Twenty Palaces books plus the separate, stand-alone "A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark" Connolly's books page. Twenty Palaces are gritty and cosmic horror tinged, the other is a quite gentle mystery.

Also Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim books. They're pretty in-your-face with a "screw you and also everyone else" attitude from the main character (and, I suspect, the author) but pretty fun if the style doesn't turn you off right away. Slim is a killer: "the monster who hunts monsters." He's got a new series of light fantasy heist stories too, that is also good (that's the "Coop" series).

The Valducan series by Seth Skorkowsky is a pretty good series about sentient holy weapons that can kill demons and the secret society of knights that wield them in the modern day.

Urban fantasy, eh? Looking through my kindle books, here's what I'd suggest (that isn't Ben Aaronovich or Benedict Jacka, who are wonderful):

Gene Doucette's Immortal series is an interesting series. The main character is one of the few immortals he knows of, having lived for fifty thousand years or so, though he was frequently blackout drunk once wine was discovered. It's got all the hidden nasties and government agencies you might expect from urban fantasy, with a somewhat noir feel to the protagonist, as he mostly gets beat up a lot. It's got its goofy moments and its dark moments, but overall I really enjoyed this series.

Max Gladstone's Craft series isn't classic urban fantasy, insofar as it doesn't take place during today. However, it is a fantasy series set in a series of wonderful and strange cities so I'd argue it still fits. And the writing is absolutely top notch, just head and shoulders above what Butcher's put out.

On the lighter side, Drew Hayes' Fred the Vampire Accountant series is a very, very good series that's always pretty uplifting, if you're in the mood for that.

Edit: Oh, and in terms of not-series, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker is also absolutely wonderful. It's in absolutely no way like Dresden, really, other than there being magic and set in an American city (New York), but I'd still recommend taking a look at the preview, at least.

Tim Pratt has an urban fantasy series centered around a female wizard named Marla Mason, published under TA Pratt. They're pulpy, fast-paced, and enjoyable for exactly what they are.

Can I second the Toby Daye series by Seanan McGuire. I am working my way through and it has the same sense of rapid "OMG I NEED TO SOLVE THIS NOW" that Dresden does, but coming from a completely different angle, and it doesn't (at least up to book 6) get to "The world will end....again."

bnpederson wrote:

Max Gladstone's Craft series isn't classic urban fantasy, insofar as it doesn't take place during today. However, it is a fantasy series set in a series of wonderful and strange cities so I'd argue it still fits. And the writing is absolutely top notch, just head and shoulders above what Butcher's put out.

I think it fits the genre, it’s a modern, industrialized society with tv, coffee shops, and nightclubs, it just happens to be set on a fictional world instead of Earth (though most of the settings are clearly based on Earth locations).

I’ve been reading this series over the last few weeks, currently finishing book four of five and I also highly recommend them. Unless book five is astoundingly bad this is set to be one of the best fantasy series I’ve read.

ruhk wrote:

book four of five

Six now. "The Ruin of Angels" starts a new sequence set a while after the first five. A few characters return as well.

Stele wrote:
MathGoddess wrote:

Ilona Andrews - Kate Daniels series. Love love love it.
Ben Aaronovich - set in London. Also comics.
Patricia Briggs- shapeshifters in Seattle. Start with those, then can go with Alpha/Omega series

Iffy....
Faith Hunter

Read all those. Liked for the most part.

Still think Dresden is the best. But man is it taking a while from book to book.

Peace Talks got named in May 2014, but still no release date?

I'd second most of this (never read the Aaronovich books). I'd disagree on Faith Hunter though, I would recommend the Jane Yellowrock series as well, just if I had a choice of just one series other then Dresden it would definitely either be Mercy Thompson or Kate Daniels. FWIW, the Kate Daniels series is wrapping up in the next book, which I view both positively and negatively. The obvious bad is I lose a first day purchase book, the good side is the series doesn't devolve the way some urban fantasies do: introduce a new power the protaganist gains every book, introduce a new more powerful antagonist, repeat until absurdity and beyond as long as the royalty checks keep coming in.

Another plug for Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series. I couldn't put them down once i started.

Other suggestions:

Nightlord series by Garon Whited
Midnight series by Charlaine Harris (True Blood, Sookie Stackhouse author) There's a new TV show based on it which is awful.

Second on the Sandman Slim series. It's an angry fook it all version of Dresden.

Wow... giant dump of stuff.

It seems like Jacka's Alex Versus series and Max Gladstone's Craft series are top recommendations with many others sounding really good.

As far as news on the next Dresden book... supposedly after the steampunk novel he had some family/personal issues crop up that got in the way of writing, but he started back up in September. Since it typically takes a year for him to write I am betting we see something by the end of next year, maybe even sooner if he was already relatively far along. He seems to have an overall plan for the series with the number of standard books set and a list of end of the series books listed as well. I don't think we have a GRRM situation.

I am thinking that if I get ambitious I need to take the list given here and turn it into some sort of document with descriptions and the number of people who recommend each series. Add in links to the book or series descriptions on goodreads or some such site.... And then I think.... I have a toddler... and am going to the National Championship game and PAX next week... damn I need more time to do all the things.

I swear I keep trying to cull my list of books to read. Now I've got two new ones checked out from the library and a longer list of authors to investigate.

I'm kinda partial to the Simon Greene Nightside series, but have not gotten around to reading the last couple.

I got see a couple of panels at DragonCon last year with Jim Butcher and he stated he's definitely working on the next Dresden book but he didn't have a release date yet. He's also been lightly involved with a Dresden graphic novel series and pnp rpg in addition to the steampunk series he's writing.

Kehama wrote:

I got see a couple of panels at DragonCon last year with Jim Butcher and he stated he's definitely working on the next Dresden book but he didn't have a release date yet. He's also been lightly involved with a Dresden graphic novel series and pnp rpg in addition to the steampunk series he's writing.

As a side note. I love going to his panels... I saw one once with him and Patrick Rothfuss and loved it. Those two should get together on a project... after they finish their main book series...

manta173 wrote:
Kehama wrote:

I got see a couple of panels at DragonCon last year with Jim Butcher and he stated he's definitely working on the next Dresden book but he didn't have a release date yet. He's also been lightly involved with a Dresden graphic novel series and pnp rpg in addition to the steampunk series he's writing.

As a side note. I love going to his panels... I saw one once with him and Patrick Rothfuss and loved it. Those two should get together on a project... after they finish their main book series...

The panel they had about magic systems? That one is really good.

Out of all of these, I'm highest on the Ben Aaronovitch novels, which I personally rank ahead of Butcher's work. That said, they have a bit of a different feel than most urban fantasy, maybe with a bit less of a foot stuck in urban fantasy genre conventions. I don't think they work as straight Jim Butcher substitutes.

manta173 wrote:

And then I think.... I have a toddler... and am going to the National Championship game and PAX next week... damn I need more time to do all the things.

The PAX thing helps somewhat. Lots of lines, plenty of reading time.

As a set of airplane reads / popcorn books goes, I can recommend The Demon Accords series by John Conroe. Lot's of steely-eyed dudes and incredibly beautiful women, but there are some interesting twists.


Another ‘Dresden Files’ TV Series is in the Works

Fox21 Television Studios have optioned the rights to attempt to bring Butcher’s books to life again.

Please don't suck, please don't suck, please don't suck.

Butcher seemed to deny this on Twitter. Likely during a break while finishing Peace Talks.

Hahahahahahaahahahaaha yeah, we know it's never coming out. I'm sorry. I couldn't keep it going.

Recently moved to Chicago and just started reading the series from the beginning when I saw this thread pop up and figured I should tag in. Read a couple of the early books some time ago, but I'm looking forward to working my way all the way through this time. I'm enjoying being in the setting while I read!

I re read the entire series this summer. Really need a new book.

I found the original book series because of the Sci fi show.