You know it’s slightly to be frustrating than pounding away at a novel for a year or two, only to be half done when you find out that another book just came out with a similar concept as the one you've been working on for 2 years.
I am not going to be a baby.
Just because he wrote about an “other” New York City of elves and fairies, doesn’t mean that I can’t write about a New York that has fairies (to be more specific, it also includes djinn, rakashas and hsien). How many “middle-earth” Tolkien-esque fantasies are there in print? Or more recently, have you notice how many women have been writing vampire and werewolf romance novels? Maybe his novel will be the one that opens a new sub-genre of urban New York fantasy.
Someone once said that there were no new ideas, no new stories, only variants of the same 2/3/4 stories over and over again.
I just have to keep telling myself that.