Jim Butcher has a series of novels starring Harry Dresden. The first novel, Storm Front, is the Staff Pick of no less than eight people in my store. That’s right, eight. The series is awesome, and full of phrases that you’ll quote at people. Example from the book I’m currently reading, the thirteenth in the Dresden Files series, Ghost Story:
“It was like The Lord of the Rings and All My Children made a baby with the Macho Man Randy Savage and a Whack-A-Mole machine.”
Go ahead, try to picture how that would work out as a scene.
Harry Dresden is a sarcastic jerk, who also happens to be a wizard. Who advertises in the Yellow Pages. How can you resist? He has a talking skull named Bob, too, just in case you needed a little extra incentive. Even if you don’t normally read in the fantasy genre, you’ll probably enjoy this. Fans of Nelson DeMille (particularly Plum Island) or Sara Paretsky will probably enjoy the series. Definitely modern urban fantasy, elves or no elves.
Now that you’re convinced, go get Storm Front. Feel free to pass on your favorite quotes. Or tell me exactly how the whole LOTR soap opera wrestling whack-a-mole thing would work. Please.