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message 1: by Leece (new)

Leece Hi;

I really enjoyed reading the TB books - I am after something similar - not wishy washy like Twilight but full on like TB?

Any help will be great !

Lisa x


message 2: by Cary (new)

Cary (Vortigern) If you have not read Draculla and Carmilla. You should read them. They are the best vamp stories ever written and the first to bring sex and vampires together. Your not going to find another Southern Vampire mystery series. Southern Vamp is multi genre. Horror, Mystery,and Porn. That has never been done before, and it's the genius behind the stories. Now days sadly vampires have been overdone. In film & literature. Way to many really bad stories have been written. It will be a long time if ever before you see a real good vampire story. I have read all the Southern Vampire mysteries, and at least a book or two from other series. Nothing comes close to Carmilla and Dracula.


message 3: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan (Iftcan) hum, try Tanya Huff's Blood Price series and after that, read the Smoke series Smoke and Shadows. The Blood books pre-date Charlaine's Southern Vampires series and have mystery and para-normal elements to them. The Smoke series actually is a spin off series that starts at the end of the Blood series.


message 4: by Cary (new)

Cary (Vortigern) You Suck & Blood Sucking Fiends are a great pair of stories by Michael Moore. You Suck is the better of the two books and they are romantic comedy vampire stories. With Goth queen Abby Normal. Great books. I read all the Cirque du Freak stories like The Vampires Aprentice. Not bad but for younger people.


message 5: by Julia (last edited May 23, 2011 11:54AM) (new)

Julia | 47 comments I second Carmilla, it's old, but not dated. And I also second Tanya Huff's Blood Price and Smoke and Shadows books.

This suggestion predates Tanya Huff, but Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint Germain books are great historical fiction told through the eyes of a 4,000 year old vampire. That I think she's been writing for right around forty years. The great thing, among many, is that you can pick up any one of these books, they do not need to be read in any proscribed order. Here are a few titles: Mansions of Darkness: A Novel of Saint-Germain, Hotel Transylvania,Out of the House of Life.


message 6: by Cary (new)

Cary (Vortigern) In about 1700 Augustine Calmet a French Monk wrote a treatease on Angels, Demons, Vampires, Witches, and Gods relation to them. This book still in publication is called The Phantom World. Allot of Carmilla and Dracula are based on this book. Which also has bits of the Magia Posthuma. A vampire history long out of publication. This is the basis for the vampires I like. They are evil, and can appear both night and day. Although night is their usual time of movement. This single book by Calmet lays down the rules for Gothic Vampire stories. Which are the ones I like, and they inspired the early Gothic & Victorian books on Vampires. Vampires did not burn in the sun until after the movie Nos Feratu. Which had the vampire disapear in a puff of smoke at daylight. Most modern vampire books are based on these old hollywood movies were vampies burning in the sun make a great special effects scene. Where as in the old vamp stories they scream and writh in the coffin spitting fountains of blood. I like the books based on old Gothic literature better than ones rooted in Hollywood. Sookie Stackhouse is really the only series book I like. But keep those sugestions coming. Somebody has to come up with something original sometime soon. : )


message 7: by Emily (new)

Emily Williams | 1 comments I'm like you- when I read a paranormal novel, I want it to be intense, not light and fluffy like Twilight.

Above commenters have highlighted the classics already, but here's another recommendation: the Pact Arcanum series by Arshad Ahsanuddin (http://pactarcanum.com). Here's a link to the first book, Sunset: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11...

Good luck, and I hope you find some books you love!


message 8: by Cary (new)

Cary (Vortigern) Something will come along. I am still waiting in line to get a copy of the latest Sookie book at the library. Hopefull someone will come up with a really deep,dark,vampire masterpiece. A single amazing book. I like the single books much better than series. Because they usally are one fantastic book. Instead of a string of medicore ones. If you find a good vamp series. It's nice because the books keep coming. I however am waiting for the bible of vampire books. One with such imagination,magic,sex, and horror. It simply can't be followed by a second book. A Dracula for the new century. :)


message 9: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan (Iftcan) Another good thing about Yarbro's St. Germain chronicles--they are based on an actual historical figure. The "real" St. Germain claimed to be a vamp, seemed to live forever, was rumoured dead at least two times only to be seen alive again afterwards by people who knew him. I saw a program on this historical St. G. and the people who did the research on him think that he was probably a younger son of one of the Middle European minor kings. And that he lived to be about 75 or 80 years old, whic, for the time that he lived was about like saying that he lived to be 250 or so these days. Wish I could find a dvd of that program, it was really great.


message 10: by Cary (new)

Cary (Vortigern) Wow cool St.Germain sounds cool. That is the genious of Dracula. Braum Stoker took a well known historic prince renowned for extreme cruelty, and bloody spectacles named Vlad Dracula. Who came from Romania a land were vampire legends were most commonly believed. It lends a certain amount of believability to the writing. If nothing else this season of TrueBlood looks really sweet.


message 11: by Julia (last edited May 27, 2011 09:07AM) (new)

Julia | 47 comments And Saint Germain is also a character in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series...

Ann, I didn't know about this documentary, but now I'll keep my eyes open for it! The very first St Germain novel written is The Palace.

Whoops! No, the above book is #2 from when they were written, not when they take place. #1 is Hôtel Transylvania: A Novel of Forbidden Love.


message 12: by Ranata (new)

Ranata Cary wrote: "You Suck & Blood Sucking Fiends are a great pair of stories by Michael Moore. You Suck is the better of the two books and they are romantic comedy vampire stories. With Goth queen Abby Normal. Grea..."

That's Christopher Moore actually.


message 13: by Cary (new)

Cary (Vortigern) Thanks I am sure people will be able to figure out how to find the book. Abby Normal is a great character with great lines. Like the stuff she says to the two detectives. Then theres Tommy and his red headed girl fiend. Forget her name too. I think Abbey pulled a mean trick on them in the end.


message 14: by Cary (last edited May 27, 2011 04:55PM) (new)

Cary (Vortigern) Ok Christopher Moore. Thanks, I think people will figure it out. Abby Normal I remebered her name right. Her converstations with the two detectives are hilariouis. Great charter than Abbey. The bad guy Sopir. Tommy & his older red head girl friend. I forget her name. I felt Abbey kinda did the vampires wrong in the end.


message 15: by Hillary (new)

Hillary | 12 comments The Hollow's series: Rachel Morgan is a witch but it's got vamps, weres, pixies, faeries, and everything else under the sun in it...

well, undead vamps can't go in the sun...but you know what I mean :-)

It's definitely good.


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Sarah (emoonae) | 225 comments Hillary wrote: "The Hollow's series: Rachel Morgan is a witch but it's got vamps, weres, pixies, faeries, and everything else under the sun in it...

well, undead vamps can't go in the sun...but you know what I ..."


Oh, I LOVE that series!


message 17: by Hillary (new)

Hillary | 12 comments Sarah wrote: "Hillary wrote: "The Hollow's series: Rachel Morgan is a witch but it's got vamps, weres, pixies, faeries, and everything else under the sun in it...

well, undead vamps can't go in the sun...but yo..."



I'm so glad to find someone who does! Do you love Kisten??


message 18: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (emoonae) | 225 comments Hillary wrote: "I'm so glad to find someone who does! Do you love Kisten??"

Not so much, but I've only read the first couple of books in the series. Am I to assume that he improves upon further acquaintance? :-)


message 19: by Hillary (new)

Hillary | 12 comments Sarah wrote: "Hillary wrote: "I'm so glad to find someone who does! Do you love Kisten??"

Yes, you can assume that :-) let me know when you get past that point. I want to talk to someone about Kisten ha ha
Not so much, but I've only read the first couple of books in the series. Am I to assume that he improves upon further ac..."



message 20: by Leece (new)

Leece Thanks guys, lots to go on. Reading Deborah Harkness A DiscoverynOf Witches, which is very good DVD


message 21: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Kourtis | 1 comments Try laurels k hamilton's Anita Blake series, I enjoyed them too. Not as much as true blood tho


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