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Subject: Whats the best book about/with vampires?
Date Posted: 5/9/2008 1:58 AM ET
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Ok, here's the thing, i am a major vampire fan. Anyhting and everything about vampires i love, but i aint fanatical. i've read Laurel Hamiltons' series and was wondering what else would be a good read. So i figured i make  a post and find out what other people read on the subject. whether its vampires or the genre. but as of now i swear Anita Blake Series by Laurel Hamilton.

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 7:10 AM ET
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My favorite vampire books are Stephenie Meyer's books, starting with Twilight. But those books are very different in tone from Laurel K. Hamilton; if you want something with a more similar tone, try the Darkyn series by Lynn Viehl - the first book is If Angels Burn.

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 9:38 AM ET
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I really, really liked The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.  If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.

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Date Posted: 5/10/2008 7:56 PM ET
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Christine Feehan has a wonderful series featuring Vampires.  You could try those.  You can check www.fantasticfiction.com    to see the order of the books.

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Date Posted: 5/10/2008 8:40 PM ET
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Have you read any of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R, Ward?

 

If you want one that's pretty dumb but makes you laugh try some of Katie MacAlister  books.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 8:57 PM ET
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The Noble Dead serise by Barb and JC Hendee. Not so focused on vampires as a lot, but includes shape shifters, elves and vampires equally

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 9:40 PM ET
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I second the mention of JR Ward's books.  Susan Sizemore also has a group of them (I Hunger for you, I thirst for you, etc.) that are pretty good. 

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 9:46 PM ET
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I very highly recommend the Mercy Thompson books by Patricia Briggs.  They're technically about werewolves, but the 2nd book focuses on vampires.  "Moon Called" "Blood Bound" and "Iron Kissed" are the three books in order.  I will say she does not portray a "romantic" vampire at all; instead, she focuses on the fact that they are blood feeders who have lived hundreds of years.

Of course, a standard nowadays is also the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, otherwise known as the Sookie Stackhouse books.  The first is "Dead Until Dark."  There are 8 so far in this series, including the one released this year.  A little more romantic here, but again, this is not the hot and steamy type written about by Laurell K. Hamilton either.

You should read her fey books if you haven't.  (LKH's)  The first is "A Kiss of Shadows," and the main character is named Meredith Gentry.  They're very good, and the same amount of hot and steamy stuff you have gotten used to with Anita Blake.

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 1:24 AM ET
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awesome i love all the recomdations. i will be adding them all to my lists!!

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 10:02 PM ET
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Right now I'm re-reading Blood Price by Tanya Huff; it's the first in a series of five vampire/supernatural mysteries. They're quite good! Here's a plot synopsis/review: Blood Price

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 6:58 AM ET
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I was going to reccomend the Nightwatch series, but those aren't really about vampires. They just have vampires in them, and then as mostly bit players.

'Salem's Lot is always a classic. Christopher Moore's vampire novels, Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck, are pretty fun, if not his very best work.

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 4:12 PM ET
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Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde is YA, but it's fantastic.  It's one of my favorite vampire books ever.

Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series are similar in tone to early Anita Blake books, and some of the books feature vampires.  All of them feature a wizard operating like a private eye in modern day Chicago, dealing with supernatural baddies and working with the police force.  Lots of humor, fantastic voice.

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 5:34 PM ET
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Charline Harrions Sookie Stackhouse series is a great series.

Also the House of Night series by P C Cast is ALOT better then the Meyers books(read the first one and couldnt stand the characters).

Betsy the Vampire Queen series is very funny too Undead and Unwed I think is the first one.

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 8:43 PM ET
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I posted this in the Twilight thread but I wanted to add it here too so nobody misses out. I just read The Society of S and The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard and they were great. Her writing is fantastic and she did some new things with the vampire mythology. I highly recommend these books.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 11:06 AM ET
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Fred Saberhagen's Dracula series, not so romantic but clever and fast. The better ones : Dracula Tapes, Holmes/Dracula Files.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 11:32 AM ET
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Lara Adrian has a vampire series too.

Sherri

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 12:11 PM ET
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Wow, no one's mentioned it?  Perhaps it's too obvious. LOL!  

I'm not typically into vampire books per se, but Anne Rice's books are excellent.  Of course, the whole vampire series was excellent (with some of the books being better than others, of course), but  I like the Mayfair Witches series a bit better.  For sheer entertainment value, the first book in the Mayfair Series, The Witching Hour, is my favorite book of all time. 

Subject: I can't believe no one mentioned Linda Lael Miller's 4 Vampire books.
Date Posted: 5/15/2008 11:07 PM ET
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Linda Lael Miller's  books Forever and the Night,  For all Eternity, ˇonight and Always and Time Without End are wonderful.  I just happened to read the first one Forever and the Night, couldn't put it down then realized there were more and I searched until I found them.

 

Mary Janice Davidson's Dead and 1. Unemployeed, 2. Unwed, etc are a funny and witty vampire books.

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 9:30 PM ET
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i like all the j.r. ward books, good reads.

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 10:18 AM ET
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If you like true fantasy try the Ravenloft series, especially the first book, I Strad, by PN Elrod.

I also liked the Count of St. Germain series but I can't remember the author's name right off hand.

Subject: Count of St Germain
Date Posted: 5/17/2008 11:47 AM ET
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The Count of St Germain series is by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Best regards, Elaine

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 8:37 PM ET
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I agree with PP that Anne Rice's vampire series is great- I have read them all, but my favorite Anne Rice books are the Mayfair Witch series!!

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 2:24 PM ET
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I always liked The Silver Kiss

Subject: thanks
Date Posted: 5/19/2008 7:22 PM ET
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i've put them all on my remember list, thanks!



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Date Posted: 5/28/2008 10:23 PM ET
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