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Any other suggestions? I appreciate your help.
I love the Sookie stories by Charaline Harris.
I have nothing against werewolves. One author I might include is Carrie Vaughn who has written 2 novels Kitty and the Midnights Hour and Kitty Goes to Washington. Kitty, believe it or not is a werewolf, but there are vampires in her universe.
What does everyone think? Is there such a thing as a good literary vampire book?
I would also recommend The Blood Opera Sequence (series name) by Tanith Lee. Lee is an excellent writer with a terrific imagination. The books should be read in order: Dark Dance; Personal Darkness; Darkness, I
You might also like Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
If I think of any others I'll post them.
One of the best (the best?) vampire novels is Fevre Dream by George R R Martin. It is set on the Mississippi in the time of showboats.
Tom Holland, who is now better known for his excellent works on classical history, started his career with two novels depicting Byron as a vampire - The Vampyre & Supping with Panthers.
The Empire of Fear by Brian Stableford is worth checking out as well. As much science fiction as a traditional vampire story it is very well put together.
Sadly, for every good vampire novel there seems to be 50 bad ones.
Thanks for the recommendations :) My wish-list on Amazon is now seriously out of control!
I too loved Sunshine and wish McKinley would write a sequel ~ the ending certainly lends itself to one. I also enjoyed Bloodlist, P.N. Elrod's first (I think) vampire novel & Vamped by David Sosnowski. I've read most of Anne Rice's supernatural novels and enjoyed some more than others, but I can't seem to get into Laurell K. Hamilton. Has anyone read the States of grace : a novel of Saint-Germain by Chelsea Quin Yarbro? I tried to read it but couldn't seem to get into that one either. Would it help if I started with the first in the series?
For lighter reading, I like Lynn Viehl's Darkyn series, MaryJanice Davidson's Undead series, and the Sookie Stackhouse series.
(Argh! Why didn't the touchstones work? Okay, did they work this time? Crossing fingers, toes, & eyes...)
Storeetllr, I was also considering the Yarbro books, but they're pricey on the UK Amazon site at the moment. I'd also be interested to hear whether anyone else recommends them.
You must admit it`s a bit weird being a vegetarian vampire fan.
If you got on with Bram Stoker OK, I would suggest going back to the early vampire/gothic tales - Polidori etc. Some are better than others, but it`s worth persevering.
You can usually find some sort of `three gothic novels` type books from Penguin or someone quite easily. There is a mass market `big` paperback that you used to see in remainder shops a lot - `the Vampire Anthology` or something - that`s worth a read.
Lastly, if you get a chance to see a decent stage production of Dracula, then go. we`ve been to a few different ones over the years, it works well on stage if done properly.
Oh yeah, a lot of the Stoker non-Dracula stuff id worth seeking out too.
Looking that name up on Amazon led me to Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, who it turns out is referenced by McKinley in Sunshine, so when finances allow, I have a few new authors to try out. Thanks, everyone.
There was also a famous 'penny dreadful' called Varney the Vampire, which is also available online. It is a rambling (800+ pages) read which is probably not worth the effort, despite some great set pieces, unless you have a lot of free time. It is interesting though, in that the 'hero' is shown in a sympathetic light.
I love J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series!
I don't think I've read any Meyer or Drake vampire novels, but DemonLover might be interested in the Meyer novels as they appear to be YA.
I believe DL read the Meyer books. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood too! I can't imagine you not liking Twilight. I don't read YA romance, but had downloaded it from audible.com for a trip and loved it so much I bought the book for myself and my best friend. I was a little disappointed with New Moon but it was still pretty good. Yes, Shannon Drake has a series of vampire romance. I thought they were okay. My friend really likes Drake so I started reading them because of her. I'm not sure how to describe them since it's been a while since I read them, I just remember they have a little more gore, but were still romantic. I thought the Nora Roberts books were okay, but not my favorite. I'm not sure if you should give them another chance. I just had to know how they ended. I'm a sucker for a series because I want an ending :)..
I was looking through my library and I found these authors that write paranormal romance with vampires and were not mentioned:
Jennifer Armintrout, Maggie Shayne, Savannah Russe, Katie Macalister and Teresa Medeiros
I enjoy Medeiros fantasies and historicals, but I haven't read her vamp novels (yet). I like the Macalister vamp novels, but not the Aislinn Gray novel I tried. I don't think I've read Armintrout or Russe, but I'll check them out too. (Need another sheet of paper for the TBR list. ;)
Bookmarque ~ Never read Lumley. I didn't know he wrote a vampire series. I'll check them out too.
I'm not sure why but I liked the Aislin Gray series. I've only read (listened to) one by Armintrout, Blood Ties and it was pretty good. Russe's first book Beyond the Pale was good the second was okay. I started a Medeiros vamp book and haven't finished yet because of this site. I keep reading these recommendations and I get so excited about a book I move to it before I finish the last. I feel so scatterbrained when it comes to my TBR pile. ugg... I added Maggie Shayne to the list because I've heard about her but I haven't read any of her books yet.
I posted this on a thread in another group I belong to but thought I'd ask this group too. Has anyone read anything by Keri Arthur? I picked up a book yesterday by her titled Full Moon Rising, got it home, and realized I'd already read it. Upon further consideration, I remembered also that I liked it, but for some reason haven't read any others of her novels. If anyone has any recommendations for any of her other books, I'd love to hear about them.
Anybody read anything good lately?
Otherwise I'm going to read Dead man Rising. The first book was sort of futuristic, cyberpunkish, urban fantasy. Sorry, no vamps. The heroine is a bounty hunter/ necromancer. so of course there's dead guys and demons and stuff. ; )
I read Blood Ties book two: Possession which I didn't care for as much as the first book. It could have been my mood though. (wrote a review). I'm still buying book 3.
Has anyone else read anything good? Storee?
I've got Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck on my TBR list. Glad to hear You Suck is good.
(Edited to say that so far in Lackey's story there are no vamps; just a bit of magic.)
I think I'll read Banshee Cries, Murphy's novelette, before I decide to get any of her longer stuff.
I think Tanith Lee's written at least one or two novels about vamps. Back in the 80s, she wrote one of my favorite sci-fi novels ~ Don't Bite the Sun (aka Biting the Sun). She also wrote the "Flat Earth" series (fantasies about dark gods and demons such as Delirium's Mistress) and sword & sorcery fantasy like the Birthgrave trilogy. Oh, also great gory & gruesome retellings of fairy tales.
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Storm Front is the first and has only peripheral vamps, Fool moon the next has only werewolves, but all the others from Grave peril onwards, feature in varying degrees Harry's fight and alliance with the three vampire courts in chicargo. Great reads.
I didn't see mention of Tanya Huff's Blood books.
Some are very good - some are remarkable in how far the author will stretch to get an historic angle to the story (a blood relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dracula...?).
Still, the early ones are enjoyable.
Red As Blood - Tanith Lee
glenraven - holly Lisle
Wraethtu - Storm Constantine
Vampires - John Steakly - though its more about the vampire hunters