Today the topic of Top 5 Sundays at Larissa’s Bookish Life is Favorite Subgenres which aren’t Urban Fantasy.
I’m a latecomer to UF so I have a lot of these.
I love a lot of different kinds of fantasy books from epic to new weird to steampunk.
Some of the series I love are Steven Brust’s Vlad Taltos series, Anne Logston’s Shadow series, and Roger Zelazny’s Amber.
2, Space Opera
I tend to love SF more in TV and movies but some space operas are great, such as Lois McMaster Bujold’ Vorkosigan series, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s the Disappeared, and C. J. Cherryh’s Chanur series.
3, Historical Mystery
I tend to like historicals which are set in ancient world such as Lynda S. Robinson’s Lord Meren series but I like some Victorian series too, such as Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series.
4, Historical Fantasy
I noticed that I’ve been reading a lot of these lately. I love series like Naomi Novik’s Temeraire, Dave Duncan’s Alchemist’s Apprentice, and Marie Brennan’s Onyx Court.
5, Science Fantasy
I read a lot of this when I was younger but not so much these days. Books like E. R. Burrough’s Barsoom series have technology but it works with magic, really.
I was going to include Alternate History but then I realized that a lot of the UF series can be put into this category. After all, in a lot of them there are secret histories which most of humanity don’t know about or some event changed the current world into a different world, such as the Turn in Harrison’s Hollows series.