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Subject: Paranormal Definition
Date Posted: 12/17/2010 8:13 AM ET
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In an effort to expand my reading experience I am working my way through the different genre.  I am finally down to the paranormal genre but have no idea of what the definition of a paranormal book is.  Can someone tell me what has to be in the book in order to qualify as a paranormal book???



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Date Posted: 12/17/2010 9:19 AM ET
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If you google it you'll come up with quite a few explanations.

http://www.google.com/search?q=paranormal+genre&rlz=1I7DLUS_en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7

Ivy M. (Luvbug) - ,
Date Posted: 12/17/2010 11:51 AM ET
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Thank you for your help...is there a first book you would suggest I try...

Date Posted: 12/17/2010 12:53 PM ET
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That is a really wide open question as paranormal pulls from mysteries, fantasy, and romance.  What are you looking for?  More romance?  More steamy?  More urban fantasy with a side helping of mystery?

Some starters would be:

Soulless by Gail Carriger  - a humorous steampunk romance

Storm Front  by Jim Butcher  - the first of the Harry Dresden series, an urban fantasy with very little romance

Dragon Actually by G A Aiken - a very funny steamy romance

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong 

(Part of my reason for starting with these is that they are all available in paperback and can often be found in used book stores, PBS, or libraries.)

 



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Date Posted: 12/17/2010 4:05 PM ET
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Ivy~

I've just started reading Paranormal titles and so far I've been happy with:

Jim Butcher-Dresden Files series 

Simon R. Green-Darkside and Ghost Finder series

Karen Moning-Fever series

-RD



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Date Posted: 12/17/2010 7:43 PM ET
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I think Emily hit it.  Do you like romance or more fanasty, horror etc ???

I started w/ Kelley Armstrong.  I think it's a good blend of all aspects

Ivy M. (Luvbug) - ,
Date Posted: 12/18/2010 7:33 AM ET
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At this point I read mostly mysteries but am wanting to try out other genre so I am going down the list.  I would like to try something other then a mystery this time but am not opposed to reading one that has a paranormal aspect to it.  I don't really care for romance novels so don't think even one with paranormal in it would do it at this point.  I do enjoy a good fantasy novel so maybe that is the way to go for now.

Date Posted: 12/18/2010 12:09 PM ET
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Ivy~

I love mystery and thrillers to so Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series might be a good place to start.

-RD



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Date Posted: 12/20/2010 4:44 AM ET
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If you haven't read them already, you might want to read Ann Rice's Interview With a Vampire or Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House.  They're pretty old school but still some of my favorites.  I also vote for Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden books and Kelly Armstrong's books.  Bitten and Industrial Magic are good.

Ivy M. (Luvbug) - ,
Date Posted: 12/20/2010 5:46 AM ET
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I read Inverview With a Vampire years ago when it first came out and didn't really care for it.  But I am willing to give the other books that have been mentioned a try.  Thanks for all your help...

Date Posted: 12/20/2010 4:31 PM ET
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Authors:

C. E Murphy mixed mystery and the paranormal mixture of Celtic myth and Native American.

Laura Anne Gilman paranormal detective and retrieval agency

Charles de Lint paranormal urban fantasy strong link to Celtic Trad.

Robin D. Owens paranormal fantasy/tuturistic

Christine Warren Urban fantasy

All good authors for paranormal fantasy. Susan

Date Posted: 12/20/2010 8:03 PM ET
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I disagree with Susan. Several of those recommendations would be what I'd give for someone coming from romance or fantasy. Not mysteries. I'd more likely say Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, or Simon Green. Maybe Patricia Briggs or Kelley Armstrong. Books with more meat, less romance. Robin Owens definitely falls on the romance side of the grey line between paranormal romance and urban fantasy.