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Subject: Laurell K. Hamilton fans.....
Date Posted: 8/4/2009 10:51 AM ET
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What other authors would you compare her to? I just picked up a bunch of her Anita Blake books at Goodwill and am wondering if I should seriously start collecting this series or just post them. I'm just starting to really get into paranormal romance, and I don't know if these fall into that category. So far, series that I've read and loved: Patricia Briggs/Mercy, Gena Showalter/Atlantis, and Katie MacAlister/Aisling Grey. Any opinions out there on the Anita Blake books?
Date Posted: 8/4/2009 12:16 PM ET
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Hi Gina,

With Laurell K. Hamilton you either love them or hate them.  From what I've seen in the threads up til about book 9 alot of people liked her until she started having sex with too many partners because of her relationships with earlier partners and magic gone wacky.  Me personally, I like the series, and have collected/keeping them.  I also like her Merry Gentry fairies series.  I haven't read any of the authors that you listed above.  Patricia Briggs/Mercy, Gena Showalter/Atlantis are on my tbr list.

Hope this helped.  If you'd like to discuss other authors pm me.  Which books did you pick up?

Sonja

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 12:26 PM ET
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I PM'd you, Sonja. :-)
Date Posted: 8/4/2009 12:41 PM ET
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I just finished #3 and I wouldn't... so far... call it paranormal "romance". But, obviously, I haven't gone too far with the series yet... so that may change (others like Sonja will do better than I in description). I just have too many on my tbr to stick with one series at a time. :)
Date Posted: 8/4/2009 12:52 PM ET
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Anita has too many sweeties for this to be a paranormal romance.  I generally stop counting after the guys hit 2. ;)

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 1:17 PM ET
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I love LKH, but like Sonja said, she starts collecting sweeties and alot of people have gotten turned off as her books have gotten more racy.  I have read and love Patricia Briggs, one of my favorite authors.  I have also read Gena Showalter and Katie MacAlister and liked them both, although they are not on my fave's list.

       I think many people who read UF/Para like the first 7 or 8 books in Anita Blake's series.  If you are ok with more sexiness than you may like the later ones as well.  While she does have multiple partners it is explained by the magic going on and effecting her. 

     I would tell you to read the first few and see if you like them. 

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 1:36 PM ET
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I think LKH leans more towards erotica than romance. I have read a handleful and most of the rest on my TBR, but all of them seem to be heavy on the milti-partner sex, no real romancing going on.

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 1:41 PM ET
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You're right Melanie.  After awhile you just skim through the sex to get back to the story.  Unless it's with a main guy.  I preferred it more though when she wasn't having sex with someone that initially she would have staked/shot/or was never sexually attracted to him because he was a jerk.

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 1:54 PM ET
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Well the first 3 really don't have any sex at all. Unless I misread them... LOL
Date Posted: 8/4/2009 1:59 PM ET
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It's been a while since I've read the first 3.  But I believe you're right.  But she makes up for it in her later books. :P

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 2:09 PM ET
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i would call the first 9 books (through Obsidian Butterfly) of the Anita Blake series urban fantasy, not paranormal romance.  what to call them after that, i'm not really sure which is why i see them in a variety of sections at the UBS.  :)

i love those first 9, and i'm still a fan of the series, but there's definitely a before and after.

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 2:18 PM ET
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Well, I don't mind erotic books, as long as there's a story to them. I think I'll give them a try. I picked up books 2, 4 & 12, so maybe I'll go ahead and get the first five, at least, and give them a shot before using credits to get the remainder of the series. Thanks for all your help, guys!
Date Posted: 8/4/2009 7:45 PM ET
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Well the first 3 really don't have any sex at all. Unless I misread them... LOL  - Those must be three that I haven't gotten to yet :-) cause I've read a whole lot of sex. If that's the case, she really did take a big turn in the books. I really have to get to that series one of these days.

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 9:55 PM ET
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I love erotica, but I would never classify her as that. Also, most fans didn't get turned off because it got racy, it's because of the reasons behind it all and the fact that she totally changed her character. Like Ellen said, the first up until OB are great, after that.....well I have nothing nice to say lol

ok, I'm shutting up now lol

 

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 10:36 PM ET
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I don't mind all the sex with multiple partners but I am tired of there always being new guys.  I miss the old ones! (except Richard. What a baby!)

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 7:36 AM ET
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I'm not a reader of erotica but I wouldn't call her books that...I have no idea what you call them.  Certain not romance....the 1st few UF, after that she is in a class all her own.

Funny part is I remember reading the 1st few and getting really frustrated just wishing she would 'do it' with someone...careful what you wish for. 

I still read the series...I have not read the most recent.  At this point I wouldn't call myself a fan, but a rubbernecker watching a train wreck and wondering if anyone will survive. 

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 7:57 AM ET
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I had hopes for Richard too.  But he was too needy, and I've been a little disappointed in the last couple (haven't read Skin Trade yet) but no Micah lately.  He's off recruiting.  Recruit at home Kitty. :)

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 4:06 PM ET
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since last night's blog post from LKH had her describing what she thinks she's writing, i thought i'd share for those who don't read it.  no wonder we don't know what to call it.  ;)

"Second is what I consider my genre which is mixed genre, a horror thriller/romance, but that doesn’t really say what I write. The closest description of what I consider my genre is Paranormal Thriller. In both the Meredith Gentry books and the Anita Blake novels I take thriller or mystery, mix it with horror and fantasy elements, then add a strong dose of sensuality, romance, and sex."  http://blog.laurellkhamilton.org/

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 4:11 PM ET
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In short, books on s&m. :P

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 8:12 PM ET
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She needs an editor.  Last one was an improvement, more focus on plot, less on totally unrelated sex scenes with no foreplay.  But still needs a serious dedicated editor.