Oh, I like the Tobey Daye books, especially the Ludiaeg (sp). I finished One Salt Sea a few weeks ago. I'm currently reading The Revivalist by Rachel Caine. I just finished Anne Perry's Paragon Walk and Summer Crossing, a novella by Julie Kagawa, part of her Iron Fey series. I also started a book called Hidden Camera by Zoran Zivkovic (Albanian writer, the book is supposed to be a Kafka-like fantasy). It is deeply weird.
Yes, especially the Luidaeg, Spike and Tybalt. What do you think of The Revivalist? It got some pretty bad reviews, and I haven't read it yet. I'm late getting to Anne Perry's new Christmas novelette because of being distracted by Tobey : )
The Revivalist is okay, not terrific, but I'll probably read the next one. I'm only about 26% into the book (reading it as a library ebook), so maybe my opinion will change if the plot does a nosedive. So far it's kept me engrossed in the story.
I'm not a big Rachel Caine fan. I didn't like her Weather Warden series, but I do like the Morganville Vampires, so I was willing to give this book a try when I saw it available in ebook at my library.
Just started Michael Marshall Smith's One of Us in paper and Jennifer L Armentrout's Obsidian (A Lux Novel, Book One) in ebook. One of Us is brilliant - laugh-out-loud funny and weird. Not sure about Obsidian yet. Seems like just another teen paranormal romance so far.
It started well, but the writer couldn't sustain the two-character set-up. After a while I felt there had been too much gory detail; even the relatively happy ending for some of the characters didn't really redeem the book. Also, the main male character was really the author, a la Dan Brown and Robert Langdon (among others we could mention . . . ).
Steampunk can be OK-I think of some of Barbara Hambly's series as steampunk before it had a name; she writes well about magic in an emerging technological world. I'm not into it in general, but you might try "Cold Magic" by Kate Elliott.
Aerin, I think I have all the Lord Darcy books. I haven't read them for a long time and wouldn't have thought of Garrett's writing in that context.
I sort of like steampunk. Not as an exclusive read, but I love the "mood" (Victorian styles, but some "modern" conveniences). I finished Hidden Camera which was unusual but kind of fun (guy running all over the city in response to notes and invitations). I haven't figured out if its supposed to be a metaphor for life or death (or just strange and the author was punking us readers). I'll still trying to finish Working Stiff which has gotten kind of dull towards the middle and I've started reading Emma and the Vampires, another parody like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibilty and Sea Monsters and Jane Slayre. It's not quite as funny as P & P and Zombies, but it's entertaining nonetheless.
Just finished Marissa Meyer's "Cinder," and I REALLY liked it. It's basically a sci-fi retelling of "Cinderella," but the author puts a lot of really intricate plotting into the story as well. Plagues, mutant armies, conspiracies, mind powers, and an adorable robot.
Oh, and I'm a pretty devoted steampunk fan. Not the biggest in the world, but I do enjoy it a lot, especially when it's incorporated well and not just tacked on (like Cassandra Clare's Victorian books).
BTW, some of you might wanna check out Brandon Sanderson's latest Mistborn books. He had the very excellent point in the foreword that most fantasy worlds remain technologically static, so he came up with the idea of having his fantasy world unfold in three stages: a medieval stage, a modern urban stage, and a futuristic-fantasy stage. And that is why I adore Sanderson.
But he also wrote a one-off Mistborn novel set in a sort of Gilded-Age society, with emerging steampunk technology alongside the longstanding, well-established magic.