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Subject: Question on Laurell K. Hamilton Anita Blake series
Date Posted: 11/7/2008 8:00 PM ET
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While at the SPCA Thriftstore I happened across the first 10 Laurell K. Hamilton Anita Blake books for a buck each so i couldnt pass them up.

Im an avid historical fiction reader myself however and was wondering if they are worth the investment of time for me to go ahead and try a new genre- or if I should I just pass them on to my teenage daughter who just finished the twilight series. I have so many books in my TBR pile already enough to last at least for 2 years- yet when one comes across a deal like this it's hard not to buy more books! lol

Also for those who have read her is she ok for a 15 yo to read? My daughter has read  the Twilight series like I mentioned before however those were initially aimed at the YA  age group but Im not sure about this series.

Thanks in advance!

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 8:25 PM ET
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The first five in the series are pretty much okay for a teen (imo). The later books turn into "erotica" (some say porn). I'd say that they probably are not appropriate for a teen. If she likes Twilight she may like the Blue Bloods series and the Gemma Doyle trilogy. When I was 15 I was heavily into Anne Rice as well; I think some of her vampire novels are more appropriate for an older teen. Of course, that was many moons ago so what teens like today may have changed. :)
Date Posted: 11/7/2008 8:29 PM ET
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The Anita Blake vampire series is pretty good as long as you're into vampires and werewolves and that kinda stuff!!  I personally like them and have read all but the last 4.  It's a pretty long series.

As for your 15 year old, they are pretty sexually graphic and explicit (to me anyway) but you know your daughter better than most of us. I don't really think of them as porn or erotica though.  I have read some of those and those are WAYYYY more explicit!!   You should read the first one and see for yourself if you think your daughter can handle it.  

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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 11/8/2008 9:47 AM ET
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I have just started the first book in the series.  So far, there is no graphic sex, but it is weirdly sensual and disturbing in some ways...I think it's supposed to be, but I am not 100% sure I'd recommend it for a teen.  There is another discussion on this series in the paranormal forum, and several people said it becomes much more sex-based later in the series.

On the other hand, I had to read some books for school, like The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan when I was only fifteen, and that had some pretty graphic material for a kid, and I didn't end up in therapy.

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 10:15 AM ET
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my coworker read these and says the first few were ok sex-wise but then she turned into the porn queen!

gnomie - ,
Date Posted: 11/8/2008 11:11 AM ET
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Great opinions and advice. Much appreciated. With all the books out there- Ill probably just save them for myself. :-) Thanks everybody!


Date Posted: 11/14/2008 10:23 AM ET
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Yeah, depends on your daughter, but they get pretty graphic - three ways, multiple partners, pregnancy scares, sex with other beings (obviously, as there are werewolves and vampires, etc)...so probably not all that appropriate for a 15 yo...she'll probably love them in a few years though ;)