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Apr. 23rd, 2007 @ 09:33 am Thank You & Question
Firstly, I just want to thank those of you who responded to my previous post about "coming out" novels. The Kitty series by Carrie Vaughn has so far been the best bet. It comes into much more detail in the second novel with government counsels on "super" humans and science experiments, as well as religious zealousness. The most detailed and interesting story I've read so far on what a process for the revelation of existence of vamps might be. I've yet to read the third book, so I'm not sure if this concept continues.

I also found that Moon Called and Blood Bound to be a close second. Patricia Briggs only seems to skirt the issue; the first book is set after the faes come out, but while the weres are deciding whether or not to do the same, while the second book starts after the weres have come out. It still touches a bit on the issues, reactions and lingering fears while explaining the idea of finding a "poster-boy" to represent them.

I'd reccomend both series even if you're not looking specifically for "coming out" parties! ;) Other than that, I'm still on the quest for others and when I read them, I'll be happy to share my thoughts.

Question

This is a little off-topic, as it's not books, but does anyone know of any "supernatural" magazines? I'm looking for something that's not sci-fi that includes vamps and such, but something really dedicated to preternatural tv, books, movies, etc. Something that's current would be great.
(For the sake of full disclosure, I'd really like anything that would eventually feature news on True Blood, the HBO series based on Charlaine Harris' novels. It's still early, but it would be nice to have something to post about in trueblood_tv)
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_voxy:
Apr. 22nd, 2007 @ 05:23 pm (no subject)
Just read the latest in Rachael Caine's Morganville Vampire series, called "The Dead Girls' Dance." It was easy, cute, and very good. Not sure that I liked it as much as the first one, but still worth the three hours reading it, not to mention the next one is coming out in October.

Also breezed through "Sleeping with the Fishes" by Mary Janice Davidson (Author of the "Undead and Unpopular." It's in her typical style, which isn't FABULOUS, but good enough if you like supernatural romance humor. Main character is particuarly cute and spunky. As always, she writes good supernatural romance without being painfully cliche.

In the middle of reading "Thief With No Shadow" by Emily Gee and while I'm still in the middle of it, it's highly addictive. The main character is a wraith, which is pretty unique, and also does a good job of staying away from the cliche while still focusing on the relationships of the characters. Hops point of views (in 3rd person) which is interesting.

"Little Gods" by Tim Pratt is also worth finding, though it may be difficult since I suspect it's an indie book. A bunch of short stories, all supernatural, that are poetic, unique, and incredibly genius. I hate short stories, but these were amazing.

And, last of all, even though it's technically a young adult book, I suggust "City of Bones" by Cassandra Clare. At first, it begins and comes off as VERY young adult, it gets better and becomes incredibly addictive (and I SO could not see the end coming....). It's about a girl who witnesses a murder, only for the body and blood to disappear, and discover that SHE'S the only one who can see the murders. Thus, she gets pulled into the supernatural world with the weird ability to see things she shouldn't. Awsome awsome book (though still only in hardback).
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jwockies:
Mar. 31st, 2007 @ 07:14 pm Two Awsome Urban Supernatural
Check out Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead that just came out. I got an advanced copy of it a couple months of it and was totally hooked. The story follows an ancient succubus currently called Georgina who is just trying to lead her life as a bookseller and sex goddess, when men keep coming into her life and a killer is knocking off immortals. Very cute and sweet with just enough romance to make it interesting, but not so much you want to gag. I'm counting down the days until next year when the sequel comes out.

I also suggust Glass Houses by Rachael Caine, author of the Weather Warden books. I picked it up from the library and five hours later had it finished, literally couldn't put it down. The story follows college freshman Claire who makes an enemy of the school's popular kids, in particular the leader of the pack. When she narrowly escapes unharmed, she ends up living off campus with a few two boys and a girl who tell her a dangerous secret she'll need to survive the town: it's run by vampires. And she's fair game.
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Mar. 31st, 2007 @ 11:57 pm Riley Jensen Series by Keri Arthur
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Title: Kissing Sin, Tempting Evil, Dangerous Games

Hi guys, I've just finished the lastest three books (phew!) of Riley Jensen Series by Keri Arthur. Major turn off would be the lack of monagamy but if you can overlook that then it can be quite a good read; action packed, good storyline and kick-ass heroine. There's a lot of sex scenes but none of the Anita-sex-feasts that were multi-chapter. Book 5, Embraced By Darkness, is schedule for July 31 this year.

I haven't been reading books for a longest time so I did a catch-up this week. My first read of the year was For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison. It's turning quite into a girlxgirl pairing but the story was still great.
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grilled:
Mar. 26th, 2007 @ 11:56 am "Coming Out" Novels
I've read quite a few supernatural novels and have noticed a trend: either the book is set during a time when the general population knows nothing about the things that go bump in the night, or the universe is a post-coming out one where the general population knows of one or more "species" of supernatural beings and has learned to deal with it.

My question is whether or not there are any books that are in-between, or that show the progression and reactions to the "coming out". I would prefer if it was a book about the revelation of vampires and/or werewolves existing, but certainly wouldn't mind anything about witches, faes, etc.

I'm just really curious as to how an author would choose to handle something like that; why was it revealed, how it was handled, reactions from the population, etc.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :)
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_voxy:
Mar. 19th, 2007 @ 11:58 pm Long time coming!
Hi everyone!

Sorry it's been SO LONG, but life gets busy sometimes. I've been reading like a damn fiend and have a couple of new series for you guys:

Blood Ties Series by Jennifer Armintrout

Book #1: The Turning
Book #2: The Possession

Book #3: Ashes to Ashes (forthcoming August 2007)

Enjoy supernatural action, intrigue, and romance? These books are grrreat! I'm salivating for the next Carrie novel!

Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

Book #1: Moon Called
Book #2: Blood Bound
Book #3: Iron Kissed (forthcoming Jan. 2008)

The Mercy Thompson books are so SATISFYING. At first I couldn't seem to get through Moon Called, but after hearing what everyone had to say, I gave it a second chance. I'm VERY glad I did. 

ALSO:...

Simon R. Green is coming out with a new series called Secret Histories. It's Mr. Green's homage to the James Bond franchise if James Bond were a supernatural dude. Can't wait!

Book #1: The Man with the Golden Torc
Book #2: Demons are Forever (forthcoming)
Book #3: From Hell with Love (forthcoming)

So what books have SATISFIED you or what books are you SALIVATING over? Let me know! Good reading to all!
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Jan. 11th, 2007 @ 09:19 am Hiya!
It just occured to me today to look for an LJ group for my reading preferences.  I know, where have I been?  

Okay, a little intro:  I'm Jenn, 30, happily married, 1 3yo DD, live in the Atlanta area. :)  I got into the supernatural stuff through my husband even though he doesn't read it.  Confused?  DH always went to Dragon*Con.  When we started dating, I went too.  I like to say that he brought out the inner geek in me. :-D  I wasn't terribly into anything at D*C, but wanted to be, so I started watching Buffy.  LOVED it.  I can't remember what books I started with, but I remember picking up the first Dresden book because James Marsters did the voice for the audio version.  Yeah, I'm a dork.  Anyway, I LOVE them and hope that the new tv series isn't as bad as it looks.  (They changed his staff to a hockey stick, for god's sake!)  Anyway, I love reading Butcher, of course.  I've read some Kelley Armstrong and Mary Janice Davidson.  Like 'em, don't love 'em.  LOVED LKH until it got so smutty.  Don't get me wrong, I don't mind the smut, but not in place of a plot.  You all know what I mean.  I love Charlaine Harris and just started reading her non-super stuff...which is also good.  Got into Rosemary Laurey (LOVE her) and Sherrilyn Kenyon at last year's Dragon*Con.  I like Kenyon's DH series.  I just read the first BAD book and omg, she's watching too much Alias!  Her main female character is even named Sydney!  What?  I haven't started her Kinley McGregor stuff yet, but I have the first one.  I read Gilman's Staying Dead just before the holidays and was really disappointed.  I like Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series up until this last one.  I finally got fed up with then not resolving ANYthing and I quit.  I'll probably give her vamp series a try when I get around to it.  I also just finished Christopher Moore's Bloodsucking Fiends....was pretty good. I like Rice's original and new vamp series, but I've not been able to get into any of her other books.  I've had Simon Green's book on my Amazon Wish List for ages, but hadn't gotten around to it.  I skimmed the first couple of entries here and now it will probably be my next purchase!  I love getting ideas for new authors, so I'm looking forward to reading what you all think of authors and going back and reading your old entries!  Here's my reading list from last year.  It's a little small.  My 3yo takes up a lot of reading time!  *g*

Oh, and I just started it, so there aren't a whole lot of books there yet, but here's my LibraryThing profile.
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wildflowerz:
Jan. 10th, 2007 @ 07:45 pm Have I told you lately....that I love you?
Yes, as all of you know, I'm obsessed with Simon R. Green's Nightside series. Everytime one comes out, I'm gushing all over Amazon and on here. If you haven't read any of the Nightside books:

YOU MUST!

Yes, you must. It's as simple as that. Now it's even easier to start the series because they published the first THREE books in an omnibus that can be purchased here. The newest novel in the series, "Hell to Pay", was released on the day after Christmas and I just finished it last night. You know you've just read a good book when you have a smile on your face when you close the book. Oh, I'm such a fan. You can go here
to see what I had to say about it other than I'm in love with Simon R. Green. 

In other news, I'm beginning to read Marjorie M. Liu's Dirk and Steele series which is proving to be quite a series. I've read both "Tiger's Eye" (good) and "Shadow Touch" (better) and now I'm on "The Red Heart of Jade". A lot more espionage than I'm used to, but Liu really knows how to use imagery and the settings in her books are always exotic and well-researched. "Shadow Touch" is lighter on the romance than "Tiger's Eye" for those of you who find it difficult to venture into the romance section. It does include guns! 

I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year's. Look for some great books coming out this spring like Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, and Charlaine Harris! WEE!
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rdbrd82:
Jan. 3rd, 2007 @ 07:18 pm (no subject)
During 2006, I really go into Simon Green - specifically The Dark Side, Hawk and Fisher, and Shadow Falls. I haven't picked up any Deathstalker novels yet but I definitely intend to. If you read Green, what is your favorite book/series? And what other authors have similar styles and/or themes?
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thegirlsheriff:
Jan. 3rd, 2007 @ 02:00 pm free online super books
I have to share this link with you:
http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/aBecoming.htm

I love Kelley Armstrong. Her work is wonderful. I recommend checking her out. She has, over the last few years, provided free novellas on her site. They are unpublished, and very good. She also has published work for sale.

This time, she is doing a graphic novel. A free, online, graphic novel.

Also, for you Dark Hunter fans: http://kenyonfearthedarkness.com/

So go,
read,
enjoy.
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