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    Default The Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laura K. Hamilton

    Has anyone else read this series? I just finished up The Killing Dance after picking up the first book, Guilty Pleasures at the library back in the fall, and have pretty much been reading the books straight through. As soon as I finish one book, I go out and buy the next. I plan to pick up the next one this weekend and start reading it. My ultimate goal is to have the rest of the series read by the time the new Harry Potter book comes out, but that maybe a little optimistic.

    Anyway, what does anyone think of it? For those that don't know what it is, the books are about a vampire hunter named Anita Blake in a world where the supernatural is common knowledge. Think almost of an adult Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    I actually find the books to be a tad bit melodramatic, and in some places, downright cheesy, however, I'm addicted to them, and no matter how many times I go..."oh my god...that was cheesy," I still continue reading. The stories are usually pretty intricate with some twists and turns, that I can never figure out until it's revealed...well hardly ever.

    If you haven't read the series, you should. It's a good little read, fast paced, short chapters, so it's good for a right before bed reader.
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    I really enjoyed the Anita Blake series and continue to read the new books that come out, though I think her stories are lagging off a bit. I'm just not as into the direction she's taking the character, I guess.

    If you liked those, though, you might try (if you haven't already):

    Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files - series of about 6-7 books so far, it's sort of an adult Harry Potter with the main character a wizard who is a gumshoe detective. The first book is called Storm Front.

    Simon R. Green, Something From the Nightside - another series about a detective with otherly powers. If you're familiar with Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, this is similar in that it deals with a supernatural underworld/otherworld in London. I like Green better though because I think his stories have better flow and his development of characters and world are more rich. The first book is Something From the Nightside.

    Charlaine Harris, Southern Vampire - series about a southern girl who can read minds and the vampires who love her. Well... not exactly, but actually kind of. I thought the first book was slow and rather boring, but picked up the next one on my MIL's reccomendation and have been reading avidly since.

    Kim Harrison, Dead Witch Walking - witch in a world where the supers have come out from the shadows. On her third book now and I enjoy the world she's created more than anything.

    Okay, I realize that I'm going off on all these books - and could keep going. I love to read and fantasy and paranormal/fantasy are two of my favorite genres... so, I'll stop now before I overload you. :-)

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    Yes I have read all of them actually. Though there maybe a new one out that I haven't read yet. I think Cirlean Sins (sp???) is the last one she wrote though in that series so far.
    I like them but agree that the direction that she is taking Annita isn't exactly where I thought when I first started the book and I am getting bored with the series somewhat.
    I have gotten addicted to her newest seires of the Fae Princess Meridith Gentry. Oooh you must check those out too. Really good.

    llondra I will have to check out that Jim Butchar series, I love the Harry Potter series alot.

    I have read one of the books in the Kim Harrison series and Loved it. Though it was the third book and I should have started with the first but I bought it second hand. Poor college student here can't really afford brand new books. Made an expecption though on Harry Potter lol.

    Also Christina Feghan (I think that is how you spell her name gosh I am bad tonight) Has a wonderful series out. They are the Carpathian/Vampire series.
    In her series vampires are what the Carpathian men become when they can't find their soulmates or "The Light to their Darkness" The Carpathians do drink blood but most only do so from the ppl who commit crimes etc.... If a Carpathian male cannot find his soulmate they either die by walking into the sunrise or they become evil wanting power and become a vampire. There are some of the males that fight vampires they are known as hunters and are the ones most prone to becoming vampires themselves if they havent' found their soulmates.
    Each book is about a differnt set of soulmates and how they come together. Most are of human women that have some psychic powers, as they are the only ones that are able to make the change into becoming Carpathian. The reason so many humans are soulmates to the males is that it is difficult for the Carpathian women to give birth and usually only the male babies can survive.
    Ok I need to stop talking but they are a decent series.
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    I haven't gotten into the Anita Blake series, but...since some of us are dropping some other names, here goes:

    I've read all three books in the Kim Harrison series thus far and am anxiously awaiting the next installment. I love her writing style--she keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat and can make you laugh out loud, too.

    I got a free copy of MaryJanice Davidson's 'Undead and Unappreciated' from her Undead... (Betsy Taylor) series. There have been several books ahead of this installment, and I hadn't heard of the series before, but I received this particular copy from a product-testing/book-review group I belong to. It was a quick and fun read--the characters are a little shallow, but the series is lighthearted and there were several hilarious moments in the book. I will most likely try to find the rest of the series and start from the beginning.
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    Her anita blake series has become pure smut , which is fine but its a big change from where she started , i like the fairy series better at this point. if you want less girly horror try author james a. moore Writ in blood. book one of a 3 book series. i like all the other .
    authors too.
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    I loved the Anita Blake series for awhile. Too much sex and not enough plot in the last couple, but I will read the latest one, Incubus Dreams when it comes out in paperback. The Merry Gentry series by the same author is fun and sexy. Absolutely love the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher! I believe Laurell K. Hamilton helped him get published, good thing too. The Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris is a nice read as well. I think I can identify with this lead character a little more than with Anita Blake, lol. Try the Dhampir books by Barb and J.C. Hendee. It's about a vampire slayer in a medieval type world. Pretty decent and it has 3 books out so far.

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    Well, I've read almost all the books suggested and agree that they are worth the effort. (Except for Christine Feehan - ugh! But, that's just me because I know she's incredibly popular.) I'll have to check out James A. Moore - that was the one I'm not familiar with.

    Other suggestions:

    * Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy. Those were incredible. Awesome, wonderful, fantabulous! I never even know where to start in trying to describe these books - but, the story, the setting, the characters - everything is just very well done. Bishop's other books are good as well, but nothing is quite the level of the Black Jewels.

    * Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series if you like light-hearted supernatural romance reads.

    * Jacqueline Carey's series - Kushiel's Dart is the first. I avoided these for a while because of the sado-masochist vein that runs through them - I have this thing against authors who use their plot only as a vehicle to write smut and aren't honest about what they're doing. But, that isn't what Carey does. For a book that's entire premise rests on a world of free love, there are few sex scenes and those are minimilist. It's much more of a politics and intrigue novel - set against an interesting world stage.

    * And last, Lynn Flewelling's Tamir Trilogy. She also does the Nightrunner series. Flewelling is more in the fantasy genre.

 

 

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