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Most Outlandish Plot Description Ever

Okay, I know that the urban fantasy genre has become increasingly popular (right along with supernatural romance). And I understand that not every author can be a Charles de Lint or Neil Gaiman. But I can't seem to find words to describe just how mind-bogglingly outlandish this plot description is:

When a serial killer targets fairy prostitutes in a Boston neighborhood known as the Weird, Connor Grey, a crippled druid and former Guild detective, discovers that the killings are part of an ancient magical ritual that could bring about the apocalypse.

I mean, if I were an editor and this was the lead-in for a book proposal, I'd think one of my colleagues was playing a joke on me and hit the delete key.

Please understand, I like Harry Dresden and the Nightside, and those can get pretty over-the-top, but I don't think that they've ever managed a combination like this. Not in such a brief synopsis, anyway.



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Oct. 20th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
d00d. That's... impressive.
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
Well, it naturally follows: what but bringing about the apocalypse could be the motive for wanting to kill Bean-town fairy prostitutes? And who but a druid could put all the pieces together? You know how druids are good at spotting those who want to bring about the apocalypse, and how fairy prostitutes are essential to eschatological concerns the world over...and, well, how Boston would of course be the location for such activities. (I thought it would be Sheboygan, but what do I know? I don't have the proper druid cred myself to make such a guess...!?!)
Oct. 20th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
I'm with you: despite a close relationship with a druid, I can't claim any actual druidical knowledge -- and to be honest, eschatology isn't really within my expertise either.

Maybe there's more here than I was crediting?

alfrecht FTW!
Oct. 20th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
and how fairy prostitutes are essential to eschatological concerns the world over.

See, I knew my Theology profs must be leaving something out! I just knew it!

Totally FTW! :-D
Oct. 20th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
Oh gods, all the overworked worn-out themes from both "seltic"* fiction *and* bad detective novels all rolled into one. This is going to be epic. Mind you it might be worth a read on the same principles that make Plan 9 From Outer Space worth a watch; unintentional humor can be great. And there's just a chance that it might be intentional humor; the description is just over the top enough that it might be satire. But my guess is that it'll be cat-box liner.

(*If someone can't even pronounce the word "celtic", you know they know shite about it.)
Oct. 23rd, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
I am also a bit tired of the endless ROMANCE hiding in all the Urban Fantasy now. I mean some is ok, decent relationships between characters and some fun hotness is great...but it's starting to get to the point where I can't find a decent fantasy/sci-fi/speculative fiction book that doesn't end up reading like it should have been called The Flame and the Flower with some busty brunette on the cover being clutched by some tangled haired pretty boy with GIANT pecs.
Oct. 24th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Great to see you here! I'll add you to my friends list so you can see some of the Seekrit Stuff.

I'm giggling over the fact that someone else remembers The Flame and the Flower! I don't think I actually read that one, but I read a lot of the rest of that genre that were published around the same time.

And you're absolutely right about the way romance is taking over fantasy. I recently joined Booksfree.com -- kind of like Netflix for books -- and the fantasy genre section begins with more than a dozen paranormal romances, usually involving some kind of private investigator or supernatural-thing-hunter. So does the mystery section.

I have nothing against romance per se, but I'd like to see paranormal romance have its own section, and not be combined with more straightforward fantasy.
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