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Subject: What genre is this WL book?
Date Posted: 5/5/2010 1:06 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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I bought new the book "Queen Victoria--Demon Hunter". Based on the summary I had researched, I thought it was "historical fiction", one

of my favorites the past few years.  But started reading it and immediately there are zombies, 2 headed rats attacking people, and a succubus attacking

Princess Victoria (same night the King dies and she becomes Queen).   I am so disappointed and just want to pitch it, but it is an exciting read and I

am one of those OC people who finishes books she hates!  (usually I don't hate them til over half way through so give them a chance to redeem

themselves by finishing)

Does this sound like horror or fantasy to you?  (it's not scary in the least, almost laughable)

Date Posted: 5/5/2010 1:48 PM ET
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Paranormal parody.

Lots of historical fiction now have a paranormal bent on them.

Just wondering why you'd choose a book with "demon hunter" as part of the title and not wonder if it had some paranormal stuff in it?
Most of the reviews and blurbs I saw (amazon and Barnes and Noble) all mentioned zombies and it being in the same bent as Pride and Prejudice and zombies.

Date Posted: 5/5/2010 9:13 PM ET
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OK, have not heard of "paranormal parody" as a genre or seen it listed. Thanks for the info!

Date Posted: 5/7/2010 6:35 PM ET
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paranormal parody is a "new" genre that is , unfortuntately, growing rapidly. It is a debasing and immature genre and I hope it dies.

Now I will tell you how I REALLY feel about it :-)

Subject: Queen Victoria-Demon Hunter
Date Posted: 5/30/2010 11:04 PM ET
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I must admit you confused me here. You were very disappointed but loved the book? I can't find that space but that's me. It fits in what was mentioned here as the paranormal parody but didn't quite hit the horror, scary, stupid. I found it a little amusing. I'm not making fun of you but still can't get the disappointed, happy part. I may read it again, lol.

Date Posted: 6/8/2010 3:35 PM ET
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I just want to know what you expected when the title is Queen Victoria - Demon Hunter emhpasis on the Demon Hunter.  LOL I'm not making fun either I've only just heard of this genere with the Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter or what ever it was called.  I so far have no problem with them other then the fact that the premis of the story is kinda weird.  For future reference if it says Demon Hunter in the title its usually paranormal of some kind though it could also be fantasy.

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 11:13 AM ET
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Book stores hardly know what genre these books are, so how are we to know?

I've been all over the book store to find one book and I've spied PNR and UF ALL over the place! Heh.

Date Posted: 6/14/2010 12:23 PM ET
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Paranormal parody annoys me---or rather, I guess I should say it's not funny to me.

But regarding the mix of historical fiction and the paranormal-----I recently read two books by Karen Maitland, one is "The Owl Killers." They are set in medieval Britain, and the historical evocation is excellent.

But they also deal with the paranormal, like witchcraft (good and bad), "church" people with some powers, and rising from the dead. It's totally adult, and really well done, IMHO.