Friday, July 15, 2011

Track Your Urban Fantasy Favorites With an Interactive Map

by Sara N.

The setting of an Urban Fantasy book can be as important to the story as the heroes, anti-heroes and villains. So do any of your favorites hang out in a neighborhood near you? Check out Stellar Four's map for the spots where some of our Urban Fantasy favorites play and slay.


View Urban Fantasy's Hot Spots in a larger map

Thanks to Megan S., Laurie K. and Jason N. for the assists on the series I haven't read. And apologies to those fantastic series that don't take place in an identifiable, mappable location, such as Stacia Kane's Downside novels and Lilith Saintcrow's Dante Valentine books.
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8 comments:

  1. You've left out Charles de Lint's books, which take place in Ontario or New Mexico. He was writing urban fantasy before all authors you've listed except for Anne Rice.

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  2. Thanks for the suggestion! The de Lint stories I'm familiar with are set in Newford, which is a fictional city, so I wasn't able to put it on the map. But I agree that he's a prolific Urban Fantasy author!

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  3. Jeez, the northern California Bay Area is sorely lacking in representation!

    Stella

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  4. Actually, Megan suggested a couple of San Franciso-based series, but I didn't get them onto the map. I've been adding authors I missed, so I'll have to see what I can do about that part of the country. :)

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  5. Karen Marie Moning's "MacKayla Lane Novels" take place largely in Dublin and are an excellent Urban Fantasy story, shelved in the Romance section though they may be.

    Another thought... Would Providence of some of Lovecraft's work count? It is a real city, where he grew up...

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  6. ::nodding:: I realize Newford is a fictional city; however, the books and stories set in Tamson House are in Ottawa. Tamson House first appears in _Moonheart_, and again in _Spiritwalk_. _Yarrow_ and _Jack of Kinrowan_ (originally _Jack the Giant Killer_ and _Drink Down the Moon) also take place in Ottawa. These were all written before 1992.

    Mercedes Lackey wrote the Bedlam's Bard series with first Ellen Guon, then Rosemary Edghill. The first book takes place in Los Angeles, the second in San Francisco, and then they move to New York City.

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  7. Hi Sara -

    I didn't realize there were already SF based stories. I know of one in the area, but that's it.

    I'm thinking more along the lines of you four adding your future novels to the map :)

    Stella

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  8. I like the way you think, Stella!

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