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Urban fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy where a plot including fantastic and/or supernatural elements has an urban setting, generally a contemporary city.

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Book series where the young male protagonist learns he's part of a magical family, uses his crutch to slay one of them

Tip of my tongue thing, but my searches aren't doing me much good, and I need to get back to work. It was at least a three book series that my brother had bought somewhere in the 1990s, and I later ...
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Looking for urban fantasy book (maybe young adult) where a boy turns a bridge into a forest

Medium: book Language: English (US) Year: read this in a library between 1997ish and 2003ish. Genre: Urban fantasy (possibly young adult) Plot: There is a group of kids living in a library (I think). ...
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Supernatural fantasy about a punk rocker woman and her very religious former schoolmate fighting evil

I think I read this in the 1980s in F&SF or Amazing. This short story is told from the point of view of a woman (probably in her thirties) who is a punk rock (I think) performer. As the story ...
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Fantasy series with a female main character in which the cost of using magic depends on the strength of the spell [duplicate]

I’m trying to recall the name of a fantasy novel or series I read over a decade ago. Here’s what I remember: Female main character (MC). Cost of using magic depends on the strength of the spell. MC ...
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Urban fantasy book series with female lead who has a dirty talking parrot that has lost its feathers

I am looking for a book I started reading fairly recently. I can only remember a few details. The female lead has a dirty-talking parrot that has lost its feathers. In the beginning of the book she is ...
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Urban Fantasy book with a college student who inherits a book of rituals from his grandmother, and uses modern science to improve summoning a demon

I could have sworn I found this book via this site (from someone else identifying it as an answer), but my searches have been futile. The main character is a college student, I think in the United ...
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In the book series Monster Hunter International, how much does Monster Hunter International take of a PUFF bounty?

I'm seeing all kinds of conflicting information when looking this up and don't remember exactly what it was from the books in the novel series I've read, but I could have sworn it was much higher. I'...
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Book about an amnesiac protagonist who sucks the life out of anyone nearby if he dies near them

A book about an unkillable, amnesiac protagonist that wakes up in the introduction of the book, after being killed in a children's playground, looking up at a fake dragon children's rocking horse. ...
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What did the White Horse mean for Man-Mountain Gentian? (contains spoilers)

I have just read Man-Mountain Gentian by Howard Waldrop in the Internet Archive. Second story in the collection the Fifth Omni book of science fiction Man-Mountain Gentian is a Zen-sumo (a fictional ...
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Children's book involving demon summoning and a main character who is secretly an angel

I'm trying to figure out a book series I used to read. I know the plot revolves around a group of 3 teenagers fighting a bunch of sorcerers who draw their power from summoning demons. The group is 2 ...
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Comedy anime where the female lead is a ghost

I saw this anime at a friend's house one night during 2016 or 2017. I have been searching for it for the past three years but I was never able to find it. I have previously posted this onto both ...
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Seventh child of seventh child

A series of the seventh son of seventh son. Father raises all 7 boys but the problem was there was a female next to the last and she is given up. After the seventh boy is born mother divorces father. ...
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Occult fantasy book in which a woman is trying to teach herself witch magic as a way to fight back against her overbearing husband

Trying to remember a book in the occult genre - modern day magic - in which a woman is trying to teach herself witch magic as a way to fight back against her overbearing, controlling husband. It turns ...
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Short fantasy about disappearing items - Asimov's early 1980s

This is a short story from the early 1980s in Asimovs (probably still while edited by Scithers). The main character, an adult (20-something) woman has had a problem with small items of hers ...
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Teenage boy transported to Medieval Ukraine

I read this in the late 1990s. A teenage boy in New York is transported (possibly by entering something like an Anderson shelter) to the middle of the woods in what turns out to be medieval Ukraine. ...
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Looking for a story with "The Cutting Edge", a cutting instrument which that can cut anything and might be Death's Scythe

It's set in the modern world. It has a female protagonist, and I think she inherits "The Cutting Edge" from its former owner, probably a relative. I want to say via "grandfather's will&...
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Woman persecuted by body-possessing (possibly deceased) ex-boyfriend (published in Asimov's magazine circa 1990)

I'm pretty sure I read this story in Asimov's magazine around 1990. In it, a woman in modern America repeatedly has relationships with men who turn possessive and abusive, and eventually realizes ...
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Book (I think book series) about siblings being hunted because they have innate magic powers

I think the cover was orange-ish. Listened to the audiobook in 2009, I think it was pretty new then, not sure though. Remember very little detail, I believe the book starts with them not knowing they ...
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Fantasy in Asimov's magazine - words that cause bad luck to anyone who reads them

Around 1990 (plus or minus 5 years) I read a short fantasy in Asimov's Magazine about nonsense words that cause bad luck to anyone who reads them. The main character (a person in modern times) reads ...
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Modern fantasy novel with yellow cover about girl who discovers she is a witch

It was written by a young, female (possibly Australian, I can’t really remember) author and probably came out somewhere between 2008-2013. It begins with the protagonist going about her day to day ...
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Urban "fantasy" from the 80s - seniors in a condo community draining the life force of a young tenant couple

This was an airport horror novel from the 80s with a "scientific" urban vampire twist. Starts out with a young couple searching for an apartment in an expensive city (NYC?) who find an ...
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What's the first example of fairies being divided into Summer and Winter Courts?

Modern fiction about fairies often describes them as being divided into Summer and Winter Courts, sometimes Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Courts. A lot of people seem to believe that this is an ...
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urban fantasy short with imps set in London

I remember reading this in an anthology around 2000. Setting was London, and the main character was an older gentleman with a sword cane who was a magician. He could see imps darting around electrical ...
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Scholastic anthology book with a yellow cover; includes a story where a town gets together and sings, creating some sort of magic

If this helps, I went to school in the Dominican Republic during the 1990s. As part of our school supplies for 6th-8th grade, we had to purchase a collection of Scholastic books containing short ...
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Trying to find urban fantasy book from a Facebook ad 2019/20

I am looking for a book that popped up in an Amazon Facebook ad that I wanted to read but once the ad passed I never was able to find it again. Urban fantasy and it was a immortal wizard that was ...
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Book series about a woman (possibly a jinn) cast down to Earth, and people with elemental powers

This book series, I remember being a trilogy. There was this woman who I believe was a jinn, or something. She was cast down to Earth and she had to 'connect' with this man, who had earth powers or ...
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Animated film about giants abducting/eating children, and a girl being rescued by a benevolent older giant

I'm not sure if the giants were eating children, or just their dreams. I can't remember any more of the plot. Some other random vague details I remembered: One older giant (somehow) ended up taking ...
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Is the story of Henry Sugar written by Roald Dahl actually real?

In the book: "The wonderful tale of Henry Sugar and six more" Dahl claims the story to be true, further the name of the man isn't revealed, and the name "Henry Sugar" is used. I ...
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Fantasy (Novel/Novelette?) ... witches, a witch-hunter, a roller coaster, and a potted plant

Just fragments, I'm afraid; I think this is from the '70s. One of those "witches in modern times" things, in a world where ordinary people don't know there are witches. I recall they worked ...
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Novel series about half-vampire

Novel I had from the library. I think it was part of a series, perhaps quite a long one. I've done a few web searches, but haven't succeeded in identifying it. The protagonist is in some way half a ...
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Story about a school for people with superpowers that requires a ticket to enter that costs 1 million dollars

I'm looking for a story about someone who goes to a school. You need a ticket to enter, but they cost 1 million dollars and the main character couldn't buy it. Then a guy named Fusion came along and ...
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People with a magical sword killing cops

I heard this story on some podcast in the last ten years, I think even in the last five years. I thought it was on PodCastle, but I can't find it in their archive. Anyway, the story is about a man and ...
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Shaman (?) / Wizard (?) in US Military Academy

About 6 - 10 years ago, I read two books in a series about a Shaman or Wizard attending a US Military Academy. I would like to re-read them and see if any new books have been written in the series. ...
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Fantasy series involving possession

I'm looking for a fantasy series that I read ~5 years ago. I don't know when it was released though. It starts with the protagonist learning that her uncle has died, and she's been given something(?) ...
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Urban fantasy novel set in alt NYC where one half is wild, protagonist looking for a white glove

Started flipping through this novel in a B&N maybe 6 months ago, read a chapter or two. The protagonist is a young female detective (?) and half of New York City is overrun with magic and/or ...
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Looking for the title &/or author of an urban fantasy book series

I read the first book in an urban fantasy series in the early 2000's not long after it was published. I've wanted to finish it for a while but I cant find the book don't remember the title or author, ...
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Book series about vampires, shape shifters

I remember reading a book series where the books were set in the same universe. There was some kind of threat coming and there were some people with special powers who would be able to stop it. They ...
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Fantasy short story collection, including a fire salamander girl, a were-cougar, an anxious girl turned into a rat, and maybe a half-bigfoot girl

So, I'm looking for the title of a short story collection. I'm going to briefly describe a couple of the stories: A fire salamander girl getting stolen and taken to hell, where her creator had to ...
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Urban fantasy book about magic appearing in the modern world [duplicate]

This is an urban fantasy book in which magic suddenly returns to the modern world. The setting is in a large city (maybe New York) and has a very disaster-genre feel. The protagonist's boss is slowly ...
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Urban Fantasy book featuring 'The Prefects': two entities from a dark dimension

I read this approx 5 years ago but I couldn't say if it was newly published back then; it was a hardback from a UK library. I can't recall too much of the story, the only thing that sticks in my mind ...
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Story about a trucker who picks up a female hitchhiker named Griffin

I think Griffin's mother has something to do with alchemy and she sent Griffin, her daughter, to find the truck driver.
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What metal (or alloy) is Abraham Setrakian's sword made from?

I've been binge watching the FX show "The Strain". In the show, there is a character, Abraham Setrakian, that has a sword-cane made to kill the vampires. I was sitting here wondering how this was ...
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Book about family with wings, and the protagonist has to learn how to fly(?)

I remember the book because I really liked it while I was in elementary school (19 now). But the premise was that the girl's family all had wings on their backs that they kept tucked tightly so they ...
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Urban Fantasy about female half-elves being hunted for their dormant powers

I remember the following points about the story: It's an urban fantasy It was a book with vampires and elves The main character was some kind of elf People would get ear transplants to look like ...
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Children/Teen mystery novel about a detective

I read a book when I was young about a male main character (I vaguely remember his name to be something similar to Maria, or starts with M, might be wrong) who arrives at some sort of hotel at a ...
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Story identification: fantasy series about Castle Inverness

Back in the late 80's to early 90's I read a strange book about a family from Castle Inverness; they have defended the earth from demons invading for centuries (I'm 99% sure "Inverness" is in the ...
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Futuristic novel where cats are telepathic and can detect liars and criminals

I'm looking for a novel set in the future (2036? date is mentioned on cover) and there's a picture of a cat on the cover. It is about cats who are telepathic and can detect liars and criminals. The ...
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I can't find the title to this book in my huge Amazon library

HELP, I an looking for the title about a girl that witnessed the modern world end and now she works odd jobs and trades fish to help feed her 2 brothers and hateful mother. She is at the town ...
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Boy on airplane suddenly wakes up tiny and under a hedge

I read these YA (or older children's) books between 2005 and 2007, and I think they had been published fairly recently at that time. The protagonist is a young teen boy who is flying on an airplane ...
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Fantasy young adult novel with a girl who lived in a city surrounded by walls

The girl lived in a magic city where the wall protecting them was filled with magic. Only kids had magic, it was drained from adults, and this girl goes to gets drained, but they inject magic into her ...
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