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Beth. 22. Occasional writer, frequent crier. Great supporting character but a shitty protagonist. Freelance labyrinth constructor. Believer in cities.



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Anonymous asked: Sorry to bug you, but I just finished the Matthew Swift books on your recommendation forever ago and I LOVED THEM and am now desperate for more modern magic/urban fantasy books to devour. Could you point me in the right direction?

Sure! I can think of a few off the top of my head, and I’m sure other people will have suggestions in the replies.

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch is always my top pick! I’ve talked about them before, I think. PC Peter Grant is recruited to magic regulation branch of the Metropolitan Police—currently staffed by the last wizard in England, and literally no-one else— to solve a series of bizarre and gruesome murders. Hands-down my favourite aspect of these books is the goddess Mama Thames and her daughters (goddesses of the Thames’ tributaries) who control various territories in London. 

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor is a kid’s/teen book but it’s a phenomenal modern magic novel set in a village in Nigeria. Thirteen-year-old Sunny Nwazue finds out she is a Leopard Person— someone who has magic. She is thrown into the culture of Leopard People, where currency falls from the sky whenever you learn something new, everyone has their own unique spirit face, giant wasps build works of art out of detritus every morning and powerful spirits known as masquerades can be summoned if you are brave/foolish enough. Sunny and her friends must find teachers and master their juju quickly in order to take down the child-killer known as Black Hat. I’ve babbled about this book before, but it’s just so good.

While we’re on kids/teen books, there’s also the Skullduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy. This is another magical-law-enforcement type deal except this time one is a Teen and the other is a skeleton. (Yeah).  It’s funny, it’s dark, Valkyrie Cain is one of my favourite teen protagonists ever because she takes no shit and loves herself and spends a load of time getting buff so she can kick the crap out of bad guys. Subverts a lot of tropes and looks great doing it.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is probably the most quoted example of the genre and you can see its fingerprints on a lot of urban fantasy novels written since. Richard Mayhew reaches out to a girl in trouble and ends up falling through the cracks of the city into London Below, a maze of mythic/political territories designated by Tube stations. Worth it for the Marquis de Carabas, if nothing else. 

Plus, his Sandman graphic novel series. Not exactly urban fantasy, but definitely modern magic. Focussed around Morpheus, Lord of Dream and one of the seven Endless, who are all anthropomorphic personifications of various aspects of humanity. (Death is my favourite. Death is pretty much everyone’s favourite). The first few trades are self-contained vignettes, beginning with Morpheus’ search for some of his stolen equipment. Also, my babe Lucifer is in it, and he looks a bit like David Bowie.

oh and also? graphic novel-wise? check out DC’s Hellblazer, the comic series the film and upcoming Constantine series is based on. It is about a bisexual working class British magician and the absolute fucking shambles that is his life. This series can get pretty fucking dark, however, so definitely do your research beforehand. It’s easiest to start with the Original Sins trade paperback collection, but be warned that the Newcastle arc comes with a massive trigger warning for rape.

I’ve heard good things about The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher over the years, but those good things are usually accompanied by a self-deprecating eye-roll, so make of that what you will

Author-wise, you might want to check out China Mieville? I loved The City and The City but I wasn’t fond of Kraken (it had so much potential! urban gods! giant squid cults! a Familiars Union! augh!) so he’s a bit hit and miss for me. Perdido Street Station is one of his most popular novels, a kind of grimy almost-steampunk urban fantasy set in the fictional city of New Crobuzon, where there are women with scarab-beetles for heads, spliced human/animal/machine constructs, and demons. I have not read this book, but I am definitely going to at some point. King Rat is another London-based urban fantasy novel of his that you might want to check out.

Amazon is desperate to recommend me the Felix Castor novels by Mike Carey. It keeps sending me emails with SUPERNATURAL NOIR written at the top in an effort to lure me in and I am disgustingly predictable, because it’s working. If you read these before I do, let me know what they’re like?

SO. This turned out to be a lot longer than expected but I hope this was helpful! Please drop me an ask about books any time, I will talk about books forever.

Viola Davis is a freaking tour de force. As she slowly peels back her wig, her eyelashes and wipes away her makeup, you can just see Annalise come undone. She doesn’t say a word, but you can feel the pain radiating off her. It gave me the chills. (x)

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amazonpoodle:

what if the reason nobody can tell fred and george apart is because they really are interchangeable

not in a ~it doesn’t matter~ way but like. molly and arthur used to worry that fred and george might turn out to be squibs because they weren’t doing any accidental magic as children, but they were, THEY TOTALLY WERE, it just wasn’t anything flashy, instead they were just like idly switching bodies all the time

and like sometimes it doesn’t make much of a difference, whatever, wake up in the opposite bed you went to sleep in, but it gets like dangerous and weird if you’re on a broom or in the pond or letting your mum teach you to cook or trying to be mad stealth, so for a long long time everybody presumes they’re clumsy maybe-squibs and that they’re doing their twin lying thing when they try to explain what’s going on, so they learn to handle the issue their ownselves

they just. don’t go anywhere without the other. they start each day deciding which body is going to be which (because at this point they really don’t know which body is technically fred and which is technically george), and they learn to reorient FAST when they switch, and what things set them off, and eventually they learn how to act like nothing’s up even when one of them’s in the air and one’s on the ground or whatever, and then they burn past that til they can finish each other’s sentences — til they can switch midsentence — til they can play beater together — til they can switch in a split second in the middle of a game — til there’s room for other kinds of accidental magic to start showing up

at hogwarts they keep each other awake in history of magic by switching back and forth. in potions they take turns brewing and keeping lookout for the slytherins. in transfiguration and charms they keep their grades up because one of them will always get a spell right on the first try so they switch and make it look like both of them do and then they practice on their own later in private. it keeps the mystery alive.

at first they thought lee was just a lucky guesser but no, lee can always tell one twin from another twin — it’s not exactly telling fred from george, because while they are definitely two distinct personalities neither one of them feels like fred all the time or george all the time — but lee knows who he argued with yesterday or who he lent his notes to or who’s best to ask for help in astronomy and who’s best at runes. 

the weasleys are pretty bad at it for the longest time, but then bill comes home from his first year cursebreaking and he can tell, and over a holiday he teaches his trick to charlie so charlie can tell. alicia and katie and angelina can tell. the twins honestly don’t know if oliver can tell or not; so long as they’re doing what they’re supposed to on the quidditch pitch he doesn’t really care about much else. harry can tell. luna can tell. tonks can tell.

the problem is there’s no way for this to end happily

YES THERE IS

THERE IS INDEED A WAY FOR THIS TO END HAPPILY LISTEN UP

so after fred dies, george hates being trapped in one body, feels claustrophobic, misses fred so much he thinks it might drive him insane

but then one day

george blinks and he’s somewhere he wasn’t a second ago, he’s in a place full of white light and he can’t orient himself, can’t ground himself, feels dizzy and sick and overwhelmed but it only lasts for about thirty seconds.

then he’s back in his own body. 

and he looks down at his chest, his legs, his arms, there’s an ear missing so it’s definitely still his living body, but there’s something written on his arm, scrawled in messy quill ink. 

"i love you. i miss you."

george flips out, washes off the ink and immediately writes a message in reply— “how’s death going?”

he walks around with that message written on his arm for weeks, always keeping a quill pen somewhere nearby, waiting, waiting, before it finally happens again. the switch. george is alive, so he can’t handle being in the afterlife, he feels dizzy and sick and it’s the worst feeling in the world, but it doesn’t last long, and when he gets back to his living body, there’s a long message from fred waiting on his right thigh, the ink still drying.

this goes on for years, never as often as either twin would like, but it’s enough. fred helps george figure out how to propose to angelina, fred helps plan the wedding. sometimes it’s fred in george’s body when angelina kisses her husband. sometimes she suspects, but she doesn’t mind in the slightest.

it gets easier as george gets older. the times when he switches into fred’s afterlife don’t hurt as much. he almost feels comfortable there, almost feels oriented. he knows he’s getting closer to dying.

then when george is past ninety, lying on his deathbed, he writes a careful message on his palm. “i’m coming soon. where are you?”

they switch, it lasts for almost five minutes this time, and when george gets back into his own body, he sees the instructions fred wrote over his heart.

"you’ll wake up in king’s cross station. take the second train and get off at the third stop. i’ll be waiting."

spyderqueen:

Welp, I’ll be keeping this image for reference.

spyderqueen:

Welp, I’ll be keeping this image for reference.

Abbie “Flawless” Mills
kevinwada:

Sleep Hollow #1 BOOM! Exclusive Cover

kevinwada:

Sleep Hollow #1 BOOM! Exclusive Cover

kevinwada:

Ursula
Wizard World Austin 2014 sketch
Fashionized sea witch for ya.

kevinwada:

Ursula

Wizard World Austin 2014 sketch

Fashionized sea witch for ya.

ksci-labs:

pacificrimmovie makes a single tweet to a Facebook photo and I nearly throw my laptop.

softer:

euo:

Robert Montgomery

softer:

euo:

Robert Montgomery

i’m always on your side. 

onceuponamirror:

this post is dedicated to the expressions a 300 year old pirate makes as he calls his girlfriend on his new iphone 








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