Sunday, July 17, 2011

UF Heads South

What is about the South that makes it such a draw for UF writers? Is it just happenstance that the author is from the area, or is it because of the locale's innately mystical feel and equally rich history, that makes this area such a great backdrop for dark fantasy? We can probably blame UF pioneer - Anne Rice, for a majority of this never ending fad. Either way, I think the South is here to stay.  Recently, their has been a litany of new UF originating not only from the South, but from a specific county-Parish, La.

The two new Southern UF books, I recently enjoyed, seem to not only share a specific setting. The Protagonist from these books are both troubled young women, that have to fight their way out of a depressive history of drugs, prejudice, & self-loathing. The plots are as different as you can get, but the underlying feel is pretty much the same.  White Trash Zombie was funnier and easier to read, but I grew to like and appreciate Dead on the Delta.


My Life as A White Trash ZombieWhite Trash Zombie
From one one of my favorite UF authors, this one doesn't disappoint. A very easy and hilarious read about a teenage delinquent Angel Crawford, who lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay alive.

                                 1-My Life as a White Trash Zombie
                                 2-Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues  (TBD)

Dead on the DeltaAnnabelle Lee
The first book, in this Southern Gothic - post-apocalyptic - mystery series, starts a bit rough. It's not exactly a smooth read, that kept me entirely focused until almost a quarter of the way through. But after it finally hits its stride, I became peeled till the end. The world-building, mystery, & character Arc was great, but I thought the Love-Quadrilateral was a bit much.  Still, this book definitely lays a good ground work for an interesting series, and will hopefully only get better as it progresses.

This one is about disease-carrying fairies and the humans that have fled to the protection of their iron gated communities. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding, Annabelle Lee, is unique in that she is one of the few immune to the verminous creature's bite, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town. But Annabelle isn’t equipped to deal with the murder of a sixyear- old girl or a former lover-turned-FBI snob taking an interest in the case.

                                  1-Dead on the Delta
                                  2-Blood on the Bayou (Apr 2012)

More Southern UF:    Elemental Assassin
                                            Kate Daniels
                                            Sookie Stackhouse
                                            The Graveyard Queen
                                            Jane Jameson
                                            Kara Gillian
                                            Afterlife

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