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sparkleface | 4 comments Is there a topic thread or place to discuss book recommendations or just to chat about and or recommend series/books you love?

It seems there are so many books that could fit into the vaginal fantasy genre with a lot of crossover. The names of titles and authors being dropped during the hangout is making my head spin! I'm sure there are lots of things I would love to read but without knowing much or getting personal recommendations I'm kind of at a loss as to where to even begin.

Do people have favorites that they want to pitch to the group not necessarily for the hangout, but just for readers?

I am a huge fan of Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat series and would love to geek out about these books with other people who have read them or might be able to recommend similar titles. Is there such a thing as Vaginal Urban Faerie Fantasy genre!?


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Serafina (serafinak) I took notes as I watched the first episode of the VFH, and here's what caught my ear:

Jacqueline Carey - Kushiel's Legacy series
Ann Aguirre - Sirantha Jax series
Jim Butcher - The Dresden Files
Kalayna Price - Alex Craft Novels
Sara Paretsky - VI Warshawski series
Laurell K. Hamilton - Anita Blake series
Kat Richardson - Greywalker series
Joe Abercrombie - First Law trilogy
N.K. Jemisin - Inheritance trilogy
Linnea Sinclair
Deanna Raybourn

Haven't actually read any of them (that's why I wrote them down, obv), but they were all recommended by one or more of the VFH girls!


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Deanna (deannak) I'm going to throw out a vote for Karen Mae Moning's Fever series for the unseelie fans. Also, a big fan of the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, if shapeshifters and weres are your thing.


message 4: by Laura (last edited Mar 01, 2012 10:35PM) (new)

Laura | 111 comments There is this thread to chat about your favorite VF: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/7...

Lots of books within that thread! :)

There is also another thread for sci-fi VF: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/7...

Might find some more goodies in that thread as well.


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sparkleface | 4 comments Serafina wrote: "I took notes as I watched the first episode of the VFH, and here's what caught my ear:

Jacqueline Carey - Kushiel's Legacy series
Ann Aguirre - Sirantha Jax series
Jim Butcher - The Dresden Files
..."


Thanks for posting this, Serafina!!


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Eva (cat_rock) | 5 comments I love Anita Blake (even though the sex-bit gets a bit much sometimes). The dresden files are great, but I'm having a hard time starting a new book... So much other books to read first. Patricia Briggs is one of my absolute favorites! I can't wait for the next book to be released.

But the greywalker series is not something I would recomend. Confusing and boring...


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Kenya Wright I love the Anita Blake series too and then it strayed more into erotic paranormal romance, but I definetlyfeel Anita Blake was one of the pineers of urban fantasy.


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Joanna | 33 comments Serafina wrote: "I took notes as I watched the first episode of the VFH, and here's what caught my ear:

Jacqueline Carey - Kushiel's Legacy series
Ann Aguirre - Sirantha Jax series
Jim Butcher - The Dresden Files
..."


I've read quite a few of those on this list and second the recommendations. Just a few things to note, the Kushiel series (while AWESOME) has plenty of sex and the main character gets off on pain/bdsm-type stuff. So FYI if that's not your thing.

I loved the Ann Aquirre series, read 3 out of 5 of the books. Agreed that it's surprisingly good female centered sci fi.

The NK Jemisin books are really good, super original too. It's an alternate universe but w/ gods and stuff. Really clever.

Gonna go add Dresden Files to my to-read now!


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Susan | 185 comments I'm really liking Richelle Meads 2 adult series Storm Born and Succubus series
Karen Moning Fever series
Jeanine Frost Night Huntress Series also good!


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Eva (cat_rock) | 5 comments Can you help me? I'm terryfied of zombies! Like really scared of them! So I thought if I could find a zombie-book that is fun instead of scary I might get over that. Any tips?


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Madison E. (madiemartin) | 231 comments Eva wrote: "Can you help me? I'm terryfied of zombies! Like really scared of them! So I thought if I could find a zombie-book that is fun instead of scary I might get over that. Any tips?"

Breathers by S.G. Browne. I haven't read it yet myself but my boyfriend said it's hilarious. It is a dark comedy, but that is probably just because it has to do with zombies.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51...

Also, you should watch the movie Fido. I know the cover is creepy, but it's actually really funny. It's like lassie with zombie instead of a dog. I'm not a huge zombie fan either, but I love that movie. (zombie's creep me out a whole lot more than lycanthropes and vampires) There is some comedic gorge just to warn you.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457572/


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Lisa | 9 comments Heather Killough-walden- The Big Bad Wolf Series also The King Series


message 13: by Eva (new)

Eva (cat_rock) | 5 comments Madison wrote:
Breathe..."

Thank you! They sound great!


message 14: by Madison E. (new)

Madison E. (madiemartin) | 231 comments Eva wrote: "Madison wrote:
Breathe..."
Thank you! They sound great!"


Enjoy!


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Kamil | 938 comments Sherrilyn Kenyon's dark hunter's series was surprisingly good. A bit unpredictable and too pasionate, and perhaps too short ( i finished the whole series in less than 3 days) which is not good since one want's more. The author did an accurat study on emotions making the characters believable


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Coral (coralm) | 58 comments Seanan McGuire's series featuring October Daye is one of my favorites, first book is Rosemary and Rue. I also second the Mercy Thompson books mentioned above.

One of my other favorites is the Kara Gillian series by Diana Rowland which starts with Mark of the Demon.


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Nancy | 1 comments One of my favorites - The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward.
http://www.jrward.com/bdb/index-books...


message 18: by Lya (new)

Lya (artana) Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter is really good for several books.

I lovelove Kresley Cole. Highly recommend her series as the Valkeries change it from typical romance to an amazing silly fantasy book as well.

There are some more raunchy ones, but I think most of the ones I consider good are mentioned.

I definitely recommend Heather Killough-Walden. Her books tend to be short, but they're almost a perfect combination of romance and fantasy.


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Vanessa | 54 comments Karen Marie Moning Fever series is excellent.

I'm totally into the indie author Debora Geary's Witch series which be begins with A Modern Witchthough it is not racy at all, it has very endearing characters.

Love the Jeanine Frost books.

The Jayne Ann Krentz "Arcane Society" series is an interesting Vag. Suspense series which jumps between Contemporary, Period and Sci Fi.


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Madison E. (madiemartin) | 231 comments I'm totally into the indie author Debora Geary's Witch series which be begins with A Modern Witchthough it is not racy at all, it ha..."

I read the first one and really like it! I look froward to reading the series. I even bought it for my grandma because it seemed like she might like it. So, seconded!


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Tulip Black (tulipblack) | 6 comments @Eva "my life as a white trash zombie" Diana Rowland.
Brain protein shakes ahoy.


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L.A. Banks's Vampire Huntress Legends series. Black female lead, Mexican love interest, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-religious urban fantasy. Very good once you get the rhythm of the slangy dialogue.


message 23: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 9 comments If anyone is interested in a erotic and pornographic S&M novels. Try The Sleeping Beauty trilogy, 1) The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, 2) Beauty's Punishment, 3) Beauty's Release! All written by Anne Rice writing as A.N. Roquelaure.


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Kamil | 938 comments Lisa wrote: "If anyone is interested in a erotic and pornographic S&M novels. Try The Sleeping Beauty trilogy, 1) The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, 2) Beauty's Punishment, 3) Beauty's Release! All written by Ann..."

i tried that trilogy and still freeks me out


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Linda (twistedmindproductions) | 2 comments I tried the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy.
That prince was NOT charming.

If you enjoy dark BDSM (is there any other kind?) you may like it. It really just wasn't my cuppa.


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Linda (twistedmindproductions) | 2 comments Madison wrote: "Eva wrote: "Can you help me? I'm terryfied of zombies! Like really scared of them! So I thought if I could find a zombie-book that is fun instead of scary I might get over that. Any tips?"

Breathe..."


Let me second "Fido" - it's fun
"Shaun of the dead" also has enough humor in it to cut down on the horror a good bit.

Both are still gore filled


message 27: by S. (last edited Apr 05, 2012 04:50AM) (new)

S. Div. (skelleyh) I found the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy interesting more because of its retelling of the faerietales, more so than the sex. I first read it 21 years ago, and it was the first literature I read that helped me understand why some people thrill on pain and D/s dynamics. As for the sex, I truly did find myself skipping it to get back to the story. In that light, I didn't find it dark at all, as it is 100% consensual and intended, and thought it was a good primer to sexual dynamics that a lot of people may not be familiar with or are afraid to explore.

The best erotica remains Anias Nin. I write erotica under another name. Buzz me for details.
Cheers, all!


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Gwen (goodreadscomTallGrrl) | 7 comments Hi! I didn't see anyone mention this Gray--as in "50 Shades of...", etc.
Is it a "Get it from the Public Library." or an "Add it to your library!" type of book?


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Kate | 4 comments http://www.whichbook.net/

Just came across this site through StumbleUpon, it's a great way to find books to read in between books. I thought you all would like to know about this. So it's kind of a book recommendation.


message 30: by Saoirse (new)

Saoirse Kelley Armstrongs Women of the Otherworld series... I mean how much more vaginal can you get? It combines different races co-existing in a modern setting, it has romance, kidnap, murder... it deals with a variety of strong females ranging from witches to demons and necromancers... it even has a few werewolf books, and of course a non-sparkly vamp or two. It is not exactly groundbreaking stuff, but it is well written and intelligent, and not rapey... Also, non-scary zombies, try Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trilogy


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Sharon B | 6 comments The Urban Shaman series (The Walker Papers) by C.E. Murphy is really fun to read. I kind of equate her to a female version of Dresden (they both have the WORST DAYS EVER). Thus far I haven't wanted to throw any of the books across the room or anything. That may change when the next book comes out (if she screws up my 'ship I will never read them again LOL).


message 32: by Paige (last edited Apr 20, 2012 03:43PM) (new)

Paige Stover | 8 comments I wanted to post and recommend two series, both by Illona Andrews

The Kate Daniels series is currently at 5 books, it is a really interesting urban fantasy series. Sadly teh sex0rz waits until pretty far into the series, BUT OH THE TENSION.

The Edge series has 3 stand alone books the first is "On The Edge" and I've enjoyed all three. You can read them in any order, and they are all sexy and feature egalitarian relationships and a strong heroine. LOVE.

Also love for the earlier suggestion of Patricia Briggs, plus I've been reading Charlaine Harris's NON vampire series involving Grave Sight as one of them? They are pretty good.

Oh and for super fluffy fantasy Mercedes Lackey's fairy tale retellings are like delicious cotton candy starting with The Fairy Godmother.


message 33: by Darryl (new)

Darryl | 1 comments These have all been mentioned, I'm sure, but let me reinforce some of the recommendations.

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
The Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Okay, I think I may have repeated myself there a bit, but The Dresden Files is hands down the best urban fantasy has to offer. I also specifically picked these series because they're more focused on the fantasy/mystery aspect of urban fantasy and less focused on the romance (thought those are present in all these series). That to me is the difference between urban fantasy and paranormal romance.


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Colleen (herebebookwyrms) | 2 comments Anyone else read Alisa Sheckley's Abra Barrow series? Okay, so it's a duology, but Holy Toast, I think these qualify as vaginal urban fantasy.

If you like shapeshifting/lycanthropy and also a LOT of sexytimes, then you should probably read these. The first one is "The Better To Hold You" and the second is "Moonburn" ... I'm almost through with the second right now, and there seems to be a lot more sex in this one than in the first.


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Jenny | 2 comments The Black Jewels Novels by Anne Bishop is a guilty pleasure of mine. You've got a complex web of magical worlds, one powerful female, and sexy demon men(yay!). The first book Daughter of the Blood was written in 1998 and there are 9 books in the series so far. Highly recommend.


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Deb F | 13 comments Just wanted to check that Dara Joy, who writes some really smoking stuff, had come up on the Vaginal Fantasies radar? http://officialdarajoy.com/TheLibrary...

Ritual of Proof has a wonderful gender reversal situation (ever wondered what it'd be like if it weren't the WOMEN with the hymens?) also some interesting stuff on climate control.

Rejar (which is book 2 in a series) http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20.... makes me believe I could be a cat person.

If you haven't tried her stuff, check her out. Note the more recent stuff is not quite so interesting.


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Louie (rmutt1914) | 21 comments Eva wrote: "Can you help me? I'm terrified of zombies! Like really scared of them! So I thought if I could find a zombie-book that is fun instead of scary I might get over that. Any tips?"

I just finished reading the three books (so far) of Sophie Littlefield's Aftertime series (Aftertime, Rebirth, Horizon). While the 'zombies' are not your traditional Romero type, it still makes for a very good page-turning read. I devoured all three books with in a two week period. I didn't find the 'zombies' too scary or that gory, although I've been reading a lot of zombie fiction lately so I might be desensitized now.
Also, they definitely fall right in the dystopian VF category, one I hope this group takes on at some point. I intended to recommend these titles to the ladies, when a Suggestion Thread was created.
I hope these books help ease you into this genre. Enjoy!


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Paige Stover | 8 comments Jenny wrote: "The Black Jewels Novels by Anne Bishop is a guilty pleasure of mine. You've got a complex web of magical worlds, one powerful female, and sexy demon men(yay!). The first book Daughter of the Blood ..."

Love the Black Jewel's novels, and And I really like her Tir Alain series as well, though that is more feminist and less sexy times.


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Jenny | 2 comments Paige wrote: "Jenny wrote: "The Black Jewels Novels by Anne Bishop is a guilty pleasure of mine. You've got a complex web of magical worlds, one powerful female, and sexy demon men(yay!). The first book Daughter..."

I'll have to check out The Tir Alain series. Thanks! :)


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Pamela (atomicempress) | 5 comments I have to put out a recommendation for the Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep, very original heroine, and great world building. These are the books.

Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep
Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, #2) by Jennifer Estep
Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3) by Jennifer Estep
Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin, #4) by Jennifer Estep
Spider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin, #5) by Jennifer Estep
By a Thread (Elemental Assassin, #6) by Jennifer Estep


message 41: by Carolyn (last edited May 04, 2012 12:59PM) (new)

Carolyn Smith | 34 comments How about Naomi Kritzer's Fires of the Faithful series? It's not romance per se, though there is a romantic element, but it's a fantasy with a strong female lead.


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Colleen (herebebookwyrms) | 2 comments Pamela wrote: "I have to put out a recommendation for the Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep, very original heroine, and great world building. These are the books.

Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep


I've heard about this series! It sounds pretty good.


message 43: by Krystal (new)

Krystal Jenny wrote: "The Black Jewels Novels by Anne Bishop is a guilty pleasure of mine. You've got a complex web of magical worlds, one powerful female, and sexy demon men(yay!). The first book Daughter of the Blood ..."

I highly agree with this suggestion. It is still one of my favorite worlds. Amazing characters and a very interesting viewpoint. Would love to hear what the girls would have to say after reading it.


message 44: by Audrey (new)

Audrey | 4 comments Anyone read "Heroine of the World" by Tanith Lee (or any Tanith Lee for that matter). Her stuff is hard to come by stateside, and I rarely meet anyone who has read her work. I would call "Heroine of the World" alternative-history romance. Her other works lean rather gothic.


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Thom Wright | 10 comments element of fire by martha wells not sure it makes cut for vaginal fantasy since it shifts viewpoints from male lead(an aging Queen's Man) to Kade Carrion a half human-half Fae woman with a chip on her shoulder about her stepmom...and redheaded stepmom Queen Ravenna a force of nature


message 46: by Jean ~ Kindle Queen (last edited May 14, 2012 06:38PM) (new)

Jean ~ Kindle Queen (jkat9) Audrey wrote: "Anyone read "Heroine of the World" by Tanith Lee (or any Tanith Lee for that matter). Her stuff is hard to come by stateside, and I rarely meet anyone who has read her work. I would call "Heroine o..."

You're right. It's really hard to find Tanith Lee. I have read quite a few of her earlier works. It's been a while though. My favorite by her is Cyrion by Tanith Lee . I haven't read Heroine of the World though.


message 47: by Olivia (new)

Olivia (liviebutton) I'm going to go out and say Lara #1 book of the World of Hetar series by Betrice Small.

From what I remember, this goes awhile back and the details are vague in my mind, that the book was a nice quick read and although a little corny had some interesting fantasy elements.

Would be interesting to see your take on it.

Thanks! Liv.


message 48: by Dale (last edited May 15, 2012 12:23PM) (new)

Dale (Impkitteh) | 1 comments I recommend Blood, Body and Mind. It has a kick-ass heroine, vampires, werewolves, fae, magic, swords, action and of course steamy romance! AND it's just the first one in a great series.


message 49: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (chey1) | 3 comments Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Chloe Neill, Molly Harper


message 50: by Brent (new)

Brent Wise (brentwise) I think a lot of you would really dig 'The Demi-Monde: Winter' by Rod Rees.

A bit steampunkish, a bit matrixy. 2 or 3 really strong lead female chars, but plenty of others also. Really cool story and excellent series so far. 2 of the 4 books are out.


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