RT Times has been revealing their 2012 Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominations – here’s their paranormal/urban fantasy category (with links to the other categories). While it’s been interesting scanning through the nominated books, there are quite a few sub-categories (nine for the paranormal/urban fantasy category alone – I have to say this is the first time I’ve seen a steampunk novel section) and a correspondingly large number of books… So I’m guessing the nominee list should be taken with a slight pinch of salt, though it may be a good source for finding something in a specific sub-genre.
Estara recommended Karalynn Lee‘s fantasy romance HEART OF THE DRAGON’s REALM the other day – I liked it enough to go searching out her other works, and while looking up her short stories on the Beneath Ceaseless Skies online magazine, I found a couple of fun fantasy shorts by Marissa Lingen I enjoyed: The Witch’s Second and Cursed Motives. I’ve downloaded e-versions of her other stories to read and plan to browse through more of BCS at a later date.
Tor.com has an “If You Like…” post on Lois McMaster Bujold and her Vorkosigan SF books – recommendations in the comments include my some of (other) favourite series, including Elizabeth Peters‘ Amelia Peabody series and Megan Whalen Turner’s Attolia books (suggested by LMB herself!). I love this kind of cross-genre If You Like posts – it doesn’t matter that the Amelia Peabody books are historical mysteries and MWT writes YA fantasy, it’s the story and characters that count. And as all three series are on my keeper shelf, I suspect this is a post that I need to bookmark for further recs.