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1goth_huntress
Jan 5, 2007, 4:04pm

I'm currently reading Dead Man Rising.
Next on my list is Firestorm which has been on list for a long time.
Just finished Fool Moon.

I'm also working on an edit of my first novel that I'm going to start pitching. There have been others, but they aren't up to snuff. It's hard to find time to read and write for me.

2Jenson_AKA_DL
Jan 5, 2007, 7:57pm

I'm currently reading Circus of the Darned by Katie Maxwell which is young adult, but I suppose it can be considered urban fantasy. Are vampires considered fantasy characters?

3goth_huntress
Edited: Jan 6, 2007, 2:19am

oh yes, Vampires are very urban fantasy. Laurell K Hamilton has a lot of vampires in her books. Her first Anita Blake book was Circus of the Damned - if I remember correctly.

4SimonW11
Jan 6, 2007, 2:40am

Circus of the Darned:^))) What a great title!

5Jenson_AKA_DL
Jan 6, 2007, 8:35am

Circus of the Darned is cute. It is the YA version of Katie MacAlister's romance novels of the Dark Ones and their Beloveds.

Has anybody read Tithe and Valiant by Holly Black? They would definately fit into the urban fantasy catagory.

6SimonW11
Jan 6, 2007, 11:17am

Tithe is on my borrowed from the Library pile.

7ryvre
Jan 6, 2007, 11:39am

I'm in the middle of Death Masks by Jim Butcher.

I recently finished Ill Wind by Rachel Caine and War for the Oaks by Emma Bull.

8Blackeminence
Jan 6, 2007, 8:28pm

Yes, both Holly Black books are surely urban fantasy. Valiant perhaps even more so than Tithe, I found. Both are great though.

9jayble First Message
Jan 11, 2007, 9:21pm

I recently read the Simon Green Nightside series. It is set in London and was a really fun, fast past series. I recently received that latest book in this series, but haven't had a chance to read it yet.

10radiantarchangelus
Jan 12, 2007, 1:31pm

#9 - I just found these at the library - they look pretty interesting. I of course ran back to LT to check and see if anyone on this group had read them. :D The library did not have Something from the Nightside which is first according to a list I found. Will it make much difference?

11jayble
Jan 12, 2007, 3:39pm

#10 It might. I would say that you are fairly safe in reading the second one if you don't have the first one, but jumping halfway through would be a bad idea. The first one really lays the groundwork for the characters and what is going on, and each additional book builds a side plot that eventual comes to fruition in the 5 or 6 th book. If you can get a hold of the first one, the second one is an ok starting point, but I wouldn't start in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th book. You will be lost.

12radiantarchangelus
Jan 12, 2007, 4:11pm

Jayble - thanks. I have a lot to read right now, I think I'll take the time to track down the first and then read them in order.

13Golophin
Jan 13, 2007, 5:34pm

The last Urban Fantasy i read was Working for the Devil, the author has a great imagination.

14tyger_raven
Jan 22, 2007, 1:33pm

The last that I read was Glass Houses by Rachel Caine. Although, technically it's labeled YA, I really don't see why. Sure, it's a lighter read than Ill Wind and the rest of the Weather Warden series, but Glass Houses has vampires! How much more Urban Fantasy can you get? BTW, I loved Glass Houses so much that I can't wait for The Dead Girls' Dance which comes out in April.

15Jenson_AKA_DL
Jan 22, 2007, 2:32pm

I loved Glass Houses as well, except that I just about wanted to hurl the book out the window when it ended. But, that was only because I loved it soooo much! Rachel Caine is very friendly too. She appeared on a myspace group I was part of which was very neat. I wound up apologizing because I kind of ranted about the book ending in my review and she said it wasn't a big deal. Also, the way she originally wrote the book ending was a bit different from how it was published.

16amberwitch
Feb 18, 2007, 10:11am

Most recent urban fantasy: Dead Witch Walking and The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison. The first one was good, but in the second one Rachel Morgan behaved so stupidly I found it hard to care about her anymore, so I don't know if I'd recommend it, or read the third book in the series. The first one I actually found better than Rachel Caines Ill Wind.

I also just finished Widdershins by Charles de Lint which was good, but suffered a bit from seeming to include every Newford character, and having to recap events from earlier books.

17kcasada
Edited: Feb 23, 2007, 2:09pm

Across the Nightingale Floor. I started Charles De Lint's Trader but got a bit bogged down.

18booklover79
Apr 13, 2007, 5:21pm

Just finished A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton.

19bluetyson
Apr 13, 2007, 8:40pm

20SlithyTove
Apr 14, 2007, 6:46am

Last Call by Tim Powers. Highly recommended.

21Jeephpy
Apr 15, 2007, 10:33pm

Just finished Mythago Wood and found it fascinating. I would be interested in more about each of the mythical characters met.

22Jenson_AKA_DL
Apr 16, 2007, 8:26am

I finished Urban Shaman last night which seems like a pretty good introduction to an urban fantasy series. I'll definitely have to go track down and read the other books in the series.

23reading_fox
Apr 16, 2007, 8:29am

Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave peril and I'm about halfway through Summer Knight which is my favourite so far. I've just bought Proven Guilty so I'll read the rest in order to get the history right.

24booklover79
Apr 22, 2007, 12:41pm

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25booklover79
Apr 22, 2007, 12:41pm

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26booklover79
Apr 22, 2007, 12:41pm

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27booklover79
Apr 22, 2007, 12:41pm

I read Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton last. Currently reading Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison and The Killing Dance.

28booklover79
Apr 22, 2007, 12:42pm

That was the weirdest thing. Has anyone posted a message and had it post multiple times all at once?

29KimarieBee
Apr 22, 2007, 9:57pm

Just recently finished The Resurrectionists by Kim Wilkins. I know she said the main character "Maisie" felt special to her but I actually preferred Grimoire but maybe that was because I read it first.

30Jenson_AKA_DL
Apr 25, 2007, 8:38am

Last night I started the second Midnighters book by Scott Westerfeld. I think he's just an amazing writer.

31booklover79
May 6, 2007, 5:10pm

I read Moon Called by Patricia Briggs and Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton.

32callady
May 12, 2007, 11:45pm

I read Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy, really enjoyed it.

33Jenson_AKA_DL
Jun 19, 2007, 3:12pm

>32 callady: I liked Urban Shaman too! I keep meaning to request the next one from the library but my stack of library books I already have out right now is kind of scary.

Last night I finished Storm Front by Jim Butcher which was very good.

34seitherin
Jun 20, 2007, 9:12pm

35booklover79
Jun 22, 2007, 5:00pm

I just finished reading Fool Moon! About to start Grave Peril.

36Jenson_AKA_DL
Jun 23, 2007, 4:42pm

I'm waiting for Fool Moon to arrive from the library.

37ph8
Jul 13, 2007, 5:31am

Latest Urban Fantasy read was Glass Houses by Rachel Caine which I actually didn't enjoy very much -- love Caine's Weather Warden books, though :)

Next UF read? Probably Club Dead by Charlaine Harris.

38seitherin
Jul 24, 2007, 12:10am

I just finished Grave Peril by Jim Butcher last night. It's the 3rd Harry Dresden book.

39seitherin
Aug 7, 2007, 12:10am

I just finished Temping Fate by Esther Friesner this weekend. It's YA fantasy about a high schooler working as a temp for the Fates. Light, quick, and cute.

40seitherin
Aug 11, 2007, 11:14am

I polished off another Harry Dresden book - Summer Knight by Jim Butcher.

41Jenson_AKA_DL
Aug 26, 2007, 3:22pm

I read Fool Moon last week which was really good and am looking forward to Grave Peril which should be in this week from the library as well as Tanya Huff's first to books in her Blood Ties series.

Right now I'm reading a YA urban fantasy, So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld.

42CBrachyrhynchos
Aug 28, 2007, 9:27am

I just finished Night watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

43Whispering First Message
Oct 22, 2007, 7:47am

44seitherin
Oct 27, 2007, 12:07pm

I just finished Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley. It's basically the story of a boy who becomes the mother of dragon in a US where dragons are a (mostly) protected endangered species kept on a preserve meant to contain them. The story is quite entertaining although the teenage voice the story is told in does get annoying occasionally.

45seitherin
Jan 11, 2008, 8:52pm

I finished Death Masks last night and I'm about to start Blood Rites, both by Jim Butcher.

46seitherin
Jan 13, 2008, 11:54pm

I just finished Blood Rites and I've started Dead Beat, both by Jim Butcher.

47seitherin
Jan 20, 2008, 4:55pm

I polished off Dead Beat by Jim Butcher.

48seitherin
Jan 23, 2008, 9:19pm

I finished Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher yesterday.

49cjlib
Mar 29, 2008, 11:27am

so i've read quite a few lately:
Vulnerable, which is first in series. i really liked this book and am going to pick up the rest soon.
Lucinda Darkly, it's kinda reminiscent of Laurell K. Hamilton/ anne bishop. Also read Sunny's Mona Lisa Awakening. It had lots of good reviews. i liked the book despite some glaring problems like the character's voice kept changing to fit the circumstances and she developed skills in diplomacy over night. i'll probably try the next one. this writing was like anne bishop/ laurell k hamilton
The Devil Inside, i liked this book, thought it was a good beginning to the series. I have some unanswered questions that i hope the author will deal with in the next book.
valiant i really liked this story. didn't realize it was the second book so i'll have to pick up tithe before i read ironside

50Kegsoccer
Edited: Jun 13, 2008, 12:36am

Last I read was Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs I sympathize about the poster who mentioned ranting about an ending.... for me this was a book just like that.

51anjaleblanc
May 1, 2008, 11:45pm

I just finished Ink Exchange from Melissa Marr, the second novel after Wicked Lovely. It's YA, Dark Urban Fantasy, and about Faeries. Got some other new books recently that moved to the top of my ever growing reading pile: Key To Conspiracy by Talia Gryphon, second novel after Key to Conflict; One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, second novel after Halfway to the Grave; The Queen's Bastard by C.E. Murphy, start to a new series. New series are exhilarating so it's hard to wait until the next book comes out. Sometimes it's nice to discover "old" series where I can "devour" them all one after the other :)

52FreakGirl
May 27, 2008, 4:03am

I've just read Stolen by Kelley Armstrong, and I'm off to the library to eat more of her books.

53Cerulean07
Edited: May 29, 2008, 3:52pm

I got extremely lucky and recieved an ARC of Night Shift, the new series by Lilith Saintcrow. I *just* got it in the mail and will start on it tonight, and then post a review of it as soon as I'm done.

54Joles
Edited: Jun 14, 2008, 10:35am

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55shazellery
Jun 12, 2008, 11:53pm

I just finished reading Charles de Lint's "Dingo". Urban fantasy set in Canada and involving the Indian spirit world.

56Kegsoccer
Jun 13, 2008, 12:22am

Just finished Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward. See my review here.

57Joles
Jun 14, 2008, 10:36am

Working on the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.

I've finished:
Glass Houses
Dead Girls' Dance
Midnight Alley

And I'm working on:
Feast of Fools

58GirlMisanthrope
Jun 21, 2008, 1:02am

Just started Wild Reel by Paul Brandon. The first couple chapters were too floridly written for my taste but I am glad I stuck with it. It has become the kind of book I stay up late reading and am then exhausted at work the next day.

59scriberscouse
Jun 22, 2008, 3:06pm

I just finished Night Life by Caitling Kettridge which I was surprised at how much I enjoyed although the ending and denoument felt a little rushed I really liked the world of the books. I also hugely enjoyed Jeanine Frost's Halfway to the Grave which quite surprised me as normally I avoid paranormal romance if I can help it, actually strictly speaking I suspect that that wouldn't count as urban fantasy so I guess the last one I read was Iron Kissed which made me want to cry at the end.

60amberwitch
Edited: Jun 22, 2008, 3:12pm

I just finished Blood Lines, the third in The World of the Lupi series. It wasn't as good as the first two books, but still wellwritten. Despite EIleen Wilks being a romance writer, it is more of an urban fantasy than a paranormal romance imo.

61foxfire
Jun 22, 2008, 3:44pm

I recently finished rereading Finder by Emma Bull, but am now deep in the Fourth Realm Trilogy. I'm on The Dark River, by John Twelve Hawks. He's a really great writer.

62seitherin
Jul 15, 2008, 9:58am

I just polished off Small Favor by Jim Butcher.

63spoiledfornothing
Aug 16, 2008, 7:07pm

last i finished was into the flame by chritina dodd. though that is more paranormal romance than urban fantasy

64viciouslittlething
Aug 18, 2008, 4:02pm

Message 62: seitherin I just polished off Small Favor by Jim Butcher.

me too, felt this book was leading to something and I ''need'' the next one.

I also loved Tithe, Valiant and Ironside. Holly Black came to do a lecture to a bunch of our MA Creative Writing folk and I snuck in at the back. Great lecture on urban fantasy/faerytales.

I think Kat Richardsons poltergeist is next to be read.

65Ricechex
Aug 25, 2008, 7:02pm

I just finished Dead As A Doornail by Charlaine Harris - the 5th Sookie Stackhouse novel. And so now I have jumped into Definitely Dead - book 6 in the same series. After that, it's on to book 7 All Together Dead because book 8, From Dead to Worse, is currently on hold at the library (I am just waiting my turn for it to come in and it won't be long now!).

Not sure where I will go after Sookie, though. I have so many on my TBR list that I have plenty of options though!

Cheers!

66Helcura
Aug 25, 2008, 7:07pm

Just finished The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison as well as Shadows in the Darkness and Shadows in the Starlight by Elaine Cunningham.

67mitchsz
Sep 5, 2008, 11:47am

Just finished Charlaine Harris ((Club Dead)) and I am waiting for ((Dead to the World)) to come into the library, so I am now reading Laurell K Hamilton ((Bloody Bones)) I have so many in my unread list and not enough time to read them - I want to read them all at once!!

68UrbanFantasy
Sep 6, 2008, 3:53pm

Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn. Light but fun. When they put them in Romance instead of SciFi/fantasy section in bookstore, you have to expect less social commentary and more relationship issues. But hey, any heroine with attitude is welcome.

69Joles
Sep 8, 2008, 9:56am

I have 3 UF books that I'm either reading or just finished...

Libba Bray's Great and Terrible Beauty
Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley
and currently reading:
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

I really enjoy the Libba Bray books and can't wait to get to the third. And ghostgirl was HS cutesy. I could see it being a Treehouse of Terror episode, but of something like Hannah Montana or Lizzie Maguire.

70KimarieBee
Oct 26, 2008, 7:37am


I've just finished The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue and I hope he'll bring out another book soon. His story of changelings/hobgoblins and their place in the modern world was fascinating.

71Jenson_AKA_DL
Oct 26, 2008, 7:40am

I finished Staying Dead by Laura Anne Gilman which is the first of her Retrievers series. I had a really hard time getting through the first half of the book, but it picked up at the end. I will try the next of the series.

72Joles
Oct 27, 2008, 12:08pm

I'm working on Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series. I'm through Ill Wind and on to Heat Stroke.

*crazy touchstones right now*

73BookWhisperer
Nov 26, 2008, 1:38pm

I am reading Bite the Bullet by la banks. I was not very fonder of the vampire huntress series, but I have found that I really like these books.

74susiesharp
Jul 31, 2009, 9:27am

Bone Crossed by, Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson #4.

75KimarieBee
Aug 1, 2009, 6:21am

The Autumn Castle by Kim Wilkins.......very creepy in an odd sort of way.

76FicusFan
Aug 1, 2009, 5:21pm

I finished Vicious Circle by Mike Carey. Urban fantasy following an exorcist with un-even control, in modern day London. This book was dealing with satanists who used Castor and were trying to sacrifice a young girl body and soul to release a major demon. Not bad, but again too long and wordy. Its over 500 pages and would have been better at 300. It picked up at the end.

77bryfrawood
Edited: Aug 13, 2009, 6:15am

I've just finished 'Dead Man Rising' and immediately picked up 'Devils Right Hand' to follow it. Also finished 'Thorn Queen' last night and am regretting devouring it so quickly - I'm currently all up to date on '(Richelle Mead''s works and I'm salivating for the next installment of anything by her.
For now though, I'm enjoying 'Lilith Saintcrow'; I can't believe I left Dante Valentine sitting on my TBR pile for so long...but at least I have a beginning, a middle, and an end to look forward to.

78AHS-Wolfy
Aug 13, 2009, 7:10am

The last UF I read was The Last Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko. Fans of the series will enjoy this latest addition.

79susiesharp
Edited: Aug 20, 2009, 1:47pm

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80Ricechex
Aug 20, 2009, 12:12pm

@ AHS-Wolfy: Did you find it hard to get into Day Watch? I've been trying, but I find it hard to slip into this one the way I did with Night Watch.

81AHS-Wolfy
Aug 20, 2009, 2:41pm

@80 Ricechex, I enjoyed all 4 of the books. The Day Watch I thought flowed more naturally between the stories and provided a more coherent plot. Perhaps it was the characters that didn't appeal to you this time around? If that's the case then you may prefer the 3rd as it goes back to Anton Gorodetsky as the primary character again.

82Ricechex
Aug 22, 2009, 7:10pm

I'm thinking it may be the characters. I've had this before, where a book was not exactly like another, and it was hard at first. Thanks for the info! It makes diving back into it a better undertaking! ^_^

83seitherin
Sep 4, 2009, 2:24pm

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler. Interesting vampire concept.

84KimarieBee
Jan 5, 2010, 6:04pm

Read the Holly Black series not long ago and was pleasantly surprised......much more gritty than I had expected.

85viciouslittlething
Jan 11, 2010, 7:55am

I have picked up Un Lun Dun by Chine Mieville from the library, I am the first to have it out, it did only come in the day before.

86FicusFan
Jan 29, 2010, 8:27am

I am now reading Dead Eye : Pennies for the Ferryman by Jim Bernheimer. I am enjoying it.

87Whispering
Feb 28, 2010, 12:23pm

I tried to read Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, but alas was unable to get into the story. I just finished Moon Called by Patricia Briggs it was a good example of why not to judge a book by it's cover.

88viciouslittlething
Jun 16, 2010, 6:26am

Finished Black Magic Sanction which was awesome and tearful, well for me anyway. I cry at anything at the moment, even adverts.

89Ricechex
Jun 16, 2010, 8:22pm

Just finished Magic on the Storm by the awesome Devon Monk (tried getting her name as a touchstone, but it kept linking to her first book instead of her - weird). It was awesome, I loved it, I can't wait for Magic at the Gate to come out.

Now reading Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews, and loving every moment if it too. *sighs* So many books, so little time!

-Cheers!

90flemmily
Edited: Jun 16, 2010, 11:20pm

Just finished my early reviewer Dark and Stormy Knights (meh - maybe worthwhile for people who love love love the authors), and started Chimera by Rob Thurman (not sure yet).

I loved Magic Bleeds, I thought it was the best Kate Daniels yet. In fact I may take a time out to re-read.

I liked Black Magic Sanction, but didn't love...I've been burning out on a lot of series lately.

91WandaduPlooy
Jul 17, 2010, 12:08pm

I love reading and I also write Urban fantasy but I am currently reading Jennifer Ashley's Pride Mates!

92redbone21
Jul 19, 2010, 10:40pm

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93seitherin
Jul 22, 2010, 12:24am

Just finished The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint.

94BookNrrrd
Jul 22, 2010, 11:22am

I just finished Glass Houses, the first Morganville Vampires book, by Rachel Caine. I've already started the second, The Dead Girls' Dance.

95viciouslittlething
Jul 23, 2010, 6:55am

#90 I know what you mean about Black Magic Sanction, we've found out more about Rachel's Powers. It seems to be a little like it's being dragged out for the final showdown.

I loved Magic Bleeds, there always seems to be answers and more questions, Kate is developing so well as a charchter.

96seitherin
Jul 23, 2010, 4:57pm

Just finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Loved it.

97SimonW11
Edited: Jul 27, 2010, 8:07pm

The Devil Inside was a bit of a disappointment to much salaciousness that did not appeal to my kinks

98hellohola26
Sep 15, 2010, 10:16am

Just finished Grave Peril and now I'm trying to find the rest of the Dresden Files. Also looking for the Hollow Series and Felix Castor Series. The books I'm looking for always seem to be out of stock... *sigh*

99leahsimone
Sep 20, 2010, 11:33pm

Love the Dresden Files! Just finished the third October Daye book: An Artificial Night - really good UF series, author just won the 2010 John W. Campbell Award For Best New Writer.

100Pedrolina
Sep 21, 2010, 12:56pm

I've just read Grave Secret. It's the first of that series I've read, and it was a decent easy read. I think I'll give the others a go too!

101NicNacNoodle
Jun 21, 2012, 7:09pm

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102peajay
Jul 20, 2012, 5:15pm

Just finished the 2nd book in the Angel Crawford series by Diana Rowland called Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues. Loved it. It's funny and well written with a heroine you want to cheer for. I am so ready for the next book in the series.

103Sable677
Jul 22, 2012, 2:16pm

I just finished Darkness Unbound by Keri Arthur. I really enjoyed it.

104Louise.Kittycat
Aug 16, 2012, 1:49pm

I am reading the Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey. Stars a great anti-hero. Very violent. Gritty. Vampires that are more kick-butt than sparkle.

Also, the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane. Main character is Chess Putnam, witchy chick who battles malevolent ghosts and anything else that gets in her way.

105Lman
Edited: Aug 17, 2012, 1:17am

104: I loved the Sandman Slim books - I just read Kill the Dead and want to read the third one Aloha from Hell now.

I'm on a Sookie kick - have been inhaling Southern Vampire Mysteries from Definitely Dead and now up to Dead Reckoning - all in a week! I read the ones before ages ago and, while collecting them, forgot what fun books they are.
It is so nice to read a series which keeps the same level of entertainment as at the beginning.

106KimarieBee
Aug 17, 2012, 2:50am

If you don't mind dark and gruesome I'd recommend The Child Thief by Brom. It's the retelling of Peter Pan and this version has some interesting twists along with the author's illustrations, which add much to the enjoyment of the story.

107seitherin
Edited: Aug 17, 2012, 4:14pm

The last thing I read was an ARC of Tad Williams' new book The Dirty Streets of Heaven coming out in September. I rather liked it. It's about angels and demons advocating for the souls of the departed and what happens when souls start going missing and a demon advocate is murdered.

Now I'm reading The Colored Lens: Summer 2012 which is a collection of stories. Only read the first two stories so far and they both have an urban fantasy bent.

108Sable677
Sep 19, 2012, 6:07pm

I am reading Vanished by Kat Richardson.

109cowdude101
Sep 19, 2012, 8:42pm

i don't no if swim the fly counts good book tho moooooooooooooooooo

110Journeyman
Oct 10, 2012, 10:57am

Just consumed, in one big gulp, Kim Harrison's Pale Demon and really enjoyed it! I love the way she slowly constructs her world and allows for solid character development. Great job, Kim!

111Lman
Oct 16, 2012, 7:18pm

>110 Journeyman:
I'm a Kim Harrison fan too! I love The Hollows series! I just inhaled A Perfect Blood.

112AdriaFaye
Jul 18, 2013, 12:37pm

Just finished A Game of Thrones by George R.R.Martin, now reading A Clash of Kings by the same author. Reading the Songs of Fire and Ice series.