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Best Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Last Decade (2000 - 2009)

1. Dead Witch Walking (2004) by Kim Harrison – Kim's debut novel and first installment of her wildly entertaining Rachel Morgan saga, a series that – like its witchy protagionist – has developed and matured with every new installment. Unlike most series, every new novel in Kim's Rachel Morgan series is better than the last.... This is the beginning of a classic saga.

2. A Kiss of Shadows (2000) by Laurell K. Hamilton - LKH's first Merry Gentry novel and easily one of the most anticipated releases of the last decade....

3. Storm Front (2000) by Jim Butcher - the beginning of Jim's Dresden Files series, a genre hybridizing series that further opened the doors for sagas like Charlie Huston's Joe Pitt, Mario Acevedo's Felix Gomez, etc. Historically significant on numerous levels...

4. Obsidian Butterfly (2000) by Laurell K. Hamilton - LKH'S first Anita Blake novel to be released in hardcover, this is when LKH (and Anita) became truly iconic. A blockbuster release that had readers talking for years – and they're still talking....

5. Four and Twenty Blackbirds (2005) by Cherie Priest - Cherie's debut and first of her Eden Moore novels. This haunting and poetic read marked the fledgling steps of a writer who has become one of the most innovative – and significant – writers in the genre.

6. Already Dead (2005) by Charlie Huston - Charlie's first novel featuring vampire Joe Pitt, a series that continues to expand and redefine paranormal fantasy. I described this novel thusly: "The vampire mythos gets a healthy dose of attitude a la Raymond Chandler in Charlie Huston's singularly cool Already Dead, a savage and sardonic novel that blends blood-sucking fantasy and horror elements with the hard-boiled style of noir thrillers."

7. A Rush of Wings (2008) by Adrian Phoenix - Adrian's debut novel and first installment of her Maker's Song saga, one of the edgiest series out there. I mean, c'mon! How can you go wrong with a duo that includes an undead rock star and a sexy FBI agent? FYI: rumors are that Disney is looking into buying the rights to these novels for a possible movie!

8. Dead Until Dark (2001) by Charlaine Harris - the first book in Charlaine's Sookie Stackhouse series. True Blood, say no more.

9. The Nymphos of Rocky Flats (2006) by Mario Acevedo - Mario's debut novel and first book in his Felix Gomez saga, like Huston's Joe Pitt saga, a series that is redefining the genre. And talk about great opening lines: "I don't like what Operation Iraqi Freedom has done to me. I went to the war a soldier; I came back a vampire..."

10. Moon Called (2006) by Patricia Briggs - the first Mercy Thompson novel, a series that has become arguably one of the most beloved sagas ever.Like Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan saga, Patricia's Mercy Thompson novels just seem to get better and better. A sexy, tattooed shapeshifting auto mechanic, Mercy is one of the most memorable paranormal fantasy heroines out there right now...

11. Sandman Slim (2009) by Richard Kadrey – an in-your-face fusion of fantasy, horror, and hard-boiled mystery. Kadrey's biting wit that makes this novel so unforgettable. His blunt and acerbic writing style makes for simply addictive reading. Here's how he describes Los Angeles: "L.A. is what happens when a bunch of Lovecraftian elder gods and porn starlets spend a weekend locked up in the Chateau Marmont snorting lines of crank off Jim Morrison's bones. If the Viagra and illegal Traci Lords videos don't get you going, then the Japanese tentacle porn will."

12. Vanished (2009) by Kat Richardson - Kat's latest Greywalker novel and easily her strongest work to date.

13. The Scent of Shadows (2007) by Vicki Pettersson – the first novel in Vicki's Signs of the Zodiac series

Samo, zar se ovo ne zove Romance a ne Fantasy???

Supernatural Romance.

Mica Milovanovic:
Locus ga je uvrstio u svoj pregled kao "Paranormal romances"

Pretpostavljam da sam ja "znaš već ko"? Odavde nisam čitao Adrijana Finiksa, pa tu nemam šta da kažem, ali zato imam mnogo toga da kažem glede Viki Petersson - i to sve loše. U iskušenju sam da pretpostavim da autor nije znao koga da stavi na trinaesto mesto, a bilo mu je kul da ima trinaest stavki na spisku. Po istom merilu, ni Ket Ričardson nema šta da traži ovde. Znatno je bolja od Personove, ali i dalje nije najbolja u žanru. S treće strane, Džim Bučer i Čarli Hjusto pogrešno su ovde svrstani. Njihovi romani spadaju u Urban Fantasy a ne Paranormal Romace. Imalo bi smisla da se tu nađu samo ako bi spisak bio sinteza ova dva podžanra. U tom slučaju tu svakako moraju da se nađu i Carrie Vaughn, Rachel Caine (koju ne volim), C. E. Murphy i bar Mark Del Franco i Rob Thurman.


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