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Article at https://theconversation.com/urban-fantasy-novels-why-they-matter-and-which-ones-to-read-first-137942 which somehow manages to not only miss out Astreiant, but also Ankh-Morpork (and apparently Steampunk is politically dodgy, because it "tends to take inspiration from the British Empire without any serious consideration of race").
Race ? Really ? Since when is race important in any SF/F story ?
I have not read a single book mentioned in the poorly written article.
There are many urban fantasy books written in modern times that more
than adequately talk about city cultures without going to the baseball
bat approach. For instance, the Jane Yellowrock series delves deeply
into the New Orleans culture:
And the Alex Verus books are set in London with many journeys into the
And I do not like Steampunk because I find it uninteresting.