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Old Feb 24 2009, 05:25 AM   #1
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Arrh but does she know any good "Vampire" books? Already know Anne Rice, Stephanie Meyer and Darren Shan.
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Old Feb 24 2009, 07:35 AM   #2
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Arrh but does she know any good "Vampire" books? Already know Anne Rice, Stephanie Meyer and Darren Shan.
Maybe you should ask that of all of us in a new topic? I'm sure there are members here that could name a few
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Old Feb 24 2009, 08:21 AM   #3
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The only vampire book I can suggest is Robin McKinley's Sunshine.

Though I can also say, that if you don't mind vampire romances, there's a whole exploding genre of paranormal romances out there, that a good librarian or bookstore clerk could point you towards.
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Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series has several vampires in it, as well as Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Other World. There's also a series about a half-human, half-vampire women who hunts vampires. I think its called Dhampir. I havnt read that one in a while but it was good.
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Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books are highly amusing. The first is Dead Until Dark. I also just started reading Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake books and they also seem to be quite good. The first is Guilty Pleasures.

Dhampir is by Barb and JC Hendee (who are quite nice.) It's on my shelf, but I haven't read it yet.
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Old Feb 24 2009, 11:07 AM   #6
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"Good" vamprie books borders on being an oxymoron, depending on what you're looking for.

The only one I'd recommend for great writing and a truely original take has already been mentioned--Robin McKinley's "Sunshine" is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I am torn between wanting a sequel and hoping she doesn't go messing it up with one.

For "lite" paranormal romance, you have Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse, and there's..crud, I'm forgetting the author but the books are about Betsy the vampire queen and the first is "Undead and Unwed." For slightly more hardcore (but not as S&M as Hamilton) there's Kelley Armstrong, and Carol Nelson Douglas's "Dancing With Werewolves."

If you don't mind explicit and violent sex, there's Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter. Or you could just read the first five, which are good, and quit after that, when they turn into porn. (Warning: if "Twilight" is your idea of a great vampire romance, then these may be way too hardcore for you. As in pornography. Twilight is roughly the rating equivalent of The Baby-Sitter's Club, Anita Blake is more like "Deep Throat." The first few were good, though.)
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Well, vampire books tend toward the erotic. I did like Kim Newman's Anno-Dracula, though more for him referencing or using just about every victorian era name he could, literary or factual. P.N. Elrod also dabbled with Vampires, Johnathan Barrett, or his other vampires chronicles one, Private investigator serials.
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Old Feb 24 2009, 03:26 PM   #8
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P.N. Elrod is a she.

Which, come to think of it, is a pretty common thread. Setting aside the "founders" of vampire fiction (Stoker, Le Fanu, and Polidori), the overwhelming majority of modern vampire authors seem to be female. Anne Rice, Poppy Z Brite, P.N. Elrod, Stephenie Meyer, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Elaine Bergstrom, MaryJanice Davidson (Undead and....), Carol Nelson Douglas, Kelly Armstong, Chelse Quinn Yarboro, Suzy McKee Charnas...certainly the biggest names are women. I can think of Newman and Fred Saberhagen on the male side, if we count Salem's Lot as being less a vampire genre than a Stephen King genre.
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Brian Lumley's Necroscope series is a good one with a different take on vamps. They are more the rip your face off and eat it kind of vamps rather then the wimpy kissy kissy kind.
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I also just started reading Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake books and they also seem to be quite good.
I've heard that while that series started off well, it quickly went to complete crap.
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Barb Henee Noble Dead books are good. I just finished reading the last one two weeks ago. also Karen Chance is good right now there are 3 out with 4 coming soon.
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I've heard that while that series started off well, it quickly went to complete crap.
Right around book five they start to go downhill.

Then they turn into porn.

I'm not exagerating. If you cannot handle page after page of explicit sex, male on female, male on male, m/f/m three-ways (not a lot of f/f probably because Anita is a RAGING AUTHORIAL INSERT) sadomasochism, and borderline bestiality, you may want to quit somewhere around book five or six.

Barbara Hambley has a series, too...never read it as I've never been able to get past that she wrote the terrible "Children of the Jedi" for Bantam back in the day, but supposededly they're good.

Personally, I'm not into the rip-your-face off vampires, mostly because I consider that horror, not fantasy, and Not Interested. But it can be hard to find books these days that aren't kissy-face, either. Again, Robin McKinley's "Sunshine". Shining example (pun intended) of a VERY fascinating take that's creepy and original and has romance elements but nothing on the rom-com or Harlequin side.
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Old Feb 26 2009, 10:28 AM   #13
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i read Sunshine I want to know what happens after everything.
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The vampire book not mentioned is C. S. Friedman's The Madness Season. The hero is a vampire who fights the aliens that have taken over the earth. It was a pretty good book and well written. No romance, however.
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A series that I always admired was The Last Vampire books, by Christopher Pike.

It is true that they are considered YA books, but that's never stopped me from reading a good book. Christopher Pike never talks down to his audience and thats something rare for an adult author of teen books.

There are six books in all and they tell a very interesting origin story for vampires. It's quite unlike anything I've read before, and it is definately not your cookie cutter vampire story.

The series is as follows:

* 1 The Last Vampire
* 2 The Last Vampire 2: Black Blood
* 3 The Last Vampire 3: Red Dice
* 4 The Last Vampire 4: Phantom
* 5 The Last Vampire 5: Evil Thirst
* 6 The Last Vampire 6: Creatures of Forever

Give it a try, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Fred Saberhagen
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The Dracula Tape
The Holmes-Dracula Files
On Old Friend Of The Family
Thorn
Dominion
A Matter Of Taste
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Seance For A Vampire
A Sharpness On The Neck
A Coldness In The Blood

The Dracula Tape is Dracula telling his side of Stoker's Dracula. Some of the later books got a little weird.

Aimée & David Thurlo
Lee Nev
Second Sunrise
Blood Retribution
Pale Death

About a Navajo policeman who gets turned into a vampire.

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Regarding Saberhagen: unless they've all come back into print since he died, good luck finding them. I saw "The Holmes-Dracula File" in print once years ago, I got "The Dracula Tape" at a used book sale, and I believe I found "An Old Friend Of the Family" as well another time. (My vampire bookshelf's at home so I can't check.) I never made a huge effort to find them via on-line used sellers, so it might be possible.
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Michele Bardsley's series in Broken Heart Oklahoma is good. I have the first two of the series.
1. Because I'm the Vampire That's Why
2.Don't talk back to your Vampire
3. Because your Vampire said so
4. Wait til your Vampire Gets Home

I need to get 3 and 4....It is a small town where everyone has become vampires and they hide out in the open....pta meetings, single moms, fighting invasion from werewolves etc...
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It might be worth it to you to read the original Vampire Hunter D series by Hideyuki Kikuchi and Yoshitaka Amano. A half-vampire/half-human hybrid fights vampires, werewolves, mutants, etc. in a science fantasy setting. Fairytale monsters abound, but the vampires have spaceships. Its wierd, but in a charming way.

Chiming in to agree with Anita Blake turning to crud after book 5 or so. That's when she split with her hubby, who, rumor has it, ghostwrote the first few books and then helped her plot the rest until the divorce. His character insert, Richard, promptly dissapeared from the storyline.
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I shall endeavour to write this list out for Spacedog, he will never remember it all if and when he gets a chance to get to Dymocks. He does say thanks for the suggestions though. He's currently reading the latest in the "Twilight" books by Stephanie Meyer.
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