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Sigh. The muse doesn't want to write. I finished the book I was reading... entertaining, but not enough that I can't wait to read the next in the series. So now I'm trawling through Amazon's scifi/fantasy new releases and best-sellers, which seem to be all

- Urban fantasy crap where people have vampire/werewolf boyfriends [1]
- Star Trek books [2]
- Stuff I've already read
- Zombies
- Dreary LOTR retreads
- More vampires

And you can't even trust reviews because Twilight has 6K+ reviews and has 4 stars and ditto for the Fifty Shades Trilogy and *looks for someone in the publishing world to stab*

Even my favorite authors from the good old days - Jacqueline Carey, Lois McMaster Bujold, Sharon Shinn - are now writing urban fantasy/my boyfriend's one of the undead crap. [3]

Sigh. Ten more days until Koontz's newest Odd book comes out. At least with that series you know what you're getting.

[1] Not a fan of the genre, if you couldn't tell.
[2] Okay, yes, I've read more than my share of Star Trek books. I actually thought a couple were fantastic. But that was high school.
[3] I mentioned I have issues, right?
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Jacqueline Carey, Lois McMaster Bujold, Sharon Shinn

Whoa, we have the same short list of favorite authors! Put a few more on there, like Anne Bishop and Naomi Novik on there and you'd round out my top ones nicely.

But, yeah. Some of their recent series haven't pinged me like their earlier stuff did. I can't get into Shinn's Twelve Houses at all, though some of her works being published as YA are delightful. And I haven't been able to finish any Carey non-Kushielverse books. Bujold hasn't gone urban, though, has she? Something new I haven't seen? (I adored the Sharing Knife books, in case that's what you meant.)
Whoa, we have the same short list of favorite authors! Put a few more on there, like Anne Bishop and Naomi Novik on there and you'd round out my top ones nicely.

I've read Bishop but didn't really connect with her, and I'll admit to never having heard of Novik. I'll check her out :)

I can't get into Shinn's Twelve Houses at all

I tried, I really did, but there was just something about the characters that I couldn't quite... buy into? Even though the relationships really should have hit a few of my kinks. And even now I don't really remember anything about the plot. Compare that to her Samaria books, which I've practically memorized ;) Troubled Waters was dull. And her more recent stuff...

And I haven't been able to finish any Carey non-Kushielverse books.

Yeah. I even gave the first Santa Olivia book a go, despite my dislike of urban fantasy, just out of loyalty. And... nope.

Bujold hasn't gone urban, though, has she? Something new I haven't seen? (I adored the Sharing Knife books, in case that's what you meant.)

I don't think so... I think I just tend to lump her in with the other two because I love love love LOVE Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls... and her more recent stuff doesn't do much for me. I don't think I finished the Sharing Knife books, although I'm pretty sure I own the first couple either in paper or Nook so maybe I'll give em another go. (I have read most if not all of the Vorkosigan books, as well, but there's just so MANY of them and the plot's kind of... dense?)

My other favorite/go-to authors: Koontz, OSC (I finally settled on reading one of his newer YA, The Lost Gate, and so far it's a hoot), Brandon Sanderson, Juliette Marillier, Jack McDevit, Martha Wells' Ile-Rien books and Moira J. Moore's Heroes books (although the quality of those went downhill after #4, I'd say). ETA: And yes I've read all of GRRM's Thrones stuff, but I'm not talking to him until he finishes the series. *sulks*

(Funny story about JC's Kushiel's book. I bought Kushiel's Dart in college because the cover art appealed to me and the blurb sounded like of delightfully naughty. Tried to read it, got bogged down in royal politics and names and schemes... and stopped. Picked it up a few months later, tried again, same result. A few months after that, gave it another go, muscled through into the meat of the plot, met Joscelin, fell in love -- and by that time Kushiel's Chosen was out and Kushiel's Avatar had JUST come out, so I spent the next week or so in an angsty-happy book fog. And it was beautiful. Unfortunately I spent most of her Imri books waiting for Phedre and Joscelin to do stuff, and the Naamah books (don't remember the gal's name)... nope.)

Edited at 2013-05-19 03:50 pm (UTC)
Even my favorite authors from the good old days - Jacqueline Carey, Lois McMaster Bujold, Sharon Shinn - are now writing urban fantasy/my boyfriend's one of the undead crap. [3]

I feel your pain. I just about cried with Patricia Briggs stopped writing badass, interesting, feminist fantasy and started writing urban fantasy crap with love triangles.