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Old 06-07-2008, 05:02 PM   #1
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Supernatural soup

OK, not soup, but series that include vampires, werewolves, etc. in their casts of characters. My wife and I read Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake and Merry Gentry, Charlaine Harris' Harper Connelly and Sookie Stackhouse, most all of MaryJanice Davidson's stuff, and Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series. Some of these have more explicit sex than what was called "dirty books" when I was growing up, but I guess are "erotic fantasy" today. Anyway, they are all good fun from my point of view. We usually get our books from Fictionwise, or Mobipocket and trade chips back and forth as we work our way through our favorites.

Is this a guilty pleasure we enjoy alone, or do others of you share our interests?

Van in Mississippi

PS We met Kim Harrison at a book signing a couple of weeks ago, and she was SO very nice! Guys, check her out; her books rock and she is very, very pretty!
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Old 06-07-2008, 05:24 PM   #2
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Hi Van,

Love Kim Harrison (her's is the supernatural world I would live in if I had to make a choice... love the living vampire concept... Kisten ).

Love Charlaine Harris. Sookie is a great character. Just finished the Harper Connelly trio and am ready for more. Haven't tried the Shakespear books yet.

Loved LKH before she got the arduer and messed up the Anita Blake series. I'll start reading Blood Noir tomorrow but I'm not looking forward to it.

I've downloaded some samples from Davidson but haven't had a chance to read them (so many books, a good amount of time but so many books).
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Kim Harrison's The Hollows series was so-so, I've read the first two books before I stopped.

However I really like Carrie Vaughn's Kitty series and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. Both have likeable and believable characters and interesting stories.

William Mark Simmons' books (available from Baen) have a twist to the supernatural story and are very funny. I enjoyed all four books, book two has some boring parts though as far as I remember.
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:07 AM   #4
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I don't specifically seek out such books, but I rather liked Wen Spencer's Tinker.
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:13 AM   #5
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I do not know how they differ to the above, or even if they do at all, but I've read Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore, and I understand there is a sequel, You Suck: A Love Story. I've read the former, and enjoyed it, but not quite enough to buy the latter or yet any other book by Moore.

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Old 06-08-2008, 11:24 AM   #6
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Kelley Armstrong's "Women of the Otherworld" series falls into the "supernatural soup" (what a great term!) category too. The books follow a number of characters, with different ones starring in various books. They're rather fun.

Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series is not quite a classic supernatural soup, but people who enjoy the other series mentioned here would probably like it.
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Old 06-08-2008, 01:00 PM   #7
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I don't specifically seek out such books, but I rather liked Wen Spencer's Tinker.
Very good book. The sequel is great too. Although I wouldn't really call them Supernatural, more a SciFi/Fantasy combo IMO.
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Old 06-21-2008, 10:21 AM   #8
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Kim Harrison's The Hollows series was so-so, I've read the first two books before I stopped.
I've read Kim's first two books and I rather enjoyed them. Looking forward to eventually reading the third.
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:26 AM   #9
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i love laurell k hamilton, both pre- and post- ardeur (i count merry gentry as post-ardeur, lol) though i realize it was a substantial departure from what a lot of readers enjoyed... that said, i've recently fallen into sherrilyn kenyon's dark-hunter series as well. i'm really really enjoying it, but it's far more like post-ardeur LKH than pre-, so some readers might not like it as much. sounds like it could be right up the thread starter's alley, tho!

there's a separate thread in this forum with a reading order for it that would help you decide where to start if you'd like to try it out. also, as mentioned in that post, you can currently download one of the later books in the series for free (from various sites, i think, but definitely from the author's current hype site, http://www.yearofacheron.com/ebook.html) to check her out.

EDIT: forgot to mention, i've also read a couple of books from christine feehan's carpathian series, and enjoyed them, but haven't gone to the effort of tracking down more of them, especially in ebook format. again, they're heavy on the erotica and romance angle, but fun.

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Old 07-08-2008, 02:34 PM   #10
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Ditto what etitameh said. I was going to point you to Sherrilyn Kenyon's series. Very much along these lines. Here's the posting with the reading order (and the link to the author's web site).
Yummy series; very heavy on the "steamy sex" scenes, as mentioned above.
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Another recomendation for Kelley Armstrong!

The best author at the moment out of those listed above( I do enjoy them all)

As mentioned Anita Blake stuff was good but is getting a bit pointless now everything is solved by having an orgy!
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Old 07-12-2008, 12:07 PM   #12
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Totally *loved* The Hollows series!
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:45 PM   #13
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Second the recommendations for Kelley Armstrong.

Books I like:

Kat Richardson's Greywalker series (2 out; the third one coming soon)
Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson novels.
Kate Daniels' series about magic - although the first novel is uneven, the second is quite a bit better.
Jim Butcher's Dresden books (although I like his fantasy series, Codex Alera, better).
Charlaine Harris series other than Sookie Stackhouse, which I can't remember: brother and sister, she finds dead people, name is....
A. Lee Martinez's Gil's All Fright Diner and Nameless Witch

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Charlaine Harris series other than Sookie Stackhouse, which I can't remember: brother and sister, she finds dead people, name is....
Harper Connelly: Grave Surprise, An Ice Cold Grave, Grave Shift
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You could also try the Argeneau Family books by Lynsay Sands - they're lots of fun (and another secret addiction of mine!). Start with "A Quick Bite" - it wasn't the first one published, but it's the first one in the series.
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