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Subject: Vampire books need help
Date Posted: 1/15/2010 3:42 AM ET
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Just recenty started getting into vampire stories.And I love them, Can anyone suggest some great ones that you have enjoyed? Thanks for taking the time to answer.

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 1:36 PM ET
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I don't read a ton of vampire novels, but my favorite is Robin McKinley's Sunshine.


However, I would note that they seem to fall into two categories: there are vampire novels where vampires are sexy, and there are vampire novels where vampires are scary. (Obviously, there are gradations of this; in Sunshine the vampires are more scary than sexy, but one is a main character and they aren't monsters per se.) So you might want to note which of those options you prefer! :)

Subject: I agree...
Date Posted: 1/15/2010 1:53 PM ET
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Sunshine is absolutely amazing.  I'm waiting for I Am Legend to get here, I read the first 40 pages on Google Books and loved it.

What else... I'm avoiding mentioning Twilight as it's my least favorite book/series.  Like Phoenix said, there's vampire sexy and vampire scary, makes a big difference in what you're looking for!

Yay for my first post!

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 10:57 PM ET
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What about the Sookie Stackhouse series? or Interview with a Vampire?  Anne Rice wrote several

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Date Posted: 1/16/2010 12:24 AM ET
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you are awesome thanks for giving me some where to start. I think I'm moving more toward vampire sexy at the moment. I've read Twilight and simply love that series. After reading those I need more. Have been watching vampire diaries on internet and love them too. I heard True blood is good but I do not have HBO. Again thanks so much!!! Have an awesome weekend.

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 2:30 AM ET
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I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward.  These are the sexy vampires.  MmmmHmmm

Subject: Other good vampire books.
Date Posted: 1/16/2010 3:47 PM ET
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The Books by P.C. Cast, the House of Night series, is really fun. It's written more for a teenage audience and you can read one in a sitting. But they were SO much fun. I never thought I'd like the vampire books either until I borrowed the House of Night ones and the Sookie Stackhouse books from friends. Fun stuff!


Date Posted: 1/19/2010 10:59 AM ET
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Check out Karen Chance's Cassandra Palmer series. The first book is called Touch the Dark and they're VERY good.

I'll second the BDB series by JR Ward.

Christine Feehan's "Dark" series are good, especially the first few.

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series are also good.

And then branch out. ;) Check out Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series (werewolves) or Karen Marie Moning's "Fever" series (Fae).

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 12:07 AM ET
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thanks so much. this information is so very helpful and appreciated. will be ordering some of these great books!

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Date Posted: 1/21/2010 9:38 PM ET
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Also check out the Vampire Files series by P.N. Elrod.  These books have a "detective" slant to them.

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Date Posted: 1/22/2010 11:26 AM ET
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Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy books were great too.  They are in the Young Adult genre. In these books you have both the sexy vampires and the scary vampires.  I loved them. 

Subject: Vampire series
Date Posted: 1/22/2010 4:54 PM ET
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I love, love, love the Twilight Series (except for Breaking Dawn - thought that one was weird). 

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 10:23 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/22/2010 11:24 PM ET
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im reading the book how to marry a millionare vampire series and thats good. The House of Night series and Tantalize is good too.And of corse there is  Twilight.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 11:25 PM ET
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also the city of bones series is good although it doesnt have too much vamps in it. i think you might like it.

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 8:10 AM ET
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Why not go back to the beginning?  "Dracula" by Bram Stoker is excellent...I'm re-reading it now.

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 8:19 PM ET
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I second (or third) Sookie Stackhouse and Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series, two series that are similar in pace and humor.  Mercy Thompson focuses more on werewolves, but there's a good bit of vampire in there, though generally more scary than sexy.  Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series is a more mercenary take on the girl-meets-vampire tale.  And if you like Neil Gaiman and/or short stories and/or retellings of classic tales (or even if you don't like any of aforementioned, honestly) I highly recommend Gaiman's "Snow, Glass, Apples" from his Smoke & Mirrors book of short stories.  It's super short (~15 pages) and entirely brilliant.

Date Posted: 2/22/2010 3:12 AM ET
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If you like steamy trade paperback romance books, I definately recommend Linda Lael Miller's series, Forever and the Night, For All Enternity, and Time Without End.

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Date Posted: 2/22/2010 2:08 PM ET
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Agreed with Vicky. I haven't read a lot of vampire books, and I don't generally read older books, but I really enjoyed the original Dracula. Although that's more towards the "scary vampire" end of the spectrum.

Date Posted: 2/22/2010 5:29 PM ET
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A friend recently got me into the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton, and I'm loving them at the moment. The Sookie Stackhouse books were really good and I enjoyed reading all of them. If you want to branch out, and you have no problems with the overly hot and steamy, Keri Arthur has an interesting series about a woman who is part Vampire / part Werewolf. I can't remember the name of the first book, but the lead character is named Riley Jenson.

Good luck finding some books - there's plenty out there to enjoy!

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 3:00 AM ET
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I LOVE the House of Night series. It is an excellent vampire series. Cant wait for the next book to come out in April!

Subject: Sookie Stackhouse Series
Date Posted: 2/27/2010 6:12 AM ET
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DITTO: The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. It's light reading - basically rednecks and vampires thrown together. Most of them are under 300 pages. The vamps are more sexy than scary, I'd say. You'll also find werewolves, shape-shifters, witches, and a maenad thrown in for good measure. There are some really funny moments as well.

  1. Dead Until Dark
  2. Living Dead in Dallas
  3. Club Dead
  4. Dead to the World
  5. Dead as a Doornail (seeing a recurring theme here? LOL)
  6. Definitely Dead
  7. Alltogether Dead
  8. From Dead to Worse
  9. Dead and Gone

I'm not sure if there are any more as I just started collecting them. Good luck!

~Penny aka ShadoKat

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Date Posted: 2/28/2010 12:20 PM ET
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I came across this list on NPR last night - maybe you'll find some good ones here:


Date Posted: 2/28/2010 2:07 PM ET
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I loved Sookie Stackhouse series. So I read more vampire books. Then I got a hold of a copy of Sunshine by Robin McKinley. Now NO OTHER VAMPIRE book will ever interest me! That book is so powerful and incredible. It is my book of the year. Unforgettable. Be warned! It may ruin you for other vampire books.

Date Posted: 3/16/2010 9:01 PM ET
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Definately the Sookie Stackhouse books!! I have been reading one immediately after the other for the past month. Now after reading this thread, I am gonna check out this Sunshine book when I have completed all the Stackhouse novels.