I was actually going to write a second post, for launch on November 1, earlier today. Then my dad wanted to go to lunch, then I took a nap because I hadn’t slept well the night before, and then I’d forgotten what I wanted to write about.
So, um, well, book genres. The story that is foremost in my mind right now is probably going to be steampunk. So I’m going to be loading my reading up on steampunk kids’ books for the foreseeable.
I’ve also recently discovered that urban fantasy isn’t what I though it is. I guess it’s to do with my first introduction to the genre. Thomas’s friends were playing Shadowrun, which I was told was urban fantasy and was more or less described to me as the fae in a dark, magical, city setting.
And for reasons I can’t adequately explain, I’ve almost always found books with fairies in them to be really a drag. I was upset by the appearances of the fae in A Wizard Abroad, by Diane Duane (Germane Amazon Link!). I’d really enjoyed the series up until then, and was worried that it’d become a fairy-dominant story.
It doesn’t. I won’t spoil you with the details, but the Good Folk only appear in that book, and the way the book ends, I don’t think they’ll be coming back.
Anyway, thanks to a video one of my newest favorite YouTube creators, Red from Overly Sarcastic Productions (Blue is another of my newest favorite YouTube creators), I found out that a lot of my favorite series, including the entirety of the Riordanverse, is technically urban fantasy, and not a fairy in sight.
Do I have an urban fantasy story in mind? Maybe in the loosest sense of the term, but because I’m so white if I stood against a blank wall, I’d disappear, I moved my setting from the early industrial age to a fantasy world with early industrial age technology. If I can get the cutlery together to write it.