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Subject: Vampire Fantasy Not Romance
Date Posted: 8/17/2009 12:07 PM ET
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ANy good vampire books not centered around romance?

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 12:47 PM ET
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You could try Sunshine by Robin McKinley. . . McKinley creates a world where being undead isn't sexy at all (because really, would being pasty and clammy really be a turn-on?) and her heroine already has a steady boyfriend when she meets the main vampire.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 2:10 PM ET
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What about Nancy A. Collins?  Sunglasses After Dark is great.  And Stephen Dedman's two, The Art of Arrow Cutting and Shadowsbite.  Andrew Fox is not like anyone else. 

I second McKinley's Sunshine.  Wonderful book.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 3:31 PM ET
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Fred Saberhagen's series revisioning Dracula is an oldy but goody.  I'm particular fond of the "Holmes-Dracula File" and "An Old Friend of the Family"

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Date Posted: 8/17/2009 9:30 PM ET
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I really like Rob Thurman's books about two brothers.  But they are NOT vampire books.  She has vampires in them, but not as a focus.  Same with Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden.

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 2:24 PM ET
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I third Sunshine :) great vampire book where the focus is not on sex or romance..

Plus try

White Wolfs World of Darkness Vampire the Masquerade clan novels. 
And the new Vampire the Requiem clan novels.

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 9:48 PM ET
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Have you read P.N. Elrod's Vampire Files?  Bloodlist is the first one.  IMO they get better as you go too.  I'm waiting for #12, Dark Road Rising, due out next month.

Date Posted: 8/20/2009 10:03 PM ET
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How's about Dracula, by Bram Stoker? There is romance in it, but NOT anything like romance that is usually written today--and NOT with the vampires!!! I love that book A LOT.

Date Posted: 8/20/2009 10:36 PM ET
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Barbara Hambly's Those Who Hunt the Night and Traveling with the Dead.
Date Posted: 8/21/2009 5:44 PM ET
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Oh and Already Dead by Charlie Huston :)  Great series

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Date Posted: 8/22/2009 9:14 AM ET
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If you really want a bizarre vampire story, check out the Necroscope series by Brian Lumley.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 12:53 AM ET
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I agree Sunshine is really good. But youcould also check out Jocelynn Drake's Dark Days sereis ( Nightwalker book1, and Dayhunter book). There is also a third book coming out in the next month or two.

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 1:04 PM ET
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Necroscope gets funky!  I read those books when I was 12/13 and I felt I came out of them a bit damaged. rofl!

Subject: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series
Date Posted: 9/9/2009 12:08 AM ET
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read the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series it's not centered on romance. i mean yeah it has sex in it, but the story is more a thriller, mystery stuff.

Also mary janice davidson's Betsy the vampire queen series. it too has sex but it's a thriller and it reads like a journal. plus it's funny.

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Date Posted: 9/16/2009 8:53 PM ET
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I just read The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro (director of Pan's Labarynth, Hellboy, Devil's Backbone  etc.) and Chuck Hogan.  It was incredibly good and the vamps are definitely not dreamy Edward-types -- there's nothing remotely un-repulsive about them actually, which is how I like my vampires.  It was a really scary book, and once it got going it was impossible for me to put down.  I'm looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.

Date Posted: 9/17/2009 12:18 AM ET
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I'm sorry.  But I have to say that MaryJanice Davidson's Betsy books are comedy romance.  Terrible as a thriller.  If you are looking for non romance vampires, skip MJD.  Run away fast.

Date Posted: 9/17/2009 7:52 AM ET
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you could try Vampire Winter- Lois Tilton.  Vampire Winter

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 1:23 PM ET
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The Blood series by Tanya Huff is a good thriller.  It is about a detective who loses her night vision and teams up with a vampire to help her solve some cases.  There is a romantic triangle within the story but it doesn't get too mushy or dilute the story line.  there are 5 books in the series.  Plus it is set in Canada which is a fun change of pace.

I would also highly recommend the Dresden Files where there is a recurring vampire character.  Several books deal with vampires exclusively and the vampire character appears on a regular basis throughout the books after the second installment.

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Date Posted: 10/9/2009 11:13 PM ET
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Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Vamprie Hunter series has romance/sex, especially around half way through the series, but also has a good splash of horror and mystery.

Do you mean no romance at all or just not a romance novel? Most fantasy / paranormal books have some amount of romance. Sunshine is the only completely non-romantic vampire book that I can think of unless you want to include Bram Stoker's Dracula. You might have more luck in the horror section.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 11:49 PM ET
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Just thought of another:

New Amsterdam, by Elizabeth Bear

It's actually a collection of short stories, in chronological order and featuring the same two main characters: a female Detective Crown Investigator (in a world with magic and whatnot, and where the U.S. never broke away from England -- her job is as a "forensic sorceror," tracking down magical criminals) and a vampire P.I. They work closely together and there's some sexual tension, but there isn't even a romance subplot. There's a novella-length sequel titled Seven for a Secret.


This is what the back cover says:

Abigail Irene Garrett drinks too much. She makes scandalous liaisons with inappropriate men, and if in her youth she was a famous beauty, now she is both formidable--and notorious. She is a forensic sorceress, and a dedicated officer of a Crown that does not deserve her loyalty. She has nothing, but obligations.

Sebastien de Ulloa is the oldest creature he has ever known. He was no longer young at the Christian millennium, and that was nine hundred years ago. He has forgotten his birth-name, his birth-place, and even the year in which he was born, if he ever knew it. But he still remembers the woman who made him immortal. He has everything, but a reason to live.

In a world where the sun never set on the British Empire, where Holland finally ceded New Amsterdam to the English only during the Napoleonic wars, and where the expansion of the American colonies was halted by the war magic of the Iroquois, they are exiles in the new world--and its only hope for justice.

Date Posted: 11/22/2009 7:41 PM ET
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George R. R. Martin has one vampire book - Fevre Dreams.  It's set on a steamboat around the era of Mark Twain.  I really enjoyed it.

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 10:36 PM ET
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A long time ago Jack Williamson wrote the best vampire book I ever read. I think it was called Darker Than You Think.

Date Posted: 11/25/2009 3:55 PM ET
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E. E. Knight has a series that the creatures are a type of vampire. 

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has a series that I would classify as a historical fantasy.  It has romance but there is a lot of information about the time period for each novel. 

Patricia Brigg's Mercy series has a vampire character. 

Barb Hendee has a series about a Dhamphir that hunts vampires.

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 11:18 AM ET
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Afterage by Yvonne Navarro

Anything by David Wellington (13 Bullets, 99 Coffins, Vampire Zero, etc.)

Blood Memories series by Barb Hendee

Bottomfeeder by B.H. Fingerman

Desmodus by Steven Walker

Dracul: The Return by James Wardlaw

Eternal Vigilance series by Gabriel Faust

Fevre Dream by George RR Martin

Fiend by Jemiah Jefferson

Hollywood Vampires by Matt Jones

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

Joe Pitt series by Charlie Huston

Let Me In by John Lindqvist

Live Girls by Ray Garten

Lord of the Dead/Slave to my Thirst by Tom Holland

Necroscope by Brian Lumley

Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater

Raven by S.A. Swiniarski

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Tap Tap by David Martin

The Night Inside by Nancy Baker

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy Charnas

The Vampire Within series by Drew Silver

The World on Blood by Jonathan Nasaw

They Thirst by Robert McCammon

Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly

Vamped by David Sosnowski

Vampire Winter & Darkness on the Ice by Lois Tilton

Vampire Memories by Barb Hendee

Vampires by John Steakley

Vrolok by Nolene Dougan

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 10:12 PM ET
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Salem's Lot is still one of the best scare-the-pants-off-you vampire books I've ever read.