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03 March 2008 @ 05:49 am
Book recommendation  
For all of you fantasy/sci fi lovers out there: Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson. I absolutely loved this book and the author's fresh take on urban fantasy conventions. Her heroine is special precisely because she has NO magical talent or ability whatsoever! But she is possessed of abundant common sense and humor, and she is offered a position in a magic firm because people like her are able to see the reality behind illusions and are immune to magic being used on them. After reading this book from the library I am ordering the other books in the series.

She also has a livejournal: http://shanna-s.livejournal.com/

Amid the personal entries are entries with advice about the writing craft and marketing your work.
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ETA: Because chick lit was in vogue at the time the first book was being published, it was marketed as such and ended up being shelved under general fiction rather than fantasy. The series has less so-called chick lit as it goes on, apparently, but even this first book was clearly fantasy to me. Yes it's a young woman in New York, we do hear about a few dates, and we do learn about her work life in both her mundane job and then her new magic-related job--but all in a really smart and humorous way and as a great counterpoint to the fantasy elements. As the first book goes on it is more and more solidly in the fantasy camp and I just have to scratch my head as to how it really sold as chick lit. (I gather for a short time publishers thought it would be great to combine the two genres, hence the undead and unwed series.)

In any event, don't be fooled, this is fantasy. I also enjoyed reading about a character from the middle of the country since those of us in the flyover zone tend to be marginalized and overlooked. The main character is from Texas.
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3treekisser: Dandelion3treekisser on March 3rd, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Chick lit meets magic! SWEET. Thanks for the recommendation!
Tapatitapati on March 3rd, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
I'm not normally into chick lit, and fortunately for me that element wasn't overwhelming. I'd call it humorous urban fantasy myself. :)
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on March 3rd, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah I recently jammed my personal blog and writing blog together. Was getting too much chaotic and time consuming to maintain both.

I'm a big fan of Douglas Clegg's LJ. Then again, I'm a fan of just about any writerly type blog which can throw me information not only about the person's work, but about the work process as well as the business end. Still learning the business end - but come to find out, I have a knack for "social marketing". Go figure. ;)
Tapatitapati on March 3rd, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
I admire people who can manage more than one blog. I sometimes port posts over to myspace, but I can't really blog in two places or separate my areas of interest that way. To me it's all interconnected anyway.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on March 4th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Yeah it was getting a little insane. LOL